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Friday 6/17 Message to Families

Beloved Families,  

I hope you had a great final week of the school year! On Monday, we celebrated our first commencement ceremony at Nathan Hale since 2019. This celebration was exciting and powerful, observing our students walk across the stage at Raider Field with educators and families present. On Monday, June 20th, we observe Juneteenth National Independence Day which is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. 

As we close our first full year back at school in school since 2018–19, we would like to express our gratitude to our community. To our students, who stepped up to make this year the best it could possibly be in classrooms, in activities, clubs and athletics. They were amazing. To our families, who gave of their time to make our events, athletics, activities and staff appreciation happen and their resources to support our families and our school from gift card drives to HaleYes! donations and contributions. To our staff, who thoughtfully and purposefully navigated each change and challenge with grace and tenacity. We did it! Together.

Looking ahead to fall, Raider Day is Tuesday, September 6th, school starts Wednesday, September 7th and Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 22nd. To our returning families, we will see you then. To our Class of 2022 families, we wish you and your graduate the best the future has to offer.

Nathan Hale families and loved ones, have a great summer! I appreciate all of you and cannot wait to launch our school year in the fall. You can expect a message from me in August welcoming you back to our 2022-2023 school year. Please see our final message of the school year! 

Technology Return Dates

Students who did not return their devices may return them on the following dates. Please go to the Main Entry.  

Tuesday, 6/21        9am – 12pm
Thursday, 6/23      2pm – 5pm
Tuesday, 6/28        9am – 12pm
Thursday, 6/30      2pm – 5pm

For those taking Summer Skills classes, devices can be returned after completion of classes on the following dates:

Tuesday, 8/9          9am – 12pm
Thursday, 8/11      2pm – 5pm

Nathan Hale Theatre and Fall Play 2022 Signups!

You can do theatre here at Nathan Hale! Check out the Nathan Hale Theatre Statement of Purpose: Nathan Hale Theatre is a family where students can have fun, build community, grow as theatre artists, and bring their own unique talents and strengths to this theatrical round table (by performing, building, tech-ing, leading, bonding, goofing, collaborating, or something else). We’re here to build a supportive and productive community that fosters a sense of belonging for all abilities, backgrounds, and levels of theatre experience. Whether or not you consider yourself creative or capable, we’re here to tell you that when you are here…you are both. Contact Mr. Roby (daroby@seattleschools.org) if you want to learn more or have questions.

The Fall Play will be “The Imaginary Invalid” by Oded Gross. Signups for our Fall Play 2022 are LIVE! Everyone is welcome to do theatre here (that means YOU). No experience necessary. You can signup to perform on stage, become a techie to work backstage, or just help us build or paint or sew. What “Imaginary Invalid” does best is allow you as individual performers to discover precisely what things YOU do to be as funny as YOU can be. Signups close on September 20th. Auditions will be Sept 19th & 21st. Don’t put it off. Sign up now!!

Sign up on our website www.nathanhaletheatre.com. Check out our Insta @nathan_hale_theatre

School Day SAT/PSAT in Fall 2022

Seattle Public Schools is planning a school day SAT/PSAT district wide on October 12, 2022 at no cost to students. All 12th grade students will take the SAT. All 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. Freshmen and sophomores will not take an exam. Juniors and seniors are pre-registered for the exam and do not need to register with the College Board. Current sophomores and juniors with IEPs or 504 Plans who have not applied for accommodations can send the completed Consent Form for Accommodations Request to Melinda Greene (msgreene@seattleschools.org) by June 24th to request accommodations from the College Board.

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 last week of school, Nathan Hale had 13 confirmed cases.

Again, have a wonderful summer!

In solidarity and with love,  

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