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    APRIL 7, 2016

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    4/7 - Thurs. - Tonight!

    HIMS Drama Class Spring Production, “The Monkey King,” Commons, 6:30  –  7:30 PM

    4/8 - Fri.

    Last Day of Third Quarter

    4/11 - 4/15

    Spring Break week

    4/19 - Tues.

    FOMAHI Board Meeting, LIbrary, 7 - 9 PM - Date Changed

    4/21 - Thurs.

    • Seattle Public Schools High School Course Selection for 8th Graders

    • Chamber Music Night, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    4/26 - Tues.

    Mental Health Education for Parents, Library, 6:30 - 8 PM

    4/27 - Wed.

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

    4/28 - Thurs.

    Science Expo Night, Commons and Science Classrooms, 6 - 7:15 PM


    8th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    5/3 - Tues.

    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Ingraham High School Library

    1819 N 135th St., Seattle


    7th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    5/13 - Fri.

    8th Grade Dance, Commons, 8 - 10 PM


    6th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)


    Some years ago, I was a reporter for a small weekly in Marysville. I was working late to cover the local Fourth of July celebrations before I headed out for a long-weekend backpacking trip in the North Cascades. What is memorable about that year (I think it was 1998) was the weather—that was one of those springs when it rained and was cold until at least July 6th. It snowed up on Fourth of July Pass (yup!) when I got up there. The northwest summer of lore—doesn’t start until after July 4th. I am typing this watching a class outside; we are supposed to be headed into the 80s today.

    It’s tempting to say this is our future—and I don’t mean climate change-driven future, although…perhaps. I mean holding classes outside.

    No: We are not planning on using the sidewalks or the park as classrooms next year. However, Hamilton’s classrooms will be used to their full capacity next year, and I wanted to take a little space here to explain what we are doing and some possible impacts.

    First: we are projected to have 77 more students next school year than this. This does not mean that our class sizes will grow. Washington state funds schools on a per-student basis and we will be adding teaching positions next year. We don’t anticipate any change in our overall class sizes next year—our registrar is a master at creating a schedule that keeps classes as evenly-sized as possible.

    What will change is how we use our physical classrooms. This will be largely invisible to students other than seeing one teacher in one room in the morning and seeing the same teacher down the hall in the afternoon. We expect to use every classroom, every period of the day next year. And because it will be as tightly scheduled as possible, the school district has started the process to add temporary classrooms on our outdoor play court. This is not a decision taken lightly and is fully cognizant of how important it is for our students to have a place to run, be outside, and engage in physical play.  

    If we must use the court for classrooms, please know that we will find the space and time where kids can throw footballs and discs, be outside, and get their heart rates up.

    Lastly, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School is on schedule to open in the fall of 2017, and that will provide much needed middle school learning spaces for students in North Seattle.

    Meanwhile it’s summer in April, and students are out taking measurements of angles and the movement of the sun (OK, movement of the earth). I wish our students a restful and restorative spring break—and you too.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish, Principal


    Transcript of Spring PTSA Membership Meeting Conversation with Seattle Public Schools Board Director Rick Burke - NEW

    Rick BurkeIf you missed the Spring PTSA Membership Meeting’s conversation with Board Director Rick Burke, here is the full transcript (based on detailed notes, but not verbatim)! Some highlights on key issues:

    1. High Schools Capacity - The Board is passionate about student stability and grandfathering is high on their request list. … We don’t know who will go to Lincoln. Upper grades may be grandfathered, with younger grades pulled.  We need to wait and see what happens with Lincoln.
    2. Impact of Opening Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in 2017 - Eagle Staff will draw from multiple schools not only Hamilton. This includes HCC students in the Eagle Staff area, and Whitman students. … Construction for Eagle Staff is on-time.

    3. Language Immersion - Funding drives decisions. They are formula-based so they don’t adequately represent language immersion programs because some classes aren’t full (same for HCC) so the ratios are broken. You can apply to be on the Immersion Learning Task Force to adjust formulas to better serve these pathways.

    4. Highly Capable Cohort (“HCC”) Curriculum - The Board is reviewing instructional materials for the math and language arts programs. A representative committee, including HCC members, are evaluating materials for different students, they are not one-size-fits-all. Parents can participate in these committees.

    In addition, Director Burke sent this follow-up on the new Lincoln High School:  I’ve made initial inroads into the Lincoln question.  I learned that the Lincoln School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) was set up in December and started meeting January-March.  Community meetings have not yet been scheduled, and I’m researching what was discussed in the January-March meetings.  I want to be certain that community is involved in the ground-level planning.  I’ll keep inquiring.

    Please send Director Burke feedback by email at

    Another Great PTSA Member Benefit! - NEW

    Value Village: April 17 - May 7

    Washington State PTA members save 30% storewide during the above dates. Have coupon and WSPTA membership card ready at checkout (membership cards were sent to each member, in a "Welcome to Washington State PTA" email).

