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    June 8, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    6/8 (Thursday)

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

    6/9 (Friday)

    • 8th Grade Cruise Bus Request Forms Due

    • 8th Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game

    6/12 (Monday)

    • Green Team DAP Email Drive (homeroom, by pass only)

    6/13 (Tuesday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting (7 pm in the library)

    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)

    6/19 (Monday)

    • RHS Summer Reading Presentation for RHS-bound 8th Graders with last names A–L (homeroom in the library)

    6/19 (Monday)

    • RHS Summer Reading Presentation for RHS-bound 8th Graders with last names M–Z (homeroom in the library)

    • Ballard HS Summer Reading Presentation for Ballard-bound 8th graders (homeroom in the library)

    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)

    • Last day to return all library and textbooks and classroom items or pay for lost items

    6/26 (Monday)

    • Last Day of School (one hour early dismissal)


    PTSA News

    NEW★ Report from June 6 PTSA Membership Meeting

    Thanks to all who joined us Tuesday night for our final PTSA Membership Meeting of the school year! We took care of some important PTSA business, heard from some Hamilton community members, and gained some valuable insight into our teens and technology from guest speaker Emily Cherkin.

    Click here to read about:

    • Approval of the 2017–18 PTSA Budget

    • Election of the 2017–18 PTSA Executive Board Members

    • HIMS Science Dept. report back from National Science Teachers Association conference

    • Math Grades 6–8 Textbook Adoption Committee Concerns

    • Guest speaker, Emily Cherkin, M.A on Teens & Tech

    Thanks again to all who attended, and we look forward to seeing you at our next Membership Meeting, in the fall.


    Lisa Rivera Smith

    Hamilton PTSA President

    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★ 6th Grade Families End-of-Year Celebration

    Thurs., June 22, 5–8:30 pm at Golden Gardens Park (Shelter #2)

    Please join other 6th grade families to celebrate the end of a lovely first year at HIMS! This is not a drop off event, so please make sure your child comes with an adult.

    Bring your own picnic dinner (or come already having eaten dinner) and a blanket to sit on, and PSTA will provide water, lemonade, and dessert! Feel free to drop in for part of the evening or stay to socialize as the sun sets! The event is rain or shine, so dress accordingly and please bring any activities or equipment your family might enjoy (volleyballs, beach balls, croquet gear, ladder ball).

    Look for the gold and blue balloons at Shelter #2! We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click here to view the map.

    Questions: (6th grade co-liaison Becky Anderson)

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Principal’s Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families:

    2015-TipBlish-53.jpgSomehow this first full week of June doesn’t feel or look like the end of the year. We are seeing students finishing up a novel, working on designing a civilization, and practicing … and practicing … for the final drama productions and orchestra and band concerts. At the same time there’s much evidence that we are zipping along toward the final  day of the school year. We’re putting the final touches on the all-class field trips (the 8th graders will be taking a cruise on June 22, the 7th graders are headed to the University of Washington on June 23, and the 6th graders to Gasworks Park also on June 23). Our promotion ceremony takes place on Friday, June 23.

    Of course this year’s culmination will not only be a chance to bid farewell to our students headed to high school but also to about 200 6th and 7th graders headed to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School. All told about ½ of this year’s student body and their families will not be here next year.

    Middle school goes by fast—to us at least. It really does seem like a it was just a few months ago that I was in the front hallway welcoming for the first time this year’s 8th graders, and—whoosh—off they go to high school.

    And yet those departing leave something with us. Just a few weeks ago, the parent of a former student of Mr. Gussin’s wrote to tell him about the difference he made for her son five years ago in 7th grade math. We are changed by our students, just as they change at Hamilton.

    The end of the year is also when we will celebrate and lament the departure of a number of Hamilton staff who have been tremendously important to who we are as a school. Some of them are retiring or shifting careers, some are moving to Robert Eagle Staff, some are moving out of state and out of country.

    We are getting ready to say goodbye to:

    Bonnie Anderson, Sarah Arvey, Kendall Beede, Miwa Casper, Harry Chan, Claire Elam, Kathryn Ellison, Annie Graham, Demere Kifle, Heidi Leyton, Wakae MacLean, Erin Philbeck, Erin Paynter, Dana Radcliffe, Shelley Schmelzer, Tara Sullivan, and Margaret Stepper. Lauren Thomas is taking a leave of absence as she is expecting a new child. (It hurts to type all those names.)

    They too have stamped a deep and immeasurable impact on Hamilton, the school, its staff, and—I don’t need to say it—our students.

    I hope you’ll join us at the orchestra, drama, and band performances. They are always such a tangible and public way to see how much progress has happened this year, these years.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish



    Hamilton News

    NEW★8th Grade Cruise Bus Request Forms Due Fri.

    Bus Request forms can be picked up and turned on the table outside Mr. Gussin’s room (#201). Bus request forms are due this Fri., June 9. If you have questions about how to fill out the forms, ask Charlotte, Lily, Anabel, Skye, or Mr. Gussin.

