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    JUNE 2, 2016

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    6/2 - Thurs. - Tonight!

    Vocal Jazz/Choir Concert, Commons, 7 – 9 PM

    6/7 - Tues.

    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Garfield High School Library

    400 - 23th Ave., Seattle

    6/8 - Wed. - Date Changed Again!

    Biology EOC Exam - The District has changed the Biology End of Course exam date again from June 2 to Wednesday, June 8. All Biology students will take the EOC on June 8. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Pickard at

    6/9 - Thurs.

    Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 - 9 PM

    6/13 - Mon.

    Hamilton Incoming 6th Graders Ice Cream Social, 6:30 - 8 PM

    6/14 - Tues.

    Final FOMAHI Board Meeting, LIbrary, 7 - 9 PM
    6/15 - Wed.

    Final PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6:30 - 8 PM

    6/16 - Thurs.

    Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 - 9 PM

    6/24 - Fri.

    • Last Day of School, 1-Hour Early Dismissal

    • 8th Grade Promotion, Gym, 12 PM, followed by refreshments on the Playtop (weather depending) until 1:20 PM


    It’s been very busy around here lately. All students who will take the Smarter Balanced Assessments will be done either today or Friday. We try very hard to minimize the time we spend on standardized testing at Hamilton; we try hard to push it as late in the year as possible so students have as much of the curriculum under their belts as possible, and we try hard to create an environment that allows students to demonstrate their very best. We are already seeing results trickle in, and I’m quite pleased to see around 85% of our students are meeting standard as these assessments measure it. The testing calendar, no matter how meticulous we are about creating the best possible conditions is disruptive for everyone, and it feels good to be in June with that part of the year complete (our Biology students still have to sit for their End of Course exam).

    June is, of course, the final month of the school year, and we are turning our attention to next year. But students, with three weeks to go, are working on final projects, completing final units and labs – broadly ensuring they are acquiring the skills and knowledge for their courses next year. Sometimes when we are in the thick of it it’s hard to remember that education is a series of steps developing skills and academic content as well as the mindset to take on increasingly complex thinking tasks. For our 8th graders, that means completing the step up to high school—it’s fun to see some of them already wearing their high school hoodies and such.

    The adults in the building have been working on our strategic plan. We’re at the point where we have looked at the information about where we can better what we do in classrooms, and drafting goals around those areas, and strategies to meet those goals. I have asked our team to expand what has traditionally focused on students not meeting standard (about 15%) to reach more of our students including our most advanced ones, all while we are expanding the ways in which we support those students who will meet our grade-level standards in the future. I invite you to help us in this work: email me with the subject line “Strategic Plan” with questions, suggestions, ideas:

    Thank you for your support of Hamilton and for the privilege of working with your students.

    Go Hawks! Tipton Blish, Principal


    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 …

    Vice President - prepare to take the role of PTSA President in subsequent year

    VP of Fundraising - direct Annual Fall Fund drive

    VP of Events - help plan PTSA events

    Membership Chair - manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration

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

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

    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 Middle School Science & Engineering Fair Participants from Hamilton!, Thursday, June 2 - NEW

    Seattle Public School’s Middle School Science & Engineering Fair is Thursday June 2 at the Museum of Flight. The event will run from 5:45-7:30 PM with viewing of the projects and awards ceremony. Admission to the Fair is free for all family members, teachers, and friends! Congratulations to the Hamilton students selected to attend the event:

    6th Grade

    • Hope M. and Jillian P. – Don’t Judge a Soda by its Color

    • Halle S. and Natalia M. – Does Age Affect the Way People React to the Placebo Effect?

    • Noah S. – Robotic Lego Sorter

    • Zoe B. – The Middle School Mouth

    • Sebastian P. A. and Lennox W. – Home Hovercrafting

    • Vivian B. and Emily M. – Electricity in the Heart

    • Arya G. – Does Global Warming Affect Bacterial Growth?

    • Runners Up: Andrew G. and Carson S. - Explorations in Aerodynamics

    7th Grade

    • Aaron H. – How Much Torque Does it Take to Break a Bolt?

    • Max B. – Which Shapes are Less Visible to Radar?

    • Isabella S. – Hanford Radiation

    • James S. – Sudoku Puzzle Solving Code

    • Kelsey S. – Ice Cubes vs. Insulation

    • George H. and Jake O. – Natural Electricity: the Power of Waves

    • Molly M. – How Sweet it is

    • Runners Up: Amelia N. and Ella M. - Hearing Loss isn’t Happening to You

    • Runner Up: Leana G. - Is Liquid Energy the Unlimited Phase?

    8th Grade

    • Anna P. and Elena H. – How do Inner Ear Vision and Proprioception Affect Human Balance?

    • Jacob M. – Dog Food Dispenser

    • Bailey H. – Cosmic Rays in a Cloud Chamber

    • Maya O. – Using Algae Panels for Carbon Sequestration

    • Egeljin M. and Erica H. – What is the Effect of Microwave Radiation and Heat on Different Organisms?

