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    Friday, 1/29 Message to Families
    Posted on 02/01/2021

    Beloved Community,  

    Happy first day of our second semester! I hope you are feeling well about beginning the new semester and have connected in all of your classes today. As a reminder, we will be mailing out grade reports the week of February 8th, which will identify first semester grades. Also, next week, we are excited to be celebrating 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. In this message, you will find celebrations, the final call for applications for Seattle Promise (two years of free tuition at Seattle Colleges for those who apply), information about the Giving Leader Award nominations, an important message about Semester 1 Incompletes and more!

    C89.5 Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    Congratulations to C89.5, the radio station at Nathan Hale, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! Through Sunday, the 520 bridge lights will celebrate their anniversary, and Monday, January 25th was “C89.5/KNHC Seattle 50th Anniversary Day” by King County Proclamation! The station is looking forward to celebratory events later this year once we’re all able to gather again in person. Read more by going to the C89.5 website. Any student who wants to learn more about podcasting, broadcasting and social media should enroll in Intro to Radio. Students who have already taken the Intro class are welcome to enroll in Advanced Radio.

    2020 AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

    Nathan Hale has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles (CSP). This award acknowledges 1,119 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-20 school year—nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. Nathan Hale is one of only 831 schools in the nation to be recognized for achieving this important result in CSP.

    Seniors - Apply for Seattle Promise!

    Seattle Promise Scholarship Application: Fill out the form 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 for free tuition 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 this coming 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.  

    Stay connected at NHHS! Get the 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. This is a great way to find opportunities for your student to connect at NHHS. 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! Students will find the weekly bulletin on their NHHS Library Schoology page. 

    FCCLA 

    This past week students from our Nathan Hale chapter of FCCLA* participated in their regional competitive events. Students uploaded their project portfolios and recordings of their oral presentation which were scored by a panel of judges from other King County schools. Two of our senior students, Katie and Andie, received gold and will advance to the State Leadership Conference which takes place in March. This is the fourth year in a row that this team has taken gold. Their event this year was Entrepreneurship which recognizes participants who develop a plan for a new small business. The business that they developed was Sustainable Beauty Subscription Boxes. The recognition session was planned and facilitated by our own State Officers, Una and Aurora. Hale students also served as evaluators during this competition. *FCCLA = Family, Career & Community Leaders of America which is a national student leadership organization. Cindy Jamieson is their Adviser. 

    Giving Leader Award. Nominate a peer! 

    A giving leader is one who puts others before self.  A giving leader works to make the world a better place.  A giving leader is one who, by taking action to support the needs of others, makes our community a caring and more equitable place for all people.” 

    A student award has been established by our keynote speaker from last year’s Unity in the Community, Francois Locoh-Donou, to honor a student who is a ‘giving leader’. This honor will go to a student that lives the above description. We have seen in the past 10 months, many students who have stepped up to help the block, neighborhood, school, city, county, state and nation in many different ways. Who do you know that exemplifies these values? Who do you want to nominate as a giving leader? 

    A monetary award is also given to the school (not to the student) to finance future student service projects once we are back in person. The winner will be one of the decision makers on grant approval. 

    Nominees do not have to be a senior. They just have to be a Nathan Hale Student. You may nominate more than one student. Students may nominate each other.

    The link to the nomination form is below. We have about 3 weeks to nominate candidates.  Our goal is to announce the recipient of the award at Unity in the Community on April 7th. Nominations close Wednesday, February 10th. 

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ4U_iRjt-ERKnCx6W1knu4JUNjE0WjBBWUZRT0Y2UDBFVjA1RlE2SzFGMS4u 

    Virtual NHHS Information for 2021 - 2022 School Year 

    Do you have a current 8th grader? Check out our website 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.  

    Library Check-out and Material Distribution

    Distribution of library books, textbooks, and other materials will continue throughout Semester 2 every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm outside the main entrance to campus. During the month of February we will be highlighting titles by Black authors, especially those recommended by Hale educators and students. We encourage you to come by materials distribution to browse the books on display, or to log into the library catalog at bit.ly/NHHSHolds to place holds on the books you would like to read. Any language arts books, library books, and textbooks from Semester 1 classes can also be returned on Wednesdays between 1:00-4:00. Ms. West is offering online book recommendations at bit.ly/NHHSNextRead. Be on the lookout for our February library newsletter next week!

    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) 

    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

    Have a great weekend! 

    With love, 

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