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    Friday, 10/2 Message for Families
    Posted on 10/02/2020

    Beloved Community,

    Happy October! Can you believe that we have completed our first month of this school year? We appreciate your patience and involvement as we have launched the school year from Strong Start to academic curriculum. We have grown together in our collective care virtually. In this Friday message, we have information about student involvement, news from counseling, and information about the amazing resources our librarian, Dana West, has organized for our learning community.
     
    Schedule for Next Week
    Next Friday, October 9th is the state in-service day. This is not a school day for students so they will not log into their classes on Friday.  Monday-Thursday of next week remain as synchronous and asynchronous learning days, and Wednesday students will have Mentorship class and will serve as a support day. 
     
    Curriculum Night in the Age of Pandemic
    Curriculum Night this year will be virtual. We will soon have a launch date for the event and details for families to easily access the videos that teachers are preparing. The event will not be live so you will be able to access the videos at a time that works for you. More to come on date and details. 

    Club Fair
    Club Fair will be next Wednesday, October 7th during Mentorship period. Students will have the opportunity to see the clubs available at NHHS. Clubs’ meeting days and times are also listed in the Thursday bulletin found on the Nathan Hale website. Encourage your student to join in and get connected! 

    Distribution Wednesdays in October
    We will continue to checkout library books, distribute ORCA Cards and textbooks that teachers have assigned on Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm at the main entry. For the first two Wednesdays, October 7th and October 14th, yearbooks from last year will be distributed to students who purchased them and will be sold to students for $75 who would like to have one. 

    ORCA Cards
    All students enrolled in SPS high schools have an ORCA Card issued to them. Metro Transit began collecting fares again on October 1st so we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of the ORCA Opportunity Youth Program.  Details: High school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card valid through August 31, 2021 . The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail.

    ORCA cards will be available for pick-up at the Wednesday Distribution Days during the month of October from 1:00-4:00pm at the main entry of school. 

    The 2020-21 Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board 
    Congratulations to Nathan Hale students Corinne and Isabelle who will serve on the Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Student Advisory Board! In this role, they will advise our Superintendent on district policy and practice, and how these policies and practices impact student growth and achievement. Nathan Hale students are strong voices in the community - we welcome the opportunities our students have in making their voices heard. Our students are action oriented and we are proud of their influence in our community. 

    From the Counseling Department 
    Senior Parents:  If your student needs help with Post-Secondary planning they can begin making appointments with their counselors. They received an email from us this week with a link to our calendars. 

    We are planning to offer Virtual Presentations during the month of October.  Topics include:  Applying to 4-year Public and Private Colleges, Applying to 2-year College and Other Post-Secondary Options.  More information on this will be available soon.  

    Paying for college:  The FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) application opened on Thursday, October 1st and is a very important document to complete if your student is planning to attend college. The FAFSA is the application that citizens and eligible non-citizens (e.g. permanent resident/green card, conditional permanent resident, refugee) complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed by visiting www.fafsa.gov. The WASFA is the application undocumented non-citizens complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed by visiting http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa
      
    Seattle Public Schools will be offering a Virtual Presentation on how to apply for financial aid! Monday, October 5th - 7:00-8:30pm.
    SPS Districtwide Virtual Financial Aid Presentation: October 5 Meeting Link 
    A link to future College Preparation events can be found here: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/college_preparation_events 

    From NHHS Librarian Dana West 
    Every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm, I will be checking out books at the main entry of school. This coming Wednesday, I will feature books that celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, as well as some brand new anti-racist books that we’ve just added to our collection. To view the library catalog online and place books on hold for Curbside Checkout, please visit bit.ly/NHHSHolds. I look forward to meeting students who come to check out books. 

    There is always information about the library available on Schoology, and I hope you’ll reach out to me at dgwest1@seattleschools.org if you have questions about Curbside Checkout, textbook distribution, or anything else about the library!

    Online Data Verification Form Deadline Extended
    Downtown has extended the deadline for parents/guardians to complete the online Data Verification Form for their student(s). Parents now have until 6:00pm on Thursday, October 8th. This form is accessed from the parent’s Source account. If one parent/guardian has already completed this form online, you will not be able to access this form any longer. After the form has been submitted, any contact information changes will need to be turned in to the office. For more information about start of school forms, please go to the Start of School Forms news entry on the Nathan Hale website.

    AP Exam Registration
    It’s time to register for AP Exams. A qualifying score on an AP exam may be accepted for credit by some colleges. Students are encouraged to check with their colleges of choice to confirm. AP will support in-school testing and will also provide a contingency testing option – that contains full course content – if school buildings are closed for safety reasons. For students registering for AP exams by the November 12th deadline, the cancellation or unused exam fee will be excused. Exams are $102 each. Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch are offered exams at no charge. This year payment will not be due until March 5th. For more information about AP you can look at the College Board student page, check with your AP teacher, or contact Ms. Greene (msgreene@seattleschools.org).

    Enjoy the weekend everyone!

    William Jackson (Black|he,him)
    Principal
    Nathan Hale High School