Friday 10/1 Message to Families

October 13th – Change of Schedule

All NHHS students will test on Wednesday, 10/13 in their mentorship classes. Students should bring their SPS laptops. Tests taken depends on their grade level. See event page for October 13th for breakdown of tests administered. We anticipate students finishing their test and having lunch between 12:30 and 1:30PM. After testing and lunch, students will have support time for extra help for their classes.  Students who are not using support time will be encouraged to leave campus. If students decide not to use support time, or decide to go home for lunch, their day will end early on October 13th. Please note that you may see your student home as early as 12:30PM.

We have different schedule on Friday, October 15th due to testing. The revised Friday schedule is on the Special Schedule event page for October 15th on the Nathan Hale website.

Curriculum Month

The purpose of curriculum night is for parents and guardians to meet classroom teachers, learn about course curriculum and understand student expectations. Please enjoy the videos created by educators for you to learn all about our staff and classroom programs.

Message shared with students today about football games

That’s right, it’s football season. Apparently, some of our students have forgotten how to act at the stadium. So, it is time for us to remind students of the expectations we have for students at large events. They are probably excited to be going to an event and that excitement sometimes inhibits their frontal cortex from working, and that darn amygdala takes over and poor choices happen.

  • Please remind students that drugs or alcohol are never allowed on any school property in Seattle Public Schools. Huge consequences if you break this rule and it is just not safe. Consuming drugs or alcohol ahead of a game or school event and arriving under the influence will also result in consequences.
  • Please remind students that when an adult who is working at the game directs them to do something, they do it; they are to comply. Do as you are told. Ask questions later. That is the only way to keep everyone safe at large sporting events. Students are practicing for when they go to other football stadiums or arenas for large events where there are ten to one hundred times as many people. In public, we follow rules and directions given to keep everyone safe.
  • Enjoy the game and support all athletes and cheerleaders, even from the other team. We never boo. We lift everyone up to do their best. We treat others how we wish to be treated. If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all. This is just who we are at Nathan Hale. Hale Yes!

Nathan Hale Community Organization (NHCO) Gift Card Drop Off

Monday, October 4th and Tuesday, October 5th from 8:00 – 9:00AM at Main Entry

The NHCO is collecting gift cards for NHHS families in need of assistance with school supplies, food, and other needs. Nathan Hale’s staff will safely distribute the cards to families seeking support through their student’s counselor. Gift cards of $25 from Safeway, Fred Meyer/QFC or Target are very appreciated. On the mornings of October 4th & 5th, NHCO volunteers will be waiting outside Nathan Hale at the Main Entry (30th Ave NE) from 8:00 – 9:00AM to receive the donated gift cards from you or your student. The NHCO is grateful for your participation in the effort to provide assistance to our families. Through your ongoing generosity, we are able to support families throughout the school year as needs arise. Many thanks to our Nathan Hale families!! For questions, please contact NHCO representatives Maria Rose and Karen Selboe at

Earn College Credit at High School: Form Due Tue, October 5th!

Families please be aware: students that want to earn college credit for their 11th grade LA class need to fill out the College in the High School form  and return it to their LA11 teacher by Tuesday, October 5th at the latest. For families receiving free and reduced meals, the course fee is waived. There are also a number of other scholarship opportunities available; students should contact their counselor for more information on funding if needed. All students currently taking an LA11 course are strongly encouraged to register for this exciting opportunity.

Photo Makeup Day: Thursday, October 7th

If your student missed getting their photo taken on Raider Day, Photo Makeup Day is Thursday, October 7th. Photos are free for student ID card and yearbook. Portraits can be ordered online from the Yuen Lui website. Questions about ordering portraits? Contact This day is not for student retake photos since we need to ensure all students get their photo taken. Photo Retake Day is Thursday, October 28th. Anyone needing a retake photo for ordered portraits must return the unwanted portrait packet in exchange for their new order.

The schedule for Thursday, October 7th is as follows:

8:45 – 10:15       10th Grade
10:20 – 10:50     9th Grade
10:50 – 11:20     11th Grade
11:25 – 12:55     12th Grade
12:55 – 1:30        For anyone who missed the earlier scheduled time

From the Counseling Office:

We are happy to announce that students’ schedules are finalized. We are four weeks into Quarter 1 and can no longer accommodate any change requests. We will look at second semester elective courses in January.

Senior Parents: 
Counselors will be presenting in American Government classes next week to discuss important topics around Post-Secondary Planning. Topics will include:  Applying to 4 year Public and Private Colleges, Applying to 2-year College, and Alternative Options. If your student requires more support with college applications, counselors will also be available during scheduled Support time on Tuesday and Thursdays until the end of October. Students can come to the library to work on their college applications and ask questions during this time. Seniors should also check their SPS email for an informational packet on college applications that answer frequently asked questions.

Paying for college: 
The FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) application opens on October 1st (today!) and is a very important document to complete if your student is planning to attend college. The FAFSA is the application that citizens and eligible non-citizens (e.g. permanent resident/green card, conditional permanent resident, refugee) complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed by visiting The WASFA is the application undocumented non-citizens complete to access financial aid. It is free and can be filed by visiting

Upcoming Flu and COVID Vaccination Clinic

Nathan Hale High School
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Flu vaccines: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
COVID-19 vaccines: 9:00AM – 11:00AM

For information on how to schedule an appointment and dates of other SPS Clinic locations:

Message from Nathan Hale Senate

NHHS parents, guardians, adults – you are invited! We are looking to get your input and perspective on important school issues. Come join the Nathan Hale Senate this year! The Nathan Hale decision-making body meets two Tuesdays a month from 4:00pm-5:00pm. We have started the year meeting remotely via Teams. Remote meetings will be in place at least through October.

We are still seeking voting members to help guide the larger school-wide conversations and to give their input as decisions come to the table. Though everyone is welcome to attend and join in discussion, we are looking for two voting members to represent parents/guardians/adults of ELL student(s) and of 12th grade student(s). Please contact Rebecca Padilla ( if you are interested or want to learn more.