February 5, 2015

First Things First ...
** NOSCHOOLFEB. 16 & 17 **
And save the date: HIMS Pi(e) Night will be held 3/10!


Upcoming Events ...

    • Mon. 2/16 Midwinter break -- NOSCHOOL!
    • Tue., 2/17 Midwinter break -- NOSCHOOL!
    • Mon. 2/23 Co-ed track begins
    • Tues. 2/24 Boys' soccer begins
    • Wed. 2/25 Girls' volleyball begins
    • Thurs. 2/26 Hawk Pride Ceremony, 2"45-3:15 p.m.
    • Tues. 3/3 Parent Ed Night, 5-8 p.m (See below)
    • Thurs. 3/5 Jazz Night, 7-9 p.m.
    • Tues. 3/10 HIMS Pi(e) Night! Details to follow

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


With the arrival of spring, our PTSA organization must start to plan for the next academic year, 2015-16. In addition to working with the District to support a principal search for this spring, we will create committees to review this fiscal year's financial business and to workshop a budget for the 2015-16 year. If you would be interested in working on either of these committees, please contact Barbara Vaughey, our PTSA Treasurer, at bvaughey@gmail.com.

We will also form a Nominating Committee to help identify people who might be interesting in working more closely with the Board next year, either to staff Board positions, or to manage or co-manage individual HIMS PTSA events or efforts. If you think you would be interested in working with our Nominating Committee, or if you would like to talk to a Board member about any of the Board positions or events, please contact HamiltonPTSA@live.com for more information.

HIMSStudent/Family Directory

If you have discovered erroneous information in the PTSA Family Directory, please be sure to contact Hamilton dad Hal Mullis at halvira@comcast.net. Hal will be collecting comments and will post a revised edition of each of the directories in January.

New Semester Schedule Issues

Once the new semester starts, if your child's schedule needs to be adjusted because of an incorrect placement, or if you would like to request a change, please have your student fill out a pink Change of Schedule request form and submit.


A new schedule will be delivered to them once it has been processed. Please have them attend the schedule they have been assigned until the change has been implemented. Forms are located in the front office, Rm 105C and the counseling department.Email will be answered as time allows.


Elizabeth Peila





Class of 2019 High School Info Session and Tour information


This month our 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools are offering information nights in the coming weeks. Registration for high school classes will follow in April/May. The counseling department will be working with students to make sure they have the information needed prior to registration.


Please visit the HIMS website Counseling Center page for more information and resources.


Seattle Public High School Information Nights are being held now. Information is now posted on the individual high school websites and is also available here.



Garfield High School

Tour for current 8th grade students and parents

Thursday, February 12, 9-10:30 am, meet in Gym

Open House for 8th Grade Parents and Students

Tuesday, February 17, 7-8 pm, meet in Commons

IB (International Baccalaureate) Information Night,
Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm, Ingraham Library

This is an information night just parents of students who are in the Highly Capable Cohort and are interested in the Ingraham IB Program.

IBxInformation Night
Thursday, February 12, 7 pm, Ingraham Library
This is an information night just parents of students who are in the Highly Capable Cohort and are interested in the Ingraham Highly Capable/IBx Program.

Questions? Contact the main office at (206) 252-3888. No need to RSVP for tours or open houses.

Music (FOMAHI)News

Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra:

TODAY, Feb. 5: Annual Music-a-thon at HIMS (all day)!

We need volunteers during Music-a-thon, please contact Jenny Peters if you can help, at bopeters@yahoo.com. Please ensure your musician's completed DONATION ENVELOPE is sent to school. Here is the donation form!Thank you for your support of Hamilton Music.

Feb. 6: Senior Jazz attends the Bellevue College Festival

Feb. 9:Symphonic bands attend the UW/PNW Band Festival

Feb. 10: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7 pm, HIMS Library

Mar. 5:Winter Jazz Night has been moved to Thursday, March 5 at 7 pm in the Hamilton Commons. Please update your calendar!

Hamilton's3rd Annual Solo and Ensemble FestivalisSaturday, March 14, from 9 am-4 pm The complete entry packet, the solo entry form, and the ensemble entry form are availableHERE.Deadline for registration is TOMORROW, February 6.

Keep Music in our school – get involved with FOMAHI!
FOMAHI (the HIMS music booster organization) is seeking new people to come join us in the 2015-16 school year! We will have several roles opening up in the fall semester, 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, come to our next board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 pm in the HIMS library. No commitment required – just come by and say hi! For more information, please contact Jacqui Kramer (jacqui@writersbloc.net). See you there!


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:

Calling all girl ultimate players past, present, and possibly future!
Come join us for a casual afternoon, throw a disc around, and find out how fun Ultimate can be. You may even get to meet some Seattle Riot players! Contact Amanda (akahappy@hotmail.com) for questions.

When: Wed. Feb. 11, 2:30-3:30 pm
Meet in the Hawk's nest. We will head to Wallingford playfield if it is nice, or stay in the HIMS play court if the field is too wet.

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,


We have reached the point of the school year where we have completed more days than we have remaining in the year. As we start second semester, now is a good time to sit with your student and set goals for this spring. I encourage you to talk with you student about more than grades.


Consider encouraging students to build healthy habits including setting aside time each day to read for pleasure, exercise, practice or explore a new skill or interest, and turn off screens and other electronics for conversation.

In the coming weeks, Hamilton will begin the process of selecting a new principal.


Jon Halfaker, Executive Director of Schools for the Northwest Region, will be leading the process and has already met with our Building Leadership Team and PTSA Leadership. The next step is providing an opportunity for our community (teachers, staff, and families) to participate in a survey that will help define the characteristics and attributes that are important for a new leader. I encourage you to take time to participate in this survey to help ensure we have a diversity of voices contributing to this important process.


Go Hawks!


Cindy Watters




Mid-Winter Break 1-day Basketball Camp Feb. 17 9am-3pm
At Concordia Lutheran Church in Wedgwood. This camp will be open for youth boys and girls in 2nd-8th grade and will be lead by coach Chase Young through Hoopaholics. To register, please visit www.hoopaholics.com, and click on the CAMPS page and look for the 2/17 1-day camp at Concordia.

For any questions or group registrations, please contact Chase Young at chaseyoung206@yahoo.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 8th
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 through 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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