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    JANUARY 7, 2016

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    1/8 - Fri.

    HOST Registration Opens, 5:30 PM

    1/13 - Wed.

    • 2-Hour Early Dismissal

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6 - 6:30 PM

    • Winter Membership Meeting, Library, 7 - 9 PM, Jennifer Kennett on “Parenting & the Teenage Brain”

    1/14 - Thurs.

    Night of the Arts, Commons, 6 – 8 PM

    1/18 - Mon.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School

    1/19 - Tues.

    Winter Host Begins!

    1/28 - Thurs. - CHANGED!

    Hamilton Open House

    1/29 - Fri.

    Regular School Day (make-up)

    2/2 - Tues.

    • Parents and Staff Night Out at Fremont Brewing

    • Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Garfield High School Library

    400 - 23th Ave., Seattle

    2/3 - Wed.

    PTA Focus Day in Olympia



    Happy new year. A two-week break and some calendar milestones are just what I needed—some concentrated time with my family, time and mental space for reading, but also some uninterrupted time to reflect on the our work at Hamilton.

    Hamilton’s commitment to be the place where we are all engaged in learning together, from each other—our vision: a collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners—is present all over the building. It’s in classrooms, in our teams of teachers, and in the monthly meetings for all staff.

    Just this week, we spent most of our all-staff meeting learning from each other. Two individual teachers and one group of four teachers shared three varied insights into their profession. We heard about – and generated our own – ways in which we can engage all of our students in classroom discussions or activities. We heard about how students are able to take ownership of the ever-important routines of how a class period unfolds – from walking through the door, to where to be, to discovering what we’ll be learning, how to shift attention from an activity to the teacher, and how a class ends. These routines are ever important to re-engage

    students in the business of learning after a break. And we heard about the advantages and challenges of assessing what students are learning continuously, based on clear standards, and not time-bound.

    The specifics of these three presentations are important – they help us think about our own professional practice, perhaps in new ways or as reminders of different ways to approach the art of teaching. I am also inspired to work in a place where professionals step up to share their work.

    The two-week break, of course, was not school-year transition, and we are in the last month of the first semester. Bigger assignments may in your students’ hands, tests, too. Make sure you are checking in with your students and teachers as appropriate.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal


    “Parenting & the Teenage Brain”, Wednesday, Jan. 13 @ PTSA Winter Membership Meeting with Speaker Jennifer Kennett

    JenniferKennett.jpgHave you ever wondered just why teenagers seem so alien?

    The answer often lies in the brain! Let Mental Health Counselor Jennifer Kennett unravel this mystery for you at the PTSA Winter Membership Meeting. Come learn about how the teenage brain differs from an adult brain, and what you as a parent can do differently to communicate with a brain that is still under construction!

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 - 9 PM in the Hamilton Library

    *ALL* Hamilton parents and community members are invited to join us for this second PTSA Membership meeting of the school year. We’ll begin the program with 15-30 minutes of PTSA business, then move on to the night’s featured speaker.  Question and Answer time will follow her presentation.  We hope you’ll join us!

    For more information, contact us at

    Opportunities to Improve School Funding

    Improving school funding is a major goal of the Hamilton, Seattle and Washington State PTSAs. As you may have heard in recent news, Washington State is being fined $100K per day for under-funding basic education. This equates to:

    • 2 teacher salaries

    • 26,667 school lunches for kids

    • A smart board for 40 classrooms

    It is critical that we learn more about the issues surrounding school budgets and funding, and speak out and voice our concerns as a community. Below are three ways you can get involved and help make a difference. Thanks for your support!

    1) Attend SPS Finance Presentation "Understanding the School Budget,” Monday, Jan. 25

    Have you ever wondered how school funding, staffing and budgets are determined, but never knew who to ask?  The Seattle Public Schools Finance team will present an evening dedicated to understanding the school budget process.  

    They'll share helpful information such as when the 2016-17 school planning dates occur, an overview of the budgeting process and how funding is determined and schools are staffed, and information regarding class sizes and the process for parent involvement.  

    The event will be Monday, January 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the auditorium of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. More information is available on the SPS website.

    2) Come to WSPTA Focus Day in Olympia on February 3

    If we ever hope to see full funding of basic education, legislators need to see and hear from us. Please join other Hamilton PTSA members on Wednesday, February 3 in Olympia. Rally on the steps at noon and meet with your legislators. Last year, PTA members from Seattle turned out to Focus Day in record numbers, and we had a big impact.

