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    April 27, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events


    • 8th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments


    • Meet principal Blish for incoming sixth graders (6:30–8 pm in the library)


    • 7th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments

    5/10 (Wednesday)

    • Two-hour early dismissal (1:15)


    • 6th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments

    5/19 (Friday)

    • 8th Grade Dance

    5/20 (Saturday)

    • 7th Grade Event (Seattle Sounders FC Match)

    5/29 (Monday)

    • Memorial Day (no school)

    6/22 (Thursday)

    • 8th Grade Cruise

    6/23 (Friday)

    • 7th Grade Field Trip to Washington Hub

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

    6/26 (Monday)

    • Last Day of School (one hour early dismissal)


    PTSA News

    Seeking PTSA Budget & Financial Review Committee Members

    Spring Budget Committee

    The PTSA is seeking members to serve on a Budget Committee this spring. This committee—made up of Hamilton parents, staff, and PTSA board members—will review expenses for the programs and events that have occurred in 2016–2017, evaluate new budgetary requests, and make recommendations to the Board regarding the makeup of next year's budget.  

    The committee is expected to meet twice (dates TBD) for a total of about 4 hours. The PTSA co-treasurers will chair the meetings. Please contact co-treasurers Stephen Hodges ( Chappell Barber ( if you are interested in volunteering.

    Summer Financial Review Committee

    At least three individuals are also needed to serve on a committee to review and audit the PTSA’s financial records after the close of the 2016–2017 fiscal year (June 30). The state PTA provides a checklist for committee members to us, and does not expect that members will have an accounting background.

    The financial review is expected to take a total of about 3–4 hours and should be performed in July or August, to be scheduled at the convenience of the committee members. Please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith ( if you are interested in volunteering.


    NEW★ 8th Grade Cruise Permission Slips Needed

    Parents, please remind your 8th grade students to return their permission slip by May 19 so they can choose who they sit with on the bus. Forms are available from homeroom teachers or Ms. Gussin in room 201.


    Get on Board for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board

    Middle School is just three short years, so don't wait  to get involved! We have several openings on next year’s Hamilton PTSA Board, and now is the time to throw your name in and get the process started. Could you be our next …

    • President: chair monthly board meetings, serve as spokesperson for PTSA board in the school community, and more!

    • Vice President: assist the president and prep for future president duty.

    • VP of Events: recruit event chairs and help plan and budget, arrange meeting speakers.

    • VP of Communications: publish PTSA news via website, calendar, emails; oversee weekly newsletter production.

    • Co-Membership Chair: manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration.

    • 8th Grade Liaison: plan and organize 8th grade dance, represent the 8th grade on the PTSA board.

    • Reflections Art Contest Chair: organize and implement the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest.

    • Hamilton Weekly News Editor: solicit, edit, and publish articles for our online newsletter.

    These positions, along with other ways to be involved, are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them! For more information, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith (


    Seeking 8th Grade Promotion Reception Volunteers

    Help us send off our 8th graders in style! We need volunteers to help with decorations and refreshments at the reception that follows the ceremony. Responsibilities include purchasing food and drinks (you will be reimbursed), purchasing decorations and supplies (balloons, tablecloths, etc.), set-up, serving, and clean-up. Taking all non-8th grade parent volunteers (because 8th grade parents should enjoy the reception, not work at it!). To volunteer, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at


    8th Grade Dance Volunteers Needed

    Fri., May 19 from 7–9 pm

    This year will be a tropical theme. The dance is only open to current HIMS 8th graders. Students must sign up in advance in their homeroom.

    We will need lots of volunteers to help make this happen. Please sign-up at

    We have a limited budget via the PTSA. Please let us know if you are part of a business or service that would like to donate something (food, photo booth, decorations, etc.) for the big night.

    For more information, contact PTSA 8th Grade Liaison Amanda Myerson at


    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., May 18. Questions: contact PTSA 7th grade liaiso Karla Stanley at

    Click here to view the flyer.

    Click here to purchase tickets.


