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    Special Message to NHHS Families
    Posted on 06/03/2020

    Dear Nathan Hale High School Community: 

    On behalf of the Nathan Hale students and staff, we want to thank you all for your amazing support and participation in our demonstration for Black Lives Matter and racial justice on Saturday, May 30th. The tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the murder of so many before them became a call to action for our school community to rise together courageously to address the systemic bias and institutional racism that exists in our society. And rise we did with your presence, your signs, your horns and your resounding support. 

    As we arrived in the thunder and rain of Saturday morning, we were overwhelmed with the number of head lights and tail lights stretching as far as we could see. Many of us were overcome with emotion as we saw car and after car filled with families coming together to stand for justice. This event would not have made the impact it did without your care and your solidarity. This moment represented a shining light surrounding all of the sadness and grief in our country. Be proud of your efforts, as it was a representation of the love for our community and the united commitment toward racial equity and social justice for all. Let us continue to shine.

    Here at Nathan Hale, we will continue to shine our light, recognize and lift every voice, from students, staff, and community, as we work to advance a more just society. These tragic moments surrounding us remind us of the importance to double down on our commitment to racial equity and justice in our education system and beyond. 

    Saturday was a reminder that it is important to take note of the great work we all do at Nathan Hale as a community to advance a more just society. We have a racial equity team, made up of students and staff committed to advancing racial equity in our policies and practices within our school community. We have a professional development team focused on advancing anti-racist curriculum and culturally responsive teaching strategies for all students. We have a Black Student Union, Coalition of Asian Pacific Students, LatinX Heritage Club, and Pride Club, all led by students focused on equity and justice at Nathan Hale and beyond. Though there is much to celebrate, there is much more work to do. If you are interested in joining in the work, please get in touch with us.

    Monday was another bright and clear moment in the confusion of the times we are in. Our students, staff, and community came together to raise both our Pride flag and Black Lives Matter flag to honor our celebration of Pride month and to represent our solidarity in our fight for racial equity and social justice. Stay connected with us as we work with you to build a more just society for all of our students, families, and community members.

    We don’t want to look back at yesterdays for a vision but to create our own vision of tomorrow. A tomorrow that includes all human beings. Here at Hale, we call on our community to embrace the hope offered by Ibram X. Kendi in How to Be an Anti-Racist: “Believe in the possibility that we can transform our societies to be anti-racist from this day forward. Racist power is not godly. Racist policies are not indestructible. Racial inequities are not inevitable. Racist ideas are not natural to the human mind.” We as a community need to be anti-racist.

    We know these are tough times for all of us as we grapple as a nation to move forward.  If you are looking for ways to approach conversations with your young people, here are three resources that might be helpful:

    Teaching Tolerance: Help your child learn to live and play in a diverse world 

    A PARENTS’S GUIDE to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

    Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

    While we must maintain physical distance, please do take the time to check in with neighbors and friends. Many of us are feeling the weight of these times and it is important that our collective response is centered on love and unconditional care. Let’s build and heal together. 

    “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together”
    ~African Proverb 

    Jill Hudson and William Jackson

    Nathan Hale High School
    206-252-3680

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