    Mental Health Education for Parents, Tuesday, April 26

    What factors lead to stress and depression for teens? How can we all, as a community, help to prevent youth suicide? Who is at risk, what are the warning signs and how can we help? Cindy Gonzalez from Youth Suicide Prevention Program will present on these vital topics Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8 PM in the Library.  Cindy works with at risk youth, GLBTQ community, immigrant communities and victims of domestic violence. She is also an emergency department social worker at a local hospital. This event is for parents only.

    For more information, download the event flyer HERE. Also, RSVP's are optional, but appreciated. Please RSVP at

    Seeking PTSA Budget & Financial Review Committee Members

    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 PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith 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


    Spring Smarter Balanced Assessment & Measurement of Student Practice Information - NEW

    Please note the schedule of student assessments below for this spring. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is computer-based and students will be taking it on laptop computers.  They will take the assessment in the morning and then join their regular classes in the afternoons. The Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP) is now a computer-based test as well.

    Please help us by ensuring that your student is in school for the whole day during their assessment weeks. We appreciate your assistance by not scheduling any appointments, trips or other commitments during this time.

    8th Grade

    • May 2-6: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    • May 23-27: Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP)

    • June 14-16: HCC students taking Biology will take an End of Course Exam during class

    7th Grade

    May 9-13: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    6th Grade

    May 16-20: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice tests can be found at Under the “Students” link, click “Assessments/Testing.”

    One resource that is being made available to students and families is a keyboarding teaching program called Typing Agent. This resource can be accessed at home as well as in the Hamilton Library.  More information about how to log into the program can be found here.

    If you have any questions about the SBA, please contact Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard,, who is leading the implementation of the SBA at Hamilton.

    Marni Campbell Appointed Principal of New Robert Eagle Staff Middle School - NEW

    As work continues on the new Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Seattle Public Schools announce that Marni Campbell has been appointed as the new principal who will lead the final year of planning and the opening of the school in September 2017. Click HERE for full text of the announcement.

    Literacy Council Book Drive - NEW

    The Second Annual Literacy Council Book Drive to support ESL and literacy education is on and runs through April 26. Do some spring cleaning and send in books that your family is no longer reading! Books should be in decent condition – no magazines, textbooks, or out-of-date materials – and be brought to homerooms.  Big donors and homerooms will get fun prizes of thanks!

    Bell Time Survey on Nutrition Services, Before- and After-School Programs and Athletics

    As you may be aware, the Seattle School Board recently adopted a new Bell Time schedule for the 2016-17 school year based on research that shows that teenagers may benefit from later start times resulting in more sleep, better health, increased academics and improved truancy rates. While this change is exciting, it presents some significant logistical, scheduling, and programmatic challenges. As a result, the recently formed Bell Time Implementation Task Force is seeking feedback on the following impacts:

    • Nutrition Services (Breakfast and Lunch)

    • Before and After School Programs

    • Athletics

    An online survey is available through TOMORROW, April 8 to provide input on how the Bell Time change could potentially affect your child(ren)’s participation in these areas: Please take a few minutes to answer the questions. Your input is invaluable to the Task Force and the District.  

    Seattle Public Schools Boundary Changes Community Meetings

    As part of the growth boundaries approved in 2013, there will be boundary changes for 18 attendance area elementary and 9 middle schools in Fall 2017. Take a look at the boundaries map. These changes help balance enrollment and create attendance areas for new schools opening in the 2017-18 school year. Seattle Public Schools will hold a series of community meetings about the upcoming boundary changes on the following dates:

    • Thursday, April 21, 6:30–7:30 PM, John Stanford Center Auditorium

    • Tuesday, April 26, 6:30–7:30 PM, Roosevelt High School

    According to the SPS Growth Boundaries update, "if the Seattle School Board considers changes to the 2017-18 attendance area boundaries that were approved in 2013, they will do so in October 2016."  At that time they will consider an an adjustment to the boundary changes previously approved for Mercer, Meany and Washington middle schools. There may or may not be other adjustments considered at that time. If you have questions or feedback, email

    “The Monkey King,” Advanced Drama Performance, Thursday, April 7 - Tonight!

    Enjoy “The Monkey King,” based on the Chinese story “Journey to the West,” adapted and performed by Advanced Drama students on Thursday, April 7 in the Commons, 6:30-7:30 PM. Don’t miss this fun and exciting tale!

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

    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, 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.

