November 13, 2014

First Things First ...

**Special PTA Meeting -- Math to Make you Laugh -- Nov. 18**
Stand upMathematician (math and comedy)7-8:30pm, Hamilton Commons

**Fall Jazz Concert -- Nov. 20**
7-9pm, Hamilton Commons

Upcoming Events ...

  • Tuesday, 11/18Math to Make You Laugh, 7-8:30pm, Hamilton Commons
  • Wednesday, 11/19 PTA Board Meeting, 6:30-8pm, Staff Lounge
  • Thursday, 11/20 Fall Jazz Concert, 7-9pm, Hamilton Commons
  • Wednesday, 11/26 One hour early dismissal
  • 11/27-11/28 No school - Thanksgiving Holiday

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

Math to Make You Laugh isthis Tuesday!
Calling all students, parents, teachers, friends and families!
Come join the fun this
Tuesday, November 18, from7-8:30 pmin the Hamilton Commons for Math to Make You Laugh.Did we mention there will be prizes?There will be prizes!Did we mention there will be treats?There will be treats!And, of course, "stand up mathematician"Matt Parker will entertain with his math comedy routine !

Matt Parker's book,Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and Morewill be available for purchase.Our thanks to Phinney Books for coordinating book sales.No need to travel all the way to Town Hall to see Matt Parker, he will be right here at Hamilton!For more information about Matt Parker, check out his website,standupmaths.comand mark your calendars forthis Tuesday- it promises to be exponentially entertaining!

They're Ba-aack!
- A Note from Nurse Foote

We currently have several cases of HEADLICE in our building, so parents, please check your child’s hair and the hair of all household members.If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treatment will be necessary. Let Ms. Foote know if you would like her to check your student. For more information, email Ms. Foote, or visit

Hamilton’s Got Talent


Reflections submissions are in! Twenty eight students submitted a total of 32 works in a variety of genres—music, visual art, photography, literature and film. A big thank you to Mr. Serpe and Ms. McLaren for supporting Reflections in your art and international arts classrooms! We received a number of pieces from these classes, as well as a handful of independently submitted works. The submissions are now being judged by working artists in the respective genres. Judging is done “blind,” without knowledge of the students’ names. According to PTA contest rules, 12 of these wonderful works will be selected for advancement to the citywide contest. Advancing works will be announced byDecember 1. In the meantime, we’re working on creative a virtual gallery for viewing all of the works submitted. More info coming soon!



Legislative Update

After last week’s election, I -1351 (the initiative to reduce class sizes) is passing with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Initiative 1351 will set lower class sizes at every grade level. It is uncertain what the timing will be for the initiative to be enacted as the state needs to figure out how to pay for more teachers, other school staff, and classrooms. State financial experts are estimating the cost will be about $2 billion more a year once class size reduction is in place.

Those costs are on top of another $2 billion a year the Legislature is already seeking for education reform under theMcClearystate Supreme Court decision.

In the 2012McClearydecision, the state Supreme Court ruled that lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and balance the education budget. The court gave the Legislature until the 2017-18 school year to fix the problem, but significant progress will need to be made when the Legislature convenes the second week of January for the 2015 legislative session where they will address education funding and other budget issues.

Stay tuned!


Questions? Contact Tara Lee (Hickey), Legislative Liaison

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteering at Hamilton

We welcome volunteers at Hamilton! Volunteering is a GREAT way to support your student and connect with the Hamilton community.If you plan to volunteer at Hamilton this year AND work directly with students(chaperoning, working with students in the classroom or on a school-sponsored event), please complete the following AND return all forms to Hamilton’s front office.

Please note that the District recentlyadopted (Sept. 29, 2014) new field trip procedures, see below.Safety—yours and that of our students--is of paramount importance.

1.Volunteer Screening Form: Print and completeeachschool year(return with a copy of photo ID, a driver’s license is great.)This form is also on the HIMS website, Forms and FAQ section.Volunteers workingdirectly with studentsMUST be screened through Washington State Patrol’s Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) program--standard practice with agencies and organizations that serve children, youth and vulnerable adult populations.

