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    The Hamilton Weekly News MARCH 24, 2016

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    3/24 - Thurs.

    • Winter HOST Ends

    • Spring Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 - 9 PM - Tonight!

    3/25 - Fri.

    Staff vs. Students Basketball Game, Gym, 2:30 - 4 PM

    3/28 - Mon.

    Spring HOST Begins

    3/29 - Tues.

    • PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6 PM

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

    4/4 - Mon.

    Mindset Presentation, Commons, 7 PM

    4/11 - 4/15

    Spring Break week

    4/21 - Thurs.

    SPS High School Course Selection for 8th Graders

    5/13 - Fri. - Date Change

    8th Grade Dance, Commons, 8 - 10 PM


    ALL ARE INVITED: Spring PTSA Membership Meeting & Conversation with Seattle Public Schools Board Director Rick Burke, Tuesday, March 29

    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. Will existing Hamilton students within the Robert Eagle Staff boundaries have the option to complete middle school at Hamilton?

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

    5. 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!

    Mark Your Calendars for the 8th Grade Dance!, Friday, May 13 - Date Change

    DATE CHANGE - the PTSA apologies that the previous April 22 date will fall on a holiday so therefore the 8th grade dance will now be held Friday, May 13.  Thank you so much! Students will be dancing into spring at the Tropical Paradise inspired 8th Grade Dance!

    Friday, May 13, 8 - 10 PM

    HIMS Commons

    Hamilton 8th Grade Students only

    Tropical dress is encouraged but not required! Tasty treats and drinks are provided by the PTSA. Students will need to register for the dance during their lunch time at a specified date. All students must register with the planning committee in order to attend. More information and chaperone sign-up will be coming home soon. For questions please email Michelle Fasser at

    Seeking PTSA Budget & Financial Review Committee Members - NEW

    Spring Budget Committee

    The PTSA is seeking members to serve on a Budget Committee this spring.  This committee will review expenses for the programs and events that have occurred in 2015-2016, evaluate new budgetary requests, and make recommendations to the Board regarding the makeup of next year's budget.  

    The committee is expected to meet twice (once in late April and once in early/mid-May) for a total of about 4 hours.  The PTSA Treasurer will chair the meetings.  Please contact Treasurer Barbara Vaughey at if you are interested in volunteering.

    Summer Financial Review Committee

    Three individuals are also needed to serve on a committee to review and audit the PTSA’s financial records after the close of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The state PTA provides a checklist for committee members to use, and does not expect that members will have an accounting background.

    The financial review is expected to take a total of about 3-4 hours and should be performed in July or early August, to be scheduled at the convenience of the committee members.  Please contact Treasurer Barbara Vaughey at if you are interested in volunteering.

    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

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

    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

    More Tech News You Can Use - NEW

    Does last month’s showing of Screenagers still have you evaluating your expectations regarding your child's use of digital devices? Well, researchers at the University of Washington decided to turn the conversation around and explored children’s expectations for parents’ technology use. Their findings are shared in this article from UW Today: "Family technology rules: What kids expect of parents."


    Journalism, Yoga and Advanced Drama Electives for 2016-2017!: - Form Due TOMORROW, Friday, March 25

    In February, your family completed the 2016-2017 class registration request form. Based on the “Elective Course Survey” which was on the back of the request form, HIMS is happy to announce elective classes of Journalism, Yoga and Advanced Drama. If your original choices would change based on the new offerings, please complete this form and return to Room 105C by 3 PM, Friday March 25th. This signed form supersedes any prior elective request. Actual schedules will be available on the first day of school. It is very important for those students that want to change elective choices for the 2016-2017 school year to return completed form ASAP.

    High School Course Selection for Current 8th Graders; Thursday, April 21 - NEW

    High School Counselors will be at HIMS on Thursday, April 21 to begin the course selection process for students attending Seattle public high schools in 9th grade. Students will meet with the counselor from their assigned school to hear about that school’s course selection process (assignment information should be available by April 18).  Each high school has its own process, so please contact your assigned high school if you have questions about registering for classes.

    Announcement from the Ingraham Counseling Center: “We will be coming the week after Spring Break and bringing our forms with us. The students will bring them home, get parent signature, and then return them to their counselor at Hamilton one week after our visit.

    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Presentation; Monday, April 4

    Mindset bookPlease join us Monday, April 4 at 7 PM in the Hamilton Commons for a presentation about Mindset and the groundbreaking research presented in Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.” Dweck has found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—plays a key role in their motivation and achievement, and thus if we can change mindsets, we can boost achievement. Learn more about how students can “grow their brains” and increase their intellectual abilities and what parents can do to foster a “growth” mindset at home!

    Presenters will be Anita Lenges Ph.D., Acting Associate Professor of Math Education, Math Education Project & INSPIRE Center at University of Washington, and Tessa Burchardt and Kelly Barker, HIMS Math teachers. Students may attend accompanied by parents.

    Prize Drawing for Perfect or Improved Attendance! - NEW

    Studies consistently show that students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels and have the best chance for future success. In an effort to encourage good attendance, a prize raffle will be held every Friday. Students with perfect attendance, meaning zero absences, OR attendance which has improved recently will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a cupcake!

