September 18, 2014

First Things First ...
**Two hour Early Dismissal**
Wednesday, Sept 24

** Staff Appreciation Lunch-- Help Still Needed (see below)**
Wednesday, Sept 24

Upcoming Events ...
  • Friday, 9/19 Reflections Art Contest Planning Meeting (volunteers needed! see below)
  • Tuesday, 9/23 Music Night, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Tuesday 9/23Junior Jazz Fall Session begins
  • Wednesday, 9/24 2-Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 9/24 Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • Monday, 9/29 HOST classes begin
  • Tuesday, 10/7 School picture day
  • Tuesday, 10/7PTSA General Membership Meeting & Principal Q&A, 7-8:30pm
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

Important Handout Came Home This Week

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, handouts were distributed during 6th period. Included is the VERIFICATION FORM, which is due back on Friday, Sept. 19. These forms are VERY IMPORTANT. Verification forms show all the information we have regarding your household's contact information, as of today.

Please be sure to sign the form on the front page, top right-hand side, in the designated signature area. We are unable to make ANY changes without it being signed by a parent/guardian and we need the original copy for filing.

In addition, PE Waiver Forms will be distributed during the first week of October, instructions included.

Not Using Your Bus Service?

Parents, if you receive bus service but are not using it, please alert the transportation office. By removing your child's name from the roster, this opens up bus service for families who are in need of transportation and on a long waiting list. Contact the Transportation department via emailor call 206 252 0900.


The Annual Fall Kick-Off Party was a success thanks to Shannon Frizzell and her team of volunteers. Great to see everybody there!

PTSA General Membership Meeting and Q&A with Principal Watters
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30pm in the Hamilton Commons.

The PTSA General Membership Meeting is open to all HIMSfamilies - regardless of PTSAmembership! We'll gather in the Commons and begin by taking care of some PTSAbusiness. Once the housekeeping is done, enjoy an informative Q&Asession with Principal Watters.

Reflections Student Art Contest

Students are invited to create artworks for the 2014-2015 PTA Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is, "The World Would be a Better Place If..."

Reflections is a national PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art. In its 40-year history, millions of students have participated.They first compete locally, with selected works advancing to city, state and national competitions.

Reflections takes submissions in the areas of literature, visual arts, photography, music composition, dance choreography, film production, and Special Artists (for students with disabilities). Students may submit more than one work.All entries must be the original work of one student.Check out the rules and obtain entry forms at the WA PTA website.

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2014. Theme-related works, each accompanied by its own entry form, may be submitted to the front office any time before the deadline.If you have any questions, please contact

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!
Volunteers Needed...

Staff Appreciation Luncheon
TheThe HIMS Staff Appreciation Luncheon Team is looking forward to hosting, along with our parent community an outdoor bar-b-q for our hardworking staff on Sept 24, 2014.The luncheon will take place outdoors on this first early release day of the year!

Please use this link to sign up to bring a dish or another item that we need to make this an amazing event.Items may be left in the staff lounge on the first floor by noon on Wednesday the 24th with any warming instructions.

We thank you in advance for your support.If you have any questions you may direct them to Michelle Fasser at

Reflections Planning Meeting
Parents and staff are invitedto a Reflections Committee planning meeting on Friday, Sept 19, from 8:45-9:45 AM, in the main office conference room.

Adult volunteers are needed to help pull off the Reflections program. We need experienced judges in the various disciplines (no one will judge their own child’s work of course),as well as help with organizing submissions and data entry.New this year, we’d like to showcase entries for the school community before they go on to the city level. We could use some tech savvy people to help us figure out the best way to share digital works, such as film and dance choreography.

