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    APRIL 28, 2016

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    4/28 - Thurs. - Tonight!

    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)


    Want Ice Cream? The PTSA Needs YOU for the Incoming 6th Graders Ice Cream Social! - NEW

    As the next school year approaches, we get ready to welcome in a new crop of 6th grade students! To do so, each spring the PTSA sponsors an Incoming 6th Graders Ice Cream Social, this year scheduled for Monday, June 13.

    One small detail: a coordinator is needed!!

    Volunteers are the heart and soul of the PTSA, and if you've spent all year wondering how you can lend a hand, this is the opportunity for you! You'll work with a well-laid out plan from years past, and all volunteer recruitment will be done online (no need to harass your friends). Join the fun and help us pull off another well-loved event.

    To learn more, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at Thank you!

    Cinco de Mayo Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Wednesday, May 4 - NEW

    The LAST staff appreciation luncheon of the school year is Wednesday, May 4 and your help is needed! The Cinco de Mayo luncheon is generously co-sponsored by El Camion restaurants and is the favorite of staff members. Please bring your contributions to the staff lounge by 10 AM Wednesday morning. Thank you in advance for helping our team make it a huge success!

    Sign up here:

    8th Grade Dance Update!, Friday, May 13 - NEW

    Students will enjoy a “Summer in Paradise” at the 8th Grade Dance!

    Friday, May 13, 8 - 10 PM

    HIMS Commons

    Hamilton 8th Grade Students only

    Admission is free and pizza, water and popsicles will be provided. Sodas may be purchased for $1. Only Hamilton 8th graders may attend. Students must sign up during 8th grade lunch May 4-13. Any students leaving before 10 PM will need to be signed out by an adult volunteer.  

    There will be a fun photo booth with loads of props! Summer styles are fine, being mindful of the HIMS dress code.

    25 chaperones are needed!  To volunteer email Michelle Fasser at


    Seeking PTSA Financial Review Committee Members - Updated! 
    Summer Financial Review Committeee - 3 Volunteers Still Needed

    Thank you Budget Committee, and one Financial Review Committee volunteers!  Three more individuals are 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

    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

    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 - Updated, Tonight!

    The HIMS Science Department is excited to announce the 2016 Science Expo the evening of Thursday, April 28. Students have prepared science investigations, designed engineering projects, read nonfiction science books to present, or researched a STEM career. Pizza will be served in the cafeteria from 5:30- 6 PM for participating Hamilton students. View exhibits from 6-7:15 PM in science rooms, the Library and the Commons.

    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!

    Please Follow Hamilton Traffic Flow Guidelines - NEW

    Parents/guardians dropping off and picking up their students should travel west ONLY on 41st St. (the south side of HIMS) so that students can safely get in or out of their car on the school side of the street. Otherwise traffic gridlock and unsafe conditions for our students and neighbors result.

    This map lays out the traffic flow pattern

    Please refer to school rules for pick-up/drop-off

    And speaking of traffic ...

    Does Hamilton Need a School Safety Patrol? - NEW

    The school zone around Hamilton is a busy place. There are parents and school buses dropping off or picking up kids, people not part of the school community driving through, and just when you thought it couldn't get any more chaotic, kids are walking and riding their bicycles to and from school. So this begs the question - could Hamilton use a School Safety Patrol? This summer, AAA Washington will provide free workshops for School Safety Patrol advisors to learn about training, grant opportunities, school patrol success stories, and AAA recognition programs for patrollers. If you are interested in helping start up a Hamilton Safety Patrol, we’d love to talk with you. Email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at Thanks for considering!


    Free and Reduced Lunch ORCA Card Program - NEW

    Students who qualify for the District’s Free and Reduced Lunch Program may now submit parental consent forms (required) to receive free transit passes. This new ORCA card program, funded by the City of Seattle, applies to high school and middle school students who:

    • Live one to two miles from their assigned school and

    • Do not currently receive district provided transportation and

    • Qualify for Free and Reduced Price Lunch

    To apply, students or families may pick up a parent consent form and an ORCA card Conditions of Usage Agreement at the main office of their assigned school or online here

    Alaskan Way Viaduct Two Week Closure, Plan Ahead for Delays - NEW

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR 99 will be closed for approximately two weeks beginning Friday, April 29 to allow Bertha, the tunneling machine, to tunnel beneath the structure. School bus transportation and commute times for nearly all schools will be affected:

    • SPS bus drivers will begin their days earlier than usual to get to stops on time

    • Travel time will be added to bus routes directly affected by the closure

    • Families will be notified directly by a phone call and individual letter if your student’s pick up and/or drop off times will shift

    Families and staff can keep up to date on this project by checking our district homepage as well as updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. For additional information about the construction project, visit the WSDOT Alaskan Viaduct webpage

    Family Surveys Distributed This Week - NEW

    The 2016 Seattle Public Schools Family Survey is being distributed this week by email, with follow-up physical mailings next week to households without an email address on file. The survey window will close on May 20. For questions see the Family Survey FAQ or contact

    Resolution of HCC Ingraham HS Open Enrollment Assignments - Updated!

