February 18, 2016

The Hamilton Weekly News
FEBRUARY 18, 2016

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2/17 - 2/19 - Wed. through Fri.

Regular School Days (make-ups)

2/17 - 3/1

Seattle Public Schools Open Enrollment Period

2/24 - Wed.

  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon

  • Ballard High School Morning Tour, 8 - 9:30 AM

2/26 - Fri.

Final Ski Bus!

2/26 & 2/27

‘Screenagers’ PTSA free film screening & discussion, Gym

Friday 2/26 at 6 PM and Saturday 2/27 at 11 AM

3/1 - Tues.

Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 - 8 PM

Hamilton Library


This morning members of the Hamilton community gathered on our front steps joining people across the country who care about the quality of public education. The turnout and organization were great—we owe that to the commitment and energy of PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith as well as Hamilton teachers. In Washington, much of the conversation about ensuring we have great public schools is centered on the state Supreme Court’s ruling that legislators have not funded public schools at the level set forth in the state Constitution.

Part of what makes Hamilton International Middle School what it is – I would, with bias acknowledged, argue it is a great school – is the community. Our students are thoughtful, caring, motivated; our staff is professional and collaborative and constantly seeking ways to reach all students; and our families are involved and supportive.

There are not many opportunities to bring together the three legs without which we would not be the school we are. This morning our students, staff, families, as well as difference-makers from our community gathered at our doors. And while this gathering was looking out beyond our walls and doors, soon after students were in class decoding Shakespeare’s Henry V and working on their kanji.

Thank you for all that you do for this community—for our students and, Go Hawks!

Tipton Blish, Principal


Staff Appreciation Italian Luncheon, Wednesday, Feb. 24

It's that time again to treat our fabulous staff to an amazing lunch!  Please help us create a memorable Italian feast!  Items can be brought to the school by 10 AM next Wednesday, Feb. 24 and left in the staff lounge.  We appreciate your ongoing support!

Sign up here:  http://hamiltonsignup.bringit.bz/public/aa3b65

Seeking New Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair!

From Current Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair, Michelle Fasser:

With three more lunches on the calendar it's now time to start looking for our next Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair.  I have LOVED this job for the last 3 years and am proud to be passing it on.  If you would like to learn more about the commitment, please call Michelle Fasser at (206) 713-4195 or email michelle@fasser.net

Coming to Hamilton: a Must-See for All Teens and Parents, Feb. 26 & 27


Young people spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers and other devices. That doesn’t include the time they use screens for school and homework. ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age’ is a documentary that explores how much screen time is too much and takes a hard, yet entertaining look at how screen time affects the self-image and self-control of teenagers.

Much of the movie was filmed in Seattle!  Trailer here: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/

See GeekWire’s review!  http://www.geekwire.com/2016/screenagers-documentary/

Directed by a physician and mother of two, Dr. Delaney Ruston also delves deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people’s minds and development.

The Hamilton PTSA invites all parents and students to join us for two free showings of this provocative film in the Hamilton Gymnasium:

  • Friday, Feb. 26 @ 6 PM

  • Saturday, Feb. 27 @ 11AM

Concessions will be available, and both showings will be followed by facilitated small-group discussions (participation is optional but encouraged, and parent groups will be separate from student groups).

** Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/hfNV0KPTH4 for updates, and so we can plan or adjust accordingly.

Don’t miss this chance to learn how we can empower our children to best navigate the digital world. ALL ARE WELCOME – INVITE YOUR FRIENDS (and have them RSVP).  Questions? Email HamiltonPTSA@live.com

Hamilton PTSA 2015 Fall Fund Drive – Tax Receipts

The PTSA recently mailed tax receipts for all donations received during the 2015 calendar year.  If there was an email address associated with your gift, we sent your receipt via email.  All other letters were sent via U.S. mail.  If you haven’t received yours, or have any questions, get in touch with Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net

Along with anticipated corporate matches and  recurring monthly donations through the end of the school year, we are currently at $93,000 - very close to our goal of $95,000!  If you didn’t get a chance to donate, our online donation page will remain live through the end of the school year at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gohawks, or you can always drop off a check in the office. Thank you for your support!



Open Enrollment is HERE!  Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Tuesday, March 1.  This is the best opportunity to request a different school or program for your student.  To apply, your student will need to submit a School Choice form.  Information and forms here: http://www.seattleschools.org/admissions/school_choice

Advanced Learning Enrollment

Families should submit a School Choice Form during open enrollment even if they have NOT received eligibility results by this time. For details, please see Advanced Learning Enrollment

High School Enrollment for HCC Families

Currently enrolled eighth-grade Highly Capable Cohort (formerly APP) students are automatically assigned to Garfield for ninth grade and do not need to submit school choice forms.