2.Watch the district video: Adult SexualMisconduct Prevention Course foundhere. Once you complete the course, you will receive an online certificate to either email to the volunteer coordinator or to print out and bring to the front office.This is a one-time requirement; you will not need to watch the video in the future.

3.Read and complete the signature page of theSPS District Volunteer Handbook.

4.Please read SPSDistrict Policy No. 3246/Use of Reasonable ForceandDistrict Policy No. 5630/Volunteers.

5.Please read, sign and returnSPS Guidelines for Chaperones—Day Field TripsORSPS Guidelines for Chaperones—Overnight Field Trips

6.If youplan todrivestudents in your vehicle,please complete thevolunteer driving checklist

7.Overnight chaperones:Fingerprinting is NOT required for overnight chaperones who have lived continuously in Washington state formore than two years.Conversely, if you have lived in WA state less than two years, you will need to be fingerprinted.Please contact Trina Torgelson,,as soon as possible if this is the case.Verification of continuous residence may include: driver’s license, insurance documents, utility bills, rental agreements, mortgage statements, property tax statements, or employment verification.

Here’s the link to the SPS District Volunteering web site for more information:‐Volunteering.Please contactkltorgelson@seattleschools.orgwith questions.


Upcoming Music Events:



11/20 Fall Jazz Night, 7-9pm, Commons


11/22 Mill Creek Jazz Symposium, Sr. Jazz



Junior Jazz families: please remember to sign and return your after school program consent forms byFriday, November 14th.
Fall Jazz Nightwill be held onThursday, November 20that 7pmin the HIMS Commons. We
need families to donate items for the bake sale as well as help staff
the table. If you can
with either, pleasecontact Kate Kate is the bake sale coordinator for Jazz Ensembles.

Senior Jazzwill travel to the Mill Creek Jazz Symposium onSaturday, November 22nd.

Please see the FOMAHI page on the website for more information.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

PE Waiver Information

If your child is participating in an athletic HOST class, please note that the YMCA will be writing and submitting a letter directly to the school registrar. This letter will include the HOST class that they are in and the number of hours they have received. Copies of your students letter will be available upon request. Please contact the HOST office via email if you have any questions about the HOST PE Waiver process.


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. or 206.252.5831.


Girls Soccer and Ultimate are underway.

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.

High School/Private School Application Process for the 2015-2016 School Year


The High School/Private School application process has started for many Private Educational Institutions in Seattle. Please note that in order for your request to be completed, you need to submit the following items together, to Ms. Peila in Rm 105C.


All application requests are due NO LATER than December 1st 2014 (even though the application school may accept them through the start of January) to insure timely mailing prior to HIMS holiday break.


* Application form completed for each school with signature from parent/guardian


* One (1) 12” x 9 “ self-addressed manila envelope with four (4) stamps affixed on it PER request. Please use YOUR address as the return address due to the fact that many are mailed right before the Holiday break. If the envelope is returned to you, do not open it (the receiving school will not accept an opened envelope) and hand deliver to the school in question.


* The teacher recommendation form must be distributed to the teacher separately, no later than November 15th, please include a self-addressed envelope; items 2 and 4 are mailed separately.


Information included in the packet will be:

Current progress report

Last two (2) years of report cards, if available

Historical Grades and Cumulative Info reports

MSP and MAP scores from the last year, if available

Incident report – if applicable

Attendance record


The receiving school will request final grades if necessary. A follow up is done in May/June for all accepted applicants. Comprehensive list of applicants and schools they were completed for, are kept for three (3) years.


SPECIAL NOTE: Lakeside has a two (2) piece process, you MUST go online and submit the electronic information (Ms. Peila is HIMS contact person) form AS WELL as submit a request form following steps 1-4 listed above.



