April 2, 2015

First Things First!


Upcoming Events ...
    7th graders (Arvey/Moriarty classes) are headed to the EMP on Thursday, April 9. Volunteers are needed! The trip runs from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Please contact the teachers if you can chaperone.

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    • 4/3 Day of Silence
    • 4/4 Track, 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
    • 4/4 JV Soccer, 2 p.m., Ingraham
    • 4/4 Varsity Soccer, 12:30 p.m., Rainier Beach
    • 4/4 Girls' Volleyball, 12:30 p.m., Washington
    • 4/6 Spring HOST session begins (details below)
    • 4/9 7th grade field trip--EMP. Volunteers needed!
    • 4/9 "High School and Beyond" night, 7-9:45 p.m., Whitman MS
    • 4/11 Girls' Volleyball, 12:30 p.m., Washington
    • 4/13-4/17 Spring Break: No school!!
    • 4/24 8th grade spring dance
    • 4/25 JV Soccer, Rainier Beach, 11 a.m.
    • 4/25 Varsity Soccer, Rainier Beach, 9:30 a.m.
    • 4/25 Track, 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
    • 4/25 Girls' Volleyball, Washington, 9:30 a.m.
    • 4/30 School Start Time community meeting, 7 p.m., HIMS
    • 4/30 Parent coffee

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



Legislators are still sorting out how to fully fund basic education, as required by the McCleary decision.

The Seattle Times has a good article on the current status of education and education-related bills that are still under consideration. It can be found here - http://www.seattletimes.com/news/olympia-watch-whats-still-standing-a-look-at-this-sessions-education-bills/

Last Friday (March 27), the House released its budget for 2015-2017. It includes:
• About $1.5 billion in new revenue.
• To do that, the House budget raises parts of the state B & O (business and occupation tax) and includes a new capital gains tax.
• Create a two-year budget of about $38.8 billion.

If adopted, the House budget would:
• Spend $1.4 billion towards fulfilling the McCleary decision (state Supreme Court-mandated funding for K-12 education).
• Fully fund all-day kindergarten
• Freeze the cost of college tuition
• Invest in early learning
• Alter the voter-approved Initiative 1351, to reduce classes. The House proposal would only fund class size reductions in K-3rd grade.
The release of the House budget is just the first step. Next, the state Senate will release their budget, (which may have significantly differently funding priorities and mechanisms).

Once both budgets are released, the full Legislature needs to combine the budgets, likely comprise, and vote on a final budget to send the Governor. That means there is plenty of time for you to share your opinions on education funding and other issues before the Legislature.
Contact your elected officials!
The Washington State Legislative Hotline will allow you to get messages to your representatives, senator, and the Governor’s office: 1.800.562.6000
Check out the Washington State Legislature’s website to learn more. http://leg.wa.gov/

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison
metaralee925@gmail.com, or 206-851-4452.


April's meeting of the Highly Capable Services (formerly APP) Advisory Committee is this coming Tuesday, April 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Fairmount Park Elementary School.

Noelle Clemons is the parent representative from Hamilton. She advocates for our community and asks the questions you tell her you want asked. Join her at the meeting yourself, or share any concerns you want raised with her via email--nzooks@yahoo.com. Notes from the meeting are available with other information at: groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hims-app


From the counselors:
"High School and Beyond" night, 4/9

Hamilton, along with other middle schools and K-8 schools in the NW region, is sponsoring a High School and Beyond night at Whitman Middle School, Thursday, April 9, from 7–9:45 p.m.

From 6:30 – 7 p.m., there will high school activity clubs presenting in the cafeteria and a pizza dinner will be available for purchase. The program starts at 7 p.m.

There will be two breakout sessions: One will be with high school counselors, and the other will be with student panels from Ballard, Roosevelt, and Ingraham high schools to answer frequently asked questions about high school.

From the Special Education Dept.: Literacy Book Drive April 1-30

The special education department is working on a collaborative effort across our special education programs. We're joining our efforts with a local organization called the Literacy Council. Their mission is to provide training, lessons, and literacy materials to people in our community who are English Language Learners.

