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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 27, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    10/27 (Thursday)

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


    • HIMS spirit week

    11/3 (Thursday)

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

    11/4 (Friday)

    • ASB Dance (3:20–4:50 pm in the HIMS gym)

    11/11 (Friday)

    • No school (Veteran’s Day)

    11/16 (Wednesday)

    • Two hour early dismissal (1:15)

    11/23 (Wednesday)

    • One hour early dismissal (2:15)

    11/24–25 (Thursday and Friday)

    • No school (Thanksgiving holiday)

    12/1 (Thursday)

    • Deadline to turn in PE waivers


    Hamilton PTSA 2016 Fall Fund Drive!

    The is the ONLY PTSA fundraising event for the year and our goal is $100,000 and 50% participation!  Make a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.  This academic year, your tax-deductible donation will help to fund:

    • The Student: fun events, academic support and scholarships (for after-school sports, HOST program, student clubs).

    • The Classroom: academic enrichment and teacher support (classroom and teacher Supplies, professional development, classroom mini grants, writers in residence program).

    • The Community: building and connecting Hamilton (all-school events such as Pi Night, guest speakers, grade-level social events, staff appreciation).

    Read more about what your gift supports at Hamilton. You might be surprised!

    In recent years, our average gift per family has been $250, but every level of giving counts!  Gifts by check can be mailed or delivered to the Hamilton office: 1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103. Or, you can easily donate online (one-time donation or monthly installments), at

    Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School!  If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Lucie Campbell, at

    Connecting to the HIMS Community is Easy and Fast!

    Visit in order to:

    Sign up or Update* to receive Important Emails and the Hamilton Weekly News!  

    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.

    Purchase your Membership in the Hamilton PTSA!

    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.

    Sign up for our Volunteer Database!

    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!

    Get listed in the Online School Directory!

    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 and SPS News

    NEW★ Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

    The 2016-17 meeting schedule for the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee is listed below. All meetings are on Tuesdays and run from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

    Meeting Schedule

    • Nov. 1, Thurgood Marshall Elementary Library

    • Dec. 6, Fairmount Park Elementary Library

    • Jan. 3, Jane Addams Middle School Library

    • Feb. 7, Washington Middle School Library

    • March 7, Cascadia (Lincoln) Library

    • April 4, Garfield High School Library

    • May 2, Hamilton International Middle School Library

    • June 6, Madison Middle School Library

    Parent Representative Open Positions

    There are currently several vacant positions on the committee. Parents seeking to fill these positions must be the parent of a highly capable student who attends the school you wish to represent. The requirements of the parent reps are to attend the monthly meetings of the committee (listed above). Click here to read more. If you are interested in filling the open position for HIMS, please complete the nomination form and return it to the committee chair Jeanne Thompson.

    Click here to view the nomination form.

    NEW★ Seattle Public Schools: Our Story

    Mon., Nov. 7, 5–7 pm at the Franklin High School Performing Arts Center (3013 S. Mt. Baker Blvd.)

    Join SPS Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland for the annual State of the District event, a lively evening of learning, reflection, and celebration. Hear directly from our students, school leaders, and community partners. Leave inspired and committed to our collective work.

    RSVP to

    Growth Boundaries Changes for 2017–2018

    There are a lot of changes planned for the North end elementary and middle schools and South end middle schools with two new elementary buildings opening and two new middle schools opening. Many amendments have already been proposed, and the board is potentially proposing more amendments. The school board is due to vote on Nov. 2. Please contact your School Board Director to express your opinion.

    The boundary committee and SPS did not present any proposed maps for HCC, just draft Sept. 2016 enrollment projections. They left HCC out of the current discussions and let people know "they would make HCC program decisions after boundaries were decided".

    UPDATED★ Private School Referral Procedure

    Families applying to private schools, please click here for information on how to handle applications from the Hamilton end. When setting up your account, be sure to name Elizabeth Peila as designee. If you have already set up your account, please log back in and make sure that you have set Elizabeth Peila as designee.

    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.

    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


    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:

    Click here to sign up.

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

    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!

    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.  The final meeting will be held: 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.

    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 Camp Burton payments now due

    Have a Vocal Jazz student going to Camp Burton? Please make your payment online now at If you have questions or need to request financial assistance, please contact contact Ms. Babbitt ASAP. Thank you.

    URGENT! 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



    Girls Soccer Schedule


    • 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)

    Junior Varsity

    • Oct. 29, 9:00 am at Garfield (v.s Aki Kurose)

    • Nov. 5, 12 pm at Garfield (vs. Salmon Bay)

    • Nov. 12, 12 pm at Garfield (vs. Blaine)

    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★ K–12 Visions and Outcomes: Solving the Education Problems Money Can’t Fix

    Wed., Nov. 30, 5:30 at Town Hall (1119 Eighth Ave.)

    Only 77% of our students graduate. Only 39% of graduates are ready for college or a career. Fully funded basic education is just the beginning. We need to fix the outcomes for all students.

    Join The Seattle Times for a forum with education experts, advocates, and policy makers about how to fix Washington’s K-12 public education system. The discussion will be facilitated by Seattle Times Editorial Page Editor Kate Riley and former Executive Editor Michael Fancher.

    Click here to RSVP.

    For more information, please visit or email

    Friends of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

    If your child is slated to go to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School next year, please consider joining the Friends of Eagle Staff Middle School Facebook group. The organizers would like to start a PTA this year so members can start passive fundraising and have a running start in the Fall. The music, sports, drama, library, special ed programs, etc will all need support.

    As SPS wrestles with the capacity issues, the Eagle Staff MS boundary is in flux, too. The following elementary schools and programs were to feed into Robert Eagle Staff Middle School:

    • Broadview-Thomson K-8 (as a comprehensive middle school option)

    • Cascadia

    • Daniel Bagley

    • Greenwood

    • Licton Springs K-8 to be co-housed in the Eagle Staff MS building

    • Northgate

    • Olympic View

    • HCC Middle School Students from the Whitman and Robert Eagle Staff draw areas (currently geo-split with HCC students now attending Hamilton Middle School)

    Depending on how the boundaries shake out, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School could pick up students from other elementary schools as well.

    Please join and spread the word!

    Doctor for a Day: Increasing Diversity in Healthcare

    Sat., Oct. 29 at the Harborview WISH Lab (908 Jefferson St., 3rd Fl., Seattle)

    Open to all middle and high school students of color who would like to explore healthcare and medical fields. UW medical students and resident doctors will show students how to conduct physical exams, take blood pressure, interview patients, and more!

    Learn more: or

    Sign up:

    Seattle JazzED Now Enrolling

    Placement Days are Sat., Nov. 19 or Sun., Nov. 20

    The award-winning Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles are now enrolling kids in grades 6–12, at every skill level. Weekend rehearsals run January through May 2017. Work with professional musicians and educators like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Deb Schaaf, and many more. All ensembles perform. Top ensembles travel to New York in the spring! Scholarships are easy to get and payment plans are available to every family. Register for Placement Day (Nov. 19 or Nov. 20) and get more information at or call 206-324-5299.

    Brain Power: A Day of Engaging Advanced Learners

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

    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.




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    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103


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