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    Friday, 2/5 Message to Families
    Posted on 02/05/2021

    Beloved Community,

    I hope you all had a good first week of our second semester. During this week of learning, our educators led powerful lessons in celebration of Black Lives Matter at Schools Week, and honoring Black History Month. Throughout this month of February, we will be sharing more lessons focused on Black history, empowerment, and resiliency. For your own connections to our ongoing learning, check out recommendations from our very own Hale educators for great reads for Black History Month in our first-ever Raiders Reading Rainbow video

    As a reminder, we will be mailing out grade reports next week, which will identify first semester grades. In this message, you will find information about our weekly bulletin, upcoming activities in Mentorships, a message from our school library, and our final reminder about Semester 1 Incompletes and more! 

    February and March in Mentorships 

    Suicide Prevention Training

    One of the many devastating side effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic is the toll that isolation has had on adolescent mental health. Youth are experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. Tragically, suicide attempts are on the rise. What we know is that talking about our mental health makes a difference, which is why students will be participating in a youth suicide prevention training in the coming weeks provided by Crisis Connections. Please be on the lookout for a letter on your student’s mentorship Schoology page with further details. Tenth through 12th graders will receive the training in mentorships and ninth graders will receive the training in their health classes.

    Registration for 2021 - 22 School Year

    Counselors and mentorship teachers will launch online registration for the upcoming school year in mentorships on Wednesday, February 10th. Registration Instructions and support will be given over the next several weeks in mentorship. Our goal is to have all students successfully registered for next year by completing their online registration by Friday, March 12th. 

    Stay connected at NHHS! Check out the Weekly Bulletin

    The Weekly Bulletin is coming to you via School Messenger email now to make it easier to see club meeting days, events, happenings, class fundraisers, and college scholarship opportunities. This is a great way to find opportunities and ways for your student to connect at NHHS. You can also find the Weekly Bulletin on the Nathan Hale websiteStudents will find the weekly bulletin on their NHHS Library Schoology page.

    From the Hale Library 

    Materials distribution will continue this month on Wednesdays between 1:00-4:00 pm outside the PAC. Textbooks, library books, and other materials will be distributed during that time. Students can also return materials from this year and last year (including books, uniforms, etc.) during that time. Additionally, materials can be returned M-F between 11:15 am – 1:15 pm at the Nathan Hale meal distribution site (South entrance to campus.) Ms. West is offering students personalized book recommendations at Holds on library books can be placed at And don’t forget to check out recommendations from Hale educators for great reads for Black History Month in our first-ever Raiders Reading Rainbow video!

    Semester Incompletes

    When grades are submitted and report cards are mailed out, some of our Nathan Hale students will receive an Incomplete grade in their course or courses for the first semester. With an Incomplete as a grade, students will have the opportunity to complete an individual learning plan intended to capture the essential learning experiences for the semester. The goal is to ultimately demonstrate understanding on the essential learning that has been missed during first semester’s remote learning. Once the student has completed the required work in their individual learning plan, this will be shared with the teacher who submitted the Incomplete grade. The Incomplete will then change to a passing grade, and the student will be awarded credit. Please be on the lookout for more information about this, along with individual learning plans, and report cards for the semester.

    Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn Forums

    The Listen and Learn forums launching this month continue to listen to Black families as they reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens. AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systematic racism. We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive. Learn more about and register for the AAMA Listen and Learn Forums. Contact: if you have any questions.

    Here are the forum dates by region, sessions are from 6:00 - 8:00pm:

    • Northeast Families, TONIGHT!! Friday, February 5, 2021
    • Northwest Families, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Central Families, Friday, February 12, 2021
    • Southwest Families, Monday, February 22, 2021
    • Southeast Families, Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • African Home Language Families, Friday, February 26, 2021 (translated into Oromo, Somali, Tigrinya and Amharic)

    Saturday, February 6th: FREE Conference Hosted by UW STEMsub Team.

    UW STEMsub Team is hosting a free Solving the College Puzzle Conference this Saturday, February. 6th from 12:00 – 2:00pm. This conference is open to 9th-12th graders who want to learn more about how to make college a reality. Staff are also welcome to attend. Only those who register will be allowed to attend.

    Registration is now open at:

    -Students will start by learning the most important things they need to know to get accepted and be able to afford college.
    -Then they’ll break up by grade-level to learn what they need to do NOW to keep on track.
    -Finally, they’ll  pick from breakout sessions to learn more about what interests them most, including:

    • College applications
    • Financial aid and scholarships
    • Testing Updates and Prep
    • Making the most of academic and other supports

    Giving Leader Award. Nominate a student!

    A giving leader is one who puts others before self. A giving leader works to make the world a better place. A giving leader is one who, by taking action to support the needs of others, makes our community a caring and more equitable place for all people.”

    A student award has been established by our keynote speaker from last year’s Unity in the Community, Francois Locoh-Donou, to honor a student who is a ‘giving leader’. This honor will go to a student that lives the above description. We have seen in the past 10 months, many students who have stepped up to help the block, neighborhood, school, city, county, state and nation in many different ways. Who do you know that exemplifies these values? Who do you want to nominate as a giving leader?

    A monetary award is also given to the school (not to the student) to finance future student service projects once we are back in person. The winner will be one of the decision makers on grant approval.

    Nominees do not have to be a senior. They just have to be a Nathan Hale Student. You may nominate more than one student. Students may nominate each other.

    The link to the nomination form is below. We have less than a week now to nominate candidates. Our goal is to announce the recipient of the award at Unity in the Community on April 7th. Nominations close Wednesday, February 10th.

    Yearbook Update

    The Nathan Hale yearbook staff is back with a recap of all the essentials. From how to purchase to how to be in the yearbook, see below for access to all our major announcements.


    Instagram: @nhhs_yearbook2020

    School Day SAT Canceled

    Due to health and public safety concerns, the administration of the March 2021 school day SAT has been canceled. The current plan is to provide the SAT during the school day to all seniors in the fall of 2021. Students are still able to register and take the PSAT and SAT but will need to register on their own through the College Board. Additional SAT resources for students can be found on the College Board SAT webpage.

    Have a great weekend!

    With love,

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