March 12, 2015

First Things First!


Upcoming Events ...

    • Thurs. 3/12 TONIGHT!Choir Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
    • Friday, 3/13 WWU Festival (Chamber Orchestra), all day, Bellingham
    • Sat., 3/14 Basketball playoffs!
    • Tues. 3/17 Co-ed track: first practice!
    • Wed., 3/18 Staff appreciation luncheon | Sign up form below!
    • Fri., 3/20 School dance, gym, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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


! Town Halls this weekend!

The 2015 Legislative Session is progressing, and legislators are still sorting out how to fully fund basic education, as required by the McCleary decision.

As we enter the middle of the official legislative session, the House and Senate are meeting until late in the evening all this week and through “cut-off” in the middle of this week. That means it is the last time to consider bills in their “house of origin”-- for example, if a bill was introduced in the House, this is the deadline for them to be heard in the House. This is traditionally a very busy time and one where bills either move on to the other chamber or die.

After cut-off, most legislators will be heading home for the weekend to host town halls. When they return, hearings will resume on bills heard in the house opposite their origin. In addition, the House is expected to release their budget near the end of the month and the Capital Funding and McCleary discussions will be front and center.

Here is a link to the Town Halls taking place this weekend:

Town Halls are a great opportunity to meet with your elected officials and share your opinions on education funding and other issues that are important to families and kids.

Check out the Washington State Legislature’s website to learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison at or 206-851-4452 (cell).


Hamilton’s 2015 Drug & Alcohol Prevention Month kicked off on March 3 with a well-attended parent education night featuring Lisa Davidson (, Prevention and Intervention Manager for SPS.

Ms. Davidson shared important information about students’ reported perceptions, rates of use, and strategies for setting boundaries & communicating with kids. She also highlighted the video at

Here's an overview of the upcoming month:

  • Weekly scavenger hunts exploring electronic sites around prevention & drugs facts.
  • Grade-specific lessons being taught in homeroom.
  • Sixth graders will learn about the personal, health, and social consequences of using marijuana and alcohol.
  • Seventh graders will explore misperceptions about substance use & addiction, and identify reasons not to use.
  • Eighth graders will explore external & internal pressures to use and practice refusal skills.

Parents are the most important factor in whether students engage in substance use. We encourage you to have conversations with your child about their experiences this month. Below are links to related news articles you may find informative:

Please feel free to contact a member of the counseling team if you have concerns or want support in addressing any of these topics with your child.


Music (FOMAHI)News

Upcoming Events:

Mar. 12: Choir Spring Concert, 7 p.m. HIMS Commons

Mar. 13: WWU Festival (Chamber Orchestra), all day, Bellingham

Mar. 14: Solo and Ensemble, all day, HIMS

Mar. 19: Band Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Lincoln Auditorium, (all Bands plus Senior Jazz)

Mar. 20: Hot Java Cool Jazz (Senior Jazz Combo groups), Paramount


Junior Jazz Winter Term is coming to a close and it's time to think about the Spring Term (March 26 through June 11).

Current Junior Jazz Members:
Junior Jazz Winter Term: The last day for Junior Jazz Winter Term is 3/24.

Junior Jazz Spring Term: If you're already in Junior Jazz Band and want to participate in the Spring Term, payment ($65) are due by March 26. Please make checks out to FOMAHI and either deliver them to the FOMAHI Box in the main office or send them to our FOMAHI Treasurer Jenny Peters at: FOMAHI 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 & Winter Term, they can still register for the Spring Term. Junior Jazz meets Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Please note the class is available to students with one year experience playing their instrument, and auditions may be required. Please contact Ann Wright, Junior Jazz Coordinator, at for registration and consent forms or questions.

N: March 18!

Please help treat our hardworking teachers and staff to a delicious lunch on Wednesday, March 18. Volunteers are still needed to bring soup and salad, and for cleanup.

Sign up here:


It’s not too late to sign up for HOST after-school classes! Just go to 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


Co-ed Track
begins Tuesday, March 17, which is the first practice, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday at the Lower Woodland Park Track at Green Lake.

Pick up a track packet, and sign up outside Ms. Paris’s room #306. Complete and return your packet as soon as possible!

HIMSBasketball Season is wrapping up!
Come out and cheer on our Hawks!

2015 HIMSBasketball Game Schedule
*Scheduling changes may occur; contact team coaches for most up-to-date schedule


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Principal's Letter



This week's letter is brought to you by Vice Principal Tim Snyder.

Dear Hamilton International Families,

Although it feels like spring we still have a number of days before we can truly claim it's spring in Seattle. Students have been working hard in their classes and the sunny days have been a great reward for them.

Over the last two weeks, I have been in a number of classrooms seeing this hard work in action. In a math class students were working to find growth rate as a percent. All students came in prepared with their homework and were ready to review it at the start of class, and all students had an opportunity to show each other what they know and can do. As the group progressed through the lesson, students were shown multiple times when they had accomplished the learning goal. This was a great inspiration for students, prompting one student to say, “This is scary how much I am learning!”

In an International Arts class, the purpose was for students to move to the rhythm of music. Students walked in to the Nutcracker playing on the screen. A discussion of Tchaikovsky and his work composing music for the Russian government gave students an opportunity to connect the composer to the Soviet emphasis on the arts. Students then played a rhythm game, passing beanbags to each other to the beat of the music, changing directions as the music changed. At first students were hesitant and found the game to be a challenge. By the end of the game, all students in the class were keeping time and passing three beanbags to each other flawlessly, taking their cues from the music.

In a science class, students were just beginning to put together their circuit boards and insulating their tin foil wires. The scientific language was common in student conversations and responses to prompts from the instructor. Students worked with their table groups helping each other with questions for their boards or advising on the best way to insulate the foil.

The thoughtfulness and rigor that we are seeing from teachers and students is remarkable. The winter months are a long period of time for schools to maintain their focus, and I see no sign of it slowing. This is a great community of learners.

Go Hawks!

Tim Snyder
Assistant Principal



Hamlet at Seattle Community Theater!

Check out Seattle Public Theater's youth performance of Hamlet--this weekend only!
Prince Hamlet’s father is dead under mysterious circumstances. Who can Hamlet trust in a court filled with secrets and spies? With a ghost, a play-within-a-play, a sword-fight, a murder, a suicide, true love and epic loss.
Ensemble features actors grades 5 - 8, including some HIMS students!

Friday, March 13 @ 7 pm
Saturday, March 14 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, March 15 @ 2 pm
All performances are FREE! Tickets are available by walk-up, starting an hour before the beginning of each performance. Donations are encouraged to support Seattle Public Theater’s Youth Program.

Seattle Public Theater
7312 W. Green Lake Drive N.

Basketball Clinics
Player Development Program (PDP) for ages 6-15
Our premier fundamental skills training program
Locations: Ravenna CC
Begins Wed. April 1 and Thurs., April 2.

Summer Camps open for registration too! Check it all out at:

Seattle Expanding Your Horizons (SEYH) 2015 Conference
The SEYHconferences offer girls in 6th -8th grades a day of career exploration in math, science and technology. The SEYH2015 conference will take place on Sat., March 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Seattle University. The cost of the workshop is $15 per girl. Scholarships are available (see registration form). Registration deadline is Feb. 20, or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first!
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, visit contact Anca van der Linden atanca@isemn.orgor612-436-8264.

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