February 26, 2015

First Things First ...

Save the date: HIMS Pi(e) Night will be held 3/10!


Upcoming Events ...

    • Thurs. 2/26 Hawk Pride Ceremony, 2:45-3:15 p.m.
    • Tues. 3/3 Parent Ed Night on substance abuse prevention, 6-8 p.m.
    • Thurs. 3/5 Jazz Night, 7-9 p.m., Hamilton Commons NEWDATE
    • Tues. 3/10 HIMS PI(E) Night! 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hamilton Commons
    • Tues. 3/10 Boys' soccer tryouts begin NEWDATE
    • Tues. 3/10 Girls' volleyball tryouts begin NEWDATE
    • Tues. 3/17 Co-ed track: first practice!

Please check the calendar on the HIMS website for a complete listing of events.

Daily Schedule/Bell times
Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814
Hamilton Happenings



We need committee members to review this fiscal year's financial business and to workshop create a budget for the 2015-16 year. The commitment for each of these committees would be approximately 2-4 hours. If you would be interested in working on either of these committees, please contact Barbara Vaughey, our PTSA Treasurer, at bvaughey@gmail.com.

There will also be other openings on the PTSAcommittee that we are in the process of determining. If you would like further information, please contact Erica Jorgensen, VP of Communications, at HamiltonNews15@gmail.com.


This year we are ‘rounding down’ and celebrating this mathematically fabulous day at HIMS on Tuesday, 3.10 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

So come and bring your favorite pie to share for our infinitely awesome Pie Buffet. We are also bringing back the famous HIMS Pie Baking Contest and Pi Recitation Contest, and this year, we will be holding multiple rounds of the always-thrilling Pie Eating Contest.

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

Pie Baking Contest:
Fancy yourself a stellar pie baker? Any member of the HIMS 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.

Pie Eating Contest:
This year we will be holding multiple heats of the Pie Eating Contest. Interested students will have a chance to submit their name during each lunch period on Friday, March 6th. Final participants will be posted on Monday, March 9th.
Pi Recitation Contest: Think you know the digits of pi pretty well? 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!

Pie Raffle: Great prizes given away throughout the evening.
This all-school event draws a crowd, and we need adults to help it run smoothly, so sign yourself up! While you're at it, sign your friends up too! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4da8a929aa8-hamilton
Thanks to everyone for making Hamilton Pi(e) Night a continued success. Questions? Annie Hayward (wildthymecatering@gmail.com) and Mary Orth (mdittorth@gmail.com)


The next meeting of the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee
is this Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Jane Addams
Middle School Library.

As the parent representative from Hamilton, I advocate for our
community and ask the questions you tell me you want asked. Come to
the meeting yourself, or share any concerns you want raised with Noelle Clemons via email (nzooks@yahoo.com).


Has your child completed pre-registration? Pre-Registration forms for next school year were due 2/20 for current 6th & 7th graders. Current 7th graders interested in being a Teacher Assistant next year should complete a TA form, available in the counseling office. Both Pre-Registration forms and TA forms should be turned into the box outside of Ms. Peila’s office (Room #105C) as soon as possible.

Looking ahead: Mid-Quarter Progress reports are coming up on March 3rd. Open enrollment is Feb. 23 to Mar. 6 for students wanting to attend a school other than their assigned school for next year.


Assistance League of Seattle will be offering Summer Enrichment Scholarships to students enrolled in grades 6-11 in the Seattle Public Schools. Application required. Visit

www.seattle.assistanceleague.org/ for more information

The scholarships are for enrichment programs in areas such as music, art, science, mathematics, language, drama, leadership, debate, journalism, technology, and outdoor special experiences.

MARCH 3 PARENTEDUCATIONNIGHT: Preventing Adolescent Substance Abuse

Please mark your calendars for another important event: The Power of Parents: How to Keep your Child Drug-Free. A Parent Education Night on March 3, featuring Lisa Davidson, SPS Prevention & Intervention Manager.