    Register and learn more. Visit the event registration page to register to attend Focus Day 2016 and email our PTSA Legislative Liaison, Sam Bell at

    3) Support the Upcoming City Levies and Vote on February 9

    Next month, Seattle voters will be asked to preserve funding for our 52,000 Seattle Public Schools students and their 97 schools.

    The three-year "Operations Levy" replaces the current Operations Levy, which is critical to ensuring a quality education for our kids. It provides over 25% of the basic funds needed to operate Seattle's public schools - money that benefits every one of our students that the State does not provide.

    The six-year "Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy" replaces the BTA III capital levy approved by Seattle voters in 2010. BTA IV will provide funds for upgrades and renovations of our aging school facilities on a planned and predictable timeline to help ensure a safe, secure teaching and learning environment.

    Families can help support the levies by endorsing, volunteering or donating to the campaign. Please take the time to review the levy information and remember to vote on February 9! Your support is critical to the educational experience and success of your child and to the 52,000 students in our district.

    For more information about the levies and how you can support the campaign, visit the Schools First website.

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Wednesday, Jan. 20

    It's time to plan for our first Staff Appreciation Luncheon of the new year!  Our Chinese New Year theme is a favorite with HIMS staff.  It's really fun for those who love to buy take-out or cook their favorite Asian dishes.  Please go to the link below to sign up for a food item or to volunteer an hour of your time.  Your contributions really make these luncheons so special:

    Drop off your food and beverage items in the staff lounge by 10:00 AM on Wed., Jan. 20 please. Michelle Fasser,

    HIMS Parents & Staff Night Out @ Fremont Brewing – Tuesday, Feb. 2


    Join us Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) for a night you won't forget! All HIMS Parents and Staff are invited to spend a relaxing evening at HIMS-family-owned Fremont Brewing, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Light appetizers will be provided; drinks are on you.

    PLEASE RSVP so the brewery can staff appropriately:

    ** The first 40 who RSVP get a $2 discount on their first drink, compliments of Fremont Brewing (you will receive your discount ticket when you arrive) **

    Questions? Email us at

    Reflections Art Contest Finalists Announced

    Hamilton artists did well in the city-wide Reflections Art Contest this year with six honorable mentions and six finalists. The finalists’ artwork will move on to the state competition.

    Honorable Mentions

    Dance: Lila C.

    Visual Arts: Jack B., Sophia B., Ava K., Annika L., Carly N.


    Dance: Aiden E.

    Photography: Beatrice G. and Carly N.

    Literature: Liana H.

    Visual Arts: Johanna E. and Karel S.

    Finalists will be notified if their artwork is moving on once a decision is made by the Seattle Reflections Chair. Congratulations artists! Thanks again to all students who participated.

    Community Service Projects for HIMS Families

    We’d like to do some “giving back” and plan one or more community service projects for students and their families to carry out together.  Ideally we’d plan one for each grade level.  For a start we’re looking for members of our school community who have connections that might lead to meaningful and appropriate projects or who would like to help to organize these events.  If you have any good contacts, brilliant ideas, and/or would like to help out, please call or write to Sherry Wilhelm, PTSA 6th Grade Liaison (, 206-784-5779).


    Class of 2020 High School Information

    This month 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools offer information nights for parents and students in late January and early February. Registration for high school classes will follow in April/May. The counseling department will be working with students to make sure they have the information needed prior to registration.

    Counselors will teach two lessons in the 8th grade classrooms in January. The first focuses on preparing students for high school registration and gives students time to preview general high school requirements and post high-school information. The second is a career exploration lesson to help students start to connect their interests with future education and career possibilities.

    High School Enrollment for HCC Families

    Enrollment for Highly Capable Students Rising to Sixth or Ninth Grades

    Currently enrolled fifth- and eighth-grade Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) students are automatically assigned to their regional Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) middle school site for sixth grade or to Garfield for ninth grade and do not need to submit school choice forms.

    Enrollment for Accelerated IB Option at Ingraham High School

    Highly Capable eighth- or ninth-graders attending Hamilton, Washington, Jane Addams or Garfield may request an assignment to the Accelerated IB option at Ingraham by filling out a High School Choice Form during the open enrollment period. See the district's Enrollment webpage.

    Please contact 8th grade counselor Kelli Colleran,, with questions.

    From Guy Thomas, IB Diploma Program Coordinator, Ingraham HS

    The default high school assignment for HCC students is Garfield.  If an HCC student wants to attend Ingraham they need to make that request through the high school option process (school choice form) during open enrollment.  HCC students, regardless of address, who request Ingraham are guaranteed a spot at Ingraham. Being full is not a problem – a significant portion of our population comes from outside of our area.

