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    MAY 19, 2016

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


    8th Grade Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP)

    5/25 - Wed. - New Location!

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Tutta Bella on 4411 Stone Way N., 6 - 6:45 PM - TENTATIVE

    • (Almost) Summer PTSA Membership Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Social, Tutta Bella on 4411 Stone Way N., 7 - 9 PM

    5/27 - Fri.

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

    5/30 - Mon.

    Memorial Day, No School

    6/2 - Thurs. Date Changed!

    Biology EOC Exam

    The District has changed the Biology End of Course exam date from June 14 to June 2. All Biology students will take the EOC on June 2. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Pickard at

    6/13 - Mon.

    Hamilton Incoming 6th Graders Ice Cream Social

    6/24 - Fri.

    8th Grade Promotion, Gym, 12 PM, followed by refreshments on the Playtop


    All things considered our students are doing remarkably well. They have endured crazy testing schedules, room relocations and the stress of Smarter Balanced Testing with aplomb. But with the recent “heat wave” it feels like it’s summertime in Seattle and this wonderful weather sometimes makes students feel like school is almost out, even though we have 5 weeks left. Here are a few reminders of our expectations to help us all make it to the finish line.

    Dress Code

    Sometimes our beautiful weather can result in some attire choices that may not be appropriate for Hamilton. We want to stress “some,” because a great majority of our students make the absolute right sartorial decision. We expect students to “dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruptions.” We are not in the business of measuring inseams, the location of someone’s waist, or strap width. We are also wary of the history of dress codes primarily addressing students who identify as females. But this is a good time of year to clarify what is considered appropriate. Shoes should be worn at all times, clothing with lewd or vulgar images or language is not allowed, no bare midriffs or exposed undergarments, and no excessively short shorts or skirts. Again, we stress that most students make the appropriate clothing choice every day, but a reminder never hurts.


    Hats or any non-religious headwear are not to be worn in the building at Hamilton. Students should leave hats in their lockers for the duration of the day or leave them at home.

    Cell Phones

    Cell phones are not allowed in the hallway or lunchroom during the school day. In the classroom, cell phone use is at the teacher’s discretion. Students are not allowed to use cell phones or other electronic devices to record video or take photos during the school day. The only exception to this rule is if a teacher or staff member deems the use of electronics necessary to support or enhance instruction and learning.

    With only 25 school days left, the finish line is in sight. Let’s work together to make this a great end to a fantastic school year.

    Go Hawks!

    Michelle Pickard, Assistant Principal


    (Almost) Summer PTSA Membership Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Social, Wednesday, May 25 NEW

    HeartHamilton_square100.jpgJoin us for our last PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year! We’ll take care of important business items, receive updates on next year from Principal Blish, and give thanks to the many volunteers who made this school year possible!

    Did you volunteer this year? Were you one of our field trip chaperones, event helpers or Staff Appreciation Luncheon food/time donors? Did you lend a hand in any other way? Then WE WANT YOU to come be celebrated! All volunteers who RSVP and attend will receive a $5 Starbucks Gift Card - as a token of our appreciation! RSVP at

    During the ‘business’ portion of our evening, Principal Blish will give us an update on the Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), and information on next year’s enrollment, class offerings, support classes and bell schedule (hint: school start and end times aren’t the only schedule changes happening).
    Then, we’ll be voting on:

    • the 2016-17 PTSA Budget (help us decide how our PTSA dollars will be spent next year)
    • an update to our Standing Rules (should we add a new PTSA Board position?)
    • next year's PSTA Board Members (nominations will be taken from the floor)

    Open Board positions include Treasurer, VP of Fundraising, VP of Communications and VP of Events.  For our PTSA Board elections, we’ll be accepting motions from the floor (meaning you can nominate someone in attendance, or yourself!), and we will vote on all positions for which we have candidates.

    Note: while all community members are welcome to attend, only registered PTSA members can vote or be nominated for a Board position. So, if you’re not a registered PTSA member, you can still join at

    For questions about the open Board positions, please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at

    We hope to see you THIS WEDNESDAY at Tutta Bella!

