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    March 16, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    3/16 (Thursday)

    • Spirit Week: Throw Back Thursday

    • Volleyball Tryouts

    • Orchestra Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    • Track season starts

    3/17 (Friday)

    • Spirit Week: St. Patrick’s Day (wear green)

    • St. Patrick’s Day Dance (3:30–4:30 in the HIMS gym)

    • Volleyball tryouts

    • Spring HOST offerings available to view (5 pm)

    3/21 (Tuesday)

    • Boys JV Soccer tryouts (3:30–5:30 at Lower Woodland Park)

    • Robert Eagle Staff Community Meeting (6 pm in the John Marshall Bldg.)

    • Spring HOST registration open (6:30 pm)

    • PTSA Spring Membership Meeting (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    3/22 (Wednesday)

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

    • Parent Ed Night (6:30–8 pm in the library)

    3/23 (Thursday)

    • Band Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    3/30 (Thursday)

    • 7th Grade Field Trip to MOHAI (Group 1)

    • SPS Middle School Orchestra Festival (all day at Whitman)

    3/31 (Friday)

    • 7th Grade Field Trip to MOHAI (Group 2)

    • Winter HOST ends

    4/4 (Tuesday)

    • Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Mtg. (6:30–8 pm in the Garfield HS library)

    4/5 (Wednesday)

    • The Outsiders (7 pm in the HIMS Commons)

    4/10–4/14 (Monday–Friday)

    • Spring break (no school)

    4/18 (Tuesday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the HIMS library0


    PTSA News

    UPDATED PTSA Spring Membership Meeting

    Tues., March 21 from 7–9 pm in the Commons

    Should PTSA funds be used to help fund staff for next year? Should we donate startup money to the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA?

    It’s no question that our public schools are underfunded. The question before us at next week’s Spring Membership Meeting is, should PTSA dollars be used to pick up (some of) the slack when it comes to staffing? It’s an important question that we need your voice on.

    At hand is a request from Principal Blish and the Hamilton Building Leadership Team (BLT), who are completing work on the 2017–18 Hamilton budget. To fill a gap between the preferred amount of counseling hours and the amount funded by the district, they are asking if the Hamilton PTSA could commit, this month, to contributing $23,000 of staff funding support next school year. This funding need has arisen from both the opening of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (fewer students at Hamilton equals less funding from the district), and the Seattle School’s work to close a budget deficit of $74 million.

    A decision to promise this funding cannot be made without a vote of the membership, which we will take up at this membership meeting. Also being voted on will be a proposal to donate $3,000 from our PTSA reserve funds to the newly formed Robert Eagle Staff Middle School PTSA.

    Only registered PTSA members can vote. Become a member at

    Community input and comments are welcome. Please send your questions or comments to PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at


    Parent Ed Night: Anxiety and the Adolescent Brain

    Wed., March 22, 6:30–8 pm in the HIMS Library

    Join us for this parent education night, sponsored by the Hamilton Counseling Department and the Hamilton PTSA.anxiety image.jpg

    Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, increasing numbers of young people are experiencing longer–term anxiety that can affect daily activities such as school work and relationships. Sharing insights with us will be SPS Behavioral Health Specialist, David Lewis. This informative discussion will include prevention strategies, as well as coping strategies, to help you help your student navigate the challenging world of adolescent anxiety.

    This is a parents only event: no children please. For more information, contact Hamilton Counselor Kelli Colleran at

    This article about adolescents and anxiety can provide some helpful context and ideas prior to the presentation.

    Question & Answer with SPS Superintendent Larry Nyland at Hamilton

    Tues., April 4 from 7–9 pm in the Commons

    The Q&A with Dr. Larry Nyland has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 7-9pm in the Commons. We will also be joined by SPS Director Rick Burke, and Dwane Chappelle, the City of Seattle liaison to the schools. All are welcome to attend!

    We are compiling a list of questions from parents to start the discussion. So far, we have questions on topics such as lingering bus issues, overcrowding and facility issues, budget re-allocation, curriculum needs and updates, after-school sports, school choice and future enrollment boundaries, equity, and HCC and student achievement.

    Please send your questions to either Lisa Rivera Smith, PTSA President, at or Sam Bell, PTSA Legislative Liaison, at


    NEW★ 7th Grade Event: Seattle Sounders FC Match

    Sat., May 20, 2 pm at CenturyLink Field

    Come cheer on the 2016 MLS Cup Champions Sounders FC in a Western Conference clash against Real Salt Lake. Tickets are $19. Please purchase no later than Thurs., Apr. 20. Questions: contact PTSA 7th grade liaiso Karla Stanley at

    Click here to view the flyer.

