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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    OCTOBER 22, 2015



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    Sr. Jazz: Edmonds Jazz Symposium


    JV Girls’ Soccer vs. Blaine 2 at Franklin, 9:10 a.m. (Note: updated time)


    Wed. 10/28
    2-hour early dismissal!



    Hawk Pride Ceremony, Library, 2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

    Fri. 10/30
    Reflections art contest deadline

    Sat. 10/31
    Girls’ JV soccer, 8 a.m. vs. Madison AT GARFIELD
    Girls’ varsity soccer, 9:30 a.m. vs. Washington, AT INGRAHAM


    Big Band Rehearsal, Room 124, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.


    Vocal jazz camp, Camp Burton, Vashon Island


    Picture retake day

    FOMAHI Board Meeting, Library, 7-9 p.m.


    Veterans Day, No School


    Last day of First Quarter


    PTSA Board meeting, 6:30-8 p.m.


    Jazz Night (Sr. and Jr. Jazz and Vocal Jazz), 7-9 p.m.





    Dear Hamilton International Middle School families,


    I recently came across an article in Time Magazine by former basketball great, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar titled, “American students — and politicians — need to stop waging war on reason” (October 5, 2015). In this article, Abdul-Jabbar argues that the job of educators is to teach students to think logically, guiding them to base their opinions on facts rather than on social or familial influences. This is what Hamilton teachers are striving for; encouraging our students to examine all the evidence, look at both sides of an issue, and then form an opinion.

    This sentiment echoes what the Common Core State Standards are aiming to accomplish, shifting education from simply feeding students factual information to providing them with the tools necessary to wrestle with content and make meaning from it. The Common Core emphasizes using evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information in all subject areas. Theses standards challenge students to develop a deep understanding of subject matter, think critically, and apply learning to the real world. The ultimate goal is just as Abdul-Jabbar states, to develop responsible citizens.


    As many of you know, the adopted Common Core State Standards are aligned to, and measured by, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). Yesterday, students received their SBA Individual Student Report. The purpose of this report is to present individual student assessment scores, as well as to provide guidance on how to interpret the results of the Spring 2015 SBA. Although these scores inform us about how well each student understands the content assessed, it is just a test. It is one measure of many that teachers at Hamilton use to guide and inform their instruction. If you should have questions regarding this document, please feel free to reach out to the Hamilton administration.


    On a similar note, October 19 marked the middle of the first quarter. All teachers have updated their grades and progress reports were distributed at the same time as the SBA Individual Student Reports. This is a great opportunity to have a conversation with your child about how they are progressing in each class as well as a chance to reach out to teachers if you have questions or concerns.


    Go Hawks!


    Michelle Pickard

    Assistant Principal









    This week, Hamilton International kicked off its BCC (Building Climate Curriculum). The BCC are activities designed to promote student connectedness, increase social-emotional knowledge, and prevent bullying. BCC takes place during homeroom twice a week (generally, Tuesdays & Thursdays) and will run through December.

    In addition to the Second Step Curriculum that provides grade specific lessons, some teachers are piloting alternative and supplemental activities that may increase student engagement. This week’s theme was “Perspectives” and next week’s theme is “Respect.”

    Asking your student(s) about the discussions and activities occurring during BCC is a great way to reinforce concepts learned, explore family values, and practice considering others’ perspectives. For more information on any BCC materials please contact the counseling department.





    This week is your last chance to browse the two carts of over 140 new award-winning and critically acclaimed books in the library! Check them out before they are dispersed to the bookshelves. You can also browse them electronically from any school computer by clicking on the library catalog desktop icon and then searching for “new” in the Resource List Widget!

    Hamilton Library cart


    SKI BUS!

    Attention Skiers and Snowboarders!

    Ski bus registration is now open. Ski bus will run for 6 weeks (Friday nights) January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 12, and 26. The Ski Bus is operated through Ski MOHAN at Snoqualmie Ski Resort.  Ski MOHAN is an independent contractor who takes Seattle Public School students to and from the mountain. They also offer skiing and snowboarding lessons to students.

