January 8, 2015

First Things First ...
** Speaker Jo Langford:"Adolescents in the Digital Age" – Wed., 1/21••
following PTSAGeneral Membership Meeting ... 6:30-9pm


Upcoming Events ...

    • Friday, 1/9 HOSTEnrollment Begins
    • Wednesday, 1/14 2-Hour Early Dismissal
    • Thursday, 1/15Night of the Arts, Commons & Library, 6:30-8:30pm
    • Monday, 1/19 NOSCHOOL–Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • Tuesday, 1/20 Winter HOST classes begins
    • Wednesday, 1/21 PTSA General Membership meeting/Speaker, Library, 6:30-9pm
    • Thursday, 1/22HAWKPride Ceremony, Library, 2:45-3:15pm
    • Thursday, 1/29HIMS Open House, 6:30-8:30pm
    • Friday, 1/30 NOSCHOOL–Day Between Semesters

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

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Guidelines

For the safety of all (and to be good neighbors), please follow these guidelines when picking up and dropping off students on the snug streets surrounding HIMS (here is a map for your reference) ...

• Drive EAST to WEST on N. 41st Street
DO NOT drive on the blocks of Densmore and Woodlawn Avenues that run along the east and west sides of HIMS. These blocks are narrow and are reserved for school buses only
Keep conversations with your students brief during drop off/pick up to keep traffic flowing
DO NOT stop in the middle of the street to drop off/pick up students. It's dangerous and blocks traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Help SDOT Create Safe Routes to School

Hamilton parents and community members who are concerned about traffic patterns and pedestrian safety should 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 know where 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 we will build each of these
improvements over the next few years.

Comments will be accepted through January 9, 2015, so don't delay!


January General Membership Meeting and Speaker Series – "Adolescents in the Digital Age"

– Wednesday,Jan. 21; 6:30-9pm

This year, resolve to learn more about your child's online life and ways to help them make safe social networking choices! The HIMS PTSA will host guest speaker, Jo Langford, at our General Membership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 21. There will be a very brief PTSA meeting beginning at 6:30pm, followed by Jo's presentation, "Adolescents in the Digital Age," at 7pm.

Jo is a therapist with 20 years experience working with adolescents and their families, and the author of Sex Edupedia, written for teen boys and their parents. Jo will address the topic of Adolescent Sexuality in the Digital Age (What you Need to 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 http://www.beheroes.net/home/4569671902

HIMSStudent/Family Directory

If you have discovered erroneous information in the PTSA Family Directory, please be sure to contact Hamilton dad Hal Mullis (halvira@comcast.net) this month. Hal will be collecting comments and will post a revised edition of each of the directories in January.

New Semester Schedule Issues

Once the new semester starts, if your child's schedule needs to be adjusted because of an incorrect placement, or if 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.

Elizabeth Peila

Washington State PTA Focus Day

Save-the-Date: January 19 is 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 19 is 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 Mackatlegchair@SCPTSA.org, for details.Find more information about this year's Focus Day event on theWashington State PTA website

Class of 2019 High School Info Session and Tour information is available

This month our 8th grade students will begin to focus on the transition to high school. SPS high schools offer information nights for parents and students in late January and early February. 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.

Counselors will teach two lessons in the 8th grade classrooms this week and next. The first lesson is called "High School and Beyond." This lesson focuses on preparing students for high school registration and gives students time to preview general high school requirements and post high-school information. The second lesson is a Career Exploration quiz to help students start to connect their interests with future education and job possibilities. Please visit the HIMS website Counseling Center page for more information and resources.

Seattle Public High School Information Nights start this month. Information is now posted on the individual high school websites and is also linked here.

New Arrivals in the Library

Here are some new arrivals and recommendations from Ms. Mac, Hamilton’s Librarian:

1) "Aviary Wonders, Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual" by Kate Samworth
Reading level 6.9

2) "Better off Friends" by Elizabeth Eulberg
Young adult

3) "The Book Thief" (DVD) directed by Brian Percival
Young Adult

Music (FOMAHI)News

Senior Jazz Band and combos will be playing this Sunday, January 11 at 6pm at the Royal Room in Columbia City, 5000 Rainier Ave S. Come for dinner and a drink and hear them swing! The Hamilton band 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.

