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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    JUNE 9, 2016

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    6/9 - Thurs.

    • Last Day of Spring HOST Classes

    • Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 - 9 PM - Tonight!

    6/13 - Mon.

    • HIMS Roller Rodeo, Sports Playtop, Homeroom/Lunches

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

    6/13 - 6/17

    ASB Spirit Week

    6/14 - Tues.

    Final FOMAHI Board Meeting, LIbrary, 7 - 9 PM

    6/16 - Thurs.

    Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 - 9 PM

    6/17 - Fri.

    End of Year Dance, Gym, 2:30 – 4 PM

    6/23 - Thurs.

    8th Grade Cruise, all day

    6/24 - Fri., Last Day of School, 1 Hour Early Dismissal

    • 6th Grade Field Trip to Family Fun Center, all day

    • 7th Grade Picnic in Lower Woodland Field, all day

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


    I hope you have been enjoying this wonderful (and hot) weather. It truly feels like summer in Seattle. While the weather is great, we still have work to do at school. We are also preparing to wish our eighth graders well as they move on to their next adventure.

    Two weeks ago I was fortunate to attend the swing dance. It was great to see families learning to swing with the dance instructors before the musicians took the stage. As always the music was top-notch. The level of skill that our students have and purpose with which they play is one of the highlights of working at Hamilton. I was also privileged to attend the first annual “HIMprov Olympics”, an evening of Long Form Improvisation performed by all of our Drama students. This was an excellent night of fun and laughter.

    I would like to thank and congratulate teachers and students on their participation and success in the district science fair. I am always amazed by the dedication and achievement our community represents district wide.

    The Hamilton staff is similarly committed to finishing the year on a high note. We have been working diligently and thoughtfully to ensure that students are maintaining their focus on academics while balancing the excitement that comes with the end of a school year. Please help us with this work and remain engaged with your student’s school work and deadlines. We want every student to exhibit their skills, knowledge and growth and complete the year feeling proud of the effort and thought they have put into the 2015-2016 school year.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder, Assistant Principal


    Ice Cream Loving Volunteers Needed This Monday, June 13! - NEW

    THIS COMING MONDAY, the PTSA hosts the annual Ice Cream Social for all incoming 6th graders and their families. Please help welcome them by volunteering!:

    • Set Up (5:30 - 6:30 PM)

    • Pre-Scoop Ice Cream (2 shifts - 5:30 - 6:30 PM or 6:30 - 7:30 PM)

    • Maintain Ice Cream Table (6:30 - 7:30 PM)

    • Maintain Drinks Table (6:30 - 7:30 PM)

    • Clean Up (7:30 - 8:30 PM)

    This is a great opportunity to socialize with other parents, share your HIMS wisdom with new families, and YES, have a little ice cream yourself! If you are able to help, please sign up at or contact event lead Noni Roblin at THANK YOU!!

    WANTED: A Reflections Student Art Competition Coordinator! - NEW

    If you want to encourage the arts and young artists, please consider coordinating the PTSA’s Reflections Art Competition at Hamilton next year!

    What is it?

    The Reflections competition offers students the opportunity to create an original piece of work and submit it for competition at the school, state and national level in one or more of the following categories: Visual Art, Photography, Literature, Film Production, Dance Choreography, and Musical Composition. This year, Hamilton students took state honors in Literature and Photography!

    Who could do this job?

    YOU! We need a parent (or team of parents) willing to organize the competition at Hamilton. Between now and the first week of December 2016, the coordinator(s) of this program:

    1. Set deadlines for the competition

    2. Promote the competition at school (with lots of PTSA help) and recruit young artists (with lots of help from HIMS teachers)

    3. Collect artwork and entry forms

    4. Recruit judges (again, with lots of PTSA help) to jury the artwork and award prizes

    5. Arrange to submit winning works to the Seattle Council PTSA by first week of December

    The national PTSA has all the forms and flyers standing by - we just need the leadership to make it happen.

    How do I sign up!?

    Please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at, or click HERE for more information.

    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 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

    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


    Hamilton Students Results in the 2016 Seattle Public Schools District Science Fair - NEW

    Thank you to all our Science Expo finalists that represented Hamilton last week at the 2016 Seattle Public Schools District Science Fair. Several students took home awards; congratulations to all students for their hard work and participation!

    Grade 8 Science

    Best Overall Science Project - “Cosmic Rays” by Bailey H.

    Grade 8 Engineering Design

    Judges’ Special Recognition Award - “Algae Panels for Carbon Sequestration” by Maya O.

    Grade 7 Science

    Best Field Study - “Hanford Radiation” by Isabella S.

    Best Health Study - “How Sweet It Is” by Mollie M.

    Grade 7 Engineering Design

    Most Original - “Natural Electricity” by George H. & Jake O.

    Best Data Analysis - “Cracking the Soduko Code” by James S.

    Grade 6 Engineering Design

    Best Aeronautics Project - “Home Hovercrafting” by Sebastian P.-A. & Lennox W.

    Judges’ Special Recognition Award - “Electricity in the Heat” by Vivian B. & Emily M.

    Join the HIMS Roller Rodeo! During Homerooms/Lunches, Monday, June 13 - NEW

    Parents of bikers, skaters and scooter-riders! Let your student know about an exciting event happening THIS COMING MONDAY, JUNE 13 during all Homeroom & Lunch periods - it's the HIMS Roller Rodeo! All Hamilton students are invited to come ready to roll (with their bikes, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades) and participate in the Roller Rodeo Obstacles. DON'T FORGET HELMETS! Those without wheels are also invited to come cheer contestants! We'll have snacks for all, and special treats for those with wheels who participate in the obstacles.

