A community survey for parents from Seattle Public Schools has been posted to the HIMS homepage. Please take a few minutes to provide valuable information to the search committee.
Are you interested in working with the Principal Search Committee this spring?
If so, this is your invitation to submit a letter indicating interest to the Hamilton PTSA. The PTSA Board has convened a small committee of Hamilton parents who will read the applications and choose applicants who represent the best cross-section of Hamilton programs, academic tracks, backgrounds and interests. The applicants who are chosen will be invited to join the Principal Search Committee.
Interview dates are TBD, but we anticipate that there will be one or more interview days to take place in the last two weekends in March at the John Stanford Center. Applicants should be available for both days on both weekends, since we don’t yet know what date(s) will be selected. The district will also likely provide training for selection committee members prior to the interviews.
If you are interested in joining the Principal Search Committee, please email your introduction letter email@example.com, or turn it in at the Hamilton Office and ask the office staff to put it in the PTSA mailbox.
Letters of application are due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18. (NEW DATE due to the holiday.)
In your letter, please be sure to address or include:
- Your relevant background and contact information
- Your family association with Hamilton (including grade level, gender, and elementary school)
- Specific interests or programs that you have experience with in the Hamilton community (i.e., any of the academic programs, music, Special Ed, ESL, athletics, PTSA, etc.)
And any other information that you think would make you a valuable asset for the Search Committee.
- Why you are interested in being on the Search Committee
Please limit your letter to one page. We also ask that applicants have had a student at Hamilton within the period of 2013-2015, and that they will also have a student at Hamilton in 2015-2016.
For questions or clarification, please contact HIMS PTSA President Lisa Melenyzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTERESTINGINBECOMINGA2015-2016 PTSA COMMITTEE MEMBER?
We need committee members to review this fiscal year's financial business and to workshop create a budget for the 2015-16 year. The commitment for each of these committees would be approximately 2-4 hours. If you would be interested in working on either of these committees, please contact Barbara Vaughey, our PTSA Treasurer, at email@example.com.
There will also be other openings on the PTSAcommittee that we are in the process of determining. If you would like further information, please contact Erica Jorgensen, VP of Communications, at HamiltonNews15@gmail.com.
As we mentioned last week, the 2015 Legislative Session is underway.
In addition to education funding, the legislature is considering a number of education related bills.
One that the Seattle Council PTSA is tracking closely is the "Breakfast after the Bell" program. The bill would fund grants for high-needs schools allowing them to participate in the Federal Breakfast program.
In the House (HB 1295) and the Senate (SB 5437), the bill has a broad base of support and cleared a critical hurdle this week when it passed the House Education Committee. For more information, visit SchoolBreakfastWA.org.
Make your voice heard! Contact your elected officials to share your opinion on education funding and other priorities that kids need to be successful.
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/
We will keep you posted as bills and budgets progress over the next few months.
If you have any questions, please contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 206-851-4452.
We ♥ Our PTSA Members!
Thanks to all the great support from the Hamilton community, our PTSA has qualified for a Washington State PTA “Sapling Award.” Nice work Hamilton families! This award recognizes local PTAs that enroll at least 75% as many members as there are students in the school. With a total of 776 HIMS PTSA members so far this year, our school is looking good!
If you have any questions about PTSA membership, or if you never received your HIMS PTSA membership card, please contact Elizabeth Carson-Cheng, our Membership Chair, at email@example.com.
HAMILTON 2014 FALL FUND DRIVE UPDATE – TAX RECEIPTS & CORPORATE MATCHING
Thank you for participating in the Hamilton PTSA 2014 Fall Fund Drive! Together with anticipated corporate matches, your donations have raised just over $90,000! This will enable us to meet our PTSA budget for the year, and will help support the programs and community that we all value here at Hamilton.
Every student, and the entire Hamilton community, will benefit from your generous donations. The PTSA is committed to using these funds in the 2014-2015 academic year, and in the event of a surplus, we will work with Principal Watters to ensure that any funds are re-allocated as necessary to achieve that purpose.