Junior Jazz Winter Term:
Winter Term began this week. If you haven't already done so, please send in payment with your student ($65). If your student is returning, 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

Upcoming Music Events:
January 9: Treble and Mixed Choir will participate in the Middle School Choir Festival at Eckstein MS. We wish them the best of luck!
January 13: FOMAHI board meeting, 7pm, HIMS Library
January 15: Night of the Arts!, 6-8pm (all families invited to attend), HIMS Commons
January 29: Senior Jazz attends the Clark College Jazz Festival
January 30: Vocal Jazz attends the Bellevue College Festival

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


Registration for Winter and Spring HOST Afterschool Activities and Classes opens Friday, January 9. All registrations are done online, so sign up soon, as some classes fill up quickly!

HOST class offerings will be distributed the week of January 5 (prior to registration).

The Winter session of HOST begins Tuesday, January 20 and ends Thursday, April 2, 2015. The Spring session of HOST begins Monday, April 6 and ends Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Questions? Please feel free to contact the YMCA office: eachase@seattleschools.org or (206) 252-5831.


HIMSBasketball Season starts soon! 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 clsmith2@seattleschools.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.

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Principal's Letter



Dear HIMS Families,

Whenever I talk about Hamilton one of the things I am most proud of is our strong tradition of supporting, celebrating and inviting students to explore the Arts. Every student who attends Hamilton will, at one point or another, take an art class. Whether it’s music, drama, visual arts, international arts or pottery – one way or another, our students will have the opportunity to learn about and explore the arts.

The Seattle Foundation (one of the largest philanthropic organizations in our region) developed a framework that identifies seven elements of healthy communities to help guide their work as well as the resources provided by donors. The framework focuses what most of us would name when thinking of a healthy community – basic needs, the environment, education, the economy, neighborhoods, health and wellness – but what I love is that it situates arts and culture with the same emphasis as all the others. I believe strongly that a vibrant arts culture is an indicator of a strong democracy.

Next Thursday, January 15, I invite you to join me at the Hamilton Night of the Arts. All of our arts teachers have come together to showcase the amazing work that is happening in our classrooms. There will be performances, art walks, and opportunities for you to engage in art and time to celebrate all of the artists here at Hamilton.

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters



Chess Club *NEW*
The John Stanford chess club is hosting weekly chess classes with Coach Leo Stefurak on Mondays, starting Feb. 2, for 12 weeks. Class runs from 3:50-5:20. This class is open to 6th-8th graders (up to 10 total) from HIMS as well. Meet Coach Leo and participate in a "simul" demonstration at Family Chess Night at John Stanford International School on January 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the cafeteria. Excellent for kids who are excited about chess and want to learn more about tactics and strategy. The cost will depend on the number enrolled, but will be in the range of $275-$375/student. To determine if this class is appropriate for your child, or if you have questions about registration, please contact Chess Club coordinator Emily Menon Bender (ebender@stanfordalumni.org). Registration will be available Jan 11-23.

Ballard Youth Basketball
Winter Train & League: *NEW*

6 Sundays from January 11 to February 15
at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club
Beginner-Intermediate 4th through 7th Boys: 2-3:30 pm
Intermediate-Advanced 5th through 8th Boys: 3:30-5 pm
SPOTS ARE FILLING FAST, REGISTER NOW: www.ballardyouthbasketball.com

The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club *NEW*
The Seattle Vikings Rugby Club runs youth rugby programs for boys and girls ages 8-19 years. The spring season runs from the end of January-April and we practice and play in nearby Magnuson Park. Rugby is a fast-paced game for boys and girls that focuses on fitness, teamwork and respect for all that participate. No experience necessary. Interested kids and parents should visit us atwww.seattlevikings.com or e-mail us at registration@seattlevikings.com to receive your registration packet. The in-person Registration day is January 24, 11-1 pm, Magnuson Park, Brig. Bldg., View Ridge Room.

World Languages Night *NEW*
You’re invited to the World Languages Night at Garfield High School on Thursday, January 15 from 6-8 pm. The first half of the evening will take place in the Commons, where you will be able to talk to students about their work from all four of the World Languages taught at Garfield (French, Japanese, Latin and Spanish); the second half will take place in the classrooms on the 3rd floor, where there will be refreshments, student projects and entertainment. All are welcome!

Shadowing Available at Ingraham
Shadow Visits for potential incoming Rams continue untilFebruary 26. 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)
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, visitisemn.org/FamilyImmersionor 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!http://seattle-washington.1on1basketball.com/

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 athttps://www.facebook.com/NorthSeattleBaseballAssociation
Email questions tocontactnsba@gmail.comor sign up today at:www.NorthSeattleBaseball.org

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 atwww.northcentrallittleleague.org. You can also visit our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Central-Little-League/239745387760. It's going to be a great year!

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