April 20, 2017

The Hamilton Weekly News

April 20, 2017

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

4/20 (Thursday)

  • Chamber Orchestra Concert (7–9 pm in the Commons)

4/21 (Friday)

  • High School Registration (8:45–9:45 am)


  • 8th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments


  • 7th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments

5/10 (Wednesday)

  • Two-hour early dismissal (1:15)


  • 6th Grade Smarter Balance Assessments

5/19 (Friday)

  • 8th Grade Dance

5/20 (Saturday)

  • 7th Grade Event (Seattle Sounders FC Match)

5/29 (Monday)

  • Memorial Day (no school)

6/22 (Thursday)

  • 8th Grade Cruise

6/23 (Friday)

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Washington Hub

  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (1:30–2:30 pm)

6/26 (Monday)

  • Last Day of School (one hour early dismissal)



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—made up of Hamilton parents, staff, and PTSA board members—will review expenses for the programs and events that have occurred in 2016–2017, 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 (dates TBD) for a total of about 4 hours. The PTSA co-treasurers will chair the meetings. Please contact co-treasurers Stephen Hodges (stephen.hodges@expeditors.com)or Chappell Barber (chappellwescoat@hotmail.com) if you are interested in volunteering.

Summer Financial Review Committee

At least three individuals are also needed to serve on a committee to review and audit the PTSA’s financial records after the close of the 2016–2017 fiscal year (June 30). The state PTA provides a checklist for committee members to us, 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 August, to be scheduled at the convenience of the committee members. Please contact PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith (lisarsmith@live.com) if you are interested in volunteering.


NEW★ Get on Board for Next Year … the Hamilton PTSA Board

Middle School is just three short years, so don't wait  to get involved! 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 …

  • President: chair monthly board meetings, serve as spokesperson for PTSA board in the school community, and more!

  • Vice President: assist the president and prep for future president duty.

  • Treasurer: oversee PTSA finances, write checks, keep balances, report to board.

  • VP of Events: recruit event chairs and help plan and budget, arrange meeting speakers.

  • VP of Communications: publish PTSA news via website, calendar, emails; oversee weekly newsletter production.

  • Co-Membership Chair: manage PTSA membership and ourschoolpages registration.

  • 8th Grade Liaison: plan and organize 8th grade dance, represent the 8th grade on the PTSA board.

  • Reflections Art Contest Chair: organize and implement the annual PTSA Reflections Art Contest.

  • Hamilton Weekly News Editor: solicit, edit, and publish articles for our online newsletter.

These positions, along with other ways to be involved, are open and waiting for someone just like you to fill them! For more information, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith (lisarsmith@live.com).


NEW★ Seeking 8th Grade Promotion Reception Volunteers

Help us send off our 8th graders in style! We need volunteers to help with decorations and refreshments at the reception that follows the ceremony. Responsibilities include purchasing food and drinks (you will be reimbursed), purchasing decorations and supplies (balloons, tableclothes, etc.), set-up, serving, and clean-up. Taking all non-8th grade parent volunteers (because 8th grade parents should enjoy the reception, not work at it!). To volunteer, email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at lisarsmith@live.com.

NEW★ 8th Grade Dance: Volunteers Needed!

Mark your calendars! The Hamilton International 8th Grade Dance will be the evening of May 19th! We will need lots of volunteers to help make this happen. Please sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45aaaf29aaf58-hamilton

Can you help with the following?

  • We're looking for a few people to help with the planning (including picking a theme!)

  • We have a limited budget via the PTSA. Please let us know if you are part of a business or service that would like to donate something (food, photo booth, decorations, etc.) for the big night.

For more information, contact PTSA 8th Grade Liaison Amanda Myerson at amandamyerson@gmail.com.


Report from PTSA Spring Membership Meeting

Held Tues., March 21

Thank you to all who joined us for our PTSA Spring Membership Meeting on Tuesday.  After thoroughly discussing proposals to help fund a counseling position for next year (to the tune of $23,000), and to donate $3,000 from PTSA reserves to the Robert Eagle Staff PTSA, both motions passed.

