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    The Hamilton Weekly News MARCH 3, 2016

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    3/9 - Wed.

    Jazz Night, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    3/10 - Thurs.

    Spring Choir Night, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    3/12 - Sat.

    7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival, 9 – 4 PM

    3/14 - Mon.

    Pi(e) Night, Commons, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    3/16 - Wed.

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon

    3/23 - Wed.

    2-Hour Early Dismissal

    3/29 - Tues.

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6 PM

    • Spring PTSA Membership Meeting & Conversation with Seattle School Board Director Rick Burke, Library, 7 PM


    HIMS Annual Pi(e) Night is Upon Us!, Monday, March 14 (of course!)

    This mathematically fabulous day will be celebrated at Hamilton Monday 3.14, 6:30–8:30 PM in the Commons.

    We need volunteers to make Pi(e) Night happen!!! This all-school event draws a crowd, and we need adults to help it run smoothly, so sign yourself up and tell your friends!

    Come and bring your favorite pie to share for the infinitely awesome Pie Buffet. The event also features the famous Pie Baking Contest and Pi Recitation Contest, and of course multiple rounds of the always-thrilling Pie Eating Contest.

    Pi(e) Buffet: Bring your pre-sliced pie (either pizza or sweet variety, homemade or store-bought) to share any time throughout the evening.

    Pi(e) Baking Contest: Fancy yourself a stellar pie baker? Any member of the Hamilton community (student, staff, parent, grandparent, etc.) is welcome and encouraged to enter the Pie Baking Contest. Prizes will awarded in the following categories: Best Fruit Pie, Best Cream Pie, Flakiest Crust, Most Original Pie, and Best Presentation.

    Pi(e) Eating Contest: This year there will be multiple heats of the Pie Eating Contest. Interested students will have a chance to submit their name during each lunch period on Thursday, March 10, and final participants will be posted on Friday, March 11.

    Pi Recitation Contest: How many digits of pi do you know? Try your luck in front of Mr. Gussin and members of the HIMS math team. Prizes awarded for reaching 25, 50, 100 digits and beyond!

    Pi(e) Raffle: Great prizes given away throughout the evening.

    Questions? Georgette Semroc,, and Angela Fleet,

    ‘Screenagers’ Movie Puts Spotlight on Hamilton Cell Phone Policy - NEW


    It was a packed house last weekend, for the PTSA’s two screenings of ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.’ More than 600 parents, students, educators and community members attended to watch this intriguing documentary and learn more about how digital device screen time affects teens socially, emotionally and academically. Lots of new information was learned, and lots of questions were raised, such as, ‘What is Hamilton’s policy with digital devices?’

    As listed in the Hamilton Student Directory (which was given to each student at the beginning of the school year), the policy is as follows:


    Use of Personal Electronic Devices

    The SPS policy states, “In accordance with all district policies and procedures, students and staff may use personal electronic devices (e.g. laptops, mobile devices and e-readers) to further the educational and research mission of the district. School staff will retain the final authority in deciding when and how students may use personal electronic devices on school grounds and during the school day. Personal devices may only be used on designated district guest networks. Seattle Public Schools is not responsible for support, maintenance, damage or loss of any personal devices used in or on district facilities.”


    • Students who have electronics out during the school day, without permission of a staff member, will have them confiscated by HIMS staff

      1. The first offense is a pick up at the end of the day

      2. The second offense will result in a parent/guardian pick up at the end of the school day or at their convenience

      3. The third offense will result in administrative action

    • Parents, guardians, relatives or friends should not text message or call our students at any time during school hours. If you need to reach your student, please call the main office at (206) 252-5810

    • Students are not permitted to use cell phones or other devices to record video or take photos during school hours. The only exception to this rule is if a teacher or staff member deems use of electronics necessary to support or enhance instruction and learning

    Worth noting is a recent emphasis on enforcing the first bullet (that students who have their devices out without permission will have them confiscated) during the lunch periods. This includes their use in the Commons, Hawks Nest and hallways.

    Parents, please share this policy with your student and encourage them to keep their phones either at home or in their lockers while at school. Thank you!

    Staff Appreciation Irish Luncheon, Wednesday, March 16

    We are winding down to our final two Staff Appreciation Luncheons for the school year.  For March we celebrate the "Luck of the Irish!".  There are loads of creative choice options as well as some traditional options for our amazing home cooks.  We are also looking for a few extra hands to help execute our Luncheon this time so if you have an hour or two to spare, please consider volunteering your time.  