If you are interested in helping out in any way, please stop by the meeting (RSVPs appreciated) or contact PTSA Reflections Coordinator, Lauren Marshall at

@ the Library

* 14,000+ books, ebooks, audiobooks, and videos!
* 177 new arrivals since last June!
* 430+ check-outs in the first 3 days of school!
* Weekly overdue email to parents for students with items more than 1 week overdue
* 32 desktop computers and 2 classrooms worth of laptop carts for teacher check-out
* 2 boxes and 3 shelves of free books are waiting for students to adopt them at our free Student Book Exchange
* Our NEW school-wide “SPS-Username” Wi-Fi enables district staff and students to stay logged in and automatically re-connect to filtered Internet access on their personal devices using their school username and password!
* MAP testing will not be school-wide this year, so library and laptop access will be much greater this semester! (Only students with no spring score will be tested).
* “Ms. Mac” is back! Ms. Morgan MacDonald is our full-time teacher-librarian with a master’s in library & information science and experience teaching social studies and language arts.

Library Volunteers needed!
Our library needs parent and community volunteers to staff the check-out desk and monitor student traffic flow for the following shifts:
* Mondays, 10:30-12:30
* Wednesdays, 10:30-12:30
* Fridays, 10:30-12:30
Those with library or education experience encouraged to volunteer; on-the-job training provided. ContactMs. MacDonald, 206-252-5850 (w), email:

Legislative Update
Things heated up last week around state funding for K -12 education. On Thursday, the State Supreme Court found the Legislature “in contempt” for failure to make progress on fully funding education.
Background: In 2012, the State Supreme Court ruled in the McCleary decisionthat the Legislature was failing to meet its “paramount duty” to fully fund education. At that time, the Court ruled that the Legislature must make substantial progress each year in order to reach a 2018 deadline for full funding.
While the Legislature has made some incremental progress over the past two years to fully fund education, it has been slow and piecemeal. It has also lacked a comprehensive funding solution that does not hurt other areas of the budget, by requiring cuts to healthcare, housing, and other things that kids need to be successful in school.
In last week’s contempt ruling, the Court gave lawmakers until the end of the 2015 Legislative Session to meet the obligation. If they do not comply, the Court could hand out sanctions. This means that funding for education will be the major focus of the 2015 Legislative Session, which starts in January and is scheduled to run through April, although it may require special sessions to come to agreement on the funding mechanism (s).
The Legislature, the Governor, and other stakeholders state that they are making this the number one priority. We will keep you posted on Legislative actions, as well as ways to get involved in make your opinions known to those who represent you in Olympia. Stay tuned for an interesting year!
Tara Lee, Legislative Co-Chair,, 206-851-4452 (cell)
The Seattle Times has a good overview of the ruling- read it here.

Music (FOMAHI) News
Register with FOMAHI today to receive all music-related communication, including important concert information and dates, trip opportunities, and workshops! Please sign up hereby Friday, Sept 26.

FOMAHI information packets with required paperwork will be distributed in music classes this week and must be completed and returned to your Music Teacher by Friday, Sept, 26 . Check out the Music page on the Hamilton website.student.

Learn more about Hamilton’s amazing music program at Music Night scheduled for this Tuesday, Sept 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Here’s what we’ll cover:

- Overview of music program and possible pathways for HIMS music students based on instrument and ensemble.
- Overview of student/family expectations (practicing, behavior, volunteering),
- Explanation of any trips and workshops that your student’s ensemble will take this year
- Donate used concert attire and look for new items.
- Opportunity for you to ask questions directly to your music teacher.
Join us at 6:30 pm to participate in our clothing swap/exchange. Need a pair of black pants, dress shoes, a tuxedo shirt or a Junior Jazz shirt? Here’s your chance to outfit your student. Please drop off outgrown concert attire in good condition in the boxes in your student’s music rooms. Required concert attire is here.
After-school Junior Jazz starts Tuesday, Sept 23and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. This program develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation. Junior Jazz is open to students who have at least one-year experience playing their instrument. Please note that an audition may be required, particularly if your student plays in the rhythm section. Students who play any instrument are welcome to participate in Junior Jazz.Registration forms will be distributed to your student in class and can be found here. The HOST program will provide yellow bus transportation home after rehearsal. Students who want yellow bus transportation home from Junior Jazz must contact HOST to make those arrangements.

