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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    November 3, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events


    • 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)

    • No HOST after-school classes

    11/23 (Wednesday)

    • One hour early dismissal (2:15)

    • No HOST after-school classes

    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! (10% of Families Have Given)

    The Hamilton PTSA 2016 Fall Fund Drive continues thru November and we are grateful for generous gifts from 91 families, so far.  Remember that our goal is 50% participation this year!

    HIMS PTSA fundraising goes this academic year towards classroom supplies, sports uniforms, student clubs, social events like PI night, library books, costumes and props for expanding the drama program, teacher professional development, student scholarships, tech support for school computers, and dozens more programs.

    The PTSA’s budgeted fundraising goal for 2016–2017 is $100,000.  Join the 10% who have already given and make a gift at any level in support of the programs and community that enrich every student’s experience at Hamilton.

    Donations 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!

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    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 2016–2017!

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


    Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    I am compelled to start with this. I moved out of the U.S. on my second birthday and spent the next 12 years growing up far from American televised sports. My parents are from Indiana and Chicago, where we would spend a month each summer with my grandparents. Thus, yes, it's true, I nearly hit my head on the ceiling, my voice got caught in my throat, and my tear ducts opened last night.

    Cubs win! Cubs win! Holy cow, the Cubs win!

    Personally, it was a great joy to share the tension and elation with my daughters (although I would very much like to have been with my godfather, who grew up with my mom and who swore [in all ways] off the Cubs "for life" in 1984, 1989, and "this time I'm not kidding" in 2003). My 5th grader has taken the Seahawks Super Bowl victory and turned herself into an American sports fan. Didn't see that coming. Even my 3rd grader, who would just as soon build stuff with magnetic tiles or Legos, sensed the emotion and watched last night.

    The Cubs are managed by a quirky, master motivator, who in my deeply amateur view made some bizarre moves over the last few games. However, he is a master of capturing in pithy quotes an attitude that he wants his team to embrace.

    Among them, "the process is fearless." This attitude is counter to much of what we hear are the critical components of teaching and learning: that we start with the outcome; we emphasize; we plan to it; we communicate it clearly; and we measure our progress toward it. What Maddon stresses is the details of the moment, not worrying or managing toward the outcome, because it doesn't do anybody any good. Perhaps it doesn't transfer that well to school where our outcomes can seem more nuanced than a win or a loss. Yet, I think of it as a well-planned lesson in which each activity and assignment is where learning happens and that learning leads to the outcome we deemed essential.

    One last Maddon saying: "Never let the pressure exceed the pleasure." We think about what underpins this statement a lot at Hamilton, where too many students tell us that they feel a pressure to succeed and compete. Not only do we find that troubling—learning should not be competitive, nor should it be a race to "win"—but feeling stressed, anxious, or under pressure directly affects our ability to learn. Additionally, Maddon is both coaching us away from pressure and toward pleasure. The Cubs were expected to win (can you believe that?), and they didn't hide from that, but they appeared to enjoy what they were doing. And Maddon did a lot to back up that statement. We would do well (and we do in many instances) to ensure that Hamilton students' pleasure exceeds their pressure.

    Just one more: Holy Cow!!

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish


    Hamilton and SPS News

    NEW★ SPS Architectural Design Meetings

    Architects base school designs on a predefined set of guidelines that set space requirements for elementary, middle, and high schools to create the best schools possible. With the new design process, each school has more flexibility in adapting the design to fit the needs of its learning community.

    SPS will present three community meetings on “Educational Specifications Design Standards” for high schools. District staff will share information and ask for input. Details below.

    Meetings will take place:

    • Wed., Nov. 9, 7–8:30 pm at the Rainier Beach High School Performing Arts Center (8815 Seward Park S). Interpreters present: Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese. Chinese, Amharic and Tigrigna.

    • Thurs., Nov. 10, 7–8:30 pm. In the Ingraham High School Library (1819 N 135th St.). Interpreters present: Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.

