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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    March 23, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    3/23 (Thursday)

    • Band Concert (7 pm at Lincoln)

    3/27 (Monday)

    • Storytellers for Change assembly

    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)

    • Q&A with Superintendent Larry Nyland (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    • 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 library)


    PTSA News

    Question & Answer with Superintendent Seattle Public Schools Larry Nyland at Hamilton

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

    Dr. Larry Nyland will be joining us to hear your questions and discuss Seattle Public Schools. We will also be joined by SPS director Rick Burke, and City of Seattle liaison to the schools Dwane Chappelle. All are welcome to attend and ask questions.

    We are compiling a list of questions from parents to start the discussion:

    • What's being done so buses arrive at school and leave on time?

    • What’s the plan to better forecast enrollment, reduce overcrowding, and reduce class size?

    • The 2016–17 budget is $12,796 per child or $319,900 for a 25 child classroom. How can the existing school budget be re-allocated to the classroom?

    • When will the academic curriculum be updated for 21st century topics that will lead to job readiness, such as adding tracks to pursue an interest in computer science or health care?

    • Can more flexibility be created in the schedule to allow students to pursue vocational training?

    • Do you think that after-school team athletics in middle and high school should be opened up to all kids and not just those who are most talented?

    • Why are you moving away from a model of school choice for kids and permitting principals and teachers to manage their schools?

    • Do you support grandfathering International Baccalaureate students when Lincoln opens?

    • Please define equity in Seattle Public Schools. Is it equity of opportunity across racial, ethnic, and income lines or equity of outcomes?

    • What is your vision and plans for advanced learning?

    • What do you say to parents concerned that you are attempting to do this by lowering the ceiling on student achievement rather than raising the floor (by, for example, dismantling advanced learning opportunities)?

    • What is the district doing to rebuild trust between the school system and the families and students it serves?

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

    NEW★ Report from PTSA Spring Membership Meeting

    Held Tues., March 21

    Thank you to all who joined us for our PTSA Spring Membership Meeting on Tuesday. After thoroughly discussing proposals to help fund a counseling position for next year (to the tune of $23,000), and to donate $3,000 from PTSA reserves to the Robert Eagle Staff PTSA, both motions passed.
    We also touched on the need for PTSA Nominating Committee members. The Nominating Committee helps seek out and vet potential candidates for next year's PTSA Board. If you are interested in serving on the Hamilton Nominating Committee, please email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at Thank you!

    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.


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ Storytellers for Change

    Mon., Mar. 27 (all school assembly)

    Louis Ortega with Storytellers for Change will be leading an all-school assembly on Monday as part of Hamilton’s effort to continue improving the school’s climate and culture. Over the last six years, Storytellers for Change has worked with thousands of youth, educators, and organizations from across the world to harness the power of narratives to create positive social change. They are committed to inspiring action through storytelling, training the next generation of storytellers for change, and building a more empathetic, inclusive, and equitable world. Read more about Storytellers for Change at their website:

    In an ongoing effort to promote a school culture of tolerance and respect, the HIMS counseling department has gathered resources to provide tips and strategies for parents on how to engage their child(ren) in these conversations.


    NEW★ HIMS Science Teachers Attend National Science Conference

    Thanks to the generous donation from the HIMS PTSA, the HIMS Science Department will be attending the National Science Teachers’ conference in Los Angeles next week.  The science team is excited about this opportunity because our district, state, and nation are undergoing a radical change in science education with the new Next Generation Science Standards. Hot topics teachers will study include new model-based curriculum, engineering practices, classroom discourse, and differentiation in science classroom. In the last few months of school science teachers plan to share and implement new strategies with students. Thank you to the PTSA for supporting the HIMS Science Department.


    NEW★ PowerPoint from Parent Ed Night with David Lewis

    So much was learned and shared last night at the Counseling Department and PTSA's Parent Ed Night with David Lewis. Mr. Lewis spoke on adolescent anxiety, covering everything from the brain science behind anxiety, to the coping skills parents can teach their students to use.
    If you missed last night's event, or would like a refresher of the talk's finer points, click here to download Mr. Lewis' PowerPoint presentation.


    NEW★ Lost and Found

    Please remind your students to check the lost and found for missing items. Larger items are on the tables across from the attendance office. Ask in the main office for smaller items including watches, glasses, and jewelry.


