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    MAY 5, 2016

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    7th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    5/10 - Tues.

    FOMAHI Board Meeting, Library, 7 – 9 PM

    5/13 - Fri.

    8th Grade Dance, Commons, 8 - 10 PM


    6th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)


    8th Grade Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP)

    5/25 - Wed.

    (Almost) Summer PTSA Membership Meeting, Library, 7 - 9 PM
    5/27 - Fri.

    HIMS Hawks Roller Rodeo, Sports Playtop, 2:30 - 4 PM

    5/30 - Mon.

    Memorial Day, No School

    6/13 - Mon.

    Incoming 6th Graders Ice Cream Social


    Tip Blish

    Over the last few weeks, we have been visiting families of next year’s 6th graders at some of our elementary schools. Much of my presentation is about the developmental growth that students experience over the three years of middle school, the Hamilton curriculum, and a little bit about the anticipated enrollment for next year.

    I’m nearing the end of my third year at Hamilton, which means I’m seeing those students who arrived when I did nearing the end of their middle school years.

    Wow! How did that happen? (Have I grown up … I mean aged … that much?).

    It’s a wondrous privilege to be alongside the growth of these young people.

    The piece about enrollment is more of concern for us on the staff at Hamilton. 
    There are many reasons that Hamilton’s student population has been growing — population increases and the expansion and appeal of advanced learning programs and the international schools pathway. Families also choose Hamilton and we take some pride in that. That complex set of reasons means that next year, about 115 more students will walk through our doors on Sept. 7.

    To offer classroom space to our larger student body, Seattle Schools is working to bring four classrooms in two temporary buildings to the play court at Hamilton. Should we have those, we will lose a good portion of the space that students use to run around and play at lunch. And we will be spending considerable time this spring finding the space and outlet so we can ensure our students can run, throw, breathe outside air, get their heart rates up — all critical pieces of the Hamilton school experience.  Stay tuned.

    Lastly, a word about the water in our building: One of the first tasks I had here three years ago was to respond to a water testing report that found higher levels of lead in six sinks in our building. Three of those sinks are in areas where students are not; one of them is on the stage off of our Commons; one is in a common area outside classrooms on the 3rd floor; one is in the concession area off of the gym. Those sinks have had warning signs not to drink water from those ever since. A closer look at the test results showed that the water out of those sinks tested over the Seattle Schools threshold when they were first turned on, but under the threshold if allowed to run for 30 seconds. Our water system has not been tested since but will be later in 2016, according to the school district.

    The many other sources of water, including all of the drinking fountains, were found to have water safe to drink. 

    I am no expert in water quality, plumbing, or water testing. We are assured by people who are experts that Hamilton’s water is safe to drink. 
    The details of the testing at Hamilton over the years can be found here.

    Thank you for the privilege of entrusting us with your students.

    Go Hawks! Tipton Blish, Principal


    8th Grade Dance Update, Friday, May 13 - Volunteers Needed!

    Students will enjoy a “Summer in Paradise” at the 8th Grade Dance!

    Friday, May 13, 8 - 10 PM

    HIMS Commons

    Hamilton 8th Grade Students only

    Admission is free and pizza, water and popsicles will be provided. Sodas may be purchased for $1. Only Hamilton 8th graders may attend. Students must sign up during 8th grade lunch May 4-13. Any students leaving before 10 PM will need to be signed out by an adult volunteer.  

    There will be a fun photo booth with loads of props! Summer styles are fine, being mindful of the HIMS dress code.

    We are anxiously looking for volunteers to chaperone this dance!  A minimum of 25 adults is needed; without chaperones, there is NO DANCE!  Please email if you can help.

    Volunteers Needed for 8th Grade Promotion, Friday, June 24 - NEW

    Six volunteers, preferably non 8th grade parents (so they can enjoy the event), are needed to pass out programs and then pour lemonade and supervise the refreshment table during the short reception on Friday, June 24.  The time commitment is 11 AM to 1:20 PM.  Please email Michelle Fasser to volunteer,

    Does Hamilton Need a School Safety Patrol?

    The school zone around Hamilton is a busy place. There are parents and school buses dropping off or picking up kids, people not part of the school community driving through, and just when you thought it couldn't get any more chaotic, kids are walking and riding their bicycles to and from school. So this begs the question - could Hamilton use a School Safety Patrol? This summer, AAA Washington will provide free workshops for School Safety Patrol advisors to learn about training, grant opportunities, school patrol success stories, and AAA recognition programs for patrollers. If you are interested in helping start up a Hamilton Safety Patrol, we’d love to talk with you. Email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at Thanks for considering!

    Get on ‘Board’ for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board!

