The Hamilton Weekly News
December 1, 2016
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
12/19–1/2 (Winter Break)
Final Week of the Fall Fund Drive: Help Us Reach 40%
The PTSA budget helps to fill public school funding gaps: classroom teacher supplies, sports uniforms, computer tech support, all-school events for students, books for the library and classrooms, extracurricular clubs and scholarships for students, National Science Educators Conference trip for teachers, and dozens more activities.
As one parent summed up, "These are often the little things my student really cares about."
Increased participation is a key goal this year. Please join the 30% who have already given to Hamilton! Every gift, no matter the amount, helps us towards our goal. If you would like to make a pledge now for a donation to be made later, just let us know so we can count your gift toward our total. Click here to learn more about the Hamilton PTSA Fall Fund Drive.
Thank you for your support of our kids! If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VP of Fundraising, Lucie Campbell at email@example.com.
Donations by check can be mailed or delivered to the Hamilton office:
1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103.
Or donate online (one-time donation or monthly installments):
NEW★ Get Ready for Sketchfest!
Wed., Dec. 7 from 6:30–8 pm in the Commons
Join us for an evening of hilarity as HIMS Drama students perform original skits. Don’t miss this amazing show created by our talented Drama students!
NEW★ Yearbook Order Deadline Extended
The deadline to order a yearbook has been extended to Dec. 9. Forms are available in the office and will distributed in homeroom.
NEW★ 20-Day Attendance Challenge!
During the 2016–2017 school year, the Hamilton community will be highlighting the importance of having great attendance! As many of you know, good attendance plays a huge role in students’ academic and social success.
In order to get Hamilton students pumped up about attendance, we have started the 20 Day Attendance Challenge. Each month we will hold a competition among the different class periods to see who has the best attendance. Each month three classes will be highlighted. This month the challenge extended to our first period classes. In December all second period classes will compete.
Attendance Challenge Winners for November:
Ms. Ellison's 1st Period = 98.62%
Ms. Beede's 1st Period = 98%
Ms. McDonald's 1st Period = 96.62%
Congratulations! You ROCK!
NEW★ Building Climate Curriculum
On Tuesdays and Thursdays during homeroom, all students at Hamilton are learning important social emotional learning skills through our Building Climate Curriculum (BCC). Sixth-grade students are learning empathy, bullying prevention, digital literacy, and coping skills through Second Step. Seventh graders are learning bullying prevention through Second Step, cyberbullying prevention through Common Sense Media, drug, alcohol, tobacco use prevention through Project Alert, as well as coping skills. Eighth graders are learning bullying prevention through Second Step, cyberbullying prevention through Common Sense Media, and coping skills through the College Board Advisory curriculum. Eighth-grade lessons will go through February. Sixth- and seventh-grade lessons will continue through mid March.
Neil S. Yeda, 7th grade and Head Counselor
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.
NEW★ Nova Alternative High School Open House
Thurs., Jan. 26, 6–8 pm at Nova High School (2410 E. Cherry St.)
Nova High School is an innovator in nontraditional education. Nova is a competency, inquiry, problem, and project-based school that uses performance and portfolio assessment to gauge the level and depth of student work. As a social justice school, Nova believes that personalization in education is key to building trust and academic success in preparing all students for college and the workforce after high school. Click here to see the flyer.
NEW★ Updated Attendance Boundaries for Hamilton
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors has voted on fall 2017 attendance boundaries for north end middle schools. Seattle Public School is updating its boundary maps and forecasts for enrollment at Hamilton. If you don't want to wait, you can dig through the notes and determine your Fall 2017 school. We will point to updated maps and enrollment forecasts as they are available available.
Student Assignment Transition Plan
Building from the boundary plans, SPS has also updated the Student Assignment Plan. As part of the plan, the district will determine if there is enough capacity at Hamilton to grandfather existing Hamilton students. The Seattle Public School Board of Directors will consider this and vote on January 4, 2017. The final community meeting to discuss this issue is Thurs., Dec. 1 from 6:30–7:30 pm in the Ingraham High School Lunchroom.
Robert Eagle Staff Community Meetings
6–8th grade Students who live in the areas of the following elementary schools will be assigned to Eagle Staff for 2017: Bagley, Broadview-Thompson, Greenwood, Northgate, some of Olympic view (some still are assigned to Jane Addams), and all Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) students who live in the Whitman and Eagle Staff reference areas.