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ HIMS Science Update

    National Science Teachers Conference Outcomes

    Last month HIMS science teachers attended the National Science Teachers conference in Los Angeles thanks to a generous donation from the HIMS PTSA. Our goal was to learn more about how to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards with our students. One takeaway is that the new standards call for a shift in pedagogy from “learning about” to “figuring out”.   To meet this goal, students encounter a phenomenon at the beginning of a unit. The phenomenon provides a rich opportunity for students to investigate, explore, and use knowledge from core scientific ideas to explain the phenomenon at the end of a unit. Through the explanation process, students encounter all three dimensions of the standards:  scientific practices, science core ideas and cross-cutting concepts. The HIMS science department is working on implementing phenomenon-based instruction with all our units.  The conference sessions provided examples of phenomena to engage students and specific strategies to support students as they “figure out” science. In the upcoming weeks, we hope to feature for you some of the strategies teachers are already implementing in their classrooms.

    Changes Coming Next Fall

    HIMS science teachers will request an instructional materials waiver and apply for a technology grant to field test new instructional materials next year. The current kits provided by Seattle Public Schools adopted in 2002 are not in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers currently work hard to align the kits with the new standards, but this takes a lot of time and can be challenging.  The field test materials, Amplify Science, were developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.   Amplify Science is a research-based, digitally enhanced curriculum for grades 6–8 that includes interactive education technologies as well as text-based and hands-on learning activities and assessment. The field test would take place in the 2017–18 school year with all grade levels (6–8) and offers great promise for our students’ engagement. We ask for your support as we work toward providing the best science learning experiences for Hamilton students. We will find out May 15 if we have received the instructional materials waiver and technology grant. For more information, please read the Science Family Letter or contact Science Department Chair Jen Fox,


    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★ Ballard High School PTSA Board Openings

    Are you interested in helping Ballard High School ensure that teachers, families, and students have access to the resources, tools, and support they need for the best education possible? The Ballard High School PTSA has opportunities for the 2017–2018 school year, either for committee members or for smaller, well–defined and short-term volunteer positions. Whatever your experience, chances are we have an opportunity for you to contribute. As part of the Ballard High School PTSA, you can make a difference by helping to cultivate an excellent education environment for all Ballard High School Students.

    For the 2017–2018 school year the following elected positions are open:

    • President

    • Vice President

    • Secretary

    Interested? Let us know at:


    NEW★ Ingraham Musical

    Click here to purchase tickets to the Ingraham High School Musical.


    School Choice Assignment Notifications

    Open Enrollment for School Choice for the 2017–18 school year was February 13 to February 24, 2017. School choice applications will be accepted until May 31, but will not receive priority tiebreakers.

    The results of Open Enrollment will be available online April 17 and sent out by mail to students granted new assignment in late April.

    Visit our Assignment Lookup webpage to view the Open Enrollment Results.


    Attention Incoming Ingraham Students Taking Spanish 4

    HCC 8th graders attending Ingraham who are currently in Spanish 3 and would like to request Spanish 4 for your placement in 9th grade, please check the Spanish 3 box on your option sheet  and indicate in writing on the form or attach a sheet stating that you would like to request Spanish 4 for next year.


    Ingraham Ultimate is Looking for New Players

    The ultimate teams at Ingraham High School are looking for new players for the 2017–2018 school year! There is a boys only season in the fall, a co-ed season in the winter, and a girls only season in the spring. If you are heading to Ingraham High School next fall and are interested in playing the amazing sport of ultimate, please fill out this short survey so we can contact you. Brand new players welcome! If you have any questions, contact the girls team manager, Mark Jewett ( or the boys team manager, Sarah Fuelling (


    Garfield Musical


    Tickets for Garfield Theatre Department's spring musical, In the Heights, are for sale online now! Hurry and go here to purchase! They are sure to sell quickly.

    In the Heights is set in Washington Heights, New York City. It showcases the lives of many immigrants that have lived in the area for a generations, working hard everyday in pursuit of the "American Dream." The lyricist and composer of the show is Tony-award winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

    Garfield's Quincy Jones Performance Center

    May 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and June 1 & 3, all performances @ 7 PM

    Admission: Adults-$15, Students/Seniors-$10, Children under 10-$5

    Please contact with questions and enjoy the show!


    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 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.

    • Check the Robert Eagle Staff site for up-to-date information:

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

    • May 5: Sr. Jazz at Bellevue High School Jazz Festival

    • May 9: FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the library)

    • May 12–14: Silverwood Music in the Parks (weekend trip)


    Senior Jazz Leaves For Reno TOMORROW

    Reminder that our  Senior Jazz students will be flying to Reno tomorrow for the Reno Jazz Festival. This is an overnight event. Have a great time and good luck!


