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    The Hamilton Weekly News
    FEBRUARY 11, 2016

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    2/11 - Thurs. - TONIGHT!

    • 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)

    2/18 - Thurs.

    HIMS ‘Walk-In’ w/Rep. Brady Walkinshaw & Board Member Rick Burke, 7 - 7:45 AM

    2/17 - 3/1

    Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment Period

    2/24 - Wed.

    Ballard High School Morning Tour, 8 - 9:30 AM

    2/26 & 2/27

    'Screenagers' PTSA free film screening & discussion, Gym

    Friday 2/26 at 6 PM and Saturday 2/27 at 11 AM

    3/1 - Tues.

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

    Hamilton Library


    In the next few weeks we will start to receive projections for how many students will be enrolled at Hamilton next year and quickly following that how many teachers will be funded to teach the classes for those students and quickly following that scheduling those classes. And thus, with the school year barely half complete, some of us are turning our thoughts to next year.

    For much of this, the decisions are limited: the size of our student population dictates (by formula) how many teachers will be funded here, as well as how many counselors, administrators, secretaries, and … how many days our nurse is funded. There are some small but important decisions that we as a community are charged with making.

    I have been working with Hamilton’s Building Leadership Team – and its budget committee – to prepare for when we receive our budget. I also plan to present for input some possible directions for next year’s budget to the PTSA and am grateful to work with Lisa Rivera Smith, the PTSA Board President, for how best to do this. Alongside the work on the budget, a group of teachers, parent Lisa Melenyzer, and I are reworking Hamilton’s Strategic Plan—what we call the Continuous School Improvement Plan. This work will help guide our work in classrooms and throughout the building—for example, how we best support our students, challenge them, and identify our professional development needs.

    Please look for more information on our budget, our enrollment projections, and our strategic plan—and ways to be involved. If you are reading this newsletter diligently, you will notice how busy your Parent-Teacher-Student Association has been. It was such a treat to gather at the Fremont Brewing Tap Room and chat with families in a casual setting. Tonight you can hear an expert on drug prevention and in two weeks a film about young people and devices will be screened at Hamilton. These are diverse and important ways in which the greater Hamilton community works, and I am honored to be in such an involved and supportive group of people.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal


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


    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.

    Staff Appreciation Italian Luncheon, Wednesday, Feb. 24 - NEW

    It's that time again to treat our fabulous staff to an amazing lunch!  Please help us create a memorable Italian feast!  Items can be brought to the school by 10 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and left in the staff lounge.  We appreciate your ongoing support!

    Sign up here:

    Seeking New Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair! - NEW

    From Current Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair, Michelle Fasser:
    With three more lunches on the calendar it's now time to start looking for our next Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair.  I have LOVED this job for the last 3 years and am proud to be passing it on.  If you would like to learn more about the commitment, please call Michelle Fasser at (206) 713-4195 or email

    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:

    See GeekWire’s review! - NEW

    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

    Hamilton PTSA 2015 Fall Fund Drive – Tax Receipts - NEW

    The PTSA recently mailed tax receipts for all donations received during the 2015 calendar year.  If there was an email address associated with your gift, we sent your receipt via email.  All other letters were sent via U.S. mail.  If you haven’t received yours, or have any questions, get in touch with Deb Sundblad at

    Along with anticipated corporate matches and  recurring monthly donations through the end of the school year, we are currently at $93,000 - very close to our goal of $95,000!  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 drop off a check in the office. Thank you for your support!


    Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Principal Hiring Meetings - NEW

    In September 2017, a new middle school will open in the NW Region.

    Robert Eagle Staff Middle School will serve students from Greenwood, Olympic View, Northgate, Broadview-Thomson, Daniel Bagley, and Cascadia.

    Meetings to discuss the hiring of the planning principal for this new middle school will be held at four sites. Parents of current 4th and 5th grade students are invited to attend to hear more about the hiring process and the planning that the new principal will lead during 2016-2017 to ensure a successful launch of the new school.

    Parents of 6th grade middle school students at Whitman and 6th grade HCC students at Hamilton, whose reference school is one of the schools named above, are also invited to attend.