Enrollment for Accelerated IB Option at Ingraham High School

Highly Capable eighth- or ninth-graders attending Hamilton, Washington, Jane Addams or Garfield may request an assignment to the Accelerated IB option at Ingraham by filling out a High School Choice Form during open enrollment. See the Advanced Learning Enrollment page

Please contact 8th grade counselor Kelli Colleran, kjcolleran@seattleschools.org, with questions.

2016-2017 Pre-Course Selection Forms Due for Current 6th and 7th Graders - NEW

To Parents/Guardians of current Hamilton 6th and 7th graders: On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016-17 Pre-Course Selection Forms were given to current 6th and 7th graders during homeroom. Students were instructed to take home, discuss with their parent/guardian and return a completed form so that we can begin to plan and build a master schedule for the 2016-2017 school year. This is a two (2) sided document, please complete the Survey if you would like to share with us your preference or suggestions.

A parent/guardian signature is required for all students. This does include next year’s 8th graders due to the fact that parent/guardian must agree to P.E. waiver process in order for the student to be enrolled in yearlong World Language, Music and/or Art programs. As always, other than Beginning Music classes, teachers will make recommendations for music placement. Auditions will be arranged by the music department as forms are returned.

It is of the utmost importance that any current 6th grader who was unable to take a world language last year and wants to take one next year turn in paperwork in a timely manner. These WL sections are being designed around specific numbers and will impact the master schedule.

Note that T.A. positions are for 8th graders and only for one (1) semester. Forms are available in Rm 107. Student TAs must be pre-approved by teachers before being scheduled.

Please instruct students to return completed forms to the designated box in the main office no later than TODAY, FEBRUARY 18. If a student/family chooses not to complete this task, classes will be chosen for them according to availability and changes will be limited.

Any questions should be directed to the Counseling Department Rm 107, (206) 252-5828.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Principal Hiring Meetings - UPDATED!

In September 2017, a new middle school will open in the NW Region.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School will serve all students from Greenwood, Olympic View, Northgate, Broadview-Thomson, Daniel Bagley attendance areas as well as middle school students who are enrolled in the HCC program and who live in the Whitman service area.

Meetings to discuss the hiring of the planning principal for this new middle school will be held at four sites. Parents of current 4th and 5th grade students are invited to attend to hear more about the hiring process and the planning that the new principal will lead during 2016-2017 to ensure a successful launch of the new school. These meetings are intended to address the hiring of a new principal and will not address questions regarding enrollment, boundary questions, and so forth. Those issues will be addressed at meeting to be scheduled at a later time.

Parents of 6th grade middle school students who live in the areas served by the elementary schools listed above are invited to attend, as are parents of 6th grade HCC students who live in the Whitman service area.

Meetings are scheduled on the following dates and times:

Thursday, Feb. 18 at Northgate Elementary (7 PM to 8 PM)

Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Greenwood Elementary (7 PM to 8 PM)

Thursday, Feb. 25 at Cascadia Elementary Auditorium (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

All meetings will take place in the lunchroom unless otherwise noted at the school site. Spanish language services will be provided at Northgate and Greenwood. These meetings will be hosted by Jon Halfaker, the Executive Director for Schools in the NW Region.

Learn more about the new school on the Seattle Public Schools' Building Excellence Program website

Biology Students Participate in “Hamilton Takes Charge: Reducing CO2” - NEW

Biology students are hosting a “Hamilton Takes Charge: Reducing CO2” week, Feb. 29 – March 4! They will collaborate with the University of Nebraska and Corvallis Environmental Center to study the impact youth have on promoting the reduction of fossil fuels. Students are creating scientific arguments for reducing carbon emissions to be shared with the community. They will also promote participation in the online carbon tracking program “Communities Take Charge”.  The goal is to get community members to participate and track their carbon use for 30 days.

Students are excited about this opportunity and hope you can help support them. If you have questions or comments, please contact Jen Fox, jbfox@seattleschools.org


Math Zone Volunteers Wanted

Offered during all homeroom periods, students come to Math Zone to receive extra help working on and completing math assignments.  The remediation and re-teaching students receive during Math Zone is an important part of our math program. Help us make sure every student gets the support he or she needs!

