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    May 11, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    5/11 (Thursday)

    • PTSA Budget Meeting (6:30–8:30 pm in the library)
      Anyone interested in joining the budget committee is welcome to attend.

    5/15 (Monday)

    • PTSA Budget Meeting (1 pm in the conference room)
      Anyone interested in joining the budget committee is welcome to attend.


    • 6th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments

    5/17 (Wednesday)

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

    5/19 (Friday)

    • 8th Grade Dance (7–9 pm in the Commons)

    5/20 (Saturday)

    • 7th Grade Event (Seattle Sounders FC Match)

    5/24 (Wednesday)

    • Swing Dance and Jazz Night (6:30 pm in the Commons)

    5/29 (Monday)

    • Memorial Day (no school)

    5/31 (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Membership Meeting (time and location TBD)

    6/1 (Thursday)

    • End-of-Year Choir Concert (7 pm, location TBA)

    6/8 (Thursday)

    • End-of-Year Orchestra Concert (7 pm in the Commons)

    6/15 (Thursday)

    • End-of-Year Band Concert (7 pm, location TBA)

    6/22 (Thursday)

    • 8th Grade Cruise

    • 6th Grade Families End-of-Year Celebration (5–8:30 pm at Golden Gardens)

    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★ Your PTSA Investment in Science Teachers at Work

    This note comes from HIMS science teacher Danielle Vermaak:

    “Thank you for sending me to the NSTA meeting in LA this year! One of the aspects I focused on was STEM classes and resources. I attended excellent sessions on topics ranging from aquaponics to NSA engineering and solving real-world problems. I used this learning to write a grant application for the new STEM elective class I will be teaching at HIMS next year. I am happy to report that I was awarded a $3000 Seattle Education Foundation (SEF) minigrant, providing a strong start to this class! Thank you to SEF and to the HIMS PTSA for supporting science teachers to increase science learning at Hamilton!”


    NEW★ 8th Grade Dance Update

    Fri., May 19, 7–9 pm in the Commons

    Food Drive:

    There will be a food drive for Wallingford FamilyWorks in conjunction with the 8th Grade Dance. Please send your student with a canned good to contribute.

    Potluck Cookie Table:

    There will also be a potluck cookie table for all to enjoy. Please send your student with cookies to share. Homemade or store bought are both appreciated.


    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


    Seeking 8th Grade Promotion Reception Volunteers

    Fri., June 23 at 2:30 pm

    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 Cruise Permission Slips Needed

    Due no later than May 19

    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.


    7th Grade Event: Seattle Sounders FC Match

    Sat., May 20, 2 pm at CenturyLink Field

    Deadline for purchasing tickets: May 18. Only 30 tickets left! Get yours soon!

    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.


    Final Staff Lunch: Please Sign Up!

    Wed., May 17

    This is our fifth and final staff lunch! If you haven't yet taken part in one of these events, it's your last chance this year to show our Hamilton staff with food how much we appreciate them! The theme is a belated Cinco de Mayo fiesta with Latin American inspired food: chips and salsa, enchiladas, and a taco bar. There are many different ways to contribute (not all involve cooking!), so sign up here to help make this lunch a fiesta to remember!

    And thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make these events a success this year!


    Jack Straw Cultural Center Field Trip: Thank You!IMG_20170406_120331.jpg

    A HUGE thank you the to PTSA for supporting the 8th grade field trip to Jack Straw cultural Center. We couldn’t have had our best unit of the year without your help! The students wrote radio plays on a historically significant event of their choice. There was quite a range of events, everything from the Titanic to the assassination of MLK. Voice coaches came to HIMS to help students with rehearsal, then each class got its own day to record their scripts with the help of voice coaches and sound engineers. They even learned how to add sound effects and did a little editing. When they weren’t recording, small groups went on a walking scavenger hunt on the University of Washington campus. The day was filled with cherry blossoms and  fun with accents and sound effects. Thank you again for helping make this happen!


    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 (


    Assistant Principal’s Letter

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    It looks like spring might finally be here. The weather has been great the last few days, and it is clear that the students are ready for the sun and have started to think about summer.  There is still a lot to do, but the end is in sight.

    We are in the middle of our Smarter Balanced Assessment testing window at Hamilton.  Students have been working hard on their tests and have been doing a nice job with the schedule adjustments, we are proud of them. Testing can be stressful for students, so sleep, diet, and exercise are important things to remember as students prepare to take their tests.  

