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    Hamilton Weekly News
    NOVEMBER 12, 2015


    It’s time for the PTSA Fall Fund Drive! See details below under PTSA Events.


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    --Student Assignment Plan Community Meeting, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Washington Middle School Library
    2101 S. Jackson St. Seattle

    --Last day of First Quarter

    Student Assignment Plan Community Meeting, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Rainier Beach High School Library
    8815 Seward Park Ave. S. Seattle

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

    --Ski bus meeting, The Commons, 7 p.m.

    --Chamber Orchestra in multi-school concert at Garfield H.S.

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

    One hour early dismissal

    11/26 – 11/27
    Thanksgiving Holiday – No School



    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    “Hold on…Let me think…I got this”: these were the words of an 8th-grade student in Jordan Gussin’s Math 8 class this week. For those of us who heard it, it made our day. The student was struggling—that’s not what made our day. Jordan had written a basic equation on the board—one that we can all look at and make sense of. However he wanted students to not only understand it but perform a set or procedures toward a proof.

    This is where we were stuck. 

    This student was in front of the class working hard to unravel what Jordan wanted him to be able to do. And he was not giving up—this is what made our day. Here was a student in the throes of an intellectual challenge, having a hard time, and then asking for another chance to work on it (“hold on”), willing to spend more brainpower (“let me think”), and urging himself on to figure it out (“I got this”)…and he did it all publicly, in front of his teacher, some administrators, and his peers.

    This is what we want in all of our students and how we want to challenge them and have them respond to challenges. We want our students to persevere in front of challenges, to recognize they don’t yet know how to do something but to want to work toward it. We also want to put intellectual challenges in front of our students that push them but appear with some work and some guidance to be possible to master down the road.

    This what a growth mindset (as a staff we read Carole Dweck’s book by that title two years ago) is all about: Students facing a challenge that they don’t know how to meet but having a sense that they can figure it out; teachers finding new ways to challenge students but importantly to provide instruction that encourages that struggle toward mastery.

    We are grateful for Jordan’s student for making that so real and so public.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish




     The Fall Fund Drive is winding down at the end of this month – have you donated yet?   We’ve still got a long way to go – we are only a third of the way to our goal.   THANK YOU for all of your generous donations so far.   If you’ve been looking at that Fall Fund Drive letter on your kitchen counter, now is the time to turn it in!   Or get a copy HERE

    Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide how much to donate: 

    •This is our only PTSA fundraiser, and we need to raise $95,000 to fund the PTSA budget for this year

    •Remember all of that fundraising in elementary school?  Your donations are just as important in middle school, and are vital to our students’ experience at Hamilton.   Donations benefit ALL students:  academic enrichment in the classroom, support for teachers, supplies, and technology, and support for HOST and non-HOST activities outside the classroom

    •Although we’ve noted that our average donation has been approximately $250 per family, please donate whatever amount works for your family.  Every donation is appreciated! 

    •We are committed to a balanced budget and minimal carryover – your donations will be used THIS ACADEMIC YEAR!

    Hamilton is lucky to have a large community of engaged, committed parents.  Together we can meet our fundraising goal.  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.  If you would like to make a pledge now for a donation to be made later, just let us know.  You may also donate online (either a one-time donation or in monthly installments), at

    THANK YOU for your support of our kids!  If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at



    Student Assignment Plan Community Meetings 

    The board action for the Student Assignment Plan, originally scheduled on Nov. 4, 2015, has been postponed until Nov. 18 in order to allow for additional understanding and feedback from our stakeholders and families.

    Community meetings have been scheduled to present information and gather feedback:

    Nov. 12, 2015

    6:30 until 8 p.m.

    Washington Middle School Library

    2101 S Jackson St Seattle, WA 98144


    Nov. 16, 2015

    6:30 until 8 p.m.

    Rainier Beach High School Library

    8815 Seward Park Ave S Seattle, WA 98118


    A copy of the Student Assignment Plan with the proposed changes, an FAQ and additional information can be found on the district website under Enrollment Planning. Comments and questions may be emailed to



    Please come to the Ski Bus information meeting Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the HIMS Commons.  Whether you are registered for Ski Bus or not, you are welcome to come and learn more. 

    Parents, if you were planning to chaperone this year or act as an emergency driver, it will be mandatory that you go through the Seattle Public Schools background check.  This is necessary for all parent volunteers.  It is recommended you do this sooner than later.  It does take a little time to complete the process so please don't wait until the last minute.