Volunteers are needed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (with a half-hour break at 11 AM).  Please pick the specific dates and times that work for you.  To volunteer or to get more information, please contact Assistant Principal Michelle Pickard at mmpickard@seattleschools.org

Volunteers will also need to fill out the required paperwork on the Volunteer Requirements page of the Hamilton Website or to contact Volunteer Coordinator, Trina Torgelson, at kltorgelson@seattleschools.org

Ski Bus Update:  Join Next Year’s Team!

Ski bus has been going great this season.   We have had some really fabulous conditions at Snoqualmie and the kids have been having a blast.  Ski bus coordinator Michelle Fasser (an 8th grade parent who will be moving on to high school next year) is looking for her replacement for next year.  While she has the information fresh in her mind, she would love to hand it all over to a team of parents who would be willing to work together next winter and keep the program going!

Michelle will be hosting an information meeting at her home, on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 PM for anyone interested.  This does not mean that you need to be next year’s ski bus coordinator if you show up!  She will just share the different roles that need to be filled and hopefully everyone at the meeting will find a fit for them.

It’s a very fun experience coordinating this giant field trip to the slopes! Please email Michelle at theskihawks@gmail.com, if you will be attending the informational meeting.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Month

As a resident of Seattle, you can’t help but notice the “pot shops” popping up all over our community. You may have also noticed additional billboards and signage on public transit warning about the dangers of underage use. One that is particularly poignant says something along the lines of: “My kid wouldn’t smoke marijuana, but would they eat it in a brownie?”

As parents and guardians, you are the most powerful influence in a child’s life and conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents can use to connect with and protect their kids.

We highly encourage you to engage in conversation with your students at home and ask them about what they are learning at school related to drugs and alcohol. Share with them your values, hopes and expectations.  Here are some helpful websites to equip you with information to assist in these conversations.

  • Start Talking Now: A project of the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition - This website has great resources for parents, including how to start the conversations with your kids. http://www.starttalkingnow.org/

If your family is in need of additional support, please contact the counseling team to help connect you with additional services.

Hamilton Celebrates Black History Month

Hamilton is celebrating Black History Month! Hamilton's MSU (Multicultural Student Union) kicked off Black History Month by making a domino mosaic of MLK. The final product is on display in the Commons.

The MSU will host UW students for a cultural workshop on Monday, Feb. 22 and also host a movie night that week. We encourage families to take this opportunity to talk with students about the role of diversity and the importance of celebrating different cultures.

High School Tours


Wednesday, Feb. 24 - Morning Tour

8 AM - Meet in the Commons

8 – 8:30 AM - Tour in small groups led by current BHS students

8:30 – 9:30 AM - Program in the Commons: Principal, Activities Coordinator, Counselors


During Feb. we allow our students to host 8th grade visitors that they know. The BHS student must pick up paperwork in the Office and complete it at least a week ahead. Students interested in taking music courses should contact Michael James (Band), mijames@seattleschools.org, Courtney Rowley (Choir), crpelavin@seattleschools.org, or Brittany Newell (Orchestra), bcnewell@seattleschools.org, who may be able to arrange for a visit with their students.


Progress Report and Report Card Dates

Due to the late start to the school year, dates for sending out Progress Reports and Report Cards have been adjusted.  Please check here for a summary of the new dates.

Call for Yearbook Pictures!

Have pictures for the yearbook? Please send to bjanderson1@seattleschools.org

HIMS Spirit Wear is open for business!
Looking for Hamilton T-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more—delivered straight to your home?
Order your spirit wear from Fieldhouse.com at http://fieldhouse.com/Stores/FHShop1.aspx?PON=75030


Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI)

Lionel Hampton Packets are Overdue

The Vocal Jazz group is going to Lionel Hampton on Thursday, Feb. 25. Completed student forms MUST be turned in before the trip! Please submit them to Ms. Babbitt as soon as possible.

Wild Waves Trip Coordinators Needed

Attention Junior Band and Concert Orchestra parents! These groups need field trip coordinators for the splashiest event of the year: the May 21 day trip to perform and play at Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way. If you are interested, please contact Fiona Cohen at fionamccawcohen@gmail.com

The 7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival is Coming

Hamilton's 7th Annual Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held 9–4 PM Saturday, March 12. For more information, see the Solo & Ensemble packets that went home with students. Forms are available at http://fomahi.org

Sign Up to Get FOMAHI and Music Cluster News!

Register your music student today and sign up for your music class letter at http://fomahi.org


Track Registration Open

Packets available to sign up for track are outside Ms. Paris’ room 233. Complete and return it as soon as possible. The first practice will be March 15.

