Thursday 10/7 Message to Families

Weekly Message to Families

Early Friday message on Thursday this week. No school for students Friday (tomorrow!) for teacher in-service day. NHHS staff will be learning strategies to better help ALL students learn.

Orientation for 9th and 10th Graders

Orientation during a pandemic. We have not been allowed to have indoor assemblies so far during this school year. On Monday mornings in pre-pandemic days, we held Monday Morning Meetings for our 9th graders to orient them to all things high school. This year, we are being creative and engaging students in a new and safe way as they learn about our school. This activity is not just for the new 9th graders but also for our 10th graders who missed out on all of the orientation activities last year due to our remote school setting.

Today during mentorship for 10th graders (and again on Thursday, October 21 for 9th graders), students traveled to stations to gather information about high school and upcoming events and activities. Presentations were made by NHHS students and staff. Check in with your student about what they learned. The six stations are: Homecoming; Spirit & Cheers; Security; Teen Health Center & Nurse; Clubs; Athletics.

Club Fair

Next week during mentorship, students will get to go to the Club Fair. This is a fun activity where club coordinators recruit students into clubs. All clubs meet during lunch, and because we have one lunch this allows all grade levels of students to join any club they choose. What does joining look like? We encourage students to show up and see if a club interests them. Clubs are listed in the bulletin each day and are posted in two locations throughout the school. If a student does not see a club that interests them, they can create their own club. More information and forms to charter a club can be found in the main office.

Why would students want to join a club? Some clubs are service oriented and provide service to our school or our community. Most clubs provide a connection for students who have similar interests, a way to develop friends. Some clubs provide leadership opportunities for students where they can direct activities of the club. Also, being involved in clubs is an important part of having fun at school. So please encourage your student to join a club.

October is Curriculum Month

We’re excited to present Curriculum Month 2021-22!

The purpose of curriculum night is for parents and guardians to meet classroom teachers, learn about course curriculum, and understand student expectations for the school class. We hope you will take some time to learn more about all the exciting learning going on.

Please watch the videos from Nathan Hale staff below.

Principal Welcome Back Message

Dr. William Jackson welcomes back families! (video)

Videos from Nathan Hale Staff

From your computer, mobile device or even your person’s school issued computer:

  1. Sit back, relax and enjoy 5-6 short video presentations on the Nathan Hale HS Curriculum month page
  2. Gather the student schedules from The Source
  3. If you’d like to follow up with an educator, find their contact information on the NH Staff page

SPS Assessment Day – Wed, October 13

All students are in their mentorship classroom at 8:45 a.m.

  • If your student is in Running Start or has accommodations from the College Board for the PSAT or SAT, they will receive notice of their testing location by Tuesday.
  • 9th graders need their district laptop, fully charged.
  • 10th/11th/12th grade students need #2 pencils and a calculator.
  • All students will turn their phones off and put them away during testing as a security requirement of all testing agencies. Please call the school, not your student, in case of emergency.
  • Encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep and have breakfast that morning.

Although these exams are not required, a qualifying score on the SAT will meet the ELA and Math standards requirement for graduation.

Breakfast (served every school day starting 8:15 a.m.) and lunch will be available in the Commons but a water bottle is a good idea for hydration during the breaks.

Does your student need help applying to college?

College Possible is a nonprofit AmeriCorps organization offering free college counseling to Nathan Hale juniors and seniors from low-income backgrounds.

The application deadline is Friday, October 15 for seniors and Wednesday, November 24 for juniors.

AP Students

If you don’t have an account with the College Board you should create one now. You will need a personal account to register to take an AP exam in May. Your AP teacher will help you understand how to join your class online and register. This year the exams are $103, or no charge if you qualify for free/reduced meals. If you don’t know if you qualify for free/reduced meals, go to Nutrition Services and apply using the online form. Registration for AP tests is open until November 5. This year there is a $40 fee for ordering late and also a $40 fee for test cancellations. For more information on AP testing please visit the SPS Advanced Placement site

Scholarship Bulletin

SPS creates and updates a monthly scholarship bulletin. Seniors should make a habit of checking this once a month throughout the school year.

Appreciation for our NHHS Families and NHCO

We would like to express our gratitude to the Raider families who brought gift cards in during the Nathan Hale Community Organization (NHCO) gift card drive this week and to the NHCO folks who organized and staffed the drive. Our community’s generosity resulted in cards totaling $1,800. Thank you! The cards will be used to help our families who request support through their student’s counselor. There will be more opportunities to contribute in the future.

We would also like to thank the families who are contributing salads and desserts to our staff lunch during the in-service day tomorrow, and to the NHCO for organizing and providing the lunch. We appreciate our families and NHCO!  

Take care,


Jill Hudson, Ed. D.
Substitute Administrator
Nathan Hale High School