    Please bring your items to the staff lounge by 10 AM on Wednesday, March 16.  We appreciate all of the amazing contributions and our staff especially appreciates the opportunity to dine on fabulous food and to socialize with one another.  Thank you all for your continued support!

    Sign up here:

    ALL ARE INVITED: Spring PTSA Membership Meeting & Conversation w/SPS Board Director Rick Burke, Tuesday, March 29 - NEW

    Believe it or not, Spring is just a couple weeks away and with that, so is our Spring PTSA Membership Meeting!  All invited to join us, Tuesday, March 29 in the Hamilton Library, from 7-9 PM, for our third Membership Meeting of the school year.

    Items taken up at this meeting are still being planned, but following the brief business portion, we will be joined by Seattle School Board Director Rick Burke for a conversation and Q&A session. Rick is a Hamilton alumnus himself, and is looking forward to learning more about our current community, as well as answering our hot burning questions.

    Do you have questions you’d like Rick to answer? Send them in!

    We will be collecting questions from our community to present to Rick at the meeting, and welcome any suggested topics you would like him to cover. Please send your questions or comments to our PTSA Legislative Liaison, Sam Bell, at

    More info. will follow, but please mark your calendar to join us on March 29!

    Get on ‘Board’ for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board! - NEW

    Middle School is just three short years, so if you’ve waited and wanted to get involved, wait no more! We have several openings on next year’s Hamilton PTSA Board, and now is the time to throw your name in and get the process started.  Could you be our next …


    VP of Fundraising

    VP of Communications

    VP of Events

    Membership Chair

    6th Grade Liaison

    7th Grade Liaison

    8th Grade Liaison

    Newsletter Editor

    Reflections Art Contest Chair

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator

    Those positions, along with other ways to be involved, are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them! Visit the Hamilton PTSA page for job descriptions and more information, or email us at



    College Bound Scholarship Conference, Saturday, March 5 - NEW

    Seattle Public Schools would like to invite College Bound Scholarship middle school students and their families to attend the College Bound Scholarship Conference, and Early College Awareness for Middle School Students on the University of Washington campus on Saturday, March 5.

    The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment for state financial aid. Students must sign up in middle school and meet the income requirements to become a College Bound Scholar. Read more about College Bound Scholarship on their website.

    Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the University of Washington, Harvard Alumni Association, College Success Foundation, College Bound Scholarship, and Seattle Colleges to present an opportunity to learn about the benefits of college, as well as how to be prepared.

    When: Saturday, March 5

    • Registration and light snacks 8:30 AM

    • Workshops from 9 AM until 11:50 AM

    Where: University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall

    Special appearance from Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin (Stanford ’11) who will talk about his experience before, during and after college.

    Skills Center Summer School for Rising 9th Graders

    Is your student interested in earning high school credit this summer?  Trying out a career field for free?  Wondering what it would like to be a chef, engineer or medical professional?  

    Skills Center Summer School offers courses to all Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th – 12th grades in Sept. 2016 with most classes offered mornings or afternoons over four weeks at various Seattle high schools and other locations. For more information and the application, check the Summer Program webpage.  Courses fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis, application deadline is Friday, June 17.  Video here about some of the courses.

    Congratulations Hamilton Geography Bee Champion, Bessie S.! - NEW

    Thanks to the many students who participated in the Geography Bee, and congratulations to Bessie S., our school champion! Bessie is doing a fantastic job representing Hamilton and has qualified for the State Level Competition on Friday, April 1 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Go Bessie!

    Alert!  The Lost & Found is out of Control Again! - NEW

    With lost items from the Ski Bus now joining it, the always large Lost & Found is huge!  Ski Bus items in the main office include a pair of skis, ski poles, and 2 mismatched poles.  Small items in the main office include 7 pairs of eyeglasses, 2 Kindles, 3 watches, 3 unclaimed phones, and a really nice Texas Instruments calculator inside a red pencil pouch that’s been there since the beginning of the year.  

    In the main Lost & Found, across from the Attendance window, there are over 20 lunch bags, over 50 jackets/sweatshirts, and numerous hats, gloves, shorts, sweats, and umbrellas.

    Please help Sheila fight the Lost & Found monster and pick up these valuable items in the next two weeks!  Whatever is left after that will be donated to charity.  

