The Hamilton Weekly News
December 15, 2016
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
12/19–1/2 (Winter Break)
Night of the Arts (6–8 pm on stage and in the Commons, Hawk’s Nest, Library, and music and art rooms)
NEW★Fall Fund Drive: Final Tally!
Thank you Hamilton Families for your generosity this fall and for the many gifts you made to the HIMS PTSA Fund Drive. We are thrilled to announce that we have surpassed our goal of $100,000 and have increased our participation this year with 37% of families participating (last year we reached 25%). That means that over 400 families gave to the programs and activities that mean so much to students and staff!
Thank you for funding books, classroom supplies, sports uniforms, scholarships for students to attend HOST after-school classes, tech support for all school computers, mini-grants for teachers, fun events like dances, socials and PI night, visual arts and drama programs, and a first-time trip for all science staff to attend the innovative STEM-focused National Science Teacher Conference.
Click here to learn more about the Hamilton PTSA Fall Fund Drive.
If you forgot to give, don't worry. We keep our online donation links live on the Hamilton web site. Or you can use the quicklink (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gohawks) or the donate button below.
Donations by check can be mailed or delivered to the Hamilton office at any point in the school year:
1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103.
Or donate online (one-time donation or monthly installments):
Thank you for supporting our amazing public school!
Assistant Principal’s Letter
Dear Hamilton Families,
Before the snow started falling last Thursday evening, I had the opportunity to attend the Orchestra Winter Concert. It is so impressive to see how well the students are prepared and how well they perform for an audience. You can see the growth that students make as you watch all of the orchestras. A highlight is watching Chamber Orchestra direct themselves on stage. All of it is so cool to see.
After the concert we all walked out to see the snow flurries beginning. Students were excited to see the snow and hopeful for a snow day. I remember the feeling of being a student and hoping for a snow day, and I still get to feel that energy working at Hamilton.
The December break is here. Please take some time to rest, relax, and read. Students and staff have been working very hard since the September, and I hope everyone will take some time for themselves and for family and friends.
Enjoy the break! We look forward to seeing everyone in January.
Hamilton’s Building Leadership Team Seeks Parent Representation!
The Building Leadership Team (BLT) is a group of elected representatives from HIMS that meet once a month to support the needs of students and staff. We would love to have a parent voice contributing to the decisions we make about Hamilton. Our meetings are usually before or after school on the first Monday of the month. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact BLT Chair Lauren Thomas at email@example.com. Thanks!
November Hawk Stars
6th Grade: 36 students got Hawk Stars including Elsa and Conor for being helpful.
7th Grade: 31 students got Hawk Stars including Charles and Kyle for being responsible in Japanese class.
8th Grade: 43 students got Hawk Stars including Finnegan and Sandor for being helpful.
Great job 8th Graders! You Rock!
Lilia Elena Goldsmith,
Hamilton International Middle School
8th grade Counselor
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 www.headlice.org.
Anne Fote RN
20-Day Attendance Challenge!
During the 2016–2017 school year, the Hamilton community will be highlighting the importance of having great attendance! As many of you know, good attendance plays a huge role in students’ academic and social success.
In order to get Hamilton students pumped up about attendance, we have started the 20 Day Attendance Challenge. Each month we will hold a competition among the different class periods to see who has the best attendance. Each month three classes will be highlighted. This month the challenge extended to our first period classes. In December all second period classes will compete.
Attendance Challenge Winners for November:
Ms. Ellison's 1st Period = 98.62%
Ms. Beede's 1st Period = 98%
Ms. McDonald's 1st Period = 96.62%
Congratulations! You ROCK!
Building Climate Curriculum
On Tuesdays and Thursdays during homeroom, all students at Hamilton are learning important social emotional learning skills through our Building Climate Curriculum (BCC). Sixth-grade students are learning empathy, bullying prevention, digital literacy, and coping skills through Second Step. Seventh graders are learning bullying prevention through Second Step, cyberbullying prevention through Common Sense Media, drug, alcohol, tobacco use prevention through Project Alert, as well as coping skills. Eighth graders are learning bullying prevention through Second Step, cyberbullying prevention through Common Sense Media, and coping skills through the College Board Advisory curriculum. Eighth-grade lessons will go through February. Sixth- and seventh-grade lessons will continue through mid March.
Neil S. Yeda, 7th grade and Head Counselor
Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!
Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from Fieldhouse.com: http://fieldhouse.com/Stores/FHShop1.aspx?PON=75030.
Updated★ Upcoming High School Open Houses
Tour: Wed., Feb. 8 at 9 am in the Commons
Choice Night: Thurs., Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm in the Commons; presentation begins in the gym at 7 pm
Tour: Thurs., Feb. 16 at 9 am in the Commons
Stay abreast of Garfield events on Facebook, Twitter, and the GHS PTSA homepage.