    Please go to to register your student.  In the event that your student was born in 2004, you may be told that your student does not meet the age requirement. If this happens, please just try again later.  I have let the mountain know that there is a glitch in the system and they are working on it.  They are also still processing refund requests from last season. They are no longer taking requests for refunds but they are still processing the requests they received.  Please know that this activity is weather dependent and it is a risk to sign up for ski bus when there are no weather guarantees. The refund and make up day policy is on the Ski Mohan website if you have any questions about that.

    If you have heard that ski bus sells out, please know that last year we took 150 students to the mountain.  We had 5 students on the wait list and all 5 were able to get on.  In the event that there is a huge wait list, we will add another bus.  The goal is to take every student to the mountain who wants to go, not to make this an exclusive experience and to leave students behind. 

    There will be a ski bus meeting for students and parents on December 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the HIMS Commons. This meeting is mandatory for students who are signed up so please make every effort to attend.  We will be explaining the check in procedures and equipment storage as well as signing up parents to participate as chaperones and day of volunteers.  This will also be the time that we explain behavior and safety expectations.

    If you have more questions, please contact Michelle Fasser at

    Pray for snow!



    HIMS Spirit Wear is open for business!
    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more—delivered straight to your home?
    Order your spirit wear from at





    The Hamilton Hawks 2015 Fall Fund Drive is officially under way, and we are already off to a great start!  A letter and donation card were sent home with your student last Friday, and additional copies are available in the office. The PTSA’s budgeted fundraising goal for 2015-2016 is $95,000. Please consider making a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs and community that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.  This academic year, your tax-deductible donation will help to fund:

     ·        THE STUDENT:  Enrichment and Scholarships (Academic Support, After-School Sports, Student Scholarships, HOST program, Student Clubs and Activities)

    ·         THE CLASSROOM:  Academic Excellence and Teacher Support (Library and Classroom needs, Academic Intervention Specialist, Teacher Supply Fund, Professional Development, Mini Grants)

    ·        THE COMMUNITY:  Building and Sustaining Hamilton  (All-School Events such as Pi Night and Skate Night, Guest Speakers, Grade-Level Social Event, Staff Appreciation)

    In recent years, our average donation per family has been approximately $250.  Every donation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount!    Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office by November 25.  You can also donate online (either a one-time donation or in monthly installments), at

    Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School!  If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at



    Thursday, Nov 5

    Leaders from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and educators from Washington school districts are hosting five tele-town halls in October and November to build awareness and understanding of Washington's K-12 learning standards and assessments.

    It's a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the state's learning standards and assessments. You can join any of the conversations live and ask questions at



    If you'd like to help represent Hamilton at the PTSA Legislative Assembly happening THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 24, please let us know! You'd be a voting delegate and get to learn all about how the PTSA makes changes in Olympia, with Advocacy training.

    To register:

    If  you  have  any  questions,  please  email  WSPTA  Legislative  Director  Brooke  Valentine  at




    If you'd like to join the PTSA Communications Committee, please email us at



    (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)

    Please order your Vocal Jazz and Junior Jazz tees by FRIDAY!

    Vocal Jazz and Junior Jazz students – place your tee shirt orders by THIS FRIDAY, October 23 to ensure you get your tees before your first concerts. Go to for more information.


    Senior Jazz plays Edmonds Jazz Symposium This Saturday

    The Senior Jazz students will play at the Edmonds Jazz Symposium from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. this Saturday, October 24 at Mountlake Terrace High School.


    See Ms. Armaly and Ms. Babbitt play Star Wars music this Sunday

    Two of our music directors, Ms. Armaly (orchestra) and Ms. Babbitt (choir/band) will be performing at the “Washington Wind Symphony: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” beginning 2 p.m. this Sunday, October 25 at the Kirkland Performance Center. The program will feature John Williams’ score from the popular Star Wars Trilogy. Tickets are $16/adults, $6/youth. For more information, see the event page.:


    The Orchestra is seeking one cello (loan or donation)—can you help?