    ONE Last Volunteer Needed for 8th Grade Promotion, Friday, June 24 Updated!

    Thanks to the 5 volunteers who volunteered to help at the 8th Grade Promotion! Only ONE more, preferably non-8th-grade parent (so they can enjoy the event), is 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 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM.  Please email Michelle Fasser to volunteer,

    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.  Along with the elected positions listed above (under the Membership Meeting announcement), the following appointed positions are also up for grabs …

    Membership Chair - manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration

    7th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event

    8th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event

    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


    CONGRATULATIONS Hamilton Track on Championship Meet! NEW

    Hamilton track scored 254 combined points (girls & boys) at last Saturday’s Middle School Championship Meet, putting them an amazing 119 points ahead of the next highest competitor. Thanks to coaches, students, families, and other teams for a fantastic season! See results below:  

    School Name Total Points/ Boys & Girls Combined

    Hamilton 254

    Jane Addams 135

    Madison 132

    Salmon Bay 127

    Whitman 106

    McClure 92

    Washington 92

    Eckstein 87

    Mercer 55

    Aki Kurose 52

    Denny 52

    Madrona 41.5

    Catherine Blaine 36

    Hazel Wolf 29

    Pathfinder 15

    IN THE NEWS: Obama Administration Gives Transgender Bathroom Guidelines – What is Hamilton’s Policy? NEW

    Last Friday, the Obama administration issued guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. In 2015, the Seattle Public Schools implemented a similar policy, Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action: Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, which can be found HERE. Hamilton International Middle School adheres to this policy. Questions or comments can be directed to SPS Student Health Outreach Supervisor, Lisa Love, at


    Ice Cream Social and Welcome to Ingraham for the Class of 2020, Wed., June 15 NEW

    The Ingraham parent group will be sponsoring an Ice Cream Social from 6:15 – 7 PM on Wednesday, June 15 in the Lunchroom. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this fun event. Staff will be available to answer any questions as well as a representative from sports and clubs. You can purchase Ingraham Spirit Gear as well – t-shirts, sweatshirts, flannel pants and lots more! Questions? Contact Mary Smith, (206) 252-3888,

    The Ice Cream Social will be followed by Welcome to Ingraham for the Class of 2020 at 7 PM in the Upper Gym.

    Have Thoughts About the SPS Website? NEW

    Help Seattle Public Schools improve your website user experience by taking this short survey:

    Seattle Public School 2016-17 School Year Calendar Dates

    Planning ahead?  Important dates in the Seattle Public Schools 2016-17 school year are here:

    Last Chance to Order Yearbooks

    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.

    May is Bike Everywhere Month!  Join the Roller Rodeo, Friday, May 27

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

    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

    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)

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, May 21: Music in the Park, Wild Waves

    • Monday, May 23: Elementary Outreach with HCC at Lincoln

    • Saturday, May 28: Chamber Orchestra at Folklife

    Junior Band Chaperones Needed SATURDAY! NEW

    1 or 2 Junior Band Chaperones are still needed for Music in the Park at Wild Waves! Please consider spending this fun-filled day with us - you'll get to see the band perform in the morning and you can enjoy the amusement park in the afternoon. Contact Janel London at by TODAY if you can help. SPS Volunteer clearance required.

    2016-2017 Nominating Committee Updated!

    Attention Parents of Hamilton Music Students:

    Now is your chance to get involved in your child's middle school experience. Becoming part of the FOMAHI (Friends of Music at Hamilton International) Board or one of the committee positions is a great way to help out, meet other parents and be part of this amazing music program. No experience necessary, 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents are encouraged to sign up today! Thanks to many parents who have already signed up, we only have three positions left on the FOMAHI Board. See open positions below:

    • 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

    Again, 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.

