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    APRIL 21, 2016

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    4/21 - Thurs. - Today!

    • Seattle Public Schools High School Course Selection for 8th Graders

    • Chamber Music Night, Commons, 7 - 9 PM

    4/26 - Tues.

    Mental Health Education for Parents, Library, 6:30 - 8 PM

    4/27 - Wed.

    PTSA Board Meeting, Library, 6:30 - 8 PM

    4/28 - Thurs.

    Science Expo Night, Commons and Science Classrooms, 6 - 7:15 PM


    8th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    5/3 - Tues.

    Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

    Ingraham High School Library

    1819 N 135th St., Seattle


    7th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    5/13 - Fri.

    8th Grade Dance, Commons, 8 - 10 PM


    6th Grade Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)


    8th Grade Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP)


    Welcome back!  We hope you all had a restful and enjoyable spring break.  With the beginning of the fourth quarter we are in the home stretch of the 2015-2016 school year. Students have been working hard in their classes all year and we are excited for the great work to continue.

    The new quarter offers a great opportunity to reset and establish your academic goals for the remainder of the school year.  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.  It is good practice to evaluate your work and make adjustments if necessary to guarantee success.  Our work is centered on student growth, academically, socially and emotionally, and we appreciate our partnership with you in this venture.

    The end of the year is often busy with culminating projects and performances and the end of the semester will come quickly.  It is important to stay connected to your student’s workload and assignments so that they are feeling supported and successful.  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.

    This is a great community of learners.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder, Assistant Principal


    Seeking PTSA Budget & Financial Review Committee Members

    Spring Budget Committee

    The PTSA is seeking members to serve on a Budget Committee this spring.  This committee will review expenses for the programs and events that have occurred in 2015-2016, evaluate new budgetary requests, and make recommendations to the Board regarding the makeup of next year's budget.  

    The committee is expected to meet twice (once in late April and once in early/mid-May) for a total of about 4 hours.  The PTSA Treasurer will chair the meetings.  Please contact Treasurer Barbara Vaughey at if you are interested in volunteering.

    Summer Financial Review Committee

    Three individuals are also needed to serve on a committee to review and audit the PTSA’s financial records after the close of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The state PTA provides a checklist for committee members to use, and does not expect that members will have an accounting background.

    The financial review is expected to take a total of about 3-4 hours and should be performed in July or early August, to be scheduled at the convenience of the committee members.  Please contact Treasurer Barbara Vaughey at if you are interested in volunteering.

    Get on ‘Board’ for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board!

    Middle School is just three short years, so if you’ve waited and wanted to get involved, wait no more! We have several openings on next year’s Hamilton PTSA Board, and now is the time to throw your name in and get the process started.  Could you be our next …

    Treasurer - oversee PTSA finances, write checks, keep balances, report to board

    VP of Fundraising - direct Annual Fund drive, research and report on other fundraising

    VP of Communications - PTSA news via website, calendar, emails, can include newsletter

    VP of Events - recruit event chairs and help plan and budget, arrange meeting speakers

    Membership Chair - manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration

    6th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    7th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    8th Grade Liaison - plan and organize grade-level event, connect grade families and PTSA

    Newsletter Editor - solicit, edit and publish articles for this same awesome newsletter!

    Reflections Art Contest Chair - organize and implement the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon Coordinator - coordinate five Luncheons during the school year

    Those positions, along with other ways to be involved, are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them! Visit the Hamilton PTSA page for job descriptions and more information, or email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at

    Submit Your Priorities for the Washington State PTA 2016 Legislative Platform!

    Every two years, the Washington state PTA prioritizes its legislative agenda based on input from its members. Any PTSA member can submit a proposal. The key dates for this cycle are:

    • Wednesday, May 18: Title and short description due

    • Wednesday, June 1: Complete issue submittal form due

    Fully funding schools is the current top prioritization, but proposals can be on any number of issues. More information on the process can be found in the Advocacy section of the Washington State PTA website. For more information or if you are interested in working together on a proposal, email Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison Sam Bell at


    Come to the 2016 HIMS Science Expo!, Thursday, April 28 - NEW

    The HIMS Science Department is excited to announce the 2016 Science Expo, on the evening of Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 7:15 PM.  Students have prepared science investigations, designed engineering projects, read nonfiction science books to present, or researched a STEM career.

    Students eligible for the 2016 Middle School Science & Engineering Fair will be evaluated by grade level teams, and candidates will be announced by Friday, May 6 to go on to present their work at the district science fair on June 2. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to come and support our students’ hard work!