    Meetings are scheduled on the following dates and times:

    Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Bagley Elementary (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)

    Thursday, Feb. 18 at Northgate Elementary (7 PM to 8 PM)

    Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Greenwood Elementary (7 PM to 8 PM)

    Thursday, Feb. 25 at Cascadia Elementary Auditorium (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

    All meetings will take place in the lunchroom unless otherwise noted at the school site. Spanish language services will be provided at Northgate and Greenwood.

    Learn more about the new school on the Seattle Public Schools' Building Excellence Program website.

    Editor’s Note: In the original enrollment plan for Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, HCC students who live in the Whitman Service Area were also designated to attend Robert Eagle Staff.  Hamilton PTSA has contacted Dr. Flip Herndon, Associate Superintendent of Facilities & Operations, to request clarification about the current enrollment plan for Eagle Staff and to ask whether families who live in the Whitman Service area should also plan to attend these meetings.  We are waiting for a response and will update the Hamilton community via email as soon as that information is made available.

    HIMS Educators Invite all to ‘Walk In’ w/ State Rep. Walkinshaw and SPS Board Member Rick Burke – Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 - 7:45 AM


    Next Thursday, 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

    Math Zone Volunteers Wanted - NEW

    Offered during all homeroom periods, students come to Math Zone to receive extra help working on and completing math assignments.  The remediation and re-teaching students receive during Math Zone is an important part of our math program. Help us make sure every student gets the support he or she needs!

    Volunteers are needed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (with a half-hour break at 11 AM).  Please pick the specific dates and times that work for you.  To volunteer or to get more information, please contact Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard at

    Volunteers will also need to fill out the required paperwork on the Volunteer Requirements page of the Hamilton Website or to contact Volunteer Coordinator, Trina Torgelson, at

    Ski Bus Update:  Join Next Year’s Team! - NEW

    Ski bus has been going great this season.   We have had some really fabulous conditions at Snoqualmie and the kids have been having a blast.  With two more weeks left in our season, ski bus coordinator Michelle Fasser (an 8th grade parent who will be moving on to high school next year) is looking for her replacement for next year.  While she has the information fresh in her mind, she would love to hand it all over to a team of parents who would be willing to work together next winter and keep the program going!

    Michelle will be hosting an information meeting at her home, on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 PM for anyone interested.  This does not mean that you need to be next year’s ski bus coordinator if you show up!  She will just share the different roles that need to be filled and hopefully everyone at the meeting will find a fit for them.

    It’s a very fun experience coordinating this giant field trip to the slopes! Please email Michelle at, if you will be attending the informational meeting.

    Drug and Alcohol Prevention Month

    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 TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 11 (posted above). 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

    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.

    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.

    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


    Thursday, Feb. 11 - Open House

    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

    Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Morning Tour - NEW

    8 AM - Meet in the Commons

    8 – 8:30 AM - Tour in small groups led by current BHS students

    8:30 – 9:30 AM - Program in the Commons: Principal, Activities Coordinator, Counselors

    Shadowing - NEW

    During Feb. we allow our students to host 8th grade visitors that they know. The BHS student must pick up paperwork in the Office and complete it at least a week ahead. Students interested in taking music courses should contact Michael James (Band),, Courtney Rowley (Choir),, or Brittany Newell (Orchestra),, who may be able to arrange for a visit with their students.


    Thursday, Feb. 11 - TONIGHT!

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

    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.

    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)

    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

    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. Forms are available at

    Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

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


    Track Registration Open - NEW

    Packets available to sign up for track are outside Ms. Paris’ room 233. Complete and return it as soon as possible. The first practice will be March 15.

    Ultimate Frisbee Registration Open

    Register for spring ultimate frisbee by Friday, Feb. 19.  Click on this link for more information and to register:


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

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

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games, both vs. McClure at 11:30 AM, both at Nathan Hale HS location

    Saturday, Feb. 20 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, both vs. McClure at 10 AM, both at Jane Addams MS location


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

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


    Free Dental Services for Children - NEW

    The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is holding a special day with free services for kids 1-18 including exam, x-rays, fluoride, teeth cleaning, sealants, and simple fillings. Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 AM-1 PM in Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., Seattle. Appointments are required, call (206) 543-5800. A few spots for parents also available!

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

    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.‬

    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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