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    Friday, 1/22 Message to Families
    Posted on 01/22/2021

    Beloved Community, 

    We are at our final week of the first semester of our 2020-2021 school year, and I want to share how proud I am of our Nathan Hale students, educators, and families for how we have all come together in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have launched a school year remotely, and are now halfway through. It has not been an easy first semester, but we have remained committed to our focus on our remote learning strategies, social emotional learning, and our advancement of racial equity. Please see our message about our upcoming virtual information night, internships for students, an update on athletics, and information on incompletes.  

    Athletics update 

    The first step in participating in athletics is to fill out the required athletic packet found online in Final Forms. Athletes must have a completed athletic packed submitted in Final Forms to turn out for the sport or sports of their choice. Coaches do outreach to athletes via the contact information submitted in Final Forms so to be in the loop and participate, please use this link to Final Forms: https://seattleschools-wa.finalforms.com/

    Based on the information in Governor Inslee’s plan, the Metro League adopted a two-season sports model for this year only. This format protects participants’ safety while providing student-athletes the best possible quality athletic experience. 

    Season 1: February 22 to April 17*

    Football, G. Bowling, G. Soccer, Slowpitch Softball, G. Swim & Dive, Volleyball, Gymnastics, B/G Cross Country, B/G Golf 

    Season 2: April 19 to June 12*

    Baseball, B/G Basketball, B. Soccer, B. Swim & Dive, Fastpitch Softball, B/G Tennis, B/G Track & Field, B/G Wrestling 

    Initial word is that our club sports of B/G Ultimate and B/G Lacrosse will be played in Season 2.

    *All dates tentative. Seasons and/or sports may need to be adjusted based on Puget Sound Region’s metrics 

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

    Though students worked tirelessly on our Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly for this past Wednesday, due to technical difficulties, many classes were unable to view the presentation. Many teachers quickly pivoted to the poem recited by the Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, at the Presidential Inauguration, which was uplifting and beautiful. The assembly has been rescheduled to this coming Wednesday, January 27th. Students will view this during their Mentorship class.

    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 

    We are excited to announce internship programs available to students this year! For information about these internships, the qualifications and how to apply, please go to https://halehs.seattleschools.org/services/internships/internship_opportunities

    This information is updated by our Career Connected Learning Coordinator, Cindy Jamieson, cljamieson@seattleschools.org. You may contact her for more information. Remember to check the site often for new opportunities and updates. 

    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 1:00-4:00 pm on either of the next two Wednesdays: January 27th and February 3rd. 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. We have lots of new books that have just been added to the library collection this month, so scope out the catalog to see what's new! For more library updates, check out the January library video newsletter

    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. 

    Virtual NHHS Information for 2021 - 2022 School Year

    Do you have a current 8th grader? Check our website Tuesday evening, January 26th, to find our Virtual NHHS High School Information. The virtual information will remain on our website as a resource for families to support transition to high school. 

    Yearbook message for Senior Families

    The yearbook staff wants to celebrate your senior! We're collecting senior baby pictures by email until Monday, February 1st (yearbooknathanhale@gmail.com), and Yearbook Grad Ads are now available to be purchased until March 17th. Grad Ad space is limited, so follow the instructions below to secure yours!

    Thank you for your support of the yearbook! Please direct your questions to yearbooknathanhale@gmail.com.

    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

    Nathan Hale Theatre January Newsletter!

    Check it out! Opportunities abound here for interested students! https://www.loom.com/share/96478e474a774de2a53a7da5d4edd7e8

    Special schedule for Friday, January 29th 

    We will be observing a modified Strong Start schedule next Friday, January 29th with all grades spending a shorter amount of time in all their classes those days. On 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 Friday, 1/29, and are included at the end of this message. 

    Weekly Bulletin

    Reminder to all families to read the weekly bulletin for additional events and happenings (like club meeting days), class fundraisers, and college scholarship opportunities. You can find the Weekly Bulletin on the Nathan Hale website or sign up for Hale Mail to have it delivered to your email inbox!

    Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn Forums

    The Office of African American Male Achievement is launching their Listen and Learn forum in February 2021 to continue to listen to Black families as they reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens. AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systematic racism. We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive. Learn more about and register for the AAMA Listen and Learn Forums. Contact: aama@seattleschools.org if you have any questions.

    Here are the forum dates by region, sessions are from 6:00 - 8:00pm:

    • Northeast Families, Friday, February 5, 2021
    • Northwest Families, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Central Families, Friday, February 12, 2021
    • Southwest Families, Monday, February 22, 2021
    • Southeast Families, Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • African Home Language Families, Friday, February 26, 2021 (translated into Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya and Amharic)

    Have a great weekend!

    With love,

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

    Schedule for 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