    Mental Health Awareness Week, April 25-29 - NEW

    During the week of April 25 the Hamilton community has the opportunity to learn about the impact of mental illness and its impact on students. In addition to the parent education night on Tuesday (see below), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be making 2 presentations to some students about the stigma of mental illness on Wednesday. Throughout the week the counseling department will also be hosting stress reduction activities at lunch to promote positive mental health and prepare students for upcoming testing in May (which happens to be Mental Health Month!). You are encouraged to talk to about how to foster good mental health in your home. Here are some websites that have links to additional resources and conversation starters:

    Mental Health Education for Parents, Tuesday, April 26

    What factors lead to stress and depression for teens? How can we all, as a community, help to prevent youth suicide? Who is at risk, what are the warning signs and how can we help? Cindy Gonzalez from Youth Suicide Prevention Program will present on these vital topics Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8 PM in the Library.  Cindy works with at risk youth, GLBTQ community, immigrant communities and victims of domestic violence. She is also an emergency department social worker at a local hospital. This event is for parents only.

    For more information, download the event flyer HERE. Also, RSVP's are optional, but appreciated. Please RSVP at

    School Board Oversight Work Session TONIGHT to include Highly Capable Department - NEW

    At the recent PTSA General Meeting, many parents asked questions about the workings of the Highly Capable department. Seattle Public School Board Director Rick Burke invited any interested parents to attend the School Board Oversight Work Session on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30-8 PM, in room 2750 at the John Stanford Center. This is a 2-part work session covering Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction, including Highly Capable.  While public testimony is not currently part of work session agendas, these work sessions are a critical window into transparent operation of SPS departments. Please note that this meeting is NOT in the main auditorium.  Since it is upstairs, you will need to ask Security for a 4-digit code to get upstairs to the room. Rick looks forward to having some community guests present.

    HCC Students Not Assigned to Ingraham HS through Open Enrollment - NEW

    If you have an HCC student and filled out an Open Enrollment form for Ingraham, but were assigned to another school, please contact the Seattle Public Schools Admissions Office at (206) 252-0760.

    Look up your student’s enrollment results online here:

    Get your 8th Grader on Board the End-of-Year Celebration Cruise!, Thurs., June 23 - NEW

    Eighth graders will board at the WA Museum of Natural History in South Lake Union and cruise through the locks to Pier 55 on Thursday, June 23! Permission slips were sent home, and are due by June 4. If they are turned in by Friday, April 29 students may choose their bus and who they sit with. The $45 fee covers food, drink, DJ, bus, and boat transportation. PLEASE consider an additional donation to support those who need assistance so that all 8th grader have a chance to go! Congratulations to 8th graders on the end of their final year at Hamilton!

    International Schools/Dual Language Immersion Task Force & Community Meetings - NEW

    The District is putting together a task force to study the impacts, risks and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle's International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs. The Superintendent will use this report, along with other important data, to make recommendations to the School Board for potential changes in the 2017-18 school year.  

    The task force will include teachers and staff, parents/guardians, and community members who represent the diversity of Seattle Public Schools and can bring an open mind, a passion for student learning, and a willingness to engage in inquiry, meaningful dialogue, and collaboration.

    See SPS website for more info and to download task force application

    Community Meetings

    Community outreach meetings will also be held throughout the city. Interpreters will be provided at each site for Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese, and additional languages as needed.

    Tuesday, April 26, 6 - 7:30 PM, Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle St

    Tuesday, May 3, 6 - 7:30 PM, Mercer International Middle School, 1600 S Columbian Way

    Thursday, May 12, 6 - 7:30 PM, Hamilton International Middle School, 610 N 41st St

    Thursday, May 19, 6 - 7:30 pm, The Seattle World School, 301 21st Ave E

    To help with planning, please RSVP:  For more information or to submit comments, contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator,

    Seattle Public Schools Boundary Changes Community Meetings - Tonight!

    As part of the growth boundaries approved in 2013, there will be boundary changes for 18 attendance area elementary and 9 middle schools in Fall 2017. Take a look at the boundaries map. These changes help balance enrollment and create attendance areas for new schools opening in the 2017-18 school year. Seattle Public Schools will hold a series of community meetings about the upcoming boundary changes on the following dates:

    • TONIGHT Thursday, April 21, 6:30–7:30 PM, John Stanford Center Auditorium

    • Tuesday, April 26, 6:30–7:30 PM, Roosevelt High School

    According to the SPS Growth Boundaries update, "if the Seattle School Board considers changes to the 2017-18 attendance area boundaries that were approved in 2013, they will do so in October 2016."  At that time they will consider an an adjustment to the boundary changes previously approved for Mercer, Meany and Washington middle schools. There may or may not be other adjustments considered at that time. If you have questions or feedback, email

    Principal Blish Meeting Elementary Feeder School Families - NEW

    During the next couple weeks, Principal Blish and PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith will be visiting our feeder schools to give 5th grade parents a glimpse into life at Hamilton, and an opportunity to ask questions about registration and how our middle school works. The following dates have been set:

    • @ Green Lake Elementary:  (already occurred)

    • @ Cascadia Elementary:  Monday, April 25, Library, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    • @ BF Day Elementary:  Tuesday, April 26, Library, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    • @ John Stanford & McDonald International Elementary Schools:  Monday, May 2, John Stanford Library, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    • @ Hamilton Middle School (for private and non-feeder school families):  Tuesday, May 3, Library, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    • @ West Woodland Elementary:  Wednesday, May 4 Library, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (date changed from 4/20)

    If you know any incoming families, please share word of these meetings with them.

