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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    November 17, 2016

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    11/23 (Wednesday)

    • One-hour early dismissal (2:15)

    • No HOST after-school classes

    11/24–25 (Thanksgiving holiday)

    • No school

    11/30 (Wednesday)

    • Picture retakes

    12/1 (Thursday)

    • Deadline to turn in PE waivers

    • Choir Winter Concert (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    12/8 (Thursday)

    • Orchestra Winter Concert (7–9 pm in the Lincoln Auditorium)

    • Last day of HOST after-school classes

    12/14 (Wednesday)

    • PTSA board meeting (6:30–8 pm in the HIMS library)

    12/15 (Thursday)

    • Band Winter Concert (7–9 pm in the Lincoln Auditorium)

    12/16 (Friday)

    • One-hour early dismissal (2:15)

    12/19–1/2 (Winter Break)

    • No school


    Hamilton 2016 Fall Fund Drive: Have You Participated?

    The Fall Fund Drive for Hamilton students has two weeks to go! We need $20,000 more to reach our goal of $100,000. Thank you the 229 generous families who have made gifts! If you’ve been looking at that yellow Fall Fund Drive letter on your kitchen counter, now is the time to turn it in or donate online. A few things to keep in mind:

    • This is our only PTSA fundraiser, and we need to raise $100,000 to fund the budget for this year.

    • Remember all of that fundraising in elementary school? Your donations are just as important in middle school and are vital to our students’ experience at Hamilton.

    • Donations benefit all students at Hamilton: enriched classrooms, support for teachers, supplies, technology, sports teams, and support for activities/clubs outside the classroom.

    • Although we’ve noted that the average donation has been approximately $250 per family, please donate whatever amount works for your family. Every donation is appreciated and participation is our priority!

    • The HIMS PTSA is committed to a balanced budget and minimal carryover: your donations will be used this academic year!

    The PTSA’s budgeted goal for 2015–2016 is $100,000. Give a gift of $15–$25 per month towards your student’s public school and enrich every student’s experience at Hamilton. Click here to learn more!

    Donations by check can be mailed or delivered to the Hamilton office:

    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103.

    Or donate online (one-time donation or monthly installments):



    Assistant Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    Last week marked the end of the first quarter of the school year. It’s incredible to think that the school year is over a quarter of the way over already! As report cards come out in the coming days, now would be a great time to reflect with your child about each class and what steps they could take to improve their own performance.  

    Speaking of performance: I am really looking forward to seeing the jazz band perform tonight. These students put in an incredible amount of time and effort. We are truly fortunate to have this opportunity available to our students in our school. If you have not had the opportunity to come out and hear the band or choir, feel free to join us tonight here at Hamilton in the Commons at 7 pm. If you can’t make it tonight, there are some additional opportunities in December. You will not be disappointed.  

    Dec. 1 the Choir Winter Concert will be held in the HIMS Commons. This concert features all choirs. Dec. 8 all of the orchestra’s will perform at the Lincoln Auditorium. The Winter Band Concert will also be at the Lincoln Auditorium on Dec. 15 and will feature all of the concert bands.

    Scott Reisinger

    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton and SPS News

    Private School Referrals: Deadline Dec. 1

    Urgent: if you are planning for your child to attend a private school next year, you must  have all record requests submitted no later than Dec. 1. If you have any question please contact Elizabeth Peila.

    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 Dec. 1 deadline.

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

    PE Waiver Forms: Deadline Dec. 1

    Urgent: If your student is enrolled in two two full-year electives, please fill out and return the PE waiver no later than Dec. 1. All family plans must be turned in no later than Dec. 1 to avoid having your current two (2) full-year elective schedule changed to include PE. If you have any question please contact Elizabeth Peila.

    NEW★ Student Assignment Plan and Special Education Placement Updates

    Thurs., Nov. 17, 4 pm–7:15 pm in the Board Office Conference Room at the Stanford Center (2445 3rd Ave. S)

    SPS Board will hold a special meeting of the operations committee. Included on the agenda are approval of the student assignment plan and a special education placement update. See the full agenda here.

    NEW★ October Hawk Stars

    • 6th Grade: 42 students got Hawk Stars including Arlo and Nikola for being helpful.

    • 7th Grade: 16 students got Hawk Stars including Samuel for being helpful

    • 8th Grade: 8 students got Hawk Stars including Nydia for being helpful

    Go Hawks! Let’s try to beat those numbers in November!

    Lilia Elena Goldsmith,

    Hamilton International Middle School

    8th grade Counselor


    Hamilton Ski Bus

    Ski season is right around the corner, so please consider signing up for the 2016–2017 Ski Bus. Weather permitting, we will have six after-school Friday trips starting Jan. 13. Sign up at before the end of November.