    Do you have a ¾- or full-sized cello collecting dust at home? Would you consider loaning or donating your cello to Cadet Orchestra! We have a record-breaking 21 cello players in our Cadet Orchestra! After our initial scramble for extra cellos, we are now just ONE cello away from having each student having their own cello to use during daily class rehearsals. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our first concert on Dec. 3! For more info, contact: Mika Armaly, Orchestra Director at


    2015-16 enrichment fees are now due

    If you have a student in a daytime band, orchestra, jazz or choir class, your student’s enrichment fee is now due. Please go to to register with FOMAHI and pay your dues.


    PE waiver reminder

    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. (NOTE: PE waivers are not handled by FOMAHI. However, our music students may be impacted by the rule.)


    Vocal Jazz students – return your Camp Burton packets!

    Camp Burton is coming up soon – please fill out your packets and go to to pay the trip fee. (Can also be paid by check.) Don’t miss out on the trip!


    Vocal Jazz needs a trip coordinator for Lionel Hampton

    The Vocal Jazz students will be going to the annual Lionel Hampton event in February. While that might seem a long way away, we need a coordinator to begin working on the details as soon as possible. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Babbitt.




    Students have a couple more days to 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.
    Turn in entries and a completed entry form by 10/30 to the HIMS Main Office into the box labeled “REFLECTIONS.”

    Please as someone at the front desk if you are having trouble locating the box.

    For more information, see the Reflections Web page:





    • Boys and Girls Basketball season begins in December
    • The first game of the season will be January 9, and the last game will be March 19.
    • Tryouts will be held during the week of December 7
    • Students must have the following on file in order to try out:
      • SPS Athletics Physical
      • Basketball Waiver
      • Concussion Waiver
      • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Waiver
    • Paperwork can be found on the HIMS website or in the main office.
    • All paperwork is due no later than Wednesday, December 2, 2015. For student safety reasons, absolutely NO exceptions can be made.




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

    Girls’ varsity soccer games

    10/31 9:30 a.m. vs. Washington, AT INGRAHAM HS
    11/7 12:30 p.m. vs. Eckstein AT INGRAHAM
    11/14 2 p.m. vs. Mercer AT RAINIER BEACH
    11/21 vs. Denny AT ROOSEVELT
    12/5 vs. McClure at TBD

    Girls’ JV soccer games
    9:10 a.m. vs. Blaine 2 AT FRANKLIN
    10/31 8 a.m. vs. Madison AT GARFIELD
    11/7 9:10 a.m. vs. McClure AT GARFIELD
    11/14 9:15 a.m. vs. Blaine AT GARFIELD
    11/21 8 a.m. vs. Hazel Wolf AT ROOSEVELT

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

    Team site:




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


    Visit this site to check out available YMCA classes:







    Sonic CrossFit for Teens and Kids in Wallingford

    Looking for a gym waiver option? CrossFit at Sonic is a gym for young people only. It combines the elements of gymnastics and body weight exercises with cardiovascular bursts such as running, skipping, jumping, and more. During our classes we use a combination of games, circuits, and skill development, introducing weights in our middle school classes when kids show they are ready. 






    Ballard Branch Library

    Teen Space presents Free Movie Sunday: Join us for a screening of Ghostbusters (the original version) Sunday, Oct. 25

    Doors open at 2 pm and movie starts at 2:30 pm

    First Friday Gaming happens first Friday of every month at Ballard Branch.

    These programs are free, friendly, drop-in programs. For more information please contact



    Ballard High Playmakers present Eurydice, by Sarah Ruhl

    Ballard High Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center

    1418 NW 65th St.

    October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31.  Curtain at 7:30 p.m.


    Advance tickets through Adults $15 / Students & Seniors $10



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