    Spring Smarter Balanced Assessment & Measurement of Student Practice Information

    Please note the schedule of student assessments below for this spring. The Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) is computer-based and students will be taking it on laptop computers.  They will take the assessment in the morning and then join their regular classes in the afternoons. The Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP) is now a computer-based test as well.

    Please help us by ensuring that your student is in school for the whole day during their assessment weeks. We appreciate your assistance by not scheduling any appointments, trips or other commitments during this time.

    8th Grade

    • May 2-6: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    • May 23-27: Science Measurement of Student Practice (MSP)

    • June 14-16: HCC students taking Biology will take an End of Course Exam during class

    7th Grade

    May 9-13: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    6th Grade

    May 16-20: Math & English-Language Arts Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

    More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice tests can be found at Under the “Students” link, click “Assessments/Testing.”

    One resource that is being made available to students and families is a keyboarding teaching program called Typing Agent. This resource can be accessed at home as well as in the Hamilton Library.  More information about how to log into the program can be found here.

    If you have any questions about the SBA, please contact Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard,, who is leading the implementation of the SBA at Hamilton.

    New Arrivals for Spring at the Hamilton Library! - NEW

    Encourage your student to check out these great new offerings at the Library!

    He Named Me Malala (DVD) - After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

    Literacy Council Book Drive

    The Second Annual Literacy Council Book Drive to support ESL and literacy education is on and runs through April 26. Do some spring cleaning and send in books that your family is no longer reading! Books should be in decent condition – no magazines, textbooks, or out-of-date materials – and be brought to homerooms.  Big donors and homerooms will get fun prizes of thanks!

    Skills Center Summer School for Rising 9th Graders

    Is your student interested in earning high school credit this summer?  Trying out a career field for free?  Wondering what it would like to be a chef, engineer or medical professional?  

    Skills Center Summer School offers courses to all Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th – 12th grades in Sept. 2016 with most classes offered mornings or afternoons over four weeks at various Seattle high schools and other locations. For more information and the application, check the Summer Program webpage.  Courses fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis, application deadline is Friday, June 17.  Video here about some of the courses.

    Progress Report and Report Card Dates

    Due to the late start to the school year, dates for sending out Progress Reports and Report Cards have been adjusted.  Please check here for a summary of the new dates.

    Call for Yearbook Pictures!

    Have pictures for the yearbook? Please send to

    HIMS Spirit Wear is open for business!

    Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more—delivered straight to your home?

    Order your spirit wear from at


    Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

    Upcoming Events

    TONIGHT, Thursday, April 21: Chamber Night, Commons, 7-9 PM.

    May 6 – 7: Bellevue High School Jazz Festival (Senior Jazz)

    TONIGHT: Chamber Orchestra Performs, Hamilton Commons, 7 PM - NEW

    Come and see students perform in small ensemble settings. Three of our 8th graders will be performing concertos.

    Chamber Orchestra at Folklife - NEW

    Come and support Chamber Orchestra in combination with Jane Addams Chamber Orchestra at Folklife 2016 performing at the Mural Amphitheater Stage at Seattle Center on Saturday, May 28 at 11 AM! Lots of food and music and vendors make this a fun event for the whole family.

    Be a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2016-2017! - Updated

    Thanks to the 5 people who have already stepped up to be on the Board for next year!! We have a great team in place and but we're still looking to fill a few more positions:

    • Co-President - Choir Rep

    • VP of Concert Operations

    • Secretary

    • Fundraising Chair

    Interested in a smaller way to volunteer in the music department? The following positions are also available:

    • Merchandise coordinator

    • Trip coordinator for individual trips/festivals

    • Concert program creator (for Band, Orchestra, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Concert coordinator (for Band, Choir/Vocal Jazz, or Jazz Ensembles)

    • Orchestra Bake Sale Coordinator

    Please consider one of these volunteer roles so we can continue to offer our students the same excellent music opportunities next year. No experience is required, just willingness to help support our fabulous music program. Incoming 6th grade families are more than welcome in any of these roles. No experience is required, just willingness to help support our fabulous music program. Contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at with questions. They would love to tell you more.

    Wild Waves Is Just Around the Corner - NEW

    Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, Junior Jazz and Treble Choir students: Registration paperwork will be coming soon! This is an all-day event.

