Alumni Tres Leches: Redefining Seattle Music

Tres Leches - Nova alumni Zander Yates and Alaia D'Alessandro with Ulises Mariscal - were included in KUOW’s recent article Beyond Grunge: 15 Artists Redefining Seattle Music. Congratulations to Tres Leches and a big thank you to Zander for coordinating the music and AIAIA for performing at this year’s Novaplosion. Stay tuned for the 3rd Annual Novaplosion in Fall 2019!

Seattle band Tres Leches. What Are You Doing. Film Crew: Ace Wilson, Ulises Mariscal, Anonymous


When translated from Spanish to English, Amorfo means changeable, amorphous. That's not just the name of Seattle punk trio Tres Leches' debut album, but also its entire M.O. During their riotously fun shows, members Alaia D'Alessandro, Zander Yates and Ulises Mariscal frequently switch instruments on stage. Their songs are bilingual diatribes, skeptical of capitalism and invested in the power of community. Describing their brand of punk requires a lot of prefixes like art-, pop- and noise-; the band even has an incredible ska-punk iteration of the Leadbelly children's song "Ha-Ha This Away." Few bands in Seattle are as thrillingly unpredictable. --Martin Douglas

Nova's 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

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Nova Project High School students raised the Trans Flag and Philly Pride Flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement at its 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, June 6th.

Student remarks:  “Thank you for coming to the Nova Projects 2nd annual pride flag raising, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. This year we have put up the Trans Flag and the Philly Pride flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement, which was started by courageous queer and trans people of color.

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We are celebrating 50 years of Pride, of revolution, and of fighting for our rights. There are many ways to celebrate and get involved.  We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go, so while you’re celebrating at Volunteer Park, Trans Pride, or Pridefest, also try and get involved in activism in any way you can.”

In honor  of Pride Month, the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, our LGBTQ+ youth and the adults who support them, please consider a donation to Nova High School:

Important Info for Graduating Seniors


Very Important REMINDERS to complete in order to graduate:

1-Complete your FAFSA since aid does run low at colleges/univ/programs.

Limit your loans by applying now.

It’s Free to apply for this student aid.

Go to  to start your application

You will need your and parents/guardians 2017 tax info.

If you have any questions, then please contact Jennifer at 206-252-3470 for assistance.

If you have done it already, kudos!


2-Complete all your 60 Service Learning hours (state graduation requirement) by Monday, June 10th

Turn in your completed Service Learning Forms (front and back page) to your Coordinator.


3-Complete your High School and Beyond Plan (state graduation requirement) by Friday, May 24th. Make appointment with Jennifer to complete.


4-Check-in with your Coordinator to ensure you know what you need to complete or if you have any questions, etc.


5-Complete and turn in all your coursework for classes to your teachers by Monday, June 10th


6-Continue to apply to scholarships


7-You’re almost there and you can do it!

Summer Orca Cards

Dear Parent or Guardian:                                                                                             

This message is to inform you of changes to your child’s ORCA card through the Seattle District and City of Seattle’s ORCA Opportunity Program. The ORCA program is funded for the 2018-2019 school year to offer ORCA cards to eligible middle school and all high school students.  ORCA cards will now be extended through the Summer, with an expiration date of August 31st, 2019 in which cards will deactivated.

This Summer extension only applies to those students who have claimed their ORCA card by June 20th, 2019. 

Replacement ORCA cards during the Summer may be acquired by contacting one of the following:

ORCA card requests will be processed weekly and must be picked up at the Seattle Public Schools Building located at 2445 3rd Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134. ORCA cards will not be mailed, no exceptions.

Students are responsible for keeping their assigned ORCA card in good condition through the Summer. Reporting a lost, stolen or damaged ORCA card should be done immediately so we can deactivate the card to prevent unauthorized use.

Nova Alums in the News (1.21.19)


Bridge Week is Jan 31, Feb 1, 4,  and 5. Also called Nova Con, this 4-day long series of workshops and classes hosted for the students of Nova High School. Nova Con happens twice a year, at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. During the first four days of each semester, students engage with workshops and community building events. Facilitators teach one-hour classes that allow teachers the time to meet individually with students to craft their unique educational experience. For Nova Con teaching details and a volunteer form, see the FoN Events page. Nova can’t provide this individual educational experience without the support of folks like you!  Can't take time to teacher? Consider providing fuel to teachers and students. Refreshment sign-up HERE.


Our alumni are making the news. Max Paradiso wrote an article recently about preserving the sound of the Stradivarius by quieting the town of Cremona, Italy. It was featured in the New York Times. Read about it here.

