Friends of Nova



Upcoming Nova Events


Spring Arts & Crafts Fair and Silent Auction

Nova High School
Thursday, April 25TH, 2019

Friends of Nova (FON) is looking for donations of crafts or special pieces of art as well as professional or personal services, gift certificates, gift cards, and other contributions for the Silent Auction at our upcoming Arts and Crafts Fair. Here’s how to get involved:

To Donate:

  • To donate items, please fill out the donation form and deliver your contribution to Nova High School by April 15th, 2019.

  • If you would like to drop off or mail in your donations, the school’s address is 2410 E. Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98122. Attn: Arts and Crafts Fair. Please make sure to attach a copy of the donation form to your donation!  

  • Please contact Lisa Galarneau ( to arrange delivery or pick up if you can’t get the item to Nova during school hours (7:30AM-5PM Monday –Friday).

  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please make your check out to “AFE” or “Alliance for Education” and have “Friends of Nova” in the memo line. Or, the check can be made out to “Alliance for Education / Friends of Nova. The tax ID is 91-1508191. Please include the donation form with your check.

  • For students interested in contributing original art, we will be offering tickets to a cool gift basket (contents TBD, but it will be impressive!) drawing for each piece donated.  We will also host digital art projects at the event, and students will also receive tickets to the drawing for each digital art piece submitted. We will also need setup volunteers and some help running things on the day of the event, so please stay tuned for more details! Please contact Lisa Galarneau ( if you’re a student and would like to participate.

Event Coordination:
We also need help pre-event (cataloging and event planning) and on the day of the event (food, setup and clean up).  Students will receive student government credit for their assistance. Please let Lisa know ( if you are interested in helping out! 

Come to the Arts & Crafts Fair and Silent Auction:
Plan to come and have fun on April 25th from 6 - 8PM! We will have food, music, craft tables, and live performances by Nova students, as well as an inspiring showcase of donated and student arts/crafts.


Novaplosion! benefit rock show for nova high school

This show is going to be AWESOME.

This show is going to be AWESOME.

Join us for an epic evening of music, support and inspiration with our friends:

All proceeds from the concert directly support Nova High School students with innovative programming and student needs. The student-run Budget Committee determines how this money is spent. Priorities include:

  • Textbooks and teaching materials

  • Part or all of some teacher salaries

  • Artists in Residence

  • Field trips

  • Student Activity Committees

  • Parent/guardian education programs

  • Breakfast program for ALL students

  • Resources open to all students for basic needs such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, etc.

Nova High School is an innovative Seattle Public School committed to social and racial justice, access and equity, the arts, and environmental sustainability. Nova creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students to discover their passions, make a difference, and lead a purposeful life. Learn more at 

Novaplosion! is brought to you by:  

The Artists
thank you to our talented friends for donating your time, energy and gifts to the cause. 

Friends of Nova (FON)
are parents and guardians dedicated to supporting Nova High School students, teachers, staff and families. We do this through volunteering, raising funds, community advocacy, and educational opportunities. Join us at

Valhalla DSP 
makes creative plugin tools for audio workers. We believe in the rock and we believe in you. Learn more at

Alliance for Education 
exists for the singular purpose of promoting excellence in public education in Seattle. We view Seattle Public Schools as essential to the health and vitality of our city. Our shared vision is of Seattle Public Schools as a high-performing, highly regarded urban school system, equipped to provide an excellent education to every student.  Learn more at


Nova Con: 2019 Fall

  • Dates: Fall 2019, TBD

We’re looking for volunteers to offer workshops on a wide range of topics. Please check out the information below and fill out our volunteer form to sign up. You can also email Eyva Winet at or call (206) 755-2931 for more information.

What is Nova Con?

Nova Con is a conference hosted for Nova students twice a year at the beginning of each semester. It is focused on justice, art and community workshops and events. The conference is designed to connect Nova students to our community and also to the many communities we are nested within.

Workshops are planned and facilitated by students, families and community facilitators. This also allows teachers to meet individually with every student before the semester starts to craft their unique educational experience.

We can’t provide this unique educational experience without the support of folks like you! Please check out the information below and fill out our volunteer form to sign up. You can also email Eyva Winet at or call (206) 755-2931 for more information.


What kinds of workshops are needed?


