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    Friday, 10/9 Message to Families
    Posted on 10/10/2020

    Beloved Community,

    Today marks a special day in our Lake City community and in our collective connection and growth. This morning, NHHS students participated in the dedication ceremony of Hayashi Avenue in front of the Lake City Library.  The Hayashi family, Lake City residents and civic leaders, were unjustly interned during World War II.  

    In the words our students wrote and shared with the Hayashi family and our Lake City community at the dedication this morning:

    "Nathan Hale High School Coalition of Asian and Pacific Students supports the renaming of 28th Avenue NE to Hayashi Avenue. We support this action because it is a symbol of our presence in history – it acknowledges the Asian and Pacific Islander experience in Seattle, a history often overlooked. It is a visual reminder of progress and a reminder that the fight against racism is in the everyday. Today we find a Japanese name amongst numbered streets, a disruption of the norm to speak the history of the unheard. There are many streets in Seattle dedicated to prominent families that have helped build Seattle into what it is, and the Hayashi family deserves the same recognition."

    "Action and redresses of historical injustices are important because it lets people know that they are welcome in a world where they have been oppressed. Through an initial action, such as the renaming of 28th Avenue NE to Hayashi Avenue, viewers will feel empowered, desire to deeply research the history of Lake City and its community, and feel like their history has been acknowledged by the community. As students at Nathan Hale we feel we are not alone in this fight for racial justice and know that we have allies to the AAPI community here in Lake City, that we are in this together."

    "We hope that the renaming of 28th Avenue will be a catalyst to recognizing all the integral communities and families that make Lake City our home. We hope that this will inspire the younger generation to stand-up and take action, because there is a community behind them. ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ ”

    “Future Ready” Students
    Our Career Connected Learning Coordinator, Cindy Jamieson, has been working with students to get them “future ready”, which for some of our students means landing their first job. Here are some resources that can help students reach their goal:

    1. Develop a resume using Naviance. Many business only accept online applications and Naviance stores their resume so it may be uploaded during the application process.
    2. Where to find current part-time job openings for teens:; (culinary);; Students may also go directly to the company website and search jobs / careers.
    3. Our Nathan Hale website has information on Internships. Opportunities are few during the Covid era, but information is updated frequently, so keep checking.

    Curriculum Night in the Age of Pandemic
    Curriculum Night this year will be virtual. We will soon have a launch date for the event and details for families to easily access the videos that teachers are preparing. The event will not be live so you will be able to access the videos at a time that works for you. More to come on date and details. 

    ORCA Cards
    All students enrolled in SPS high schools have an ORCA Card issued to them.
    Metro Transit began collecting fares again on October 1st so we strongly encourage all students to take advantage of the ORCA Opportunity Youth Program.  Details: High school students at Seattle Public Schools receive a free, unlimited 12-month ORCA card valid through August 31, 2021 . The ORCA cards provide no cost, unlimited transit on King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Everett Transit, and Seattle Center Monorail.

    Students pick up their cards in October on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00pm at the Main Entry.

    The Teen Health Clinic  
    The clinic located inside Nathan Hale high school is open! It is staffed with a mental health therapist, nurse practitioners, and a clinic coordinator. In person appointments are available for sports physicals, we also have all the childhood vaccines for ages 4-18 including Flu. You can schedule phone visits to discuss health concerns, or to connect with their mental health therapist. Please call 206-302-1840 to access services at the Teen Health Center. Do you want to know more? Check out this link: There is also information on the Nathan Hale website on the Teen Health Center webpage.  

    Application for Free and Reduced Meals
    Families need to submit a new application every school year for Free/Reduced Meals, and qualifying students may receive discounted or free school services.
    2019-20 Yearbook Pick-up
    This Wednesday, October 14th is the last scheduled day to pick up the 2019-20 yearbook during the Material Distribution time from 1:00-4:00pm at the Main Entry. Yearbooks may also be purchased at that time. Cost is $75.

    From NHHS Librarian Dana West 
    Every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm, I will be checking out books at the main entry of school. This coming Wednesday, I will feature books for Indigenous Peoples' Day (Monday, Oct. 12), as well as some brand new anti-racist books that we’ve just added to our collection. To view the library catalog online and place books on hold for Curbside Checkout, please visit I look forward to meeting students who come to check out books. 

    There is always information about the library available on Schoology, and I hope you’ll reach out to me at if you have questions about Curbside Checkout, textbook distribution, or anything else about the library!

    The Great Shake Out
    The Great Shake Out: On Thursday, October 15th, Nathan Hale will participate in the International Great ShakeOut event, which is the state’s largest earthquake and tsunami drill. The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Washingtonians prepared for a major earthquake and to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.  During this drill, the entire school will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on. Teaching our students and staff about earthquake safety helps ensure they know what to do to stay safe when the ground shakes. As an earthquake is something that is experienced by the entire community, we welcome families to participate with us in this important safety drill! Grade 9 classes will conduct the drill at 10:15 and grades 10-12 will conduct the drill at 10:10.

    AP Exam Registration
    It’s time to register for AP Exams. A qualifying score on an AP exam may be accepted for credit by some colleges. Students are encouraged to check with their colleges of choice to confirm. AP will support in-school testing and will also provide a contingency testing option – that contains full course content – if school buildings are closed for safety reasons. For students registering for AP exams by the November 12th deadline, the cancellation or unused exam fee will be excused. Exams are $102 each. Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch are offered exams at no charge. This year payment will not be due until March 5th. For more information about AP you can look at the College Board student page, check with your AP teacher, or contact Ms. Greene (

    Questions about the PSAT or SAT?  Get the latest information directly from the College Board here:

    Have a great weekend.

    With love,

    William Jackson (Black|he,him)
    Nathan Hale High School