December 11, 2014

First Things First ...
**Band Winter Concert -- Thursday, Dec. 11**
Lincoln Auditorium,7-9pm


Upcoming Events ...
  • Thursday, 12/11 Band Winter Concert,7-9pm, Lincoln Auditorium
  • Thursday, 12/11 Last day of HOST activities
  • Friday, 12/19 One hour early dismissal, holiday break

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
Family Trip Planning

With two major public school holidays coming up now is a good time to remind Hamilton families about the policy for notifying and excusing absences of extra days around those holidays.


Seattle Public Schools wants to ensure that absences like this are planned ahead and excused. The feeling is that this will prevent students from falling behind academically due to taking a family trip during the regular school year. There are two forms that are to be used in order to make Pre-Planned absences excused. They are the Pre-Planned Absence form and the Educational Trip Plan form. Links to these forms are provided on the Hamilton Middle School website home page.

The Pre-Planned Absence form is a simple notification of the dates your student will be missing school and the reason for the absence. On the Educational Trip Plan form your student needs to check with each of his or her teachers to find out what assignments will be given while he or she is gone (left hand column) and find out when they need to be turned in (right hand column). You can decide as a family what “educational activity” you want to incorporate into the trip and have that description written in the top left box. It could be as simple as writing an essay about or keeping a log of his or her experiences during the trip, or describing an historical site or cultural event you attend. The possibilities are endless, and I’m sure you will find one that will be both beneficial and enjoyable for your student to complete. The teacher who signs off on the bottom of the form should be the one who will oversee the completed “educational activity” report.


These forms must be completed and turned in to the Attendance officebeforeyour vacation begins.


Please call Lynn Hartung with any questions at 252-5814.

News @ the HIMS Library

Lost and found for flashdrives. Staff and students, if you have lost one of your personal or classroom books or flash drives, please inquire in the library. We have many unclaimed found books and receive found flash drives every week..

Hamilton Holiday Assistance Program

The YMCA and the counseling office will be organizing our annual Hamilton Holiday Assistance program for HIMS families in need. If you are interested in supporting Hamilton families during this holiday season, please do so by dropping off a gift or gift card to the YMCA office. Please have your donation to the YMCA office by Tuesday, December 16. If you are a Hamilton family that could use some additional support this holiday season, please contact the YMCA office at206.252.5831, or The YMCA is happy to provide a tax deductible letter to families that donate (provided upon request).


January General Membership Meeting
We are formulating plans for the January PTSA General Membership Meeting, (date TBA) which will feature an appearance by guest speaker Jo Langford! Jo is a therapist with twenty years of experience working with adolescents and their families, and he is also the author of The Sex EDcylopedia, a book written for boys and their parents. Jo will address the topic ofDigital Sexuality and Safety for T/weens; Sites and Appsand will provide tips, tools and information to help parents help their kids to make healthy choices in the world of social networking.This event is for adults only.For more information about Jo and his work, see

Student/Family Directory
If you have discovered erroneous information in the PTSA Family Directory, please be sure to contact Hamilton dad Hal Mullis ( this month. Hal will be collecting comments and will post a revised edition of each of the directories in January.
Help Needed! -- Hawk Pride Hospitality
The PTSA is seeking someone (or a team of someones) who would be willing to purchase (or bake) nut-free treats and deliver them to the front office for use at the school's monthly Hawk Pride ceremonies. The ceremony typically honors 20-30 students (with their families) for good citizenship or academic achievement, and PTSA provides refreshments to make the event a bit more festive. PTSA will reimburse volunteers for their expenses, and the front office staff takes care of the actual set-up and clean-up of the event. The Hawk Pride ceremonies for 2015 will run in January, February, March, April and May. If you think you might be able to assist with this effort, please contactlmelenyzer@gmail.comfor more information.

Washington State PTA Focus Day

Save-the-Date- January 19this the Washington State PTA’s Focus Day in Olympia!This coming legislative session will be crucial for education funding. Make your voice heard. Talk to your legislators about education and other issues that are important for students and families!