    Doing the accelerated IB program (IBx) is not required nor automatic.  It will be an opt-in program and we are still working out some of the details about how that happens.

    High School Tours


    Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

    6:00 PM – 6:55 PM - Information Tables in Commons/Building Tours

    7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Presentation and Q&A in Performing Arts Center by Jill Hudson, Principal, Tina Tudor, Ninth Grade Coordinator, and Nathan Hale High School students


    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    6:30 PM – 7:00 PM - Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons

    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM - Welcome & Open House for 8th Grade Choices/Prospective Students for both students and parents


    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 - 7 PM Open House


    Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Thursday, Jan. 28:

    9:00 AM - 9:45 AM – meet in the Quincy Jones Auditorium (preferably) or the Gym (if necessary)

    9:45 AM - 10:30 AM – Building Tours

    Thursday, Feb. 11:

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM – presentation in the Commons followed by self-guided tours with ASB/Link Leader support (department heads and program staff)


    Dec. 1 - Feb. 25
    Shadow Visits begin on Tues., Weds. and Thurs. from 7:50 AM - 11:55 AM. Dates are full but parents can call to put their student on a wait list. Maria Medina, (206) 252-3889


    Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium

    Open House.  This is a general information night open to everyone - Mr. Floe/Principal and the Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham

    Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library

    IB Information Night for parents and students going into the IB Program

    Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Day Time Tours.  Tour begins in the school Auditorium - parents must accompany students

    Questions? Call the Main Office (206) 252-3889, no need to RSVP for Open House and tours.


    Greetings skiers and snowboarders!  El Nino has sent some gorgeous snow to the Cascades.  Ski bus will definitely run as scheduled starting January 15th.  At this time registration is closed so that MOHAN has time to organize the students who are taking lessons.  When they have that finished there may be some spots left over for any last minute registrations.  If you would like to be on a list for these spots, please email Michelle Fasser at

    Already signed up?  Great!  There will be a student meeting next week to give students a run through of the check in process.  That date and time will be emailed to the ski group directly.

    Volunteers are still needed to chaperone on the bus and to act as emergency drivers.  Volunteers and drivers do not have to ski but if they would like to, MOHAN does offer a lift ticket for the evening.  Hanging out in the lodge is perfectly fine too!  To sign up as a volunteer or emergency driver please go to this link:  NOTE:  If you sign up as a volunteer or emergency driver, you must register with MOHAN as a volunteer:  

    MLK Jr. Day Activities Around Seattle

    Monday Jan. 18 is a day of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work toward racial equality and economic justice for all people.  Here are a couple MLK Jr. Day activities and celebrations in Seattle.

    Martin Luther King Jr. 38th Annual Community Celebration

    Friday, Jan. 15 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Mount Zion Baptist Church

    1634 19th Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98122

    The Keynote Speaker will be Nate Miles. Music will be provided by Wadie Ervin and the Mt. Zion Wind Ensemble.

    30th Annual MLK Jr. Rally and March

    Monday, Jan. 18, 12:30 PM

    Garfield High School

    400 23rd Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98122

    This year’s theme is “30th Anniversary Celebration: Recapturing MLK Jr.’s Revolutionary Spirit!” The march will be from Garfield High School to the Federal Building by way of Union and Madison Streets.

    Vision and Hearing Screening Volunteers STILL Needed, Wed. 1/20 & Tues. 1/26

    Parent volunteers are needed to help with 7th grade vision and hearing screenings on Wed., Jan. 20 and Tues., Jan. 26. These will be held all day, from 1st through 6th period in the Library, but volunteers can come for part of the time. No experience necessary! 4 volunteers minimum needed. Please email or call Nurse Anne Fote at or 206-252-5817.

    January 2e (Twice Exceptional) Meeting, Monday, Jan. 11

    2e meeting Monday, Jan. 11, 7 PM at the Lincoln library features Julie George, M.Ed, BCBA. Ms. George is a local therapist who works with children with high functioning autism on areas such as social skills, executive functioning, and emotion regulation. She also provides training to school districts on similar topics. She will be speaking about serving twice exceptional children with autism in schools, including common issues faced by such students and the ways that parents can best advocate for their children.  

    History and Geography Bees

    The History and Geography bee competitions are coming up. Anyone can participate. The History Bee will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, and the Geography Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Qualifying tests will be Jan. 21 and Jan. 27 for school champions.

