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    FEBRUARY 4, 2016

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    2/4 - Thurs. - TODAY!

    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

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6:30 - 8 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

    2/18 - Thurs.

    HIMS ‘Walk-In’ w/Rep. Brady Walkinshaw & Board Member Rick Burke

    3/1 - Tues.

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

    Hamilton Library


    This week marks the end of the first semester and in the next few weeks you will get your student’s report card. No matter the specific letters in that report card, I urge you to spend some time discussing the first semester and celebrating. Not a single student at Hamilton has not learned this semester, and I would venture to say that each one has learned a lot. I would also urge you to celebrate the first semester’s completion. For our 6th graders, they have completed their very first middle school semester, and that’s a big deal. It’s quite a transition to move to a six-period, six-teacher, six-subject day, and learning to work and learn in this new system deserves our plaudits. Seventh graders are just now passing the midpoint of their middle-school careers—and halfway through their pre-college academic lives! Well done! Eighth graders are entering their last semester before high school, and before we can blink they will be off to high school prepared with the skills (I always emphasize skills) for high school.

    So, please celebrate with your students.

    And set goals for the rest of the year. Among the most important behaviors and predictors of academic success is to think ahead and put a target out there to reach for—whether that’s an academic behavior goal, a grade goal, a social goal, a learning goal, or a combination of some of these or others, putting something out there to work toward makes it far more likely to happen. Lastly, I urge you to have your student make that goal public in some way—tell you, tell a friend, tell a teacher, tell me.

    Next Tuesday (Feb. 9) is election day and Seattle Public Schools has put two levies to Seattle voters: the renewal of a three-year operations levy, which helps pay for the district’s educational programs not fully funded by the state of Washington, and the renewal of six-year capital levy, which will pay for new schools, maintenance, technology, upgrades to buildings, and more.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal


    New Top-Quality Foosball Tables! - NEW

    Foosball in the Hawk’s Nest is very popular! But their popularity means the tables take a real beating. Seattle Schools, Principal Blish and the PTSA have all rallied together to purchase two new Tornado 3000 Foosball tables! These are the best available and are used in professional tournaments around the world. Many thanks to PTSA Board member Chris Nabinger for spearheading this project and assembling the tables last Friday with his daughter Carly and her friend Natalia.  Students are asked to enjoy, but also treat them with care so they will last for many years to come.

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


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

    See “Drug and Alcohol Prevention Month” below for more resources and information.

    Coming to Hamilton: a Must-See for All Teens and Parents, Feb. 26 & 27


    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 optional but 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 – INVITE YOUR FRIENDS (and have them RSVP)

    Questions? Email

    State Funding for Education Remains Blocked - NEW

    A bipartisan work group appointed by Governor Inslee put forth a bill to commit the legislature to be on track to comply with the McCleary lawsuit. The bill was passed by a majority in the House but remains blocked in the Senate by the chair of the education committee, Senator Litzow (R-Mercer Island). Senator Litzow specifically objected to setting a hard date of 2017 to raise the money to fund compliance. As a result, voting for the Seattle Public Schools levies are the only near-term route to funding our schools and reduce crowding in our facilities.

    A variety of online publications are covering the developments:

    Ballots are due on Tuesday!

    Join the Seattle PTSA and your neighbors in voting to renew 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 Educators invite all to ‘Walk-In’ w/ State Rep. Walkinshaw and SPS Board Member Rick Burke – Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 - 7:45 AM - NEW

    WAadvocacy.jpgThursday, Feb. 18, schools all across Seattle will gather before the school day and hold ‘Walk-In’ events, drawing attention to the issue of funding for education.

    But here at Hamilton, we may have the most exciting ticket in town!

    Not only will our illustrious HIMS educators be out in force, but our school will also have the honor of being joined by Washington State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and District 2 SPS Board Member Rick Burke! Together, let’s join them and “Walk In” to support the quality public schools that all our students deserve.


    This is an event for ALL parents, families and students. It will be a peaceful gathering and school will begin on time.


