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    The Hamilton Weekly News MARCH 10, 2016

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    3/10 - Thurs. - Tonight!

    Spring Choir Concert, 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

    3/17 - Thurs.

    Spring Orchestra Concert, Lincoln Auditorium - Correction!, 7 - 9 PM

    3/18 - Fri.

    ASB Spring Dance, Gym, 2:30 - 4 PM

    3/23 - Wed.

    2-Hour Early Dismissal

    3/24 - Thurs.

    Spring Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium - Correction!, 7 - 9 PM

    3/29 - Tues.

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6 PM

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


    Spring is definitely in the air. This shift in weather has inspired spring cleaning in the Pickard household. In that spirit, there are several school housekeeping announcements to catch up parents and community on.

    Smarter Balanced Assessment and Measurement of Student Practice

    Hamilton will again be partaking in the Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) this spring. Testing will commence on May 2 and continue throughout the month. Our eighth graders will also participate in the Measurement of Student Practice (MSP) Science which will be online this year. While the planning and preparation for the administration of the tests is ongoing, we wanted families to be aware of the tentative dates so you could plan accordingly. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact testing coordinators Christy Smith,, or Michelle Pickard,

    Important Dates:

    5/2-5/6 – 8th grade Math & ELA SBA

    5/9-5/13 – 7th grade Math & ELA SBA

    5/16-5/20 – 6th grade Math & ELA SBA

    5/23- 5/27 – SBA Make-ups

    5/23- 5/27 – 8th Grade MSP Science (online)

    6/14-6/16 – Biology End of Course Exam (EOC)


    At Hamilton, we want every student present and ready to learn every day. In that vein, we are working to ensure that students are in school and on time to class. Studies consistently show that students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. If your child is absent please remember to call the attendance office or send a note with your child upon return to school. If you have a family vacation that conflicts with a school day, please fill out a pre-arranged absence form and submit it to the attendance office. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Pickard,, or Kelly Powers,

    Safety Update

    Hamilton is a beautiful, new building and we are fortunate to be housed in a quiet neighborhood, but the reality of this day and age have prompted the HIMS Safety Committee to make several changes to our policies and procedures in an effort to ensure the safety all Hamilton students and staff. We have created a HIMS Crisis Response Plan so that we are prepared should we ever be faced with a building tragedy. We are currently working on providing “orange buckets” for each classroom, stocked with necessary supplies should we ever have to spend prolonged time in the building. We are in talks with neighboring schools Cascadia and Licton Springs to coordinate safety plans in the event of an earthquake. Our ADA parking space was recently relocated to the corner of 41st and Densmore to provide more convenient building access. And we have modified our building procedure, locking all doors during the school day with the exception of the main entrance doors and the South-East ADA entrance to better monitor access to the building. We are reminding all visitors to use only the approved entrances and check in with the office to acquire a visitor’s badge when visiting Hamilton.

    Thanks for bearing with me as I clean house, so to speak. Happy Spring and go Hawks!

    Michelle Pickard, Assistant Principal


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

    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,, or Angela Fleet,

    Staff Appreciation Irish Luncheon, Wednesday, March 16 - Spots Still Open!

    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 - Updated!

    Please join us, Tuesday, March 29 in the Hamilton Library, from 7-9 PM, for our Spring PTSA Membership Meeting.

    Following a brief business portion, Seattle School Board Director Rick Burke will join us for a conversation. If you send in a question beforehand to our PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell,, Rick can do some research. So far, the questions have fallen into a few buckets:

    1. How will Seattle Public Schools manage the overflow of students this fall at Hamilton?

    2. How will Seattle Public Schools manage the overflow of students as these kids move to high school prior to the creation of the new high school?

    3. What plans are in place to offer a more robust language immersion program after elementary school?

    4. What improvements can we expect to see in the curriculums for the Highly Capable Cohort (“HCC”) as well as more broadly in math?

    For more information, email Snacks and refreshments will be available. We hope to see you there!