Open House for incoming students: Thurs., Feb. 2 at 7 pm in the library
Day Time Tour: Weds., Feb. 8 from 9–10:45 am (tour begins in the school library; parents must accompany students)
IB Information Night: Weds., Feb. 8 at 7 pm in the library
Open House: Thurs., Jan. 26 from 6–8 pm
Parents who are starting to think about the high school transition will find tips and ideas about how to prepare your student(s) at this website: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2013/08/05/3-tips-to-help-your-teen-transition-to-high-school.
Education Funding Crisis
The Seattle Public Schools district is facing an estimated $74 million shortfall for school year 2017–18. This shortfall is 10% of the budget and will impact the entire district including central office supports (maintenance, programs, and services), teaching and learning, educators, school leaders, and support staff. The District anticipates being forced to lay off approximately 440 staff positions for next school year, and the process for those "Reductions In Force" will start in March/April of 2017. This crisis is the result of two legislative inactions:
The state has failed to fully fund basic education, as mandated by the Washington State Supreme Court in the McCleary decision, based on the Paramount Duty clause in the state constitution. Click here to learn more about McCleary, the Paramount Duty clause in Washington’s constitution, and how Washington has underfunded public education for decades.
The state has failed to reauthorize our district to use all of the voter-approved levy funds. For Seattle, these levies provide a much greater percentage of school funding than in many school districts. Unfortunately, the state legislature has not re-authorized the bill allowing levies and, since Seattle Public Schools must maintain a balanced budget, the district is planning for cuts.
Please Call Your Elected Officials
Every person in our community is encouraged to make calls and send emails to your elected officials asking them to take steps to extend the “Levy Cliff” through the end of 2018 and commit to full funding of staff compensation for the 2017–2018 school year. These steps are imperative so that districts across the state won’t be forced to lay off teachers this spring.
Three action steps you can take immediately:
Contact the three Seattle Public Schools Board Members in charge of government relations: Directors Betty Patu, Sue Peters, and Leslie Harris. Ask them to continue talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who has told the Hamilton PTSA that he is very interested in assisting financially to ensure continuity until the Legislature has re-approved the levies.
Call or email Governor Inslee and ask him to fully fund public schools so they don’t lay off teachers this spring: 360-902-4111 and/or https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/.
Email or call your legislators to act by March 2017 to extend the "levy cliff" and fully fund education. Look up your legislators here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/. Find their contact information here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members/Senate.
Community Budget Gap Meetings
Between Dec. 5, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017 the District will continue to solicit feedback on budget priorities from staff, families, and community partners. The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting three regional meetings for families to provide feedback on budget priorities. Remaining meetings are:
Thurs., Dec. 15 from 6:30–8 pm at South Shore PreK–8 School (4800 S Henderson St.)
Tues., Jan. 3 from 6:30–8 pm at Franklin High School (3013 S Mt Baker Blvd.)
Follow the Conversation with Washington's Paramount Duty
Last year the Hamilton PTSA signed a petition by the advocacy group, Washington's Paramount Duty, to fully fund education in Washington State. You can join Washington's Paramount Duty Facebook group to join the discussion on how we can advocate for full funding for public schools: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ParamountDuty/.
You can also sign up for email alerts here: http://paramountduty.org/sign-up/.
Organize Parents for Focus Day (Mon., Jan. 16 in Olympia)
Would you volunteer to organize in support of fully funding education? The Washington State PTSA wants you to help organize and attend Focus Day to rally with parents, teachers and community members: http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/focus_day/index.html.
If you are willing to help, email legislative liaison Sam Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated Attendance Boundaries for Hamilton
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors has voted on fall 2017 attendance boundaries for north end middle schools. Seattle Public School is updating its boundary maps and forecasts for enrollment at Hamilton. If you don't want to wait, you can dig through the notes and determine your Fall 2017 school. We will point to updated maps and enrollment forecasts as they are available available.
Student Assignment Transition Plan
Building from the boundary plans, SPS has also updated the Student Assignment Plan. As part of the plan, the district will determine if there is enough capacity at Hamilton to grandfather existing Hamilton students. The Seattle Public School Board of Directors will consider this and vote on January 4, 2017. The final community meeting to discuss this issue is Thurs., Dec. 1 from 6:30–7:30 pm in the Ingraham High School Lunchroom.
Robert Eagle Staff Community Meetings
6–8th grade Students who live in the areas of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Eagle Staff for 2017: Bagley, Broadview-Thompson, Greenwood, Northgate, some of Olympic view (some still are assigned to Jane Addams), and all Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) students who live in the Whitman and Eagle Staff reference areas.
