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    Friday, 11/13 Message to Families
    Posted on 11/13/2020

    Beloved Community,

    Student Leadership has prepared a statement for us to reflect this week in recognition of Veterans Day

    Veterans Day exists for us to celebrate our country’s living soldiers.
    The sacrifices made by those in the military are numerous and great,
    We would like to honor their part in protecting the pursuit of freedom within the U.S. 
    At this time, we ask you to join us in a moment of silence.
    To honor, recognize, and reflect on the service and sacrifice
    Of all veterans. Past and present.
    Thank you, Nathan Hale, for joining us, 
    And to our veterans, thank you for your service

    Student Voice and Schedule Updates 

    We are proud of our students, as they have used agency, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills this week to co-design a learning experience with our educators and family community. In response to the high levels of stress and overload students have been expressing and experiencing, students presented a proposal to the NHHS Senate, our decision-making body, comprised of staff, students, and parents/guardians. On November 12th, we met for a two hour long special session. Many voices and perspectives were heard during the discussion. Clarifying questions were asked and observations were shared. The afternoon was highly productive.

    What was the result and what will it look like for students? During the week of November 16 - 20, morning synchronous time will continue as usual with attendance required in all grades. No homework or additional asynchronous work will be assigned except in ninth grade block classes (Language Arts, World History, Health, Science), as ninth graders have just begun their new block classes this week. Afternoon asynchronous time during the week of November 16 - 20 will be used for help with missing homework and catching up on understanding. We strongly encourage students to reach out to their teachers during this time to get help when needed and to respond to the support and encouragement offered by their teachers.

    In addition, the week of November 23rd is a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. All grade levels will attend their morning classes to receive support, with attendance being taken. However, afternoon asynchronous time will be paused on Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th to allow for additional student work time ahead of the long holiday weekend. Wednesday, November 25th is an early dismissal day, and Thursday and Friday, November 26th - 27th are days off from school.

    We thank our students for bringing their concerns to Senate, and we thank Senate for working collaboratively to achieve a strong and supportive response. 

    Join Our Community Voice Committee: Message from a Student Senate Rep

    Hello, Hale Community! My name is Paul Yoon and I am currently the 10th grade Senate Representative. I am planning to start a subcommittee called Community Voice. This subcommittee is about working on current problems that many students face. Currently, I want to work with a variety of parents, students, and teachers to tackle the issue of student workload. Please, if you are interested, let me know by emailing here: by Friday, November 13th. Also, please reach out to Ms. Volkman at I want to plan quickly so we can make a proposal before we start winter break or at the latest early January (due to winter break). Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Join us! Remote Community Connection on Monday, November 16th at 6:00pm 

    Please join us to hear from SPS staff Carri Campbell and Sherri Kokx as they share this year’s strategic plan goals and answer any questions families might have about the district’s strategic work during remote learning and beyond: Click here to join the meeting.

    Native American Heritage Month 

    November is Native American Heritage Month and Nathan Hale’s Native Club is planning a video assembly that will be presented later this month during Mentorship class on Wednesday, November 18th. More details will be going out to our staff and students next week! 

    Nathan Hale Fall Play! 

    Nathan Hale Theatre presents “Laughing Out Life”, our student-created Fall Play!  This production is entirely written, performed, and edited by students.  A combination of murder mystery and sketch comedy – it’s fun for your whole family!  The story is about a sketch comedy troupe adapting to the pandemic by performing their next show online.  In the midst of the drama of their show's preview, someone gets murdered!  Invite your roommates and family into the living room to laugh, sit on the edge of their seats, pop some corn, grab that leftover Halloween candy, and see if you can figure out whodunnit and how a wizard ended up in a Zoom call!  Tickets will be on sale soon at #onlinetheatre #acting #laughingoutlife

    Parents of Seniors: NHHS 2 Part Financial Aid Workshop 

    Date: November 16th and 18th 
    November 16th: In this workshop there will be a financial aid presentation facilitated by the Seattle Promise Staff. The workshop will conclude with students and parents setting up their FSA IDs and WAFSA Accounts 
    November 18th: In this workshop students will complete their financial aid applications with possibility for further breakout room assistance with questions. 
    Please see the attached Financial Aid Flyer, that includes a QR code to RSVP: Financial Aid Workshops Flyer_11.16 & 18.2020.pdf 
    Where Zoom Meeting:
    M E E T I N G I D : 9 1 7 0 6 2 8 9 6 9 8
    P A S S C O D E : 0 3 7 1 5 6

    Yearbook Portraits - Deadline November 20th

    All 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will take and submit their own yearbook portraits this year! Our video tutorial walks you carefully through each step of the process. Alternatively, the same instructions are also available in the form of an infographic.
    Video tutorial: Nathan Hale Yearbook Portrait Tutorial (2020-2021)
    Infographic: How to Submit Your Own Yearbook Portrait
    (Seniors have a unique set of instructions for submitting senior portraits. CLICK HERE to view them.)
    Submit your portraits before Friday, November 20th, 2020!
    Contact the Nathan Hale yearbook team if you have any questions.
    Instagram: @nhhs_yearbook2020