    • Tues., Nov. 15, 7–8:30 pm. In the Lincoln High School auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave. N). Interpreters present: Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.

    Private School Referral Procedure

    Families applying to private schools, please click here for information on how to ensure that Hamilton can accommodate your applications. When setting up your Ravenna Solutions account, you must name Elizabeth Peila as delegate for the Common Record Request Form 2016–2017 and for the School Administrator Form 2016–2017 (if required). You must also print and sign these forms and return them to Ms. Peila. If you have already set up your account, please sign back in and make these corrections so that your child’s records can be submitted to the private schools of your choice by the December 1 deadline.

    Click here for more information on handling forms within the Ravenna Solutions system.

    SPS Budget Work Session

    Thurs., Nov. 3, 6–8 pm in the South Shore K–8 cafeteria (4800 S Henderson St.)

    This meeting will provide an overview of the District’s budget and planning process as well as an opportunity for our families to make recommendations to the District's Leadership Team and School Board regarding what their ideas would be if the District receives additional funds or has funding reductions that affect the 2017–18 school year.

    Read more on the Seattle Public Schools Budget Office webpage.

    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 pm.

    Meeting Schedule

    • 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.

    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

    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:

    We need several more volunteers, or we’ll need to reschedule. Please sign up before our Thanksgiving break. Click here to sign up.

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

    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. Forms are due no later than Dec. 1. Click here for more information about PE waivers and the PE waiver form: Middle/Forms 2016 2017/PEWAIVER LETTER PARENTFORM2016_2017 EMP.pdf.

    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 Goes to Camp Burton Saturday

    The Vocal Jazz students will be going to Camp Burton for their overnight retreat Saturday morning. Details were sent out in email. If you did not receive the email, please contact 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

    It’s Jazz Nutcracker Time!

    The Roosevelt Jazz Band will perform the ever-popular Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn “Jazz Nutcracker” at the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theatre on Dec 3 and 4. For more info or to purchase tickets, go to the Roosevelt Jazz website.


    HOST After-School Programs

    NEW★ HOST Fall and Winter Dates Reminder

    We are halfway through our fall HOST programs! Students have been doing a great job! As a reminder, HOST classes run until Dec. 8. There is no HOST on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.

    HOST winter registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Winter class offerings will be available on Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm.  

    If you have any new ideas for HOST classes please reach out to the YMCA no later than Dec. 2.


    Liz Abbott (Chase)

    Office: 206.252.5831

    Cell: 541.728.3424

    NEW★ Hamilton Lego Robotics Club Needs a Volunteer

    We are currently in need of a volunteer to help run our Hamilton Lego Robotics Club.  

    We have students from the Roosevelt Robotics that would like to come to Hamilton to teach and mentor a group of our Hamilton students. We need someone who will supervise, learn about the Lego Robotics program, and help coordinate with the YMCA regarding logistics of the Lego Robotics competition in December. The volunteers from Roosevelt will be running point and will come prepped and ready to teach!

    Hamilton Club members will be doing the FLL league program, which comes with a curriculum,  supplies, and challenges for a team of ten students. (More information on the FLL league is available at:

    This class will be held Thursdays from 3:30–5 pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer will need to fill out a YMCA volunteer form.

    Our goal is to start ASAP!

    Liz Abbott (Chase)

    Office: 206.252.5831

    Cell: 541.728.3424



    Girls Soccer Schedule


    • 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

    • 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★ Planning for the Transition into Adulthood for Students with Disabilities

    Wed., Nov. 9, 6 –8 pm at the Original Van Asselt Building (7201 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle 98108)
    Speaker: Sheila M. King, Special Education Teacher, Seattle Public Schools

    Wed., Nov. 16, 6–8 pm at the Original Van Asselt Building (7201 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle 98108)
    Speaker: Debora Maclean, WISE

    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!

    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.



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