March 26, 2015

First Things First!


Upcoming Events ...
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    • 3/26 Middle School Band Festival, Whitman MS, all day
    • 3/26 Orchestra Spring Concert, 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium
    • 3/27 Parent coffee (after drop-off)
    • 3/28 JV Soccer, 8 a.m., Memorial Stadium
    • 3/28 Varsity Soccer, 11 a.m., Memorial Stadium
    • 3/28 Volleyball, 9:30 a.m., Jane Addams
    • 4/4 Track, 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
    • 4/4 JV Soccer, 2 p.m., Ingraham
    • 4/4 Varsity Soccer, 12:30 p.m., Rainier Beach
    • 4/4 Volleyball, 12:30 p.m., Washington
    • 4/6 Spring HOST session begins (details below)
    • 4/9 "High School and Beyond" night, 7-9:45 p.m., Whitman MS
    • 4/13-4/17 Spring Break: No school
    • 4/24 8th grade spring dance
    • 4/30 School Start Time community meeting, 7 p.m., HIMS
    • 4/30 Parent coffee

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


PTSANEWS! And important newsletter information

Dear Hamilton Friends and Families,

We want to thank you for your patience in staying with us through some technical difficulties with Fusion -- it has recently come to light that Fusion may have changed the newsletter settings for a number of people several months ago, which had the effect of removing users from the PTSA mailing list without our knowledge.

Our webmaster and Board member Lisa Smith has been working hard to resolve the problem, and we have instructions for modifying your settings at the end of this note. (Due to permissions issues, the district can't fix this problem for the individuals who are affected.) We're glad to have you back!

March was a busy month with a fantastic Pi Night – it was great to see so many in attendance! PTSA was also pleased to co-host the Parent Drug Education Night with our Hamilton Counseling Department (many thanks to Luke Sworts). Additionally, on Wednesday of last week our many volunteers put on a fabulous St. Patrick's Day Feast for the Hamilton staff, with the soups, breads and salads. The staff is always extremely impressed and effusively appreciative of your efforts! Our last luncheon event of the year is set for May 5 — Cinco de Mayo — so stay tuned for further updates in April.

The PTSA has a few more exciting events coming up in April and May, including the 8th grade Spring Dance (April 24), an evening forum for Hamilton families—and local elementary school families — to give feedback to the District on school start times (April 30), and a 7th grade fun evening event (May 8)... as well as the Ice Cream Social for new incoming Hamilton students on June 2. More information will be forthcoming soon from the organizers for these events.

I hope you'll consider joining me for the Friday morning coffee, tomorrow, 3/27, to let me know what else you'd like to see the PTSA do at Hamilton. We'll be in the Hawk's Nest at school drop-off, where we'll be looking at some furniture brochures provided by HIMS and considering the need for improvements in the Nest.

Lisa Melenyzer
HIMS PTSA President

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Want to get more involved with the PTSA next year and help set our agenda? Several positions are available on next year’s PTSA Board and we are seeking parents who can bring fresh energy and the benefit of their unique experiences.

A number of this year’s Board members will return to their positions next year, which will give the Board much-needed stability and institutional memory, but a healthy board is one with a wide variety of perspectives. If you're interested in learning more, please contact for more information. Note: any of the positions can be shared by 2 individuals.

Secretary – Responsible for maintaining the non-financial records of the organization, and takes minutes at the monthly PTSA Board meeting and at the 3 annual general membership meetings. The Secretary is a member of the board’s executive committee and helps to provide leadership and direction to the organization.

Vice-President of Events – Should enjoy getting to know the Hamilton International families and putting together people who want to help with events at Hamilton International. S/he will work with chairs for our various events and provide oversight for that aspect of PTSA business. S/he may also choose to seek out speakers for our General Membership meetings.

Legislative Liaison – Keeps the board and Hamilton International parents updated re: public school topics and initiatives at the state and local level.

6th Grade Liaison – Should be the parent of a 6th grader at Hamilton International. Can serve as a point of contact between the PTSA Board and 6th Grade families. Plans & organizes a social event for 6th Grade families.

7th Grade Liaison – should be the parent of a 7th grader at Hamilton International. Can serve as a point of contact between the PTSA Board and 7th Grade families. Plans & organizes a social event for 7th Grade families.

