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    Friday, 11/20 Message to Families
    Posted on 11/20/2020

    Beloved Community,

    We are learning much about the impacts that digital learning is having on our educators and students at Nathan Hale High School. As a community, we are working to create a less is more climate of learning, while still maximizing our teaching and learning. As we look at the data from Quarter One, we are aware of the amount of incomplete grades students have received. This is impacting all of our educators and students. As a community, we have more to explore with our Senate, Racial Equity Team, Professional Development Team, and in this exploration, we intend to continue to collaborate and design a learning experience with our students for our ongoing digital learning. 

    Much appreciation to our student led clubs of Black Student Union, Coalition of Asian Pacific Students, Racial Equity Club, and Principal Advisory Committee as they have all took time to share their experience and teach us about their learning experience. As we continue to learn and adjust to our student needs, we will grow in our capacity as educators, and ultimately grow together as a community of learners during online learning. 

    Yearbook Portraits - Deadline Extended to January 4th, 2021

    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.)
    The deadline to submit portraits has been extended to Monday, January 4th, 2021!
    Contact the Nathan Hale yearbook team if you have any questions.
    Email: yearbooknathanhale@gmail.com
    Instagram: @nhhs_yearbook2020

    Families of Seniors

    The time is near to order cap and gowns for graduation! New this year from Jostens, our cap and gown company, the lowest price ever for caps, gowns, tassels and stoles if ordered during the Senior Special Week of November 30th – December 6th. Look for a detailed email on Monday with ordering information.

    Nathan  Hale Theatre Presents “Laughing Out Life”  

    This is our student-created Fall Play!  This production is entirely written, performed, and edited by students. Invite your roommates and family into the living room to laugh, sit on the edge of their seats, pop some corn, and see if you can figure out whodunnit! Tickets are on sale NOW at www.nathanhaletheatre.com.  Ticket sales end on Friday, December 18th.
    After you purchase your tickets, and after we finish editing together the final product in the next couple weeks, you will get an e-mail with a link to the show so that you can watch it whenever you wish. #onlinetheatre #acting #laughingoutlife

    Library Check out and Material Distribution

    Next week our distribution of library books, textbooks and other materials will take place on Wednesday, November 25th from 12:00-3:00pm at the main entry to campus. 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. Additionally, Ms. West is also now offering online book recommendations. Students can fill out a short form at bit.ly/NHHSNextRead 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 bit.ly/NHHSHolds. 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 dgwest1@seattleschools.org if you have questions about Curbside Checkout, textbook distribution, or anything else about the library!

    Counselor Contacts

    If your student would like to meet with their counselor, our counselors would love to hear from them. Use the link below to make a Teams meeting with them or reach out over Teams Chat, Schoology or email. 

    Kristen Patterson (Students with last names beginning with A-Gra)
    kvpatterson@seattleschools.org
    206-252-3697
    Schedule an appointment: Ms. Patterson's Calendar

    Kristie Thompson (Students with last names beginning with Gre-N)
    kcthompson@seattleschools.org
    206-252-3689
    Schedule an appointment: Ms. Thompson's calendar

    Kelly Creech (Students with last names beginning with O-Z)
    klcreech@seattleschools.org
    206-252-3695
    Schedule an appointment: Ms. Creech's calendar

    Raider Gear

    Families should have received an email yesterday about ordering Raider Gear. Typically spirit wear items are available for purchase during our New Family Night in June and Raider Day in September, neither of which we were able to host this year. If you’re interested, you can order items from the Raider Athletics Raider Gear website. Orders submitted by Tuesday, December 15th will be available by Winter Break.

    Athletics Update

    The WIAA announced this week that they pushed back the start date for our sport seasons and extended the open coaching period. We are still planning on having athletics this year but need to do so in a manner that is safe for our students and communities. Please reach out to Darby Haskins, Athletic Director, at djhaskins@seattleschools.org if you have any questions. Updated calendar and links to WIAA statement are included below.  

    Open coaching period ends January 23
    -Opportunity for our coaches and students to work together
    Season 2 (Winter) February 1-March 21
    -Gymnastics starts January 25
    -Sports offered: B/G basketball, G. bowling, B/G wrestling, gymnastics and B. swimming
    Season 3 (Fall) March 15-May 2
    -Football starts Mach 9 and ends May 9
    Sports offered: B/G cross country, B/G golf, slowpitch softball, G. soccer, G. swimming, volleyball, cheerleading, football and B. ultimate*
    Season 4 (Spring) April 26-June 13
    Sports offered: B/G track, B/G tennis, B/G lacrosse*, baseball, fastpitch softball, B. soccer, and G. ultimate*

    *Our club sports (lacrosse and ultimate) are governed by different organizations and at this time I am not aware how their calendar will be changed.

    Click on the following to read more:
    WIAA statement on schedule
    WIAA tentative calendar
    Impact of Governor’s proclamation on open coaching period 

    Have a great weekend everyone! A quick reminder that there will be no school on Thursday and Friday of next week, November 26th and 27th.

    Love,

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