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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    April 6, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    4/7 (Friday)

    • End of 3rd Quarter

    4/10–4/14 (Monday–Friday)

    • Spring break (no school)

    4/18 (Tuesday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the HIMS library)

    4/19 (Wednesday)

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

    4/20 (Thursday)

    • Chamber Orchestra Concert (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    4/21 (Friday)

    • High School Registration (8:45–9:45 am)

    5/10 (Wednesday)

    • Two-hour early dismissal (1:15)

    5/20 (Saturday)

    • 7th Grade Event (Seattle Sounders FC Match(

    5/29 (Monday)

    • Memorial Day (no school)

    6/23 (Friday)

    • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (1:30–2:30 pm)


    PTSA News

    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!


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ March Hawk Stars Winners

    In the second part of March we started focusing on the idea of respect. Teachers have put special attention on students demonstrating respectful behaviors.

    6th Grade

    Our 6th graders continued rocking this month. We had 60 sixth graders demonstrating the Hawk Stars behaviors of respectful, helpful, safe, and responsible. March winners are:

    • Mara F.

    • Kayla H.

    • Ella P.

    7th Grade

    Keep working on it 7th graders. This month we had 12 7th graders demonstrating our Hawk Stars behaviors, and we’d like more. March winners are:

    • Japer K.

    • Xuan M

    • Nathan M.

    8th Grade

    Keep working on it 8th graders. This month we had 15 8th graders demonstrating our Hawk Stars behaviors, and we’d like more. March winners are:

    • Carl R.

    • Marcus B.

    • Anabel A.

    Thank you to Mrs. Barker, Mr. Serpe, and Mrs. Vermaak who were this month’s winners of the teachers raffle.


    PowerPoint from Parent Ed Night with David Lewis

    So much was learned and shared 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 the event, or would like a refresher of the talk's finer points, click here to view Mr. Lewis' PowerPoint presentation.


    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.


    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.


    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★ Open House for Incoming Roosevelt 9th Graders

    April 20 at 7 pm in the Roosevelt Gym

    Those assigned to Roosevelt for the 2017–2018 school year will receive a packet of registration information in mid April. Join us on April 20 for a presentation and opportunity for a general Q & A regarding registering for 9th grade. This presentation will help families complete the paperwork and make informed decisions for 9th grade coursework and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!


    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.


    Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

    Community Meetings

    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 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.

    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:

    • 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

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

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

    • Apr. 28: Sr. Jazz leaves for Reno Jazz Festival (overnight)


    NEW★  Become a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2017-2018

    Music parents, please consider joining the FOMAHI Board. Being part of the Board is a rewarding experience. We support the amazing work of HIMS music educators and their students through trip planning, concert operations, fundraising, and much more. It is also a great way to meet other HIMS parents and learn more about the school.

    Open Positions

    • Orchestra Co-President (Board level position): works with the two other co-presidents to facilitate monthly board meetings, co-leads the board through consistent email communication, works with the orchestra director and orchestra volunteers to coordinate events throughout the year. Attends monthly board meetings.

    • Fundraising Chair (board level position): organizes our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser (March), helps drive membership registration and collect enrichment fees (beginning of school year), oversees other potential fundraising opportunities such as corporate matches and scrip sales (gift cards). Attends monthly Board meetings.

    • Communications Chair (board level position): manages communications for FOMAHI. This includes sending out a monthly newsletter, submitting headlines to the weekly HIMS newsletter, and sending out updates to music families by cluster. Attends monthly Board meetings.

    We would love to tell you more. If interested, please contact Christian Reynolds at or 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.



    Volleyball Coach

    Our volleyball coach is Kiet Huynh. His email address is


    Varsity and JV Volleyball Schedule

    Click here to view the 2016–2017 boys and girls volleyball schedules.


    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

    Screen Time and Spring Break

    Let’s use this extra time and opportunity to get outside and unplug! Here’s some information to help your family understand screen time and the need to unplug:


    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.




    NEW★ Seattle Celtic Soccer Club Fall Season Tryouts

    April 19–May 4

    Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion, and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

    Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at

    Questions? Contact us at for further information.


    Students: Nominate Washington’s Best Teacher

    Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants are asking all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite teacher for a chance to take home the 2017 Teacher of the Year honors. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley encourage students to recognize and praise educators who have positively impacted them and to share inspirational stories with other students and teachers.

    Two well-deserving educators will be selected as grand prize recipients to bring home a $500 gift card for classroom supplies, a commemorative plaque, and the official title of either Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Nominating students of the grand prize winners will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal (including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam) or a Kidd Valley Kids Meal for every student in their class.

    To nominate a teacher, students fourteen years old or younger may visit select Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley locations (excluding stadiums, airport, and Eastern Washington restaurants) to complete an official entry form, or go online to or All entries must be received by May 19, 2017


    Emerald City Football Club

    Does your son or daughter love playing soccer? Emerald City Football Club (ECFC), a 501c3 organization and Seattle's premier soccer club since 1979, has tryouts coming up for the 2017–2018.

    Tryout schedule:

    • April 24 & 26 for all players born in 2007

    • May 3 & 5 for all players born in 2005–2006

    • May 1 &  2 for boys born in 2003–2004

    • May 1 & 3 (Girls) 2003/2004

    ECFC also offers a spring developmental program for kids born in 2008, 2009, and 2010.  The Development Program is no-cut and is a great way to develop as a player.

    If you are interested in select soccer, please visit the ECFC  website to learn more and register.


    UW Summer Youth Program

    STEM and humanities-focused classes for middle school students starting mid-June through mid-August.

    Middle School Courses


    Calling All BF Day Alums: BF Day Birthday Carnival

    Sat., May 20, 12–5 pm at BF Day School (3921 Linden Ave. N)

    Join us to celebrate BF Day’s 125th birthday with a day of games, music, and theater. This event is free and open to the public.Click here to view the flyer.


    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:


    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.


    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:



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