Calling all MUSIC COMPOSERS…Students are invited to create original musical compositions and other artworks for the 2014-15 PTA Reflections Art Contest.This year’s theme is:“The world would be a better place if…” The deadline for submission is October 31, 2014. Entries may be submitted to the front office anytime up to the deadline.

The above information was submitted by FOMAHI. For more information on FOMAHIor their events, please see the Music page of the HIMS website.

YMCAHOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

Hamilies can now visit the YMCA HOST page on the Hamilton website to register for Fall 2014 HOST classes. Hamilton students have also received a HOST form with class descriptions and registration instructions (this is NOT a registration form).e HIMS website. HOST classes will start the week of Sept 29th.

Hawk Out of School Time (HOST) programs are offered through the YMCA at Hamilton. HOST classes will take place at Hamilton Int. Middle School.Fall HOST programs run Monday – Thursday, from 2:30 – 4:30pm, with the exception of early release days.Classes are offered in the areas of academic assistance, recreation, and enrichment.Academic classes and the HIMS Yearbook Club will be offered free of charge, while all other classes will have a fee.Snack and transportation (to most areas) are included with HOST classes.

Registration opened online at 2:00pm on Monday, Sept 15. Families are encouraged to sign up soon, as some classes will fill up quickly! For additional information, contact Liz Chase in the YMCA Community Learning Center atRegistration opened online at 2:00pm on Monday, Sept 15. Families are encouraged to sign up soon, as some classes will fill up quickly! For additional information, contact Liz Chase in the YMCA Community Learning Center at or (206) 252-5831or (206) 252-5831.

** NOTE: Scholarships are available, but funds are limited. Please contact Liz Chase for more information.
The above informtion was submitted byHOST.For more information on HOSTor their programs, please see the HOSTProgram page of the HIMS website.You can also contact Director Liz Chase ( at the YMCACommunity Learning Center, located in Room 104, directly across from the HIMS main office, or by phone at (206) 252-5831.

Athletics News

If you are interested in playing Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee or Girls Soccer this Fall, you must have all Seattle Public School required paperwork signed and turned into the main office by Friday, Sept 19th. Only students with the required documents will be allowed to tryout. Forms are located in the Main Office. Stay tuned for soccer tryout information and see below for details about Ultimate tryouts!

Required paperwork and links include:

1. Athletics Registration and Physical Form

2. Parent Guardian Release Form for Ultimate Frisbeeor for Girls Soccer

3. Concussion Information Sheet

For more information, please contact the Athletic Director, Christy Smith, at

Hamilton Ultimate Frisbee-Fall 2014 Registration is now! To REGISTER and for more info, click on the link below or copy/paste into a browser:

Ultimate Registration Packets are due Friday, Sept. 19. In our haste to get the registration process started last week, there was some confusion created about our selection process. The priority criteria was described differently in different media. Through conversations between our coaches, our Parent Admin Team, and HIMS administration, we've reached a consensus on our priority criteria. Please click here to read a document with all the changes and to find out how to register

**Due to limited space availability in the program, please note that registering for Ultimate means committing to attending games and practices. There are lots of players out there wanting to join in the fun!**

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

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Principal's Letter

Dear Hamilton International Families,


Thank you to those that were able to join us for Curriculum Night. Our teachers enjoyed meeting you and appreciated the opportunity to share what you can expect from their class this year. I appreciated your flexibility in crowded halls and classrooms and the kind words so many of you had for our staff.


I often write a great deal about student learning – what students are learning, how they are learning and the decisions we make as a staff to improve student learning at Hamilton. Today I want to take a moment and focus on the professional learning of our staff. Much has been written in recent years about professional learning communities in schools. Leaders in this work include Shirley Hord, Andy Hargreaves, Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker and many more. Schools and systems across the country and around the world say that they have PLC’s in their districts and buildings but without a clear definition and commitment many principals, teachers and other staff simply work alongside one another.


The most essential element of any PLC is learning. Increasing student learning sits at the center of a small group of teachers learning together in public. Regardless of the author the primary purpose of a PLC is to ensure that all students learn at high levels through the collaborative learning practices of all teachers in the building.