    There has been some confusion regarding assignment of Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) students to Garfield or Ingraham High School IBX based on student choice, not on space availability. The confusion was reinforced by language on the Advanced Learning website conflicting with that of Admissions. This impacted HCC students who, while guaranteed a seat at Garfield as their default pathway HC school, wanted to attend IBX/HC at Ingraham (which is an option only), but were told they would be waitlisted.

    Once this discrepancy was brought to the Advanced Learning office’s attention, the 29 students who submitted Choice Forms to attend Ingraham during the Open Enrollment period, ending March 1, have been moved from the waitlist and enrolled. The affected families are being notified via a letter. The Advanced Learning webpage has been updated to mirror the language in Superintendent’s Procedures 3130SP (Student Assignment).  

    Update on 2016-2017 Capacity Limits to the Number of Students at Hamilton - NEW

    The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, in their 4/20/16 Action Report, has approved purchase of portables for Hamilton. The Landmarks Office at the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Seattle has not approved their use at Hamilton, though. To weigh in, please contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380 or

    At a follow-up to the General PTSA discussion with Seattle Public Schools Board Director Rick Burke, Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard investigated the occupancy limits at Hamilton as stated by the Fire Department. The Certificate of Occupancy does not list a maximum number of occupants for classrooms or hallways. For the Gymnasium, the maximum occupancy is 1149 people. For the Commons/Dining Hall, the maximum occupancy is 957 people. At the end of 2015, Hamilton had 1,094 kids. The online staff directory lists 88 people for a total number of people in the building of 1,182.

    In the Capital Projects Semi-Annual Report, the Seattle Public Schools listed Hamilton as having a “Right Sized Capacity” of 973. That is consistent with the recent numbers from Principal Blish that Hamilton has 43 classrooms, not including the Gym or the stage as a classroom. Therefore, the PTSA has computed that the school has a maximum capacity of 1,075 kids if every classroom averages 25 students and Hamilton were able to arrange schedules in which every classroom is filled each period.


    Seattle Public Schools Board of Director Action Report

    Capital Projects Semi-Annual Report, Presented to the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors on 4/27


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

    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 TOMORROW 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

    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, 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,

    Principal Blish Meeting Elementary Feeder School Families

    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. These are the remaining dates:

    • @ 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.

    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

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

    Chamber Orchestra at Folklife

    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!

    2016-2017 Nominating Committee Update: Thanks to the 5 people who recently 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) - Works as a team with Band and Orchestra Co-Presidents; Attends monthly Board meetings; Works closely with Music Directors; Provides support for Communications, Fundraising, Concert Operations, Volunteer Coordination, and Treasurer Board members

    • VP of Concert Operations - Oversees the planning of each Band, Jazz, Orchestra, and Vocal concert by coordinating with the Concert Coordinator, Bake Sales Chair, AV Recorder, and Concert Program Chair; Attends monthly Board meetings

    • Secretary - Attends monthly Board meetings; Takes meeting minutes; Does annual Bylaws update; Is on the Nominating Committee in Spring; Maintains FOMAHI files

    • Fundraising Chair - Chair of Musicathon; Supports the collection of Enrichment Fees/Registration in Fall; Oversees other potential fundraising opportunities like Matching Gifts and Scrip; Attends monthly Board meetings

    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

    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. Contact Elise Kim at or Trina Torgelson at with questions. They would love to tell you more.

    Wild Waves Is Just Around the Corner

    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

    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

    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.