    This weekend Senior Band, Senior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra are off to Silverwood in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is another amazing opportunity for our music program to display their talent. Hamilton students and the music directors always represent the school well and make us proud. Good luck!

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder

    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ HIMS ASB Service Learning Trip Information Meeting

    Tues., May 23 at 6:30 pm in the library

    The HIMS Associated Student Body (ASB) is coordinating a service learning trip to Tanzania for the end of the 2017–2018 school year. This opportunity is open to all HIMS students. Please join us for the information meeting to learn more.


    NEW★ Join Student Government

    Election packets due Mon., May 15 by 3 pm

    Is your student interested in an elected position to the  Associated Student Body (ASB)? Packets are available now in the office and are due May 15.


    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★ Two-Tier Start Times

    Do you support the change for 2017–2018 school year to a Two Tier start times?

    Next school year there will be 20 minutes added to the school day. Hamilton is currently scheduled to have an 8:35 am start time and a 3:35 pm departure time.

    The District has determined that for all students to have more reasonable start and end times, it is important to switch to a Two Tier system. A switch to two tiers would allow for 8 am (7:45 am arrival) and 9 am (8:45 am arrival) start times, including the additional 20 minutes to the school day. This change will require a one-time transportation cost of $2.3 million. With a change to a Two Tier system, Hamilton would have a 9 am start time and a 4 pm departure time. (In addition to start and end time changes, every Wednesday will be a one hour early release.)

    The Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee and the Seattle City Council that this one-time funding of $2.3M be allocated to Seattle Public Schools. This will make it possible for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to implement equitable start times that support the health and safety of all students for the 2017–2018 school year.

    Please send a message today to District and City Leadership with your opinion of the two-tiered schedule. The Seattle Public Schools School Board can be reached at The Seattle City Council Members can be reached at Mayor Murray can be reached via


    NEW★ Lincoln High School Planning Updates

    SPS is pleased to announce that it has appointed Ruth Medsker as planning principal for the new Lincoln High School. She will start in that role on July 1. Click here to read more about Principal Medsker.

    There will be a Lincoln community meeting on the evening of Tues., May 23. Time and location TBA.


    NEW★ Ingraham Boys Basketball Open Gym

    Mon., May 15, 5–6:30 pm in the Ingraham gym

    Ingraham HS Boys Basketball will be having an open gym session for all HS players (incoming freshmen welcome). A Parent meeting will follow at 6:30 pm. Please join us and meet our new Varsity Boys Coach Malcolm Mack. We will discuss summer plans, fundraising, and volunteer opportunities.


    NEW★ Ingraham Spring Football

    Starting Tues., May 30 on the Ingraham turf playfield

    Ingraham HS’s Spring Football Program will run for two weeks starting on Tues., May 30th and ending with a Jamboree June 17th.  Incoming freshmen welcome to join.


    Initial 2017–2018 SPS Dates

    • Wed., Sept. 6: First day of school

    • Dec. 18–Jan. 1: Winter break (no school)

    • Feb. 19–23: Midwinter break (no school)

    • April 9–13: Spring break (no school)

    • Fri., June 22: Last day of school


    Class of 2021 Bulldog Summer Academy (Garfield HS)

    Weekdays, July 10–Aug. 4, 8 am–1 pm at Garfield High School
    Application deadline is June 26



    High School invites you to Bulldog Summer Academy, a great free opportu


    y to get to know your new school and new classmates.

    .5 elective credit will be earned by putting in 95 hours (there are no make-up days, so you must c

    ommit to the

    full 4 weeks to receive credit), giving you a jump start on graduation requirements. Classes are taught by Garfield Teachers and University of Washington professors. You’ll participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) block as well as Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies) block. Along with these classes you will become engaged with UW’s Teacher Education students in a variety of exciting activities including a college visit to the University of Washington!

    You will learn:

    • How to handle rigorous courses in an academic environment

    • How to set study & learning goals

    • Garfield’s school culture—a jump start for feeling comfortable next year by interacting with staff and navigating your way around the building

    Complete the information sheet, then mail or drop it off at Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) ATTN: Meghan S. Griffin/Summer Academy no later than June 26.

    Information is also available on the Garfield High School website.


    GHS Bulldog Drumline Expo

    Sat., May 20, 10 am–3 pm in the Garfield gym

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    Please join the Bulldog Drumline and band director Mr. Sodano in the Garfield gym for Bulldog Drumline Expo, or BDX. Garfield will host drumlines from schools all over the Puget Sound region in an exciting, fun, and loud competition to showcase the best percussion talent in the region. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, $10 for the general population, cash or check only.

