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    Friday, 4/9 Message to Families
    Posted on 04/10/2021

    Beloved Community, 

    Welcome to the month of April! I hope you had an opportunity to respond to the family survey for the intent to either remain remote, or join in-person learning. We are all beginning this new phase together and though a number of details are still in flux, we have the information we need to get us started.

    I want to share that, for students returning to the building on April 19th, school will look different from what we are accustomed to. We are strictly following SPS return to school protocols and all of the changes made create the safest environment possible for students and staff.  Classrooms will have 50% of the tables and desks usually found in classrooms, halls have been marked with directional tape for students and staff to follow and students will enter the building using the 110th street entrances only. All other entry points will be locked. We know some of the changes will cause inconvenience and will take getting used to, but we also know we all want the best for our families and our community and, together, we will all do what we need to do to keep safe.

    All students will begin our school day remotely from 9:00am-11:10am for virtual learning. There are changes to what the school day will look like following the morning remote learning, depending on if you have chosen remote learning, or in-person learning. Please note that this message will review the details of expectations for remote and in-person learning when we return from Spring Break on April 19th. 

    New Schedule for all students starting Monday, April 19, 2021 

    • Required classes from 11:55-3:50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for ALL students. All students are expected in Mentorship class at 11:55am these 4 days.
    • For Grades 10-12: Three morning remote, synchronous classes for ALL students (M,T, Th, F) that end at 11:10. All students join their period 1 class at 9:00am on Mondays and Thursdays. All students join their period 4 class at 9:00am on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    • For Grade 9: Students will go to Block 1 at 9:00am on Monday, April 19th and receive their updated schedule from their Block teacher. They will join their period 4 class at 9:00am on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    • Students choosing in-person will attend required afternoon class either Mon/Tue (Cohort A) or Thurs/Fri (Cohort B) based on the cohort they are assigned to. Families choosing in-person should have received an email earlier this afternoon from Principal Jackson with important information and link to required forms.
    • Students choosing in-person will attend the non in-person afternoon classes via Teams 
    • Student choosing to stay remote will attend afternoon classes via Teams all four days (M,T,Th,F) 
    • Wednesdays will remain mostly asynchronous with time for individual or small group meetings 
    • Bell schedule: See the attached pdf for grades 10-12 schedule for Cohort A. Cohort B will have a similar schedule except students attend in person class on Thursdays and Fridays starting at 11:55am, and stay remote in the afternoons on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    • All work should still be able to be completed within the school days (with the same exceptions for AP/CIHS courses) 

    ALL Students to Attend Afternoon Classes starting April 19th on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 

    The key aspects of the new schedule that will start the week of April 19th is that now ALL students, remote or returning, will be expected to attend afternoon classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

    For those that choose the in-person option, two of those days will be in the building and two will be Teams calls. For those that choose to stay remote, all four days will be Teams calls. It is vital that all students understand that they will be in class until 3:50 all four of these days starting April 19th. In essence, the asynchronous time on those days has been converted to a combination of in-person and synchronous instruction. Attendance is mandatory in the afternoon learning until the end of the full school day.

    Here is an excerpt from an SPS communication that describes what the morning and afternoon classes will include: “Students in secondary schools regardless of learning model will receive synchronous remote classes in the morning four days a week. In the afternoons, middle and high schools will offer all students both remote and in-person small group and individual instruction and support.” The morning synchronous Teams calls will stay the same as now, but they will be shorter (ending at 11:10 instead of 11:50). Then students will eat lunch and transition to school where we expect class to start at 11:55. We are discussing ways to make that arrival time less rigid, but we are required to offer in-person instruction starting at that time.

    Message from the Counseling Office

    National Honors Society has put together a College Workshop for Hale students to discuss the college application process. The workshops covered some of the following topics: college timeline, how to apply for a job, how to create your college list, application etiquette, and scholarships. If you would like to review these workshops at home, please clink Here.

    Running Start Information

    Students who will be junior or seniors next year and are interested in participating in Running Start should plan to attend one of the North Seattle Running Start information sessions. They will be held on the following dates:

    Tuesday, April 13: 6 – 7 p.m.
    Friday, April 23: 12 – 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 28: 2 – 3 p.m.
    Thursday, May 6: 6 – 7 p.m.
    Friday, May 14: 3 – 4 p.m.

    Message from Career Connected Learning

    For those who love the water……check out these Spring Break learning opportunities:

    Upcoming Careers in Maritime Webinar & Panel Events!

    Maritime High School, in partnership with the Youth Maritime Collaborative, will be hosting a Careers in Maritime webinar and Q&A on April 14, 4-5pm and April 29, 4-5pm. For more information, navigate to the MHS Events page here: Upcoming EventsEvents have also been created and posted on the NWMC Facebook page.

    This Spring Break opportunity is a weeklong in-person experience at The Center for Wooden Boats that includes sailing lessons. Students will start the day with an on-land lesson and demonstration. Then students will prepare to go out on the water by setting up the boats and sails. Everyone will launch their boats and return to the sailing center together! In-person class is Monday through Friday, April 12 -16. This is completely FREE!  While this is not credit-bearing class,  it is a great way to learn some skills, meet new friends, and prepare for further training in the high demand, high wage career path of Maritime! We are prioritizing 10th and 11th grade students, but any high school student is eligible. If anyone has any questions they can always reach out to Angel, Seattle Skills Center.

    I hope you enjoy your spring break! The weather forecast is sunny for the week so I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy it!

    With Love,

    Principal Jackson