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    Friday, 5/22 Message to Families
    Posted on 05/22/2020

    Dear Families,

    I am writing to share an update on the district’s high school grading policy and how it will affect your student. SPS students taking high school courses will receive either an “A” or an “Incomplete” during the second semester of 2019-20 school year. This temporary policy is the best possible way to protect our students from harm and to honor their hard work under extremely difficult circumstances while not penalizing anyone for factors outside their control. This decision was made as part of our commitment to students furthest from educational justice, and we enacted this policy to reduce racial disparities, as well as to ensure that we are holding schools and our systems accountable for staying engaged with students and families. We expect that SPS students who remain engaged to the extent possible will receive “A”s in their high school courses in nearly all cases at the end of the second semester or, in rare cases, over the summer or in the fall once they have addressed an “Incomplete.” 

    We want to stress how important it is for us to stay engaged with your student and for your student to stay engaged with learning. Although the school buildings have been closed, students are still expected to engage in the standards-based activities or learning assigned by their teacher(s) to the extent possible. Continuing to learn during this time is critical, as it will help your student become college and career ready and stay on the pathway to their post-secondary goals and dreams. We have seen countless examples of how motivated our students are to stay connected with their teachers and their classmates. We have heard from students that they want to stay engaged with teachers and in learning for reasons other than grades. Students and teachers seek community that the classroom provides, and today’s remote learning is how we continue to both learn and create community. Here are a few reasons why your student should continue to stay connected to a community of learners: 

    · Engaging in learning can provide healthy connections with a community of peers. Isolation can be challenging for emotional well-being. 

    · The routine of participating in class meetings can help establish healthy habits and a sense of stability during the current challenges. 

    · Career and College readiness is ongoing. The current crisis will end, and students should remain focused on long term and life goals. 

    · Continuing to learn will ensure students are ready for success when we return to regular instruction. Do not allow your student to lose sight of their learning goals, and instead get ready for the next sequence of classes in their High School and Beyond plan. 

    · Your teachers are there to support your student and they are holding regular meetings as well as individual “office hours” to help students make meaningful progress towards standards and learning goals. 

    · The district is continuing to provide support to students and their families, from technology access to nutrition and other supports. If you need help, teachers care about your student and can help make sure that students receive the support that they, and your family, may need. 

    We hope that your student will continue to share their ideas for how to make learning authentic during this time, and to build community while we are away from our schools. We can all learn from each other during this time. 

    May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    Join us in celebrating the rich heritage of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and API Americans. This week we’re including a link to Kanopy’s collection of movies for API history month. Kanopy is a free service through the Seattle Public Libraries, if you have questions regarding access to your SPL/SPS partner account, please contact Nathan Hale Librarian Liz Crouse at or see this webpage for more information.

    Our recommendations for viewing, exploring, and learning on Kanopy:
    • The Farewell (
    • To Be Takei, A Star’s Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love (
    • The Grace Lee Project (
    • Painted Nails (

    Also available for free:
    • Meet the Patels (
    • Period. End of Sentence. (
    • PBS Asian Americans (

    Technology Task Force
    Are you excited, interested, and/or concerned about technology use at Nathan Hale? Are you passionate about students, families, and teachers using technology for meaningful learning? Do you have a knack for understanding how technology and instruction are linked together? Do you want to help shape the direction of equitable technology adoption in our school? Then join the Nathan Hale Technology Task Force!

    The Nathan Hale Technology Task Force is a group of parents, students, educators, and administrators that guide the course of technology integration through the development and implementation of a school-wide technology plan. We are currently in the process of developing the Technology Task Force for the 2020-2021 school year to support remote continuous learning, in school technology usage, and 1:1 laptop support/adoption. The Tech Task Force members will engage in numerous conversations/discussions around these areas, then gather collect and analyze information, and finally make recommendations to the appropriate governing body.

    Potential Areas for Review 
    Background - Who are we as a school and how have we historically used technology? Looking ahead, what is our overarching vision for using technology as an instructional tool? 
    Curriculum & Instruction - What specific curriculum or instructional goals are we trying to accomplish through the use of technology and digital learning tools? How will technology be used to help students master curriculum standards? 
    Professional Development - What is the current level of technology proficiency for teachers and administrators? What professional development support do these individuals need to accomplish the curriculum and instruction goals? 
    Hardware & Infrastructure - What digital hardware does the school currently possess? What additional hardware or services will need to be purchased? 
    Monitoring & Evaluation - How will we track progress towards meeting our goals? What level should we achieve each year?

    Dates & Details
    The Technology Task Force will meet beginning on Monday, June 1st at 4 pm to establish a plan for the remaining weeks and throughout the “summer” as needed. Each of the meetings will be an opportunity for the committee members to collaboratively construct our ongoing Technology Plan. Since technology is a critical instructional component in every grade level and content area, we are looking for a diverse group of members representing all aspects of our school and community. We welcome and encourage folks who don’t self-identify as “techie” to join. This works best with different perspectives!

