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    May 25, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    5/29 (Monday)

    • Memorial Day (no school)

    5/30 (Tuesday)

    • Spirit Week: Pajama Day

    5/31 (Wednesday)

    • Spirit Week: Funny T-Shirt Day

    6/1 (Thursday)

    • Spirit Week: Monochromatic Day

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

    6/2 (Friday)

    • Spirit Week: Semi-Formal Day

    • Last Dance of the Year

    6/6 (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Membership Meeting (7-9pm in the Commons)

    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 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★ Followup to Superintendent Nyland’s Q&A at Hamilton

    Last week Superintendent Larry Nyland sent us a letter to follow up on his question and answer session at the Mar. 21 PTSA meeting. Click here to read Superintendent Nyland’s letter.


    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!”


    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


    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★ Next Week Is Spirit Week!

    • Tues., May 30: Pajama day

    • Wed., May 31: Funny T-shirt day

    • Thurs., June 1: Monochromatic day

    • Fri., June 2: Semi-formal day and last dance of the year


    NEW★ Last Dance of the Year

    Our last dance of the year will be held after school on Fri., June 2. Tickets will be sold during lunch all of next week.


    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.


    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★ Lincoln Community Meeting

    Mon., June 5, 6:30–8:30 in the HIMS Commons

    Dear Lincoln Community,

    The next Lincoln community meeting will be held Monday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30+ at the Hamilton Middle School Commons. There will not be a meeting on May 23 as originally planned, due to multiple scheduling and space availability conflicts. I apologize in advance for the late notice on this change and any conflicts as I tried to fit this event in with the myriad of year-end occasions.

    Meeting topics will include:

    • Introduction of Ruth Medsker, Lincoln High Principal starting June 1 of this year.

    • Updates on high school boundaries—HS Boundary Task Force process and work to date

    • Answers to frequently asked questions from prior meetings, or process/timelines for still-open questions

    • Facility design updates

    • Dedicated time for student Q&A. Bring your existing HS student even if they aren’t Lincoln-bound to share their suggestions.

    • Opportunity for small-group networking to launch PTSA, Music/Arts, Athletics community groups.

    For families from JSIS, it has been brought to my attention that this meeting exactly conflicts with the JSIS Ice Cream Social, so I will be hanging out a bit later to 9:00 or until they kick us out of the building if anybody wants to join this meeting a bit later.

    I am looking forward to seeing folks, especially more students, on June 5. If you can’t attend this time, no worries—we will be having more get-togethers later this year.

    With kind regards,

    Rick Burke

    Director SPS Dist. II


    NEW★ Ballard HS Youth Football Camp

    June 12–15 from 5–7 pm at BHS

    Camp features:

    • Speed and agility development

    • Offense and defense position fundamentals

    • Punt/pass/kick competition

    • 7 on 7 games

    Cost: $80


    Click here to view the camp flyer.

    Click here to register.


    NEW★ Join the GHS PTSA Board!

    The GHS PTSA is looking for some new Board Members!:

    • Co-chairs (2)

    • Secretary

    • 1st Day Packet (2)

    • Gala Chairs (2)

    • Senior Grad Party organizers (2)

    • Senior Reps (2)

    • Junior Reps (2)

    • 9th Grade Reps (2)

    • Teacher Appreciation (1)

    Please consider joining the Board and lending your hands for a fantastic 2017–2018 school year! Contact Sally Hulsman at


    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.


    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.


    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


    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 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.


    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.

    • The final community meeting hosted by Planning Principal Marni Campbell is scheduled for 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 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)


    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.

    • 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★ Give Your Input on Safety Improvements Near Hamilton

    Help the City of Seattle improve this busy intersection in front of Irwin’s Bakery between JSIS and Hamilton. The City has the funds and preliminary plans for a crosswalk, lighting, and other elements, now you get to give input before they finalize the plans and make improvements this summer and in 2019.

    Do the online survey about improving this intersection and other areas around Wallingford and Greenlake:

    You can also attend the following for more information:

    • Walk around and discuss this intersection with city planners. Meet at Irwin’s on Fri., May 26 at 2 pm.

    • Open houses about improving this intersection and other areas around Wallingford and Greenlake.

      • Wed., May 24, 5:30–7 pm
        Green Lake Elementary School (2400 N 65th St.)

      • Sat., June 10, 10–11:30 am
        Billings Middle School (7217 Woodlawn Ave. NE)


    NEW★ Woodland Soccer Fall 2017 Registration is Open!

    Registration for the 2017 fall recreational soccer season is now open. Many of Woodland Soccer Club’s U12–U14 players attend Hamilton Middle School, so consider joining in! The registration fee for the older age groups is $140. There is a $20 early registration discount until June 12. Please note: $25 of the registration fee is non-refundable.

    Players who played on a WSC team last fall have until June 12 to be automatically placed on the team they played on last year. Returning players who register after June 12 will be placed on teams based on order of registration and roster availability. Players who joined a WSC team for spring soccer or players new to the club may request to be placed on a team by making a note on their registration form.

    First games of season will be the weekend of September 9.  We look forward to a great fall season!

    Scholarships are available, and we encourage you to request one if that would enable your interested child to play. Please contact with any questions.

    To register, please visit


    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


    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.





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