We also touched on the need for PTSA Nominating Committee members. The Nominating Committee helps seek out and vet potential candidates for next year's PTSA Board.  If you are interested in serving on the Hamilton Nominating Committee, please email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith at lisarsmith@live.com. Thank you!


Assistant Principal’s Letter

Dear Hamilton Middle School Families,

We have just started the 4th quarter of the school year! It seems like the year has gone by very fast, yet we still have plenty of work to do to finish the year strong.

An important piece of this last quarter is the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Our students will be testing online during the month of May. The SBA test is a tool that provides us with important data that our teachers and administrators can use to brainstorm ways of improving our instruction. Students will be testing for two mornings during the assigned week based on grade:

  • 8th grade students will test either on Mon. and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs. during the week of May 1–4

  • 7th grade students will follow the same daily schedule and test during the week of May 8–11

  • 6th grade students will test during the week of May 15–18

Scott Reisinger

Assistant Principal


Hamilton News

NEW★ Upcoming Staff Luncheon

Wed., April 26

Thank you everyone who contributed to last month's staff luncheon—the soups and salads were enjoyed by all!

Our April lunch will be next Wednesday, April 26. This month’s theme is Spring Celebration with foods like ham rolls, chicken salad, and fresh veggies. Please view the sign-up here and help make next week’s lunch a big success. At least one teacher has been heard saying that "the staff lunch days are the best days of the school year." Thank you for helping to show our Hamilton staff that we appreciate all they do for our children!

Our fifth and final lunch will be a Mexican fiesta on May 17th.


March Hawk Stars Winners

In the second part of March we started focusing on the idea of respect. Teachers have put special attention on students demonstrating respectful behaviors.

6th Grade

Our 6th graders continued rocking this month. We had 60 sixth graders demonstrating the Hawk Stars behaviors of respectful, helpful, safe, and responsible. March winners are:

  • Mara F.

  • Kayla H.

  • Ella P.

7th Grade

Keep working on it 7th graders. This month we had 12 7th graders demonstrating our Hawk Stars behaviors, and we’d like more. March winners are:

  • Japer K.

  • Xuan M

  • Nathan M.

8th Grade

Keep working on it 8th graders. This month we had 15 8th graders demonstrating our Hawk Stars behaviors, and we’d like more. March winners are:

  • Carl R.

  • Marcus B.

  • Anabel A.

Thank you to Mrs. Barker, Mr. Serpe, and Mrs. Vermaak who were this month’s winners of the teachers raffle.


7th Grade Event: Seattle Sounders FC Match

Sat., May 20, 2 pm at CenturyLink Field


Come cheer on the 2016 MLS Cup Champions Sounders FC in a Western Conference clash against Real Salt Lake. Tickets are $19. Please purchase no later than Thurs., May 18. Questions: contact PTSA 7th grade liaiso Karla Stanley at stanlka76@gmail.com.

Click here to view the flyer.

Click here to purchase tickets.


Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from Fieldhouse.com: http://fieldhouse.com/Stores/FHShop1.aspx?PON=75030.


SPS News

NEW★ School Choice Assignment Notifications

Open Enrollment for School Choice for the 2017–18 school year was February 13 to February 24, 2017. School choice applications will be accepted until May 31, but will not receive priority tiebreakers.

The results of Open Enrollment will be available online April 17 and sent out by mail to students granted new assignment in late April.

Visit our Assignment Lookup webpage to view the Open Enrollment Results.


NEW★ Attention Incoming Ingraham Students Taking Spanish 4

HCC 8th graders attending Ingraham who are currently in Spanish 3 and would like to request Spanish 4 for your placement in 9th grade, please check the Spanish 3 box on your option sheet  and indicate in writing on the form or attach a sheet stating that you would like to request Spanish 4 for next year.


NEW★ Ingraham Ultimate is Looking for New Players

The ultimate teams at Ingraham High School are looking for new players for the 2017-2018 school year! There is a boys only season in the fall, a co-ed season in the winter, and a girls only season in the spring. If you are heading to Ingraham High School next fall and are interested in playing the amazing sport of ultimate, please fill out this short surveyso we can contact you. Brand new players welcome! If you have any questions, contact the girls team manager, Mark Jewett (jmarkjewett@gmail.com) or the boys team manager, Sarah Fuelling (sarahfu@comcast.net).