    Online Interest Form
    If you are interested in joining the Technology Task Force please complete this online form by Wednesday, May 27th. All Tech Task Force members will be notified via email regarding the first meeting no later than Friday, May 29th. If you have any questions please email Hale Technologies Teacher/Facilitator, Mr. Grazewski at

    District laptop distribution continues for all Hale students
    Beginning in September 2020, all students who attend Nathan Hale High School will have laptop computers to use throughout the remainder of their high school career at Hale. These computers have arrived and are ready for pick up. We will distribute laptops from the teacher/staff parking lot (closest to the Main Office) on the dates and times noted below. Please bring a bag to take the computer and cords home in, and remember to practice appropriate physical distancing. Face masks are welcome but not required.

    Wednesday, May 27th: 4 – 7 pm 
    Thursday, May 28th: 10 am – 1 pm

    Pride Assembly on Friday, May 29th
    The third annual Nathan Hale Pride Assembly will be streamed live on Friday, May 29th, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Come listen to LGBT-identifying Nathan Hale community members speak about their experience as members of the LGBTQ+ community. All are welcome to attend. For more information, see @NHHSPrideClub on Instagram.

    High School Graduation Ceremonies and Senior Info
    Thank you to the many seniors who shared their input about this year’s graduation ceremonies. While we are hopeful for an opportunity for in-person gatherings later in the summer, the possibility is still very uncertain and will be dependent on updates from the governor and public health agencies. To celebrate the achievements and important milestones of the class of 2020, the scheduled June ceremonies will all be virtual/online. We will be creating an online virtual ceremony and will be sending out special messages to the senior class about how to participate.

    At Nathan Hale, seniors’ last day will be Friday, June 12th and we will be giving you more details about senior check out day in a future senior email. All other students are in school until Friday, June 19th. On Monday, June 15th, our previously scheduled graduation day, we will have a drive through graduation. Students and families should drive through to pick up graduation programs, diploma covers, senior awards, and a special gift for the class of 2020. More details will be forthcoming. Right now, the plan is to drive through from 5 - 8 pm on Monday, June 15th.  

    Senior signs and caps and gowns not yet picked up will be available during the laptop distribution hours next week. Textbooks may also be returned at this time.

    The company who was scheduled to complete our yearbook had to shut down as they were not an essential business. This means our yearbooks won’t be available until August. We will be planning a special event in August to hand out yearbooks to seniors and possibly have a prom-a-cue, BBQ-prom, something fun! Stay tuned for those details. All other grade levels will receive their yearbooks during a school day in September 2020. 

    Theatre at Nathan Hale!
    Signups for our Fall Play will be posted beginning Wednesday, June 10th. You can sign up to act, paint, hang lights, bake stuff for concessions, design a poster, sew a costume, anything!  Absolutely everyone is welcome to participate. No experience necessary. Signups will be online. Stay tuned for more info, or reach out to Mr. Roby at

    Want to know what shows we will be producing next year? Tune in every Wednesday for the next few weeks for hints during Drama Club on Wednesdays at noon on Zoom.  Reach out to Mr. Roby for the Zoom link each week at Next year’s productions will be revealed on Wednesday, June 3rd, and if you guess correctly you win a prize!!!

    Finally, a reminder that this coming Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day, which is a national holiday and not a school day.

    Take care,


    Jill Hudson, Ed.D., Principal
    Nathan Hale High School

    Ensuring that ALL students become honorable, thinking, skillful, global citizens


    Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 webpage with updates

    Need help with financial aid or college and career education? Text “Hi Otter” to 360-928-7281. This is a free 24 hour 7 days a week service that is designed to help students navigate these topics.

    A perspective on Learning from Home

    Stress and Mental Health Aid/Reminders
    10 Practical Steps for Dealing with Stress 
    50 Daily Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health 

    Numerous Community Resources -  constantly updated - check this out

    Social Care Network

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Health coverage
    Due to COVID-19 the Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a Special Enrollment Period for families who are uninsured (originally 03/10/2020-04/08/2020). On Wednesday, April 1st they extended the enrollment window until through Friday, May 8th. For Washington Health Benefit Exchange news updates:

    Seattle Schools Student/Family Portal - online resources for high school students.  
    1. Libby (use your library card or your SPS/SPL Library Link account)
    for all Seattle Public Library ebooks. 
    2. Many databases for research (Proquest, ABC-CLIO, Issues & Controversies,  eLibrary, Culture Grams.

    Nathan Hale High School Library (Online Catalog) Perform a search for ebooks.  Login using your SPS computer credentials.

    Seattle Public Library (Use your library card or SPS/SPL Library Link account) 
    Access many databases from newspapers to encyclopedias, WOIS (Washington Occupational Index Survey) to learning a new language. Download movies, educational videos, and music. See attached documents Library Link_March 2020.pdf and LibraryLinkInstructions_Mar2020.pdf .

    King County Library (Seattle residents can apply for a free KCLS card)   for Online tutoring

    Project Gutenberg ( Free eBooks, primarily classics in the public domain. Better for older students as there are not many picture books. 

    Free Online YA Books:

    Online Culture (largest source of free audio books, courses for every subject, movies, textbooks, ebooks, and languages:

    The Electric Typewriter (essays and articles by the world's best journalists and writers): 

    Loyal Books (public domain ebooks and audio books) :

    Guggenheim Museum (free art books online):