    TO PARTICIPATE in the obstacles, students should bring their bikes, skates, scooters or skate boards to school on Monday and drop them off BEFORE SCHOOL in Room 123 (to the right of the Commons restrooms). There they will store their wheels and receive a Hall Pass which will excuse them during Homeroom, so they can come participate on the HIMS Playtop. They'll also get a raffle ticket for cool prizes (gift cards, HIMS water bottles and more!). Other activities on the Playtop will include a decorating station, info. on biking and bike safety, and the opportunity to win even more prizes! Questions? Email Sarah Arvey at

    ASB Spirit Week and End of Year Dance is Next Week!, June 13 – 17 - NEW

    Remind your student to join the fun next week for Spirit Week!

    Monday – PJ Day

    Tuesday – Music Day

    Wednesday – Seattle Day

    Thursday – No Spirit Spirit Day

    Friday – Aloha Day and the End of Year Dance in the Gym, 2:30 – 4:00 PM

    Students must purchase a “ticket” (wristband) before entering the dance either during school lunches or at the door and must stay for the entire dance.

    Reminder: Last Day of School is Friday, June 24 with One-Hour Early Dismissal - NEW

    Due to the revised school year calendar, the last day of school is Friday, June 24 and students will be released one hour early. Seattle Public Schools staff and the Seattle Education Association worked together to finalize the 2015-16 school year calendar to adjust for the school days missed by the teacher strike.

    Garfield High School Invites You to Bulldog Summer Academy - NEW

    New Bulldogs! Join the Garfield Summer Academy, a transition program for incoming 9th graders. July 6-29, Monday-Friday, 8 PM - 1 PM, students will be in classes at Garfield taught by Garfield staff and University of Washington staff. .5 elective credit will be earned for attending 90 hours. Students will learn: - how to handle rigorous courses in an academic environment, - how to set study and learning goals, - Garfield’s school culture, including meeting staff and navigating around the building. Application due June 27.

    Ballard High School Ninth Grade Student Orientation, Thursday, Sept. 1 - NEW

    Incoming Ballard Freshmen! Plan to attend a very important 9th grade orientation/transition program Thursday, September 1. This event is for students only and begins at 8 AM in the Main Gym and will conclude at 12 noon. Meet the upperclassmen who will be your Link Crew Leaders for the entire school year. Meet new people, get to know the school building, and have a lot of fun! Contact with questions.

    HIMS Parent Representative on Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Needed - NEW

    Please consider applying for the HIMS Parent Representative position on the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee. To be eligible, your child must be enrolled in the HCC at Hamilton. The current Rep., Noelle Clemons, is graduating with her 8th grader this month. Meetings have been held the first Tuesday evenings of school-year months. Come represent Hamilton to the District and get more involved with the HC community. To apply, please contact Committee Chair Jeanne Thompson at or contact Noelle Clemons at with questions.

    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”

    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

    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.

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

    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

    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

    Application Deadline for Seattle Skills Center Courses, Friday, June 17 - NEW

    Many of the District’s free Seattle Skills Center courses still have seats. The application deadline is Friday, June 17. Skills Center Summer School is open to Seattle Public Schools students entering grades 9-12 in the fall. Through hands-on classes typically led by industry professionals, students can “try out" a career field such as engineering, computer science, maritime science, medical fields, culinary arts, broadcasting, aerospace science, automotive technology, and more.

    The program offers high school credit, with most classes offered mornings or afternoons over four weeks at various Seattle high schools and other locations. For more information and a link to the online application, visit our Skills Center Summer Program webpage. Please contact the Skills Center staff at 206-252-0730 or with questions.

    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 9: Final Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7-9 PM - Tonight!

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

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

    The Final Orchestra Concert of 2015-16 is TONIGHT 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.

    Concert Crew Volunteers Urgently Needed TONIGHT!

    Concert Crew volunteers are urgently needed to help at Thursday’s Orchestra concert! Please consider pitching in with auditorium set-up/clean-up or by supporting our students backstage, in the warm-up rooms, or in the auditorium. All roles are set up to ensure parents will not miss their children’s performances! Sign Up for the Orchestra Concert Crew HERE:

    Bake Sale Volunteers Also Needed

    A few additional volunteers are likewise needed for Thursday’s Orchestra concert Bake Sale. Sign up here!:

    Thank you for helping us make the concert a success!

    Congratulations To Our Students on a Terrific Showing at Silverwood! - NEW

    Our young musicians had a very successful trip to Silverwood in Idaho, bringing home several awards and top rankings:

    • Senior Orchestra earned a Superior Rating and took First Place within their division

    • Chamber Orchestra earned a Superior Rating, took First Place within their division, and earned the Best-Overall Orchestra in the Middle School/Junior High School Division

    • Senior Band earned a “Superior” rating and came in second for their division

    Congratulations to all!

    Final Band Concert is Thursday, June 16

    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!

    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 11 – Varsity Playoffs!

    Boys Soccer

    • Saturday, June 11 – Varsity Playoffs!


    HOST After School programs are over for the year (ending today, June 9). Fall HOST information will come out in mid-September. If you have any questions about HOST classes for the 2016-2017 school year please reach out to Liz Abbott (Chase) at


    Volunteers Needed for Adams Elementary Carnival, 6/17 - NEW

    The annual Adams Elementary Carnival is coming up on Friday, June 17 from 5 - 7:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, clean-up, booths, carnival games, spin art, face painting, and more. Pizza dinner will be provided for those who sign up for at least three 30-minute shifts!

    Sign up here -

    Please email for more information.

    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:


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