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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 13, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    10/14 (Friday)

    • No school

    10/15 (Friday)

    • Goodwill collection event
      1 pm–5 pm in the parking lot behind Dick’s Drive-In on NE 45th in Wallingford

    10/17 (Monday)

    • Start of DiscoverU week

    10/18 (Tuesday)

    • Seattle GEMS application deadline

    • Healthy Youth survey
      in class

    • PTSA Board meeting
      6–6:50 in the Hamilton Library

    • PTSA Fall Membership meeting
      7–9 pm in the Hamilton Library

    10/19 (Wednesday)

    • Black Lives Matter at Hamilton

    10/25 (Tuesday)

    • SPS budget planning session
      6–8 pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence

    10/20 (Thursday)

    • Garfield choir concert
      7 pm at the Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center, Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave.)

    10/26 (Wednesday)

    • Two hour early dismissal (1:15)

    10/27 (Thursday)

    • SPS forum to answer questions about Lincoln High School
      6:30 pm in the Lincoln Library

    10/30 (Sunday)

    • Brain Power event for academically advanced students and their families

    11/3 (Thursday)

    • SPS budget planning session
      6–8 pm at the South Shore School cafeteria

    12/1 (Thursday)

    • Deadline to turn in PE waivers

    PTSA News

    UPDATED PTSA Fall Membership Meeting (All Are Invited)

    Tues., Oct. 18, 7–9 pm in the Hamilton Library

    Got questions about HIMS? Looking for answers about athletics, HOST, counseling, and how to help your student navigate middle school overall? Then please join us at our first PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year. All are welcome, PTSA member or not! The meeting will include a panel discussion and Q&A with:

    • Principal Tipton Blish, and Assistant Principals Tim Snyder and Scott Reisinger

    • Counselor Neil Yeda

    • Liz Chase from HOST/YMCA

    • Department Heads:

      • Monica Paris - LA/SS

      • Jen Fox – Science

      • Sarah Arvey - Special Ed

      • Richard Serpe – Art

      • (reps from Math and World Languages TBA)

    We’ll take questions from the floor, but if you want to be sure your question is addressed, please submit it to prior to the meeting.

    Before the panel discussion, the PTSA will conduct some brief business items, such as:

    • Approving revisions to the Hamilton PTSA Standing Rules

    • Electing a VP of Fundraising

    • Budget and Financial Review Committee Report

    Snacks and beverages will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

    We Need Your Help for the PTSA-Sponsored Staff Luncheon!

    Our first PTSA sponsored staff lunch will be an Italian feast on Wed., Oct. 19. Thank you so much to those who have already volunteered. We still need a few main courses and quite a few salads. Please consider pitching in to help make this feast fantastic! Sign up at:

    2016 Legislative Assembly and Advocacy Training

    Oct. 21–22 at the Hotel Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA

    Each year local PTA/PTSAs have a chance to send representatives to cast their unit's vote at the Legislative Assembly. This vote sets the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years. Hamilton is allotted 9 voting delegates!

    If you are interested in representing Hamilton at the 2016 Legislative Assembly, let us know! You’d be a voting delegate. Advocacy Training will teach you all about how the PTSA makes changes in Olympia. Classes include “Year-Round Advocacy” and “Equity in Education”. Contact Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell at to sign up. Must be a registered PTSA member.

    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.

    Principal’s Letter


    Dear Hamilton International Families:

    Those of you who were able to join us on Curriculum Night I trust got a sense of what makes us so proud at Hamilton—a top-notch teaching corps with expertise in their disciplines and, at this point in the school year, a solid grasp of the learning needs of each student in their care. If you weren’t able to join us, please feel invited to be in touch with your student’s teachers even if only to introduce yourself and understand the best way/s to be in touch.

    Soon you will receive the first progress reports of the year. The intent of these is to give families an early snapshot of their students’ learning progress. I expect there is nothing surprising in these—that you’re hearing from your student about the challenges (and there should be challenges) of the first month of classes. The report also presents an opportunity at home to talk about school and learning.

    I also want to write to you about an action that many members of the Seattle Schools staff across the city are planning for next Wednesday. The intent of the action is to publicly affirm that in Seattle’s public schools black lives matter. Many Hamilton staff members are planning to indicate their support by wearing t-Shirts stating “black lives matter” and “we stand together”. We expect that there will be conversations in classrooms about racism and about the persistent opportunity gap between students of color and white students. This coincides with the commitment of Superintendent Larry Nyland’s forceful commitment to close the opportunity gap for students of color in Seattle as well as a district campaign focused on increasing the commitment of all to closing that gap. You can find information about that campaign on the district website or by clicking here.