    Click here to purchase tickets.


    HIMS PTSA 2016 Fall Fund Drive Tax Receipts On Their Way

    In January the PTSA mailed tax receipts for all check donations received during the 2016 calendar year.  If you donated online via Network for Good you received a tax receipt at the time of donation. (The subject line on that email would have been "Thank you for your contribution to Hamilton International School PTSA.")

    If you have not received yours, or if you have any questions, get in touch with Lucie Campbell, HIMS PTSA Fundraising Chair at

    Including anticipated corporate matches and recurring monthly donations, we are currently at $132,000. What an incredible response from our HIMS community!

    Thank you for your support!


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ February Hawk Stars

    Sixth Grade

    In February the 6th graders really rocked: 51 students earned a Hawk Star. Raffle winners are:

    • Dillin and Gabe for being helpful loaning books in class

    • Fekete and Spencer for being helpful finding a typo on Quizlet

    • Martin and Gunnar for being respectful with others by always saying hello and goodbye.    

    Way to go 6th graders!

    The winner teacher for this grade was Mrs. Philbeck!!!

    Seventh Grade

    Thirty-one: seventh graders earned a Hawk Star for helpful behaviors. Raffle winners are:

    • Moses, Xuan, Tetrick, and Mackenzie for being helpful and volunteering in the library

    • Stanley and Zachary for being helpful and offering help to their teachers

    Great job 7th graders. We need more!

    The winner teacher for this grade was Mr. Moriarty!!!

    Eighth Grade

    Forty eighth graders earned a Hawk Star. Raffle winners are:

    • Aguilar and Jesus for being helpful and responsible!

    • Gebrekidan and Danayt for being helpful in the library

    Shmulevich and Andrei for being helpful and responsible in Spanish class and the counseling office

    The winner teacher for this grade was Mrs. Anderson!!!

    Go Hawks!!!!


    Student STEM Meeting with Ms. Vermaak

    Thurs., Mar. 16 in the Commons during homeroom

    Sixth and seventh graders who indicated that they were interested in taking a STEM elective next year will meet with Ms. Vermaak during Homeroom on Thurs., Mar. 16.

    Advanced Drama Presents, The Outsiders

    Wed., April 5 at 7 pm in the HIMS Commons

    For the 50th anniversary of the S.E. Hinton novel, “The Outsiders,” Hamilton Advanced Drama presents the play version of The Outsiders by Christopher Sergel. The run time is approximately 1 hour, 45 min., including a 15 min. intermission. We are looking for 3–4 parent volunteers to help run concessions before the show and during intermission. Proceeds from concessions will support HIMS Drama and local programs for combating teen substance abuse. If interested, please email Julia Leonas, Drama Teacher, at

    Thank you for your support!

    Advanced Drama Students at HIMS


    Welcome New 7th Grade Counselor, Tina Camero

    Tina Camero joins the Hamilton International staff as the new 7th grade counselor.  Tina was a school counselor at Cleveland and Nathan Hale High Schools in the Seattle school district.  Prior to moving to Seattle, she was a school counselor in Brooklyn, New York in a bilingual middle school and a small academy high school. Tina is excited about the change in age group and the opportunity to guide and support middle school students on their pathway to high school and beyond.


    St. Patrick’s Day Dance

    Fri., March 17, 3:30–4:30 in the HIMS gym

    Dance tickets will go on sale on Wednesday and will be available Thursday and Friday as well. Tickets are $2.


    Food Drive: Bring Your Contributions

    Mon., Mar 13–Tues., Mar. 21

    Be part of a service learning project in our neighborhood by bringing non-perishable food for University Food Bank this week until Tues., Mar. 21. There are working families who don’t know where their next meal is coming from and depend on University Food Bank to help them feed their families. A box will be available in homeroom classes for your donations.


    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★ Ingraham High School Auction

    Fri., Mar. 31 from 5:30 to 10 pm at North Seattle College

    The Future's So Bright, We Gotta Wear Shades! Attention parents of rising 9th graders heading to Ingraham High School! Ingraham is having its 15th Annual Auction on March 31 and you are invited to attend. This year, the IHS auction is raising money to provide funding for the first two years of a new wrap-around aid program that will provide food, clothing, technology, and other supplies students need to be in a position to attend school regularly, fit in with peer,s and concentrate on learning. The evening promises to be a lot of fun and there are some fabulous items to bid on. Go to the website to see the items up for grabs and to buy tickets: .