Hord & Sommers (2008) note “The PLC structure in a school is one of continuous adult learning, strong collaboration, democratic participation, and consensus about the school environment and culture and how to attain that” (p. 10). They go on to cite the work of Roland Barth (2006) identifying the distinguished elements of a culture of collegiality (p. 11):


* Talking with one another about their practice
* Sharing their craft knowledge
* Observing one another while they are engage in their practice
* Rooting for one another’s success


This school year the Hamilton staff is digging into the work of our PLC’s and I believe this work have a transformative impact on our school. We are focusing both on what students are learning in our classrooms and what we are learning as professionals including how we are continuously growing our own practice. We are going beyond our individual classrooms and making our work public to one another (and this is hard, scary and so powerful). I am proud of our staff for the risks they are taking, the trust they have developed with one another and the commitment they have made to put student learning at the center of this work. I am confident our PLC practices will have a positive and powerful influence on our adult learning and as a result positively impact our student’s experience in our classrooms. If you would like to know more about PLC’s please don’t hesitate to ask – we are thrilled to share our own learning journey with you.


In the coming weeks I will begin sharing the Principal’s Letter corner of the newsletter with our Assistant Principals, Tip Blish and Tim Snyder. I want you to have the opportunity to begin to get to know them and allow you a different insight into the great things happening at Hamilton.

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters


Community News
Seattle Special Ed PTSA

The Seattle Special Ed PTSA has scheduled their meetings for this school year. Please check out seattlespecialedptsa.orgfor more information.

Vámonos Spanish Center

Interested in an after school immersion Spanish program for your middle schooler? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish yourself? Then come to Vámonos Spanish Center, now open in Wallingford, and take classes with Srta. Amanda (a.k.a Maestra R.)! We also offer one-on-one tutoring, guided foreign travel, and immersion summer camps! For more information or to register, please visit our website at ¡HASTA PRONTO!

Fall Pre-Season Basketball Programs
Player Development Programs Ages 6-15 (6 progressive color levels). Locations:Ravenna CC, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst CC Begins: Week of Sept 21st!
Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January) Locations:Ravenna CC. Begins: Saturday November 15th. More information

ZUMBA-THON at Ballard High School
Ballard High school's very own Gustavo Gutierrez will be leading a ZUMBA-THON onSaturday, Sept 27. The marathon Zumba class will be a fundraiser for theBallard High School Theatre Department and will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Drop in rates, or get pledges per hour. Pick up more information from the main office at Ballard High School ( 206) 252-1000! Come and get your ZUMBA on with Gustavo. Have fun, support a great program, and get fit at the same time!

Chess Club
The John Stanford chess club is hosting weekly chess classes with Coach Leo Stefurak on Mondays, from Sept 29 for 11 weeks.This class is open to 6th-8th graders (up to 10 total) from HIMS as well.

Details:MONDAYS (11 classes: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 (Note: no meeting the Monday before Thanksgiving, 11/24).) Intermediate/Advanced Chess, with Coach Leo (Grades 1-8, Cost TDB, 3:50-5:20).

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 $225-$325/student. To determine if your child is ready for this class or if you have questions about registration, please contact Chess Club coordinator Emily Menon Bender ( Registration will be available Sept 8-19

Magnolia Soccer Club
The Magnolia Soccer Club would like to welcome more girls to its GU12 teams. The teams hold two practices a week at the Magnolia Playfields: one is led by the team coach and one by UK Elite. All games are on Sunday; the season runs through early November; and there is a possibility that the teams will participate in the All City tournament in November and December.

If you're interested, it is not too late to sign up. Please contact Dave Self, Magnolia Soccer Club registrar, at

JazzED Ensembles
Calling motivated student-musicians! Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles rehearse weekly from October through May and cater to all skill levels. Students in grades 4-12 will work with professional musicians and educators, perform and have fun! Ensemble placement by audition. No previous music experience required for the Introductory Ensemble. Scholarships and payment plans available. Easy registration and info at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299) Join us and play!

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