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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    JANUARY 28, 2016


    1/28 - Thurs. - TONIGHT!

    • Roosevelt High School Open House, 7 - 8 PM

    • Hamilton Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    1/29 - Fri.

    Regular School Day (make-up)

    2/2 - Tues.

    • HIMS Parents & Staff Night Out at Fremont Brewing, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

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

    Garfield High School Library

    400 - 23th Ave., Seattle

    2/3 - Wed.

    • Ingraham High School Daytime Tour, 8 - 9:30 AM

    • Ingraham High School General Information Open House, 7 PM

    • PTA Focus Day in Olympia

    2/4 - Thurs.

    Music-a-thon, with Young Musicians Concert, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    2/9 - Tues.

    • Seattle School District Levies Special Election Day

    • Nathan Hale High School Open House, 6 - 8:30 PM - Correction

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting, Library, 7 - 9 PM

    2/10 - Wed.

    • Ingraham High School Daytime Tour, 8 - 9:30 AM

    • Ingraham High School IB Information Open House, 7 PM

    2/11 - Thurs.

    • Garfield High School Open House, 6 - 8 PM

    • Ballard High School Open House, 6 - 8:30 PM

    • Drug Prevention Parent Education Talk, Library, 6:30 - 7:15 PM

    2/15 - Mon.

    President’s Day - No School

    2/16 - Tues.

    Reduced Mid-Winter Break - No School

    2/17 - 2/19 - Wed. through Fri.

    Regular School Days (make-ups)

    2/17 - 3/1

    Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment Period

    PRINCIPAL’S LETTER - Coming Soon!


    Coming to Hamilton: a Must-See for All Teens and Parents - NEW


    Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices. That doesn’t include the time they use screens for school and homework. ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age’ is a documentary that explores how much screen time is too much and takes a hard, yet entertaining look at how screen time affects the self-image and self-control of teenagers.

    Much of the movie was filmed in Seattle!  Trailer here:

    Directed by a physician and mother of two, Dr. Delaney Ruston also delves deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people’s minds and development.

    The Hamilton PTSA invites all parents and students to join us for two free showings of this provocative film in the Hamilton Gymnasium:

    • Friday, Feb. 26 @ 6 PM

    • Saturday, Feb. 27 @ 11AM

    Concessions will be available, and both showings will be followed by facilitated small-group discussions (participation is encouraged, and parent groups will be separate from student groups).

    ** Please RSVP at so we can plan or adjust accordingly.

    Don’t miss this chance to learn how we can empower our children to best navigate the digital world. All are welcome. Questions? Email

    Warning Signs: What Parents Need to Know about Drug Prevention - Thursday, Feb. 11 - NEW


    FACT: Saying “Not my kid,” will not prevent your child from experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

    Over 10% of middle-schoolers will experiment with drugs and alcohol before they leave middle school, and as parents, you are their first line of defense in learning to resist and avoid the temptation that they will encounter, not just in school, but in life.

    Join us for a parent education night featuring Mark Rose, Treatment Director of Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers Seattle office, Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 - 7:15 PM, followed by Q&A session, in the Library. Learn about what our students will cover during Drug & Alcohol Prevention Month at Hamilton.

    Questions? Email Luke Sworts, Mental Health Therapist & Prevention Specialist, at

    Join the Seattle PTSA and Your Neighbors in Voting to Renew the School Levies - Tuesday, Feb. 9 - NEW

    Be sure to turn in your ballot by Feb. 9 in support of renewing the capital and operational levies! The Operations Levy funds 25% of the Seattle Public Schools budget. The capital levy adds 2,050 new seats in real buildings (not portables) to accommodate our overcrowded schools. For Hamilton parents, highlights of these levies include:

    • Building an addition for 500 more students at Ingraham

    • Earthquake retrofitting of the roof at Ingraham and Ballard, computer upgrades across the board

    • New science and computer labs at high schools to support the higher graduation standards

    • Upgraded fields at Ingraham, Lower Woodland Park, Robert Eagle Staff, and Nathan Hale

    • Over $104 million dollars in new technology to support learning and operations

    Seattle School levies will remain the lowest as a percentage of property value in the region. Supporters include the Seattle PTSA, The Seattle Times and a preponderance of elected officials. Find more information here or at SchoolsFirst,

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

    FremontBrewing.png** THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND IS FULL ** Thank you to all you RSVP'ed and we look forward to seeing you Tuesday night.