NEW★ Garfield Musical


Tickets for Garfield Theatre Department's spring musical, In the Heights, are for sale online now! Hurry and go here to purchase! They are sure to sell quickly.

In the Heights is set in Washington Heights, New York City. It showcases the lives of many immigrants that have lived in the area for a generations, working hard everyday in pursuit of the "American Dream." The lyricist and composer of the show is Tony-award winner, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Garfield's Quincy Jones Performance Center

May 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and June 1 & 3, all performances @ 7 PM

Admission: Adults-$15, Students/Seniors-$10, Children under 10-$5

Please contact garfielddramapr@gmail.com with questions and enjoy the show!


Open House for Incoming Roosevelt 9th Graders

April 20 at 7 pm in the Roosevelt Gym

Those assigned to Roosevelt for the 2017–2018 school year will receive a packet of registration information in mid April. Join us on April 20 for a presentation and opportunity for a general Q & A regarding registering for 9th grade. This presentation will help families complete the paperwork and make informed decisions for 9th grade coursework and beyond. We look forward to seeing you there!


Seattle Skills Center Summer Classes

Application deadline is Fri., June 16

Free career and technical education courses for incoming 9th–12th graders, including a new “9th Grade Advantage” course. Click here to see courses and register online.


Robert Eagle Staff Middle School

Community Meetings

Planning for the new middle school is underway! Family and student input and support are encouraged and appreciated as we work to set up the new PTSA and establish programs such as sports and music.

  • Community meetings hosted by Planning Principal Marni Campbell are scheduled for April 25, May 11, and May 30 (all at 6 pm at the John Marshall building, 520 NE Ravenna). Short PTSA meetings will immediately follow the community meetings at about 7:30 pm.

  • Check the Robert Eagle Staff site for up-to-date information: https://www.seattleschools.org/directory/middle_schools/eagle_staff/

Questions? Contact resmsptsa@gmail.com.


Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

The 2016–17 meeting schedule for the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee is listed below. All meetings are on Tuesdays and run from 6:30 until 8 pm.

Meeting Schedule:

  • May 2, Hamilton International Middle School Library

  • June 6, Madison Middle School Library

Parent Representative Open Positions

There are currently several vacant positions on the committee. Parents seeking to fill these positions must be the parent of a highly capable student who attends the school you wish to represent. The requirements of the parent reps are to attend the monthly meetings of the committee (listed above). Click here to read more. If you are interested in filling the open position for HIMS, please complete the nomination form and return it to the committee chair Jeanne Thompson.

Click here to view the nomination form.


Music News

Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 20: Chamber Night (7 pm at Lincoln)

  • Apr. 28: Sr. Jazz leaves for Reno Jazz Festival (overnight)

  • May 5: Sr. Jazz at Bellevue High School Jazz Festival


Become a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2017-2018

Music parents, please consider joining the FOMAHI Board. Being part of the Board is a rewarding experience. We support the amazing work of HIMS music educators and their students through trip planning, concert operations, fundraising, and much more. It is also a great way to meet other HIMS parents and learn more about the school.

Open Positions

  • Orchestra Co-President (Board level position): works with the two other co-presidents to facilitate monthly board meetings, co-leads the board through consistent email communication, works with the orchestra director and orchestra volunteers to coordinate events throughout the year. Attends monthly board meetings.

  • Fundraising Chair (board level position): organizes our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser (March), helps drive membership registration and collect enrichment fees (beginning of school year), oversees other potential fundraising opportunities such as corporate matches and scrip sales (gift cards). Attends monthly Board meetings.

  • Communications Chair (board level position): manages communications for FOMAHI. This includes sending out a monthly newsletter, submitting headlines to the weekly HIMS newsletter, and sending out updates to music families by cluster. Attends monthly Board meetings.

  • Membership Toolkit Coordinator: Manages the intricacies of the FOMAHI website to help facilitate communication, membership, fundraising and more!

We would love to tell you more. If interested, please contact Christian Reynolds at christian.reynolds@gmail.com or Fiona Cohen at fiona_cohen@yahoo.com.


