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    Friday, 8/7 Message to Families
    Posted on 08/07/2020

    Beloved Community,  

    I hope you are well and taking care of yourself and your families. It has taken me some time to process the news that we are opening the 2020-2021 academic school year remotely. I want to reach out and connect with you as I know you and your students are processing this as well. Back in the spring, we all hoped it would be safe to return to school in person this fall. The reality that we will not be back in our building in September is disappointing and challenging. 
     
    We have not stopped thinking about our students and families as we launch the new school year. We have been meeting throughout the summer with an enhanced focus on bettering our remote teaching and learning. Our technology task force has been considering strategies and learning opportunities that will best meet the needs of our students. In addition to the survey data collected by our central office, we would like to gather specific data about Nathan Hale student/family remote learning experiences. This ongoing data collection will allow us to be responsive to student needs throughout the school year as we learn online together. Please fill out the following short survey by Friday, August 14th: https://tinyurl.com/NHHS-tech-survey. Our grade 9 planning team has been developing strategies to socially and academically connect with our incoming 9th grade students as well as optimizing our Academy structure in this time of distance learning. Members of our racial equity team are continuing the work of focusing on identifying anti-racist and culturally responsive strategies for our educators and students as we enter the fall. We are physically distancing, not socially distancing, and our work around how to keep our students connected is centered on that.  

    We will keep you informed as the plans we are developing for our launch of the school year become firm. Traditional events such as Raider Day and others will be restructured with the safety of the community first and foremost in our minds. We will use our Friday messages and other updates sent through School Messenger as our primary form of communication. (Note: School Messenger pulls parent and guardian email addresses from our student system. If you did not receive this message via email, please contact Rae Keyes at rkkeyes@seattleschools.org so we can update your email address in our system.) Friday messages will be posted on our school website for future reference. 

    Our long standing commitment to developing 'Honorable, thinking, skillful, global citizens' will help us stay the course. I intend to honor our CES Principles of “Less Is More” and “Generalist” as we re-enter this unpredictable time. Healing, care, compassion, trust, and love will help us strengthen our community. I ask for your continued patience and trust as we prepare for remote learning.  

    William Jackson