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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    Produced by the Hamilton PTSA


    OCTOBER 8, 2015


    Please see the important newsletter signup info in the PTSA news section, below. Also, find news this week on the 10/14 PTSA general meeting, the new FERPA form, proposed bell time changes, and more!





    Fri. 10/9 is a regular school day!
    Oct. 9 is a school day to make up a day from the strike.


    Sat. 10/10

    Girls’ soccer game
    11 a.m., Ingraham HS vs. Jane Addams


    Tue. 10/13

    FOMAHI Board Meeting

    7 p.m., HIMS library


    Wed. 10/14

    PTSA General Membership Meeting with H

    IMS staff Q&A

    7-8:30 p.m., HIMS Library

    **All parents, guardians, and staff are invited!**

    More info below.


    11 a.m. Girls’ soccer vs. Whitman, Ingraham HS


    Wed. 10/28

    2-hour early dismissal

    Fri. 10/30

    Reflections art contest deadline
    More info below


    Sat. 10/31
    Girls’ soccer vs. Washington
    , at Ingraham HS

    9:30 a.m.


    Dear Hamilton International M.S. Community,

    Curriculum Night last Thursday is one of my favorite nights of the year. And I find it’s particularly instructive in middle school—although it’s in different ways than it can be at elementary school. Tonight I will get to spend 30 minutes with my children’s teachers—looking at their work, sitting at their desks.

    We are asking you and asking teachers for a meaningful experience to happen in 10-minute chunks. It’s a pretty tall order but one that I saw happening in the 10-12 classrooms I was able to get to. It’s a night when I expect that families will have an experience that will tell them a little about the teacher, a little about the curriculum and expectations, and a little bit about how to reach your child’s teachers and how teachers will communicate.

    But there’s more that happens on that night. Families have to orient themselves in our building; they have to navigate the halls; they have to remember they are in social studies and not language arts; they need to find somewhere that tells them the time and remember when the next class starts. You get the idea: this is the experience of our students in their first days (weeks…) of school. (Students also figure out when to swing by a locker and swap out class materials.) And this year Curriculum Night came on the 10th day of school much earlier than it would typically arrive. It’s all new for everyone. As you might imagine families that have done this for three years (or longer) are a little more adept at it than our new families – just like our 8th graders generally sort themselves out a little faster than our 6th graders (I said, “generally”!)

    It’s not only that Curriculum Night provides a brief insight in a teacher’s style, classroom, and curriculum, but also a miniature version of a student’s day.

    For families this night is also the invitation—encouragement, plea—to be involved in your student’s education and to be involved in what we do at Hamilton. We consider you equal partners in the learning or your children; we are not always great at conveying that, but we believe it and hope that you will embrace that role. Curriculum Night is one way we hope we get that belief and message across.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish






    Questions about HIMS? Who to talk to about athletics, HOST, counseling, and how to help your student navigate middle school overall? Please join us at our First PTSA General Membership meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 14, from 7 -9 p.m. in the HIMS Library. The meeting will include a panel discussion and Q&A with members from the Hamilton administrative team.


    Principal Tip Blish, counselors Neil Yeda and Luke Sworts, and staff from the administrative team and the HOST program will on hand to offer insights and answer questions to the question:  How can HIMS staff and families work together to best support students for success in middle school? We’ll take questions from the floor; if you want to be sure your question is addressed, please submit it to prior to the meeting.


    Before the panel discussion, the PTSA will conduct some BRIEF business items, such as:
    - Approving revisions to the Hamilton PTSA Standing Rules

    - Taking a vote on whether or not to give a Hamilton PTSA endorsement of the Paramount Duty Resolution letter, calling on the Washington State Legislature to promptly and fully comply with the State Supreme Court's McCleary Decision


    Snacks and beverages will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there! 





    Online referral forms for Advanced Learning eligibility are due in the Advanced Learning Office by TODAY, Thursday, October 8, 2015. Information about the application process can be found at




    Physical education waiver packets will be distributed within the next two weeks.  Please do NOT turn any coach/instructor letters in until AFTER this occurs. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Peila in room 105C.




