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    Important Info: Raider Day, Tuesday, 9/3
    Posted on 08/21/2019
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    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

    You are now a Nathan Hale Raider - CONGRATULATIONS!  I hope you were able to spend some quality time with your teen this summer and they are looking forward to the new school year.  Our staff and I expect to work on developing habits of mind, habits of heart, and habits of work with all our students this year.

    The first official day of school is Wednesday, September 4, 2019. School starts at 8:45AM.  Dismissal time on Wednesday, September 4th only will be 3:35PM.

    We will kick off our school year with RAIDER DAY on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  See schedule below for arrival times.  The transition to high school is an important one.  Families are welcome to attend Raider Day with their student and are invited to Raider Day Coffee sponsored by our NHCO and NHHS Foundation, 9-11AM, in the Activity Center.  Parents and Guardians of 9th graders and any new student are invited to an informational session with me in the Benson Forum at 11:30 AM.  Please come and share the spirit of our community.

                            Grade               Arrival Time
                            9th                     9:00AM – 9th graders will leave at 12:00PM
                            10th                   10:30AM – 11:00AM
                            11th                   11:00AM – 11:30AM
                            12th                   11:30AM – 12:00PM

     Raider Day is a chance for all students to do the following:

    §  Take school & ID/Activity Card pictures (appropriate dress requested).  A price list from Yuen Lui is available under News and here. They encourage ordering your pictures in advance by going to their website; click here for the link.  Seniors, these pictures are different from the “senior portraits” used in the yearbook-hopefully you had your portrait done over the summer by a reputable photographer to be submitted by CD or delivered by the studio to our yearbook advisor by the deadline (in late October/early November) to be announced soon.
    §  Purchase Activity Cards $45.00 (funds from these cards support all activities, clubs and sports at NHHS)
    §  Purchase Yearbook $60.00 (buy now as the price will go up on January 1, 2020)
    If paying by check, please make check payable to Nathan Hale High School (NHHS).
      One check for both the Activity Card and the Yearbook is acceptable ($105). 
    Save yourself time waiting in line by making your payments on-line!  Go to the parent school portal, The Source, and click the SchoolPay Link to pay all of your student’s fees or fines via credit/debit card from home or on your personal device.  New this year, we will be able to accept payments via debit/credit cards at school through our Fiscal Office.
    §  9th Graders will receive locker assignments/10th-12th Graders will pick up locker assignment from custodial window in the morning before classes begin
    §  Pick up final schedule of classes
    §  Walk through your schedule to find your classes
    §  Pay existing outstanding fines
    §  Purchase Raider Gear – see the Sports Booster website for prices (checks payable to:  NHHS Sports Boosters)

    9th Grade Supply List – Bring with you on first day of school:

    • Two (2) composition books (log books).  You will need two (2) per quarter
    • Rolls of clear tape
    • School supplies (pens/pencils/highlighter/notebook paper, etc…)
    • The book you will be reading during Reading Period
    • Package of four (4) color dry erase markers

    Early Release Time:  The district has implemented a 75-minute early release time on Wednesday afternoons. School will be dismissed at 2:20PM on Wednesdays with the exception of the first day of school, Wednesday, September 4th.

    Parking information:  Safe and secure bike racks are located on both sides (east and west) of the building.  Student drivers are to park in our Student Parking lot located south of the building-NOT the Staff lot.  If you plan to drop off your student, please do so on the east side of 30th Ave NE or the south side of NE 110th.  Please do not park on the west side of 30th Ave NE or along the red curbs in the student parking lot.  Handicapped parking is available in all parking areas for those with valid permits.

    Hale Mail:  Receive daily bulletin and other on-line communication.  Sign up at:  Be sure to include your name, email address and graduation year of student(s).  If you are currently in a Hale Mail group for an older student and would like to add a younger student’s graduation year to get the Hale Mail specific to that year, go to the “Update Subscription Preferences” link that is at the bottom of a current Hale Mail to update your Hale Mail groups.

    Student Schedules:  You will receive a hard copy of this letter and a draft schedule mailed to your home later this week. It is important that you and your student check the schedule to ensure that they are taking courses that meet their needs and meet graduation requirements. All courses taken by 9th graders meet graduation requirements.

    • This will not be a final schedule and some changes may be made prior to Raider Day. Final schedules will be distributed on Raider Day.
    • If you find an error or are missing elective classes, you may complete the NHHS Schedule Change Request Form found in the Counseling Office available on Raider Day.
    • If you receive a blank schedule please call the Counseling Office, 252-3694, to make an appointment with your counselor. 

    On Raider Day:

    • Pick up final class schedule.
    • Review schedule – if you are missing an elective class or would like to request a different elective, you must fill out and return a Schedule Change Request Form (NEON yellow) available from the table outside the Counseling Office.
    • Schedule change requests may be turned in through Friday, September 6th. You must attend your classes as scheduled until you receive an updated schedule.
    • Check back at the table on the first day of school day for the status of your schedule change request. After the first day, your counselor will send an updated schedule to your classroom.
    • Students who have a blank schedule or are missing a core class, our counselors will be available from 8:30AM-3:30PM on Raider Day.

    If your student will not be attending Nathan Hale HS this fall, please email our registrar Imani Kang ( as soon as possible.

    SAVE THE DATE:  Open House/Curriculum Night will be on Thursday, September 26th. Classroom visits will start at 7:00PM. Families of seniors are invited to the “Senior Year - September to June” meeting in the PAC at 6:15PM. Families of juniors who would like to get a preview of senior year are more than welcome to join us.

    I hope you enjoy the remaining summer season and I am looking forward to having a great year with your teen and your family.

    Take care,

    Jill Hudson, Ed.D.