    Please feel free to call if you have any questions.


    Felicia Porter

    IHS Auction Chair 2017



    NEW★ Ingraham Cheerleading Team

    Are you interested in trying out for the Ingraham High School cheerleading team? Pick up a packet in the main office for more information! Packets are due on Mar. 24 at the Ingraham main office! 


    Help Select books for the New Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Library!

    Students moving to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in the Fall have a unique opportunity to help choose books that will become a part of our library’s collection. If you have recommendations for books, or topics of interest, please take a moment to use the form below submit your suggestions.

    Eagle Staff Middle School Library Survey (

    For questions or comments, please contact your librarian, Rebecca Wynkoop, or on Twitter @EagleStaffLib.


    Middle School Math Instructional Materials Committee

    Applications due March 10

    Seattle Public Schools is beginning the process for evaluating instructional materials for grade 6–8 mathematics. An adoption committee will be formed, and its work will begin in late March 2017 with an anticipated goal of new textual materials in use in the 2018–19 school year. The goal is for the adoption committee to include staff and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and who can provide valuable insight and perspective regarding the instructional materials provided for review.

    Committee members should bring an open mind, a passion about student learning in mathematics, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration throughout the adoption process. Applications to be on the adoption committee are due March 10, 2017. To learn more about the grade 6–8 Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption Committee, or obtain an application for committee membership, please visit the adoption web page.


    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 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. Please note: the March 7 meeting will be focused on formally founding the Friends of Robert Eagle Staff MS PTSA. Students are welcome, and families will have the opportunity to view a “virtual tour” of the school.

    • What will the mascot and colors be for Robert Eagle Staff Middle School? Students get to decide! Please write or draw your ideas. Think about the spirit and vision for a great middle school, something that will inspire the community for years to come. Look for the suggestion box in your main office or email your suggestions to A panel of students will help to make the final decision. Would you like to be on that panel? Then email Principal Campbell at!

    Questions? Contact


    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:

    • 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 News

    Upcoming Events

    • TONIGHT Mar. 16: Orchestra Concert  (7 pm at Lincoln)

    • Mar. 23: Band Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    • Mar. 23: SPS Middle School Orchestra Festival (Whitman)

    • Apr. 18: FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the HIMS Library)

    • Apr. 20: Chamber Night (7 pm at Lincoln)


    TONIGHT★ Orchestra Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 16, 7 pm at Lincoln HS

    Our next orchestra concert is at 7 pm Mar. 23 at Lincoln HS. We will have a bake sale and bahn mi for sale. Come early and get dinner! (Please, no eating in the auditorium.)


    TONIGHT★ Volunteers Needed for Orchestra Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 16 at Lincoln HS

    • Adult backstage helpers

    • Help moving some larger instruments in the afternoon after school (about 30 minutes)

    • Bake sale volunteers to bring items and/or sell at the table.

    To volunteer for backstage:

    To volunteer for the bake sale:


    Jr. Orchestra, Jr. Orchestra, & Jr. Jazz Families: Help Plan Wild Waves Trip!

    Do you have a child in Junior Orchestra, Junior Band or Junior Jazz? If so, we need your help. The kids are getting ready to go on a trip to perform and compete at Wild Waves on June 3, and we need parent coordinators from Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, and Junior Jazz to set things in motion.

    Please contact Fiona Cohen at


    Band Concert

    Thurs., Mar. 23, 7 pm at Lincoln HS

    Our next band concert is at 7 pm Mar. 23 at Lincoln HS. We will have a bake sale and bahn mi for sale. Come early and get dinner! (Please, no eating in the auditorium.)


    Volunteers Needed for Band Concert

    Thurs., March 23 at Lincoln

    • Adult backstage helpers

    • Help moving some larger instruments in the afternoon after school (about 30 minutes)

    Please sign up at:


    Seattle Saxophone Institute Summer Camp For Students Entering Grades 7–9

    July 24–27 at Roosevelt High School

    Keep your saxophone skills sharp this summer at the Seattle Saxophone Institute Summer Camp, open to students entering Grades 7–9! Camp will be July 24–27 at Roosevelt HS. (Incoming 9th graders also eligible for the July 31–Aug 3 session.) There is a $450 fee. For more information, go to: www.