    Online Survey & Community Meetings on New High School Graduation Requirements

    The state has increased the number of credits students need to graduate high school to 24. In Seattle, the new 24-credit requirement will take effect with the class of 2021, this year’s seventh-graders. The requirement creates challenges because most SPS high schools offer a six-period school day and the current requirement is 21 credits. That means students with typical schedules may earn a maximum of 24 credits over four years. The new requirement leaves no room to recover credit for students who may fail a course or want to access additional courses.

    Please consider providing feedback in an online survey on this new high school graduation requirement by Wednesday, March 30: Paper surveys and translations will be available at the meetings and through the school office.

    Or attend the following Community meetings:

    • Thursday, March 24: Ballard High School Commons, 6:30-8 PM - Tonight!

    • Tuesday, March 29: South Lake High School Commons, 6:30-8 PM

    Two district committees, the 24-Credit Task Force and the High School Steering Committee, are considering options and welcome your feedback. Learn more at 24-Credit Task Force webpage

    Hamilton Staff vs. Students Basketball Game; Friday, March 25 - Tomorrow!

    Tomorrow, Friday, March 25, Hamilton will celebrate its 8th grade basketball players with an annual tradition of the Staff vs. Students basketball game! It will be after school 2:30 - 4 PM in the Gym and only students who pre-purchased tickets during lunch this week can attend (ticket sales have closed). Ticket proceeds will be used by the Hamilton ASB to support Kiva. Students will be required to stay for the duration of the event and are responsible for their own transportation home.

    This year's event will feature more opportunities for audience participation including half-court shots, relay races, and dance-off competitions during intermission. Parents of 8th grade basketball players are welcome to join us for this fun event.

    Math Zone Volunteers STILL Wanted!

    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

    Free Testing for Appeals of HCC Decisions - NEW
    If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, SPS will provide free in-house appeals testing for your student. Questions? Contact Roger Daniels

    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.

    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! Thursday, March 24: Band Concert, Lincoln Auditorium, 7 PM

    • Friday, March 25: Intermediate Orchestra Trip to Jane Addams Middle School

    • Friday, March 25: Paramount Theatre, “Hot Java Cool Jazz” (Sr. Jazz will perform at Intermission)

    Volunteers needed for Band Concert TONIGHT

    Volunteers are needed TONIGHT to help make the Band Concert 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! Volunteer to bake, work the sale, or both!: SIGN UP HERE

    FOMAHI Nominating Committee Needs You

    1-2 people are needed to serve on the FOMAHI Nominating Committee this Spring. Two people have already stepped forward to volunteer, but we still need at least one more person before the committee can get under way. No experience is needed and the time commitment is low. If you haven't been able to volunteer yet, this is a great way to contribute to the music department and help shape FOMAHI for the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at

    Junior Jazz Spring Session Enrollment Now Open

    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

    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 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

    Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival; June 3-5 - NEW

    The Senior Band, Senior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra will be traveling to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, leaving Friday, June 3 and returning Sunday, June 5 to compete in a music festival and to have lots of fun! Please keep a lookout for the Music in the Parks Silverwood packet with full details and forms to fill out. This packet should be coming home with students the last week of March. Forms should be filled out and a deposit returned by April 9 to get an accurate count and confirm reservations. This is a wonderful opportunity and a great experience for students. Thanks for your support with the paperwork. If you have any questions please contact the trip coordinator, Susan Grote at

    SAVE THE DATE: Music in the Parks at Wild Waves; Saturday, May 21 - NEW

    Jr. Band, Jr. Orchestra, Jr. Jazz, and Treble Choir will be performing in the Music in the Parks event hosted by Wild Waves. This full-day event includes morning performances, an afternoon at Wild Waves, and an awards ceremony. Cost to be determined, but will cover event registration, Wild Waves admission, transportation, and dinner. Many chaperones are needed to make this event successful. More information will be distributed after Spring Break. If you have questions or would like to volunteer that day, please contact Janel London at

    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

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30 PM

    • Saturday, March 26 – Varsity game vs. Whitman at 8 AM at Jane Addams MS location

    • Saturday, March 26 – JV game vs. Jane Addams at 8 AM at Jane Addams MS location

    Boys Soccer

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30 PM

    • Saturday, March 26 – Varsity game vs. Whitman at 8 AM at Nathan Hale HS location

    • First JV game Saturday, April 2


    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. First meet April 2, 11 AM - 1:30 PM, at Nathan Hale HS.


    Spring HOST classes begin on March 28 and run until June 9.  Please visit to register your student.

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


    Preventing Teen Drug Use Forum, 3/24 - Tonight!

    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

    Connections, Free Museum of Flight Membership for Ages 5-18 - NEW

    Connections is The Museum of Flight’s new membership program designed for students ages 5-18 which provides unlimited FREE visits to the Museum for students 5-18 years old and one adult. Information and registration here:

    SIFF Spring Break Filmmaking Camps

    SIFF Education is hosting Spring Break Filmmaking Camps, April 4-8 and April 11-15, where 10-13 year old students will make a short film, learning the basics of working as a crew, writing scripts, directing, and using filmmaking technology and digital editing. Equipment provided; all experience levels welcomed. More information: For questions email

    “Paper Tigers” Screening at Ingraham High School, 3/26

    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


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