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What's Happening at Hamilton

High School Counselors @ HIMS

High School counselors will be coming to Hamilton on Tuesday, May 5, during 5th period, to register 8th graders for 9th grade.  Many of the high schools have mailed out or delivered registration materials to students, but Ingraham is one school that will be distributing its materials on May 5 when the high school counselors are here to see their students.

If your student has already received their registration forms, please be sure to have them bring them on May 5 to turn in to the high school counselors.

If you have any questions, please contact Neil Yeda, 8th grade and Head Counselor, at
nyeda@seattleschools.org or at (206) 252-5828.

2015-2016 Registration forms are HERE!

Families who are new to Hamilton (as of April 20, 2015) have received the registration form/letter via US mail. If you enrolled after that date OR did not receive one, please print the grade appropriate “course request” form, complete and mail or drop off to Hamilton.

Also, be sure to join us at your school's “Meet the Principal” night or join us at HIMS on May 5.  Forms will be collected at all of these meetings.

Meet the Principal:
West Woodland          April 28, 2015 - 6:30-8:00pm
John Stanford Int'l  
& McDonald Int'l     April 29, 2015 - 6:30-8:00pm
APP Lincoln               May 4, 2015 - 6:30-8:00pm
HIMS Library              May 5, 2015 - 6:30-8:00pm

PE Waiver forms for the 2015-2016 school year will be sent home with students and available on this website in October 2015.

Registration forms are provided here for your convenience

Changes to School Bell Times: Community Meeting Thurs., 4/30 at HIMS

Scientific research and national debate surrounding the effects of early school start times on student learning at the middle and high school level has prompted the Seattle Public School Board to take action.

The proposed changes to bell times introduce new issues that are complex and far reaching, impacting families, transit, after-school care, sports programs and more. Please attend a "Neighbor to Neighbor" community meeting at Hamilton International Middle School Commons area on Thursday April 30, from 7:00 - 8:30pm, to understand the proposed options, join the discussion, and participate in a written survey to capture your feedback for the school board. Your input is critical to the school board's decision-making process. 

HIMS Smarter Balanced Assessment Schedule

This spring all students will participate in the new Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) that has been designed to replace the Measures of Student Progress (MSP) that many of us (and our students) are familiar from previous years.  As a staff we have been learning about the new assessment and have developed a schedule that will support our students to demonstrate what we all know about them, they are awesome!

Download the schedule HERE

Please help us by ensuring that your student is in school for the whole day during their assessment weeks.  We appreciate your assistance by not scheduling any appointments, trips or other commitments during this time.

More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice tests can be at http://smarterbalanced.www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/integrated_home.phtml?gid=4928830&sessionid=ad0368da388a3b3a7cdfef920e99f911

Thank you for your support of Hamilton students and for your strong partnership. If you have any specific questions about the SBA, please contact Assistant Principal, Tip Blish (tiblish@seattleschools.org) who is leading the implementation of the SBA at Hamilton.

Go Hawks!

Principal Search Announcement

Dear Hamilton community,

Today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Tipton Blish as the new principal of Hamilton International Middle School, starting on July 1, 2015. Mr. Blish replaces Cindy Watters, who after three years at Hamilton and five years with Seattle Public Schools is leaving the district at the end of the school year to return to her prior career as an international educator.

Mr. Blish has served as Hamilton’s assistant principal for the past two years. Before coming to Hamilton, he served his administration internship at Ballard High School. He also taught language arts and held several other leadership positions at Ballard High.

Mr. Blish was chosen for this position through an extensive process in the Hamilton community that included the input and participation of staff, building leadership and Hamilton families. The group recommended Mr. Blish for the position because of his strong student interaction skills, his understanding of Hamilton’s complexity and opportunities, and his ability to foster a sense of place for all. Mr. Blish was then interviewed by Hamilton’s executive director of schools, the assistant superintendent of Human Resources, the assistant superintendent of Teaching and Learning and myself. We all agree that Mr. Blish has demonstrated a solid commitment to Hamilton and is ideally positioned to continue the great work at Hamilton.

Mr. Blish holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College in Vermont and a master’s in teaching from Seattle University. He earned his administrative credentials and an Educational Specialist degree from Seattle University as well. He plans to hit the ground running, refining and implementing a leadership transition plan, preparing for growing enrollment, adding to Hamilton’s strong teaching staff and celebrating the great work of Ms. Watters and others in the Hamilton community leaving at the end of the school year.

I know you join me in expressing gratitude to Ms. Watters for her tremendous leadership. We wish her well on the next chapter of her educational career.

Thank you for the high expectations that you set for every student and for all that you do.


Larry Nyland
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Skills Center Summer Program Update

8th graders: Besides  Computer Applications, Culinary Arts, Engineering , Maritime Sciences at Ballard HS; Into to Medical Careers at the Lincoln Building; Multimedia Broadcasting at Nathan Hale HS; Computer Applications and Culinary Arts at Roosevelt HS;  AIE Digital Cyber Camp at Seattle Center Armory.

The following classes have been added:

·         Intro to Automotive Tech added to Ingraham HS

·         Intro to Engineering and Intro to Maritime Science dropped from Ballard HS for second session

Credit for Summer Intro Skills Center classes goes towards meeting the Graduation Requirement for Occupational Education. 

Successful completion of  Introduction Skills Center classes also meet pre-requisites required for several Skills Center school year classes.  For example, successful completion of Intro to Culinary Arts will meet pre-requisite for the Skills Center Culinary Arts class.  Intro to Medical Careers credit will meet pre-requisite for Skills Center Medical Assisting/Health Sciences and Nursing Assistant/Medical Careers.  Summer AIE CyberCamp credit will meet the pre-requisite for the Skills Center Digital Animation & Game Design class.

If you are interested, see Mr. Yeda in the Counseling Office.  Classes are filled on a “first come-first served” basis so get you application turned in as soon a possible. 

The deadline for applications is Friday,  May 29.

HIMS Spirit Wear Store is Open for Business!

Get your Hamilton shirts, caps and more at the HIMS Spirit Wear Store!


Be sure to bookmark it and visit throughout the year to find HIMS T-Shirts, Outerwear, Hoodies and more, with delivery straight to your home.

Happy Spirit Shopping!

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