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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    February 16, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    2/20 (Monday)

    • President’s Day (no school)

    2/21–2/24 (Tuesday–Friday)

    • Midwinter Break (no school)

    2/24 (Friday)

    • Open enrollment ends

    3/8 (Wednesday)

    • Staff appreciation luncheon

    3/14 (Tuesday)

    • Pi(e) Night (time TBD)

    3/21 (Tuesday)

    • PTSA general membership meeting (7 pm)

    3/22 (Wednesday)

    • Two-hour early dismissal (1:15 pm)

    4/10–4/14 (Monday–Friday)

    • Spring break (no school)


    PTSA News

    HIMS Annual Fund Drive Success & Funding Support at HIMS

    HIMS PTSA is thrilled to announce that due to the generosity of our community during the Fall Fund Drive we met and exceeded our goal of $100,000! Thank you, families!

    The PTSA is committed to spending extra funds this year in support of the students and staff. At this week’s meeting the PTSA Board discussed the extra funds and unmet needs at the school with Principal Blish. As a result, the PTSA Board approved a number of items including: new science stools, startup funds for a PTSA at Robert Eagle Staff MS, extra funding for HAWKS sports uniforms, additional resources for teacher mini-grants, and tech support at HIMS.

    The PTSA will continue the discussion regarding spending extra funds and is considering several more items brought forth by teachers and administration. We will continue to keep our membership informed about use of the fundraised dollars. Feel free to contact PTSA board members if you have any questions.

    Save the Date: Meet Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Larry Nyland

    Tues., Mar. 21, 7 pm at Hamilton

    Dr. Nyland will be joining the Hamilton PTSA for a question and answer session with parents as part of our General Membership meeting. Additionally, Director Rick Burke and Dwane Chappelle (City of Seattle liaison to the schools) are looking to join us. Please email legislative liaison Sam Bell at with your questions so Dr. Nyland can do his research.

    Assistant Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton Families,


    In one of the classes I have been in recently, students were giving presentations on social issues that they had researched. This nicely scaffolded project allowed students to present evidence-based arguments to their class and respond to the constitutional implications of the issue. It was great to see students presenting well-thought-out arguments for the important issues they identified.

    Next week is mid-winter break. Please enjoy the time off. When we return we will spend a little time in classes reviewing school-wide expectations. As a school, we are making an effort to be explicit about expectations, while honoring students who are positively guiding Hamilton. Hawk Stars are a way that staff can recognize students for the good work they are doing in the Hamilton community. Each month, we have a prize drawing for students who received Hawk Stars and the names are read in the bulletin.  Many students each month are honored by school staff for their good work.

    In April, the Hamilton drama department will present S.E. Hinton’s, The Outsiders. Many of our students have read this text in class. If you are not familiar with the story, I recommend checking out a copy and reading it before the performance. We would love to have families attend the performance with their students this spring.

    Have a nice mid-winter break.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder

    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton News

    Drivers: Please Slow Down at Dropoff and Pickup!

    Please remember that our school neighborhood is a busy place at pickup and dropoff. We have a lot of foot and car traffic that make this a challenging and potentially unsafe environment for our students and neighbors. Help keep everyone safe by driving slowly (even less than the 20 mph school zone speed limit is recommended) and watching for traffic from all directions. The left turn from 41st onto Woodlawn is an area of particular concern. Thanks for your help in keeping our school safe for everyone!


    Sign Up for the Next Staff Luncheon

    Wed., Mar. 8

    Mark your calendars for the next staff luncheon: a soup and salad spread!

    Do you make an amazing chili or a soul warming chowder?  How about a mean cornbread or fresh baked ciabatta?  Check out the signup here and thanks for helping! Our HIMS staff love these parent provided lunches!


    Chappell Barber

    HIMS PTSA Staff Appreciation Chair


    Immigrant Rights Presentation

    Sat., Mar. 11, from 9 am–12 pm at BF Day Elementary (3921 Linden Ave. N)

    Are you concerned about how the Trump administration’s enforcement of laws about undocumented immigrants, and possible changes to those laws, will affect your family and friends?

    Our school, in partnership with others in north Seattle, is organizing a “Know Your Rights” meeting on Sat., Mar. 11. Join fellow parents to get the latest updates from immigration law experts, and learn how to be prepared.