    Lastly, tomorrow is a professional development day for our staff, and there is no school. This is a precious day for all of us to work together in our disciplines and with other educators from across the city. We don’t take it lightly when there is a time when students are not in class, and we expect this time to valuably affect our work, while we recognize this can be a burden on families.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish

    Hamilton and SPS News

    NEW Private School Referral Procedure

    Families applying to private schools, please click here for information on how to handle applications from the Hamilton end.

    NEW Hamilton Educators Stand with Black Lives Matter Movement

    Hundreds of educators across Seattle will wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school on Wednesday, Oct. 19, an action endorsed by the Seattle Education Association and sparked by Hamilton Special Education teacher, Sarah Arvey.

    During a discussion with her students about the threats and subsequent cancellation of an event to celebrate black community and achievement at John Muir Elementary School last month, Ms. Arvey was asked by her students when she and other Hamilton teachers would wear Black Lives Matter shirts themselves. Ms. Arvey then began organizing the HIMS staff, and also presented the idea to the Seattle Education Association Representative Assembly. There, the SEA voted unanimously to endorse a district wide demonstration of solidarity and affirmation that Black Lives Matter in Seattle Public Schools, to be held on October 19.

    Ms. Arvey says this event is about more than just words on a shirt. In addition to wearing the Black Lives Matter t-shirts, educators will be doing teach-ins presenting Black Lives Matter curriculum, supporting student activism and leadership, and organizing with community members. The event will culminate with a Black Lives Matter to Educators rally at Washington Hall where the day’s teachings of leadership and unity will be put into action.

    Parents who have questions about the event are invited to read the Frequently Asked Questions document provided. Parents who wish to participate in the days event, or just show solidarity with the HIMS educators, are invited to wear BLM items on Oct. 19 as well, or email Ms. Arvey for other ways to participate (

    NEW MS Office OneDrive and Office Pro Plus Available to Students

    Students can access to OneDrive for Business, a secure place to collaborate with classmates or colleagues on MS Office documents. Documents saved to your OneDrive for Business account can be accessed from anywhere through a web browser or on your mobile device. OneDrive for Business is FERPA compliant and is safe and secure to store confidential files and documents.

    Students can download up to five copies of Office Pro Plus on personal devices (computers, tablets, or phones) with Windows or Apple operating systems. Office Pro Plus includes the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and much more.

    Students can download these services using their SPS username and password. For more information and access to training resources, click here.

    NEW Healthy Youth Survey

    The Healthy Youth Survey will be administered to 6th and 8th graders through their Social Studies classes on Tues., Oct. 18. Having as many students as possible take the survey gives us the most accurate information for our school, school district, region, and state on the behaviors of students in this age group. The data helps to provide funding for programs that meet the needs of students. The survey is voluntary, students opting to not take the survey will be asked to quietly read at their desks.

    Click here for more information on the Healthy Youth Survey: 2016 Parent flyer asking ALL questions English-Spanish 8-1-16.pdf.

    NEW 5 Things to Know About the Attendance Office

    1. 7th period is simply the way our computer system recognizes homeroom.

    2. Guest bus card requests (commonly referred to as green cards) cannot be taken over the phone; the request must be in writing.

    3. Letting your child’s teachers know about an absence is great and encouraged, but the attendance office needs to be informed as well or the reason for the absence will not be entered. You can email, call, or send in a note about an absence.

    4. The district deems all vacations, with the exception of funerals and religious observances (not weddings), as unexcused unless an educational trip plan has been turned into the attendance office beforehand. Forms can be found here: Attendance Policy/Forms.

    5. And finally, there are over 1200 students and only one of me. Please be patient if I am not able to return your phone call right away. I receive an extraordinary number of phone calls during the day, especially in the morning. Returning a message via email is sometimes my best option.

    Thank you so much!

    Kelly Powers

    (206) 252-5814

    NEW Volunteers Needed for 7th Grade Vision and Hearing Screening

    School nurse, Anne Fote, needs volunteers Nov. 28 and 29. No experience necessary. You can pick your hours of availability. Please complete the Seattle Schools volunteer application at:

    For more information, contact Anne Fote at: or 206-252-5817.

    NEW September Hawk Star Winners

    This year at HIMS, teachers and staff are working hard implementing our behavior expectation matrix and recognizing positive student behaviors. Students receive a Hawk Star and students’ names are put into a monthly drawing.

    Students who won Hawk Stars raffle for September are:

    • 6th grade:

    Aldous K. for being responsible

    Gunnar M. for being helpful and on task, and for completing work

    • 7th grade:

    Alex G. for being respectful

    Zach J. for being responsible

    • 8th grade:

    Jacob M. for being helpful

    Sammy M. for helping a student who was absent to get caught up

    Total Hawk Stars winners for last month:

    • 6th grade: 42

    • 7th grade: 26

    • 8th grade: 37

    Well done Hawks! Let’s see if we can double the number of kids for October!