Please note the time: 6-8 p.m. in the Commons. Learn about student attitudes towards alcohol and marijuana use, how to coach your child through this landscape, and how to clarify expectations and rules. Questions and discussion welcome! Please note this is for ADULTS ONLY. Child care is available for children 5-14 by reservation only. Please contact Luke Sworts, Hamilton’s Neighborcare Therapist, for more information at LukeS@neighborcare.org or 206-940-2582.


“La Chispa” update:

Earlier this month, “La Chispa” students went to the Latino Leadership Workshop. Students had a great time learning new leadership skills, interacting with high school students from Shorewood High School, and hearing from UW student role models.
We continue to meet weekly on Tuesdays and are working on a video project for next year’s 6th grade orientation. Our next speaker is on Tuesday, March 3. “Part Mexican, 100% Latina: Navigating Cultural and Racial Identity” will be presented by Grace Uomoto, one of our school nurses at Hamilton. Grace will share her story of growing up with mixed ethnicity, living between two worlds, and how she chose to defy labels.
If you are interested in presenting about your career experience of being bicultural or bilingual, please contact Lilia Elena Goldsmith at 252-5843 or legoldsmith@seattleschools.org.

HIMSStudent/Family Directory, now with street addresses!

Bust out the postage stamps, because the updated 2013-2014 HIMSFamily Directory now comes with complete street addresses for your mailing pleasure!

For the security of everyone's personal information, the directory is located on the HIMS website, and can only be viewed by users who log onto the website. Find it on the PTSA page under "Quick Links" (or click HERE and then log on when prompted, just as you would to see classroom Fusion pages).

Please DO NOT forward this file to others. The directory contains contact information that is intended for personal use only, to facilitate communication between Hamilton families.

Library News:Notes from Ms. Mac

1. Students and staff, have you lost a flash drive, a book, or DVD? Please ask about in the library—we have entire shelf of found books that are not library property, plus a about a half dozen found flash drives.

2. 7th graders, do you love books and computers? The Library needs T.A.s for next year—please see the librarian as soon as you can for an interview in order to meet the deadline of Friday, February 27.

Music (FOMAHI)News

Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra

Feb. 26-Mar 1: Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (Senior Jazz and Vocal Jazz), weekend trip, University of Idaho

Feb. 27-28: Camp Burton (Concert and Senior Orchestras),Vashon Island

March 5: Winter Jazz Night, (all Jazz Ensembles), 7 p.m., HIMS Commons

March 7: Frank DiMiero Jazz Festival (Vocal Jazz), all day, Edmonds

March 10:
FOMAHIBoard Meeting, 7 p.m., HIMS Library

March 12:
Choir Spring Concert, 7 p.m., HIMS Commons


We are in need of bake sale volunteers for Winter Jazz Night on March 5. We need families to donate items and help with staffing the tables. This is an excellent way to pitch in if you haven't had a chance yet this year. To sign up, please contact Mimi Chiu at melainechiu@gmail.com

The 2015 Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held at Hamilton International Middle School on March 14. We're looking for volunteers to make sure the festival runs smoothly and is a great educational experience for participating students. If you can volunteer, please follow the link to Sign Up Genius and sign up for a shift. Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090849AEA92AA13-2015


It’s not too late to sign up for HOST after-school classes! Just go to http://tinyurl.com/HIMSHOSTReg-2015 for information on how you can sign your student up for both Winter and Spring HOST classes, including the class that the Seattle Architecture Foundation is holding at HIMS.

For more information, contact Liz Chase at eachase@seattleschools.org.


Girls' Volleyball – Tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the gym.

Boys' Soccer – Tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 12 from 2:30 – 4:30. Varsity and JV teams will practice from 2:30 – 4:30 every Tuesday and Thursday.

Co-ed Track
begins Tuesday, March 17, which is the first practice, from 2:30 – 4:30. Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday at the Lower Woodland Park Track at Green Lake.
Pick up a track packet, and sign up outside Ms. Paris’s room #306.Complete and return your packet as soon as possible!

Spring Ultimate Frisbee at HIMS

Registration for Spring Ultimate Frisbee is now available. Important dates to note are:

Friday, Feb. 20: Registration deadline
Week of March 2: Team placement practices
Week of March 9: Practices begin
March 14-May 16: Saturday games

Follow the link below to register and to find more information:

HIMSBasketball Season is in full swing!
Come out and cheer on our Hawks.