    Seattle Special Ed PTSA welcomes you!

    The Seattle Special Education PTSA (SpEd PTSA) community is here to serve and advocate for all students with disabilities and their families.  If you or anyone you know is connected to our community, the SpEd PTSA is here for you!  We work to represent the more than 7,000 students and their families receiving all types of special education services (birth to 21).  We invite you to join our efforts on behalf of students with disabilities.  Now, more than ever, we need your ideas, input and voice.  Come join us!
    More information available HERE, or at
    Like us on Facebook at (requires FB login)
    Subscribe to text reminders by texting @spedpt to 81010 (approx. 2 texts per month)
    Subscribe to our listserve by sending an email to:

    [Last week’s newsletter included a listing for a Seattle Parent Student Advocacy Group. The submission erroneously mentioned that the group has replaced the Seattle Special Ed PTSA. It has not. The HIMS PTSA regrets this error.]





    Seattle Public Schools has revised our notification of rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow parents and guardians more choices on how and where you would like your child's personal information shared.


    If you already sent in the earlier FERPA form this school year and your choices remain the same, you do not need to return the revised form. Choices made on this year's previous form will not change until you complete and submit a Revised Ferpa Form. If you have already returned a form this year and do not want to change your options, or do not wish to consent to the options offered, you do not need to return the revised form. Translations available in Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese.


    If you chose Option B -- No Release of Information, but still would like your child to participate in activities such as the yearbook, class photo, or in any of the other options listed in the Option B section, complete the revised form and return it to the Hamilton main office.


    Though the form indicates a deadline of October 10, Hamilton will be accepting forms slightly beyond that. However, please return them as soon as possible!  If you do not check one of the boxes on the form or do not return any FERPA form, SPS will consider the lack of response as consent to release directory information about your child. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at or 206-252-0204




    The DiscoverU campaign  | Volunteers needed!

    Hamilton is taking part in the DiscoverU campaign October 12-16. DiscoverU is a week devoted to college and career exploration in our all of our schools. Many Hamilton teachers and staff will be wearing their college gear, and sharing their college and career paths with students, while leading fun college and career exploration activities.


    On Tuesday, Oct. 12, parent volunteers are also welcome to join in!  If you can come in and speak for 15-20 minutes during any or all of the 3 homeroom periods (10:30-11, 11:30-12, and 12-12:30), the counseling department is looking for parents who can share their college and career paths (no frat stories please!), as it would help provide a better breadth of collegiate experiences.  Please email Luke Sworts at for more info or to sign up.







    We will hold a meeting on Friday, October 16, in room 219 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for students who are interested in the trip this coming April. If you’re unable to make it, please let Mr. Severance know and he will share all of the needed info.


    We’ll be covering the following information:

    ·         Where are we going and why?

    ·         Which adults are going?

    ·         How do you sign up?

    ·         Cost (before and during)

    ·         Plus whatever other questions you suggest we cover leading up to and during the meeting.


    Feel free to ask any questions as soon as now so that I can prepare responses for anything I need to research.


    Please RSVP to


    Here is the link to the tour with itinerary and lots of other info :






    The International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group is a group of concerned parents, educators, community members, and principals of the international schools in the district. By working together, we have a stronger voice and support system for each others’ international schools and the SPS Immersion Director.


    We’re meeting Tuesday, October 20 at 6 p.m. in the Dearborn Park International Elementary School cafeteria (2820 S Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108). Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.


    Some of the agenda items that will be discussed:

    • Support the district in developing an international school track from elementary through high school 
    • Support the International School Task Force
    • Legislative liaison outreach
    • Advocacy for the dual-language teacher pipeline
    • Business support of international schools
    • Student advocacy







      Calling all families to help us make our first Staff Appreciation Luncheon of the year a huge success!  The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (during all three lunches) we will be hosting a fabulous Harvest Soup, Salad and Bread buffet for our wonderful teachers and staff.