    Middle School is just three short years, so if you’ve waited and wanted to get involved, wait no more! We have several openings on next year’s Hamilton PTSA Board, and now is the time to throw your name in and get the process started.  Could you be our next …

    VP of Fundraising - direct Annual Fund drive, research and report on other fundraising

    VP of Events - recruit event chairs and help plan and budget, arrange meeting speakers

    Membership Chair - manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration

    7th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    8th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    Reflections Art Contest Chair - organize and implement the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator - coordinate five Luncheons during the school year

    Those positions, along with other ways to be involved, are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them! Visit the Hamilton PTSA page for job descriptions and more information, or email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at

    Submit Your Priorities for the Washington State PTA 2016 Legislative Platform!

    Every two years, the Washington state PTA prioritizes its legislative agenda based on input from its members. Any PTSA member can submit a proposal. The key dates for this cycle are:

    • Wednesday, May 18: Title and short description due

    • Wednesday, June 1: Complete issue submittal form due

    Fully funding schools is the current top prioritization, but proposals can be on any number of issues. More information on the process can be found in the Advocacy section of the Washington State PTA website. For more information or if you are interested in working together on a proposal, email Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell at


    2016 Science Expo Success - NEW

    The HIMS Science Department sends a big "Thank You" to our community for helping make the 2016 Science Expo a success!  Thanks to our students for putting together incredible projects to view at the event.  The projects were an authentic demonstration of student learning and application of scientific principles. Thank you to parents for supporting students in their success. Also, special thanks to the PTSA for providing pizza for all of our student participants and the parent volunteers who helped with the pizza distribution.

    Science teachers are currently grading projects and will meet next week to judge the projects eligible for the Seattle Public Schools district science fair which is on Thursday, June 2 at the Museum of Flight.  We will announce the finalists for each grade level next Thursday, May 12.

    If you have feedback about the Science Expo, please contact your child’s science teacher or HIMS Science Dept. Chair, Jen Fox,

    Last Chance to Order Yearbooks - NEW

    If you haven’t yet ordered a Yearbook, they will go on sale again for $20 from May 16 - May 30, and require an order form with a check or cash. Students can get the order form from their homeroom teachers or the main office. To check whether you ordered one at the start of the year, ask the main office or Ms. Smith in room 102.

    Has Your Hawk Lost a Book? - NEW

    • If the lost book belongs to the HIMS Library and your Hawk has looked everywhere, please ask them to bring a middle-school appropriate book, DVD, or CD audiobook to Ms. MacDonald as a donation and ask her to waive the fine

    • If the lost book belongs to your Hawk, your family, or a teacher, please ask library staff to check the Lost ‘n’ Found books in the Library Books Storage Room - we have 3 shelves of books found this school year!

    • If the lost book belongs to the public library, and was brought to HIMS library, these are returned to the Wallingford branch weekly. Check your public library account

    Green Team Wins Conservation Champion Award! - NEW

    Congratulations Hamilton Green Team for winning a Seattle Public Schools 2015-16 Conservation Champion Award! Washington Green Schools nominated them for creating a culture of conservation and helping to reduce energy, water, and solid waste use for the fifth consecutive year, and also increasing recycling and composting. See their conservation story along with those of other award winners!

    Mia H. Wins Prize in World Citizen Essay Contest! - NEW

    Congratulations to Mia H. for winning third place for her essay, “Making Invisible Water Visible,” in the World Citizen Essay Contest! Mia’s essay is posted outside Ms. Paris’ room 233. She will receive her award on Thursday, May 5 at the World Citizen Award Ceremony here at Hamilton from 6:30 to 8 PM. Come learn about the future of water and celebrate with Mia!

    Naramore Art Show Awards Ceremony - NEW

    The Naramore Art Show celebrates about 200 artworks by Seattle Public Schools middle and high school students at the Seattle Art Museum’s Community Corridor. The Show has been held since 1985 to celebrate the success of our highest achieving arts students and share their learning with our community.

    • Exhibition dates: March 24 through May 22

    • Awards Ceremony and Teen Night Out: May 6 from 5:30 to 7 PM

    Visit the middle and high school Naramore Art Exhibition webpage for more information.

    Lincoln High School Design Team Blueprints and Notes - NEW

    School Design Advisory Team notes and blueprints for the new Lincoln High School are here:

    May is Bike Everywhere Month!  Have YOUR Students Join the Fun! - NEW

    Students can register for the HIMS HAWK TEAM at, using a parent or guardian’s email address. They can record their commute trips and compare or compete with each other. Those who choose to compete will create a user name (not their full name) which will appear on the website to protect their privacy. Participants will be entered into weekly drawings for cool prizes, including a brand new bike, panniers, and much more!