    Early registration for Ski Bus ends December 15th.  For registration information go to  Let it snow!  Michelle Fasser,



    Revised FERPA Pre-K – 8 Form 

    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. 

    The revised form is located here, please complete and return to the main office:

    More details are available on the Hamilton website:



    LGBT Families Dinner

    The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 19th from 6 - 8pm at Seattle World School. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend! Dinner and entertainment will be provided. To reserve, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or



    Library Volunteer Needed

    Parents or community members with an interest in books, computers, and/or middle school are encouraged to complete the survey, which will provide details about possible duties and shifts. This survey is 10 questions or fewer:

    Thank you! “Ms. Mac”, Librarian,




    Call for Yearbook Pictures!


    Have fun pictures for the yearbook? Please send to



    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



    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

    Concert attire changes for 2015-16

    Music students are required to dress appropriately for concerts. Please note that this year’s formal concert attire has changed for some music students. Orchestra, Band, and Jazz students (EXCEPT for Vocal Jazz) should wear the following attire:

    ·         Ladies: Black dress pants/slacks, black top with ¾ length sleeves (or longer), black socks and black dress shoes

    ·         Gentlemen: Black slacks, Black long-sleeve button-down dress shirt with collar, black socks and black dress shoes

    ·         Vocal Jazz students: All Vocal Jazz students wear black pants, black shoes, black socks and a current year vocal jazz tee-shirt. (Tees may be ordered from


    Volunteers and bakers needed for Jazz Night (Thurs., Nov. 19)

    Want to raise money for a good cause at an event you already plan to attend? Follow the link below to donate your baked goods and/or your time to help make the FOMAHI Jazz Night Bake Sale a success. We need baked goods and people to help out with the sale between 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in the HIMS Commons. Sign up now at: if you plan to help out. Hope to see you there! – Katie & Jill


    PE waivers are due by Dec. 1

    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.)


    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 (


    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.




    • 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 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Girls’ varsity soccer games
    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

    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:




    North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open

    Register your ballplayer for the upcoming 2016 Spring Baseball Season with North Seattle Baseball for Spring PE credits. Games use Pony rules that include lead-offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Visit Facebook page at or sign up at




    Tween/Teen Yoga (10 - 14 year olds) at Yogalife Queen Anne

    Classes integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, deep relaxation and meditation techniques. Qualifies for P.E. credit. Thursdays, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm. For more information visit or email




    Seattle Vikings Rugby Club Open House

    November 21, 10:30-12pm, Magnuson Park, Brig. Bldg., garden room.

    The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club, Seattle’s largest club, runs youth rugby programs for 8-19 year old boys. Spring season is February-May, practices and games are in Magnuson Park. Check or

    E-mail with questions. 




    Seattle Public Theater Youth Present “Dimension Force”

    Dimension Force is a team of exceptional agents, assembled from across the multiverse, charged with protecting reality from unusually powerful criminals and technology. At the Bathhouse in Green Lake. Youth performances are free and no advance tickets are required.

    Friday, November 13, 7pm

    Saturday, November 14, 2pm & 7pm

    Sunday, November 15, 2pm


    Other upcoming performances here:




    The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band performs the Jazz Nutcracker on December 5th and 6th.  

    The Roosevelt Jazz Band is one of the few bands in the United States to have the score for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s 1960’s take on Tchaikovksy’s Nutcracker. Ellington reworked Tchaikovsky's tunes into swinging versions. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 6th at 2:00 pm.  For more information and to purchase tickets: or call 206-201-1650




    Preventing Teen Drug Use

    Dr. Leslie Walker, chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children’s, will discuss teen health,

    Impact of drug use and what parents can do to prevent their teen from using drugs. Her talk

    will be followed by a panel discussion with other experts.

    Date: Wednesday Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Contact: For more information, see RSVP to Lisa Chinn at 206-987-4954.




    Babysitting Certification Class

    Learn essential skills for working as a babysitter. Taught by a CPR instructor/parent, an ASHI (American Safety and Health Institute) “Child and Babysitting Safety” certification card is issued upon completion of the training.


    CPR Seattle on Stone Way. Enroll at  Promo code “babysitting2015” applies 40% discount at checkout. Call 206-504-3280 or email for more information.




    Seattle Public Safety Survey

    Seattle University is running a survey on public safety: Results will be provided to the Police Department.




    Cancer Support Group

    Find family cancer support at Gilda’s Club.  For more information contact Kathleen Goodman at kathleengoodman@gildasclubseattle.org




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