What's Happening at Hamilton
- 2 ½ -3 inch binder for core classes
- 1 ½ inch binder if in a World Language class
- Loose leaf notebook paper
- Pens (Blue, Black, Red)
- Handheld pencil sharpener
- Basic calculator (for students in CMP1, 2 or 3)
- Recommended (but not required): Texas Instruments TI-84 Graphing calculator (for students in Algebra, Geometry or Algebra II)
HIMS Provided Supplies
- Composition notebooks
- Colored pencils
- Ruler (class sets for teachers)
- Scissors (class sets for teachers)
- Scotch tape
- Glue sticks
- Colored paper
- Post-it notes
HIMS Green Team doesn't waste time earning Washington Green Schools recognition
Our colors might be blue and gold, but this year, HIMS students went GREEN, blazing a path towards conservation and environmental stewardship at Hamilton!
By setting goals, investigating issues, and taking actions to benefit our school and the environment, the HIMS Green Team spent this school year working to make 'green values' part of the culture at Hamilton.
Choosing to tackle Waste and Recycling in their certification efforts, the Green Team performed a waste assessment and audit – spearheaded by 8th grader Caitlin C. (pictured left) – to find out where Hamilton stood as far as recycling, food waste collection, and garbage amounts were concerned. Areas of improvement were determined, and Green Team members took turns monitoring food waste at events and in the cafeteria.
In March, The Green Team also began to hold weekly raffles to reward students who properly sorted their lunchtime waste.
The team's efforts paid off on Monday, June 16, when Hamilton received a Washington Green Schools Level 1 Certification in Waste and Recycling, during 1st lunch period. Leigh Michael, outreach coordinator of Washington Green Schools, presented the certification award and Washington Green Schools banner to Principal Cindy Watters and the Green Team.
Many thanks to the Green Team advisors, HIMS parent Barb Burrill; House Administrator, Christy Smith; and Science Teacher, Karleen George.
Congratulations, Green Team!
WELCOME to Hamilton International Middle School!
It is my privilege to welcome you and your student to the Hamilton International Middle School (HIMS for short) community! I am excited you are joining us for the 2014-2015 school year. For those we have had the opportunity to meet earlier here is the promised course registration information. And for those families joining us following Open Enrollment we are thrilled to welcome you to our school!
Here is the course registration sheet that we are asking you to complete and return to Hamilton no later than Friday, May 2, 2014. All 6th grade students will be enrolled in the appropriate academic pathway next year and will have some choices in their schedule. The typical 6th grade schedule includes the following courses:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- PE (1 semester) & International Arts (1 semester)*
- Elective – Music or World Language
*Some students choose to enroll in both a World Language and Music class that requires they apply for a PE Waiver. More information about PE Waivers, Math placement and Math opt up contracts will be included in the registration packet that will be sent later this spring.
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Watters, please join her on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the HIMS Library. This will be a time for you to learn about Hamilton as well as have registration questions answered and submit your course registration form at that time.
The Hamilton PTSA invites you to our annual ice cream social on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the HIMS Commons. You can explore the building, see old friends and make new ones – we look forward to seeing you then!
Hamilton is excited to invite you to our inaugural 6th Grade WEB Day! (Where Everybody Belongs!) WEB is a nationally recognized 6th grade transition program that happens in schools across the country (including McClure & Eckstein Middle Schools in Seattle!). Incoming 6th graders are invited to join their classmates and 8th grade leaders on Monday, August 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hamilton for a great time of orientation, activities and new friends! More information will be sent out later this summer.
Cindy Watters, Principal
The HIMS Math Team, led by coach and HIMS math teacher, Gary Pounder, competed in the Washington State Math Championships in Blaine on Saturday, March 22, bringing home several titles!
Hamilton's 8th grade team took 5th place, with Ryan L. placing 3rd in state. The 7th grade team took 7th place, with Henry C. placing 4th in state. And showing that they'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come, the Hamilton 6th grade team took 1st place, with Zhemin S. placing 1st in state.
Big thanks to parents Julia Bacharach who coordinated transportation and Helen Whitlock who brought the snacks.
"I’m very proud of the kids' efforts this year," said Coach Pounder.
Stay tuned for announcements in the fall, if your child is interested in joining next year's HIMS Math Team!