    NEW DiscoverU Week at HIMS

    Week of Oct. 17–21

    DiscoverU is an exciting week for our community to come together and support all students in exploring career and college options. Through fun activities, both in school and in the community, students throughout Seattle and South King County will have opportunities to explore their futures and think about how education can help them reach their dreams. DiscoverU puts student interests at the center and helps connect students’ aspirations with the many pathways to get there.

    Some of the activities at HIMS will be:

    • Oct. 17: Research a College

    • Oct. 18–20: Door Decorating

    • Oct. 21: Wear Your College Gear and Photo Booth (sponsored by ASB & Journalism Students)

    For more information on how to help your student learn more about college and careers, please go to:

    UPDATED SPS Forum to Answer Questions About Lincoln High School

    Thurs., Oct. 27 at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln Library (4400 Interlake Ave. N)

    Lincoln High School is slated to open in 2019. Join Director Burke and Seattle Public Schools staff for a community listening meeting about Lincoln High School. SPS has exciting plans for the site renovation and restoration, but the academic programming and student assignment plans are still developing. Come share your concerns and ideas to help make Lincoln's opening a successful start for a vibrant school. Representatives from Teaching and Learning, International Education, Enrollment, Capital Projects, Bassetti Architects, and the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) are expected to be present. Some questions that might be answered include:

    • Will Lincoln have the International Baccalaureate, Dual Language Immersion, or Highly Capable Cohort program?

    • Will Roosevelt and Ingraham students be grandfathered at their schools?

    • What's being done in the interim to reduce the current over crowding in High Schools?

    • What's the timeline for all of these decisions?

    • How will it be communicated to parents?

    • When will the Principal be selected?

    School Counselors Available to Help

    Hamilton’s counselors want parents to know that this is the time of year students can be stressed about their academics. If this is the case for your child, please feel free to reach out to us so that we can provide strategies to help your student.

    • 6th grade Counselor

    Kelli Colleran


    • 7th grade Counselor

    Neil Yeda


    • 8th grade Counselor

    Lilia Elena Golsmith


    PE Waiver Forms

    Students participating in in two, year-long electives must submit a PE waiver form no later than Dec. 1. Waiver documents will be accepted in the office starting Oct. 10. Click here for more information about PE waivers and the PE waiver form: Middle/Forms 2016 2017/PEWAIVER LETTER PARENTFORM2016_2017 EMP.pdf.

    Seattle Public Schools Budget Planning Sessions

    Seattle Public Schools will be hosting two budget work sessions for parents and community members to learn budget background information and to gather feedback on the question, "What Do You Value?" as it relates to potential funding changes for the 2017–2018 school year. Meetings will be held:

    • Tues., Oct. 25, 6–8 pm at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence

    • Thurs., Nov. 3, 6–8 pm at the South Shore School cafeteria

    For more information see the SPS website.

    Sign Up for SchoolMessenger Phone Notifications

    Schools will again be able to use phone notifications for non-emergency related announcements. Seattle Public Schools is launching SchoolMessenger InfoCenter to enable families to customize how they receive communications from their school and the district. Families are able to opt out of non-emergency calls by updating their InfoCenter account preferences. Important note: Families will need to keep at least one number active for emergency announcement phone calls.

    Visit the SPS website for more information.

    Update on Hamilton Capacity Projections

    As communicated last year, Seattle Public Schools considers Hamilton’s “right sized capacity” (the number of students it was built to handle) to be 973. This year Hamilton has an unofficial count of 1205 students. Seattle Public Schools has updated its forecasts for 2017-2020 as follows:

    • For Fall 2017, with the opening of Robert Eagle Staff, the forecast increased from 896 to 1031.

    • For Fall 2018, the forecast increased from 958 to 1039.

    • For Fall 2019, the forecast increased from 991 to 1132.

    For questions on capacity, contact Associate Superintendent for Facilities Flip Herndon ( or Seattle Public Schools Director Rick (

    SPS Response to City Council Bill Allowing Camping on Public Property

    The Seattle City Council has proposed Council Bill 118794 allowing encampments on public property including parks to help solve the city’s homelessness crisis. Seattle Public Schools wrote this letter to the City Council asking for clarification. To weigh in on this topic, please contact your city councilmember. Determine your councilmember using the city’s online tool.

