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    Friday, 10/23 Message to Families
    Posted on 10/23/2020

    Beloved Community,

    I hope you are doing well and are taking care of yourselves. Please read our updates on pulse surveys, Remote Curriculum Night, library checkout, ORCA cards (the last week!), the upcoming deadline for AP Exam registration, and the Family Resource Center opening. And lastly, an update from our FCCLA chapter.

    We know that students are having a challenging time making and building connections with other students during this time of being apart from each other. I am encouraged when I look at the Thursday bulletin and see the number of clubs that are meeting. Clubs are a great way to connect with other students and new interests. If your student has not had a chance to attend a club meeting yet, I suggest they jump in and attend a meeting or two. Details are found in the Thursday bulletin which is posted on our Nathan Hale website (look for the Daily Bulletin button under the photo of the school). 

    Pulse Surveys

    On Wednesday, October 21st, our students took the Pulse Survey. This anonymous survey was brief, and covered remote learning, school climate and culture. Since all students did not take the survey, we will be resharing the survey this coming week in Mentorship. If your Nathan Hale student has not taken this survey, we ask that you encourage them to do so. Survey results will be available shortly after the window closes on October 30th. For detailed information please see the SPS Family and Student Surveys webpage or contact Melinda Greene (

    Remote Curriculum Night

    Next week, students will be using their school email to populate a playlist of messages from their Mentorship Teacher, Classroom Teachers, Counselor, and Administration welcoming all of our Nathan Hale families and students into our school community for the 2020-2021 remote academic school year. Please encourage and remind your student(s) to attend their Mentorship class this coming Wednesday, October 28th where they will receive instruction on how to create their playlists. These playlists will be available to all by next Friday, October 30th. 

    Library Curbside Checkout

    Every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm, our librarian, Dana West, will be checking out books at the main entry of school. Students can come by and browse books on display, or log into the library catalog and place holds on the books they want to read. To view the library catalog online and place books on hold for Curbside Checkout, please visit Ms. West looks forward to meeting students who come to check out books. There is always information about the library available on Schoology. Please reach out to her at if you have questions about Curbside Checkout, textbook distribution, or anything else about the library!

    ORCA Cards

    ORCA cards will be available for pick-up this coming Wednesday, October 28th from 1:00-4:00pm during Material Distribution time. This is the last week we will have your student’s card easily accessible to distribute before we need to return them downtown. Metro started charging fares in October so your student will want their card!

    AP Exam Registration Information – Deadline is November 12th

    All students in AP classes must create an AP account on the College Board website to take an AP exam. Once the account has been created, students must use a join code provided by their subject area teacher to register for the tests they wish to take. For instance, students taking 2 exams need to get the 2 join codes and register for the exam in each subject area. When registering, students must indicate YES in the online form to generate an order for the test. Exams will not be ordered for “No” or “Undecided” responses. The deadline for registering is November 12th. 

    The cost is $102 for each exam taken, and there will be no charge for students who qualify for free/reduced meals. To qualify, families must submit an application which can be completed online by going to the district’s Free and Reduced Meal webpage. Please notify Ms. Melinda Greene ( if you qualify. 

    This year payment will be collected February 1 – March 5, 2021 through SchoolPay or by check to the Nathan Hale Fiscal Office. Also, College Board will waive the $40 fee for canceled or unused exams ordered before November 12th and/or canceled before March 5th. This means there will be a $40 penalty for late orders. The College Board has said they will support in-school testing in 2021 and will also provide a contingency testing option-that contains full course content-if school buildings close for safety concerns. To get SAT and PSAT-related Coronavirus updates from the College Board click here:

    Family Resource Center Opening 

    We are happy to announce the opening of the Family Works Family Resource Center this Wednesday afternoon at 12:45pm on our campus. The Family Resource Center, a joint partnership between SPS and Family Works, will be open from 12:45 – 3pm on Wednesday afternoons. Families across the north end of Seattle with students of all ages will find tri-lingual staff (Somali, Spanish and English) ready to help families navigate family services and resources. The Family Resource Center will be located in the same area on the south side of the building as food distribution. 

    FCCLA News

    Congratulations to our FCCLA Student Leaders for creating, organizing and facilitating a successful Region 4 / King Co. Fall Meeting. FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a Career & Technical Student Organization which encourages students to:

    • Learn more about careers, and about post-high school education and training options
    • Develop leadership skills that will prepare students for college and career
    • Test student skills at regional, state and national competitions

    A total of 65 students and advisers from eight King County High Schools attended this virtual leadership meeting. The two State Officers for Region 4, who were responsible for this event, are from Nathan Hale High School this year and are both juniors: Una C. and Aurora H.B. Chapter meetings happen twice a month on Tuesdays at 12:20pm. All students are welcome to attend. 

    Please encourage your student to get involved in at least one of our clubs at Nathan Hale. Studies show that students who participate in clubs demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement and motivation, civic engagement, career self-efficacy and employability skills than other students. Links and meeting times are listed in the school bulletin.

    Have a great weekend!

    With love,

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