Friday 5/19 Message to Families

Beloved Community,

I hope you had a great week and have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine. A big thank you to the Courtyard Clean-Up student crew who spent Wednesday afternoon working in our courtyard to make it a great place for students to have lunch now that spring weather is in full swing.

Warmer weather brings several serious health and safety issues we could use your help with. Please encourage your student to hydrate frequently in the higher temperatures, and to bring a water bottle to school so they remain hydrated throughout the school day. The other reminder to share with students is that bringing any and all types of toy weapons, which includes squirt guns, to school will result in significant disciplinary action. The safety of our students and staff relies on a weapon free environment, and just like at the airport, toy weapons have no place here at school. Thank you for helping us keep our students healthy and safe.

Congratulations to the creative and talented world language students who wrote, subtitled, produced and acted in films in Spanish, Japanese and French. The films voted by fellow students to go on the World Language Film Festival were shown last night in the Performing Arts Center. Many thanks also to the great audience who turned out for the fun.

Field trips this week included a Marine Science trip to the beach at Carkeek Park to do marine life surveys on the beach and in the tide pools as well as a trip to the Aquarium where students learned how to arrange a community visit, budget for lunch and navigate public transportation.

The Bite of Hale is next Wednesday! This is our all-school event that is in its 30th year. You and your family are invited! See details below.

Bite of Hale – Wednesday, May 24th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

What is The Bite? Where and when is it? How do families participate?

What: Bite of Hale is our big, annual all-school, all-community celebration for students, families and staff! Don’t miss this evening of food, fun, culture and entertainment! All are welcome!

Who: Students, families and staff. No need to get child care to come to this event – younger brothers and sisters love to have their own “bite” tickets to select their food.

Where: Nathan Hale. Food tables are located along the halls near the Commons and in the Commons. Entertainment and tables where you can sit to eat are in the Commons.

How it Works: Tickets are sold for 50 cents each in batches of 10 for $5 at the Main Entry and the Student Lot Entry. The idea is small portions (or “bites”) of food are available at tables for one or several tickets. The more food you want to try (or the hungrier you are), the more tickets you buy. The ticket table is where you get your compostable plate, napkin and utensils. Payment is in cash, check or SchoolPay. Small bills are very appreciated!

Where does the money raised go? All ticket proceeds go to ASB to make funds available for clubs and student activities.

Where does the food come from? Students and staff have been signing up to bring food. There will be theme tables, mentorship or class tables and organizations will have tables. A little “heads-up” – your student may have signed up to bring your family specialty, and may not have mentioned it to you yet….this would be a good time to check in with them on that! We are happy to have dishes from families too, so if you feel the urge to cook, go for it!

Hints from “Bite Veterans” If you or your student will be bringing food, please label your serving dish and utensils with your name and your student’s name. Reclaim as you see the dish is empty or as cleanup is happening. Unclaimed serving items will be taken to the main office for pick up the next day. Some folks use compostable serving items to make things easy. See you at The Bite!

World Language Film Festival Winners!

There were several films presented last night at the 50th Annual Nathan Hale World Language Film Festival. After the viewing, the judges and audience had an opportunity to cast their votes, and awards were presented! The world language department is happy to announce the winners! The Audience Choice Award goes to Japanese film: Mori no Hako by Jari, Eva, Julian and Ike. The Judges Award goes to French film: Monstres Alimentaires by Hamsa, Shaheer, Eli and Hank.  

Finals Week Schedule for Semester 2

Semester 2 finals schedule is available on the Nathan Hale website calendar. For grades 9 through 11 they will be held on Tuesday, June 27th through Thursday, June 29th. Go to our calendar to see the specific bell times for those days. Seniors will take their finals in their regularly scheduled classes prior to their last day of school.  

Featured Volunteer Opportunity! Graduation Reception

Each week we will feature a future volunteer opportunity for our year-end activities. Look for a new featured opportunity each Friday!

Graduation Reception volunteers needed! Graduation is the evening of Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00pm. We need 9th, 10th and 11th grade parents and guardians to help plan and pull off a fabulous celebration for our Seniors! Traditionally we serve cake, punch and cookies in the Commons immediately following graduation. It takes a lot of volunteers but it is a very fun and rewarding night. Please email Katie Fleming if you have questions or want to volunteer. Or use the following link

Yearbooks Available for Pre-sale Again!

The Heritage 2023-24 Yearbook is available to pre-order between now and Friday, May 26th on SchoolPay! (SchoolPay can be accessed from the parent’s Source account.) There are less than 200 copies left. Distribution day details will be shared soon.

Check School Email

All students should regularly check their school email. This is especially true for seniors, but we would like all students to get in the habit of checking school email. Important information is shared on school email, and students will miss out if they are not checking it. This includes important senior updates as well as summer job or internship opportunities that may go out from Counseling.

With love,

William Jackson, Ed.D. (he, him)