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Friday 11/18 Message to Families

Message to Families

Beloved Families,

Our first item in our message is long this week, but critical. Please read and share with your student.

Connection Between Attendance and Safety

In this and future Friday messages, we will be reaching out to partner with you, our parents and guardians, as we continue our work on school safety issues. One of our biggest challenges is ensuring students are where they are supposed to be – in class. We expect that students remain in the classroom unless they are out doing a project under the supervision of their teacher, or are on a group break. We are sharing the expectation with students that they must have a pass when in the halls or restroom during class time, and we are following district and school policy that when a student is missing 10 minutes of class, they are marked absent by the educator. Many educators are using a pass that might be a fun object that represents their space; this has been very helpful as a visual as well. Also, many educators allow only one student to leave at a time and for no longer than 5 minutes to create a fair way with the amount of time per class and student. When students are late or not in class, families receive attendance calls. Responses families sometimes hear from students include: “My teacher is fine with it”, “I am getting good grades so it is OK”, “I was in another class”, “It’s OK, I can be late”, “It is just senioritis”, “I was in class, the teacher didn’t see me”, “My teacher doesn’t mind” or “My teacher didn’t say anything so it is OK.” Feel free to reply with a reality check and the expectations above. We welcome your understanding of our safety policies and your help in supporting them at home.

Nathan Hale Theatre’s Fall Play

It’s not too late to enjoy the Nathan Hale Theatre performances of their fall production, “The Imaginary Invalid.” There is a performance tonight at 7:00pm, a matinee Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm and evening performance again at 7:00pm. Tickets may be purchased online on the Nathan Hale Theatre website, or at the door. Students w/ASB $7, student w/out and senior citizens $10, adults $15. Please support your classmates and the arts here at Hale by attending one – or more! – of their live performances. The play is a comedy in three acts, following a hypochondriac and his circle of friends, family and doctors in a wonderful whirlwind of fast-paced and larger-than-life antics.

Family Works Resource Center at NHHS Reopens!

Wednesdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

At the Family Works Family Resource Center, families will be connected to staff who can assist with: rental assistance information and referrals; enrollment in public benefits (Basic Food, Health Insurance, etc.); free diapers, clothing, books, toys and other household items; weekly groceries at its food bank, available through its Wallingford location at 1501 N. 45th Street in Seattle; connecting families within their community by offering multilingual playgroups, parent support networks, and other enrichment activities for families. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Somali and other languages through translation services. No appointment needed. Just come to the northwest door on 110th and call 206-252-3773. Anisa or Morgan will come out to welcome you to the center.

Senior Yearbook Grad Ads

Senior families! Yearbook Grad Ads are a way to honor your senior in the yearbook with a personalized message and photos. Grad Ads are on sale from now until March 24, 2023. Space is limited, so purchase now to guarantee a spot for your senior. Sales will close early if we sell out of available ad space. Follow the instructions below: 

Please note – while the yearbook staff is sharing this information for those who are interested, it is not a required item for seniors. 

Senior SPREE Information

There will be a SPREE information table at lunch on Tuesday in the activity center. SPREE is the all-night party after graduation. Have your senior stop by and get ticket information.

FAFSA Information for Senior Families

Information on completing the FAFSA form for student aid, which all seniors should submit.

Have a restful weekend.

With love,

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