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What's Happening at Hamilton

Garfield High School Summer Academy

For students that will be attending Garfield High School next year:  Garfield High School Summer Academy (formerly Summer Bridge).  This year we are running the program from July 6 – July 31 from 9:00 – 3:30 at Garfield.  There will be a Humanities block as well as a STEM block during the day as well as an advisory period.  Students will be taught by Garfield High School staff and the University of Washington teacher prep program will have about 60 students helping out in the classrooms as well.  Students who attend will earn a 0.5 elective credit toward their graduation requirements. The Summer Academy is open to ALL 8th grade students who will be attending Garfield for 9th grade.  The sign up paperwork is linked here.

PTSA General Membership Meeting Report

Thanks to the generous donations of Hamilton families, and to the corporations that generously provided matching funds, PTSA income exceeded our budgeted expectation by a significant margin this year – about $15,000! So last night, at our General Membership meeting in the Hamilton Commons, a motion was made to use those funds to replace and refurbish the Hawk's Nest furniture, which is in serious need of attention after years of use by thousands of adolescent bodies!

Also at last night's meeting, we held elections to fill some of our open PTSA Board Member positions for next year. Barbara Vaughey was re-elected as PTSA Treasurer; Erica Jorgensen
was re-elected as Vice President of Communications; and Deb Sundblad was re-elected as Vice President of Fundraising. The positions of President, Secretary, Vice President of Events, 6th Grade Liasion, and 7th Grade Liasion remain open. For more information about the Board or the open positions, please contact PTSA President Lisa Melenyzer at hims.ptsa.president@gmail.com.

HIMS Green Team interviewed by KING 5

It was fun and education all in one for the HIMS Green Team, which spent Sunday afternoon raising awareness about pesticide spraying at Hamilton and Wallingford Park. In addition to the dozens of park visitors they spoke to, our costumed crew was also interviewed by reporters from King 5. Way to go Green Team!

If you haven't signed the Green Team's petition yet, you can do so

Here's the segment that ran Sunday night on King 5 ...

HIMS Student Wins Top Honors at National Reflections Contest

Hamilton 8th grader Hannah M. won an “Award of Excellence” for her animated short film "5 Green and Endangered Frogs" in the national PTA Reflections contest, middle school-film division.  Hers, along with other winning works of art from around the country, will be shown in an exhibit at the Department of Education in Washington DC in January, 2016.

Reflections encourages students to create art works inspired by a theme. This year’s theme was “The world will be a better place if…”.  Works compete first within their school, with the opportunity to advance to city, state and national levels (click here to see list of HIMS pieces which advanced).  This is the second time that a work by a HIMS student has advanced to the national level in recent years

5 Green and Endangered Frogs

The theme for next year’s Reflections contest is “Let Your Imagination Fly.”  Students may submit original artworks, inspired by the theme, in the areas of visual art, photography, film, music composition, dance composition, and literature.   The deadline for submission is typically in late October.  But it’s not too early to start working on projects now! 

End-of-School-Year Activities

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and in light of the information you received from the school district last week with regards to no school on May 19 (and the last day of school moving to Tuesday, June 16) here is an update for end of the year activities at Hamilton.


Promotion: All 8th grade students and families are invited to join us for 8th Grade Promotion on Friday, June 12 in the Hamilton International Middle School gymnasium. Families are requested to be seated no later than 12:45pm for the ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, the PTSA will host a reception complete with refreshments. Please remember that we have limited seating capacity in the gym and be mindful of our neighbors when parking that afternoon.  8th graders will receive further instruction about the day in the coming weeks.

8th Grade Cruise: All 8th grade students are invited to join us for the traditional 8th grade field trip, an Argosy Cruise and dance on Monday, June 15. Permission slips have been distributed through Homerooms and are due back as soon as possible. The cost of the field trip is $45 per student and we have full and partial scholarships available for any student who might need one. Our goal is that all students who wish to go on the cruise are able to do so. Please contact our 8th grade counselor, Neil Yeda (nyeda@seattleschools.org) if you are aware of any student who might have a need.


All 7th grade students will have the opportunity to spend the day participating in sports and activities at Lower Woodland Field. Students will walk with teachers to the park and lunch will be provided. Students will leave the building about 9:30am, and return to Hamilton by 2:20pm. The cost is $7 for each student. Permission slips will be distributed the first week in June.


We are excited to celebrate the last Monday of the year (June 15).  The Family Fun Center in Tukwila is a fun-filled day of arcade games, water boats, cotton candy and laughter.  Hamilton 6th graders will leave the building around 9:30am, traveling to Kent and return to Hamilton by 2:20pm.  The cost is $15 for each student and they can bring a lunch or purchase one there.  Permission slips will be distributed the first week in June.


Tuesday, June 16 will be a regular school day for all students. School will dismiss one hour early (at 1:20pm) and we will have a regular schedule with shortened class periods. We understand that some families may have already made plans or commitments for that day. If you know in advance your student will not be at school, please contact our attendance office so we can ensure that we are appropriately documented your student’s absence.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your grade level administrator if you have any questions or concerns about these end of the year activities.

6th Grade: Tip Blish – tiblish@seattleschools.org
7th Grade: Christy Smith – clsmith2@seattleschools.org
8th Grade: Tim Snyder -  tjsnyder@seattleschools.org

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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