December 18, 2014

First Things First ...
One Hour Early Dismisal --Friday,
Dec. 19**
Holiday Break -- Enjoy!


Upcoming Events ...
  • Friday, 12/19 One hour early dismissal, holiday break
  • Monday, 1/5School resumes

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

Library Check-out Limit Expanded for Winter Break

Staff and students are encouraged to visit the library’s “Wintertime Reads” display of items in all genres and formats set in wintertime. Students whose accounts are free of lost items may go beyond the normal limit of 5 items at a time so that they have plenty to read, view, and listen to over Winter Break...

Help SDOT Create Safe Routes to School
SDOT Safe Routes:Hamilton parents and community members who are concerned about traffic patterns and pedestrian safety will want to respond to the City's latest effort to crowdsource information about problem areas. The city has set up a wikimap so that the public can provide feedback. From SDOT:
We want to knowwhere people are speeding, where people fail to stop for pedestrians or where crossing and/or sidewalk improvements are needed... The feedback you provide will be used to prioritize future infrastructure investments, enforcement activities, and educational outreach. In fact, SDOT will develop conceptual designs for 12 locations selected through this exercise and wewillbuild each of these improvementsover the next few years.
Comments will be accepted throughJanuary 9, 2015, so don't delay!


Dear Hamilton friends and families,

I hope you all will join me in extending your congratulations to Cindy Watters on the career move that will take her to Singapore next summer! She is not one to brag about her accomplishments, but Cindy currently serves as the President of the SPS Principals' Association and she is also in process of completing her dissertation work on the role of principals and how collaborative work can improve the school management experience. She is extremely well-poised to take on the this new role at the Singapore American School system, and their principals and by extension their schools and families will be lucky to have her.
Meanwhile, back here at Hamilton we have a full semester to work out a transition plan and to collect your feedback and help to find a wonderful new principal! We are extremely well-served to have such a super teaching and administrative team, and I'm confident that Hamilton will experience the best transition possible.

In addition to the many events PTSA has planned for the spring (our guest speaker Jo Langford in January, Pi Night in March, and many many more), we'll be doing everything we can to ensure that the Hamilton community is heard in the upcoming discussions. If you have thoughts or concerns about the situation going forward, please don't hesitate to contact me or any member of the Board.
For now, and on behalf of the PTSA, I wish you all a very happy and restful Winter Break, and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.

Lisa Melenyzer

**January General Membership Meeting**
2015 is just around the corner -- this year, resolve to learn more about your child's online life and ways to help them make safe social networking choices! HIMS PTA will host guest speaker, JoLangford, on Wednesday, January 21 beginning at 7pm. There will be a very brief PTA meeting followed by Jo's presentation.

Jo is a therapist with 20 years experience working with adolescents and their families and the author ofSex Edupedia, written for teen boys and their parents. Jo will address the topic ofAdolescent Sexuality in the Digital Age (What you Needto Know about the Three Big Bads: porn, sexting and cyberbullying).

This event is for adults only.For more information about Jo and his work, see

Shout-outs and thanks!

-- The PTSA gives thanks to Hamilton parents Heather McAuliffe for keeping us informed of breaking events in this area, to Jen Hurley for her work with SDOT on Hamilton's behalf, and to Lynn Schnaiberg and neighbors for going forward with a plan to install pedestrian flags at the corner of 40th and Wallingford. We are proud to partner with these great folks!

-- Also, ask your students about the gifts they receivedon Wednesdayin homeroom from HIMS -- every one of them should have received a fun token that should make them more visible in the neighborhood...many thanks to the office and administrative team at Hamilton for their thoughtfulness.

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

Reflections Works Now on Display at Seattle Center
If you are at Seattle Center for ice skating or to see the holiday train set over the break, stop by the Reflections display in the Center House/Armory building, 3rd floor, and see the impressive art, photography, literature, music, film and choreographic works on display from Seattle students, including works by HIMS students Amelia N., Ashley L., Carmelita Joy R-M., Eliot James L., Graeme N-H., Hannah M., Jack N., Karel S-F., Malia Ann M., Max H., Max M-S., Oliver B., and Sophia B. Works are on display now through January 4. There will be a Recognition ceremony on Sunday, January 4, from 2-3 PM, at the Seattle Center Armory, 3rd Floor. Seattle Public Schools SuperintendentDr. Nyland will be in attendance to hand out awards to Finalist, Honorable Mention and all participants that created work for the Reflections Exhibit. Light Refreshments will be served.