Justice (social & environmental)

  • Racial, LGBTQ+, gender, environmental, ability, immigrant, economic and/or intersectional justice

  • Organizations doing justice work

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Education and youth specific justice issues including school to prison pipeline, youth jail, youth rights, protest skills and rights

  • Historic and contemporary justice movements

  • Intersectional and inclusive history and/or art presentations

  • For more info: or (206) 755-2931

arts workshops

  • Visual arts of all kinds

  • Music

  • Theater

  • Dance

  • Poetry

  • Storytelling

  • Learning about arts programs that are youth inclusive

  • Arts performances

  • For more info: or (206) 755-2931

For more info:
(206) 755-2931

community workshops

  • Opportunities to get involved and be social IRL (in real life)

  • Social skills and emotional intelligence building. Topics could include

    • De-escalation

    • Emotional regulation

    • Facilitation

    • Supporting peers in crisis

    • Consent and relationship skills

  • Service learning and volunteer opportunities for youth

  • Opportunities to work in groups and gain teamwork skills

  • For more info: or (206) 755-2931

For more info:
(206) 755-2931

LIFE SKILLS workshops

  • College and Career

    • College and technical programs

    • Applying for college, scholarships and financial aid

    • Job opportunities and internship programs

    • Cool jobs with people who love their jobs or may have job/volunteer opportunities

  • Adulting (knowing how to do things that adults have to do to live and thrive, but are not often explicitly taught)

    • Moving: Finding an apartment

    • Cleaning your house

    • Cars: Buying a car, Car repair, Insurance

    • Money: Credit, Budgets, Taxes & Bills

    • Job hunting, Interviewing

    • Social etiquette when doing things like renting an apartment or interviewing

What is the workshop format?

The workshops run for one hour and we have several time options available throughout the conference. Workshops can be in many formats:

  • Teaching a skill

  • Doing a project

  • Creating/making something

  • Sharing internship options, community resources and/or volunteer opportunities

  • Leading a discussion

  • A presentation

  • Doing something to improve Nova through a reflective discussion and developing an action plan

  • Doing a service for the school or greater community

  • Sharing an inspiring or thought provoking piece of media

  • Sharing expertise or experience.

Workshops run in one-hour blocks from 9:30 - 10:30 AM and 10:30 - 11:30AM. Please fill out our volunteer form to choose the time that works best for you. You can also email Eyva Winet at or call (206) 755-2931 for more information.

Nova Community Norms

To be responsible for yourself in our community

  • Be mindful. 

  • Share your thoughts and leave room for other people to share theirs.

  • Sit with discomfort but not injustice.

  • Speak from I (avoid generalizing other people’s experience/beliefs and/or being a condescendy pants)

  • Be thoughtful about your language because language has consequences. Discrimination based on race, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and/or mental or physical disability is illegal and not tolerated here. Slurs related to these forms of discrimination as well as language and jokes that minimize sexual and physical violence will have serious consequences in our community.

  • Explain don’t shame

  • Practice clear consent. Treat people the way they want to be treated, ask them if you don’t know and listen when they explain.

  • Be sober.

  • Be thoughtful about broadcasting your personal business. Be aware that folks have different levels of comfort when it comes to talking about sex, drugs/alcohol and other personal biz as well as public displays of affection.

To support each other in our community

  • Welcome people. 

  • Follow the visitor policy and bring your visitors up to speed about what safety means at Nova.

  • When you see people at Nova you don’t recognize ask them to check in with the office.

  • Help each other to be accountable. 

  • Leave Nova and Nova spaces nicer than you found them.

Content Warnings

At Nova we respect that people can be upset and uncomfortable about the content of curriculum, discussions and media that is used and shared in classes. We work to be clear in course descriptions and by giving warnings to students ahead of time about potentially upsetting material. We simultaneously work to support students to make good choices for themselves when picking classes and in advocating for themselves when they need an alternative assignment. 

Closeup of a Heart drawn on a wooden bench

Thank you!

Nova Con Volunteer Form

Please fill out this form with your availability and interests, and we’ll get back to you!

Name *

Please note we’ll need a scan or photo of your driver’s license or state ID because we have to do a Washington State background check on anyone who is working with students. OR you can bring in that ID when you come to do your workshop and email your legal (first and last name, birthdate and gender marker) with your workshop description so we can complete the background check ahead of time. The legal name and gender marker is for the background check only and will be kept confidential. Please be assured that in our school people’s chosen identities, names and pronouns will be used and respected.