Category: News

Overcrowding

Overcrowding

To address overcrowding in Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the school district wants to support Hale’s projected enrollment increase by placing portables on or near Nathan Hale property.  Errors in the enrollment program Powerschool have lead to Hale’s misidentification as a low-enrollment school.  Therefore, Seattle Public Schools plans to use Hale to absorb an increase in SPS student enrollment, according to […]

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Hale to get iPads

Hale to get iPads

Over the summer, the Science Department purchased four iPads for teachers to use in classrooms. Science teacher Jessica Torvik said that the main reason was for easier grading. Teachers can input grades into the iPad to be instantly synced with the online grade book. “[The goal is that] teachers no longer have to shuffle multiple pen-and-paper records, nor wait until […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: How Students Can Help

Typhoon Haiyan: How Students Can Help

In response to Typhoon Hayain and the devastation it did in the Philippines, Nathan Hale history classes are raising money that they can immediately send to the people in the Philippines through the charity Direct Relief. They hope to raise over 5000 dollars by Monday the 25th of November.  The current death toll is approximately 3,637 with 673,000 injured or […]

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Reconstruction at Meadowbrook Pond

Reconstruction at Meadowbrook Pond

Floating trash and film of muck. This is the sight that once met Meadowbrook Pond goers, but no longer if Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) have their way. SPU contractors have once again fenced off Meadowbrook pond and surrounding walkways for renovation. The goal is to create a more easily accessible pond which works well with the surrounding ecosystem and water […]

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District adopts new computer system

District adopts new computer system

The first day of school students crammed into the counseling office to fix their schedules while counselors and secretaries fumbled through the new scheduling program trying to help them. The situation still hasn’t been completely smoothed out. That’s because the Seattle Public Schools has replaced the software that is responsible for  enrollment, transcripts, grading, class schedules, archives, attendance, medical records […]

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Coon’s new homework policy

Coon’s new homework policy

According to Coon, the idea is to give students who do not need the extra practice presented in homework a way to succeed in class. “Essentially, homework is a learning activity designed to help students expand their knowledge on a topic. If it is looked at this way it makes sense, but a lot of students and teachers see it […]

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Robotics upgraded to class

Robotics upgraded to class

Since its creation four years ago, the Robotics team has always been just a club. But now for the first time, it is a fully-fledged class for tech or occ-ed credits. In Robotics, students use their engineering and programming skills to build a robot. It’s then entered into a competition with other robots, where they perform a task, such as […]

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The strike that almost happened

The strike that almost happened

Benaroya hall was filled with people. A river of teachers and educators swarmed through the halls, checking in for their schools and preparing to decide their contract for the next two years. By a show of hands, they voted to accept the contract. Before the meeting on September 3rd, multiple meetings were held to negotiate the points of the contract. […]

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Be Prepared… to Accept Gays

Be Prepared… to Accept Gays

The Boy Scouts of America does not currently accept gay members, but that could change soon. It has become evident recently that the struggle for gay rights has now worked its way into the fabric of the BSA. Though the scouting program has never been recognized by any professional viewpoint as “anti-gay,” it could very well seem that way to […]

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Reinventing Rainier Beach

Reinventing Rainier Beach

Rainier Beach Reinvented Walking through the halls of Rainier Beach High School, it’s impossible not to notice the inspirational murals covering the walls. The formidable faces of painted Vikings—Beach’s mascot—stand in contrast with collages depicting prominent African-American leaders and stylized graffiti lettering proudly spelling out “Rainier Beach.” The art contributes to what students, teachers, and administrators alike describe as the […]

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