January 19this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a school holiday. So, bring the kids and come on down to Olympia and advocate for the full funding of our schools. The Seattle Council of PTSA will provide free transportation with chartered buses.EmailSCPTSA Legislative ChairEden, for details.Find more information about this year's Focus Day event on theWashington State PTA website

News from the Counseling Office

The Counseling Office is continuing to be busy. This year, one of our goals is to use data to more purposely drive our counseling program and interventions. We are re- evaluating our program and collecting data from many different sources. The counseling team is also reading the book “Evidence based School Counseling” and having discussions in how to use our data more appropriately.
We also had our first WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) event with 6th graders during homeroom/lunch. The 6th graders enjoyed it and had fun playing
The“La Chispa” group had their first movie night and it was very successful. We had 26 students staying after school to watch the movie “Mad Hot Ballroom”. Students enjoyed to getting to know each other, watching the movie and tried some cultural snacks. Thank you to everyone who participated. We also had our first presenter on Tuesday 12/9, Marisol Berrios –Miranda. Ph.D. (from Puerto Rico)Dr. Marisol Berrios-Miranda teaches salsa rhythms and dance Ethnomusicology, University of Washington
Also will be getting ready for “La Chispa” annual conference in February 5th, 2015.¡La Chispa! translates as The Spark! The goal of the conference and group is to ignite a spark and create a flame of focused energy with middle level Latino students. More information soon to come.
We continue with “Second Step”, a violence prevention program, we continue talking about Empathy & Communication: Considering perspectives (6th gr.) and Negotiating and Compromising (7th and 8th)
We are busy enrolling students for College Bound scholarship, if you would like more info. Please go to call Mr. Yeda at 252-5828
We are also getting ready for our High School Transition lessons for 8th graders in January and we’ll be using the Career bridge program from OSPI for students to explore career interests. information will be coming in January.


BandWinter Concert​isTONIGHTat7pmin Lincoln Auditorium. ​Please bring any NUT FREE bake sale​ donations to the bake sale table​ ​before the concert​.

Current Junior Jazz Members:
There will beno after school jazz banduntil the Winter Term begins1/6/15.

Junior Jazz Winter Term- If you are already in Junior Jazz Band and want to participate in the Winter Term payments ($65) are due byJanuary 6th.You will not need to refill out a registration or consent form.Please make checks out to FOMAHI and either deliver them to the office FOMAHI Box or send them to our FOMAHI Treasurer Jenny Peters at:
c/o Jenny Peters – Treasurer
1800 36th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98199

New Junior Jazz members:
If your student musician wants to be in Junior Jazz Band but missed the Fall Term they can still register for the Winter Term.Junior Jazz meetsTuesdayandThursday from 2:30-4:30pm.Please note:class available to students with one-year experience playing their instrument and auditions may be required. Please contact Ann Wright (Junior Jazz Coordinator) atannmwright@comcast.netfor registration and consent forms or questions.

The FOMAHI board​would like tothank ALL our families for their continued supportof Hamilton Music in 2015.Wishingyoua blessed andmusic-filled holiday break!.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


Fall HOST classes will end on Thursday, December 11th. To celebrate our awesome fall session we will be having a HOST Carnival during lunch on Friday, December 12th during all 3 lunches! HOST participants will be at booths demonstrating what they did during the fall session of HOST!


Registration for the winter and spring sessions of HOST will take place on January 9th. Thewinter session of HOST will run from 1/20/15 to 4/02/15andspring session will run from 4/6/15 to 6/11/15. The HOST offerings will be out the week of January 5th (prior to registration). Please be on the lookout for more HOST information in the New Year!

Questions? Please feel free to call or email the YMCA office if you have any questions or concerns.eachase@seattleschools.orgor206.252.5831.


Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts start the week of December 15.

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

New Semester Schedule Issues

If, once the new semester starts, your child's schedule needs to be adjusted because of an incorrect placement or you would like to request a change, please have your student fill out a pink "change of schedule" request form and submit. A new schedule will be delivered to them once it has been processed. Please have them attend the schedule they have been assigned until the change has been implemented. Forms are located in the front office, Rm 105C and the counseling department.Email will be answered as time allows.