    NEW★8th Grade vs. Staff Volleyball Game

    Fri., June 9, 3:30–4:30 in the gym

    The game was originally basketball but has been switched to volleyball because of a broken hoop. Come see your favorite teachers take down 8th grade teams. Tickets are $2 and will be available during lunch Thurs. and Fri.

    NEW★Pride Parade

    Sun., June 25, 11 am downtown

    HIMS students will be marching. During GSA meeting students will be working on banners for the parade. Look for us in the parade staging area on 4th Ave. near Seneca (find the big school bus).

    NEW★Last Chance for Lost and Found

    Please have your student check the lost and found on the table across from the Attendance Office. Small items including keys, jewelry, eye glasses, sun glasses, and ear buds are in the Main Office. There is also an informal lost and found in the gym foyer. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the school year.

    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

    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.

    Last Drama Event of the Year

    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★Ingraham High School Welcome Wagon for the Class of 2021

    June 13, 6:30 pm in the Ingraham High School Upper Gym

    Bring the Family ! You will have a chance to chat with teachers, coaches, club advisors. We will have Ingraham Gear for sale! Hope to see you all there! Welcome to Ingraham!


    NEW★Ingraham Ultimate: Check in with Us at the Welcome Wagon

    June 13, 6:30 pm in the Ingraham High School Upper Gym

    Players from the boys and girls teams will be present to say hello at the Ultimate table. Make sure you fill out this short survey so we can contact you with information about the boys fall season, the mixed/co-ed winter season, and the girls spring season. Brand new players welcome! If you have any questions, contact the girls team manager, Mark Jewett (, or the boys team manager, Sarah Fuelling (

    NEW★Ingraham High School Sports Info for Incoming, Registered Students

    Sports forms for 2017–2018 are now available at our website:  Forms can be turned in at the Main Office of Ingraham HS during regular school days (9 am –2:45 pm).

    Sports forms, physicians verification of a current sports physical dated thru the sports season, and fees are required each school year. New incoming students must attach a copy of their sports physical documents to their form. Private school and home schooled students must also include current grades with their packet in addition to SPS registration forms. All forms must be submitted at least two weeks before the season starts.


    • Fall Sports begin August 21 for co-ed cross country, co-ed golf, girls soccer, girls swim, and girls volleyball.

    • Fall football season begins August 16.  

    • Spring football is currently in session, and we are still accepting forms for this program.

    Contact Maria Medina, Athletics Department Secretary at with questions or to request forms.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    Music News

    Upcoming Events

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

    • June 13: FOMAHI Board Meeting

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

    TONIGHT★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.

    NEW★ FOMAHI Board Meeting

    Tues., June 13, 7 pm in the library

    Interested in joining the FOMAHI board or volunteering? Just curious about the music program? Join us for the final FOMAHI Board Meeting for the 2016–17 year! Our meetings are open to the public.

    NEW★ Jr Orchestra, Jr Band, Jr Jazz & Treble Choir Take Honors at Wild Waves

    FOMAHI congratulates our talented Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Jazz, and Treble Choir students on their outstanding achievements at the Music in the Park festival held last weekend at Wild Waves:

    Junior Orchestra:

    • 1st Place within their division

    • 1st Overall for Junior High Orchestras

    Junior Band:

    • 1st Place within their division

    • 1st Overall for Junior High Bands

    Junior Jazz:

    • 1st Place within their division

    • 1st Overall for Junior High Jazz Bands

    Treble Choir:

    • 1st Place within their division

    Way to go, students!

    NEW★ Thank You, FOMAHI Volunteers!

    The FOMAHI Board thanks all of our hard-working volunteers for another great year! We appreciate the countless hours you have put in chaperoning trips, setting up concerts, fundraising, and supporting our students. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you for another great year. Have a wonderful summer break!

    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:

    • Fundraising Chair: Board level position, the FC 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

    • Orchestra Co-President: Board level position, the Orch. 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

    Open Nonboard Positions:

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

    • 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

    • Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Trip Coordinators: Coordinates the various field trips: Silverwood, Camp Burton, Reno, Wild Waves, etc.

    • Band, Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Audio/Video Recorders: Coordinates the sound and video recording at concerts throughout the year.

    If you are interested in any of these positions or perhaps a smaller volunteer role with FOMAHI, please contact Christian Reynolds (, Fiona Cohen (, or Helene Obradovich (

    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.



    Parenting Corner

    NEW★Contextualizing Grades and School Performance

    Read more about understanding underperformance in school.

    NEW★Kids and Happiness: Being a “Good Enough” Parent

    Read more about why you shouldn’t worry so much about keeping your child happy.



    NEW★App Camp for Girls

    July 17–21 at General Assembly in the Seattle Tower

    App Camp For Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls* can put their creative powers to work, designing and building apps, while learning more about the business of software and being inspired by role models in the industry.

    Click here to read more about the program.

    Register your camper now:

    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.

    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



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