    Hamilton Open House, NOW Thursday, Jan. 28

    Hamilton’s Open House (for prospective families) has been rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, starting in the Commons.

    Library Volunteer Needed!

    Parents or community members with an interest in books, computers, and/or middle school are encouraged to complete the survey about possible duties and shifts. This survey is fewer than 10 questions and should take about 5 minutes:

    Call for Yearbook Pictures!

    Have 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)

    Upcoming Events

    Jan. 14, 6-8 PM - Night of the Arts. Senior orchestra and the Concert and Treble choirs will be among the students performing at the Night of the Arts open house.

    Jan. 29 - Vocal Jazz at Bellevue College Jazz Festival. Parents: please return your permission slips and bus fee to Ms. Babbitt as soon as possible.

    Don’t Miss an Announcement - Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

    Are you missing important music class announcements? Make sure you are registered with FOMAHI! Register your student(s) and sign up for your music class newsletter and the FOMAHI newsletter today.

    Bake Sale Coordinator Needed for Night of the Arts, Jan. 14

    We are searching for a bake sale coordinator to help with next week's Night of the Arts. If interested, please contact Fiona Cohen,

    Junior Jazz Session 2, Jan. 19 – Mar. 24: Registration Now Open

    The second session of Junior Jazz will meet 2:30 – 4:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 – Mar. 24. Registration is now open. Go to

    DATE CHANGE: 8th Grade Concerto Auditions - Wednesday, Jan. 13

    Auditions for 8th Grade Concerto are now Jan. 13. For more information, contact Ms. Armaly,

    Music-a-thon is Coming!

    Please save the date - Thursday, Feb. 4 for the FOMAHI Annual Fundraiser, Music-a-thon!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year to support our great music program at Hamilton.

    How does Music-a-thon work? Music students request donations from friends and family and then join together to make music for 12 straight hours - from 8 AM until 8 PM - on Thursday, Feb. 4. It's a day filled with music performed by our students and culminating in a special Young Musicians Concert that evening at 7 PM in the Commons. All are invited! Contact Trina Torgelson to help,

    Volunteer Opportunity: Sheet Music Librarian

    The Music Library crew needs help. We're here to train and support you. Help keep the library functioning for years to come! Contact Fiona Cohen for info.

    The After School Men’s Choir Seeks New Voices!

    The Men’s Choir is open to all students interested in vocal instruction. They meet Mondays after school. Please note that this program is run through the YMCA, and is not affiliated with the school district or FOMAHI. There is a fee for the class. For more information, please contact Ms. Babbitt.



    The list of students who made the basketball teams was posted in the Commons on Friday before Winter Break. Boys on the Varsity team will practice Mon. and Wed. in the gym from 2:30 – 4:25.  Boys on the JV team will practice Mon. only. Girls on the Varsity team will practice Tues. and Thurs. in the gym from 2:30 – 4:25.  Girls on the JV team will practice Thurs. only.

    The first game of the season will be on Sat., Jan. 9, with the last game on Sat., March 19.


    Winter HOST Registration is Here!

    HOST offerings will be available to view by 5:00 PM, Thursday, Jan. 7. Registration will go live on Friday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 PM. Please follow the link below for more information:

    Please contact Liz Chase at the YMCA with questions,, (206) 252-5831.


    Ballard Little League Softball & Baseball Registration Open

    Registration for the Ballard Little League 2016 seasons for Softball and Baseball is open. Register by Jan. 31 to avoid late fee. Boys and girls who live in Ballard or attend school in Ballard are eligible to play on a Ballard LL team. Enthusiastic volunteers to coach and/or umpire welcomed, no experience necessary.

    To Register visit For any other questions or additional information contact

    Northwest Seattle Little League (NWSLL) Registration

    NWSLL is chartered through Little League Baseball and offers a variety of divisions for both baseball and softball.  On-time registration runs from Dec. 3 - Jan. 15.  Please visit to learn more and to register on-line.  Questions?  Please send email to

    Queen Anne Quick Styx Girls Youth Lacrosse Spring 2016 Registration Open

    Online registration for Girls Lacrosse is open at

    $50 early bird registration discount. More information in the Parent link on the website.

    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. Sign up at or email

    USA International Homestay Needs Host Families!

    Learn about another culture and share your culture with a student.  Families are needed to host students from all around the world.  Host families receive a monthly stipend of $700 a month to cover cost of hosting.  Contact with questions:  USA International Homestay, 9614 NE 201st, Bothell WA 98011

    Tel:  425-483-5974, Email:, Web:  USHOMESTAY.COM


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