Nathan Hale High School

Nathan Hale
High School

Friday 5/17 Message to Families

Beloved Families,  

We are definitely experiencing Seattle spring weather: glorious sunshine and warm temperatures in the same week as windy, cloudy days with showers. Tonight, we have Spring Fling, which is our final school dance for all students this school year. If your student has not bought a ticket, encourage them come and enjoy time with friends; they can pay at the door $20 per ticket (with or without ASB). 

Next week is our Yankee Doodle Days; there’s more information about that below. Also included is information on the World Language Film Festival, Mock Trial, Yearbook, Senior Class Updates and more! 

Yankee Doodle Days

Next week is Nathan Hale’s Spring Spirit Week! There will be activities during lunch when students from the four grades compete with one another, and a dress-up theme for each day of the week. Students should find things at home to dress up and do not need to go out shopping for items to wear.

Dress-Up Days

Monday: Fraternity v. Sorority
Tuesday: Dress Like a Teacher
Wednesday: Anything but a Backpack
Thursday: Dress as your “Type”
Friday: Class Colors (Freshmen – Red, Sophomores – White, Juniors – Blue, Seniors – Black & Gold)

The week will end with a special assembly on Friday so we will observe a special schedule that day.

Blood Drive, Tuesday 5/21

Bloodworks NW is returning next week during YDD. Please donate blood! Your life saving donations help patients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Schedule your donation time here at Nathan Hale. There are still spots available for students, parents and community members who are interested in donating!

World Language Film Festival, 5/23

The World Language Film Festival is on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00PM in the Performing Arts Center. Everyone is welcome! Friends and family are invited to watch the movies that the world language classes have been working very hard on! Winners will be determined by jury vote and an audience vote so attendees will have a voice on who will get an award!

Mock Trial Volunteers Needed 

In June, our 10th grade World Literature & World History students will participate in a Mock Trial as a final exhibition.  This year our Mock Trial is about South Africa and their Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  Specifically, students are addressing whether the TRC in design and function was “an effective remedy” (UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights) for the human rights violations committed during the Apartheid era of South Africa (1960-1993).  We are looking for community member volunteers with experience or interest in the following areas: law; social and restorative justice; legal reform; mediation; history; philosophy and ethics.  Volunteers would serve on panel of 2-3 judges per trial.  For more information or to volunteer as a mock trial judge, please complete this form.

Food Drive Through Next Week

Food Lifeline is collecting donations for local food banks through Saturday, May 25th. There is a collection box in the Main Office, Counseling Office and Library where non-perishable food donations can be dropped off. Your student can attend an event at Garfield High School on Saturday May 25th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Donate a canned food item to participate in the activities!

Yearbook Pre-Sales 

Don’t miss the last pre-sale window for the Nathan Hale yearbook this year! There are less than 100 copies left. Cost is $80. The sale period runs from Wednesday, May 15th through Tuesday, June 4th. Yearbooks can be purchased online (through SchoolPay accessed from the parent’s Source account), during lunch or afterschool from the Fiscal window. 

Senior Class Updates 

Senior Sign Distribution – Senior signs will be distributed on Wednesday, May 29th from 2:25 to 3:00PM in the Commons. These signs recognizing our seniors can be put in your yard or window to show that you have a graduating Raider!

Prom Adult Support – The Class of 2024 is looking for parents or guardians interested in supporting the planning, organizing, and set-up of this year’s prom! They are looking for help managing chaperones, catering and more. Please reach out to if you are interested. 

Class of 2024 webpage – Seniors and their families can read more about various year-end events and deadlines on the Seniors – Class of 2024 webpage

Buy SPREE Tickets Now! – From the SPREE Parent Committee: Parent donations raised enough money so tickets this year are just $145! Register for the Senior SPREE. Seniors should contact their counselor for information about scholarships. More information on the SPREE Website

Summer EBT is Available!

Introducing SUN Bucks, the grocery EBT program that helps combat summer childhood hunger. Families with eligible school-age children will receive $120 per child during the summer for groceries. Starts June 2024. Learn more on the OSPI webpage about SUN Bucks.

Some children will be automatically eligible for SUN Bucks, while others will need to apply. Students may be automatically eligible for Summer EBT if they:

  • Are enrolled at a school that offers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) and qualify through a meal application or Family Income Survey;
  • OR Are age 8–18 and are a member of a household that receives benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Assistance Program (FAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or State-Funded Assistance (SFA).

Students who do not qualify automatically can apply by submitting a Summer EBT application. To qualify for SUN Bucks, these students must:

  • Be enrolled at a school that participates in the NSLP or SBP,
  • AND Live in a household that meets NSLP Income Eligibility Guidelines to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

OK – that’s it for now! Looking forward to a lot of spirit and fun next week! Have a great weekend!

Much love,

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