    From 7 - 7:45 AM, we’ll enjoy warm cocoa and tasty breakfast treats, all while hearing from our guest speakers – Rep. Walkinshaw and Mr. Burke – and creating messages to be delivered to Olympia. But the best part is, everyone who attends will see advocacy in action and stand united in our cause!

    Come out and be part of the movement that demands our state do its “paramount duty” and fully fund Washington’s public schools. And don’t forget to “Wear Red for Ed(ucation)”!

    Contact Sarah Arvey for more info, at

    Drug and Alcohol Prevention Month - NEW

    As a resident of Seattle, you can’t help but notice the “pot shops” popping up all over our community. You may have also noticed additional billboards and signage on public transit warning about the dangers of underage use. One that is particularly poignant says something along the lines of: “My kid wouldn’t smoke marijuana, but would they eat it in a brownie?”

    As parents and guardians, you are the most powerful influence in a child’s life and conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with and protect their kids.

    As we kick off our Drug and Alcohol Prevention month at Hamilton, we hope you will join us for the parent education night on Thursday, Feb. 11 (mentioned earlier in this newsletter). We highly encourage you to engage in conversation with your students at home and ask them about what they are learning at school related to drugs and alcohol. Share with them your values, hopes and expectations.  Here are some helpful websites to equip you with information to assist in these conversations.

    • Start Talking Now: A project of the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition - This website has great resources for parents, including how to start the conversations with your kids.

    If your family is in need of additional support, please contact the counseling team to help connect you with additional services.

    Hamilton Celebrates Black History Month - NEW

    Hamilton is celebrating Black History Month! Hamilton's MSU (Multicultural Student Union) kicked off Black History Month by making a domino mosaic of MLK. The final product is on display in the Commons.

    During the second week of February, the MSU will host activities during lunch to celebrate African-American culture. They will also be hosting UW students for a cultural workshop on Monday, Feb. 22 and hosting a movie night that week. We encourage families to take this opportunity to talk with students about the role of diversity and the importance of celebrating different cultures.

    ASB Valentine’s Day Sale - NEW

    The ASB will be selling Valentine notes Tuesday, Feb. 9 to Thursday, Feb. 11! A rose and card for one dollar or card only for 50 cents. These will be delivered on Friday, Feb. 12 during homeroom. Profits from the sale benefit Kiva, a global microfinancing organization.

    Make-up School Days - Feb. 17 through  Feb. 19

    Please note that the President’s Day holiday is Monday, Feb. 15 and Mid-Winter break is Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 19 will be regular school 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

    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.

    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, 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. 10 – 8 AM – 9:30 AM

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

    Wednesday, Feb. 10 – 7 PM – Ingraham Library

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

    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

    Feb. 4 – Music-a-thon - TODAY!

    Feb. 8 – UW Band Fest

    Feb. 9 – February FOMAHI Board Meeting

    Wild Waves Trip Coordinators Needed

    Attention Junior Band and Concert Orchestra parents! These groups need field trip coordinators for the splashiest event of the year: the May 21 day trip to perform and play at Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way. If you are interested, please contact Fiona Cohen at

    Music-A-Thon Today!

    Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Music-a-thon, is today!  Students who return their donation packet (signed by you) by 3 PM Thursday 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

    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.

    Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

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


    Ultimate Frisbee Registration Open - NEW

    Registration for spring ultimate is now open!  Register by Friday, Feb. 19.  Click on this link for more information and to register:


    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 no games, BYE WEEK

    Saturday, Feb. 13 –  Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball no games, BREAK

    Saturday, Feb. 13 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball no games, BREAK


    Winter session runs Jan. 19 - March 24.  More information here:

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



    Youth Voice, Youth Choice Has $700K for Youth-Centered Projects - NEW

    Feb. 4 (Greenwood Library 4 PM), Feb. 9, Feb. 10, Feb. 18, and Feb. 23 are upcoming events for Seattle’s Dept. of Neighborhoods youth participatory budgeting project, Youth Voice, Youth Choice. Youths ages 11-25 who are passionate about a community project or idea - parks, arts, transportation, homelessness, or other areas are invited to attend a meeting and submit a project. They can also help develop projects with city staff to vote on in May. ‪Check Facebook for more information.‬

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

    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. 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  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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