February 19, 2015

First Things First ...

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


Upcoming Events ...

    • Wed. 2/25 NW Cluster Band Festival (Concert band), Ballard HS
    • Thurs. 2/26 Hawk Pride Ceremony, 2:45-3:15 p.m.
    • Tues. 3/3 Parent Ed Night on substance abuse prevention, 5-8 p.m.
    • Thurs. 3/5 Jazz Night, 7-9 p.m., Hamilton Commons NEWDATE
    • Tues. 3/10 HIMS PI(E) Night! Details to follow
    • 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


A community survey for parents from Seattle Public Schools has been posted to the HIMS homepage to help gather information to be used by the hiring team. If you are unable to complete the survey online, please stop by the main office at Hamilton to obtain a paper copy.

Please take a few minutes to provide valuable information to the search committee.

This survey will be available through tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 20.


Are you interested in working with the Principal Search Committee this spring?
If so, this is your invitation to submit a letter indicating interest to the Hamilton PTSA. The PTSA Board has convened a small committee of Hamilton parents who will read the applications and choose applicants who represent the best cross-section of Hamilton programs, academic tracks, backgrounds and interests. The applicants who are chosen will be invited to join the Principal Search Committee.

Interview dates are TBD, but we anticipate that there will be one or more interview days to take place in the last two weekends in March at the John Stanford Center. Applicants should be available for both days on both weekends, since we don’t yet know what date(s) will be selected. The district will also likely provide training for selection committee members prior to the interviews.

If you are interested in joining the Principal Search Committee, please email your introduction letter tohims.ptsa.president@gmail.com, or turn it in at the Hamilton Office and ask the office staff to put it in the PTSA mailbox.

Letters of application are due by 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19. (NEW DATE ANDTIME!)

In your letter, please be sure to address or include:

  • Your relevant background and contact information
  • Your family association with Hamilton (including grade level, gender, and elementary school)


  • Specific interests or programs that you have experience with in the Hamilton community (i.e., any of the academic programs, music, Special Ed, ESL, athletics, PTSA, etc.)


  • Why you are interested in being on the Search Committee
And any other information that you think would make you a valuable asset for the Search Committee.

Please limit your letter to one page. We also ask that applicants have had a student at Hamilton within the period of 2013-2015, and that they will also have a student at Hamilton in 2015-2016.

For questions or clarification, please contact HIMS PTSA President Lisa Melenyzer at lmelenyzer@gmail.com.


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.

We ♥ Our PTSA Members!

Thanks to all the great support from the Hamilton community, our PTSA has qualified for a Washington State PTA “Sapling Award.” Nice work Hamilton families! This award recognizes local PTAs that enroll at least 75% as many members as there are students in the school. With a total of 776 HIMS PTSA members so far this year, our school is looking good!

If you have any questions about PTSA membership, or if you never received your HIMS PTSA membership card, please contact Elizabeth Carson-Cheng, our Membership Chair, at eli_carson@yahoo.com.


Thank you for participating in the Hamilton PTSA 2014 Fall Fund Drive! Together with anticipated corporate matches, your donations have raised just over $90,000! This will enable us to meet our PTSA budget for the year, and will help support the programs and community that we all value here at Hamilton.

Every student, and the entire Hamilton community, will benefit from your generous donations. The PTSA is committed to using these funds in the 2014-2015 academic year, and in the event of a surplus, we will work with Principal Watters to ensure that any funds are re-allocated as necessary to achieve that purpose.

All tax receipt letters were sent in December and January. If you did not receive one, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net.

If you work for a company who offers corporate matching, please be sure and submit any necessary paperwork to your company to inform them of your donation and get the process started on the matching funds. We are working diligently to respond to all requests for confirmation as they come our way. Any questions about corporate matching can be directed to Deb Sundblad, VP of Fundraising, at dsundblad@comcast.net, or Barbara Vaughey, Treasurer, at bvaughey@gmail.com.