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator, Jan Tackett, at: 206-297-7616, or

    Head Lice at Hamilton

    At this time we have several cases of head lice in our building. Parents, please check your child’s hair and all household members. If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treatment will be necessary. Let me know if you would like me to check. For more information contact me or

    Thank you,

    Anne Fote RN


    Capacity Projections Update

    The five-year projections for Hamilton and other schools were updated on Oct. 19 with calculations. We have asked Jon Halfaker, the Executive Director of Schools for the Northwest Region, Associate Superintendent Flip Herndon, and Director Rick Burke for information to better understand the situation. We understand from Mr. Herndon that Robert Eagle Staff will reduce the enrollment at Hamilton by roughly 25% and that our enrollment depends less on the boundary meetings and more on the volume of kids qualifying for the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) and the International pathway. We are still trying to determine what that means for Hamilton’s expected enrollment in fall 2017. Questions about the boundary plan and amendments can be directed to Director Rick Burke at

    Note that the October update provided to the Capacity Management Task Force presumes existing 2016 boundaries. As a result, it projects 1,031 for Hamilton (versus capacity of 985) while Whitman is projecting at 485 (versus capacity of 1,138).

    Modifications to the Highly Capable Cohort pathways as a result of school boundary changes will be included in the updates to the Student Assignment Plan and voted on by the School Board on Dec. 7. Our understanding is that the HCC pathway will remain Cascadia to Hamilton, Jane Addams, or Eagle Staff; and then to Garfield.

    Lastly, planning is underway by Seattle Public Schools in case the state legislature does not extend the state law allowing levies to fund schools. The legislature promised to address this “levy cliff” in the upcoming legislative session. Please contact your local State senate or house representative with any questions.

    Robert Eagle Staff Community Planning Meetings

    Let’s dream ambitiously to build our new school together! The following community meetings are scheduled to give you a chance to meet principal Marni Campbell, share your ideas, and become part of the design process. Interpreters provided. Click here for more information or contact

    • Nov. 22, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at the Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N)  

    • Nov. 29 2016, 6–7:30 pm at Loyal Heights Elementary @ Marshall  (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)

    • Dec. 3 2016, 11–12:30 am (Location TBD)

    • Dec. 8, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at Loyal Heights Elementary @ Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)

    • Jan. 5 2017, 6–7:30 pm at Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N)

    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.

    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.

    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

    Upcoming Events

    • Thurs., Nov. 17 (7–9 pm): Jazz Night in the HIMS Commons

    • Fri., Nov. 18: Chamber Orchestra performs in the joint GHS/JAMS/WMS/HIMS Concert at Garfield High School

    • Thurs., Dec. 1 (7–9 pm): Winter Choir Concert in the HIMS Commons

    • Thurs., Dec. 8 (7–9 pm): Orchestra Winter Concert in the Lincoln Auditorium

    FOMAHI Board Opportunity!

    Hamilton Music Parents: Interested in being a treasurer in training? Our current board treasurer, Eileen Carroll, is looking for a music parent to succeed her as treasurer next fall.  It would be great to have her successor learn the position this year for an easier transition.  If you’re interested, please email Eileen at or Christian at  

    Concert Attire Drive

    Has your student outgrown last year's concert attire? Please donate to the concert attire collection drive. Send in black pants, shirts, and shoes so other students may use them. Students can drop items in bins in front of the band room by Nov. 23. (Please see concert attire requirements here: Thank you!


    HOST After-School Programs

    NEW★ HOST Fall and Winter Dates Reminder

    Hello Hamilton Community! Our fall HOST programs are quickly coming to an end. As a reminder there are no HOST classes Nov. 16 and Nov. 23. HOST classes end on Dec. 8.

    Winter class offerings will be available on Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm. Winter registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 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★ Congratulations Hamilton Chess Team!

    Congratulations to the Hamilton Chess Team, which had a terrific tournament last Sunday at the St. Anne’s Celtic Challenge Chess Tournament. The Hamilton Hawks won first place in the 4th–8th grade open category (congratulations to team members Arya, who won the second place individual trophy; Marlyn, who won the third place individual trophy; and Raphael who won the fourth place individual trophy). The Hawks also won second place in the 4th–8th grade U1000 category (congratulations to team members Monse, who won the second place individual trophy; Nikola, who was a state qualifier; and Nate).  

    The Hamilton Chess Club is coached by National Master Josh Sinanan and meets Tuesday afternoons as part of HOST.  We welcome players of all chess abilities. Come join the Hamilton Chess Team for chess playing fun!

    The next middle school chess tournament is this coming Sat., Nov. 19 at Broadview-Thomson School. Please register at: The tournament is open to all Hamilton students.

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



    NEW★ 2017 General & Special Education Conference: Brain-Based Science, Learning, & Achievement, Pre-K through 12th Grade

    March 8–10, 2017 at the Washington State Convention Center (705 Pike St.)

    Twenty-four, full-day courses will be offered on a variety of topics by some of the giants in educational research. Courses are designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, therapists, professional support staff, and administrators.  Parents are also encouraged to attend.

    Click here to read more.


    NEW★ Weekend Fun at the Seattle Public Library

    NEW★ Weekend Fun at the Seattle Public Library

    International Games Day

    Enjoy an all-ages gaming day with board, card, and structural games.

    Steam Sunday

    Kids and teens 9–15 can explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with teen volunteers.

    • Sun., Nov. 20, 2–3:30 pm at the Northeast Branch meeting room


    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

    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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