    Questions? Please contact Betsy Hoffmeister at


    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:


    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.


    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!


    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


    Music News

    Upcoming Events

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

    • May 24: Swing Dance and Jazz Night (6:30 pm in the Commons)

    • May 27: Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Jazz perform at Folklife Festival

    • June 1: End-of-Year Choir Concert (7 pm, location TBA)

    • June 3: Jr. Orchestra, Jr. Band, Jr. Jazz, Treble Choir at Wild Waves

    • June 8: End-of-Year Orchestra Concert (7 pm in the Commons)

    • June 15: End-of-Year Band Concert (7 pm, location TBA)


    Swing Dance and Jazz Night

    Wed., May 24 at 6:30 in the Commons

    The annual Swing Dance, featuring performances by Senior Jazz, Junior Jazz, and Vocal Jazz! Swing dance lessons begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dancing and a performance. Come join us for a swingin’ time!


    Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Jazz at Folklife Festival

    Sat., May 27 at the Seattle Center Mural Ampitheater Stage (Times TBA)

    Our Chamber Orchestra and Vocal Jazz students will all be performing at this year’s Folklife Festival.


    End-of-Year Choir Concert

    Thurs., June 1 at 7 pm in the Commons

    All choirs will perform in the end-of-year choir concert!


    Wild Waves Music in the Parks Festival

    Sat., June 3, all day at Wild Waves

    The Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Jazz Band, and Treble Choir will all be performing in the Music in the Parks festival at Wild Waves! This is an all-day event.


    End-of-Year Orchestra Concert

    Thurs., June 8 at 7 pm (location TBA)

    The Beginning, Intermediate, Junior, Senior, and Chamber Orchestras will perform in the final orchestra concert of the year. Location TBA.

    End-of-Year Band Concert

    Thurs., June 15 at 7 pm (location TBA)

    The Beginning, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior Bands will perform in the final band concert of the year. Location TBA.


    Chamber Orchestra to Play at 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

    Fri., June 23 at Hamilton, 1:30–2:20 pm

    The Chamber Orchestra will perform during the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony!


    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 Board Positions:

    • Orchestra Co-President 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 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 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.

    • Treasurer manages all FOMAHI accounting, directs budgeting process. Attends monthly board meetings.

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

    Open Nonboard Positions:

    • Instrument Inventory assists the Directors in twice yearly inventory of instruments

    • Band Bake Sale Coordinator facilitates band concert bake sales

    • Jazz Ensemble Bake Sale Coordinator facilitates jazz concert bake sales

    • Orchestra Bake Sale Coordinator facilitates orchestra concert bake sales

    • Vocal Jazz/Choir Bake Sale Coordinator facilitates vj/choir concert bake sales

    • Jazz Ensemble Concert Coordinator facilitates concert operations for jazz concerts, sets up sign-up genius

    • Choir/Vocal Jazz Concert Coordinator facilitates concert operations for choir and vj concerts, sets up sign-up genius

    • Band, Orchestra, Choir/VJ Concert Programs compiles information for program and prints for concerts

    We would love to tell you more. If interested in any of these positions, or even a small role within FOMAHI, please contact Christian Reynolds at, Fiona Cohen at, or Helen Obradovich at


    NEW★ Ballard HS Incoming Freshman Music Meeting

    Tues., June 20 at 7 pm in the Ballard HS Performing Arts Center

    8th grade students who are headed to Ballard, please plan to attend our incoming freshman music meeting. You’ll get to meet the teachers, learn about the program, hear from current students, and meet other 8th graders who will be in the program next fall! We will also be talking about next year’s calendar of events and answering many questions that people have as they enter the music program.


    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

    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.



    NEW★ Friends of Ingraham HS General Meeting and Social

    Thurs., May 25, 7 pm at the Granite Curling Club (1440 N 128th St.)

    Will your student attend Ingraham High School in the fall? Friends of Ingraham (FOI), our parent-teacher organization, invites you to have a drink on us. You’ll meet other Ingraham parents, learn how to help our community thrive, and maybe get on the ice for curling. (If you do, wear soft shoes and loose, warm clothes.)

    Refreshments provided. Adults only, please.





    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).


    2017 UW Math Hour Olympiad

    Sun., June 4

    Registration for this year's UW Math Hour Olympiad is now open  for students 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


    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.



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