    Carpools and alternative transportation are encouraged. Questions? Email us at



    The PTSA is pleased to report that the 2015 Fall Fund Drive has ended, and your generous donations helped us to raise $91,000!  This total includes all recurring monthly donations through the end of the school year, as well as anticipated corporate matches, and puts us very close to our goal of $95,000.

    THANK YOU for your donations!  They enable us to meet our PTSA budget for the year, and will help support the programs and community that we all value here at Hamilton.

    If you didn’t get a chance to donate, our online donation page will remain live through the end of the school year at, or you can always mail in or drop off a check in the office.  We’ll be sending receipts for tax purposes by the end of January.

    Click here to donate online:


    Or drop off/mail your check (made out to Hamilton PTSA) to:

    1610 N 41st St, Seattle, WA 98103

    Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School and your investment in our kids!  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at


    Upcoming Make-up School Days - NEW

    Please note that this Friday, Jan. 29, normally a day off between semesters, will be a make-up regular school day.  Mid-Winter break will run only Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16, with Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 19 also becoming strike make-up days.

    Progress Report and Report Card Dates

    Due to the late start to the school year, dates for sending out Progress Reports and Report Cards have been adjusted.  Please check here for a summary of the new dates.

    More Students Expected at Hamilton in 2016-2017 - NEW

    As your child can tell you, Hamilton is bursting at the seams with students. At the end of 2015, there were 1,094 kids, up from 956 in 2014-15 in a building designed for fewer. Numbers will be increasing again next year by another 80-100 kids according to Seattle Public Schools forecasts.

    Concerns about the total number of kids per schools should be directed to the district headquarters at the John Stanford Center or Rick Burke,, the representative for our district. The Hamilton staff will be developing next year’s budget and schedules for classes and teachers over the next few months and will share any major changes with the Hamilton community.

    These numbers are a result of greater-than-forecast numbers of kids in North Seattle overall as well as overflow until the new Robert Eagle Staff Middle School is opened in 2017. At that point, enrollment is forecast at 896 and will then build back up. More information here.

    Advanced Learning Enrollment

    The Advanced Learning office will notify families (who referred a child by the Oct. 8 deadline) via email about a child’s eligibility as scores are received and processed, late January through February. Families who haven’t received an eligibility email by Feb. 29 should contact Advanced Learning with the subject line “Eligibility Letter.”

    • Enrollment: Families who would like their child to participate in Advanced Learning programs or services in a school other than the attendance-area school should enroll the child during Open Enrollment, Feb. 17 to March 1. Families should submit a School Choice Form during this window even if they have NOT received eligibility results by this time

    • Ineligible Students and Appeals: Families who wish to appeal must provide all appeals documents no later than THREE WEEKS from the date of the eligibility email. (We have tightened the appeals window in order to accommodate budget and staffing timelines)

    • Eligible Students and Enrollment

      • Highly Capable-eligible students: HC services are guaranteed, either at the attendance-area school or through self-contained classes in the pathway Highly Capable Cohort school. To join the cohort, families should submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment

      • Advanced Learning-eligible students: Students may receive advanced work at the attendance-area school or through self-contained or cluster-grouped Spectrum classes, available at designated sites on a space-available basis. Families may submit a School Choice form during Open Enrollment, but a seat is not guaranteed

    K-8 testing continues at least through January, but all families who referred by the Oct. 8 deadline should have received a testing appointment date by now. Those who have not should email with the subject line “Winter Testing.”

    For details about all of these issues, please see our Advanced Learning Enrollment page and our Advanced Learning Appeals page.

    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.

    Slides from “Getting Ready for High School and Beyond” are available to view here.

    Students did the “Explore Careers” quiz here,, and then looked at potential jobs in career clusters with high matches based on their quiz results. - NEW

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

    7 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 PM - Clubs and Activities tables in the Commons

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


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


    Thursday, Feb. 11:

    6 PM - 8 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 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 PM – Ingraham Library

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

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

    Hamilton 2014-2015 School Report

    One of the goals of having School Reports is to support families as critical partners with us in a student’s academic success. To get involved, please share this with your friends and neighbors, visit the school, or consider talking to the teacher or principal about joining the school's Building Leadership Team or Parent Teacher Student Association to shape your school's improvement plan.

    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. 29 - Vocal Jazz at Bellevue College Jazz Festival

    Feb. 4 – Music-a-thon

    Feb. 8 – UW Band Fest

    Feb. 9 – February FOMAHI Board Meeting

    Countdown to the Music-A-Thon - UPDATED

    We hope your student is participating in our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Music-a-thon, on Thursday, Feb. 4! Students who return their donation packet (signed by you) by 3 PM Thursday, Feb. 4 will be eligible to win one of many cool prizes. Our goal: Raise $25,000 to support Hamilton music programs. For more info, to download a pledge sheet or to donate via Paypal, go to the FOMAHI website,

    The 7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival is Coming - NEW

    Hamilton's 7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held 9–4 PM Saturday, March 12. For more information, see the Solo & Ensemble packets that went home with students last week. Forms will also be available at later this week.

