January 15, 2015

First Things First ...
** NEWSTARTTIME: PTSAGeneral Membership Meeting starts @ 7pm **
Join us Wed. 1/21 ... PTSA meeting followed by "Adolescents in the Digital Age"Speaker ...


Upcoming Events ...

    • Thursday, 1/15Night of the Arts, Commons & Library, 6:30-8:30pm
    • Monday, 1/19 NOSCHOOL–Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • Tuesday, 1/20 Winter HOST classes begins
    • Wednesday, 1/21 PTSA General Membership meeting/Speaker, Library, 7pm
    • Thursday, 1/22HAWKPride Ceremony, Library, 2:45-3:15pm
    • Thursday, 1/29HIMS Open House, 6:30-8:30pm
    • Friday, 1/30 NOSCHOOL–Day Between Semesters

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

PTSAGeneral Membership Meeting &Speaker

**NEWTIME: 7pm **

Please join us in the Hamilton Commons on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm for this year's second PTSA General Membership meeting. Highlights will include a report on the timeline and process for the Principal Search and Interview Committee, a report on PTSA financials, and formation of a Nominating Committee to seek PTSA board members for the 2015-2016 year.

We'll also welcome a special guest speaker, Jo Langford. Jo is a therapist with twenty years of experience working with adolescents and their families, and he is also the author of "The Sex EDcylopedia, a book written for boys and their parents." Jo will address the topic of Digital Sexuality and Safety for T/weens; Sites and Apps and will provide tips, tools and information to help parents help their kids to make healthy choices in the world of social networking. For more information about Jo and his work, see http://www.beheroes.net/home/4569671902

Please note that this event is for adults only. We expect the program to conclude after a Q&A at about 9pm.

See you there!

Reflections City Level Winners Announced

Congratulations to the six Hamilton students whose Reflections pieces were selected by judges at the city level to go on to competition at the state level. They are:

Amelia N. – If Everyone Loved (music)
Hannah M. – Five Green and Endangered Frogs (film)
Karel R. S-F. – Friendship (special artist – visual art)
Max H. – Rays of Heaven (photography)
Max M-S. – The Jellyfish (photography)
Sophia B. – I Failed the Test (literature)

These and all the pieces submitted to Reflections, as well as many other works by HIMS students, will be on display in the library at Arts Night TONIGHT, Jan. 15, from 6:30-8:30pm. We hope you’ll come by and celebrate the arts at Hamilton!

The Reflections works and contest results may also be viewed at

Summer TravelOpportunity:
Visit Ecuador w/Maestro Severance

Summer Travel Opportunity for 6-8th graders! A group of Hamilton students will be traveling to Ecuador this summer on a service learning trip lead by HIMS Spanish teacher, Brandon Severance. We'd love a few more kids to join the group!

Trip dates: June 22-30

Please contact Angele Hunskor at ahunskor@gmail.com for more information. Kids will get to practice their Spanish, visit the rainforest, and engage in meaningful service. A great opportunity!

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

Washington State PTA Focus Day

Save-the-Date: Monday, Jan. 19 is the Washington State PTA’s Focus Day in Olympia!This coming legislative session will be crucial for education funding. Make your voice heard. Talk to your legislators about education and other issues that are important for students and families!

January 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a school holiday. So, bring the kids and come on down to Olympia and advocate for the full funding of our schools. The Seattle Council of PTSA will provide free transportation with chartered buses.EmailSCPTSA Legislative ChairEden Mackatlegchair@SCPTSA.org, for details.Find more information about this year's Focus Day event on theWashington State PTA website.

Class of 2019 High School Info Session and Tour information is available

This month our 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools offer information nights for parents and students in late January and early February. 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.

Counselors are teaching two lessons in the 8th grade classrooms. The first lesson(taught last week) was called "High School and Beyond." This lesson focused on preparing students for high school registration and gave students time to preview general high school requirements and post high-school information. The second lesson (taught this week) is a Career Exploration quiz to help students start to connect their interests with future education and job possibilities. Please visit the HIMS website Counseling Center page for more information and resources.

Seattle Public High School Information Nights start this month. Information is now posted on the individual high school websites and is also linked here.

New Arrivals in the Library!

Here are some new arrivals and recommendations from Ms. Mac, Hamilton’s Librarian:

1) The Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson
Location: graphic novels, comics, manga
Interest Level: Young Adult

2) Japanese Tales, Selected, edited, and translated by Royall Tyler
Series: Pantheon fairy tale and folklore library
Interest Level: Young Adult

3) Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer
By Lynne Cox
Series: Harvard Book
Interest Level: Young Adult

Music (FOMAHI)News

Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra:
Registration packets for the trip to Camp Burton have been handed out and are due no later than this Friday, January 16th. If you have questions, please contact the trip coordinator, Allison Rider, at allison.rider@gmail.com

TONIGHT, January 15:
Night of the Arts! 6-8 pm. All families invited to attend, in the HIMS Commons.