      Donations can be brought to the staff lounge no later than 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.  Our set up team needs time to re-heat and set up the buffet before lunch starts at 11.  Please label your food items for those with allergies and any heating instructions would also be helpful.  Your serving dishes will be washed and waiting for you to pick up in the staff lounge by 1:30 p.m. that day.


      Don't like to cook?  No problem!  We also need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up.  Each shift is 90 minutes or less. Go to this link to sign up now.


      Have questions, just email Michelle Fasser at  


      Thank you so much for your support.  Our teachers and staff appreciate these luncheons as much as we appreciate what they do for our kids.





      You’re invited to the Seattle PTSA and League of Women Voters is hosting a forum for School Board Candidates.

      Thursday, October 8
      7-8:30 p.m.

      Seattle First Baptist Church

      1111 Harvard Avenue


      Here’s the link to RSVP:




      From the Eckstein PTSA:
      Join us Oct 12 for a Seattle school board candidate forum


      Ballots are due November 3 – do you know who you're voting for? Come learn more about the eight Seattle School Board candidates and what they think about the issues that matter, from school funding to standardized testing. The Eckstein Middle School PTSA, in collaboration with Eckstein students, is pleased to welcome parents, teachers, kids, and community members to a moderated forum with Seattle’s candidates for School Board. Everyone is welcome!


      Eckstein Middle School Auditorium

      3003 NE 75th Street

      7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

      October 12, 2015

      If you have questions for the candidates that you'd like to submit in advance, please email - (Eckstein PTSA)







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      The PTA works in classrooms and communities across the state, but we also advocate in Olympia for the wellbeing and education of all children. Every fall, the association selects its legislative priorities, and hearing form you is a valuable step in the process.

      Your responses will assist voting delegates who attend Legislative Assembly in Olympia October 24, 2015 in setting the 2015-2016 Legislative Platform. The survey closes October 1, 2015.
      Complete the survey here:


      Learn about WSPTA's top five priority issues here:



      OPEN PTSA Committee Position—Sign up to be our ice cream social organizer!

      The Hamilton Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is searching for a parent (preferably 6th or 7th grade) to fill the following key PTSA position:

      Spring ice cream social organizer

      Each spring, we welcome incoming 6th grade students and families onto the HIMS campus to meet other incoming families and tour the school, all while enjoying ice cream sundaes. The organizer for this event would work with last year's organizer and help coordinate a team of volunteers.


      Please contact us at for more information.


      MUSIC & ART

      (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)

      2015-16 enrichment fees are now due

      Do you have a student in band, orchestra, jazz or choir during the school day? Your student’s enrichment fee is now due. These fees provide vital support to Hamilton International’s award-winning music programs. Please visit the Friends of Hamilton International (FOMAHI) website ( today to complete your registration, pay program enrichment fees, order FOMAHI hoodies and other merchandise, and make donations to help music thrive at Hamilton.


      PE waivers are being sent home this week

      The school district requires all students to get 60 hours of physical activity (one semester of PE) per school year. If you have a student who has chosen to take multiple arts/language classes in lieu of PE, you MUST fill out a waiver and have it approved by December 1. PE waivers are also available for religious and medical reasons. Please see the PE Waiver info coming home with your student this week for more information. (NOTE: PE waivers are not handled by FOMAHI. However, our music students may be impacted by the rule.)


      FOMAHI Board Meeting: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

      The FOMAHI board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Hamilton International library. The meetings are open to the public. Come meet the board, learn more about what’s happening in the school music programs, and get involved!


      Vocal Jazz Students—Order your tees!

      Have a student in Vocal Jazz? Go to to order your Vocal Jazz tee. This is a required part of the Vocal Jazz uniform. More details available on the website.






      Students: Dust off your camera, grab your paintbrushes, put on your dancing shoes, or open your notebook, and enter the Reflections art contest. This year’s theme is “Let your imagination Fly.” 