    The month will culminate with a HIMS HAWKS ROLLER RODEO! Students are invited to come ready to roll with their bikes, scooters, and roller blades on Friday, May 27 after school at 2:30 - 4 PM. They will get a treat simply for participating! Activities will include a decorating station, practicing fun roller skills, and the opportunity to win more prizes!  Be on the lookout for a permission slip to participate.

    International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Task Force & Community Meetings The District is putting together a task force to study the impacts, risks and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle's International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year.

    The task force will include teachers and staff, parents/guardians, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and can bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration.

    See SPS website for more info and to download task force application

    Community Meetings

    Community outreach meetings will also be held throughout the city. Interpreters will be provided at each site for Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese, and additional languages as needed.

    Thursday, May 12, 6 - 7:30 PM, Hamilton International Middle School, 610 N 41st St

    Thursday, May 19, 6 - 7:30 pm, The Seattle World School, 301 21st Ave E

    To help with planning, please RSVP:  For more information or to submit comments, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator,

    Seattle Public Schools Summer Learning Website - NEW

    As summer approaches, students and families are seeking a variety of summer learning opportunities. To assist, Seattle Public Schools has created a webpage that compiles information on the various SPS summer programs. In addition, there are links to city programs, including summer meals and community-based program directories. If you have questions or know of additional information that should be included, please contact Rivka Burstein-Stern,

    Progress Report and Report Card Dates

    Due to the late start to the school year, dates for sending out Progress Reports and Report Cards have been adjusted.  Please check here for a summary of the new dates.

    HIMS Spirit Wear is open for business!

    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more—delivered straight to your home?

    Order your spirit wear from at


    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)


    Hamilton Sr. Jazz under Band Director Paul Harshman took top honors at the Reno Jazz Festival  – first place! – for middle school bands AND was showcased at the Lawler Events Center on Saturday night. Big deal!! Duncan W. (trombone), Evan F. (trumpet), Claire T. (trumpet), Sophie R. (tenor sax), Nick Z. (percussion) each received Outstanding Musicianship Awards and Claire T. (trumpet ) received the Outstanding Middle School Trumpeter Award. Thanks to our fabulous band director Paul Harshman for his leadership AND direction and to our parent chaperones and Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard for making this trip happen.

    2016-2017 Nominating Committee Update

    Thanks to the 5 people who recently stepped up to be on the Board for next year!! We're still looking to fill a few more positions:

    • Co-President (Choir Rep) - Works as a team with Band and Orchestra Co-Presidents; Attends monthly Board meetings; Works closely with Music Directors; Provides support for Communications, Fundraising, Concert Operations, Volunteer Coordination, and Treasurer Board members

    • VP of Concert Operations - Oversees the planning of each Band, Jazz, Orchestra, and Vocal concert by coordinating with the Concert Coordinator, Bake Sales Chair, AV Recorder, and Concert Program Chair; Attends monthly Board meetings

    • Secretary - Attends monthly Board meetings; Takes meeting minutes; Does annual Bylaws update; Is on the Nominating Committee in Spring; Maintains FOMAHI files

    • Fundraising Chair - Chair of Musicathon; Supports the collection of Enrichment Fees/Registration in Fall; Oversees other potential fundraising opportunities like Matching Gifts and Scrip; Attends monthly Board meetings

    Interested in a smaller way to volunteer in the music department? The following positions are also available:

    • Merchandise coordinator

    • Trip coordinator for individual trips/festivals

    • Concert program creator (for Band, Orchestra, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Concert coordinator (for Band, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Orchestra Bake Sale Coordinator

    No experience is required, just willingness to help support our fabulous music program. Incoming 6th grade families are more than welcome in any of these roles. Contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at with questions. They would love to tell you more.

    Seattle Saxophone Institute Summer Camp! Open to Students Entering Grades 7-9 - NEW

    Evan Smith is a renowned, local sax player and teacher, who currently teaches several Hamilton students. He's teaming-up with four of Seattle's most in-demand educators and performers to offer a fun and unique opportunity to gain new skills while keeping playing chops fresh over the summer. All in a friendly and supportive environment. Students will study the fundamentals of tone and technique, classic jazz improvisation, big-band section playing, free improvisation, classical saxophone quartets, and more! At the end of the week, students will play a concert with a professional rhythm section at Egan's Ballard Jam House!