    HIMS Chamber Orchestra Performs at Folklife, Saturday, May 28

    Come and see the HIMS Chamber Orchestra in combination with the JAMS Chamber Orchestra perform at Folklife 2016! Their performance is on Saturday, May 28 at 11 AM at the Mural Amphitheater Stage at Seattle Center. Support our students and have a great time taking in the sights and sounds of Folklife! Don't forget to bring the whole family.


    Girls Volleyball

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

    • Saturday, May 21 – Varsity game vs. Eckstein at 2 PM at Jane Addams MS location

    • Saturday, May 21 – JV1 game vs. Aki Kurose at 12:30 PM at Denny MS location

    • Saturday, May 21 – JV2 game vs. Hazel Wolf at 2 PM at Jane Addams MS location

    Boys Soccer

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

    • Saturday, May 21 – Varsity game vs. Eckstein at 9:30 AM at Ingraham HS location

    • Saturday, May 21 – JV game vs. Eckstein at 9:30 PM at Jane Addams 2 MS location


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

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


    Garfield High School Presents “The Addams Family,” a New Musical Comedy NEW

    In a new spin on an old favorite, “The Addams Family” takes to the stage in this new Broadway musical. This story revolves around Wednesday Addams growing up and testing the boundaries of her family's dynamic, while experimenting in all her relationships. A mix of classic and new characters brings fresh themes of love and trust through hilarious song and dance numbers. Appropriate for all ages.

    Wed., May 25, Thurs., May 26, Fri., May 27 and Wed., June 1, Thurs., June 2, Fri., June 3, Sat., June 4

    All shows 7 PM in the Quincy Jones Performance Center, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle

    Buy tickets online:

    Middle School Ultimate Frisbee Tournament NEW

    UpDawg is a co-ed ultimate frisbee tournament for middle schoolers hosted by the UW Ultimate Frisbee team. The tournament emphasizes fun, socializing, meeting new players, and coming together to celebrate spirited play. There will also be a small plug about the importance and opportunities of college.

    Saturday, June 4, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Magnuson Park, Seattle

    $35 per player Register here:

    Gateway Summer Academy for 2018 Roosevelt Students CORRECTION

    For students starting 8th grade THIS FALL, 2016 and destined for Roosevelt High School in 2017.

    July 11 - 15, 9 AM - 12:30 PM

    Roosevelt High School, room 217

    Registration information and questions to:

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

    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. Topics will include digital safety; social media, sexting, cyberbullying, and porn. It is a talk for parents, but kids 7th grade and up are encouraged to attend with their parents.

    Jo will also be launching his new book on sex, relationships and safety for teen girls, Spare Me “The Talk!”

    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)

    Ballard High School PTSA Board Openings- PTSA Treasurer

    Do you have experience fundraising, coordinating or planning? The Ballard High School PTSA invites you to get involved with its work supporting academics, sports and activities throughout the school.  For the 2016-2017 school year, the PTSA Treasurer position is currently open. The Treasurer will manage and present the PTSA budget to the membership. This includes keeping an accurate and detailed account of all funds received and all funds disbursed through the Ballard High School PTSA. Note, this is an elected position: candidates will be voted on at the next PTSA General Meeting. If interested, please add your name for consideration at:

    TeenTix - $5 Day-of-Show Tickets for Teens

    Any teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass. The pass entitles them to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets for movies, music, theatre, dance, visual art, and more at any of 64 partner arts organizations. Check calendar for upcoming events.

    One on One Basketball Seattle Summer Camps

    Half-Day Intensive Basketball Camp, Ages 12-15

    July 5 - 8 ($110): Girls, 9 AM-12 PM, Boys, 1 PM-4 PM

    Laurelhurst Elementary Gym

    Middle School Girls Instructional Summer League, Grades 5-8

    Wednesday Evenings, July 13 - August 17 ($180), 7 PM-8:30 PM

    Meadowbrook Community Center

    Pure Stroke Shooting Camp, Ages 10-17

    August 29 - September 2 ($130), 1 PM-3:30 PM

    Magnuson Community Center

    Questions?  Email Coach Stu Michie at or call 206-715-3443


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