    Submit Your Priorities for the Washington State PTA 2016 Legislative Platform! - NEW

    Every two years, the Washington state PTA prioritizes its legislative agenda based on input from its members. Any PTSA member can submit a proposal. The key dates for this cycle are:

    • Wednesday, May 18: Title and short description due

    • Wednesday, June 1: Complete issue submittal form due

    Fully funding schools is the current top prioritization, but proposals can be on any number of issues. More information on the process can be found in the Advocacy section of the Washington State PTA website. For more information or if you are interested in working together on a proposal, email Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell at

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

    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 …

    Treasurer - oversee PTSA finances, write checks, keep balances, report to board

    VP of Fundraising - direct Annual Fund drive, research and report on other fundraising

    VP of Communications - PTSA news via website, calendar, emails, can include newsletter

    VP of Events - recruit event chairs and help plan and budget, arrange meeting speakers

    Membership Chair - manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration

    6th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    7th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    8th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    Newsletter Editor - solicit, edit and publish articles for this same awesome newsletter!

    Reflections Art Contest Chair - organize and implement the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator - coordinate five Luncheons during the school year

    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

    Two Hamilton Students Win Reflections Art Contest Awards of Excellence - NEW

    The Washington State PTA announced winners of the 2015-2016 Reflections art contest, ‘Let Your Imagination Fly.’ Congratulations to Liana H. for winning the Literature Award of Excellence for her work titled ‘Imagination’ and to Beatrice G. for winning the Photography Award of Excellence for her photograph ‘Horizons of the Mind.’ Award recipients were selected from more than 1,100 entries submitted by PTAs all over Washington State. Way to go Liana and Beatrice! Click here for the full winners list.



    Update for Hamilton Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) Students - NEW

    For the 2017-18 school year, Seattle Public Schools has indicated that HCC students who live in the Robert Eagle Staff and Whitman service areas will move to Robert Eagle Staff when it opens in the fall of 2017. Grandfathering for students may be possible subject to space availability at the middle schools they are attending, however, there will probably be no room at Hamilton.

    See Spring PTSA Membership Meeting article above for how to send in questions on this topic, to have them addressed at the March 29 Conversation with Rick Burke, or send your questions and feedback to

    Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccine Now Required for 2016-2017 School Year - NEW

    The Washington State Department of Health now requires two doses of chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine for all students in grades K-12 for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

    Here’s what you need to do: Check your student vaccination records or contact your health care provider and be sure that each student has the required vaccinations before the start of classes in September, 2016. School nurses will review each student’s vaccination records and will notify parents through regular postal mail by the end of the current school year if a student needs additional vaccinations. Students who do not have two doses of vaccine by the start of classes in September, 2016 could be excluded from school.

    Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be very serious for children and adults. Two doses of vaccine are very effective against the disease. More detailed information can be found on the SPS webpage:

    You can access your family’s immunization records through the Washington Immunization Information System:

    African American Male Scholars Initiative - NEW

    The Department of School Family Partnerships and African American Male Scholars Think Tank

    will host regional community meetings to inform and get feedback from students, families, school staff, and the community about the African American Male Scholars Initiative, including recommendations to the superintendent. The Initiative has a focus on the district’s teaching, leadership and organizational practices with regard to the success of African American males.

    Contact Bernardo Ruiz with questions:

    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.

    ASB Spirit Week, March 14-18 and Spring Dance, Friday, March 18 - NEW

    Next week is ASB Spirit Week, so remind your students to join the fun!:

    Monday:  PJ Day

    Tuesday:  Crazy Hair Day (ideally this is hair in a crazy style as wigs become a distraction in the classroom)

    Wednesday:  Sports Day

    Thursday:  St. Patrick’s Day (wear green!)

    Friday:  Spring Day (decide what this means to you)

    Spring Dance Friday:  Gym, 2:30-4 PM. Students must purchase a “ticket” (wristband) before entering the dance either during school lunches or at the door and must stay for the entire dance.

    Alert!  The Lost & Found is out of Control Again! - NEW, Lost Wallet and FitBit!

    There is a LOST WALLET in the main office that Mr. Bundy found in his room. It has a picture of a whale and a bird on the outside, also a picture of a house! If this might be your student’s wallet, have them come to the main office and describe the contents.

    Other small Lost & Found items in the main office include a FITBIT, 7 pairs of eyeglasses, 3 Kindles, 3 watches, 3 unclaimed phones, and a really nice Texas Instruments calculator inside a red pencil pouch.  

    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 by Monday, March 14!  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

    Tonight! Thurs. March 10 – Spring Choir Concert (Choirs only, not Vocal Jazz), Commons, 7 - 9 PM

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

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

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

    Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Concerts and Events - NEW

    There is an immediate need (starting TONIGHT!) for volunteers to help make the following events a success! It is not too late to sign up. All jobs are designed to ensure you WILL NOT miss your student's performance. Please help!