Seattle Saxophone Institute Summer Camp For Students Entering Grades 7–9

July 24–27 at Roosevelt High School

Keep your saxophone skills sharp this summer at the Seattle Saxophone Institute Summer Camp, open to students entering Grades 7–9! Camp will be July 24–27 at Roosevelt HS. (Incoming 9th graders also eligible for the July 31–Aug 3 session.) There is a $450 fee. For more information, go to: www. seattlesaxinstitute.com.



Varsity and JV Volleyball Schedule

Click here to view the 2016–2017 boys and girls volleyball schedules.


Parenting Corner

Screen Time Guidelines

Let’s use this extra time and opportunity to get outside and unplug! Here’s some information to help your family understand screen time and the need to unplug:



NEW★ Seattle JazzEd Summer Music Camps

Summer Jazz Ambassadors

Session 1: July 10–21 and Session 2: July 24–Aug. 4

Two weeks of awesome music and community performances. High schoolers can earn service hours! Grades 6–12, all instruments.

Summer Vocal Institute

August 14–18

Sing the Great American Song Book with Dida and Martina this summer! No prior experience required. A great opportunity to expand your skills or try vocal training for the first time. Grades 7–12.

Summer Advanced Institute

August 21 - August 25

Take your music to the next level this summer. Up-and-coming NYC jazz sensations, and recent Juilliard graduates, Riley Mulherkar and Sammy Miller team up for a week-long intensive to train the bandleaders of tomorrow. You'll end the week with a live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM. Grades 9-12, all instruments.

Register and get more info about scholarships at www.seattlejazzed.org or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


NEW★ Friends of Whitman Music Fundraiser

Sun., April 30 from noon to 3:30 pm

Friends of Whitman Music invites the community to a day of free performances and fundraising for the Whitman Middle School Music Program at the Northgate Barnes and Noble. During the performances, there will be a table with books from the Whitman Wildcat Reads list to purchase and donate to the Whitman library.

Friends and family can support the music program by making purchases in-store (April 28–May 2) or online at bn.com/bookfairs (April 30–May 7). Be sure to use the Whitman ID# 12072518.

Whitman Music receives a portion of all in store and online sales, including books, food, and beverages from the Cafe, gift items, electronics, and music.


NEW★ 2017 UW Math Hour Olympiad

Sun., June 4

Registration for this year's UW Math Hour Olympiad is now open  for stuents in grades 6–10.  

You can register here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/pevtsova/329563. Registration will close on Sun., May 14 or when we have reached capacity.  

For more information go to the Math Hour website:  http://www.math.washington.edu/~mathcircle/mathhour/


NEW★ Register Now for a Hoopaholics Summer Camp!

All camps are for boys and girls 3rd to 8th grades. All skill levels are welcome.

For more information go to www.hoopaholics.com. Questions? Email davegerig88@gmail.com.


NEW★ Paul G. Allen School of Engineering Summer Camps

Registration closes April 21!

Our summer camps introduce middle and high school students to computer science & engineering topics in a fun, inclusive week of learning.

Camps run from 9 am until 4 pm Mon.–Fri. We provide lunch and snacks at no extra cost to the student. All camps take place in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering on the Seattle Campus of the University of Washington. Scholarships are available (students who qualify will be notified in their acceptance to the camp).

Click here for more information and to register.


Seattle Celtic Soccer Club Fall Season Tryouts

April 19–May 4

Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion, and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at www.seattleceltic.com.

Questions? Contact us at info@seattleceltic.com for further information.

Students: Nominate Washington’s Best Teacher

Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants are asking all kindergarten through eighth grade students to nominate their favorite teacher for a chance to take home the 2017 Teacher of the Year honors. Ivar’s and Kidd Valley encourage students to recognize and praise educators who have positively impacted them and to share inspirational stories with other students and teachers.

Two well-deserving educators will be selected as grand prize recipients to bring home a $500 gift card for classroom supplies, a commemorative plaque, and the official title of either Ivar’s Teacher of the Year or Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year. Nominating students of the grand prize winners will receive either an Ivar’s Kids Meal (including a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam) or a Kidd Valley Kids Meal for every student in their class.