2015 HIMSBasketball Game Schedule
*Scheduling changes may occur; contact team coaches for most up-to-date schedule

The above information was submitted by the HIMS Athletics department. For more information on Athletics, please see the Athletics page of the HIMS website, or contact HIMS House Administrator, Christy Smith at clsmith2@seattleschools.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.

The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to HIMS parents/guardians at the email address that they used to register for the Source. If you have questions, please contact HamiltonPTSA@live.com. We welcome your feedback! Please submit content for inclusion by Tuesdays at noon. For submission guidelines, click here.
Principal's Letter




The Principal's letter will return next week.



The Ballard Branch Library has free fun programs for teens in 6-12th grades and their families.

The next First Friday Gaming for teens happens Friday March 6, from 3-5 p.m.

Queen Anne Quick Styx

Girls' Lacrosse Registration Now Open!
Join the fastest growing sport in the Northwest! Girls in grades 2-8 can now register for the upcoming 2015 spring lacrosse season.Queen Anne Quick Styx is a Seattle girls' lacrosse club focused on skill development, fostering sportsmanship, and promoting a love for the game. Our boundaries include the Seattle Public School District area west of I-5. Practices start the week of Feb 23 and run through May 31. Scholarships are available.
For more information and to register, please see http://queenannequickstyx.usl.la
Email questions tobergerongeorge@hotmail.com.

Hoopaholics Basketball League Tryouts

Sunday, March 1
Girls Grades 3-6: 10:00-11:30 am
Grade 7 to HS: 11:30-1:00 pm
Boys Grades 3-6: 1:00-2:30 pm
Grade 7 to HS: 2:30-4:00 pm

Tuesday, March 3
Boys grades 3-6: 6:30-7:45 pm
7th to HS: 7:45-9:00 pm

Thursday, March 5
Girls grades 3 - 6: 6:30-7:45 pm; 7th to HS: 7:45-9:00 pm

All tryouts held at Lakeside Middle School 13510 1st Ave NE

Registration Required on www.hoopaholics.com

Questions? Contact Dave at 206-795-0687 or dave.hoopaholics@hotmail.com

Ballard Youth Basketball

Spring Tryouts are coming up soon. Registration is now open at:

Spring season tryouts: March 8, Ballard Boys and Girls Club
3rd through 5th grades: 2-3:30 pm
6th through 8th grades: 3:30-5 pm

Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH) 2015 Conference
The SEYHconferences offer girls in 6th -8th grades a day of career exploration in math, science and technology. The SEYH2015 conference will take place on Sat., March 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seattle University. The cost of the workshop is $15 per girl. Scholarships are available (see registration form). Registration deadline is Feb. 20, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first!
Family immersion travel opportunity to Costa Rica
Help your children continue their Spanish journey to proficiency! Each summer, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) organizes language immersion travel to Costa Rica for elementary students of Spanish and their parents. The programs include practical application of Spanish along with a family stay, allowing parents to see their students' language skills in action.

This is a great opportunity for graduating students to continue taking steps in Spanish! ISE is planning now for summer 2015 travel, and would like to include HIMS students. For more information, visit iisemn.org/FamilyImmersionor contact Anca van der Linden atanca@isemn.orgor612-436-8264.

North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open. Real Baseball. Real Fun.

Kids ages 4-19 can now register for the upcoming 2015 spring baseball season. North Seattle Baseball is the premier competitive baseball league in Seattle’s north end, adopting Pony rules for a game that includes lead offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Our practice and game fields are conveniently located in north and northeast Seattle. We also form tournament and all-star teams for kids who want to play further into the summer.

We're the only league in the area to offer indoor batting facilities, and there are no confusing boundaries, so families in all of north Seattle/Shoreline can play together. Find out why North Seattle Baseball provides the best baseball experience for your family! Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthSeattleBaseballAssociation

Email questions to
contactnsba@gmail.comor sign up today at:www.NorthSeattleBaseball.org

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