December 4, 2014

First Things First ...

**Orchestra Winter Concert -- Thursday, Dec. 4**

Lincoln Auditorium, 7-9pm


**Parent Coffee Hour -- Friday, Dec. 5**
Hawks Nest, 7:45-9am

Upcoming Events ...

  • Thursday, 12/4 Orchestra Winter Concert,7-9pm, Lincoln Auditorium
  • Friday, 12/5Parent Coffee Hour, 7:45-9am, Hawks Nest
  • Thursday, 12/11 Band Winter Concert, 7-9pm, Lincoln Auditorium
  • Thursday, 12/11 Last day of HOST activities

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
2014-15 HIMS Family Directory is Here!

For your communicating pleasure, we're proud to present the2014-2015 HIMSFamily Directory, located online in PDF format.

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

PleaseDO NOTforward this file to others.The directory contains contact information that is intended for personal use only, to facilitate communication between Hamilton families.

HIMS Spirit Wear Store is Open for Business

Just in time for holiday shoping, all are invited to visit the HIMS Spirit Wear Store!

Be sure to bookmark it and visit throughout the year to find HIMS T-Shirts, Outerwear, hoodies, caps and more, with delivery straight to your home.

Happy Spirit Shopping!

New @ the HIMS Library

There are a number of new titles at the HIMS library. Check the HIMS website homepage for more information on some highlighted books.

PTSA Reflections Advancing Artists Announced

Thank you to all the HIMS students who participated in the PTSA Reflections Program this year. The level of work coming out of our HIMS community was impressive! We should all be proud of the talented students among us! We had nearly three times as many entries as we could advance this year.

Congratulations to the following students who will be moving on to city level judging in their art categories: Amelia N., Ashley L., Carmelita Joy R-M., Eliot James L., Graeme N-H., Hannah M., Jack N., Karel S-F., Malia Ann M., Max H., Max M-S., Oliver B., Sophia B.Among the non-advancing works, honorable mentions were given to one work in each genre category. These went to John S., Sebastian Doll (“The Gleaming Sun”) and Zoe W.



All entries that moved on to the city level will be on display at the Seattle Center Armory/Center House, 3rdfloor, fromDecember 14–January 4, with a Recognition Ceremony on January 4that 2 PM.So plan a visit and enjoy viewing the art from fellow students in your city!

ThePTSA MiniGrantsapplication period is now open... Hamilton teachers and staff are invited to submit requests for funding for small projects, trips, or equipment needs. A committee of volunteers will meet in December to review those applications, and working with Principal Watters, will endeavor to fund (or find alternate funding for) as many requests as possible. We look forward to seeing some more of those Annual Fund dollars put to work!


Orchestra Winter Concert​ is TONIGHT at7pmin the ​Lincoln Auditorium. ​Please bring any NUT FREE bake sale​ donations to the bake sale table​ ​before the concert​.

Upcoming Events:
December 9th, FOMAHI Board Meeting,7pmHamilton Library
December 11th, Band Winter Concert,7pmLincoln Auditorium

Current Junior Jazz Members:
Junior Jazz Fall Term - The last day for Junior Jazz Fall Term is12/9/14.Please note that after12/9/14there will be no after school jazz band until the Winter Term begins1/6/15.

Junior Jazz Winter Term- If you are already in Junior Jazz Band and want to participate in the Winter Term payments ($65) are due byJanuary 6th.You will not need to refill out a registration or consent form.Please make checks out to FOMAHI and either deliver them to the office FOMAHI Box or send them to our FOMAHI Treasurer Jenny Peters at:
c/o Jenny Peters – Treasurer
1800 36th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98199

New Junior Jazz members:
If your student musician wants to be in Junior Jazz Band but missed the Fall Term they can still register for the Winter Term.Junior Jazz meetsTuesdayandThursdayfrom2:30-4:30pm.Please note:class available to students with one-year experience playing their instrument and auditions may be required. Please contact Ann Wright (Junior Jazz Coordinator) atannmwright@comcast.netfor registration and consent forms or questions.


FOMAHI is looking for an individual or two to chair our annualMusic-a-thon. This one-day fundraiser is held in February and is a favorite among students. Please contact Shannon Romer at:sbromer@gmail.comfor more information.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


Winter/Spring HOST Enrollment

HOST Winter/Spring Enrollment will begin on January 9that 2:30pm. Please be on the look-out for more information on the Hamilton website.


HOST Session Dates for 2015

HOSTWinterprograms will run from Jan. 20th– April 2nd

HOSTSpringprograms will run from April 6th– June 11th

Questions? Please feel free to call or email the YMCA office if you have any questions or concerns.eachase@seattleschools.orgor206.252.5831.


Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts start the week of December 15.

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

Update on Advanced Learning Testing

Because the Advanced Learning office received more than 5,400 applications, the testing process takes several months. All students whose applications met theOctober 2deadline will be scheduled for testing. Please be patient. Testing takes place throughout November, December and January. Families will be notified by phone or email prior to testing. Many students in grades 2-8 will be offered the opportunity to test on Saturdays at the John Stanford Center due to space limitations at school sites. Students in kindergarten and first grade will in most cases be tested at their school during regular hours, as will all students who cannot participate in Saturday testing.