    Winter HOST

    Please remember: winter HOST ends on March 31.

    Spring HOST

    • Classes run Apr. 3–June 8

    • Class offerings will be available to view Fri., March 17 at 5:00 pm

    • Registration begins on Tues., March 21 at 6:30 pm



    Volleyball Tryouts

    Mar. 16 and 17 at 3:45

    Tryouts will be held on Mar. 16 and 17 from 3:45–5:30. Practices will be held on Tues. and Thurs. from 3:45–5:30. Students should see Ms. Durán if they have any questions.


    Boys Soccer


    A list of varsity players was posted Fri., Mar. 10 in the Commons.  If your student’s name is on the list, they are invited to continue with the varsity tryouts on Thurs., Mar. 16. Practice will be from 3:30–5:30. Please be sure to pick up your child at the park.


    On Tues., Mar. 21, those who did not make the varsity team are invited to tryout for the JV team. Tryouts will be from 3:30–5:30 at Lower Woodland Park.

    If you have any questions, please see Ms. Durán.


    Parenting Corner

    How to Respond to Negative Self-Talk

    “I’m bad at math!” Do you feel baffled about how to respond when your child speaks this way? Here are some helpful hints about how to address underlying feelings and create a supportive environment.



    NEW★ Talk about Anything: Teen Discussion Group at the Seattle Public Library

    Starts Tues., Mar. 21 from 3:45 pm to 5 pm at the Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave. NW, 206-684-4089)

    Middle school and high school students are invited to drop in to talk about, or listen to, what’s going on in their lives at a monthly discussion group. Meetings are scheduled for three Tuesdays (March 21, April 18, and May 16). Click here to visit the SPS site for more details.

    Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Snacks will be provided.


    NEW★ Beaver Hoop Camp

    July 17–21, 9 am–3 pm at Ballard High School

    The Beaver Hoop Camp is designed to provide individual skill instruction and team concepts in a fun and safe learning environment. Camp will be enthusiastically directed by Ballard High School coaching staff and players. For boys entering grades 3–8.

    Cost: $190 (includes t-shirt, camp photo and certificate)

    Early-Bird Special: $160 (register before May 1st)

    Click here to view the flyer.


    NEW★ Watch “Seattle Inside/Out”: Who has the best McCleary Funding Plan?

    Why are school districts like Seattle planning budget cuts now? The new state schools superintendent and regional education leaders offer a progress report on the stalemate in Olympia and their reactions to proposals for fixing the public-education funding crisis. Watch “Seattle Inside/Out” on the Seattle Channel to hear from a panel of education leaders and community advocates, including SCPTSA Advocacy Chair Eden Mack.

    Watch the episode on the Seattle Channel


    The Truth About Drugs

    Thurs., March 23 from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Ocean Cafeteria at Seattle Children’s Hospital (4800 Sandpoint Way, Seattle)

    Join Dr. Yolanda Evans and Lisa Chinn, LMHC, CDP to learn about current drug trends and the impact of drug use on teen health. What can teens and parents do as alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs become more available?

    RSVP to Dr. Lisa Chinn, 206-987-4954.

    Click here to read the flyer.


    Preteen Classes Offered by Seattle Children’s

    Seattle Children’s hospital offers classes for preteen boys and girls at its Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Federal Way locations. Classes include:

    • Better Babysitters

    • For Girls

    • For Boys

    Click here for more information.


    2017 Storm into College Event and Pre-Game College Fair

    Fri., May 26 at KeyArena (305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109)


    • Check in:  3:45–4 pm

    • Speaker panel with Storm executives in arena bowl: 4–4:30 pm

    • Pre-game college fair: 4:30–5:30 pm

    • Break: 5:30–7 PM (Attendees must exit the building at 5:30 pm and can re-enter for the game as early as 6 pm. The break is a good opportunity to eat dinner nearby—Dick’s or the Armory are great options—and enjoy the weather and sites at Seattle Center. Event tickets will be scanned upon re-entry.)

    • Seattle Storm vs. New York Liberty tipoff: 7 pm

    • Post-game: Q&A with Storm players


    • Value seating (baseline): $10 per ticket (AVID student early bird rate; must pay deposit by March 31 to receive $10/ticket rate)

    • Select seating (upper sideline): $15 per ticket

    • Premium seating (low midcourt): $25 per ticket

    Read details and sign up at:


    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.



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