    Girls Volleyball

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

    • Saturday, April 30 – Varsity game vs. Mercer at 9:30 AM at Washington MS location

    • Saturday, April 30 – JV1 game vs. McClure at 8 AM at Jane Addams MS location

    • Saturday, April 30 – JV2 game vs. Madison 2 at 2 PM at Jane Addams MS location

    Boys Soccer

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

    • Saturday, April 30 – Varsity game vs. Mercer at 8 AM at Garfield HS location

    • Saturday, April 30 – JV game vs. Whitman at 12:30 PM at Garfield HS location


    Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays. PLEASE NOTE: the District has changed the location for Hamilton’s track meet this week to Nathan Hale. Students should arrive at 10:30 AM for warm-up because the competition starts at 11 AM sharp, and finishes at 1:30 PM.


    Spring HOST classes begin on March 28 and run until June 9.  Please see

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


    FREE Plant for the Planet Workshop for 9-14 Year Olds, 4/30 - NEW

    Sign-up for the FREE Plant for the Planet academy this coming Saturday! Therapist, climate ambassador and dad Mike Foster has been leading these sessions for the past 4 years. Kids end the day feeling like there is something they can do to help protect the planet.

    Saturday, April 30, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle

    Semi-Annual DEA Sponsored Safe Medication Disposal Event, 4/30 - NEW

    Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. Northeast seattle locations are below:

    Saturday, April 30, 10 AM - 2 PM

    Seattle Police Dept., 10049 College Way N

    UW Police Dept., Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court NE

    Or look up sites by zip code at

    Ballard High School Dance Team Workshop, 5/1 - NEW

    Students are invited to join us for a day of dancing with the Ballard High School Dancers. All participants will learn choreography from BHS Dance Team members and are invited to join us to perform in our finale at the BHS Dance Spring Showcase. Participants will also receive a BHS Dance t-shirt and free admission to the Showcase. The cost is $20. This is a great opportunity to see what being on the team is like in preparation for tryouts in late May.

    Sunday, May 1

    Workshop, 1 - 2:30 PM, 3rd grade - 7th grade

    Workshop, 1 - 3 PM, 8th grade and up

    BHS Dance Spring Showcase, 6 PM

    To register, visit Please contact Bethany Pruitt at for additional questions.

    Building Healthy Behavior Workshop for Families of Kids Ages 8-14 - NEW

    Building Healthy Behaviors is presented in four consecutive workshops. Each workshop is 90 minutes long and provides the information, tools and skills parents, caregivers and family members can immediately put into practice with their children in the home to help make healthy choices and say no to drugs, alcohol and problem behaviors. To get the most out of the training you are encouraged to attend all the workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Thursday, May 5, 5:30-7 PM, “Getting Started, Healthy Beliefs”

    Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7 PM, “Saying NO”

    Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7 PM, “Handling Anger”

    Thursday, May 26, 5:30-7 PM, “Strengthening Family Bonds”

    Get more information and Register Online

    World Citizen Awards Ceremony, 5/5  - NEW

    On May 5th, join the World Affairs Council and keynote speaker Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Board Chair of the Water for Food Institute, to explore "The Future of Water Worldwide." Mr. Raikes will examine the relationship between water consumption and food production in order to uncover ways to improve water management critical to more-equitably meeting the needs of the world's growing population. This event is part of Global Classroom's 17th Annual World Citizen Essay Contest on water crises worldwide.

    Thursday, May 5, 6:30 - 8 PM

    Hamilton International Middle School

    Click here to register

    Roosevelt High School Football Team Kickoff Meeting, 5/13 -  NEW

    Attention 8th Graders! Interested in being a part of Roosevelt High School Football? Come to the All-Comers Spring Kickoff Meeting and BBQ. Meet the coaches, your future teammates, and enjoy some BBQ with families. Spring football practices start Monday, June 6, no experience required.

    Friday, May 13, 3 PM

    Roosevelt High School

    More information available at or by emailing

    UW Math Hour:  “Stable Matching,” 5/15 - NEW

    In 2012, a Nobel Prize in Economics was given in part for the solution to the following problem: Say we have 100 boys and 100 girls and we want to make them into couples. Everyone makes a list of their ideal partners from 1 to 100 in order of most favorite to least favorite. The question now is whether there is a way to match everyone up so that the matching is “stable.” This means that there is no couple (A,B) in our matching where girl A prefers some other boy to B and boy B prefers some other girl to A. In this Math Hour with Anna Karlin of the UW Computer Science Dept. you will learn about an efficient algorithm for solving this problem and the fascinating properties of stable matchings.

    Sunday, May 15, 1-2 PM, 301 Gowen Hall, UW Campus

    Free to all, no registration required. Full series:

    “Room Service” by Seattle Public Theater Youth, 4/29 & 4/30

    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 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.


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