Ultimate Frisbee Registration Open

Register for spring ultimate frisbee by TOMORROW Friday, Feb. 19.  Click on this link for more information and to register: https://sites.google.com/site/hamiltonmsultimatefrisbee


Practice for Varsity Boys AND Girls in the gym this Friday, Feb. 19 from  2:30–4:30 PM.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games, both vs. McClure at 11:30 AM, both at Nathan Hale HS location

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, both vs. McClure at 10 AM, both at Jane Addams MS location

Saturday, Feb. 27 – Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games, both vs. Denny at 1 PM, both at Nathan Hale HS location

Saturday, Feb. 27 – Boys and Girls JV Basketball games, both vs. Denny at 11:30 AM, both at Jane Addams MS location


Winter session runs Jan. 19 - March 24.  More information here: http://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=9271&pageId=96702

Contact Liz Chase at the YMCA with questions, eachase@seattleschools.org, (206) 252-5831


Hoopaholics Basketball Spring Tryouts - NEW

No cost to tryout, registration required at www.hoopaholics.com. Contact dave.hoopaholics@hotmail.com

BOYS:  Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28, Shoreline Community College

Grades 6th & 7th:  10:30 AM - 12 PM

Grades 8th & High School:  12 PM - 1:15 PM

GIRLS:  Tuesday and Thursday, March 1 & 3, Lakeside Middle School

Grades 4th to 6th:  6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Grades 7th to High School:  7:45 PM - 9 PM

Both days recommended, only one required to make a team

SEASON:  Youth and Travel High School - March to July, Local High School - March to May

PRACTICES:  Teams will have 2 practices per week Mondays and Thursdays in the North

LEAGUES AND TOURNAMENTS:  Teams will participate in League and/or Tournaments finalized following tryouts. Games are on weekends.

Preventing Teen Drug Use Forum - NEW

What can parents do as alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs become more available? Come to a free educational forum for all Seattle families. Dr. Leslie R. Walker, Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Seattle Children's will discuss teen health, the impact of drug use, and what parents can do to prevent it. Dr. Walker will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Location: Wright Auditorium, enter through RIVER ENTRANCE, Seattle Children's Hospital - 4800 Sand Point Way NE

Date: Thursday March 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Free Dental Services for Children

The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry is holding a special day with free services for kids 1-18 including exam, x-rays, fluoride, teeth cleaning, sealants, and simple fillings. Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 AM-1 PM in Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., Seattle. Appointments are required, call (206) 543-5800. A few spots for parents also available!  https://thecenterforpediatricdentistry.com/

Youth Voice, Youth Choice Has $700K for Youth-Centered Projects

Feb. 23 is the final event for Seattle’s Dept. of Neighborhoods youth participatory budgeting project, Youth Voice, Youth Choice. Youths ages 11-25 who are passionate about a community project or idea - parks, arts, transportation, homelessness, or other areas are invited to attend and submit a project. They can also help develop projects with city staff to vote on in May. ‪Check Facebook for more information.‬

Explore Engineering Outreach Event and Parent and Educator Program (PEP)

The Pacific NW Professional Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE-PNW) is hosting an exciting opportunity for middle school girls to learn about science and technology careers. The Explore Engineering Outreach Event features two engineering-based activities where girls will learn to think like an engineer in a hands-on environment and interact with local engineers.

While the girls are engaged in the Outreach Event, adults can attend a parallel program, the Parent and Educator Program (PEP). This program will help sustain the girls’ STEM interests and features information on college admissions, a live panel of professional and collegiate in STEM fields, and how to break stereotypes normally associated with the jobs and professionals in STEM fields. Teachers, parents, and anyone who works with girls are welcome.

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Time: 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle

Girls: $7 (includes t-shirt and snack), Parents/Educators: $5 (includes drink and snack)

SIGN UP HERE - Scholarships are available

Ballard Little League Softball & Baseball Registration Open

Registration for the Ballard Little League 2016 seasons for Softball and Baseball is open. Boys and girls who live in Ballard or attend school in Ballard are eligible to play on a Ballard LL team. Enthusiastic volunteers to coach and/or umpire welcomed, no experience necessary. To Register visit BallardLL.net. For any other questions or additional information contact info@BallardLL.net

Queen Anne Quick Styx Girls Youth Lacrosse Spring 2016 Registration Open

Online registration for Girls Lacrosse is open at http://queenannequickstyx.usl.la/.  More information in the Parent link on the website.

North Seattle Baseball Registration Now Open

Register your ballplayer for the upcoming 2016 Spring Baseball Season with North Seattle Baseball for Spring PE credits. Games use Pony rules that include lead-offs, and age-appropriate base path and pitching distances. Sign up at http://www.NorthSeattleBaseball.org


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