    WHEN: August 1-4 PM

    WHERE: Roosevelt High School

    INSTRUCTORS: Evan Smith, Neil Welch, Steve Treseler, Jessika Smith

    COST: $450


    Girls Volleyball

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30

    • Saturday, May 7 – Varsity game vs. McClure at 9:30 AM at Jane Addams MS location

    • Saturday, May 7 – JV1 game vs. Denny at 2 PM at Denny MS location

    • Saturday, May 7 – JV2 game vs. Broadview-Thomson 2 at 2 PM at Jane Addams MS location

    Boys Soccer

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30

    • Saturday, May 7 – Varsity game vs. McClure at 9:30 AM at Ingraham HS location

    • Saturday, May 7 – JV game vs. Denny at 8 AM at Franklin HS location


    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. Qualifying Meet Prelims. Saturday, May 7, 11 AM - 1:30 PM, Nathan Hale HS location


    Spring HOST classes begin on March 28 and run until June 9.  Please see

    Contact Liz Chase at the YMCA with questions,, (206) 252-5831.


    2e (Twice Exceptional) Seattle Parent Support Group Meeting, 5/9 - NEW

    The upcoming May meeting will be informal resource sharing session. Please come and share favorite resources - after school programs, services, providers, extracurricular activities, book series, community organizations - that engage your child at the appropriate intellectual level within the context of his or her learning difference. If you are searching for resources and are stumped, come and see if someone can point you in the right direction! A critical mass of people (including people who have been around the 2e block a few times) is needed to make this effective, so please RSVP Laurie Clark Klavins, 2e Seattle Parent Support Group leader at

    Monday, May 9, 7 PM

    Lincoln High School library in Wallingford

    ParentMap: “One Click Away: Encouraging Smart Choices in a Wired World,” 5/24 - NEW

    Author and therapist Jo Langford gives the basics on popular social networking sites and provides tips on creating smart boundaries and expectations for a healthy online relationship for tweens and teens of all genders and their families.

    Tuesday, May 24, 7-9 PM

    Wright Auditorium - Seattle Children's Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE

    Use discount code SCHOOL for $10 off tickets here (code should automatically populate in check out)

    “Fruit Science” Summer Camp with City Fruit & Seattle Parks and Recreation - NEW

    City Fruit has partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to offer “Fruit Science Camp.” Campers will get hands-on experience tending to a garden, tasting fruit, getting connected with their local environment, and learning about Seattle’s local food businesses. Qualifying middle school students will receive full scholarships. Camp will be held in one week sessions beginning July 11 and will run from 9 AM-6 PM on weekdays. Find more information here

    CRF Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Voluntary Recall - NEW

    CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. These products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. For full details, see FDA site:

    Building Healthy Behavior Workshop for Families of Kids Ages 8-14

    Building Healthy Behaviors is presented in four consecutive workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes long and provides the information, tools and skills parents, caregivers and family members can immediately put into practice with their children in the home to help make healthy choices and say no to drugs, alcohol and problem behaviors. To get the most out of the training you are encouraged to attend all the workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Thursday, May 5, 5:30-7 PM, “Getting Started, Healthy Beliefs”

    Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7 PM, “Saying NO”

    Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7 PM, “Handling Anger”

    Thursday, May 26, 5:30-7 PM, “Strengthening Family Bonds”

    Get more information and Register Online

    World Citizen Awards Ceremony, 5/5

    On May 5th, join the World Affairs Council and keynote speaker Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Board Chair of the Water for Food Institute, to explore "The Future of Water Worldwide." Mr. Raikes will examine the relationship between water consumption and food production in order to uncover ways to improve water management critical to more-equitably meeting the needs of the world's growing population. This event is part of Global Classroom's 17th Annual World Citizen Essay Contest on water crises worldwide.

    Thursday, May 5, 6:30 - 8 PM

    Hamilton International Middle School

    Click here to register

    Roosevelt High School Football Team Kickoff Meeting, 5/13

    Attention 8th Graders! Interested in being a part of Roosevelt High School Football? Come to the All-Comers Spring Kickoff Meeting and BBQ. Meet the coaches, your future teammates, and enjoy some BBQ with families. Spring football practices start Monday, June 6, no experience required.

    Friday, May 13, 3 PM

    Roosevelt High School

    More information available at or by emailing

    UW Math Hour:  “Stable Matching,” 5/15

    In 2012, a Nobel Prize in Economics was given in part for the solution to the following problem: Say we have 100 boys and 100 girls and we want to make them into couples. Everyone makes a list of their ideal partners from 1 to 100 in order of most favorite to least favorite. The question now is whether there is a way to match everyone up so that the matching is “stable.” This means that there is no couple (A,B) in our matching where girl A prefers some other boy to B and boy B prefers some other girl to A. In this Math Hour with Anna Karlin of the UW Computer Science Dept. you will learn about an efficient algorithm for solving this problem and the fascinating properties of stable matchings.

    Sunday, May 15, 1-2 PM, 301 Gowen Hall, UW Campus

    Free to all, no registration required. Full series:

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