    February Hawk Stars

    Sixth Grade

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

    • Gabe D. for being helpful loaning books in class

    • Spencer F. for being helpful finding a typo on Quizlet

    • Gunnar M. 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:

    • Xuan M., and Mackenzie T., for being helpful and volunteering in the library

    • Zachary S. 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:

    • Jesus A. for being helpful and responsible!

    • Danayt G. for being helpful in the library

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

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

    Go Hawks!!!!


    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.


    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★ Garfield High School PTSA Online Auction

    Closes Fri., March 24 at 8 pm

    Have a future Garfield Bulldog? Want to help raise funds for  mission–critical PTSA programs that benefit the whole school? Shop the Garfield PTSA online auction! Check out great dining, entertainment and sports gift cards, activities, vacation getaways, unique items, and much more here: Get your bids in quickly as the auction closes Friday evening!


    NEW★ Help Choose the Robert Eagle Staff Mascot

    Sat., Mar. 25, 10 am at Loyal Heights @ Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)

    Robert Eagle Staff principal, Marni Campbell, invites students to join her in a meeting to review input on the school mascot and move toward narrowing the options.


    NEW★ Seattle Skills Center Summer Classes

    Application deadline is Fri., June 16

    Free career and technical education courses for incoming 9th–12th graders, including a new “9th Grade Advantage” course. Click here to see courses and register online.


    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



    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.


    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.

    • Community meetings hosted by Planning Principal Marni Campbell are scheduled for April 6, and April 25, May 11, and May 30 (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

    • 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★ 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:


    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


    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

    Apr. 3–June 8

    Registration is open now. Click here to view class offerings and register.



    Volleyball Coach

    Our volleyball coach is Kiet Huynh. HIs email address is


    Girls Varsity Volleyball Schedule

    • Mar. 25 (8 am at Whitman): HIMS vs. Whitman

    • Apr. 1 (12:30 at Washington): HIMS vs. Jane Addams

    • Apr. 8 (11 at Chief Sealth): HIMS vs. Madison

    • Apr. 22 (9:30 at Washington): HIMS vs. Washington

    • Apr. 29 (11 at Chief Sealth): HIMS vs. Mercer

    • May 6 (12:30 at Whitman): HIMS vs. McClure

    • May 13 (12:30 at Washington): HIMS vs. Denny

    • Jun. 3 (11 at Chief Sealth): HIMS vs. Aki Kurose

    • Playoffs: Sat., Jun. 10


    Track Practice

    Practice Tues. & Thurs. from 3:30–5:30

    Participants should meet in Ms. Paris’ room (#233) on practice days. Runners will be running around Green Lake as well as using the Wallingford Field behind the school.


    Parenting Corner

    NEW★ Engaging Kids in Conversations about Tolerance and Respect

    In an ongoing effort to promote a school culture of tolerance and respect, the HIMS counseling department has gathered resources to provide tips and strategies for parents on how to engage their child(ren) in these conversations.


    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★ Tween Yoga Spring Series

    Classes start March 29 at Kula Movement in Ballard

    This Yoga class provides an opportunity for preteens to further their mental and physical capacity through breath exercises, yoga postures, balancing, and meditation. The mind–body benefits of yoga can help tweens concentrate, regulate their emotions and cooperate with others, all while being physically active. Click here to see the flyer.


    NEW★ Enrichment League Summer Scholarship Program

    Submission deadline is Sat., April 15

    Enrichment Scholarship Program provides financial resources to students enrolled in grades 6–11 in Seattle Public Schools so that they can participate in the summer enrichment learning experience of their choice. Students apply for up to $500 in funding to camps for music, art, mathematics, language, leadership, journalism, culinary, computer science, and more. Please note: We do not fund sports or religious enrichment programs.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be a student in Seattle Public Schools (home school students with SPS affiliation are also eligible).

    • Must be enrolled in grades 6 to 11.

    • Must complete and submit an application form by the application cut-off date.


    • Download and complete the Enrichment Scholarship Program Application Form.

    • Applications are accepted starting in January.

    • Applications are reviewed and evaluated by the program committee by mid-April.

    • Students will be notified of the results of the program committee’s evaluations by letter.

    • Scholarships are awarded and distributed by (approximately) the end of April.

    • Scholarship award checks are made payable directly to the student’s enrichment program or class, then sent with an award letter to the student’s home address.

    • It is the responsibility of the student awarded the scholarship to complete the necessary application to his or her chosen program and also to include the check issued by Assistance League of Seattle with their application as payment.

    For more information, go to:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    TONIGHT★ 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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