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Friday 1/13 Message to Families

Beloved Families,

I hope you had a great week and are excited for our upcoming weekend. This past Wednesday, January 11th, our Black Student Union held our Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, honoring the legacy of Dr. King and the accomplishments of the civil rights movement. In the assembly, students shared stories, and held the themes of community, connection, and Black mental health, while also centering the advancement of racial equity, justice, and civil rights in our education system. This message was powerful, and I am proud of their hard work and consistent leadership. As a reminder, there will be no school on Monday, January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

LAST WEEKEND: Senior Portrait and Baby Picture for Yearbook Due 1/16

Last call for senior portrait submissions! Portraits that are not submitted by end of day Monday, January 16th will not be in the yearbook. To submit a senior portrait:

  • Visit 
  • Type in the school code “nathanhale”, all lowercase with no spaces  
  • Fill out the contact form, then select “Upload Your Portrait”

Students who don’t submit a senior portrait will have their school ID photo published in the yearbook instead. If they also didn’t take a school ID photo this year, they will be listed under “Not Pictured”. January 16th is a hard deadline and there will not be an extension. If you have any questions, please contact:

The Heritage yearbook staffers are also accepting senior baby pictures through Monday, January 16th for their annual yearbook spread. To submit a baby picture of your senior, email with the subject line “Senior baby pictures” and attach a photo. Please include the student’s full name with your photo.

Volunteer Opportunities!

Winter Ball 

Come chaperone Winter Ball! Friday, January 27th at the Leif Erickson Hall in Ballard.

To volunteer, send an email to with your contact information. If you have not yet filled out the SPS required volunteer paperwork, there is time before the ball. For forms and details, go to This is a fun, dress up night for students and chaperones alike.  


The NHHS Senate is our building leadership team. Senate is looking for a ninth grade representative and a tenth grade representative. The commitment is attending two meetings a month in person at NHHS from 4 – 5pm. Consider being a part of our student, staff and parent/guardian decision making body. For more information or to volunteer as a Senate representative, please contact Senate Chair Tony Renouard at

Semester 1 Finals Schedule

Finals will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 2 & 3. The schedule for those two days are posted on the Nathan Hale website under School News/Semester 1 Finals Schedule and also on the website calendar.

FAFSA/WASFA Workshops for Senior Families

The FAFSA/WASFA is an important step for high school seniors to receive financial aid for college. Students who are eligible for the Seattle Promise scholarship are required to complete their FAFSA/WASFA applications by April 30, 2023. 

All Seattle Public Schools seniors and their families are invited to attend. The workshops are offered in the languages below. Two sessions were already held this week on Wednesday and Thursday in Amharic and Cantonese. (Info was posted in the Daily Bulletin earlier this week).

Date  Time  Languages  
Wednesday, January 11th 5:30-7:30pm  Amharic and English 
Thursday, January 12th 5:30-7:30pm  Cantonese and English 
Wednesday, January 18th 5:30-7:30pm  Tigrinya and English 
Tuesday, January 24th 5:30-7:30pm  Spanish and English 
Thursday, January 26th 5:30-7:30pm  Vietnamese and English 
Tuesday, January 31st 5:30-7:30pm  Somali and English 

Join any of the workshops on Zoom:  
Join the workshops by phone: 253-215-8782 or 206-337-9723, Enter meeting ID: 968 6437 0447 

Questions? Visit our website:, or email us at  

From the Counseling Office

Second semester schedules are now on the Source. Please review the second semester schedules and if your student is missing a class, or wants to change an Elective course, your student should visit the counseling office during drop-in hours (before/after school or lunch time) or email their counselor. Counselors are determined by your student’s last name.

Kristen Patterson: A-Gom,

Kristie Thompson: Gon – N,

Kelly Creech: O-Z,

Daily Bulletin and Hale Mail

If you haven’t signed up for Hale Mail, please read about it and sign up by going to the Hale Mail webpage. Receiving Hale Mail helps ensure that you stay abreast of time sensitive notices that may get included in the Daily Bulletin but don’t make it into the weekly Friday message. The Daily Bulletin is also posted on the Nathan Hale website, as is our weekly Friday messages.

With love,

William Jackson, Ed.D. (he, him)
Nathan Hale High School