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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    May 18, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    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 TBA)

    6/1 (Thursday)

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

    6/7 (Wednesday)

    • 2nd Annual HIMprov Olympics (7–8:30 pm in the Commons)

    6/8 (Thursday)

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

    6/14 (Wednesday)

    • 1st Annual HIMS Student Film Fest (7–8:30 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 Financial Review Committee Members

    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★ Incoming HIMS Families Ice-Cream Social

    Tues., June 13, 6:30–8 in the Commons

    All incoming families and their students are welcome. Meet other new students and our 8th grade WEB leaders and take look at your new middle school.

    Click here to see the flyer.


    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!”


    8th Grade Dance Details

    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 .


    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!


    UPDATED★ Get on Board for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board

    1. You want to see Hamilton be the best middle school it can be

    2. You have the time to attend once-a-month board meetings

    3. You're ready to be part of a dynamic, parent-powered team

    If you answered yes to the above points, WE WANT YOU to join us on the Hamilton PTSA Board!

    We are currently looking for a few key players for next school year’s board:

    • President: The buck stops here! Chair monthly board meetings, serve as spokesperson for PTSA board in the school community, and more! (Time commitment: 7–10 hrs/week.)

    • Vice President: Help steer the ship! Assist the president and (possibly) prep for future president duty. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week.)

    • VP of Events: Be the most happening parent at Hamilton; recruit event chairs and help plan and budget for events; arrange meeting speakers. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week.)

    • VP of Communications: Help us bring information to the masses! Publish PTSA news via website, calendar, emails; oversee weekly newsletter production. (Time commitment: 2–5 hrs/week.)

    • Co-Membership Chair: Help us sign 'em up; manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week in the Fall; occasional work rest of school year.)

    • 8th Grade Liaison: Be a memory-maker; plan and organize 8th grade dance, represent the 8th grade on the PTSA board. (Time commitment: 2–4 hrs/week in late spring.)

    • Reflections Art Contest Chair: Hamilton's got talent! Help us show it off by organizing and implementing the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest. (Time commitment: 1–4 hrs/week in the fall/winter; doesn't need to attend board meetings.)

    As you can see, there are lots of ways to be involved! These positions - along with other ways to help out - are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them. For more information, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ Upcoming HIMS Drama Program Dates

    2nd Annual HIMprov Olympics (Long Form Improvisation)

    Wed., June 7 from 7 to 8:30 in the Commons

    All drama classes will be performing.

    1st Annual HIMS Student Film Fest

    Wed., June 14 from 7 to 8:30 in the Commons

    The best student films from all drama classes will be shown this evening.


    UPDATED★ HIMS ASB Service Learning Trip Information Meeting

    Mandatory enrollment meeting on Tues., May 23 at 6:30 pm in the library

    Students will be traveling to Tanzania in the summer of 2018! Just a short distance northwest of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro lies the Arusha region, where you will spend the majority of your service work while in Tanzania. You’ll work with locals to build and restore the region’s overcrowded and outdated schools, providing more children than ever with the chance to learn. You’ll also get the opportunity to travel to Lake Manyara Park for the chance to see the Big 5 game animals. What are you waiting for?! There is limited space on this trip, with space available on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to all HIMS students.

    Please attend the mandatory enrollment meeting if you are interested. We will be enrolling students at the end of the meeting.

    RSVP required by Fri.,, May 19. Please RSVP at .


    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★ Become a WEB Leader at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School!

    Applications due in the HIMS main office by Fri., May 26

    If you are a current 7th grade student who will be in 8th grade next year at Robert Eagle Staff, you have a unique opportunity to help us open our school as a WEB leader. WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) is a leadership opportunity to help incoming 6th grade students move to middle school.

    As a WEB leader, you will guide a small group of 6th grade students through a fun and exciting orientation in August (before school starts), support your group throughout the year with activities that include food, games, and small projects. And you'll get a WEB T-shirt specifically designed for our WEB leaders.

    Students interested in becoming a WEB leader must attend two days of training in August (Aug. 23 and 24 9 am–1 pm) and the 6th grade orientation (Aug. 28 8 am–1 pm). All August days are required.

    Applications are available in your main office or online at . Please return all applications to the Main Office by Fri., May 26.


    NEW★ Honors for All Update at the Garfield PTSA General Meeting

    Tues., May 23 from 7–8:30 pm in the Garfield Commons

    Join the Garfield PTSA for  the final general meeting of the school year! Mr. Zimmerman (Language Arts) and Mr. Simoneaux (History/Social Studies) will be giving an update on the new 9th grade Honors For All program. Don't miss this important information! This is also a great meeting for incoming families to attend.


    NEW★ 2018–2019 Advanced Learning Parent Referral Process

    The Advanced Learning Office launched the 2018–2019 Advanced Learning Parent Referral process on Mon., May 15. This year’s referral window is from May 15 through Sept. 22. Students currently in grades K–7 may be referred.

    Click here for more information on submitting a referral. Click here to read the flyer on testing.


    UPDATED★ Seattle Skills Center Summer Classes

    Open house Thurs., May 25, 5:15–7:30 pm at the JSCEE auditorium

    Free career and technical education courses for incoming 9th–12th graders, including a new “9th Grade Advantage” course. Application deadline is Fri., June 16.

    Click here to see courses and register online.


    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 .


    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.


    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


    Garfield High School invites you to Bulldog Summer Academy, a great free opportunity 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 commit to the full 4 weeks to receive credit), giving you a jump start on graduation requirements. Classes ar

    e 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 gymGHS Drumline.jpg

    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:


    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.

    Questions? Contact


    Music News

    Upcoming Events

    • 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!

    Bake Sale volunteers needed for Swing Dance and Jazz Night

    Wed., May 24

    Hamilton’s Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz singers will be performing at the Swing Dance and Jazz Night Wed., May 24. We need volunteers to help with the bake sale that runs before and throughout the bake sale. Please go to  Sign-up Genius page to volunteer! Many thanks in advance. Look forward to seeing you at Jazz Night! If you have questions, email Helene Obradovich at

    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


    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.



    NEW★ 2017 Ingraham Ram Boys Basketball Camp

    Registration ends July 3

    • Skill development

    • Team competition

    • Individual competition

    • Guest speakers

    • Footwork

    • Dribbling

    • Shooting

    • Defense

    Boys entering the 8th–9th grades: July 10–14 ($175)

    Boys entering the 6th–7th grades: July 17– 21 ($130)

    Boys entering the 5th–6th grades: July 24–28 ($100)

    Campers should bring lunch or a snack, sports drinks will be sold for $2, an age appropriate basketball. You don’t have to plan to attend Ingraham High School to attend camp.

    Contact: Head Coach Malcolm Mack at


    NEW★ Youth in Focus Summer Camps

    We are excited to offer full-day and half-day summer camps in both digital and film photography for youth ages 10–17. All camps will be held at our space in Seattle (2100 24th Ave. S, Ste. 310) and will be taught by professional teaching artists. Youth from all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to sign up!

    Click here for registration information: . Space is limited, so the sooner you sign up, the better.


    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.

    Directions: .




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