The Literacy Council will hold a book sale in May, and we at Hamilton want to join their efforts.

A kickoff will be held in homerooms on March 30, and students can donate books from April 1-30. The classrooms will compete to see which classroom donates the most books.

Changes to School Bell Times: Community Meeting Thurs., 4/30 at HIMS

Scientific research and national debate surrounding the effects of early school start times on student learning at the middle and high school level has prompted the Seattle Public School Board to take action.

The proposed changes to bell times introduce new issues that are complex and far reaching, impacting families, transit, after-school care, sports programs and more. Please attend a "Neighbor to Neighbor" community meeting at Hamilton International Middle School Commons area on Thursday April 30, from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. to understand the proposed options, join the discussion, and participate in a written survey to capture your feedback for the school board. Your input is critical to the school board's decision-making process.

Congratulations to Hayden H., HIMS 8th grader!

HIMS 8th grader Hayden H. was the guest speaker at an event held by Seattle-based nonprofit Water1st International on March 22, World Water Day.

Hayden is a member of the Water1st Middle School Board and shared this editorial that he wrote about the world water crisis: http://water1st.org/2015/03/30/haydens-world-water-day-letter-to-the-editor/


Attention 8th graders (a.k.a. soon-to-be high schoolers):

There is a great opportunity to explore different careers and get a head start on high school credits through Seattle’s Skills Center Summer Program. There are two sessions and students can earn up to one full high school credit towards graduation. There will be different programs all across the city, but there will also be some great ones closer to home in the north end of the city.

Examples are Computer Applications; Culinary Arts; Engineering; Maritime Sciences at Ballard HS; Into to Medical Careers at the Lincoln Building; Multimedia Broadcasting at Nathan Hale HS; Computer Applications and Culinary Arts at Roosevelt HS; and AIE Digital Cyber Camp at Seattle Center Armory.
If you're interested, see Mr. Yeda in the Counseling Office. Classes are filled on a “first come-first served” basis, so get you application turned in as soon a possible. The deadline for applications is 5/29/15.


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Music (FOMAHI)News

Upcoming Events:

4/8: NW Cluster of Choirs (Treble & Mixed Choirs), Ballard HS

Apr. 21: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7pm, HIMS Library

Apr. 23: Chamber Night (Chamber Orchestra), 7pm HIMS Commons

FOMAHI (the HIMS music booster organization) is seeking new people to come join us in the 2015-16 school year! We will have several roles opening up in the fall semester, and would love to have you join us. Whether it’s baking cookies for a one-time event or joining the board, we need your help! For more information, please contact Jacqui Kramer: jacqui@writersbloc.net

Enrichment Scholarship Program

A note from HIMS's counselors: The Assistance League provides scholarships through their Enrichment Scholarship Program (ESP). Applications must be postmarked by 4/6. See the link below for more information and application information for summer activity scholarships:



The winter HOST session ends on April 2, and Spring HOST kicks off on April 6! Winter and spring registration has been open since January, but if you have not had a chance to register for spring HOST classes, please follow the link below and register your student.

Click here for the HOST Registration link.

Please note, winter HOST classes do not roll over into spring and you will need to register your student for spring classes.

Please email or contact the YMCA office if you have any questions: Liz Chase, eachase@seattleschools.org, 206.252.5831.


Games for April/Early May:

4/4 vs. Salmon Bay, 2 pm., Ingraham Stadium
4/25 vs. Jane Addams, 11 a.m., Memorial Stadium
5/2, vs. Aki Kurose, 2 p.m., Franklin H.S.

4/4 vs. Madison, 12:30 p.m, Rainier Beach
4/11 no K-8 games
4/25 vs. Mercer, 9:30 a.m., Rainier Beach
5/2, vs. McClure, 9:30 a.m., Ingraham Stadium

4/4, 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
4/25 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
5/2 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale

4/4 vs. Madison, 12:30 p.m., Washington
4/11 vs. Washington, 12:30 p.m., Washington
4/25 vs. Mercer, 9:30 a.m., Washington
5/2 vs. McClure, 9:30 a.m., Jane Addams

The above information was submitted by the HIMS Athletics department. For more information on Athletics, please see the Athletics page of the HIMS website, or contact HIMS House Administrator, Christy Smith at clsmith2@seattleschools.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.