Here are upcoming community meetings where you can meet Principal Campbell and the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School community to learn about the new school and share your ideas:
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.
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.
Music & Art
Winter Band Concert TONIGHT (Dec. 15)
All band students will perform tonight beginning at 7 p.m. (Thurs., Dec. 15) in the Lincoln High School auditorium. Come hear our talented band students play in this terrific evening of music! We’ll have Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and treats for sale before the concert and at intermission.
Vocal Jazz Student Trip Forms Due Friday
Have a student in Vocal Jazz? Please send in your completed trip forms for the Bellevue College and Lionel Hampton trips before school ends on Fri., Dec. 16. We need to hear from you even if your student will not be attending! This helps us to plan transportation, rooms, food, etc.
Please send a check for $30 dollars made out to FOMAHI for the Bellevue trip.
We are asking for a $100 deposit towards Lionel Hampton this week. This can be made at www.fomahi.org. (Go to My Account and look for the Lionel Hampton listing.)
Financial assistance is available.
Please contact Ms. Babbitt if you have questions or need to request assistance.
Junior Jazz Winter Session Registration Now Open
Be a part of the Hamilton jazz scene! Learn jazz styling and improvisation or improve your jazz-playing skills. This is an after-school activity and does not provide class credit. There is a $100 per session fee (financial assistance available). The winter session will be Jan. 5–Mar. 2. Junior Jazz meets 3:40–4:55 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information or to register, go to www.fomahi.org.
Men’s Choir Winter Session Registration Now Open
Calling all young men who enjoy singing! Learn and improve your vocal techniques and gain a better understanding of music in this weekly after-school choir. Experience welcome but not required. Open to young men in all grades. The winter session will be Jan. 5–Mar. 6. Men’s Choir meets 3:40–4:55 pm on Mondays in the choir room (room 111). This is an after school activity and does not provide school credit. There is a $75 per session fee (financial assistance available). For more information or to register, go to www.fomahi.org.
The 2017 Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held from 9–4 pm, Sat. March 11, 2017 at HIMS. This annual event gives students a chance to practice and perform a piece in front of a friendly adjudicator who will provide feedback on all areas of their performance. Students may perform solo or as part of a group. See complete information including FAQ and registration information at https://fomahi.membershiptoolkit.com/soloandensemble. Registration deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.
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 email@example.com or Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOST After-School Programs
Winter HOST registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Winter class offerings will be available to view on Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30pm.
If you have any new ideas for HOST classes please reach out to the YMCA.
Is Your Family In Need of Holiday Support?
If your family could use additional support this holiday, please call or email YMCA Director, Liz Abbott (Chase) at email@example.com 206-252-5831.
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: http://firstwa.org/Programs-Events/FIRST-LEGO-League.)
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)
Great news! Someone has stepped up to be our Girls JV Basketball coach!
JV Basketball Coach Needed
Big thanks to Mr. David Evans, HIMS Science teacher! He has agreed to coach the team and is planning on writing a letter to the JV parents soon.
Holiday Gift and Toy Assistance
Every year, the Atlantic Street Center provides holiday assistance to families in need. For more information, contact the Center’s Family Resource Center at 206-723-1301. Click here for a list of holiday gift resources throughout the greater Seattle area.
Click here for a list of organizations providing Christmas meals throughout the greater Seattle area.
Help for Holiday Stress
The holiday season is upon us, bringing festivities, busy schedules and hopefully some relaxing time with loved ones. December can also be a difficult and stressful time of year for some. Below are resources for help with holiday stress:
Please contact your grade level counselor if you need assistance with finding resources.
Northwest Seattle Little League
Attention all Baseball and Softball players: Northwest Seattle Little League (NWSLL) is open for registration! NWSLL serves our local NW Seattle neighborhoods and is chartered through Little League Baseball. NWSLL offers a variety of divisions for both baseball and softball and welcomes adult and teenage volunteers. On-time registration runs Dec. 3–Jan. 15. Please visit http://nwsll.org/ to learn more and to register on-line. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rally to Fully Fund Public Schools
Mon., Jan. 16 at 10 am on the Capitol steps in Olympia
Join Washington's Paramount Duty, the NAACP, and the Washington Education Association to rally for full funding of public schools.
On Jan. 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) Washington's Paramount Duty (WPD), NAACP, and WEA are co-sponsoring a rally to demand that our state fully fund public education now. Add your voice to thousands of others demanding full and equitable funding of public education! WPD envisions a future where every child has equitable access to an amply funded education. Fully and equitably funding public schools is a civil rights issue! For more information, contact Summer Stinson at email@example.com.
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.
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Hamilton International Middle School
1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814
The SPS 2016–2017 Academic Calendar