    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)

    Upcoming Events - NEW

    Wed. March 9 – Jazz Students and Men’s Choir perform at Jazz Night, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    Thurs. March 10 – Spring Choir Concert, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    Fri. March 11 – Chamber Orchestra Travels to Western Washington Festival

    Sat. March 12 – Vocal Jazz Travels to the Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds

    Sat. March 12 – Solo & Ensemble, see schedule information below

    Solo & Ensemble Schedules Now Available - NEW

    The 7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival schedules have been posted in the Band room (124) and outside the Orchestra/Choir room (112). Please ask your participating student(s) to check for their performance time(s).

    Volunteers Needed for Solo & Ensemble Event!, Tuesday, March 12 - NEW

    Students from five area middle schools will give nearly 100 performances for adjudicators during our Solo & Ensemble event on Tuesday, March 12. We need volunteers to help out between 8:30 and 4 PM. Help us make this another successful event! For more information, contact Kate Bovey,, or sign up now on the S&E signup genius

    Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

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


    Girls Volleyball Tryouts - NEW

    March 15 & March 17 in the Gym.  All paperwork due to the main office by March 11. First game March 26.

    Boys Soccer Tryouts - NEW

    March 15 & March 17.  All paperwork due to the main office by March 11. First game March 26.

    Required Paperwork

    The following 4 items must be received by the main office by March 11 in order to eligible to try out.  For safety reason NO EXCEPTIONS can be made.  Forms in the main office or online here:

    1. Current SPS Athletics Physical on file

    2. Sports Specific Waiver on file

    3. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Waiver

    4. Concussion Awareness Waiver

    Track Registration Open

    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. Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday. First game April 2.


    Saturday, March 5 – Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games, both vs. Eckstein at 4 PM, both at Nathan Hale HS location

    Saturday, March 5 – Boys JV Basketball game vs. Eckstein at 2:30 PM, at Jane Addams MS location

    Saturday, March 5 – Girls JV Basketball game vs. Eckstein at 1 PM, at Jane Addams MS location

    Saturday, March 12 – Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Aki Kurose at 2:30 PM at Chief Sealth HS location

    Saturday, March 12 – Girls Varsity Basketball game vs. Aki Kurose at 2:30 PM at Denny MS location

    Saturday, March 12 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, both vs. Aki Kurose at 1 PM, both at Jane Addams MS location


    2016 Spring HOST registration will begin on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 PM. HOST class offerings will be posted to the Hamilton website by 5 PM on Tuesday, March 15th.

    HOST Registration Info:

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


    ‘The Odyssey’ by SPT Youth

    Voyage across land and sea and through the underworld. Muses and monsters introduce this epic myth of the brave and courageous Odysseus as he seeks his homeland and family. Acclaimed playwright Mary Zimmerman is known for her fresh, vivid, and striking style. Ensemble features actors grades 9 - 12.

    Friday, March 4, 7 PM

    Saturday, March 5, 7 PM

    All performances are FREE!

    Tickets are available by walk-up, starting an hour before the beginning of each performance.

    ‘Peter Pan’ at Green Lake Elementary - NEW

    Enjoy some time in Neverland and come support Green Lake Elementary School's school play, ‘Peter Pan.’ Friday, March 11 at 7 PM and Saturday, March 12 at 2 PM and 7 PM. Performances are at Lincoln Auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave. N. in Wallingford), tickets are by donation at the door ($10 suggested). Proceeds pay for the production and anything extra goes directly to the general PTA fund for Green Lake Elementary. Come fly away and let your imagination soar!

    ‘Oklahoma!’ by Woodland Park Players

    Tickets on sale now for Woodland Park Players’ first musical, ‘Oklahoma!’ This is a community group of 45+ neighbors singing and dancing, 20+ piece orchestra with professionals and students, and neighborhood crew members.

    When: March 18, 19 at 7 PM

    Where: Roosevelt High School Theater, 1410 NE 66th St., Seattle

    Cost: $15 reserved seat/ticket

    Cowboy-themed bake sale at intermission!
    Tickets selling fast, purchase at:

    Preventing Teen Drug Use Forum

    What can parents do as alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs become more available? Come to a free educational forum for all Seattle families. Dr. Leslie R. Walker, Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Seattle Children's will discuss teen health, the impact of drug use, and what parents can do to prevent it. Dr. Walker will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

    Location: Wright Auditorium, enter through RIVER ENTRANCE, Seattle Children's Hospital - 4800 Sand Point Way NE

    Date: Thursday March 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


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