    Next FOMAHI Board Meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 9

    Want to learn more about FOMAHI? Thinking about volunteering? Join us at 7 PM Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the HIMS library! Meetings are open to the public.

    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.

    After School Men’s Choir Starts Monday

    Men's Choir session two begins Monday after school! Come sing with us. Sign up through HOST.

    Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

    Register your music student today and sign up for your music class letter at


    Basketball - NEW

    Saturday, Jan. 30 – Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Washington at 1 PM at Chief Sealth HS location

    Saturday, Jan. 30 – Girls Varsity Basketball game vs. Washington at 1 PM at Denny MS location

    Saturday, Jan. 30 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, both vs. Washington, at 8:30 AM, both at Jane Addams MS location

    Saturday, Feb. 6 – Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Mercer at 11:30 AM at Madison MS location

    Saturday, Feb. 6 – Girls Varsity Basketball game vs. Mercer at 11:30 AM at Denny MS location

    Saturday, Feb. 6 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, BYE WEEK


    Winter HOST Registration is Here!

    There is still space in many winter HOST classes. Winter session runs Jan. 19 - March 24.

    GOOD NEWS … WE HAVE ADDED A CLASS! In addition to the Advanced Chess Club, we have now ADDED a Beginner/Intermediate Chess Club on Mondays! Please follow the link below.

    HOST classes and registration:

    Contact Liz Chase at the YMCA with questions,, (206) 252-5831


    ‘Beyond Measure’ Film, Alternatives to Standardized Testing - Thursday, Jan. 28 - TONIGHT

    Free screening of ‘Beyond Measure,’ from the makers of ‘A Race to Nowhere,’ at Garfield High School this Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 PM. This 90-minute documentary shows schools, featuring Garfield, that are moving away from test-driven education. More info here.

    After the movie, ‘Beyond Measure’ film director Vicki Abeles and GHS Teachers Jesse Hagopian, Rachel Eells and Heather Robison will lead a panel discussion. The screening is being hosted by The Seattle Opt Out movement, which is working to deepen the conversations around high stakes standardized testing.

    Education Roundtable on Student Discipline - Saturday, Jan. 30 - NEW

    Join the State Commissions on African American Affairs, Asian Pacific Affairs, and Hispanic Affairs along with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at an Education Roundtable with a focus on student discipline. The event is Saturday, Jan. 30 from 1 -3:30 PM at El Centro de la Raza. Address is 2524 - 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144.

    Get In The Game Basketball Camp, Saturday, Jan. 31 - NEW

    The Get In The Game Basketball Camp is approaching fast on Sunday, Jan. 31 4-6 PM at Ballard Boys and Girls Club. This is a FREE event open to all boys and girls 2nd to 8th grades, registration is required. Hoopaholics experienced coaches will be leading.  Only 30 open spots, register today! Email or call (206) 795-0687 with player name, age and contact phone or email.

    My Brother's Keeper Symposium: A Call to Action - Saturday, Feb. 6 - NEW

    MBK initiative and mission is to expand opportunities and improve life outcomes not only for black males but also for young men and boys of color. Everyone is invited to attend. This event is hosted in partnership with Seattle Public Schools Race and Equity Department, Parents and Family Engagement Department and other partnerships are coming on board. We believe that as we fashion solutions that help black children, we fashion solutions that help all children. Send RSVP now. Find more information here.

    Explore Engineering Outreach Event and Parent and Educator Program (PEP)

    The Pacific NW Professional Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-PNW) is hosting an exciting opportunity for middle school girls to learn about science and technology careers. The Explore Engineering Outreach Event features two engineering-based activities where girls will learn to think like an engineer in a hands-on environment and interact with local engineers.

    While the girls are engaged in the Outreach Event, adults can attend a parallel program, the Parent and Educator Program (PEP). This program will help sustain the girls’ STEM interests and features information on college admissions, a live panel of professional and collegiate in STEM fields, and how to break stereotypes normally associated with the jobs and professionals in STEM fields. Teachers, parents, and anyone who works with girls are welcome.

    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

    Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

    Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle

    Girls: $7 (includes t-shirt and snack), Parents/Educators: $5 (includes drink and snack)

    SIGN UP HERE - Scholarships are available

    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

    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


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