Dear Hamilton Friends and Families,
As the school year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your PTSA President. It has been my pleasure to spend the last two years working on behalf of our students, teachers, staff members and families.
Through the support of so many in our community, HIMS PTSA has been able to provide an amazing array of events, enrichment opportunities and support to our school. Take a look at this list of some of the programs and support we have provided or contributed to in 2014-15:
• First Day Coffee for 6th Grade Parents
and the Welcome Back Parent Party
, and funding for the “We All Belong”
mentorship program for incoming students;
• Classroom guest speakers
, the Writers in the School Program
, HIMS Night of the Arts
and the Science Expo
, productions by the Drama classes
, visits from Artists in Residence to International Arts classes
, and the Reflections Arts Competitio
n (with online gallery);
• A $10,000 grant to subsidize the cost of HOST after-school classes
for all students, funding for after-school sports uniforms
and an extra Track coach
, participation of Hamilton students in the La Chispa Leadership Conference
and funding for Hamilton’s ground-breaking 100% Human Project
• So many great staff appreciation events! a BBQ Lunch, a Brown Bag Lunch, a Chinese New Year Lunch, a St. Patrick’s Day Lunch, a Cinco de Mayo Lunch, a Teacher Breakfast during Teacher Appreciation Week
, plus funding to subsidize some additional events staged by the staff;
• The always awesome Pi Night
in March, the 8th Grade Spring Dance
, the Ice Cream Social for New Students
, 8th Grade Promotion
, and, thanks to PTSA volunteers, refreshments were provided for the Hawk Pride ceremonies
held each month at HIMS;
• Parent education events and community meetings with guests Stand-Up Mathematician Matt Parker
and sex educator Jo Langford
, as well as a Walk to School Day Event
, an SPS Bell Times information session
and four evening meetings with incoming 6th graders at their elementary schools;
• Funds for Staff Professional Development
, a grant to support the employment of a Tech Specialist at HIMS
, a supplies allowance for each teacher/counselor, a new laminator
, a program that offered mini-grants to teachers
, $3,000 in Library support
, new pedestrian flags
for the area, and emergency prep funds for the school
. PTSA also provided funds for scholarships
and food donations
and a summer backpack program
(operated by the YMCA) to benefit Hamilton families.
Finally, due to a banner year of fundraising and corporate matching, Hamilton PTSA was also able to grant $15,000 to the school to replace and refurbish the much-used Hawk’s Nest. We look forward to seeing the renewed space!
Our Communications officers, Erica Jorgensen
and Lisa Smith
, have worked diligently this year to publish an informative Hamilton Weekly News
and Hamilton website
, and our publications are the envy of other middle and high schools. However, as we move forward into a next school year with a new district-wide content management system, Lisa and Erica are considering some changes to our communications practice. We would be very grateful if you could take this survey and share your thoughts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7YGHHM5
. Many thanks to Erica and Lisa!
I’d also like to offer special thanks to the other members of our phenomenal PTSA Board and core team: Barbara Vaughey, Tami Herlocker, Deb Sundblad, Tara Lee, Elizabeth Carson-Cheng, Malinda Bailey, Michelle Fasser and Karen Davis, Mary Orth and Annie Hayward, Leda Gonacharoff, Lauren Marshall, Shannon Frizzell, Allison Eva, Rebekkah Madden, Lynn Lee and Jen Hurley
. I have been lucky to work with each of you this year, and to watch your dedication and hours of work positively impact Hamilton International Middle School. Thanks also to all of our wonderful volunteers, who contributed their valuable time to work on events, or on PTSA committees. Your time, talents and energy are deeply appreciated.
Thanks also to Barb Burrill
, who along the HIMS Green Team
has been a wonderful support in producing events this year. Teachers, staff members and administrators, your positivity and partnership is so meaningful to PTSA, and I have been honored to work with you this year. Many thanks to Katie Niskanen
and Sheila de la Cruz
in the front office for always being available with a helping hand and a smile, and to the HIMS’ Fiscal Analyst, Rachel Smith
- I don’t know how we’d do it without you!
I hope you all have a fantastic, relaxing summer, and for those of you moving on, best wishes for all your future endeavors! I look forward to the 2015-16 school year under the leadership of incoming President Lisa Smith
President, Hamilton International Middle School PTSA
Parents: Typing Agent will be available for students to access during June and July.
using their current username and password.
Student accounts and classes will be uploaded for the 2015-16 school year sometime in August, and at that time, students will probably lose their summer access to Typing Agent. Given the positive feedback received by teachers and students for Typing Agent, SPS Curriculum and Instruction has purchased licenses for grades 1 – 12 for the 2015-16 school year.