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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    June 1, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    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)

    • RESCHEDULED: Membership Meeting (7–9 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

    NEW★ Final PTSA Membership Meeting

    Tues., June 6, 7–9 pm in the Commons

    All are welcome!


    • PTSA board management

    • Election of PTSA officers for the 2017–2018 school year

    • PTSA financial business

    • Guest Speaker Emily Cherkin will also be joining us to speak on the issues of finding balance with families, teens, technology and screens followed by a Q&A.

    Questions about the meeting or elections? Contact PTSA president Lisa Rivera Smith (

    Questions about PTSA financial business? Contact co-treasurers Stephen Hodges ( or Chappell Barber (

    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

    NEW★ Last Dance of the Year

    Fri., June 2, 3:304:30 in the gym

    The last dance of the year is after school on Friday, semi-formal day. Tickets are available during all lunches through Friday. Tickets cost $3.


    NEW★ 7th Grade Field Trip Reminder

    The 7th grade field trip to the UW Hub is coming up on June 23. There will be games and a scavenger hunt, and lunch will be provided. Please make sure your student returns the permission form with a $20 check payable to HIMS ASB to the main office. There are extra field trip forms available in the main office.


    Updated★ 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.

    We also need volunteers to help with this event. If you can volunteer, please email event organizer None Roblin at


    Urgent★ 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


    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.


    Seeking Financial Review Committee Members

    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.


    Hamilton News

    NEW★ Teacher's Assistant Needed for Next School Year

    Hamilton’s Focus room needs a TA for next school year. Teacher, Ms. Hu-Eide, is looking for a responsible 7th or 8th grader who can help out with the small group of learning disabled students in the class. If your student is interested, please contact Ms. Hu-Eide at


    NEW★ Listen to HIMS Radio Plays

    Listen to radio plays written and recorded by HIMS 8th grade students at the Jack Straw Cultural Center.

    Click here to listen to the plays.


    This Week Is Spirit Week!

    • Thurs., June 1: Monochromatic day

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


    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★ Updates for Robert Eagle Staff Families

    New Student Social

    Sat., June 17, 2–5 pm at Licton Springs Park (east side of the park)

    Join other incoming Robert Eagle Staff families to meet teachers and each other! Learn more about our new school and programs. Because we're expecting high attendance, we'll be splitting off by grades to facilitate connections:

    • 6th graders: 2 pm

    • 7th graders: 3 pm

    • 8th graders: 4 pm

    Snacks and drinks will be provided. We hope to meet you all!

    FORESMA Fundraiser

    Mon, June 12 from 5–8 pm at Lantern Brewing (938 N 98th St.)

    Join Friends of Eagle Staff Musical Arts (FORESMA) along with parents, teachers, and kids for a family friendly fundraising event at Lantern Brewing. Meet our music teachers and other families in the music program. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FORESMA to help fund start up costs to get us going. We hope to see you there!

    Don’t Miss Robert Eagle Staff News

    There’s a lot happening at our new school as we build our community. Click here to sign up for the Robert Eagle Staff Newsletter to stay abreast of upcoming events and news.


    NEW★ Adams Elementary Carnival Needs Middle School Volunteers

    Fri., June 16 from 5–7:30 pm at Adams Elementary School

    Adams Elementary School needs middle school volunteers to help with our annual Carnival.  We need volunteers for set-up (3:45–5 pm), clean-up (7:30–8 pm), booths, carnival games, spin art, face painting, and more.

    Click here to sign up for 30-minute shifts!

    If you sign up for at least three 30-minute shifts, we will provide a pizza dinner for you! Get your friends to help too, and you can sign up for the same booth!

    Questions? Email for more information.


    NEW★ Whitman Middle School Summer Performances

    • June 6, 7 pm: Summer Band Concert features the Jazz Band, Combined Beginning/Intermediate Bands, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band. Bands conducted by Joel Orsen.

    • June 7, 7 pm: Summer Orchestra Concert features 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestras and 6th Grade Choir. Orchestra and choir conducted by Lauren Hepburn.

    Admission is free.

    There will be a bake sale and raffle tickets with each concert to support the Friends of Whitman Music and the Performing Arts Program.


    Updated★ 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 (click here to read more about Principal Medsker)

    • Updates on high school boundaries—HS Boundary Task Force process and work to date (click here to read more about the boundary task force)

    • 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


    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 register.


    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


    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.


    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!


    Music News

    Upcoming Events

    • 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)


    Tonight! 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★ Join the SPL in a Summer of Learning

    Help your student avoid summer slide by participating in the Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning June 15–Sept. 5. In addition to reading challenges, the library is offering hundreds of free programs all summer long. Reading participants have the opportunity to win prizes! Click here to learn more about the SPL’s Summer of Learning.


    NEW★ Green Lake Teen Den Open House

    Fri., June 9, 6–8 pm at the Greenlake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr. N)

    Kids 11–17 can come enjoy the opening celebration for the new Green Lake Teen Den. There will be activities and food for kids 11–17.


    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. The survey will go live at the project website on May 23:

    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)


    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.



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