    SPS 2016-2017 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

    Fomahi News

    Vocal Jazz needs one more driver for Camp Burton

    Attention Vocal Jazz families: Ms. Babbitt needs one more person to drive to and from Camp Burton. You will take students and/or equipment to Camp Burton on Vashon Island Nov. 5, and return to pick them up on Nov. 6. You do not have to stay overnight. If you can help with transportation, please contact Ms. Babbitt ASAP. Thank you.

    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! We have an urgent need for the following roles:

    • Graphic designer (one-time project).

    Our orchestra will be playing a special event in the near future. Help us make it extra special by designing our program.

    • Concert Operations (Jazz).

    Help us get mics and other equipment set up on jazz concert nights.

    • Concert Coordinator (Jazz).

    Help us with other logistics related to Jazz concerts.

    • Audio Recorder (Choir). \

    We need help taping our choir concerts. We have the equipment, we just need you!

    • Bake Sale Coordinator (Jazz).

    Help us organize the bake sale during our upcoming Jazz concert.

    Concert season is coming! Do you have your attire?

    The latest concert attire information can be found in the student section of the FOMAHI website. Please review it and ensure you are ready for concert season! Note that Vocal Jazz students and Junior Jazz participants are required to purchase t-shirts for concerts. We will be using the same style shirt as last year, so, if your tee still fits, you are good to go. If you need to purchase a tee, please go to

    HOST After-School Programs

    Join the Hamilton Chess Club!

    Join national Master Coach Josh Sinanan of the Orlov Chess Academy to play chess on Tuesday afternoons at Hamilton. Improve your problem-solving skills and your memory, learn to think and plan ahead, and make friends with others who are interested in chess. Learn chess tactics, solve chess puzzles, and play competitive and just-for-fun games. Workbooks and teaching materials are provided, so just come ready to learn and have fun! This will be a relaxed and fun learning environment. All players, beginners to advanced, are welcome.

    Register through HOST at:


    Girls Soccer Schedule

    • Oct. 15, 11 am at Ingraham (vs. Aki Kurose)

    • Oct. 22, 9:30 am at Ingraham (vs. Washington)

    • Oct. 29, 12:30 pm at Rainier Beach (vs. Eckstein)

    • Nov. 5, 2 pm at Memorial (vs. Mercer)

    • Nov. 12, 12:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)

    • Nov. 19, 11 am at Roosevelt (vs. McClure)

    Ultimate Frisbee Practice Schedule

    Practices for ultimate frisbee are at the Greenlake field, on the eastern corner of the lake. Practice schedule is as follows:

    • 8th grade A Team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30

    • 8th  grade B team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    • 7th grade Yellow team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    • 7th grade Blue team practices Tues. and Thurs.  from 4:00–5:30

    • 6th grade Yellow team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30

    • 6th grade Blue team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30

    For more information, go to


    NEW Brain Power: A Day of Engaging Advanced Learners

    Sun., Oct. 30th, 9 am–3:15 pm at Mary Gates Hall (U.W. Campus)

    The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and the U.W. Robinson Center are co-sponsoring a one-day event featuring fun, hands-on learning opportunities for academically advanced students. The day will also include engaging discussions for parents and educators about pressing issues in gifted education ranging from curriculum to college readiness to the unique challenges faced by advanced learners. This one-time event is designed for academically advanced students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their families. Join us for this opportunity to hear from leaders in the field of gifted education and to learn more about helping your student shine.

    NEW Fall Goodwill Collection Event

    Sat., Oct. 15 from 1 pm–5 pm in the parking lot behind Dick’s Drive-In on NE 45th in Wallingford

    Bring your donations for Goodwill as well as styrofoam chunks and peanuts, bubblewrap, and shrinkwrap to this collection event sponsored by the Wallingford Community Council.

    See Goodwill donation guidelines here: Please no furniture larger than a coffee table or non-flat-screen TVs larger than 19.” Flat screen TVs of any size will be accepted.

    Click here to see all items accepted by Styro Recycle:

    Thank you to Seattle First Church of the Nazarene for making their parking lot available for this event. Your donations support the Wallingford Community Council’s participation in Waste Management’s THINK GREEN Reuse and Recycling Challenge.

    Garfield Choir Concert

    Thurs., Oct. 20 at 7 pm at the Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center, Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave.)

    All three choirs will perform: the Treble Choir, the Concert Choir. and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

    Seattle GEMS Now Accepting Applications

    Meetings monthly starting Thurs., Nov. 3 from 6:30–8:30 pm at Fred Hutch (1100 Fairview Ave. N)

    GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) encourages 7th and 8th grade girls to maintain and broaden their interest in science through mentoring, hands-on activities, field trips, and information pertaining to a variety of scientific fields. GEMS is free to students but requires transportation to and from all events.

    For more information and to apply go to: Application is due Oct. 18.

    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.


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