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Principal's Letter



This week's letter is from assistant principal Tipton Blish


Dear Hamilton Families,


Education is serious business it turns out. I say, “…it turns out,” but I knew that well from my own ever-long experience in the classroom. Nearly everything can seem important and thus worthy of seriousness and dedication. That importance can push out joy and delight. And joy and delight are both rooted in and the food for our social and emotional health. This is especially true of young people transitioning from childhood, to adolescence, and into adulthood. Writing about college, Maurice Elias, cautions that these transitions are charged with, “…fears about family identity and acceptance, loss of peer groups, concerns about fitting in and managing the workload, implications of choices of courses and majors, how to establish a range of new relationships with peers and adults, and lifestyle choices about the use of leisure time, studying, eating, and sleeping.” At Hamilton we consider among our most important work the social and emotional health of our students. That healthy foundation supports our teaching reasoning, strategic thinking, a persevering mindset, self-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our counseling and support staff see it as their central mission to attend to the needs and provide the supports and teaching that will help students meet those opportunities and challenges. In our classrooms, teachers constantly monitor and adjust what they are doing based on the emotional responses they get from their students; their lessons are built to teach skills and content but in activities that are playful, or stimulating, or even joyful.
Nevertheless, these can be stressful times as my colleague Tim Snyder noted last week. We see some of that in the hallway in the pace of students on their way to class, their facial expressions, the size of their binders. Students are bearing down. Papers are due, lab reports too. And there are band, choir, and orchestra concerts to prepare for. If you saw the choir or orchestra concerts you will know how hard and how well students have been working. Thursday (today!) is your chance to see band students. I am very much looking forward to it for the music and to see our students outside the school day. It is always a treat to see students in the neighborhood, at the Children’s Marathon, in the market. And this time of year is supposed to be and frequently is joyful.

Our job is to bring that joyfulness into the school day to accompany the important learning and to feed that important learning. If you can, come join us tonight at the band concert in the Lincoln Auditorium for a joyful evening.


Tipton Blish


Assistant Principal


Shadowing Available at Ingraham
Shadow Visits began on Dec 2nd for potential incoming Rams. They continue untilFebruary 26th. We will shadow on Tuesday, Weds and Thursdays from7:50 AM - 11:55 AM. Parents can call to register their student for a shadow visit -206-252-3888- Mary Smith (Please specify if your student would like to shadow a student planning to pursue IB or in the Highly Capable/IBx program)
North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open - Real Baseball. Real Fun.
Kids ages 4-19 can now register for the upcoming 2015 spring baseball season. North Seattle Baseball is the premier competitive baseball league in Seattle’s north end, adopting Pony rules for a game that includes lead offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Our practice and game fields are conveniently located in north and northeast Seattle. We also form tournament and all-star teams for kids who want to play further into the summer. We are the only league in the area to offer indoor batting facilities, and there are no confusing boundaries, so families in all of north Seattle/Shoreline can play together. Find out why North Seattle Baseball provides the best baseball experience for your family! Visit our Facebook page at
Email questions tocontactnsba@gmail.comor sign up today

Roosevelt Select Winter Hoop Camps
2nd - 8th Grade Boys and Girls, Session 1: Dec. 22nd and 23th 9am-12pm, Session 2: Dec. 29th and 30th 9am-12pm
One Session: $80, Both Sessions: $140, One Day: $55
Speed and Agility Exercises, Ball Handling and Passing, Shooting and Scoring, Defense and Rebounding, Games, Comps, and Scrimmage
Camp Location: Calvary Christian Assembly 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA. Space is limited...To register please contact Chase Young atchaseyoung206@yahoo.com206-930-7975
North Central Little League
It's time to register your little leaguer for next years season. North Central Little League has open registration for baseball/softball starting Nov 15 for player ages 5-18. This will be an exciting year for NCLL as we are partnering with UW for skill building clinics and expanding food truck service at our games at Woodland Park. Please join our community and register your ball player You can also visit our Facebook page at It's going to be a great year!


Players will work on shooting, ball handling, passing, defensive techniques, and drills all with the teaching from our experienced and qualified Hoopaholics coaches!CAMP DETAILS:WHO: Boys & Girls – 2nd through 8th grade – All skill levelsWHERE: Ballard Boys & Girls ClubWHEN: Camp 1-December 22-239am-NoonCamp 2-December 29-309am-NoonCOST: $90 both days, $60 one Space is limited, Sign Up Today!

Come enjoyBallard High School's Winter Concerts.December 11will featureJazz Band 1 and 2, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra. Both performances start at7:00 PMand will include this year's combined masterwork: selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria".Free.
Garfield Jazz will help Seattle celebrate the holidays in December as part ofWinterfest 2014! Ensembles I and II will each give a free, public performance at the Seattle Center Armory (formerly known as the Center House) during the region’s annual month-long holiday party at Seattle Center. Ensemble I will deck the Armory’s halls onSunday, December 14 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.Come downtown and listen to some jazz, and afterwards go ice skating or get some shopping done--but don't miss the Bulldogs'Winterjazz!

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