    • Spring Choir Concert (TONIGHT!):  Volunteer to bake, work the sale, or both!: SIGN UP HERE. Join the Concert Crew: SIGN UP HERE

    • Solo & Ensemble (Saturday, March 12):  Volunteer room monitors, escorts, greeters, etc. needed. Slots available between 8:30 AM and 4 PM. We need you to help make Solo & Ensemble happen!: SIGN UP HERE

    • Spring Orchestra Concert (Thursday, March 17):  Volunteer to bake, work the sale, or both!: SIGN UP HERE. Join the Concert Crew: SIGN UP HERE

    • Spring Band Concert (Thursday, March 24):  Volunteer to bake, work the sale, or both!: SIGN UP HERE

    Details for Chamber Orchestra Trip to Western Washington Festival Friday - NEW

    The Chamber Orchestra will be at Western Washington University Friday, March 11!

    • 7:45 AM Friday: All Chamber Orchestra students meet in Hamilton Commons to prepare for departure

    • 8:30 - 9 PM: Students RETURN to Hamilton for pickup in the bus loading zone area

    • TO PACK: Nut-free lunch and snacks, instrument, music, pencil, and book. Dinner will be provided in the WWU Viking Commons

    Find Your Solo & Ensemble Time - NEW

    The Solo & Ensemble schedule is now online:  Hamilton International Middle School

    Thank You for Making Music-a-thon a Huge Success! - NEW

    This year's Music-a-thon was a resounding success – we exceeded our goal of $25,000! Thank YOU for all you do to support YOUR students and MUSIC at Hamilton.

    Wild Waves Trip Coordinators Needed - NEW

    Attention Junior Band and Concert Orchestra parents! These groups need field trip coordinators for the splashiest event of the year: the Saturday 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

    Junior Jazz Spring Session Enrollment Now Open - NEW

    Enrollment for the Spring Session of Junior Jazz, March 22 – May 26, is now open! JJ is taught by Ms. Babbitt and meets 2:30 – 4:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is an after-school activity – registration and payment ($75 per session) is required before students may attend. Please register today on the FOMAHI website

    Help us Keep in Touch with Music Families! - Spread the Word!

    Know a family that isn't getting emails from FOMAHI? Please send them to the website,, to register! We can only send emails to families that have registered. Spread the word! Thank you for your help.


    Girls Volleyball Tryouts

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


    Boys Soccer Tryouts

    March 15 & March 17.  All paperwork due to the main office by TOMORROW 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays. First game April 2.


    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


    ‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’ by Seattle Public Theater Youth - NEW

    What happens when Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ meets adolescent imaginations? With werewolves, puppet masters, body-swapping, and plenty of chaotic magic, this production plays with theme and story to create a Dream beyond your wildest dreams! Lord, what fools these mortals be! Ensemble features actors grades 7 – 10.

    Friday, March 11, 7 PM

    Saturday, March 12, 2 PM & 7 PM

    Sunday, March 13, 2 PM

    Green Lake Bathhouse Theater, all performances FREE!

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

    ‘Peter Pan’ at Green Lake Elementary - Tomorrow and Sat.!

    Enjoy some time in Neverland and come support Green Lake Elementary School's school play, ‘Peter Pan.’ 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!

    Friday, March 11 at 7 PM and Saturday, March 12 at 2 PM and 7 PM

    Lincoln Auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave. N. in Wallingford)

    ‘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.

    March 18, 19 at 7 PM

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

    $15 reserved seat/ticket

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

    UW Math Hour:  ‘Bouncing Balls, Fractions, and Grids’ - NEW

    Join Jayadev Athreya, from the UW Department of Mathematics, for a talk about how studying the path of a ball bouncing around a square room connects to the study of fractions and grid patterns. This kicks off the spring series of UW Math Hour lectures for students in grades 6-10, along with parents, teachers and older siblings/friends.

    Sunday, March 20, 1-2 PM, 260 Savery Hall, UW Campus

    Free to all, no registration required. Full series: (note, May 15 talk rescheduled to 301 Gowen Hall)

    ‘Paper Tigers’ Screening at Ingraham High School - NEW

    Paper Tigersis an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school in Walla Walla, WA that specializes in educating traumatized youth. The film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities - a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

    Saturday, March 26, Ingraham High School Little Theater

    12-12:30 PM, light refreshments

    12:30-2:30, movie and discussion

    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.

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

    Seattle Children’s Hospital, Wright Auditorium, RIVER ENTRANCE, 4800 Sand Point Way NE


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