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Friday 4/29 Message to Families

Beloved Families,

I hope you had a great week and are excited for the weekend ahead. We are seeing more sun and better weather as we move into May, and I hope these conditions remain. At last, our Nathan Hale High School calendar is filling up. Starting next week we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In honor of AAPI month, students from our Coalition of Asian and Pacific Students have partnered with Nathan Hale educators to create learning experiences recognizing the diversity, contributions and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Over the course of the month, please check in with your students to see how their learning experiences have been!

So much is going on after two years of few or no activities. To stay in the loop, view our Daily Bulletin on the NHHS website, or sign up for Hale Mail to get the bulletin delivered to your email inbox, and check-out the calendar on our website as well. We are excited for the opening on Thursday, May 5th of Pippin, our spring musical. Please come and enjoy the show; ticket information is below. We also include info about the online auction that is closes 7:00PM on Saturday, the NH Horticulture & Urban Farm Plant Sale next Friday and Saturday, and Advanced Placement tests starting next week.

HaleYes! Online Auction open until 7:00PM Saturday, April 30th

It’s not too late to join in the fun of our online auction and support the students and work of NHHS. Everyone can participate. Sign up now to bid on goods and unique experiences donated by the friends and families of Nathan Hale High School! There are a wonderful variety of items so take a peek! 

There is no obligation to purchase anything by signing up. Three simple steps: 1. Go to the HaleYes! 2022 Auction page   2. Click on ‘Get Started’ in the top right corner   3. Follow the instructions and you’ll be ready to go in no time!  Auction is hosted by Greater Giving, so bidding is easy and secure. And fun! 

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Join us in celebrating the rich heritage of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and API Americans. You can read more about API Heritage month here: https://asianpacificheritage.gov/about/.

Students from the Coalition of Asian and Pacific Students (CAPS Club) are actively collaborating with educators to co-design and implement API centered curriculum at Nathan Hale. Students met with department leadership and look forward to bringing learning experiences to all classrooms that reflect: the incredible diversity of the Asian continent and Pacific Islands, the range of experiences of API-Americans, and are grounded in themes of Identity, Resistance, and Liberation.

Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) testing begins next week. An AP class is similar to a college course. Regardless of the exam score, the hard work students put in all year demonstrate that they are persistent, resilient and willing to put in the work. Taking the exam can also show college admissions offices that they are ready for college level work. Check with your preferred college to see if they accept AP scores. Some colleges use AP as a factor in evaluating candidates for admission. Often, if students earn a 3 or above on an AP exam, they can receive college credit, advanced placement or both.

AP exams will be administered in the Upper North Gym at Nathan Hale. Students should report for morning exams no later than 8:00AM and afternoon exams will begin at 12:00PM. All students will need #2 pencils, a pen with blue or black ink, a snack and water. Sometimes the Upper North Gym can be cool so we recommend wearing layers. Students have been well prepared by their teachers and we wish all of them good luck. If you have questions, email Ms. Greene (msgreene@seattleschools.org).

NH Horticulture & Urban Farm Plant Sale!

Please consider supporting the Nathan Hale High School Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale. On Friday, May 6th from 4:30 to 7:30PM, there is an Early Bird Fundraising Event where entry is by ticket available on Eventbrite for $20. On Saturday, May 7th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, the sale is open to the public. No ticket required! There will be fuchsia baskets, veggie starts, bedding plants, native plants, and lots more…all grown by our students using earth-friendly practices. Thank you for considering and helping to spread the word!

Spring Musical tickets on sale now!! 

Tickets for our first in-person musical in 3 years, Pippin, are now on sale! Join us to witness magical illusions, an exploration of identity and purpose, fabulous performances by incredibly talented students, songs you’ll want to listen to again and again, and why not have a little stage combat, eh! Performances are May 5-7th, and May 13-14th and we are thrilled to announce a sensory-friendly and inclusive performance on May 13th. Tickets and info can be found on our website www.nathanhaletheatre.com or on our Insta @nathan_hale_theatre. See you there! 

Climate Survey for Students 

Seattle students will take the Climate Survey this spring. Students will use time during Reading/Mentorship/Support to complete the survey at school. The Climate Survey is a check-in with students about many topics such as equity, student voice, sense of belonging, and safety. The survey results are meaningful. The information is used to help us understand and guide improvements at the school and district level. How students experience the overall climate of their school impacts their achievement and success. 

Unified Sports 

Unified sports promote social inclusion and understanding by placing students with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) on sport teams with student partners without IDD. Nathan Hale is looking to restart our unified programs. For this to happen, it will need to be a community effort in recruiting students, coaches, and parents. Please click on the link below for a survey that will help us see who is interested. Link to survey: https://forms.office.com/r/dWhAzwQ02i.

Consent Form for COVID Testing at School

On Monday, April 25th, King County has moved to a “medium” COVID level per Federal Guidance. Seattle Public School is monitoring community and school COVID levels. With rising transmission rates, testing is an important tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to preserve in-person learning. Signing up in advance for on-demand testing will allow our school to call on health care professionals to come to our school to conduct COVID testing and to communicate results to you. If you would like your child to participate in the on-demand testing program, and have not already done so, please register and fill out a consent form (available in 10 languages).

COVID Dashboard and Supports for Families 

SPS has updated the middle and high school COVID-19 notification process in alignment with guidance from Public Health. Positive student and staff COVID cases are updated weekly on our district dashboard. Remember, the number of confirmed cases represent community transmission; exposures may not have occurred within our schools. The school nurse or designee will notify families when their student with a medically fragile or complex health condition has been exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting. 

This week Nathan Hale had 3 confirmed cases. 

Information on what you can do to protect yourself and your student from COVID-19 is available on the King County COVID-19 resources webpage

If there is a significant increase in cases at our school or an outbreak, more detailed information and resources will be communicated. The district’s COVID response team continues to work in partnership with Public Health to monitor cases and mitigate transmission. 

Have a great weekend!

With love, 

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