    Silverwood Music in the Parks

    May 12–14

    The Senior and Chamber Orchestras plus Senior Band will be performing at the Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho the weekend of May 12–14.


    FOMAHI Board Meeting

    Tues., May 9 at 7 pm in the library

    This meeting is open to the public. Thinking about joining the board in the fall? This is a great opportunity to see what we do and meet some of the returning board members!


    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.

    • Membership Toolkit Coordinator: Manages the intricacies of the FOMAHI website to help facilitate communication, membership, fundraising and more!

    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.



    Varsity and JV Volleyball Schedule

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


    Parenting Corner

    NEW★ Talking to Kids About 13 Reasons Why

    Dear HIMS Parents,

    You may have heard about the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, which is based on a book of the same name by Jay Asher.

    We have had some conversations lately with students with this show as the backdrop. Many of our middle school students have seen it, although Common Sense Media rates it for age 16+ due to the depiction of a graphic death by suicide and two violent rapes. Here are some 13 Reasons Why talking points from SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education). Even if your middle school student has not seen the show you may consider talking with them about it as they have likely heard about it and may have misconceptions.

    Additional resources:

    If you have concerns about your student:

    • Crisis Line: Toll-Free: 866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747) or Local: 206-461-3222,

    • For immediate safety concerns call 911.

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for immediate assistance as well.

    • Washington State Dept. of Health Youth Suicide Prevention website

    HIMS Counseling

    As always, please reach out if you have specific concerns about your child or another student. We are here to help.

    • Kelli Colleran, 6th Grade

    • Tina Camero, 7th Grade

    • Lilia Elena Goldsmith, 8th Grade

    • Kelly Kerby, Neighborcare Therapist


    Screen Time Guidelines

    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:



    NEW★ National Poetry Month at Wallingford’s Open Books

    In honor of National Poetry Month this April, Open Books, Seattle's poetry-only bookstore in Wallingford, is offering a 15% discount for students and teachers. Throughout the entire month, students and teachers, including K–12 and college level, receive a 15% discount as long as they show a student/teacher ID.

    Click here to read more about our National Poetry Month happenings.


    Seattle JazzEd Summer Music Camps

    Summer Jazz Ambassadors

    Session 1: July 10–21 and Session 2: July 24–Aug. 4

    Two weeks of awesome music and community performances. Highschoolers can earn service hours! Grades 6–12, all instruments.

    Summer Vocal Institute

    August 14–18

    Sing the Great American Song Book with Dida and Martina this summer! No prior experience required. A great opportunity to expand your skills or try vocal training for the first time. Grades 7–12.

    Summer Advanced Institute

    August 21 - August 25

    Take your music to the next level this summer. Up-and-coming NYC jazz sensations, and recent Juilliard graduates, Riley Mulherkar and Sammy Miller team up for a week-long intensive to train the bandleaders of tomorrow. You'll end the week with a live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM. Grades 9-12, all instruments.

    Register and get more info about scholarships at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


    Friends of Whitman Music Fundraiser

    Sun., April 30 from noon to 3:30 pm

    Friends of Whitman Music invites the community to a day of free performances and fundraising for the Whitman Middle School Music Program at the Northgate Barnes and Noble. During the performances, there will be a table with books from the Whitman Wildcat Reads list to purchase and donate to the Whitman library.

    Friends and family can support the music program by making purchases in-store (April 28–May 2) or online at (April 30–May 7). Be sure to use the Whitman ID# 12072518.

    Whitman Music receives a portion of all in store and online sales, including books, food, and beverages from the Cafe, gift items, electronics, and music.


    2017 UW Math Hour Olympiad

    Sun., June 4

    Registration for this year's UW Math Hour Olympiad is now open  for stuents in grades 6–10.  

    You can register here: Registration will close on Sun., May 14 or when we have reached capacity.  

    For more information go to the Math Hour website:


    Register Now for a Hoopaholics Summer Camp!

    All camps are for boys and girls 3rd to 8th grades. All skill levels are welcome.

    For more information go to Questions? Email


    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


    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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