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Friday 6/10 Message to Families

Beloved Families, 

I hope you had a great first full week of June! We saw a few more sunny days which is bringing excitement for our summer. We continue to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, honoring the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This week we held our Pride Celebration during mentorship and support including a video assembly and forum, exploring the ideas of queer identity, community, and pride. Read more about Pride Month here: https://www.loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/ 

This past Wednesday we also welcomed the Class of 2026 at our New Family Night, and counted down the last minutes of school with the Class of 2022 at their Ice Cream Social this afternoon. Next week is our last week of school, which will be our final Friday Message of the school year!

Family Works Family Resource Center at NHHS

Our final Family Resource Center afternoon of this school year is this coming Wednesday, June 15th, 1:30 – 4:00pm at the Gym Foyer/Student lot entry. No appointments necessary for support with rental assistance, utility assistance, food, clothing, adult ORCA cards and cell phones for eligible families, diapers and more. Our FamilyWorks partners have been here on Wednesdays for the past year providing support and services navigation. This will be the final resource center afternoon of this school year. All families in need of support are welcome to come or to contact FamilyWorks directly through their website: https://familyworksseattle.org/family-resource-center/

End of Year Device Collection 

Seniors had this week to complete their senior check-out process to be cleared for graduation. The last school day for seniors was today, Friday, June 10th, so all school materials should have been returned.

All 9th -11th grade students will return their laptops to their Mentorship teachers during final exams week (June 14-16.) The last day for students to return devices will be Friday, June 17th, before participating in any Field Day activities. 

Summer Reading 

All students are invited to check out Hale library books for summer reading. Books checked out for the summer have a due date of September 9, 2022 (the first Friday of the school year.) We recently received around 300 new books, most of which are 2022 releases, and we’d love for students to enjoy them over the summer. 

Student Lockers – Bring Items Home!

Please remind your students that their lockers need to be cleared out at the end of the school year. Custodians clear out all the lockers over the summer and reset combinations in preparation for the next school year. Any items left behind in the lockers will be thrown away. Students returning next year will be re-assigned a new locker at the start of the school year.

Personal Electronics Committee

Remember the phone ban that almost passed the Nathan Hale Senate earlier this school year? If you care about phone use at Nathan Hale, or more accurately, if you care to contribute to a unified culture, a culture of care and trust here at Nathan Hale, you should join the Personal Electronics Committee and help Mr. Roby, students Paul Y. and Zainab C. figure out how to make sure electronic use in the classroom can bring us together instead of tear us apart. Show up on Wednesday, June 15th at 2:30pm in the Black Box to join our team. Contact Mr. Roby for details at daroby@seattleschools.org.

Finals Schedule and Schedule for the Last Day of School

Finals for 9th, 10th and 11th grades will be Tuesday, June 14th through Thursday, June 15th. The schedule is posted in the calendar on our website. In general, students will have finals for periods 1 and 4 on Tuesday, periods 2 and 5 on Wednesday, and periods 3 and 6 on Thursday.

We will follow a special schedule on Friday, June 17th for the last day of school due to the afternoon Field Day. The schedule is posted in the calendar on our website. Students will be dismissed one hour early at 2:35pm on Friday.

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.  

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. 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

This week Nathan Hale had 10 confirmed cases.

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. 

In solidarity and with love, 

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