Here are upcoming community meetings where you can meet Principal Campbell and the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School community to learn about the new school and share your ideas:
Dec. 3, 2016, 11–12:30 am (Location TBD)
Dec. 8, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at Loyal Heights Elementary @ Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)
Jan. 5 2017, 6–7:30 pm at Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N)
Budget Challenges for Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools currently raises a significant amount of its budget from levies. These levies must be authorized by the Washington State Legislature. The Legislature failed to re-authorize these levies and punted the issue to this coming spring. As a result, the Seattle Public Schools has to budget based on the expectation that the levies will expire.
One of the challenges of the “levy cliff” is the disruptive timing gap in the budgeting process. The schools may need to lay off teachers to accommodate the forecasted budget. These layoffs must happen prior to the likely close of the Legislative Special Session, even if the Legislature is on the verge of extending the levies.
On Nov. 16, the Hamilton PTSA hosted Mayor Murray. We asked him what the city was doing to minimize the disruption to the system. He said that he was very interested in assisting financially to ensure continuity but needs an invitation from the Board of Directors to start the discussion (since the schools don't report to the Mayor).
We have asked Director Rick Burke for his plan and will follow up when we learn more.
Capacity Projections Update
The five-year projections for Hamilton and other schools were updated on Oct. 19 with calculations. We have asked Jon Halfaker, the Executive Director of Schools for the Northwest Region, Associate Superintendent Flip Herndon, and Director Rick Burke for information to better understand the situation. We understand from Mr. Herndon that Robert Eagle Staff will reduce the enrollment at Hamilton by roughly 25% and that our enrollment depends less on the boundary meetings and more on the volume of kids qualifying for the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) and the International pathway. We are still trying to determine what that means for Hamilton’s expected enrollment in fall 2017. Questions about the boundary plan and amendments can be directed to Director Rick Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that the October update provided to the Capacity Management Task Force presumes existing 2016 boundaries. As a result, it projects 1,031 for Hamilton (versus capacity of 985) while Whitman is projecting at 485 (versus capacity of 1,138).
Modifications to the Highly Capable Cohort pathways as a result of school boundary changes will be included in the updates to the Student Assignment Plan and voted on by the School Board on Dec. 7. Our understanding is that the HCC pathway will remain Cascadia to Hamilton, Jane Addams, or Eagle Staff; and then to Garfield.
Lastly, planning is underway by Seattle Public Schools in case the state legislature does not extend the state law allowing levies to fund schools. The legislature promised to address this “levy cliff” in the upcoming legislative session. Please contact your local State senate or house representative with any questions.
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.
Dec. 6, Fairmount Park Elementary Library
Jan. 3, Jane Addams Middle School Library
Feb. 7, Washington Middle School Library
March 7, Cascadia (Lincoln) Library
April 4, Garfield High School Library
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 & Art
Thurs., Dec. 1 (7–9 pm): Winter Choir Concert in the HIMS Commons
Thurs., Dec. 8 (7–9 pm): Orchestra Winter Concert in the Lincoln Auditorium
Tues., Dec. 13 (7–9 pm): FOMAHI Board Meeting in the Hamilton Library
Thurs., Dec. 15 (7–9 pm): Band Winter Concert in the Lincoln Auditorium
Choir Concert (Dec. 1) TONIGHT
The Fall Choir Concert will begin at 7 pm tonight (Thurs., Dec. 1) in the HIMS Commons. We’ll have Bahn Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and treats for sale before the concert and at intermission. Come enjoy a wonderful evening with our singers!
Junior Jazz Winter Session Registration Now Open
Be a part of the Hamilton jazz scene! Learn jazz styling and improvisation or improve your jazz-playing skills. This is an after-school activity and does not provide class credit. There is a $100 per session fee (financial assistance available). The winter session will be Jan. 5–Mar. 2. Junior Jazz meets 3:40–4:55 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information or to register, go to www.fomahi.org.
Men’s Choir Winter Session Registration Now Open
Calling all young men who enjoy singing! Learn and improve your vocal techniques and gain a better understanding of music in this weekly after-school choir. Experience welcome but not required. Open to young men in all grades. The winter session will be Jan. 5–Mar. 6. Men’s Choir meets 3:40–4:55 pm on Mondays in the choir room (room 111). This is an after school activity and does not provide school credit. There is a $75 per session fee (financial assistance available). For more information or to register, go to www.fomahi.org.
