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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    September 15, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    9/16 (Friday)

    • Final day to turn in fall sports paperwork

    9/22 (Thursday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting 6:30–7:30pm at Eckstein Middle School (lunchroom)

    9/23 (Friday)

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

    9/27 (Tuesday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting 6:30–7:30pm at Hamilton International Middle School (commons)

    9/28 (Wednesday)

    • Two hour early dismissal (1:15)

    9/29 (Thursday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting 6:30–7:30pm at Mercer International Middle School (library)

    10/3 (Monday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting 6:30–7:30pm at Viewlands Elementary School (library)

    10/6 (Thursday)

    • Picture Day

    • Picture Day6th Grade Parents Orientation 6–6:30pm

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

    10/11 (Friday)

    • SPS Enrollment Boundaries Community Meeting 6:30–7:30pm at Denny International Middle School (library)

    Please Help Keep our Before and After School Traffic Flowing!

    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 map below as well as the school rule for dropoff and pickup.

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    PTSA News

    NEW WANTED: Reflections Art Contest Chair

    We're looking for a volunteer to organize this fall’s PTSA-sponsored Reflections Art Contest.  The state PTA offers a good deal of support for this program, and you will be providing our students a great opportunity to share their talents in photography, music, dance, visual arts, and more! If you're interested in this position—and we happily welcome co-chairs—please contact PTSA President, Lisa Rivera Smith at

    PTSA Events Committee Forming

    Are you the life of the party? No, not the funny guy or gal who yucks it up and dances til dawn. We mean the real life of the party—the one who has the vision, thinks of the details, and makes things happen. If that sounds like you, then please join us on the PTSA Events Committee.

    Hamilton events don’t plan themselves, and we want to start the year right by brainstorming ideas and looking ahead to what kinds of fun and learning we can bring to our school and community. We're talking social, parent education, and community service type events. Bring your ideas and your connections!

    For more information, please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at  Meeting dates and times will be scheduled based on committee members’ availability.

    Connecting to the HIMS Community is Easy and Fast!

    Visit in order to:

    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.)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    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. 23 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 sponsors Christine Solga Bradburn of Constellation Brands, and Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson of Fremont Brewing for helping make this fun event possible! Christine, Matt and Sara are all HIMS parents, and we truly appreciate their support of our school community.

    Vice Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Scott Reisinger and I am the new assistant principal at Hamilton. I served last year as assistant principal at Chief Sealth International High School and, before that, as an administrator in central Indiana, which is where I grew up. As we get rolling into a new school year, I am very excited by the opportunity to serve the students and staff at Hamilton and to be part of such an awesome community.

    As with any start to the school year, we have experienced a few bumps that we can learn from going forward. I know many of you have had concerns about the bus routes. One of my responsibilities here at Hamilton is to oversee transportation and ensure that all students are safe coming to and going home from school. I have been working with transportation to find a solution to our overcrowding problem. Transportation has agreed to add a new bus, route #493, that will immediately assist in transporting students that were assigned to #504. Those families who are affected have already received a call confirming the change. Other issues with buses running late are being worked on by us and at the district level.

    Another issue we are working through is the shortage of lockers. We have many students sharing lockers. I have been in contact with the district to see if we can hang some used lockers on some of the empty walls and we are improvising with some of our current furniture to ensure that every student has enough space to store their belongings safely throughout the day.  

    I look forward to meeting each of you as we move further into the school year. If I can be of assistance moving forward, please do not hesitate to contact me at (206) 252-5816.

    Go Hawks!

    Scott Reisinger

    Assistant Principal

    Hamilton and SPS News

    NEW 2017-2018 Hamilton Enrollment Boundaries  & Community Meetings

    Join Seattle Public Schools at one of five community meetings this fall to learn more about the upcoming school boundary changes for the 2017-18 school year, including the changes to the boundaries for Hamilton. Click here for the 2017 Hamilton boundaries. Click here for a city-wide look at the boundary changes.

    Interpretation services will be available; see the schedule below for languages:

    • Thursday, Sept. 22 at  6:30–7:30 p.m., Eckstein Middle School (lunchroom).
      Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali.

    • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Hamilton International Middle School (commons).
      Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali.

    • Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Mercer International Middle School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Amharic, Tigrigna.

    • Monday, Oct. 3, 6:30–7:30 p.m, Viewlands Elementary School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali.

    • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Denny International Middle School (library).
      Languages: Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese.

