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Friday 5/6 Message to Families

Beloved Families,

We are excited to be in May as this gets us closer to the many milestones that Nathan Hale students experience in spring transitions. Please see our message below in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and information on our Horticulture and Urban Farm Plant Sale.

We would like to thank our families and our community for the very successful and fun (!) HaleYes! online and in-person events. Over $100,000 was raised between the two events. Visit our nathanhalehsfoundation.org website in the coming months to see how our school is benefiting from the funds raised.

We would also like to thank our families for the wonderful breakfast treats brought in for our staff appreciation breakfast this week, and our Nathan Hale Community Organization for hosting the breakfast. We so appreciate the support of our families and our community!

Lastly, much appreciation to David Roby, Erica Ewell, Katrina Sibicky, students Emira N. and Jamie K., and all of the talented cast, crew and musicians for putting on an amazing show for the press preview and opening night of Pippin! We hope to see you at one of the performances!

NH Horticulture & Urban Farm Plant Sale!

The Nathan Hale High School Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale started this afternoon and runs until 7:30PM. Today’s Early Bird Fundraising Event requires a ticket for entry. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, our famous plant 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 high school students using earth-friendly practices. Thank you for considering and helping to spread the word!

Spring Musical this weekend and next!!

Performances of our first in-person musical in 3 years, Pippin, are happening tonight, tomorrow and next weekend! 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 6-7th, 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!

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. 

Seniors

Each graduating senior may receive up to 6 guest entry tickets for the graduation ceremony on Monday, June 13th on Raider Field. If students require additional tickets, there will be a wait list. Tickets will be available for distribution as we get closer to graduation. Senior Bulletin #2 will be sent as soon as we have detailed information about ticket sales for prom, and other senior matters. For previous senior info, including ordering cap and gown for graduation, please review Senior Bulletin #1 on our 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 10 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