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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    September 8, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    9/23 (Friday)

    • Hamilton Parents Back-to-School Party 6:30–9:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N.)

    9/28 (Wednesday)

    • Two hour early dismissal (1:15)

    10/6 (Thursday)

    • 6th Grade Parents Orientation 6–6:30pm

    • All-School Curriculum Night 6:30–8pm

    • Picture Day

    PTSA News

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    The HIMS PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning* user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication.

    The HIMS PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Donations are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Volunteers are the heart of Hamilton. Sign up to be in the PTSA’s Volunteer Database, and we’ll let you know when opportunities arise. No pressure—you do what works for you!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student during the second week of school.)

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    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.

    2. Click on the "Getting Started" button in the sidebar.

    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.

    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.

    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2016–17!

    Additional questions?  Want to request a free membership? Contact HIMS PTSA Membership  for assistance.

    Hamilton Parents "Back to School Party"

    Friday, Sept. 23rd from 6:30–9:30pm

    Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N.)

    Please join us for our annual parents-only back to school party! Come celebrate the new school year with fellow parents and enjoy beverages and light appetizers. Hope to see you there! Reminder: this is a parents-only event.

    Many thanks to event sponsor Fremont Brewing for helping make this fun event possible! Fremont Brewing’s Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson are HIMS parents, and we truly appreciate their support of our school community.

    Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    Welcome to the first week of school. This is a dusty letter. The dust is settling. The first week of school is our very first chance to build the relationships that are the critical foundation for a year of learning. These happen at all levels; I think primarily of teachers and students, and you are probably hearing (ask if you’re not) about activities that teachers have designed to get to know their students, for students to know their classmates, and, of course, for students to know their teachers. As a school, we’ve been emphasizing all the ways in which we interact with others during the school day and what our expectations are—in class, in the hallways, at lunch, etc.

    There is also a lot of dust created by the sheer number of students we welcomed this week. It’s meant that teachers have had to move classrooms, share a classroom during the day. And as you have heard we have been adding to our staff up until the last minutes and beyond. We’re very fortunate to have hired Annie Graham in our language arts and social studies department—she’s teaching …

    And then there’s the literal dust, which is still on the sills and doorways and other places in our portable classrooms, which were certified for occupancy on the Saturday of the Labor Day holiday. We’re glad to have the classrooms, and our four teachers there did extraordinary work getting their rooms set up for teaching. But this can feel a little like building the airplane while it’s in the air – however, those teachers have importantly built rich curriculum that is really the most important work.

    It’s not too early to ask questions of your students about their classes and what they’re learning and will learn. There’s no need to let those conversations get … ummm … dusty.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal

    Hamilton and SPS News

    NEW 6th Grade Parents Orientation and All-School Curriculum Night

    Orientation: Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6–6:30pm

    Curriculum Night: Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30–8:30

    Come hear about what’s in store for your students this school year! Both Orientation and Curriculum events are parents only.

    Dropoff and Pickup Directions

    Parents/guardians dropping off and picking up their students should travel west only on 41st St. (the south side of HIMS) so that students can safely get in or out of their car on the school side of the street. Otherwise traffic gridlock and unsafe conditions for our students and neighbors result. Please refer to the HIMS traffic flow map as well as the school rule for dropoff and pickup.

    Calling All Guest Speakers!

    Hamilton International Middle School is looking for community members to speak at 2016–17 HIMS Talks. HIMS Talks are student and community member led talks on topics that speakers are passionate about. The guiding principles behind HIMS Talks are that they have personal and global connections that can be tied to Hamilton middle school students. The basic tenets is to broaden perspectives, cultivate global awareness, and connect community. Talks should be 10 minutes long with a 10 minute Q&A period. They will take place during homeroom (1:00–1:30pm) monthly and are open to all students at all grade levels. If interested and to receive additional information, please send your contact info to Dana Radcliffe ( and Brandon Severance ( Thanks, gracias, and arigato!

    Seattle Public School 2016-17 School Year Calendar Dates

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

    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from

    Music & Art

    It’s Time to Register Your Music Student with FOMAHI!

    77% of Hamilton students participate in our award-winning music program, but the school district funds less than 30% of related expenses! We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for—and  supports—the school’s music program. Throughout the year, we license sheet music, pay for instrument tuning and repairs, subsidize out-of-state trips to major competitions, and provide scholarships to students in need. Please register your music student(s) today at There is a $25 enrichment fee per student.

    Sports and HOST After-School Programs

    Information about after school Fall Sports and after school HOST classes will be available soon.  The Fall Sports is Girls Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.  Students trying out for these sports will need an athletic physical prior to tryouts. Students who participated in after school sports last year, please check with Ms. De la Cruz in the office to see if your physical is still current. Physical forms are available in the main office.


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