    • Silas S. and Liam H. – Celer, Silens, Caecus, Mortalis: Which Camouflage Pattern will Make you Least Visible?

    • Runner Up: Myles V. F. – Measuring Velocities Accurately

    Freshman Night for Future Roosevelt Roughriders, Tuesday, June 7 - NEW

    Incoming 9th graders and their families are cordially invited to come to Roosevelt the evening of Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM for Freshman Night. Please join us to learn more about Roosevelt and to meet many of the staff who are here to support students as well representatives from clubs and sports. This is a great chance to hear about all that Roosevelt has to offer. If you have any questions – please do not hesitate to call (206) 252-4810. 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle.

    Congratulations 8th Graders! Promotion Ceremony, Friday, June 24

    The 8th grade Promotion will be Friday, June 24, the last day of school. It will be from 12-12:45 PM in the Gym. After the ceremony there will be refreshments on the Playtop until 1:20 PM (weather permitting, otherwise in the Commons) provided by our own Hamilton PTSA. In the morning, 8th graders will rehearse and write thank you notes to teachers.

    CONGRATULATIONS to all 8th graders for reaching this milestone!

    Incoming 6th Grade Families “Save the Dates” - NEW

    Incoming 6th grade families, please mark your calendars for a spring welcome to Hamilton at the Ice Cream Social, and a fall orientation for your students at WEB Orientation Day.

    Ice Cream Social: Monday, June 13, 6:30 - 8 PM, Hamilton Commons. All incoming 6th graders and their families are welcome. Meet other new students, our 8th Grade WEB leaders,and take a look at your new middle school. Everyone will enjoy cool, delicious ice cream treats!

    WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Orientation:

    Monday, August 29, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Apply to Join SPS Capacity Planning Task Force - Updated!

    Seattle Public Schools is creating a Capacity Planning Task Force to examine and prepare a set of recommendations to the Superintendent to handle continued demands for future classroom space in our buildings at all levels. See the Capacity Management Task Force Charter

    Two major pressures on capacity availability within our buildings are:

    • Increased enrollment growth

    • State funding of class size reduction in grades K-3

    Our goal is for the task force to include parent/guardian, family, and community members who represent the diversity of our schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the future of facilities for SPS students.

    How to Apply

    Please complete the application form and submit it to Flip Herndon, as indicated, by June 15. Applicants will be notified by email, if possible, or by phone by June 20.

    Appointment of the task force will be for ten months. Meetings will begin at the end of June 2016 and continue until March 1, 2017. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed.

    Seattle Public Schools Website Survey - Last Day Tomorrow!

    Seattle Public Schools is developing a fresh look for the district and school websites, and we want to hear from you. Take our web survey and let us know what you want our websites to look and feel like by TOMORROW, June 3:

    The survey will help us create a more intuitive navigation and a friendlier web experience.

    Please Notify District ASAP If Your Student is Not Attending in Fall 2016 - NEW

    If your student will not be attending Seattle Public Schools in the fall of 2016 please notify the district as soon as possible. Email the Admissions Department directly at or use the Not Attending 2016-17 School Year Form available on the webpage. The student’s identification number is required to complete this process.

    Reminder: Medication Pick-up Deadline is Thursday, June 23 - NEW

    Orders for the administration of medication at school are good for one academic year only. Medications left at school are not kept from year to year. They may become outdated and, therefore, need to be returned to the parent. Medications can be picked up in the school health room no later than Thursday, June 23. If the medications have not been picked up by this date, they will be destroyed. Please contact school nurse Anne Fote with questions, (206) 252-5817.

    Has Your Hawk Lost a Book?

    • 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

    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,

    Seattle Public School 2016-17 School Year Calendar Dates

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

    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

    • Thursday, June 2: Final Choir and Vocal Jazz Concert, Commons, 7-9 PM - Tonight!

    • Friday, June 3: Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival

    • Thursday, June 9: Final Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7-9 PM

    • Tuesday, June 14: Final FOMAHI Board Meeting, Library, 7-9 PM

    • Thursday, June 16: Final Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7-9 PM

    Final Choir and Vocal Jazz Concert is TONIGHT

    Come hear our Choirs and Vocal Jazz sing out at 7 PM tonight in the HIMS Commons! We’ll also have a bake sale benefiting FOMAHI. It’s not too late to contribute to the bake sale – just sign up on our Choir Night sale page and bring it tonight.

    The Final Orchestra Concert of 2015-16 is Thursday, June 9

    Our very last orchestra concert begins at 7 PM, Thursday, June 9 in the Lincoln Auditorium. Call time for all students is 6:30 PM. We also need adult volunteers to help staff the event. No experience required. All roles are designed to ensure you won’t miss your student’s performance.

    Thank you for helping us make the concert a success!

    Final Band Concert is Thursday, June 16 - NEW

    Our final band concert of the year will be held at 7 PM, Thursday, June 16 in the Lincoln Auditorium. We still need volunteers to help with our Band Concert bake sale that day. No experience required – we’ll show you what to do! All roles are designed to ensure you do not miss your student’s performance.

