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    Last and First Messages from Jill and William!
    Posted on 06/20/2020
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    June 19, 2020

    Dear Families,
     
    It has been my pleasure to serve this community as principal for these past 11 years out of a 30 year career in education. In that time we have seen the roof collapse, the creek flood and the entire building be rebuilt from the ground up. We have experienced the snow-apocalypse, labor strikes and student walkouts. And now, a Pandemic. Our students and staff are resilient and forward thinking. We have seen students, families and staff protest for equal rights and we have seen student voice become the focus of what we do. We have dedicated ourselves on being learners. Together we worked on making our community and our broader society a better place. Sometimes we stumbled, but we got back up and kept on learning, and we tried to leave Nathan Hale a better place.  

    We took pride in working collaboratively towards what was best for students, ALL students. We engaged in change so that we could better meet the 21st century skills that our students now need. Through project-based learning and exhibitions, students demonstrated what they know and can do. Collaboratively, we learned how to celebrate and embrace difference and learn from one another. Nathan Hale has worked to create a school that has graduated thousands of young people who went out into the world as honorable, thinking, skillful, global citizens.  Not a bad way to spend a career.

    I want to thank all of the families and staff for their belief in me and providing me the feedback I needed to grow as a leader. It has been an honor to serve this community and I will treasure my years at Nathan Hale.

    But as you all know, the only constant is change. For Nathan Hale that means it is time for me to focus on other things in my life and pass the baton to a new leader that will continue our learning stance and move forward our important work. It is my distinct pleasure to introduce William Jackson, the new principal of Nathan Hale.  
     
    Sincerely,

    Jill Hudson, Ed. D.
     
    Dear Families,

    I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the new Principal of Nathan Hale High School! I can assure you that I share in our school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a rigorous and relevant learning environment.  
    I am transitioning to Principal after serving four years with Dr. Hudson in our school community as Assistant Principal. In these four years, I have worked alongside staff and students to further our commitment to our CES Ten Common Principles and our commitment to honor our diverse student body and families. Together, we will work continuously to advance racial equity and social justice in our ongoing professional development focus on culturally responsive teaching, project based learning and excellence in education.
     
    I grew up in Seattle, Washington, where I learned from my family and community the values of education, social justice, and service. I began my career in education, teaching humanities, economics, and leadership at O’Dea High School, focusing on ethnic studies and social justice. As a lifelong learner, I have a desire to continue to learn and grow in my leadership and understanding of the impact educational policy has on our opportunities to collectively grow as educators, for our students. I am currently earning my doctorate in education from the University of Washington, with a focus on educational leadership and policy. 

    I believe in our Nathan Hale mission of growing honorable, skillful, thinking, global citizens. This requires that we continually grow in our capacity to build 21st century learners through our ongoing digital learning, project based learning experiences, and culturally responsive teaching strategies, that all align to the focuses in our Profile Of A Graduate

    Understanding our current climate surrounding coronavirus school closures, digital teaching and learning, and our enhanced focus on racial justice, I believe what is most important now is creating a sense of belonging for all students, staff, and community. This requires compassion, trust and healing.

    To our students and families, I cannot wait for the opportunity to see you! Whatever this coming year will look like, I am excited to serve and connect with you, as we celebrate our collective successes during the 2020-2021 school year. I assure you, it will be a meaningful and exciting year, as we learn and grow together. With love and appreciation,
     
    William Jackson
    Principal
    Nathan Hale High School
     
    Virtual Meet and Greet Town Hall RECORDED!
    If you missed the Virtual Meet and Greet Town Hall with Dr. Hudson and Mr. Jackson this past Wednesday, you are able to view the recording of it by clicking on this link: https://tinyurl.com/nhhsmeetgreet and going to the 12:45 mark. The link is also accessible from our Nathan Hale webpage.

    Student led Activism During School Closure 
    When schools closed for COVID, many clubs decided to meet to maintain culture, care, and lead for change. Our Pride Club, Girls in the Arts, Coalition of Asian Pacific students, and our Black Student Union consistently met to provide a space for students to connect digitally and to identify areas our school community could continue to grow. Our Pride club held an intersectional forum with our Black Student Union. Our Coalition of Asian Pacific Students and Black Student Union presented to our Seattle Public School’s Department of Racial and Equity Advancement, and spoke to educators from all around the district about the meanings of representing both Asian-American heritage and African-American heritage in Seattle Public Schools. We’re so proud of our clubs and club advisors for advancing our student led activism during school closure. 
     
    Racial Equity and Anti-Racism During School Closure 
    Our Racial Equity Team met weekly during school closure. Including students, families, and staff, the focus began on healing and creating a sense of belonging during school closure. After the tragic murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and then George Floyd, our Racial Equity Team felt a deep sense of urgency to connect with our school community and organize a driving demonstration through our Lake City community. Since this demonstration, the Racial Equity Team has grown, and has deepened their sense of unity and urgency to build a stronger, more anti-racist school community. This summer, staff, students, and community members will be reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson, How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Please join us!
     
