September 11, 2014

First Things First ...
** Parents-Only Welcome Back to School Party, Sat. Sept. 13 **
6:30-9:30pm @ Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N ... Socialize and celebrate over drinks and light apps ... groove out to the sounds of HIMS Senior Jazz Combos

** Curriculum Night (All Grades) and 6th Grade Parent Orientation, Wed. Sept. 17**
6th grade parents come at 6:00, everybody else at 6:30

Upcoming Events ...
  • Saturday, 9/13 Annual Parent Fall Kick-Off Party, 6:39-9:30pm, Phinney Center
  • Wednesday, 9/17 6th Grade Parent Orientation, 6:00-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 9/17 Curriculum Night (all grades), 6:30-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, 9/23 Music Night, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, 9/24 2-Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 9/24 Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • 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

6th Grade Orientation &All-SchoolCurriculum Night
- Wed, Sept. 17

It's Back to School time for parents! No need to stress about your outfit or double check your hair a few dozen times; just make sure you're there for the most important night of the year in terms of helping your child succeed this school year.

The evening begins with a 6thGrade Parent Orientation at 6pm, for a short session by Principal Watters, designed to address the transition to middle school.

Then the full-house fun begins 6:30pm with All-School Curriculum Night. Think of it like speed dating with teachers - you'll get 10 minutes in each class, where you'll meet your child's teacher and find out about the class schedule, homework expectations and plans for the year. At the end of 10 minutes, you'll have 5 minutes to find your child's next class, where you'll again have 10 minutes, and so on. Here's a school map so you don't get lost!

Arrival – 6:30 – 6:40 p.m.
(proceed directly to your child's 1st Period classroom)
1st Period -- 6:40 – 6:50 p.m.
2nd Period -- 6:55 – 7:05 p.m.
3rd Period -- 7:10 – 7:20 p.m.
4th Period -- 7:25 – 7:35 p.m.
5th Period -- 7:40 – 7:50 p.m.
6th Period -- 7:55 – 8:05 p.m.

Order Hawks Spirit Wear
We have a new Spirit Wear online store. You can select your gear online and it will ship right to your house. How easy is that? Order today and show your hawk pride.

Back to School Packets
Back to School Packets were distributed to all students last Friday.Please make sure you fill out all needed paperwork and return it to school.

There are several ways that information is shared among the Hamilton community of parents, students, teachers and staff.The HIMS Communication Quick Reference Guide outlines our four most widely used channels –The Hamilton Website, The Hamilton Weekly News, The Source, and Fusion (Class Pages) – along with information about how you can access and share important information with our community.


Annual Fall Kick-Off Party
Saturday, Sept. 13, from 6:30-9:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N).

After their first full week of school, we'll are ready for some celebration time with our fellow parents. That's why this party is parents-only, and only happens once a year, so don't miss it! There will be wine, beer and light appetizers provided, along with tuneage from Hamilton's Senior Jazz combos.Carpooling and alternative forms of transportation are encouraged!

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.In past years, a number of works by HIMS students have gone on the state level and one (by Tigerlily Cooley) advanced to the national competition.

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...

Annual Parent Fall Kick-Off Party
Saturday, Sept. 13;Set-up @ 5:30pm; Clean-up @ 9:30pm
(party starts at 6:30pm)
Give us a hand and help make this a night to remember. Jobs include set-up help, staffing snacks and refreshments tables, and everyone's favorite job - cleaning up!
Email Shannon Fizzell at to sign up.
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 September 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, September 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

Music (FOMAHI) News

Learn more about Hamilton’s amazing music program at Music Night scheduled for Tuesday, September 23 from 7-8:30 pm.What are the various music paths and opportunities at HIMS?Come early--6:30 –7:00 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 a chance to outfit your student.

After-school Junior Jazz starts Tuesday, September 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.

Enrolled in both music AND world language? Your student needs to complete a PE Waiver. A new PE Waiver form must be filled out each year. Stay tuned for more information.