    The meeting will be conducted in Spanish with English translators available. On-site childcare will be available.


    • Current laws for obtaining “green card” and citizen status

    • Enforcement procedures (detainment, deportation)

    • What is changing or is likely to change?

    • School policies to protect family information

    • Knowing Your Rights

    • Creating a Family Safety Plan

    Volunteers needed: if you would like to help with this event, please contact


    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

    Lincoln High School Planning Session

    Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30–8:30 pm at Hamilton

    Director Rick Burke is hosting a second question and answer session about planning for Lincoln High School.

    The agenda will include general information updates about the current and near-term work on assignment boundaries and principal selection, 24-credit graduation requirements, and some question and answer time. Attendees then will have a chance to circulate through multiple stations and share concerns, ideas, and questions that can help us move the school planning process forward.

    Bring your ideas about the following topics:

    • Enrollment and boundaries

    • Academic programming

    • Music and fine arts

    • Athletics

    • Building/facilities

    • Community-building and family engagement

    • Community and higher ed Partnerships

    • Anything that doesn’t fit above

    For further questions, please contact Director Rick Burke at


    Help Needed to Extend the Seattle Levies
    and Fill $30M of the Current Budget Shortfall

    The Senate has not scheduled a vote on HB 1059, otherwise known as the “levy cliff” bill. This interactive map shows how much each school district stands to lose in the 2017–2018 school year if the levy cliff is not extended. This includes over $30 million in Seattle, $12 million in Highline, $19 million in Kent, and $9 million in Renton.

    One State Senator needs to change their position in order to pass this bill. Senators in Redmond, Kirkland, Puyallup, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Covington are swing votes. They are unlikely to listen to voters in Seattle; however, if constituents from their own districts reach out to them, it might actually make a difference. Please ask your relatives and friends from swing areas to call:

    • Puyallup: Senator Hans Zeiger, Chair of the Early Learning and K–12 Education Committee, 360.786.7648. Puyallup is facing a $25 million shortfall.

    • Auburn, Kent, Covington and Renton: Senator Joe Fain, Education Committee, 360.786.7692. Auburn is facing an $11 million shortfall.

    • Lake Washington and Northshore School Districts: Senator Dino Rossi, 360.786.7672 or These districts are facing over a $4 million and $ .5 million shortfall, respectively.

    • Federal Way School & Auburn School Districts: Senator Mark Miloscia, 360.786.7658 or These districts are facing about a $8 million and $11 million shortfall, respectively.

    The message is short, "Please extend the levies immediately so schools don’t have to cut back on education this fall.”


    Impact of House and Senate Budgets on Seattle Schools

    Seattle Public Schools helped the Hamilton PTSA project a per pupil budget by year for each of the expected scenarios. None of these budgets fully fund education as demanded by the McLeary lawsuit. It’s not clear if any of the proposed budgets move us out of the bottom quartile of states in per pupil spending.

    As expected, the Senate Republican budget is an 8% cut to the 2018–2019 budget. Their budget proposal has a provision to increase funding per district to $12,500 if total funding is below that threshold. This provision does not apply to Seattle. Additionally, property taxes would go up for Seattle, and their proposal doesn’t allow the City to increase taxes to fill the budget gap.

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    The total number of students is based on 2016–2017 enrollments of 52,578. These budgets do not include Federal or City of Seattle funding or capital levies. The total 2015–2016 operational budget per pupil was roughly $14,000.


    Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

    Community Meetings and PTSA Survey

    Planning for the new middle school is underway! Family and student input and support are encouraged and appreciated as we work to set up the new PTSA and establish programs such as sports and music.

    Future Eagle Staff families: please complete the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA survey and join us at brief meetings immediately after the community meetings so we can ensure we're ready for the new school year. 

    • Community meetings hosted by Planning Principal Marni Campbell are scheduled for Feb. 16, March 7, March 21, April 6, and April 25 (all at 6 pm at the John Marshall building, 520 NE Ravenna). Short PTSA meetings will immediately follow the community meetings at about 7:30 pm.

    Questions? Contact


    Open Enrollment Period Now Open

    Open Enrollment is the annual two-week period during which students may first apply to attend a school or program different from their assigned pathway school for the next academic year. Applications may be made by walk in, mail, and online.