Is your student taking Spanish at HIMS? If she or he is interested in visiting Peru in the summer of 2016, please come to an informational meeting next TONIGHT, February 19 in room 219 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Brandon Severance
Spanish Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School

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 start 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.


Class registration forms for the 2015 – 2016 school year were distributed last week. Please have your student return the completed forms to their Homeroom teacher by tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 20. Extra forms are available outside Room 105C.

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.

Is your 7th grader interested in becoming a TA?

If so, please have him or her pick up an applicatin in the counselor's office or Room 105C. The forms MUST be turned in no later than Feb. 27 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Music (FOMAHI)News

Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra

Feb. 25: NW Cluster Band Festival, (Concert Band), Ballard HS

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


Music-a-thon: We will be accepting late Music-a-thon packets, with one more drawing on February 23 for a final prize. All completed envelope/forms will be counted toward pizza or dessert parties for highest class participation. Please encourage your young musicians to turn them in!

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

Keep Music in our school – Get involved with FOMAHI!
FOMAHI (the HIMS music booster organization) is seeking new people to join us in the 2015-16 school year. We have several roles opening up in the fall and would love to have you join us. Whether it’s baking cookies for a one-time event or joining the board, we need your help! To find out more about what we do, please contact Jacqui Kramer jacqui@writersbloc.net.


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 are Tuesday and Thursday at the Lower Woodland Park Track at Green Lake.

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



Dear Hamilton International Families,

Last Thursday, more than 100 student leaders from across Seattle Public Schools gathered at Hamilton for the first Middle Level Regional workshop in over 25 years! More than 10 of our middle and K-8 schools sent student leaders to for a 1-day workshop designed to build teams, inspire student leaders to partner in creating welcoming schools and to develop connections between schools.

Our ASB student leaders worked tirelessly with our advisers and the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) to put on the event. One AWSL staff person pulled me aside just before the day started and said, “Your students are amazing, they have solved every problem before I even realized it existed. They are the best I’ve ever worked with!” Every student, advisor, and AWSL staff I spoke with said it was an amazing day and they look forward to continuing the tradition!

On Friday, over 30 students and three teacher advisors from our La Chispa club joined students from across Puget Sound for a one-day retreat in Shoreline. La Chispa (The Spark) is also sponsored by AWSL with the goal to “ignite a spark and create a flame of focused energy with middle level Latino students in Washington State.” Students build positive connections with Latino high school and college-age role models, learn in a bilingual and biliterate environment and learn leadership skills. Over the past three years our La Chispa club has grown from 5 to over 30 student leaders!

This spring we will begin the process of selecting WEB Leaders for our 6th grade transition program next fall. WEB leaders help orient our incoming students to Hamilton and serve as mentors and advocates for those students as they transition to middle school. Schools across the country that have implemented the WEB program (including several in Seattle) have seen an increase in positive school culture, stronger connections to school, and a decrease in bullying.

Each of the programs would not be possible without the amazing and generous support of our PTSA. Growing student leaders is as important to our community as developing strong scholars. Thank you for your continued support of our student leaders our school is stronger because of your commitment!


Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters




ART GLOBALLY featuring HIMS parent Rob Hutchison

Friday, Feb. 20, 5:30-9 p.m. at the
Seattle Asian Art Museum

Enjoy an evening of contemporary global art with artists and curators, live music, conversation, and refreshments.

"Crossing Over:Japanese Artists & Architects,"a discussion on artists and photographers whose work relates to architecture, will be led by Rob Hutchison, a Hamilton parent, architect, and NEA grant-winning artist who lived in Japan in 2010 on a Creative Artists’ fellowship. Click here for more info. For tickets: visitsam.org/tickets.

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

Teen Space Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy
Free movie and popcorn.
Run time is 121 minutes.
Sunday Feb 22 *New start time* 2–5 p.m.

All Ages Family Board Game Night is held the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next Game Night is
Wed. Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Play our games or bring yours to play with others.

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

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

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

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: 2-3:30pm
6th through 8th grades: 3:30-5pm

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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