      Reflections is a national PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art and takes submissions in the areas of literature, visual arts, photography, music composition, dance choreography, and film production. Students may submit more than one work, and all entries must be the original work of one student.

      The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2015. For more information, see our Reflections Web page.




      Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursday for Varsity and JV players and are from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

      Girls’ varsity soccer games
      , 11 a.m. vs. Jane Addams, at Ingraham HS field

      10/17 11 a.m. vs. Whitman, at Ingraham HS field

      10/31 9:30 a.m. vs. Washington, at Ingraham HS field

      Practices are from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and are held on the Wallingford Playfield next to the school.  C Blue Team, B Team, and C Yellow Team practice Mondays and Wednesdays; A Team and C Team practice Tuesdays and Fridays.

      Team site:

    • Game schedules can be found on the Teams Page.
    • Game schedules can also be viewed on the DiscNW Public Middle School League page.
    • Games will be played each Saturday through Nov 21, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    There will be up to 8 scheduled games (6 regular season game, 2 playoff games).




    YMCA HOST Programs:

     If you have questions regarding your student’s schedule or transportation, please contact Liz Chase in the YMCA office.


    It’s not too late to sign your student up for HOST! Follow the link to check out available YMCA classes:








    The Seattle Public Schools have been reconsidering their start times. The objective was to better align with the natural rhythm for adolescents while not spending more money on busing. Here's their presentation on the process, the options and their recommendation to the school board.

    The currently proposed schedule lists Hamilton’s start time as 9:40 a.m. with the school day ending at 4:10 p.m.


    Here's a list of all the PROPOSED Seattle school start times:

    If you are interested in commenting, Sherry Carr represents the area around Wallingford and Greenlake on the Seattle School Board and can be reached at









    The GEMS program (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science), from the Seattle Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is  currently accepting applications for the 2015/16 school year.


    GEMS is a free science enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls currently attending a Seattle Public Middle School. The goal of the program is to encourage girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM subjects by providing mentoring, hands-on activities, field trips, and information pertaining to a variety of scientific fields.


    We meet one evening per month and host various field trips throughout the year. We have two locations, one at Fred Hutch in South Lake Union, and one at South Seattle College in West Seattle. The program is free and fully funded by Seattle AWIS, a nonprofit organization, but transportation to and from all events is required.

    Applications for the 2015/16 school year are now open, and submissions are due by Monday, October 19. A link to the application and more information about the program is available at:




    Ukelele & guitar lessons
    Tim Sherman ( offers guitar and ukulele lessons at Metropolitan Music and Kennelly Keys Music Northgate.

    Call 206-547-1772 or email




    Ballard Playmakers performances

    The Ballard Playmakers present “Eurydice.” The New York Times called the play, “Rhapsodically beautiful. A weird and wonderful new play – an inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory.”


    Eurydice is directed by Shawn M. Riley, Ballard High faculty and director of the Ballard Playmakers program.


    October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

    & 31.  Curtain at 7:30.  Tickets at Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10




    Family Connectors University
    This is a 2-credit, 10-week class through a partnership with North Seattle College.
    Gain knowledge and skills to support and advocate for your student’s academic success and navigate the Seattle Public School system. Classes are held in 5 locations throughout the city, and free youth tutoring for K-12 youth is provided onsite during class sessions. Tuition is $32.
    More information:, or Betty Williams (206) 934-4571, or Chris Ray-Merriweather (206) 252-0996.




    Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Tryouts: OCT. 9 AND 16! 

    This basketball feeder program is for 2nd-8th Grade Boys and Girls

    For more information and to pre-register, visit




    Roosevelt High School Jazz Band

    On Thursday, October 29, the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band has the honor of playing with the Seattle Symphony as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival. Tickets & info:





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    Hamilton International Middle School
    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810



    Daily Schedule/Bell times:

    Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814

    School website:


    The SPS 2014-15 Academic Calendar (note some updates have been made since the start of school):