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    Friday, 5/15 Message to Families
    Posted on 05/15/2020

    Dear Families,

    May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Join us in celebrating the rich heritage of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and API Americans. This week we’re including a list of recommended books written by Asian and Pacific Islander authors, many of which are available immediately to students online through Seattle Public Libraries e-services. If you have questions regarding access to your SPL/SPS partner account, please contact Nathan Hale Librarian Liz Crouse at or see the Seattle Public Library webpage ( for more information.

    Always Available - No waiting!
    The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui – graphic novel
    They Called Us Enemy by George Takei – graphic novel 
    The Sympathizer and The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
    1000 Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends by Ellen Oh 
    • By Chang-Rae Lee: Native Speaker; Aloft; The Surrendered; A Gesture Life 
    No-No Boy by John Okada
    Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
    Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
    Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

    District laptop distribution dates for all Hale students
    Beginning in September 2020, all students who attend Nathan Hale High School will have laptop computers to use throughout the remainder of their high school career at Hale. These computers have now arrived and are ready for pick up. We will distribute laptops from the teacher parking lot on the dates and times noted below. Please bring a bag to take the computer and cords home in, and remember to practice appropriate physical distancing. Face masks are welcome but not required.

    Wednesday, May 20th: 4 – 7 pm 
    Thursday, May 21st: 10 am – 1 pm
    Wednesday, May 27th 4 – 7 pm 
    Thursday, May 28th: 10 am – 1 pm

    Celebrating Our Seniors - Togas, 80's gear and Senior Signs!
    Wednesday, May 20th from 2 - 4 pm, Student Parking Lot
    Seniors are invited to a walk through-drive through senior toga/80's gear parade to pick up their Class of 2020 window/yard signs. In addition to the signs, seniors will also be able to pick-up cap and gowns that we not picked up this past Wednesday, Honor cords (3.6 GPA & above), letters written to self in ninth grade Health class, and confirm the spelling of their name for diplomas. Seniors will also be able to return text books, uniforms and other materials to avoid fines.
       2 - 3 pm - last names A - L
       3 - 4 pm - last names M - Z 
    Please stay in your car and drive through to the pick up table. If you are walking up, join the line and parade through to the pick up table. Please follow all physical distance guidelines. NHHS staff will be there to cheer seniors and show support for the Class of 2020.

    Seniors attending UW Seattle
    UW Seattle’s Somali Student Association has scholarships! Applicants must be attending UW Seattle starting Fall 2020 with the intent to participate in SSA meetings. Two awards will be given out, one for $1000 and one for $500, and their application can be found at Contact UW’s SSA at for any questions. Applications close on June 12th!

    Attention graduating seniors!
    If your post-high school plans involve furthering your education in Washington state, Carkeek Scholarships wants to help pay for it. Scholarships are awarded based on high school scholastic achievement, financial need, and a recommendation from your teacher or community leader. See:, and send in your application, recommendations, and requested financial award amount by June 10th (applications send with a postmark after June 10th will not be accepted). E-mail the counseling team for any questions. 

    Internship Opportunities
    Our Nathan Hale website can be a great resource for families. The Nathan Hale website home page can be found at this link: If you have a student who is looking for an exciting learning experience this summer, we just posted several Internship Opportunities. Look under the Resources tab where you will find the description for several local summer opportunities, the qualifications and the link to apply. Please contact our Career Navigator, Cindy Jamieson, for further information.

    NH Chamber Orchestra auditions
    Interested in joining the Nathan Hale Chamber Orchestra? Audition packets are now available at Audition videos need to be submitted by Tuesday, May 26th. Email Ms. Sibicky at if you have any questions.

    We will continue to send you updates as we draw closer to the end of the school year. Enjoy the sun!

    Take care,


    Jill Hudson, Ed.D., Principal
    Nathan Hale High School

    Ensuring that ALL students become honorable, thinking, skillful, global citizens


    Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 webpage with updates

    Need help with financial aid or college and career education? Text “Hi Otter” to 360-928-7281. This is a free 24 hour 7 days a week service that is designed to help students navigate these topics.

    A perspective on Learning from Home

    Stress and Mental Health Aid/Reminders
    10 Practical Steps for Dealing with Stress 
    50 Daily Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health 

    Numerous Community Resources -  constantly updated - check this out

    Social Care Network

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Health coverage
    Due to COVID-19 the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a Special Enrollment Period for families who are uninsured (originally 03/10/2020-04/08/2020). On Wednesday, April 1st they extended the enrollment window until through Friday, May 8th. For Washington Health Benefit Exchange news updates:

    Seattle Schools Student/Family Portal - online resources for high school students.  
    1. Libby (use your library card or your SPS/SPL Library Link account)
    for all Seattle Public Library ebooks. 
    2. Many databases for research (Proquest, ABC-CLIO, Issues & Controversies,  eLibrary, Culture Grams.

    Nathan Hale High School Library (Online Catalog) Perform a search for ebooks.  Login using your SPS computer credentials.

    Seattle Public Library (Use your library card or SPS/SPL Library Link account) 
    Access many databases from newspapers to encyclopedias, WOIS (Washington Occupational Index Survey) to learning a new language. Download movies, educational videos, and music. See attached documents Library Link_March 2020.pdf and LibraryLinkInstructions_Mar2020.pdf .

    King County Library (Seattle residents can apply for a free KCLS card)   for Online tutoring

    Project Gutenberg ( Free eBooks, primarily classics in the public domain. Better for older students as there are not many picture books. 

    Free Online YA Books:

    Online Culture (largest source of free audio books, courses for every subject, movies, textbooks, ebooks, and languages:

    The Electric Typewriter (essays and articles by the world's best journalists and writers): 

    Loyal Books (public domain ebooks and audio books) :

    Guggenheim Museum (free art books online):