    Click for more info and for flyers including translations.

    NEW Student Washington State Fair Tickets

    Washington State Fair (formerly Puyallup Fair) tickets for students are available in the main office.  All students are welcome to pick up a free ticket. The fair started ends Sept. 25.  Hurry and pick up your ticket today!

    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.

    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

    NEW Fomahi News

    Student contracts going home this week

    Our music students will be bringing home a “student contract” this week. Please review it with your student, sign, and return it to their music instructor by Sept. 30.

    FOMAHI enrichment fees are due

    Does your student take a band, orchestra, jazz, or choir class? Please register them this week at to ensure you receive important updates from your instructor. There is a $25 per student enrichment fee to help defer class costs.

    FOMAHI Welcome Info is online!

    Everything you need to know for a successful year in music is now online. Please take a moment to read through the appropriate section:

    Junior Jazz, session 1 begins week of Sept. 26

    Attention Jazz fans! Our popular afterschool program, Junior Jazz, begins Tuesday, September 27. JJ will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:40–4:55 p.m. This is an afterschool program with a separate fee of $100. No class credit will be given for this program. Registration will open soon at Contact Ms. Babbitt for more information.

    Men’s Choir, session 1 begins week of Sept. 26

    Our Men’s Choir is back by popular demand! This afterschool choir program is open to male students in all grades. Men’s Choir will meet Mondays from 3:40–4:55 p.m. This is an afterschool program with a separate fee of $75. No class credit will be given for this program. Registration will open soon at Contact Ms. Babbitt for more information.

    Have an instrument you’d like to donate or loan?

    Have a cello sitting in the basement, waiting to be played? Taking a break from the violin? Consider donating or loaning your gently used instruments to our music program! For more information or to inquire about desired instruments, please contact Ms. Armaly.

    Calling all volunteers (especially concert crew!)

    We have a variety of volunteer roles ranging from a couple hours to ongoing roles. We have a special need for those interested in helping us with concert equipment. Please go to to see how you can help!

    Sports and HOST After-School Programs


    After school HOST program information will be given to all students this Friday during 6th period. Online registration will be available on Monday, Sept. 19: HOST classes will run Monday–Thursday from 3:25–5 pm, Oct. 3–Dec. 8. If you have any questions, please talk to Liz Abbott in the YMCA office across from the main office or by email at



    State Superintendent Candidates’ Forum

    Wed., Sept. 28 at 7 pm

    Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave., Seattle)

    The Arc of King County presents State superintendent candidates' forum: "Diversity and Inclusion in Our Schools." Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

    NEW One on One Basketball Seattle: Fall Programs for Middle Schoolers

    Pre-Season Player Development Program  (Ages 11-15)

    Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Meadowbrook CC

    One on One Basketball staff will help kids sharpen their individual skills before the season so they can go into tryouts with knowledge and confidence! Red and Purple Levels are appropriate for middle-school players. To learn more and register:

    Pure Stroke Shooting Clinic (Ages 10-17)

    Ravenna CC (Thursday Evenings)

    Kids learn how to shoot with proper technique! This weekly class is guaranteed to improve shooting skills. To learn more and register:

    Questions? Call Coach Michie at 206-715-3443.

    NEW Free Homework Help for K–12 Students

    Got a tough homework assignment? The Seattle Public Library offers free, in-person educational assistance for children and teens at ten Library locations. Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

    Drop-In Homework Help

    Volunteers mentor K-12 students who are working on homework assignments, developing literacy and math skills, and preparing for college and careers. The goal of Homework Help is for students to form meaningful relationships with volunteers while having a welcoming space to do their homework.

    Homework Help for children and teens is offered at the following Library locations. Check branch calendar links below for up-to-date Homework Help times:

    Online Help

    Library patrons may also use the Ask a Librarian reference service to find information or get a question answered. The service is available 24 hours a day. Patrons can also access online resources from the Library's website for teens and children.

    NEW Yoga for Tweens, Teens, and Parents

    Sundays, Oct. 9–30, 6:30–7:45 pm, $75 per participant

    Aditi Studio, 4206 Stone Way Ave N, Seattle

    HIMS parent Jenny Rhodes is offering a four week Introduction to Yoga series beginning Sunday October 9th. Jenny works with middle schoolers on lowering their stress levels through yoga, basic breath work, and guided meditation while helping build skills around stress reduction in and outside the classroom. This series is a great opportunity for parents and kids to do something relaxing and positive together!


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    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810

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