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Friday 5/13 Message to Families

Beloved Families,

It has been great week of school, and we are truly feeling back in the Nathan Hale spirit! We held a host of events from school elections to classroom lessons on Asian Pacific Islander Heritage, to our first ever Community Café where NHHS Amharic, Tigrigna and Somali speaking families gathered for conversations about school. More Community Cafes will be coming. Final preparations for our Climate Day of Action next Wednesday made for a very industrious week.

Climate Day of Action

Next Wednesday, May 18th, our Climate Justice Club, in partnership with our Associated Student Body, will lead our Climate Day of Action. The student planned school day will feature many workshops and activities for students and staff focusing on climate action and the intersectionality between racial and climate justice. Workshops presenters will be students, staff and community members. Cascade Bicycle Club is donating helmets and swag to encourage students to bike to school on Climate Day of Action!

Schedule Change Due to Climate Day of Action

Since periods 1, 3 and 5 will not meet on Wednesday, May 18th, we will observe a special schedule on Tuesday, May 17th. Please see the calendar on the Nathan Hale website for specific times. It is like our typical Thursday schedule except with periods 1, 3 and 5.

Pippin

The remaining performances this week of our incredible Spring Musical, Pippin, have been canceled. With any musical or theater performance, when cast and crew members become ill, we strive to uphold “the show must go on”. However for us in this instance, it became challenging and impossible. It is with regret that we end the run of Pippin, but as always, our first responsibility is the safety of our students and our community.

If you purchased tickets and would like a refund, please e-mail Mr. Roby (daroby@seattleschools.org). We will issue a refund, no questions asked. If you would like to donate the cost of your ticket, we will gratefully use the funds to meet our financial obligations and expenses the production is responsible for.

Greetings from the Nathan Hale Community Organization

The school year is almost over but there is still time to meet other parents and guardians and discover ways to get involved! Join us to learn more on Monday May 16th at 7:00PM at Growler Guys on Lake City Way. We will have a covered area reserved in the back/outside. You can purchase food if you want to come straight from work and have dinner.

Get an update on how the school year is wrapping up for the students, sign up to help with the Graduation Reception, help brainstorm ways to enrich our community and plan the NHCO event calendar for next school year! NHCO supports the school by fostering a supportive, friendly, welcoming atmosphere for students, parents, guardians, staff and community members. Everyone is welcome to join and help us succeed. Contact us at nhcoconnections@gmail.com with any questions.

Learning Experiences During 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 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. Student-teacher co-designed learning experiences include: navigating WW2 Japanese American incarceration through personal stories and community member’s lived experiences, utilizing Densho curriculum and resources in US History, analyzing the conflict of the proposed telescope/observatory on the Native Hawaiian land of Mauna Kea, learning about the global connections of Chinese porcelain through the lens of wealth and power, and exploring the intersections of identity and liberation with the novel American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang).

Senior Prom

Senior Prom tickets are being sold during lunch in the Activity Center. The prom is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd at Block 41 in downtown Seattle (in Belltown). Prices are $12 with ASB card, and $15 without. The last day to purchase prom tickets is Friday, May 27th. Guest Dance Pass form is available in the Main Office. Please pick up guest paperwork as soon as possible; processing takes time.

PE Waivers

PE Waivers for spring sports are now available in the Main Office. They are due by Tuesday, May 31st.

Sports Physicals Available at Teen Health Center

Are you thinking about Fall Sports: football, cross country, golf, girls soccer, girls swimming or volleyball? The Teen Health Center offers Sports Physicals for free. Physicals are valid for two years and can be scheduled during the school day, before or after school. Call the clinic for more information at 206.302.1840. You can read more about the clinic on the Nathan Hale website.

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.

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 24 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