    Library Check-out and Material Distribution in November

    During November our distribution of library books, textbooks and other materials will have an adjusted schedule to accommodate school holidays and professional development events. Here are the revised dates/times for library services in November:

    - Wednesday, November 18th from 12:00-3:00 pm
    - Wednesday, November 25th from 12:00-3:00 pm

    Students and families are invited to browse the books on display, or log into the library catalog and place holds on the books they want to read. This month is Native American Heritage Month, and the Hale library added lots of new books by Native authors to our collection. These books will be on display all month long. Additionally, Ms. West is also now offering online book recommendations. Students can fill out a short form at to get personalized recommendations of books currently available in the Hale library! To view the library catalog online and place books on hold for Curbside Checkout, please visit Students can log into the catalog with their regular SPS username and password. The Teen Library Challenge from Seattle Public Library is now underway! Visit the website to download your own copy of the challenge card and enter to win a $30 book store gift card by December 31st. Please reach out to Ms. West at if you have questions about Curbside Checkout, textbook distribution, or anything else about the library!

    Seattle Promise Scholarship Workshops and Application Information - ALL Graduating Seniors Qualify for Free Seattle Colleges Tuition!

    Seniors are able to apply for up to two years (or 90 credits) of free college tuition plus support services to help with the transition from high school through college. All Seattle Public School high school graduates are eligible regardless of their grade point average (GPA), family income, test scores or country of birth.  The deadline to apply for the Seattle Promise scholarship is February 1st. Seniors interested in attending North, Central, or South Seattle College and receiving the Seattle Promise Scholarship can get support with the application by connecting Francisco Ramos from Seattle Promise. He will be assisting students with the application process and can also be reached by email at

    Seattle Promise Information Sessions
    Learn how Seattle Public Schools 2021 graduates can apply for the Seattle Promise scholarship. Students and families are welcome to attend an upcoming Seattle Promise scholarship workshop.

    Monday, November 16th, 6:00-7:30pm Tigrinya & English 
    Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00-7:30pm Cantonese & English 

    Join the workshop online:
    Join the workshop by phone: Call 253-215-8782 Enter meeting ID: 425 999 2863
    RSVP here: 

    NHHS Senate invitation to parents and guardians

    We are looking to get your input and perspective on important school issues.  Come join the Nathan Hale Senate this year! It has never been easier to participate in NHHS decision making from the comfort of your home. We are still seeking voting members to help guide the larger school-wide conversations and to give their input as decisions come to the table.

    Though everyone is welcome to attend and join in discussion, we are looking for four voting members to represent parent/guardian/adult of ELL students and parent/guardian/adult of special needs students.

    The Nathan Hale decision-making body meets two Wednesdays a month from 3:45–4:45pm remotely via Teams. Please contact Rebecca Padilla ( if you are interested or want to learn more.

    Summer Internship Opportunity

    Teens In Public Service will once again be coordinating virtual summer internships for teens. Students must submit an application and 2 letters of recommendation. The deadline is March 5, 2021. From their website: Teens In Public Service (TIPS) is dedicated to producing future leaders committed to their communities by connecting teens with life-changing opportunities and internships at nonprofit organizations. Through our Summer Internship Program, TIPS provides paid summer internships for enrolled, high school youth at local nonprofit organizations. These internships offer teens practical work experience, an understanding of ethical leadership, and a venue to put their values into action; and, our nonprofits gain additional staff during the summer months, at no cost to their organizations.

    Washington State History

    If your student has not completed Washington State History (offered in 7th or 8th grade) please contact their counselor to take care of this graduation requirement. You can find your student’s counselor by referring to the NHHS Counseling webpage.

    Family Resource Center on NHHS Campus Now Open Wednesdays starting November 18th

    To meet the basic needs of Seattle Public School families across the north end, FamilyWorks and Seattle Public Schools are opening a satellite family resource center, located at the South side of Nathan Hale High School. FamilyWorks will be onsite at Nathan Hale High School each Wednesday from 12:45 to 3:00pm. The FamilyWorks Family Resource Center is a warm and inviting place that offers programs and services designed to support families. At the Center, families will be connected to knowledgeable and friendly staff who can assist with rental assistance applications, enrollment in public benefits, and will help families navigate a vast network of community resources. FamilyWorks offers a free diaper program, free clothing, books and toys for children of all ages, and weekly groceries at its food bank, available through its Wallingford location: 1501 N. 45th Street, Seattle. FamilyWorks also helps families to connect within their community by offering multilingual playgroups, parent support networks, and other enrichment activities for families. Services will be offered in English, Spanish, and Somali. To reach FamilyWorks outside of its hours at Nathan Hale High School, please call (206) 694-6727.

    Have a great weekend!

    With love,

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