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Principal's Letter



This week's letter is from assistant principal Tim Snyder


Dear Hamilton Families,


I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday and a smooth transition back to school. The three weeks before the December break move fast and can be stressful. This is a great opportunity to check the source and see how your students are doing in their classes and take note of any work that needs to be made up or revised. When we return to school after the New Year, the end of the semester will come very quickly. The more school work students can take care of now will help ensure the success of your student at the end of the semester. Teachers are always available to help students and families navigate the grade book and the classroom assignments. Questions are always appreciated so that there is clarity in classroom procedures and expectations.


Talk to your students about their school work and the academic and social goals they have set for themselves and the goals you have set as a family. As a staff we will be diligent in making sure that we are present and thoughtful in our work with students and families. We can help students reach or redefine their academic goals for the end of this semester and the beginning of second semester. It is good practice to evaluate your work and make adjustments if necessary to guarantee success. Our work it centered on student growth, academically, socially and emotionally and we appreciate our partnership with you in this venture.


Enjoy the next three weeks and keep up the good work as move toward the New Year and the end of the semester.


Tim Snyder


Assistant Principal



Ski Bus sign ups are underway. We realize that the sign up window was small this year and we apologize for that. The space is going to be limited this year but there are still a few spots available. This program is run through MOHAN Ski School, not Hamilton Middle School. We have a group of parent volunteers from HIMS that will coordinate the program with MOHAN. If you would like to sign your student up for theFridaynight ski bus please go towww.skimohan.comand follow the link to Hamilton International on their site. If you have any questions you may direct them to the group coordinator,Michelle Fasser
The dates for ski bus areJanuary 6-February 13. Ski bus leaves from school by3:00 p.m.and returns by11:00 p.m.

There is a Ski Bus Parent Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Commons, 7 -8:30pm. If your child is signed up for ski bus, please plan to send at least one parent to this meeting.
Also, parents are needed to serve as chaperones on ski bus. If you are interested in participating as a chaperone, pleasevisit our sign up sheet at


Players will work on shooting, ball handling, passing, defensive techniques, and drills all with the teaching from our experienced and qualified Hoopaholics coaches!CAMP DETAILS:WHO: Boys & Girls – 2nd through 8th grade – All skill levelsWHERE: Ballard Boys & Girls ClubWHEN: Camp 1-December 22-239am-NoonCamp 2-December 29-309am-NoonCOST: $90 both days, $60 one Space is limited, Sign Up Today!


“Teen Night Out” at the Seattle Art Museum,Dec 5, 7-10pm!Teens take over the museum and GET LOUD with incredible live music by La Luz, one of Seattle’s hottest musical acts, DJ Beeba of Brothers from Another, and teen girl band Bleachbear, named Seattle’s Best Underage band. Teen art tours, henna, and multiple art making workshops will be led by Seattle’s hottest contemporary artists. Inspired by the current SAM exhibitionsPop DeparturesandCity Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India. This FREE,teen“drop-off”event is hosted by SAM and EMP’s Youth Advisory Board. See SAM link for details:

Watch A Christmas Carol, with a twist!-treat yourself, your family, and friends, tothis holiday classic!A one-man performance by AllanBarlow,veteran professional actor andBallard High Schoolparent, who single-handedly plays over two dozen characters in Dickens' well-loved, timeless tale of one man's redemption. All proceeds benefitthe drama program at Ballard High School. PerformancesthisFriday 5 and Saturday 6 Decemberat 7:30 PM, Ballard High School. Ticketsavailable at thedoor for $15 ($10 students).
Come enjoyBallard High School's Winter Concerts.December 10will feature Treble Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Chamber Choir, Advanced Women's Chorale, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz;December 11will featureJazz Band 1 and 2, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra. Both performances start at7:00 PMand will include this year's combined masterwork: selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria".Free.
Garfield Jazz will help Seattle celebrate the holidays in December as part ofWinterfest 2014! Ensembles I and II will each give a free, public performance at the Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House) during the region’s annual month-long holiday party at Seattle Center. The festivities begin onSaturday, December 6, when Ensemble II plays from2:00-2:45 p.m. Ensemble I will deck the Armory’s halls a week later, onSunday, December 14 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.Come downtown and listen to some jazz, and afterwards go ice skating or get some shopping done--but don't miss the Bulldogs'Winterjazz!

Garfield High School's "Musical Revue": Fun for the Whole Family!

Dec 4, 5, & 6, Quincy Jones Auditorium,7pmCelebrate the season and share the joy as Garfield’s talented and spirited choral music students take to the stage and emcee their holiday show once again, an evening of something for everyone!The entire choral program - including the Vocal Jazz, Concert and Treble choirs, all under the direction of Carol Burton - perform a variety of classical favorites as well as original solo and ensemble music, poetry, dances and skits. Suggested ticket donations are students $5, adults $10, family $20 and support choral music at Garfield.

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