    Open enrollment dates are:

    • Mon., Feb. 6, 2017: School choice forms available online

    • Mon., Feb. 13, 2017: Open enrollment begins

    • Fri., Feb. 24, 2017: Open enrollment ends

    • Mon., Apr. 17, 2017: Assignment lookup tool available online

    • Wed., May 31, 2017: School choice for 2017–18 ends

    Click here for more information on open enrollment.

    Please note: Students interested in Ingraham’s IB program must apply and will be admitted on a space available basis.


    Upcoming High School Open Houses


    • 8th Grade Tours

    Thurs., Feb. 16

    8 am–8:45 am (meet in the auditorium)

    8:45 am–9:30 am (meet in the auditorium)

    9:30 am (Q&A)


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

    • New Tour Added: Thurs., Feb. 16 from 9:45–10:40 am in the Garfield Quincy James Auditorium


    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:

    • 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

    • Feb 17: All Northwest Conference (Chamber Orchestra)

    • Feb 18: NW NAfME Choral Performances

    Solo & Ensemble Times Have Been Posted

    The Solo & Ensemble times have been posted outside of the orchestra and band rooms. It is each student’s responsibility to look up their performance time. Please encourage your student to check for their performance time!

    Volunteers Needed for Solo & Ensemble

    Hamilton International will once again the district-wide Solo & Ensemble event on Sat., Mar. 11. There will be nearly 100 performances taking place in 15 minute slots. We need volunteers between 8 am and 5 pm to help ensure a smooth operation from start to finish! For more info and to sign up, go to:

    Roosevelt Jazz Band at Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz

    Roosevelt’s Jazz Band, which includes some Hamilton alumni, will once again perform at Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz fundraising event. Tickets are $23 each. 100 percent of proceeds earned through Roosevelt ticket sales will go to the school’s jazz program. Purchase tickets at:

    Calling All Chaperones for the 2017 Silverwood Trip!

    Senior Band, Senior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra will participate in the Music in the Parks competition on May 12–14, 2017. This trip combines a student music competition and playing at the Silverwood theme park in Idaho. Needless to say, it’s a blast! If you have a student with food allergies, please join us to ensure student safety. Please contact me if you’d like to join us or have questions! We need 8 more chaperones for this trip ASAP!

    Get involved: We need a treasurer for the 2017-18 School Year

    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.  Interested? If so, please email Eileen at or Christian at  

    Help FOMAHI When You Shop on

    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!



    Needed: Boys JV Soccer Coach

    Hamilton is looking for a Boys JV Coach. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving a stipend, please contact Ms. Durán immediately at 206-252-5852. The soccer season runs March through May.


    Ultimate Frisbee Registration Open Now!

    Hamilton has a strong ultimate program. Last fall, all six HIMS teams made the semi finals in their divisions. The 6th grade division saw Hamilton Blue playing Hamilton Yellow in the finals! Spring league registration has started and will run through Fri., Feb 17. Go to for information and registration.

    We hope to field six teams again this fall, but coaches are always in short supply. If you're interested in coaching, or have any questions about the program, please contact us by email at


    JV Basketball Schedule

    Girl’s JV Basketball Schedule

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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)



    Whitman Music Performances

    Whitman Middle School Auditorium (9201 15th Ave, NW)

    • March 7, 7–8pm Junior Spring Concert, featuring Junior Jazz, Beginning/Intermediate Bands and Concert Band, Intermediate Orchestra, and Beginning Orchestra

    • March 8, 7–8:30pm Senior Spring Concert, featuring Senior Jazz, Choir, Symphonic Band, and Senior Orchestra

    All concerts are free of charge!

    Plus: Bake sale to support the Friends of Whitman Music and the Performing Arts Program. In addition to the Bake Sale, look for a new Dick’s Burger Buy Fundraiser at the concerts. This new fundraiser will help our music program and offer a free delivery of a Dick’s burger to a Whitman student during school lunch.

    For more information contact:


    Camp Sparkle

    Four, free, week-long day camps, 9:30 am–4:00 pm, for kids ages 6–12 (participants must have completed kindergarten) who have a loved one with cancer, who have cancer themselves, or who have lost someone to cancer.

    2017 camp locations and dates:

    • Seattle: June 26–30

    • Tacoma: July 10–14

    • Everett: July 24–28

    • Bellevue: August 7–11

    Click here to view the Camp Sparkle flyer.


    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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