All tax receipt letters were sent in December and January. If you did not receive one, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with Deb Sundblad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you work for a company who offers corporate matching, please be sure and submit any necessary paperwork to your company to inform them of your donation and get the process started on the matching funds. We are working diligently to respond to all requests for confirmation as they come our way. Any questions about corporate matching can be directed to Deb Sundblad, VP of Fundraising, at email@example.com, or Barbara Vaughey, Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVENTING ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Please mark your calendars for another important event. On Tuesday, March 3, Lisa Davidson from SPS will join us here at Hamilton for an engaging and informative evening focusing on the role of adults in preventing adolescent substance use. This parent education night is for adults only, but childcare can be provided.
For more information contact Luke Sworts, Neighborcare Therapist: (206) 940-2582.
We have several cases of head lice in our building at this time so parents please check your child’s hair and all household members. If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treatment will be necessary. Let me know if you would like me to check. For more information contact me or visit www.headlice.org.
Anne Fote RN, BSN
HIMSStudent/Family Directory, now with street addresses!
Bust out the postage stamps, because the updated 2013-2014 HIMSFamily Directory now comes with complete street addresses for your mailing pleasure!
For the security of everyone's personal information, the directory is located on the HIMS website, and can only be viewed by users who log onto the website. Find it on the PTSA page
under "Quick Links" (or click HERE
and then log on when prompted, just as you would to see classroom Fusion pages).
Please DO NOT forward this file to others. The directory contains contact information that is intended for personal use only, to facilitate communication between Hamilton families.
Class of 2019 High School Info Session and Tour information
This month our 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools are offering information nights in the coming weeks. Registration for high school classes will follow in April/May. The counseling department will be working with students to make sure they have the information needed prior to registration.
Please visit the HIMS website Counseling Center page for more information and resources.
Garfield High School
Tour for current 8th grade students and parents
TODAY, Thursday, February 12, 9-10:30 a.m.
Open House for 8th Grade Parents and Students
Tuesday, February 17, 7-8 p.m.
TONIGHT, February 12, 7 pm, Ingraham Library
This is an information night just parents of students who are in the Highly Capable Cohort and are interested in the Ingraham Highly Capable/IBx Program.
Questions? Contact the main office at (206) 252-3888. No need to RSVP for tours or open houses.
Concert Orchestra and Senior Orchestra
Feb. 25: NW Cluster Band Festival, (Concert Band), Ballard HS
Feb. 26-Mar 1: Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival (Senior Jazz and Vocal Jazz), weekend trip, University of Idaho
Feb. 27-28: Camp Burton (Concert and Senior Orchestras),Vashon Island
March 5: NEW DATE!!! Winter Jazz Night, (all Jazz Ensembles), 7pm HIMS Commons
Music-a-thon News: Thanks to all donors and volunteers for making the Music-a-thon a huge success! We met our fundraising goal of $20k which allows us to fully fund all music programs for the remainder of this year. Kudos to the students who performed at the evening's talent show and special thanks to student MC's, Don Draper and Colm Scott, whose jokes and banter made for an entertaining evening.
We will be accepting late Music-a-thon packets, with one more drawing on February 23 for a final prize. All completed envelope/forms will be counted toward pizza or dessert parties for highest class participation. Please encourage your young musicians to turn them in!
Jazz Night has been MOVED!
Winter Jazz Night has been moved to Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton Commons. Please update your calendar!
It’s not too late to sign up for HOST after-school classes! Just go to http://tinyurl.com/HIMSHOSTReg-2015
for information on how you can sign your student up for both Winter and Spring HOST classes, including the class that the Seattle Architecture Foundation is holding at HIMS.
For more information, contact Liz Chase at email@example.com
Spring Ultimate Frisbee at HIMS
Registration for Spring Ultimate Frisbee is now available. Important dates to note are:
Friday, Feb. 20: Registration deadline
Week of March 2: Team placement practices
Week of March 9: Practices begin
March 14-May 16: Saturday games
Follow the link below to register and to find more information:
HIMSBasketball Season is in full swing! Come out and cheer on our Hawks.
2015 HIMSBasketball Game Schedule
*Scheduling changes may occur; contact team coaches for most up-to-date schedule
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.
The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to HIMS parents/guardians at the email address that they used to register for the Source. If you have questions, please contact HamiltonPTSA@live.com
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