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    Friday, 9/4 Message to Families
    Posted on 09/04/2020

    Beloved Community,

    Today was the most challenging first day of school many of us have ever experienced. We know this was also true for students and families. We are very grateful for the period of time we have before September 14th to resolve the many issues we are all experiencing before curriculum starts.

    Please reassure your students that if they were not able to sign in to classes due to tech issues or as we are discovering, issues with Schoology, they will not be behind. We are all experiencing frustrations and are looking forward to the days ahead when things will go much smoother for all.

    Please know Seattle Public Schools is working to fix the network overload issue experienced this morning. This issue affected students ability to sign in to classes or stay in classes, which we know caused stress. We know stress is also caused by schedule issues and changes. We are continuing our work on schedules and related issues. Teachers expect class lists to change from now until the 14th when they begin curriculum, so students should not worry if they are joining classes after today. 

    The long weekend will be welcome after today. Together, we will figure this out.

    Strong Start Schedule for Ninth Grade
    We want our freshman families to know their student’s Strong Start schedule. Since we have sent the Strong Start schedule for grades 10-12 in two previous emails, they can be found at the end of this email and on our website – check out the calendar entry for Strong Start:

    Tuesday (9/8) for 9th Grade
    Mentorship:  9:00-9:15am 
    Block 1:        9:25-9:50  
    Block 2:      10:00-10:25 
    Period 4:     10:30-10:45am 
    Period 5:     10:50-11:05am 
    Period 6:     11:10-11:25 

    Wednesday (9/9) for 9th Grade will be the same schedule as grades 10-12.

    Thursday (9/10) for 9th Grade

    Mentorship:  9:00-9:30am
    Block 1:        9:40-10:20am
    Block 2:      10:30-11:10am 

    Friday (9/11) for 9th Grade
    Mentorship:  9:00-9:30am
    Period 4:      9:40-10:05am  
    Period 5:    10:15-10:40am 
    Period 6:    10:50-11:15am 

    There is no school on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day holiday.

    Join Our Pride Club!
    All LGBTQ+-identifying students and allies are invited to attend Nathan Hale Pride Club’s first meeting of the year, taking place Friday, September 11th at 12: p.m. over Microsoft Teams. Pride Club is Nathan Hale’s GSA/QSA equivalent, an organization created for, and run by, LGBTQ+ students and allies. This meeting is our first official meeting of the school year.

    We hope to give incoming and returning students the opportunity to see what Pride Club looks like, meet fellow LGBTQ+ students and allies, find a safe and comfortable space to be yourself, and learn about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and an activist. 

    To join the meeting with audio and video, participants can click this link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting To join the meeting with audio only, participants may call the following number: +1 206-800-4125   United States, Seattle (Toll).  Any questions or concerns may be directed at our email:

    Jazz Band at Nathan Hale
    Interested in joining Jazz band?  Go to for audition information.

    Fall Play
    We will be creating a show together this year for our Fall production.  You can sign up to be a Writer, Actor, or Techie.  Everyone is invited to do theatre here at Hale whether you make music, sew, draw, dance, sing, build, write, or just love stories then there is a job for you!  Sign up here (sign up by Sept 25th).  E-mail Mr. Roby with questions

    Enjoy the long weekend.

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

    Resending previous information for your convenience:

    Join Our Associated Student Body!
    Students in grades 9-12,  join your ASB by running for office! If you want to run for class office or ASB office please contact Mr. Renouard by Wednesday, September 9th with your intent ( Students must have a 2.0 GPA and a willingness to serve. Elections will be held the first week of school for grades 10–12. Ninth grade elections will be held several weeks after the start of school. For each of the student leadership groups (ASNH, Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes), the positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Class offices also add the position of Senate Rep.    

    The Source
    If you do not have a Source account, please sign up now
    by following this link so you will be able to view your student's school schedule on Monday. To sign-up, you will need your student's ID number and you will enter the email the Seattle School District has for you. If you use a different email, it will not be recognized, and you will not be able to sign up.

    Laptop Distribution for Grade 9 students and for students in grades 10 - 12 who do not have Seattle School District laptops
    Grade 9: Incoming 9th graders who received a laptop in 8th grade should bring their middle school laptop to return to the district and be issued an upgraded high school laptop. (The middle school laptops will be re-purposed and are needed to assign to current middle school students.)
    Grades 10-12: If you did not pick up your laptop last spring or are new to Nathan Hale, please pick up your laptop during one of the days below.

    Laptop Distribution Procedure
    We had a great week of laptop distribution. If you have not received your laptop yet, our final laptop distribution day will be on Wednesday, September 9th. Distribution will take place at the main entry of the school. Masks are required and will be provided for those who do not have them. Physical distancing will be maintained. There are no appointments - just come within the time frame. 
    Last laptop distribution day:
          • Wednesday, September 9th, 9:00am-12:00pm This is an extra day for families unable to pick up their laptops on the 2nd or 3rd

    There are many aspects to guaranteeing access to digital learning for all our students, and your student having a Seattle Schools laptop is important to all of them. Whether it is the only device your student has, or one of many, we want your student to have their Seattle Public Schools laptop as their primary school device. Student laptops make the experience of logging in, using learning programs, receiving tech support updates and new apps smooth and reliable. When teachers give directions on how to use a program, your student on the SPS laptop will receive reliable tailored information to make technology an open door to learning, not a barrier.  

    Distribution of Other School Materials
    As teachers assign textbooks and other materials, we will use Wednesdays for distribution days. We will use School Messenger and Schoology to make distribution information available as we move forward. All distribution days will follow the health and safety procedures of masks and physical distancing. 

    Strong Start Schedule and Resources
    To find your virtual classrooms,
    please go to your teachers’ Schoology page! 
    Please visit for detailed STUDENT log in steps. 
    Schoology Student Guide

    If you haven’t located your class schedule yet, please be sure to login to The Source
    Information about The Source can be found here.
    Technical Tips about The Source can be found here

    If for some reason you are having trouble locating your teacher’s Schoology page, please email your teacher directly. You can find staff contact information on the Nathan Hale Website

    To better support remote learning, Seattle Public Schools is enabling student Microsoft Outlook email accounts. Please take the steps to access your student email account as this is where school and course related information for students will be sent!  

    Tuesday (9/8)
    Mentorship:  9:00-9:15am
    Period 1:      9:25-9:40am
    Period 2:      9:45-10:00am
    Period 3:     10:10-10:25am
    Period 4:     10:30-10:45am
    Period 5:     10:50-11:05am
    Period 6:     11:10-11:25am

    Wednesday (9/9)
    Support                     9:00-9:50am
    Mentorship               10:00-11:00am      
    Support                     11:10-12:15pm    
    Lunch/Enrichment    12:20-1:10pm          
    Staff Collaboration    1:20-3:35pm
    Thursday (9/10) & Friday (9/11) 
    Mentorship:  9:00-9:30am
    Period 1/4:   9:40-10:05am
    Period 2/5:  10:15-10:40am
    Period 3/6:  10:50-11:15am