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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    January 5, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    1/12 (Thursday)

    • Night of the Arts (6–8 pm on stage and in the Commons, Hawk’s Nest, Library, and music and art rooms)

    1/13 (Friday)

    • Winter HOST registration open (6:30 pm)

    1/16 (Monday)

    • MLK Day (no school)

    1/18 (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting (6:30–8 pm in the library)

    1/31 (Tuesday)

    • Hamilton Open House (6:30–8:30 pm in the Commons)


    PTSA News

    New★ Follow Up to PTSA Meeting with Mayor Murray

    At our November PTSA Board Meeting, we were joined by Mayor Ed Murray, who came to share information about his Education Summit and glean feedback from our community. At the meeting, Wallingford residents also questioned Mayor Murray about the proposed upzoning and how it would affect the neighborhood. Mayor Murray followed up by sending us a link with the most up-to-date drafts of the proposed zoning changes, which can be found at On that page, if you click on “Draft zoning changes,” you’ll find a pull down menu for neighborhoods across the City, including Wallingford.

    For more information on his Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), and how you can give feedback, visit


    Principal’s Letter

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    Let me be the last to wish you a happy new year. Of course, those of us who work on a school calendar are coming up on our half-birthday—our new year was four months ago. Still, there is a certain energy that students bring with them into the building on Tuesday that is infectious. After our staff meeting this morning, a teacher was effusive about the creativity of her students, “I love our students,” she said. “I missed them.” I love that teachers love our students.

    It is the near future of our students that has been the focus and work of a group of educators I have been meeting with this (school) year. The mission of this group of mostly secondary principals is to create a new vision of a high school education that is both equitable and appropriate for a world that is considerably different than it was in the 20th century. This group grew out of a task force that, last year, met to make recommendations on how to help students meet new state graduation requirements—that students earn 24 credits to graduate. (You can find that work here.) There are technical solutions to creating new opportunities for high-school credit (we have five high-school credit-earning courses at Hamilton and the possibility of others through world language proficiency). However, we are using this opportunity to re-envision what a high-school education should be—what will it take for someone to succeed in 2021 and beyond? What skills? What knowledge? What attitude or disposition?

    I have been particularly moved by the arguments made in the book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. It is both a harsh critique of current schools and a way forward(“our education system is obsolete and needs reimagining”).

    If you too are interested in how we could be preparing our students for citizenship, I invite you to pick up Wagner and Dintersmith’s book and let’s talk about it. I’ll leave you with this teaser: “But consider how differently our country might approach … problems if most citizens were equipped with the ability to critically analyze, collaborate, communicate, and creatively solve problems…. And we might, just might, have an engaged voting citizenship that would seek out candidates who were somewhat objective and realistic about the issues, with the skills and commitment to forge compromise in our democracy to move our country ahead.”

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish



    Hamilton News

    New★ HIMS to host Junior Thespian Festival

    Sat., Jan. 21 from 9 am–4 pm at HIMS

    Hamilton International Middle School will be hosting this year’s Washington Junior Thespian Festival. This was a last minute opportunity we could not pass up! Advanced Drama students are invited to attend the event as workshop participants to see if they would be interested in competing in future years.

    You can find more information and directions for signing up on the Washington Thespian Society’s webpage Click on Junior Thespians and Events.

    We are looking forward to this fun event!

    —Julia Leonas and Tara Sullivan


    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 Thanks!


    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from


    SPS News

    New★ Family Workshops on IEPs and Evaluations

    SPS is partnering with Open Doors for Multicultural Families for a two part Workshop series for families and staff on IEPs and Evaluations.

    IEP: Overview and Development of the IEP

    Wed., January 11 from 6–8 pm

    Location: South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118

    Speaker: Carrie Griffin Basas, Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds

    Understanding School Evaluations  

    Wed., January 18 from 6–8 pm

    Location: South Shore K-8, 4800 S. Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118

    Speaker: Rose Spidell, Ombudsperson from the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds

    Workshops include:

    • Free supervised children’s activities

    • Free food and refreshments

    • Free language support


    New★ Twice Exceptional (2e) Family Meeting

    Mon., Jan. 9 at 7 pm in the Lincoln Library

    The 2e parent support group will be hosting Wyeth Jessee (SPS Chief of Student Support Services) and Teresa Swanson (SPS Special Education Supervisor for the NW region). This will be an open discussion about the needs of twice exceptional students and how we might go about meeting them in Seattle Public Schools. We would really like to get as many people here as possible to give these district staff a sense of the size of our population and scope of our issues. Please come and make your voice heard!

