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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    June 15, 2017

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    6/15 (Thursday)

    • End-of-Year Band Concert (7 pm in the Lincoln auditorium)

    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

    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 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

    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.


    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.

    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 2017–19 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


    HIMS News

    NEW★ Please Return Clean Sports Jerseys

    Boys varsity soccer players and girls volleyball players: Please make sure your student returns their clean jersey to the main office by Mon., June 19. Their name needs to be checked off the list when they turn it in.


    NEW★ HIMS Summer Reading List 2017

    Outstanding recent titles for middle schoolers’ summer reading. Many of these titles are available through the SPL in a variety of formats. Click here to view the list:


    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).


    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.


    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from


    Assistant Principal’s Letter

    Hello Hamilton Families,

    It’s hard to believe we are close to the end of the 2016–2017 school year. Students are working hard in classes to finalize the culminating projects and assessments. As a staff, we have turned some of our attention to preparing for next year.

    WEB, an acronym for Where Everybody Belongs, is a middle school transition program. The WEB program welcomes sixth graders and helps them feel supported throughout the year by pairing them with WEB Leaders who are trained members of our eighth grade class. As positive role models, eighth-grade WEB Leaders are motivators, mentors, and teachers who guide sixth graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school. The WEB program has been recruiting students for the 2017–2018 school year. One event to look forward to at the end of the summer is the WEB day.  At this event, eighth-grade students welcome the new sixth-grade students to Hamilton during a half-day orientation. Our WEB leaders also work throughout the year to assist students in various ways at Hamilton.  

    The Spanish department has been hosting meetings at Hamilton with other area middle schools and high schools. The purpose of meeting with the middle schools is to better align the middle school language curriculum. Meeting with the high schools allows our teachers to be a voice in how to best teach and support our students as they prepare to transition to high school.  

    On Friday, June 9, the eighth grade basketball and volleyball players challenged the staff to a basketball game. Due to a broken hoop, the groups decided on a volleyball game. There was a nice competitive energy between the students and staff.  Here is Mr. Waldschmidt’s account of the match:  “On Friday, June 6, the Girls’ Volleyball and Boys’ Basketball teams took on the HIMS teachers in an epic showdown on the volleyball court. The students quickly took a lead on the teachers, due mostly to superior serving, and would go on to win the first game in the series.  However, the HIMS staff would not go down without a fight!  Despite sore backs, out-of-shape ankles, and way too many floor burns, the teachers mounted an extraordinary comeback to win the second game. Running out of time (and breath), the match was called after the second game, leaving all participants as the ultimate winners. Thank you to the ASB, students, staff, and all attendees for a tremendous afternoon!”

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder

    Assistant Principal


    SPS News

    NEW★ Notes from Lincoln High School Planning Meeting

    Click here to read the notes from the June 5 Lincoln High School planning meeting.

    For followup information, please contact leaders for these breakout groups:


    NEW★ Get Involved with Music and Arts at Lincoln

    It’s going to take a community to build support for an arts program at Lincoln High School. Click here to read more about how you can help build a stellar music and arts program at Lincoln.


    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!

    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.


    Music News

    End-of-Year Band Concert

    Thurs., June 15 at 7 pm in the Lincoln auditorium

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


    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!


    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.


    Parenting Corner

    Contextualizing Grades and School Performance

    Read more about understanding underperformance in school.

    Kids and Happiness: Being a “Good Enough” Parent

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



    NEW★ Summer Youth ORCA Promo

    June 17–Sept. 4

    Read more about special summer rates and a free card for youth ORCA card holders.


    NEW★ 97th St. Pictures Summer Film Program

    July 10–14 or Aug. 7–11, 9:30–3:30 pm

    For kids interested in learning about film production, college application short films, expanding personal portfolios, film festival entries, and developing skills. Taught by USC and NYU film students. Kids must be entering or in high school.

    Click here to read more about the program.


    NEW★ Seattle Parks and Rec Sports Camps for Boys and Girls

    Check out a variety of basketball skills camps, flag football camps, and ultimate frisbee camps. Offered at community centers throughout the summer.

    Click here to read about camps.


    NEW★ Kids With An Edge Summer Tutoring

    Summer is a great time to:

    • Go back and fill in the gaps towards building a strong foundation

    • Keep practicing to prevent summer learning loss

    • Build new skills to get ahead or prepare for a test

    We offer early learning, math, reading, and high school counseling (AP vs. IB vs. IBX vs. Running Start, how do you decide?).

    We have experience working with children in HCC, Spectrum, general ed., and those with IEPs.  We completely customize our sessions to help each child build confidence and reach their full potential.

    Visit for summer learning opportunities.  Questions? Contact us at


    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.



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