    2016-2017 Nominating Committee – Fundraising Chair Needed! - Updated!

    We have ONE Board position left to fill! We must find a volunteer for this position before our last Board meeting of the year, scheduled for 7 PM, Tuesday, June 14. Please consider joining us if you are the right person for this job:

    • Fundraising Chair: You will Chair our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser (March), help us drive membership registration and collect enrichment fees (beginning of school year), and oversee other potential fundraising opportunities such as corporate matches and scrip sales (gift cards). You will also attend our monthly board meetings.

    You don’t have to join the board to help the music program! Go to to see a complete list of open volunteer jobs for the 2016-17 school year. There are many open volunteer positions that still need to be filled to maintain our current level of musical education excellence at Hamilton. Again, no experience required, just a desire to help support our fabulous music program. Contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at with questions. They would love to tell you more.


    Girls Volleyball

    • Saturday, June 4 – Varsity game vs. Aki Kurose at 2 PM at Washington MS location

    • NO JV game

    Boys Soccer

    • Saturday, June 4 – Varsity game vs. Aki Kurose at 9:30 AM at Rainier Beach HS location

    • Saturday, June 4 – JV game vs. Washington at 12 PM at Franklin HS 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.


    Roosevelt High School Presents “Sweeney Todd” - NEW

    A cautionary tale about the pitfalls of vengeance and opportunism, don't miss this classic American musical full of twists and surprises! Recommended for ages 12 and older.

    Thurs., June 2, Fri., June 3, Sat., June 4 at 7:30 PM and matinee Sun., June 5 at 2:30 PM

    Roosevelt High School Theater, 1410 NE 66th St, Seattle

    Tickets $12 for students & seniors and $15 for adults, available online HERE

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

    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.

    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:

    “Goblin” by SPT Youth

    An alien creature appears in a small office cubicle. Hunted by a party of deadly and enigmatic professionals, she must navigate the cacophony of the city and its denizens, searching for the little girl who created her, and for a way to stay alive. This is a world-premier play by Frank Garland (“Maggie's Diner,” “Boathouse”), his final new work before graduating from the SPT Youth Program. Ensemble features actors grades 8 - 12.

    Saturday, June 4, 2 PM

    Sunday, June 5, 4 PM

    All performances are FREE!

    Tickets are available by walk-up, starting an hour before the beginning of each performance.

    Daniel Bagley Elementary: Meet Salva Dut, Protagonist of A Long Walk to Water

    An informal potluck will be held at Daniel Bagley Elementary to meet Salva Dut, protagonist of the inspirational book, A Long Walk to Water. Dut will describe his life as a “lost boy,” and share how perseverance saved his life and helped him achieve his dreams as an adult. Newberry Award-winner Linda Sue Park wrote the book in 2010, inspired by the life story of Dut, a former “Lost Boy of Sudan,” who resettled in Rochester, New York as a refugee, attended college and founded Water for South Sudan. Bagley students’ fundraising for Sudan won WFSS’s Iron Giraffe Award which earned them Dut’s visit!

    June 8, 5-7 PM

    Daniel Bagley Elementary, 7821 Stone Way, Seattle

    For additional information please contact Liz Hoyer, or check Daniel Bagley P5’s fundraising page:

    Gateway Summer Academy for 2018 Roosevelt Students

    For students starting 8th grade THIS FALL, 2016 and destined for Roosevelt High School in 2017.  It is funded by a grant from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Educational Foundation to better prepare students for their final year of middle school.  About 100 Gateway Summer Academies will take place throughout the nation this summer, but this is the only opportunity in Washington State.

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

    Roosevelt High School, room 217

    Registration information and questions to:

    Ryther’s  Aspiring Youth Summer Camps

    Ryther’s youth summer camps provide a choice of activities, from video production to habitat restoration to art. They are nationally accredited, taught by master’s level counselors and help campers build confidence and connect to new friends with a 4:1 camper ratio. Connect through weekly parent groups and receive updates on your child's progress. Registration closes Wednesday, June 8.

    Information: Enrollment:

    Cultivating Leadership through Creativity and Mindfulness for Teens

    Teens are invited to explore leadership through creativity and mindfulness which foster an atmosphere where ideas are accepted, uncertainty is embraced, and innovative solutions emerge. The course offers  fun games, quirky improv, engaging projects and a chance to make sense out of nonsense and order out of disorder. It is intended for high school aged teenagers (14-19 years old).

    Mon. through Thurs., June 27 to June 30, 10 AM-2 PM daily

    Registration is required. Please register here. Information:

    To inquire about an income-based reduced fee for individuals with an annual income from all sources of $60,000 or less, please email

    Kids with an Edge Math Summer Camps

    Kids with an Edge offers the following Math Summer Camps for Middle Schoolers specifically designed using the Seattle Public School Curriculum: Intro. to Algebra 1, Intro. to Algebra 1­ Advanced, Intro. to High School Geometry, Intro. to Trigonometry. The sessions are short, effective, and affordable with small class sizes. The instructor is an engineer with extensive tutoring experience. Details at


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