Interested in volunteering for YOUR student’s music program? There are numerous ways to help out during the school year, including serving on concert crews, helping with bake sales, managing music festival logistics, copying scores for music directors, serving as chaperones and trip coordinators and more!One immediate need: help with MUSIC NIGHT. Please contact Shannon Romer, Volunteer coordinator,

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)

HOSTprogram registration will start the week of September 15th. Students will receive a form in their 6th period class with instructions on how to sign up. Registration will also be available on the HIMS website. HOST classes will start the week of September 29th.

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, September 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:


The 2014 season will have a program size cap in order to improve the experience of participating players.We will be accepting 80 students into the program. Registration must be completed online by Thursday, September 18th.

Completed medical forms and Concussion waivers must be turned in before Sept. 22 (first day of practice) in order to participate.All players will be immediately wait-listed.Players accepted into the program will be notified on Friday, September 19th.

Enrollment priority will be based on the following criteria:
  • Completion of online registration
  • Grade Level (priority to older students)
  • Completion of paperwork

Team placement practices will take place September 22-25. Players should attend two of these four days - either M/W or Tues/Thur , according to selection on the registration Google form. Teams and practice days will be announced Friday September 26th.

PRACTICES(M-Thurs 2:35-4:25)
Practice Days:Due to field space limits, the four teams will alternate practice days. M/W or T/Thurs
Location:Wallingford Park - we will meet on the field.
Practice Times: Students should be on the field throwing at 2:35. Practice runs from 2:45-4:25pm.

Saturdays, Oct 4th-Nov 20th, times to TBD

**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 Families,

First, thank you so much for your support and thoughtful communication last Friday in the wake of the student accident. Our student is recovering well and hopes to be back to school this week. I am grateful to the Hamilton staff for their caring and supportive response throughout the day; we have an amazing team!

I hope you will join me at Curriculum Night this coming Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. Classes will start promptly at 6:40 p.m.Due to space constraints, we will not have a whole group presentation, but rather we ask parents to proceed directly to their student’s first period class. Please do not arrive to classrooms prior to 6:30 p.m. to give our teachers ample time to prepare for the evening.

Curriculum Night is an opportunity for teachers to share with parents about the classes students are taking.Some of the information you will hear from teachers will include course content, grading scales, class policies and procedures, homework expectations and communication strategies. Teachers are thoughtful about what they share and hope you leave the evening with a sense of their class.Because time is so limited (10 minutes per class period) this is not an appropriate time for individual questions; instead it is a chance to get a short overview of your student’s day at Hamilton.

I want to invite 6th grade parents to join me from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening (prior to Curriculum Night) for a short session designed to address the transition to middle school.

Please be aware that there is limited street parking available around Hamilton; we appreciate your assistance in helping us be a good neighbor by paying careful attention to zone parking signs and ensuring you do not block a driveway. I encourage families to carpool as much as possible.

I am looking forward to seeing you Wednesday evening!

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters


Community News

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

Roosevelt Area Select Basketball Winter Tryouts
Boys and Girls Teams 2nd-8th Grade

We are proud to announce the Roosevelt-Area Select Basketball Program. It is a community-based program with the goal of bringing together players, coaches and parents in the Roosevelt area to promote competitive basketball that reflects the values of the Roosevelt High School basketball program: Effort, Attitude and Teamwork.Join us on Oct. 4th (Saturday) at Calvary Christian Assembly Gym 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. 98115
10-11am 8th Grade Boys
11-12pm 7th Grade Boys
12-1pm 6th Grade Boys
1-2pm 5th Grade Boys
2-3pm 2nd-4th Grade Boys
3-4pm 7th-8th Grade Girls
4-5pm 4th-6th Grade Girls

Find us on Facebook under Roosevelt Area Select Basketball or call coach Chase Young at 206-930-7975

Hoopaholics Basketball In-House League Boys/girls grades 2nd through 8th
Mondays at Calvary Church
Starting September 15th
For more information: and

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!

We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News Section.

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