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    Extended Learning While Out of School
    Posted on 03/11/2020


    Dear Families,

    By now you have heard that we are going to close school for 14 days (ten school days) at a minimum.  I have shared with students to bring home what they need and to find a book to read.  Many of our teachers did hand out books that they will be using in class.  Also, teachers will be providing some learning activities online. So, check Schoology if you can. While these activities are not required, they are highly recommended. 

    This is an excellent time to catch up on school work already assigned. Missing assignments should be completed. This is also a good time to get ahead on research and projects that have been assigned. Work assigned prior to school closing is required work. 

    Extended Learning While Out of School

    While you are out of school in self quarantine we hope that you do not spend all of your time on social media as this is not healthy.  We hope that you will continue to learn and improve your mind.  Nathan Hale is based on the Coalition of Essential Schools Ten Common Principles and the first principle is to:

    Help students learn to use their minds well.  

    This means developing habits of mind, habits of heart and habits of work. 

    The habits of mind that we ascribe to here at NH are Supposing, Evidence, Viewpoint, Connections, Significance.  In all that we do we should be prepared to both ask and answer questions in consideration of these habits of mind.

    • Evidence – How do you know what you know?  What’s the evidence?  is it credible?
    • Viewpoint – What viewpoint are you hearing, seeing, reading?  Who is the author?  What are his/her intentions?
    • Connection – How are things connected to each other? How does “it” fit in?  Where have you seen or heard this before?
    • Significance – So what?  Who cares?  What does it matter?  What significance does it have?
    • Supposing – What if…?  Could things be otherwise?  Can you imagine alternatives?  What if…?

    As we update and continue to make the Ten Common Principles current we should consider the skills needed for the 21st century society.  These include: Agency, Creativity, Diversity and Equity, Literacy and Communication, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Teamwork. 

    Critical Thinking

    • Effectively develops and utilizes multiple techniques to engage in problem solving and can articulate reason for choosing.  
    • Effectively identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions in a variety of conditions.


    • All statements and responses are respectful and appropriate. Always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others  
    • Always listens to ideas and demonstrates compromise allowing the group to meet its full potential.  
    • Motivates all members to share in contributions equally by valuing all members ideas and contributions.


    • Routinely focuses to create and administer a positive impact through his/her actions on the community and environment.  
    • Consistently takes personal responsibility for his/her deeds and actions and can thoroughly explain the impact of his/her own behavior on others.  
    • Shows a steady persistence in a course of action, activity or learning a new skill in spite of obstacles. Regularly looks for various ways to complete the task.  
    • Always considers context to employ one or more habits of mind when necessary.


    • Consistently develops new and valuable ideas using both existing and new knowledge, as well as existing and new resources.  
    • Extensive reflection of own ideas and incorporates changes in creative efforts demonstrating an understanding of the value of analysis and implementation of change.  

    Diversity and Equity

    • All statements and responses are respectful and appropriate. Always listens to, shares with, and supports the efforts of others  
    • Different ideas are appreciated and diverse opinions are sought out while developing a common understanding.  
    • Demonstrates a high level of cultural and social understanding and respect for the uniqueness of others. Encourages discussions to develop new ideas through active listening and offers opinions for increasing innovation and quality of work.

    Literacy and Communication

    • Consistently understands value of and pursues competency in multiple literacies
    • Always interacts with others respectfully. Demonstrates a thorough and well-crafted ability to communicate effectively.

    So it with this in mind that we hope you READ and:

    • discuss what you are reading
    • write about what you are reading
    • question and answer questions about what you are reading
    • continue learning

    Use whatever resources you have available and continue learning.

    If you have access to electronic resources, check out colleges and other learning experiences you may want to pursue after high school.  Spend time on Naviance and investigate where you will go next; create a resume.  Create a list of possible interests that you may want to connect your Hale Action Project where you would provide service to our community.  

    Check out these resources from our library web page:

    More links below as well as two attachments on how to access SPL Library Link.

    I know this is a difficult time for everyone so please take care of yourself and remember, life is full of learning and sometimes you are required to do this on your own.  Please continue your learning and we hope to see you soon when school is back in session.

    Take care,


    Jill Hudson, Ed.D., Principal
    Nathan Hale High School

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

    Resources accessible from home:

    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.

    Seattle Public Library (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, educational videos, and music. See attached documents Library Link_March 2020.pdf and LibraryLinkInstructions_Mar2020.pdf .

    King County Library (Seattle residents can apply for a free KCLS card)   for Online tutoring

    Project Gutenberg ( Free eBooks, primarily classics in the public domain. Better for older students as there are not many picture books. 

    Free Online YA Books:

    Online Culture (largest source of free audio books, courses for every subject, movies, textbooks, ebooks, and languages:

    The Electric Typewriter (essays and articles by the world's best journalists and writers):

    Loyal Books (public domain ebooks and audio books):

    Guggenheim Museum (free art books online):