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Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton International Families and Staff,

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”
bell hooks, killing rage: Ending Racism

I wanted to take a minute and let you know about a new student initiative here at Hamilton. Over the past several weeks and for the next month or so, I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of students on the 100% Human Project which will take place May 4-8, 2015.

“The 100% Human Project was created to start discussion and problem solve diversity related issues at Hamilton. The Project team plans on raising awareness about all of the diversity in our school through a series of school-wide activities and education posters that celebrate diversity. Our project will support acceptance of difference within the Hamilton Student body. All students will be included, able to participate, engage with new information and express their own ideas about diversity at Hamilton.”
--100% Human Project mission statement, written by the student coordinating team

The project came out a discussion that I had with several students about an article in the New York Times ("A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral") and these students' desire to create a more inclusive community at Hamilton.

Together, we brainstormed the 100% Human Project as a way to broaden the conversation about diversity and give voice to students and groups who have been traditionally marginalized in public schools (even at Hamilton) and our larger communities. We have the support of several adults at Hamilton including Anne Fote and our counseling intern Illana Malone. Ms. Fote has made space available in the nurse’s office for students to come and work during school (homeroom or when they have permission from a teacher), and Ms. Malone is also available to help students after school and during lunch and homeroom.

Some of the activities for the 100% Human Project include:

  • Quotes posted through the building celebrating our human diversity
  • The creation of education posters that raise awareness about diversity issues (everything from gender, to race, to disability) as well as posters highlighting traditionally underrepresented people or groups in our history.
  • A survey of the Hamilton community to highlight both how we are different as well as how we are similar
  • Hanging stars through the building with the name of every student and staff member at Hamilton
  • Inviting other students and teachers to join us in our advocacy and celebration.

We're working with a graphic design artist who has volunteered to design a professional logo that we will use on all of our literature, posters, and other media.

Next week, our student steering committee will be out visiting Homeroom classes to talk about the 100% Human Project and invite others to join us. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to be involved in our initiative.

I'm grateful for the incredible young people to Hamilton and I am inspired by them daily.

Kindest regards,
Cindy Watters



Ballard Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, April 4, 5:00-9:00 pm, BHS Commons

Enjoy live entertainment and a delicious spaghetti dinner (vegetarian options available) to benefit Ballard High's performing arts program.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Under 5 years, free. Tickets can be purchased online now at mkt.com/ballardperformingarts or at the door.

Roller Derby
Do you have a girl between the ages of 8 and 17 who is interested in roller derby?

Registration for Seattle Derby Brats New Skater Camp is open for summer 2015. This camp is a prerequisite to try out for the 2015-2016 derby season. For more information or to register:

Spanish Camp

¡Hola! Summer is right around the corner, have you started planning yet? Vámonos Spanish Center (run by Amanda Reichert) has immersion camps this summer for students up to grade 8! Each week, students will learn about different Spanish-speaking countries and have fun cooking, acting, doing art projects, and more! To learn about these opportunities please visit: www.vamonosspanish.com

Roosevelt Girls' Basketball Camp

Coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox, and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs June 22 - June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information, see http://rooseveltgirlsbasketball.org/camp.php or email the camp coordinator at kskogerboe@gmail.com

Roosevelt Boys' Basketball Camp
Dates: June 29-July 2 (Monday-Thursday)
For incoming 4th-9th graders
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM with sign-in from 8:30-9 AM.
Cost: $190 ($175 if registered before June 1, 2015)
Staff: RHS Head Coach and the RHS Boys' Basketball team

You can register here.

Positive Parenting Class
Free 6-week Positive Parenting During the Teen Years class on Wednesday evenings, April 22-May 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Wallingford. More information:

SBACand Standardized Testing Information
Want more information about the SBAC (the Smarter Balanced Assessment) standardized test? The Seattle Council PTSA has compiled resources including a sample practice test, links to community blogs, district resources, and Seattle Education Association-recommended information here: www.scptsa.org/smarter

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