If you have any questions, email Ms. Peila

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Principal's Letter



This week's letter comes from Assistant Principal Tipton Blish

Dear HIMS Families,


The Common Core State Standards are here at Hamilton. It is not as if they weren’t here. Indeed, our teachers have been working with the standards for a few years now; they became the state standards in 2011. Undoubtedly you have heard and read much about them; they are the subject of political quarrel and they are in the news (All Things Considered is running stories this week). Three years ago teachers were introduced to the standards, and over the previous two school years the standards have been the focus of much of their professional development—and it’s not only teachers in math and reading/writing; all teachers have been getting training, and teachers’ professional organizations have been aligning subject specific standards to the Common Core including world languages, visual and performing arts, and physical education.

This year, though, the standards are in full fruition. At Hamilton students are seeing a marked shift in the classroom, and in our administrative learning walks we are noticing the difference. There are subtle shifts: A lab report, for example, may have been tweaked slightly so it emphasizes that students need to make scientific claims about their exploration that are based on evidence. Or the reading materials that students are seeing may ask them to look for implied meaning. But we, and students, are seeing clear and obvious changes in the classroom. We see teachers teaching students how to speak in an academic setting, how to listen and respond in an academic setting, and it is resulting in classroom discussions in which students are carefully considering the questions and claims of their peers, responding thoughtfully, and ensuring that every voice in the room is heard. In their math classes, students are not only having to work through problems. They explain the concept that supports the technique they deploy to unravel what’s in front of them. This week I saw 7th graders delivering eloquent arguments in speech form. They were being assessed by the evidence they used to support their claims and beliefs, as well as the pacing of their delivery, and quality of their voice.
Much of this work stems from teachers applying their professional learning in the team work that is one of the core emphases at Hamilton this year. It’s very exciting for us to see the execution of this work as we travel across the school building popping into classroom after classroom. Some of these changes are not as visible to students as they are to us. But please engage your student about the work they are doing in their classes and what they are learning as they move into the second quarter.

Go Hawks!
Tipton Blish
Assistant Principal


Seattle Central Library, Special Concert! On Friday, Nov. 14, 7:00 pm, Roosevelt Jazz Band will play selections from The Seattle Public Library’s KOMO Collection, a sheet music collection of more than 26,000 pieces, including more than 15,000 big band arrangements from the 1930s-1950s. Please join us for an incredible evening of jazz highlighting this unique collection. The event is free, and no reservations are needed.

The Ballard High SchoolChamber Orchestrawill be performing in a side-by-side with local professional Orchestra, NW Philharmonia, directed by Julia Tai. Gloria Ferry-Brennan will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. Join us for an afternoon of world-class music onSunday, November 23, @2:30 PM,St. Stephen's Episcopal Church!
Tickets for Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker 2014: Please come experience the Roosevelt Jazz Band performing songs from the Nutcracker onDecember 6th at 7:30pmandDecember 7th at 2pmin the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theater. You can purchase tickets online at Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, youth, and seniors. Mark your calendars for this traditional event! Please contact Kristin Gasper with any
Lake City Teen Night November 14th 7-10pmAll 6th- 12th Grade Students are invited to join us for a FREE dinner and Movie Night! We will have games, music, snacks, and a safe place to spend the evening with friends. Located at George: Center for Community 2212NE 125th. Contact us with
Ballard Youth Basketball
We are excited to announce our Winter Season tryouts coming up November 16th at Ballard Boys and Girls Club. This is for Boys 4th-8th Grades with practices once per week and 3 tournaments through the season as a nice compliment to school team programs. Registration is required on our website,
8th Grade Boys Winter Basketball Team looking for more players.
Come join the fun and join our player roster! Recruiting players for 8th grade winter basketball team. Sign-up through Parks & Rec (Ravenna Community Center), December practices/January games. All skill sets are welcome. We have our coaches confirmed, we just need to finalize our player roster. If interested, please contact Theresa Lindauer

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