    New★ School Messenger Changes

    A change has been made to the Parent/Guardian contact data that is sent to School Messenger every evening. Previously only contacts who were checked as Parent/Guardian and who were specific contact types (mother, father, grandmother, etc.) were sent to School Messenger.

    Now all contacts checked as Parent/Guardian are being sent with the following requirements:

    • Same as Student’s Address is checked

    • Or Emergency is checked

    • Or Lives With is checked

    • Or Copy of Correspondence is checked

    Also, contacts marked as Parent/Guardian must have a phone number and/or e-mail address.


    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

    Center School

    • Thurs., Jan. 19, 6:30 to 7 pm in Loft 3


    Stay abreast of Garfield events on Facebook, Twitter, and the GHS PTSA homepage.

    • Tour: Thurs., Jan. 19 from 9:45–10:40 am n the Garfield Quincy Jones Auditorium

    • Parent Night: Thurs., Jan. 19 at 6 pm


    • 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


    • Open House:  Thurs., Feb. 2 at 7 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:


    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:

    1. 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.

    2. 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:

    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. Email or call your legislators to act by March 2017 to extend the "levy cliff" and fully fund education. Look up your legislators here: Find their contact information here:

    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:

    You can also sign up for email alerts here:

    Organize Parents for Focus Day (Mon., Jan. 16, Olympia, WA)

    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:

    If you are willing to help, email legislative liaison Sam Bell


    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 11, 2017.

    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:

    • 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

    • 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

    Fomahi News

    Upcoming events:

    • Jan. 6: Concert and Treble Choirs at Eckstein Middle School Choral Festival.

    • Jan. 10: FOMAHI Board meets at 7 pm in the Hamilton Library. Open to the public.

    • Jan. 12: Senior Orchestra, Concert, and Treble Choirs perform during Night of the Arts.

    • Jan. 27: Vocal Jazz will participate in the Bellevue College Jazz Fest.

    • Feb. 3: Senior Jazz will participate in the Bellevue College Jazz Festival.

    Night of the Arts (Thurs., Jan. 12)

    Join us Thurs., Jan. 12 from 6–8 pm for Night of the Arts! Come view student artwork and enjoy performances from the Drama, International Arts, Choir, Band, and Orchestra students featuring musical literature from different countries.

    Solo and Ensemble Registration Deadline is Jan. 31

    The 2017 Solo and Ensemble will be held Sat., March 11 from 9–4 pm 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. Complete information including FAQ and registration information can be found at Registration deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

    Help FOMAHI When You Shop at

    AmazonSmile is a simple way to make a big difference to the Hamilton music program when you shop at! Just go to and enter FOMAHI in the search box. After that, simply start your shopping at Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to FOMAHI automatically. Thank you!

    Join the Board! Get Trained Now for 2017–18 Treasurer Role

    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  


    HOST After-School Programs

    Winter host registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Winter class offerings will be available to view online starting Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30pm



    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 7, 8:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Whitman)

    • Jan. 14,10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 12 pm at Madison (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein #2)

    • Feb. 4, 10:30 am at Madison (vs. Eckstein #2)

    • Feb. 11, 10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 11:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 11:30 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Boy’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 7, 8:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Whitman)

    • Jan. 14,10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 11:30 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Denny)

    • Jan. 28, 12:00 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 10:00 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 10:00 am at Jane Addams (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 11:30 am at Jane Addams (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 2:30 pm at Jane Addams (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 8:30 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Girl’s Varsity Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 7, 12 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Whitman)

    • Jan. 14,1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 1:00 pm at Chief Sealth (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 11:30 am at Denny (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 3:00 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 11:30 am at Ingraham (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 10:00 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)

    Boys Varsity Basketball Schedule

    • Jan. 7, 12 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Whitman)

    • Jan. 14,1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Jane Addams)

    • Jan. 21, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Madison)

    • Jan. 28, 1:00 pm at Denny (vs. Washington)

    • Feb. 4, 11:30 am at Chief Sealth (vs. Mercer)

    • Feb. 11, 1:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. McClure)

    • Feb 18, 3:00 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)

    • Mar. 4, 11:30 am at Ingraham (vs. Eckstein)

    • Mar. 11 10:00 am at Franklin (vs. Aki Kurose)



    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 to learn more and to register on-line. Email questions to


    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


    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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