Solo and Ensemble 2017 Registration Now Open
The 2017 Solo and Ensemble will be held from 9–4 pm, Sat. March 11, 2017 at HIMS. This annual event gives students a chance to practice and perform a piece in front of a friendly adjudicator who will provide feedback on all areas of their performance. Students may perform solo or as part of a group. See complete information including FAQ and registration information at https://fomahi.membershiptoolkit.com/soloandensemble. Registration deadline is Feb. 3, 2017.
FOMAHI Board Opportunity!
Hamilton Music Parents: Interested in being a treasurer in training? Our current board treasurer, Eileen Carroll, is looking for a music parent to succeed her as treasurer next fall. It would be great to have her successor learn the position this year for an easier transition. If you’re interested, please email Eileen at email@example.com or Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOST After-School Programs
Please remember, HOST programs end on Thurs., Dec. 8.
Winter HOST registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Winter class offerings will be available to view on Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30pm.
If you have any new ideas for HOST classes please reach out to the YMCA.
NEW★ HOST Drama Performance
Our HOST Tuesday Drama Club will be performing on Tues., Dec. 6 at 6 pm in the Commons. Please join us for the comedy performance of @@Seven Nosy Teenagers. It is sure to be very entertaining evening!
NEW★ 2016 Hamilton Holiday Assistance Program
We have identified approximately thirty families within our Hamilton community that could use support this holiday season. It is our goal to provide each family with a gift for their student and a gift card to a store in our area. If you would like to support these families, we ask that you consider giving a gift card from any of the following stores:
Target (this is a great gift for a student!)
Amazon (this is a great gift for a student!)
H&M (this is a great gift for a student!)
Nike (this is a great gift for a student!)
Forever 21 (this is a great gift for a student!)
We will distribute gifts and cards starting on Thurs., Dec. 15. If you would like to support the Holiday Help program, please submit your donation by Wed., Dec. 14. Please drop your donation at the YMCA office (room 104 across from the main office) or at the main office.
The YMCA is more than happy to provide those who donate with a tax deduction letter, so please make sure you include your name with your donation.
NEW★ Is Your Family In Need of Holiday Support?
If your family could use additional support this holiday, please call or email YMCA Director, Liz Abbott (Chase) at email@example.com 206-252-5831.
Hamilton Lego Robotics Club Needs a Volunteer
We are currently in need of a volunteer to help run our Hamilton Lego Robotics Club.
We have students from the Roosevelt Robotics that would like to come to Hamilton to teach and mentor a group of our Hamilton students. We need someone who will supervise, learn about the Lego Robotics program, and help coordinate with the YMCA regarding logistics of the Lego Robotics competition in December. The volunteers from Roosevelt will be running point and will come prepped and ready to teach!
Hamilton Club members will be doing the FLL league program, which comes with a curriculum, supplies, and challenges for a team of ten students. (More information on the FLL league is available at: http://firstwa.org/Programs-Events/FIRST-LEGO-League.)
This class will be held Thursdays from 3:30–5 pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer will need to fill out a YMCA volunteer form.
Our goal is to start ASAP!
Liz Abbott (Chase)
NEW★ Basketball Season is Almost Here
Please make sure you have completed all necessary forms before basketball tryouts. All participants must have a current athletic physical on file in the main office in order to be eligible to try out.
Boys tryouts: Tues., Dec. 6 and Thurs., Dec. 8.
Girls tryouts: Wed., Dec. 7 and Fri., Dec. 9.
NEW★ Girls Soccer Playoffs
Hamilton vs. Washington
Sat., Dec. 3, 11 am at Memorial Stadium
The championship game will be held at 3:30
NEW★ Rally to Fully Fund Public Schools
Mon., Jan. 16 at 10 am on the Capitol steps in Olympia
Join Washington's Paramount Duty, the NAACP, and the Washington Education Association to rally for full funding of public schools.
On Jan. 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) Washington's Paramount Duty (WPD), NAACP, and WEA are co-sponsoring a rally to demand that our state fully fund public education now. Add your voice to thousands of others demanding full and equitable funding of public education! WPD envisions a future where every child has equitable access to an amply funded education. Fully and equitably funding public schools is a civil rights issue! For more information, contact Summer Stinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 General & Special Education Conference: Brain-Based Science, Learning, & Achievement, Pre-K through 12th Grade
March 8–10, 2017 at the Washington State Convention Center (705 Pike St.)
Twenty-four, full-day courses will be offered on a variety of topics by some of the giants in educational research. Courses are designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologists, therapists, professional support staff, and administrators. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Click here to read more.
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1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814
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