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    Friday, 2/26 Message to Families
    Posted on 02/26/2021

    Beloved Community, 

    I hope you had a great break and a strong finish to February, and are excited to begin March. I want to share my appreciation to our educators for centering their teaching and learning experiences this month in celebration of Black History, and primarily in Black Lives Matter Week of Action. We take pride in honoring the social, cultural, and political contributions of African-American history, as we understand the lasting impacts it will have on our community.   

    Women’s History Month 

    Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women's History Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1 - Wednesday, March 31, 2021. International Women’s Day on March 8th, commemorates all of the global, social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Be on the lookout for learning experiences that are centered around the accomplishments of women in our history. 

    Teams for Education  

    We are beginning to roll out a new version of Microsoft Teams throughout all our classes at Nathan Hale. This change ensures the highest level of safety and security for all students and educators. Some classes have already piloted the new version with great success, providing feedback to ensure that we have a successful transition for all classes by Monday, March 1st. Educators have introduced the changes in Mentorship this Wednesday, February 24th, and have revisited this throughout the remainder of the week with all classes. For our ongoing learning of the new Teams for Education platform, we will use asynchronous learning time to connect with students, and build our overall capacity for learning this new educational tool.

    Last Office of AAMA Listen and Learn Forum tonight for African Home Language Families

    The Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn forums launched this month to listen to Black families as they reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens. The Office of AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systematic racism. The last of the forums is scheduled for tonight from 6:00 - 8:00pm for African Home Language Families. It will be translated into Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya and Amharic. To register, go to AAMA Listen and Learn Forums. Contact: aama@seattleschools.org if you have any questions.

    2021-2022 Student Online Registration

    Current 9th through 11th grade students should ensure they submit course requests online through The Source and email a digital course registration form to their Mentorship teacher. The registration deadline is Friday, March 12th. There are step-by-step instructions along with helpful videos on the Counseling webpage, 2021-2022 Registration Info Grade 10th-12th. If your student has questions, you can find contact info for your student’s counselor on the Counseling Office home webpage.

    African American Read-In, Sunday, February 28th

    Dr. Michelle H. Martin is the Beverly Cleary Chair for Children’s Literature at the UW iSchool and founder of Camp Read-a-Rama. This NCTE sponsored African American Read-In is suitable for all ages, with a variety of reading and interest levels suitable for all students. A terrific line up of #OwnVoice books, with live music! Sunday, February 28th from 1:00 – 2:15pm. Register: ischool.uw.edu/read-in.

    Nathan Hale Honor Society College Workshops

    Are you feeling overwhelmed with the thought of applying to college? Join us for a workshop series that will explore everything from your first steps to turning in your applications! Every Wednesday at 2pm in March we will be discussing a different step in the process, Zoom in here to start your college journey! Visit the NHS website or view this flyer to see what topics will be covered each week. All seniors are welcome to attend!

    Stay Connected!

    Friday messages and Weekly Bulletins are posted each week on the Nathan Hale website. By reading them on the website, you can use Google Translate (in the top right corner of the webpage) to read it in your preferred/home language. If you would like to receive them in your email inbox, please email nathanhale@seattleschools.org and provide us with your most current email address. Please note that the email address you provide us is also the one you would use to log in to the parent Source account. Links to The Source and Schoology are on the Nathan Hale website at the top of the home page under the blue Student Family Portals button.

    Have a great weekend!

    With love,

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