    Check Backpacks – Silverwood Permissions Slips Distributed - NEW

    The Senior Band, Senior Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra will be traveling to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, leaving Friday, June 3 and returning Sunday, June 5, to compete in a music festival and to have lots of fun!

    ***Please check your student's backpack!***

    Paperwork including trip information and permission/medical forms were distributed during school on Tues. April 19. These forms are due back to Paul Harshman or Mika Armaly by Tues. May 3. We currently have a full list of chaperones for this trip, but if you are interested in being an alternate, or if you have any questions about the trip, please contact Susan Grote at

    Thank You Saigon Deli!

    FOMAHI would like to recognize Saigon Deli, which makes the Bahn Mi sandwiches sold at events. They have been a great partner for us for many years.

    Help us Keep in Touch with Music Families! - Spread the Word!

    Know a family that isn't getting emails from FOMAHI? Please send them to the website,, to register! We can only send emails to families that have registered. Spread the word! Thank you for your help.



    All Varsity, JV, Girls and Boys basketball players, please turn in your team uniforms to Ms. Smith by Friday, April 22.

    Girls Volleyball

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30

    • Saturday, April 23 – Varsity game vs. Washington at 12:30 PM at Washington MS location

    • Saturday, April 23 – JV1 game vs. Mercer at 8 AM at Denny MS location

    • Saturday, April 23 – JV2 game vs. Whitman 2 at 2 PM at Jane Addams MS location

    Boys Soccer

    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2:30 to 4:30

    • Saturday, April 23 – Varsity game vs. Washington at 9:30 AM at Rainier Beach HS location

    • Saturday, April 23 – JV game vs. Blaine at 9:30 AM at Jane Addams 2 MS location


    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet April 23, 11 AM - 1:30 PM, Nathan Hale HS location


    Spring HOST classes begin on March 28 and run until June 9.  Please visit to register your student.

    Contact Liz Chase at the YMCA with questions,, (206) 252-5831.


    "Room Service" by Seattle Public Theater Youth - NEW

    Follow what happens as nineteen hungry actors are holed up in a Times Square hotel room with a headstrong producer, trying to find a backer for their new Broadway show while racking up monstrous room service bills. Filled with jokes, pratfalls, fast-paced chatter, and financial chicanery for an evening of non-stop foolery. Originally produced in 1937, and turned into a Marx Brothers movie, “Room Service” is a comedy classic. Ensemble features actors grades 9 – 12.

    Friday, April 22, 7 PM

    Saturday, April 23, 7 PM

    Sunday, April 24, 2 PM

    Friday, April 29, 7 PM

    Saturday, April 30, 2 PM

    Runs approx. 90 minutes., one intermission

    Green Lake Bathhouse Theater, all performances FREE!

    Tickets available by walk-up, starting an hour before the beginning of each performance.

    Ingraham Spring Football for Incoming Freshmen - NEW

    Spring Football is open to all currently enrolled Ingraham High School students and incoming Freshmen. Forms and $50.00 ASB Fee required and due before Thursday, May 5. Physicals must be currently dated and good through the end of the Fall Term  (Dec. 5). Paperwork is on the Ingraham website

    Practice Dates: May 31 - June 10

    Tues: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12

    Thurs: 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14

    Contact Coach Eli Smith with questions,

    WISE Chemistry and Math Summer Camps - NEW

    WISE camps offer chemistry and math courses in the morning and afternoon in August for students entering grades 3-9 at Newport High School in Bellevue. The science camps are designed to give students hands-on experience with lab equipment and learn basic chemistry. The math camps are designed to excite students about advanced topics with lots hands-on activities. Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt for tie-dying and lunch on campus for those who choose to do full day. Contact Mrs. Baker or Mr. Nonis at with questions.  Register at:

    Ballard Boys & Girls Club Middle School Summer Programs

    The Ballard Boys & Girls Club offers summer programs for middle school youth, grades 6-8, looking to meet new people, take fun trips and be active. They will include with camping trips, water slides, hikes, beach trips and more! Further information and registration are here.

    Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Summer Program

    Seattle Arts and Lectures announces its first ever summer camp, “Writers in the Summer.” Classes will be open to elementary, middle, and high school students, and will meet for two weeks, Monday-Friday, from July 25- Aug 5 for half day sessions at the School of Visual Concepts in downtown Seattle. Local writers—accomplished poets, novelists, slam performers, and comic writers—will lead classes in a variety of genres. Here are class descriptions and the online registration page. Scholarships are available for students who quality for free and reduced lunch. Please email with any questions.

    Connections, Free Museum of Flight Membership for Ages 5-18

    Connections is The Museum of Flight’s new membership program designed for students ages 5-18 which provides unlimited FREE visits to the Museum for students 5-18 years old and one adult. Information and registration here:


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