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    Friday, 1/15 Message to Families
    Posted on 01/15/2021

    Beloved Community, 

    I hope you had a good week and are refreshed for the weekend ahead. Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy of justice, equality, and love. We have much to celebrate in the weeks ahead, with our MLK Assembly, Black History Month, and Black Lives Matter Week of Action. This coming Monday, January 18th, we do not have school, in observance of our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. We will follow a special schedule on Tuesday, January 19th, which is included below. 

    We are two weeks away until the semester closes, and our educators are crafting learning experiences that capture the essential learning to conclude our first semester. Please continue to check the Source and Schoology pages for grades and assignments pertinent to the end of the semester. 

    Apply for Seattle Promise! 

    Seattle Promise Scholarship Application: 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 Monday, 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 with Francisco Ramos from Seattle Promise. He will be assisting students with the application process and can also be reached by email at Francisco.Ramos@Seattlecolleges.edu

    Semester Incompletes 

    When grades are submitted and report cards are mailed out, some of our Nathan Hale students will receive an Incomplete grade in their course or courses for the first semester. With an Incomplete as a grade, students will have the opportunity to complete an individual learning plan intended to capture the essential learning experiences for the semester. The goal is to ultimately demonstrate understanding on the essential learning that has been missed during first semester’s remote learning. Once the student has completed the required work in their individual learning plan, this will be shared with the teacher who submitted the Incomplete grade. The Incomplete will then change to a passing grade, and the student will be awarded credit. Please be on the lookout for more information about this, along with individual learning plans, and report cards for the semester. 

    Holiday closure of Support Resources on Monday, January 18th

    Due to the federal holiday on Monday, all the support services that typically operate on Mondays will be closed including: Food Support, Technology Support and the Teen Health Center.

    Special schedule for Tuesday, January 19th and Friday, January 29th

    We will be observing a modified Strong Start schedule on Tuesday January 19th and Friday, January 29th with all grades spending a shorter amount of time in all their classes those days. As noted above, Monday, January 18th is a holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thursday, January 28th, school is not in session due to the Day Between Semesters. The times for the special schedule can be found on our NHHS website calendar for Tuesday, 1/19 and Friday, 1/29, and are included below.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly 

    On Wednesday, January 20th, during Mentorship, our Black Student Union will be hosting our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly. A link to our virtual assembly will be coming soon. 

    From the library 

    As we approach the end of first Semester, students who have library books, language arts books, and textbooks for Semester-long classes should plan to return their books between 1:00-4:00pm on any of the next three Wednesdays: 1/20, 1/27, and 2/3. Students who wish to renew their library books can do so by emailing Ms. West at dgwest1@seattleschools.org. Please visit The Source to see what library books and/or textbooks your student may have checked out, and contact Ms. West with any questions. Textbooks for year-long classes will be returned in the Spring. The library will continue to offer book checkout on these days as well. Students are encouraged to visit bit.ly/NHHSHolds to place holds on the books they'd like to read. For personalized recommendations from Ms. West, please complete the short form at bit.ly/NHHSNextRead. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesdays! 

    Black Lives Matter At Schools Week 

    From Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 5th, our educators will be celebrating National Black Lives Matter At Schools Week. The goal is to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, teach Black history, and commit to teaching a wide variety of lessons centering Black history and literature. 

    Career Connected Learning

    As the new year begins, many students have made it their goal to get a job. Places in our area are still hiring. Grocery stores and take-out food service are great places to gain first work experience. Students should get their resume ready and use these sites to begin their search:
    www.snagajob.com; www.indeed.com; www.monster.com. Students may also go directly to the business websites, such as Target & Fred Meyer.

    Additionally, our Career Connected Learning Coordinator Cindy Jamieson, cljamieson@seattleschools.org, can help students earn graduation credit for their work experience next semester. Student requirements:

    •            At least 16 years of age
    •            Taken or are enrolled in a CTE course (such as Career Connections)
    •            Employment relates to HSBP (High School and Beyond Plan)
    •            Demonstrates maturity and specific skills to be successful in the workplace
    •            Work 180 hours per semester to earn .5 Occ. Ed. credit

    Advanced Placement 

    Advanced Placement exams will be available online again this year. Students can verify their exam date on the College Board website. Each exam is $102.00. Exams are free to students eligible for free meals. To apply for Free and Reduced Lunch, go to the district Free and Reduced Price Meals webpage. Payment can be made through SchoolPay (available from the parent’s Source account) or by check made out to Nathan Hale and mailed to our Fiscal Office. If you pay by check please put student name and "AP" on the memo line. Payment is accepted February 1st - March 5th. It is important to know that students who pay for an exam and choose not to take it this year will receive a full refund this summer from the SPS district office. Direct any AP exam administration questions to Melinda Greene, msgreene@seattleschools.org

    That is it for the announcements this week. 

    “We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. “ ~ MLK Jr.

    Have a great weekend Raider family.

    With love,

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

    Schedule for Tuesday, January 19th and Friday, January 29th

    Grades 10-12

    Mentorship:          9:00-9:15am
    Period 1:              9:20-9:45am
    Period 2:              9:50-10:15am
    Period 3:              10:20-10:45am
    Period 4:              10:50-11:15am
    Period 5:              11:20-11:45am
    Period 6:              11:50-12:15pm
    Lunch:                  12:20-1:10pm
    Support periods 1&4:     1:15-2:00pm
    Support periods 2&5:     2:10-2:55pm
    Support periods 3&6:     3:05-3:50pm

    Grade 9

    Mentorship:          9:00-9:15am
    Block I:                 9:20-10:00am
    Block II:                10:05-10:45am
    Period 4:              10:50-11:15am
    Period 5:              11:20-11:45am
    Period 6:              11:50-12:15pm
    Lunch:                  12:20-1:10pm
    Support Block 1&Period 4:         1:15-2:00pm
    Support Block 2&Period 5:         2:10-2:55pm
    Support Period 6:                       3:05-3:50pm