Congratulations to Azura Tyabji, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate. Not only does she represent her city—she now represents the West Coast! Azura was just named a national ambassador for the National Youth Poet Laureate Competition. She will be performing at the National Commencement at the Library of Congress April 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Read more about the Youth Poet Laureate organization at

Take Action for Levies

The levies passed! Now what? While the McCleary decision that requires the state to fund schools itself did not cap levy distribution, there are caps that the won't lift to allow SPS to access the money it needs to meet the basic education requirements, which decreases what we can spend per child.

Lifting the levy lid - #liftthelevylid - is requesting that we change our formulation to receive funding from the renewed levies.  Our taxes for our students.


6:30 - 7:30pm
Nova High School Cafeteria

Come write postcards to send to our legislators urging them to LIFT THE LID. Read more about levies at SPS site, and also in Stranger article.


10:00 AM
Ethiopian Community Services
8323 Rainier Ave South

Get together with your community to learn and talk about next steps for the Nova Legislative District.



Thank you to all the Nova Students who worked on the content for the Seattle Public School page for Nova High School. This content is student created -- possibly unique for SPS -- and gives a firsthand account of Nova with very helpful information that families need and students are looking for when considering enrollment in a Seattle public school. Nova for the win!

Also, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Winter Starry Night dance a success, and who came to enjoy music, laughter, and dancing.  Looking forward to prom this year, and more Nova fun.

Warm Winter Clothes Drive

Help our students stay warm this winter! The Nova POC Committee is collecting warm winter clothes for Nova students. Please bring in your gently used (or new) coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and other warm winter clothes you no longer need. Clothes are being collected in the hallway to the right of the office. (Thanks POC committee!)

NOVA TOUR SCHEDULE  - Share with families who want to learn about Nova.
Parent / Guardian Tours 12:30 - 1:30 PM (no sign up necessary).

  • Tuedsay DEC 18

  • Thursday JAN 10

  • Tuesday JAN 22

8th Grade Introduction Morning: 9:00 - 11:45 AM (Pre-registration Required).
1st hour: student led tour and "round table" discussion
2nd Hour: visiting 8th graders choose a class to observe
Final 30 min: all 8th graders have a de-brief with the Principal

  • Wednesday JAN 16

  • Tuesday JAN 29

OPEN HOUSE: JAN 24, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

EXTRA! EXTRA!  The Friends of Nova website will be undergoing an upgrade which we hope will be live by winter break.  New features will include more readable format, calendar of meetings and events, improved resource links, additional information about FoN, supporting the school, and news articles. In addition, the SPS Nova web pages will be updated by mid-January with teacher bios, and student written info on Nova for prospective and current families. Special thanks to our hard-working FoN communication/marketing team members Kristin Costello, Hugh Saffel, Nico Lund, Marla Chandler, Erin Clan, and Lisa Galarneau.

THANK YOU to all the folks who brought together the crafts and potluck night Wednesday evening at Nova. IT WAS FUN! and the terrariums, buttons, beanies, felting, cookie decorating and food were a big hit. Creme puffs! Thanks to students who sold Nova Rat shirts and hoodies! Students raised about $600. Hope to see you all back for the BIG Craft Fair in the spring!



THANK YOU to those who provided refreshments for teachers last Saturday. It was most appreciated.


MON and TUES:  Teacher conferences
Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Nov. 23: Native American Heritage Day

Nova Holiday Craft and Potluck Get Together!

DECEMBER 12, 6:00-8:00 PM AT NOVA

Students are planning a small festive event for families and friends to get together and share a treat, make a craft, and have a laugh. Have a craft to teach? (notecards, picture frames, jewelry, etc.) Have treats to share? SIGN UP!  Your info will be forwarded to our student team.

Or, just show up - we look forward to welcoming you warmly as part of the Nova family.

This event is not to be confused with the big Nova CRAFT FAIR! coming in Spring. We look forward to letting you know more about the Craft Fair/auction later.

Nova Teen Clinic is Coming!

Nova is receiving funds from the recent levy to establish the Teen Clinic. THANK YOU to all who supported the levy vote and to those who contacted our Seattle city council members in support of the budget amendment for $100,000 towards the clinic. The clinic will serve all Nova students during school hours. It will specialize in providing services for LGBTQ+ students, who are often an under-served population in terms of healthcare. The Seattle School district is scheduled to begin an evaluation of the Horace Mann building for possible clinic locations soon.  More information to come.

Seattle School Beat

This week the Seattle School Beat newsletter includes tips for parent teacher conferences, winter weather notification information, and MORE. See SPS NEWS