Senior Jazz Bandand combos will be playing on January 11th at 6pm at the Royal Room in Columbia City, 5000 Rainer Ave S. Come for dinner and a drink and hear them swing! The Hamilton bands will be followed by Zooma Bella, an 8 piece swing & vocal band in the Louis Prima style. Reservations recommended if you plan to have dinner.​

Current Junior Jazz Members:There will beno after school jazz banduntil the Winter Term begins 1/6/15.

Junior Jazz Winter Term- If you are already in Junior Jazz Band and want to participate in the Winter Term payments ($65) are due by January 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 meets Tuesday and Thursday 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 to​congratulate ALL our band students on their recent performances. We also ​thank our families for their continued support of Hamilton Music in 2015. Wishing you a relaxed andmusic-filled holiday break!

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


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.


The January meeting of the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee isTuesday, January 6 6:30-8:30at Fairmont Park Elementary. Guest speaker Dan Gallagher will be there to talk about the science program. As the parent representative from Hamilton (still no staff rep), I need to hear any concerns or questions you have prior to the meeting if you can't attend yourself. Please email me, Noelle Clemons, atnzooks@yahoo.comor call(206) 321-9253.

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



Dear HIMS Families,

If there is anything I have learned over the course of my career it is that change is hard and it is inevitable – especially in schools. Schools are places of perpetual change. Each year one group of students leave while another is waiting to take their place. Staff change, students change and leaders change.
Earlier this week I shared with our community that I have taken a new job at Singapore American School beginning the 2015-16 school year. It was one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made. I love Hamilton. I believe in the work we are doing and in the students, staff and families who strive every day to make this a great place.
Over these next few months our PTSA leaders and Building Leadership Team (BLT) will work with the NW Executive Director of Schools, Jon Halfaker, to engage our community in the process to find the next Hamilton principal. I encourage you to take advantage of opportunities to share your voice and engage in the process.
Our entire leadership team wishes you a wonderful winter break and we look forward to welcoming our students back in January!

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters



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)
The Seattle Public Library has a variety of activities scheduled for children, tweens and teens during the winter break from school. Beginning Friday, Dec. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 4, the Library will offer free programs ranging from Lego Mania and paper airplane flying courses to movies, crafts, SAT studying, chess games and more! more info.
Teen Space - Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space to play games, hang out, eat snacks and make new friends.
Fun Friday: Activity Medley - Children, tweens and parents/caregivers are invited to enjoy a medley of fun activities to kick off the winter break.
Winter Break Craft Extravaganza - Drop in to make fun crafts with themes around winter and the new year at several Library locations. Crafts will vary by location and include snow globes, 3-D snowflakes, calendars, snow people and more. For children, tweens and teens.
Mastercraft Madness: Winter Pop-up Cards - Learn the various techniques of cutting and bending to create and personalize winter themed pop-up greeting cards. For ages 8 and up.
Teen Movies - Teens are invited to bring pillows to sit on and watch movies at the Library. Space is limited and free tickets will be required. Tickets will be available at the circulation desk 30 minutes before each film.
Game On - Tweens and teens can get some game time at the Library with open play on the Kinect and Wii.
Drop-in Chess - Come play a game of chess! Children, tweens and teens are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess.
Denim Madness - Tweens and teens are invited to bring in their old jeans to craft decorative pillows and bags.
New Year's Eve at the Library - Get a head start on New Year's festivities! Children, tweens and teens can hear stories, decorate a calendar, create Happy New Year's Day cards and enjoy festive snacks.
Toolbox Bling - Tweens and teens are invited to create their own bling out of things found at the hardware store.
First Friday Gaming - A monthly event for tweens and teens in grades 6-12 to play video games on the Wii and Xbox or dive into the board games, art supplies, snacks and conversation.
Family immersion travel opportunity to Costa Rica
Help your children continue their Spanish journey to proficiency! Each summer, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) organizes language immersion travel to Costa Rica for elementary students of Spanish and their parents. The programs include practical application of Spanish along with a family stay, allowing parents to see their students' language skills in action. This is a great opportunity for graduating students to continue taking steps in Spanish! ISE is planning now for summer 2015 travel, and would like to include HIMS students. For more information, contact Anca van der Linden atanca@isemn.orgor612-436-8264.

One on One Basketball Presents...4th Annual Holiday Hoops Camp at Meadowbrook Community Center
December 22 & 23, 9AM - 3PM, Boys and Girls ages 6-12, Only $45 per day! Space is limited...register today!

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!

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