To nominate a teacher, students fourteen years old or younger may visit select Puget Sound area Ivar’s or Kidd Valley locations (excluding stadiums, airport, and Eastern Washington restaurants) to complete an official entry form, or go online to www.Ivars.com/teacher or www.kiddvalley.com/promos-events.htm. All entries must be received by May 19, 2017


Emerald City Football Club

Does your son or daughter love playing soccer? Emerald City Football Club (ECFC), a 501c3 organization and Seattle's premier soccer club since 1979, has tryouts coming up for the 2017–2018.

Tryout schedule:

  • April 24 & 26 for all players born in 2007

  • May 3 & 5 for all players born in 2005–2006

  • May 1 &  2 for boys born in 2003–2004

  • May 1 & 3 (Girls) 2003/2004

ECFC also offers a spring developmental program for kids born in 2008, 2009, and 2010.  The Development Program is no-cut and is a great way to develop as a player.

If you are interested in select soccer, please visit the ECFC  website to learn more and register.


UW Summer Youth Program

STEM and humanities-focused classes for middle school students starting mid-June through mid-August.

Middle School Courses


Calling All BF Day Alums: BF Day Birthday Carnival

Sat., May 20, 12–5 pm at BF Day School (3921 Linden Ave. N)

Join us to celebrate BF Day’s 125th birthday with a day of games, music, and theater. This event is free and open to the public. Click here to view the flyer.


Enrichment League Summer Scholarship Program

Submission deadline is Sat., April 15

Enrichment Scholarship Program provides financial resources to students enrolled in grades 6–11 in Seattle Public Schools so that they can participate in the summer enrichment learning experience of their choice. Students apply for up to $500 in funding to camps for music, art, mathematics, language, leadership, journalism, culinary, computer science, and more. Please note: We do not fund sports or religious enrichment programs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a student in Seattle Public Schools (home school students with SPS affiliation are also eligible).

  • Must be enrolled in grades 6 to 11.

  • Must complete and submit an application form by the application cut-off date.


  • Download and complete the Enrichment Scholarship Program Application Form.

  • Applications are accepted starting in January.

  • Applications are reviewed and evaluated by the program committee by mid-April.

  • Students will be notified of the results of the program committee’s evaluations by letter.

  • Scholarships are awarded and distributed by (approximately) the end of April.

  • Scholarship award checks are made payable directly to the student’s enrichment program or class, then sent with an award letter to the student’s home address.

  • It is the responsibility of the student awarded the scholarship to complete the necessary application to his or her chosen program and also to include the check issued by Assistance League of Seattle with their application as payment.

For more information, go to: https://www.assistanceleague.org/seattle/philanthropic-programs/enrichment-scholarship-program/


Beaver Hoop Camp

July 17–21, 9 am–3 pm at Ballard High School

The Beaver Hoop Camp is designed to provide individual skill instruction and team concepts in a fun and safe learning environment. Camp will be enthusiastically directed by Ballard High School coaching staff and players. For boys entering grades 3–8.

Cost: $190 (includes t-shirt, camp photo and certificate)

Early-Bird Special: $160 (register before May 1st)

Click here to view the flyer.


2017 Storm into College Event and Pre-Game College Fair

Fri., May 26 at KeyArena (305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109)


  • Check in:  3:45–4 pm

  • Speaker panel with Storm executives in arena bowl: 4–4:30 pm

  • Pre-game college fair: 4:30–5:30 pm

  • Break: 5:30–7 PM (Attendees must exit the building at 5:30 pm and can re-enter for the game as early as 6 pm. The break is a good opportunity to eat dinner nearby—Dick’s or the Armory are great options—and enjoy the weather and sites at Seattle Center. Event tickets will be scanned upon re-entry.)

  • Seattle Storm vs. New York Liberty tipoff: 7 pm

  • Post-game: Q&A with Storm players


  • Value seating (baseline): $10 per ticket (AVID student early bird rate; must pay deposit by March 31 to receive $10/ticket rate)

  • Select seating (upper sideline): $15 per ticket

  • Premium seating (low midcourt): $25 per ticket

Read details and sign up at:  http://seattlestormbasketball.com/ticketcentral/#/storm-into-college.



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