    Attention all incoming and returning Boys Ultimate players! 
    While we don’t yet know what fall sports will look like, due to COVID safety restrictions and recommendations, we do know that Ultimate is about community, and we’re hoping to a keep a team going even if that means competitions are on hold. We can still come up with a way to gather and practice or workout at a safe social distance and focus on other aspects of what it means to be a team. We will follow safety guidelines set by Nathan Hale, DiscNW, and WIAA. (See their guiding principles here: https://seaintsol.net/wiaasecure/News.aspx?ID=1717&Mon=6&Yr=2020)
     
    Returning and New Players: While play may look different depending on which pandemic phase we’re in, if you’re interested in being part of the team, please register online at: https://seattleschools-wa.finalforms.com/. Typically, we have informal captain’s practices starting in mid-July, with formal practices starting mid-August. If you register, you’ll be on our email list, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed. Questions? Email nhhsboysultimate@gmail.com
     
    For more information visit the Ultimate website at: https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=booster-boysultimatefrisbee&s=htosports
    or the Nathan Hale website at: https://halehs.seattleschools.org/
     
    Yearbooks
    Due to printing plant delays, Nathan Hale will be receiving the 2019-2020 Yearbook in late July. With the health and safety of our students and families in mind, we've adapted the timeline for Nathan Hale's Yearbook distribution. Senior students will be invited to join us for Senior Yearbook Day at Nathan Hale in August. As more guidance from the state and school district become available, we will determine whether to include a signing party as part of the Senior Yearbook Day. To stay up to date on Senior Yearbook Day, please check the Nathan Hale website regularly. For all other grade levels, Yearbook distribution day for this year's book will take place during a school day in early September 2020.

    Food Support
    The district will continue to provide food support lunches and boxed food everyone Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM. You can access this service from the south doors facing the student parking lot. Also, if your child receives free or reduced price school meals, your family is eligible for Pandemic EBT to assist with buying groceries while schools are closed. Please read more about it at this webpage: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/student_meals. Also, more information is attached here: Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.
     
    This will be the last Friday Message for this school year. We hope all our families have a safe, restful summer. As always, we encourage all our students to read over the summer to keep their minds engaged and active!

    Nathan Hale High School

    Resources

    Seattle Public Schools COVID-19 webpage with updates
    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update

    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
    https://www.heatheranneworld.com/post/homeschooling-is-not-the-same-as-crisis-schooling-advice-during-coronavirus-covid-19-shut-downs?fbclid=IwAR3jYbFKFyXenCENJ0txZ-YdXIsZV5nrZzCjiwiHHDZUCAIJbn224gTVKPM

    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
    http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19

    Social Care Network 
    https://www.auntbertha.com/

    Internet
    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). 
    https://www.internetessentials.com/?utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=IEHSI&utm_medium=Search&utm_content=IEHSI&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwZPJ5cuX6AIVwh6tBh3K-gC4EAAYASAAEgIW_vD_BwE

    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 8thhttps://www.wahbexchange.org/washington-healthplanfinder-extends-current-special-enrollment-period-gives-extra-month-for-uninsured-to-secure-health-coverage/. For Washington Health Benefit Exchange news updates: https://www.wahbexchange.org/category/in-the-news/

    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.
    https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15858

    Seattle Public Library  spl.org (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, ebooks, audiobooks, and music. See here for login directions and top resources: https://seattleschools-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/ejcrouse_seattleschools_org/Ebsewujkt0BMs1sT_YDUsK8B2ClX3kMejpuNi8AQIDMl9w  

    King County Library (Seattle residents can apply for a free KCLS card) https://kcls.org/resources-types/databases/   for Online tutoring

    Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/) Free eBooks, primarily classics in the public domain. Better for older students as there are not many picture books. 

    Free Online YA Bookshttps://rivetedlit.com/free-reads/?fbclid=IwAR3cFH7MjgakBIfwtm4xT-TflbLkpNTEalfJEjwKRQ1LAPtAnS3P4jL4CZI

    Online Culture (largest source of free audio books, courses for every subject, movies, textbooks, ebooks, and languages:  http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

    The Electric Typewriter (essays and articles by the world's best journalists and writers): https://tetw.org/?fbclid=IwAR2A9mQipEuTEGkhKw11WBPiB0FruvzyBtfhh7gLUms2STyHecvwicBudwY 

    Loyal Books (public domain ebooks and audio books) : http://www.loyalbooks.com/?fbclid=IwAR2zMOVZ3iWWv00mhm6IItbZHBep-If8DOO4HppBXP6k-AW1vfbPeAnxU3I

    Guggenheim Museum (free art books online): https://mymodernmet.com/guggenheim-museum-free-books-online/