    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

    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

    Tuesday, April 19: FOMAHI Board Meeting, Hamilton Library, 7 PM

    Be a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2016-2017! - NEW

    Thanks to the 5 people who have already stepped up to be on the Board for next year! We're looking to fill a few more Board roles:

    • Co-President - Choir Rep

    • VP of Concert Operations

    • Secretary

    • Fundraising Chair

     Smaller volunteer roles are open as well:

    • Merchandise coordinator

    • Trip coordinator for individual trips/festivals

    • Concert program creator (for Band, Orchestra, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Concert coordinator (for Band, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Orchestra Bake Sale Coordinator

    No experience is required, just willingness to help support our fabulous music program. Contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at with questions. They would love to tell you more about any of these positions.

    Sat., May 21 - SAVE THE DATE: Jr. Band, Jr. Orchestra, Jr. Jazz, and Treble Choir Will Be Performing at Wild Waves!

    Each ensemble will perform 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. We'll need many chaperones to make this event successful! More information will be distributed after Spring Break.

    Additional volunteer roles needed to help make this event a success:

    • T-shirt coordinator (late April/May)

    • Chaperone coordinator for Jr. Orchestra

    • Chaperone coordinator for Jr. Band

    • Chaperone coordinator for Jr. Jazz

    If you have questions or would like to volunteer in one of the coordinator roles or on the day-of, please contact Janel London at

    Silverwood Music in the Parks Festival June 3-5

    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! Details and permission/medical forms will be distributed after Spring Break. These forms will be due back to school by May 3. We currently have a full list of chaperones for this trip, but if you are interested in being an alternate, or if you have any questions, please contact Susan Grote at

    It's Not Too Late!  Join the Junior Jazz Spring Session!

    Enrollment for the Spring Session is now open! JJ is taught by Ms. Babbitt this session and meets 2:30 – 4:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students may be divided into two groups based on experience, dependent on enrollment. (In the event of a split, a second instructor will be brought in to assist.)

    • Spring Session runs March 22 – May 26

    • Students will perform at the spring Jazz Night Concert May 26, 7 PM in the Commons

    • Junior Jazz is an after school activity and not part of the core Hamilton curricula. Registration and payment are required before students may attend Junior Jazz

    • The Spring Session fee is $75

    • Students wear a Junior Jazz tee at concerts. The tees are $10

    Please register your Junior Jazz student 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

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

    • Saturday, April 9 – Varsity game vs. Madison at 12:30 PM at Washington MS location

    • Next JV games Saturday, April 23

    Boys Soccer

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

    • Saturday, April 9 – Varsity game vs. Madison at 11 AM at Rainier Beach HS location

    • Saturday, April 9 – JV game vs. Jane Addams at 2:00 PM at Rainier Beach HS location


    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. Next meet Saturday, April 23


    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.


    5% DAY - Shop to Support the John Stanford Int'l School Playground THURSDAY, APRIL 7

    at Roosevelt WHOLE FOODS - Today!

    Help support renovations to the John Stanford International School Playground this summer! 5% of all purchases at Roosevelt Whole Foods on Thursday, April 7 will go towards a new dynamic play structure, improved accessibility, and better landscaped places for play. This playground is a heavily used outdoor space with over 400 children playing every day and the renovation project is 100% volunteer led and made possible only through grants and fundraising. This is a great opportunity to stock up, especially on non-perishables. Spread the word and thanks for your support!

    UW Math Hour:  “The Life, Legacy and the Lost Library Books of Leonhard Euler,” 4/17 - NEW

    Join Dominic Klyve, from the  Central Washington University Dept. of Mathematics, for a talk on Leonhard Euler, one of the greatest and most prolific mathematicians in history, whose birthday is April 15. This talk will examine the life of Euler, and discuss some of his major accomplishments, in fields ranging from number theory to geometry. Klyve will also tell of creating the online "Euler Archive", and discovering fascinating old books by Euler in several libraries. UW Math Hour lectures are for students in grades 6-10, along with parents, teachers and older siblings/friends.

    Sunday, April 17, 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)

    Ballard Boys & Girls Club Middle School Summer Programs - NEW

    The Ballard Boys & Girls Club offers summer programs for middle school youth, grades 6-8, looking to meet new people, take fun trips and be active. They will include with camping trips, water slides, hikes, beach trips and more! Further information and registration are here.

    Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Summer Program - NEW

    Seattle Arts and Lectures announces its first ever summer camp, “Writers in the Summer.” Classes will be open to elementary, middle, and high school students, and will meet for two weeks, Monday-Friday, from July 25- Aug 5 for half day sessions at the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Local writers—accomplished poets, novelists, slam performers, and comic writers—will lead classes in a variety of genres. Here are class descriptions and the online registration page. Scholarships are available for students who quality for free and reduced lunch. Please email with any questions.

    Assistance League of Seattle Summer Enrichment Scholarship Program

    The Assistance League of Seattle provides students in grades 6–11 with up to $500 in scholarships for summer enrichment opportunities.  Find a camp or activity that your child is interested in and complete the application which includes a student essay and a teacher/counselor recommendation by April 15. Contact HIMS Counselor Neil Yeda for more information,

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

    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:


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