January 29: Senior Jazz attends the Clark College Jazz Festival

January 30: Vocal Jazz attends the Bellevue College Festival

February 15: Annual Music-a-thon. Look for more details to be sent home with students this week. Volunteers NEEDED!
**Correction: Last week’s newsletter listed this for February 5. The correct date is Feb. 15!

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


Registration for Winter and Spring HOST Afterschool Activities and Classes opened Friday, January 9. All registrations are done online, so sign up soon, as some classes fill up quickly!

HOST class offerings will be distributed the week of January 5 (prior to registration).

The Winter session of HOST begins Tuesday, January 20 and ends Thursday, April 2, 2015. The Spring session of HOST begins Monday, April 6 and ends Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Questions? Please feel free to contact the YMCA office: eachase@seattleschools.org or (206) 252-5831.


HIMSBasketball Season has begun! 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.

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Principal's Letter



(This week's letter is brought to us by Assistant Principal Tim Snyder)

Hello Hamilton Families,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963)

On Friday at Hamilton, we will have an assembly to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The work that he did and the ideas that he forged are still relevant to us today. We, as a nation, are witness to many events that will have lasting impacts on us as individuals and as a nation. The idea that “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality…” seems true in many aspects of our lives. When our public debate is about immigration; the environment; Ferguson, Missouri; and other issues, we are all connected in some way to the affects and outcomes of these debates. Our response to national and global issues can be informed by the ideas of Dr. King and our collective discussion and work to limit injustice in the world will certainly influence future outcomes.

Dr. King fought for justice for all people and access to the right to express their beliefs and wishes through the right to vote. It is important to understand that these fights are not over and that a new generation of thoughtful citizens will need to study the impacts of decision makers and forge a new path grounded in history and battles already waged and centered on creative, just solutions for new obstacles faced by people in the world.

We act locally at Hamilton to ensure that students have access to conversations and experiences with the complex ideas of the world they live in. We also strive to be inclusive and have everyone feel like and insider at Hamilton, so that students understand we are all directly connected to each other. Dr. King is honored for his courage to articulate and act on the need for justice for all people. We also honor Dr. King for the vision he had and for the strong foundation he built, on which we continue his work in our current social and political landscape. It is also essential that when we pay tribute to Dr. King we recognize the ways in which we are all connected.

Go Hawks,
Tim Snyder
Assistant Principal


Teen Fun at Ballard Library *NEW*
The Ballard Branch library has free fun programs for teens in 6th – 12th grades!
Teen Space will visit Japan through sushi and more! New time: Sunday Jan 18, 2:00-4:00pm
First Friday Gaming happens Friday Feb 6, from 3:00-5:00pm.
For more information check the library calendar at www.spl.org

Teen Enviro Science College Prep Program *NEW*
In the Environmental Science & Technology Practicum, a 9-weekend program at Mercer Slough, teens explore environmental science careers through hands-on experiments in the wetlands and our state-of-the-art wetlab. Great for enhancing college applications. Starts Jan. 31. Scholarships available.

Chess Club
The John Stanford chess club is hosting weekly chess classes with Coach Leo Stefurak on Mondays, starting Feb. 2, for 12 weeks. Class runs from 3:50-5:20. This class is open to 6th-8th graders (up to 10 total) from HIMS as well. Meet Coach Leo and participate in a "simul" demonstration at Family Chess Night at John Stanford International School on January 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the cafeteria. Excellent for kids who are excited about chess and want to learn more about tactics and strategy. The cost will depend on the number enrolled, but will be in the range of $275-$375/student. To determine if this class is appropriate for your child, or if you have questions about registration, please contact Chess Club coordinator Emily Menon Bender (ebender@stanfordalumni.org). Registration will be available Jan 11-23.

The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club
The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club runs youth rugby programs for boys and girls ages 8-19 years. The spring season runs from the end of January-April and we practice and play in nearby Magnuson Park. Rugby is a fast-paced game for boys and girls that focuses on fitness, teamwork and respect for all that participate. No experience necessary. Interested kids and parents should visit us atwww.seattlevikings.com or e-mail us at registration@seattlevikings.com to receive your registration packet. The in-person Registration day is January 24, 11-1 pm, Magnuson Park, Brig. Bldg., View Ridge Room.

World Languages Night
You’re invited to the World Languages Night at Garfield High School on Thursday, January 15 from 6-8 pm. The first half of the evening will take place in the Commons, where you will be able to talk to students about their work from all four of the World Languages taught at Garfield (French, Japanese, Latin and Spanish); the second half will take place in the classrooms on the 3rd floor, where there will be refreshments, student projects and entertainment. All are welcome!

Shadowing Available at Ingraham
Shadow Visits for potential incoming Rams continue untilFebruary 26. We will shadow on Tuesday, Weds and Thursdays from7:50 AM - 11:55 AM. Parents can call to register their student for a shadow visit -206-252-3888- Mary Smith (Please specify if your student would like to shadow a student planning to pursue IB or in the Highly Capable/IBx program)
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, visitisemn.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 are 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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