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    Fri, 1/8 Message to Families
    Posted on 01/08/2021

    Beloved Community, 

    Welcome Back! I hope you had a restful break and were able to disconnect and spend time amongst families, friends, and loved ones. I am excited to be back and connected with you as we head into 2021. The start of the much-awaited new year has taken a turn that we are all working to process. We are particularly thinking of our young people as they come of age in unprecedented times. At NHHS, we continue to dedicate ourselves to the support of our students as we navigate these turbulent times together. We have a lot of goodness coming from our community and we look forward to sharing that with you in the coming year.

    C89.5 Celebrates Our 50 Year Anniversary! 

    C895 public radio, part of the CTE program at Nathan Hale High School, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary on January 25, 2021.  Thousands of students have learned real-world job skills in broadcasting, audio production, social media writing, and more with hundreds going on to careers in radio, television, marketing, and areas related to media.   Others find their voice, grow confidence, and gain valuable experience in a professional work environment.  Congratulations to C89.5 Public Radio on 50 years of service to the students of Seattle Public Schools and listeners throughout Seattle and surrounding communities.  Listen on your radio at 89.5FM. To see the official proclamation made by King County, click on the calendar entry for C89.5/KNHC 50th Anniversary Day.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly 

    On Wednesday, January 20th, during mentorship, our Black Student Union will be hosting our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly. A link to our virtual assembly will be coming soon. 

    Black Lives Matter At Schools Week 

    On Monday, February 1st - Friday, February 5th, our educators will be celebrating National Black Lives Matter At Schools Week. The goal is to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, teach Black history, and commit to teaching a wide variety of lessons centering Black history and literature. 

    Two Ways to Stay Connected in 2021

    Join Hale Mail, managed by our Nathan Hale Community Organization, to keep up to date with NHHS community and school news and events. You will receive graduation year specific information as well as all school information. To join, go to for a quick sign-up. As we move into the spring, more messages will be posted to Hale Mail. Don't miss out! Read more about Hale Mail on the NHHS website

    Check out the NHHS Thursday Bulletin and share with your student/s. This is where clubs, activities, internship opportunities, community involvement opportunities and information about athletics and performances can be found. Is your student looking for ways to connect? The Thursday bulletin is a great place to start. The bulletin also contains helpful links for families. 


    Congratulations to these students enrolled in our Child Development class: Auden, Mara and Brenda. They all went above and beyond the required classwork by doing research, additional hours of study and completing exams to qualify for an industry certification. Usually offered at the college level, the training was facilitated by our teacher, Cindy Jamieson, and meets the health and safety requirements for educators working in licensed early learning facilities and is recognized by Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families. Way to go, students! 

    Message from the Library

    Happy New Year from the Nathan Hale Library!

    Distribution of library books, textbooks, and other materials continues every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 at the main entry to school. Students are encouraged to log into the library catalog at to place holds on the books they want to read. They can also get personalized book recommendations from Ms. West at This month at curbside checkout we'll be featuring lots of brand-new books to the Hale library! January 13-16 is the 9th Annual Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival. "The Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comics featuring panel discussions, a cosplay show, and highlights the work of creators from across the country. The annual extravaganza and free community event connects fans, writers, illustrators, bloggers, nerds, independent publishers, and collectors of all ages." Visit this website for more information or register for free here.

    Yearbook Grad Ads 

    While this is not the senior year we pictured for the graduating class of 2021, placing a Yearbook Grad Ad is one way to give your senior a gift worth remembering. Yearbook Grad Ads are now available to purchase until March 17th. Space is limited, so follow the instructions below to secure yours! 

    • Go to 
    • Type in the school code "7408" 
    • Click "Start Your Ad" 

    Thank you for support of the yearbook! Please direct your questions to

    Advanced Placement Update 

    The College Board has released an update and course pacing guides for AP exams.  2021 AP exams will cover the full scope of course content and skills.  To support students, the College Board will have live online review sessions available April 19-30. In addition, there is an updated testing schedule with two contingency testing dates for each subject—one is the second half of May and one in the first half of June. Exams on the contingency dates will be full length, covering the full scope of the course content. Full-length digital contingency exams can be taken at home should we still be in Remote Learning. More details will be coming in February. Students should check with their teacher and the College Board online for more information:

    Services Available for Families

    Every Wednesday, 12:45 – 3:00pm at the south side of NHHS (student parking lot entry) the Family Works Family Resource Center is open to help families experiencing need of rental assistance, food, diapers, clothes, adult ORCA cards for qualifying incomes and other resources. A map showing service location doors is available on the Nathan Hale website. No appointment necessary- just drop in! Spanish, Somali and English spoken. 

    Special Bell Schedules for Tuesday, January 19th and Friday, January 29th

    We will be observing a modified Strong Start schedule on Tuesday January 19th and Friday, January 29th with all grades spending a shorter amount of time in all their classes those days. Monday, January 18th is a holiday in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Thursday, January 28th school is not in session due to the Day Between Semesters. The times for the special schedule can be found on our calendar for Tuesday, 1/19 and Friday, 1/29.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    With love, 

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