And finally, PTSA President – the President is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the organization. The President should enjoy keeping track of the "big picture," be a good organizer, be comfortable leading low-key meetings, and be good at delegating. Again, this position can be shared by two people. For more information please contact Lisa at


Attention 8th graders (a.k.a. soon-to-be high schoolers):

There is a great opportunity to explore different careers and get a head start on high school credits through Seattle’s Skills Center Summer Program. There are two sessions and students can earn up to one full high school credit towards graduation. There will be different programs all across the city, but there will also be some great ones closer to home in the north end of the city.

Examples are Computer Applications; Culinary Arts; Engineering; Maritime Sciences at Ballard HS; Into to Medical Careers at the Lincoln Building; Multimedia Broadcasting at Nathan Hale HS; Computer Applications and Culinary Arts at Roosevelt HS; and AIE Digital Cyber Camp at Seattle Center Armory.
If you are interested, see Mr. Yeda in the Counseling Office. Classes are filled on a “first come-first served” basis, so get you application turned in as soon a possible. The deadline for applications is 5/29/15.

From the counselors: "High School and Beyond" night, 4/9

Hamilton, along with other middle schools and K-8 schools in the NW region, is sponsoring a High School and Beyond night at Whitman Middle School Thursday, April 9, from 7–9:45 p.m. The Program starts at 7 pm.
From 6:30 – 7 p.m., there will high school activity clubs presenting in the cafeteria and a pizza dinner will be available for purchase.

There will be two breakout sessions: One will be with high school counselors, and the other will be with student panels from Ballard, Roosevelt, and Ingraham high schools to answer frequently asked questions about high school.

Enrichment Scholarship Program

A note from HIMS's counselors:The Assistance League provides scholarships through their Enrichment Scholarship Program (ESP). Applications must be postmarked by 4/6. See the link below for more information and application information for summer activity scholarships:

Special Education Dept.: Literacy Book Drive April 1-30

The special education department is working on a collaborative effort across our special education programs. We're joining our efforts with a local organization called the Literacy Council. Their mission is to provide training, lessons, and literacy materials to people in our community who are English Language Learners.

The Literacy Council will hold a book sale in May, and we at Hamilton want to join their efforts.

A kickoff will be held in homerooms on March 30, and students can donate books from April 1-30. The classrooms will compete to see which classroom donates the most books.

Music (FOMAHI)News

Upcoming Events:

TODAY, 3/26: Middle School Band Festival, Symphonic Band, Whitman Middle School, all day

3/26: Orchestra Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Lincoln Auditorium

4/8: NW Cluster of Choirs (Treble & Mixed Choirs), Ballard HS


FOMAHI (the HIMS music booster organization) is seeking new people to come join us in the 2015-16 school year! We will have several roles opening up in the fall semester, and would love to have you join us. Whether it’s baking cookies for a one-time event or joining the board, we need your help! For more information, please contact Jacqui Kramer:


The winter HOST session ends on April 2, and spring HOST kicks off on April 6! Winter and spring registration has been open since January, but if you have not had a chance to register for spring HOST classes, please follow the link below and register your student.

HOST Registration link:

Please note, winter HOST classes do not roll over into spring and you will need to register your student for spring classes.

Please email or contact the YMCA office if you have any questions:

Liz Chase



Games for March & April:

3/28 vs. Blaine, 8 a.m., Memorial Stadium
4/4 vs. Salmon Bay, 2 pm., Ingraham Stadium
4/25 vs. Jane Addams, 11 a.m., Memorial Stadium

3/28 vs. Jane Addams, 9:30 a.m., Nathan Hale
4/4 vs. Madison, 12:30 p.m, Rainier Beach
4/11 no K-8 games
4/25 vs. Mercer, 9:30 a.m., Rainier Beach

4/4, 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale
4/25 12-3 p.m., Nathan Hale

3/28, vs. Jane Addams, 9:30 a.m., Jane Addams
4/4 vs. Madison, 12:30 p.m., Washington
4/11 vs. Washington, 12:30 p.m., Washington
4/25 vs. Mercer, 9:30 a.m., Washington

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, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.


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Principal's Letter



This week's letter is brought to you by Assistant Principal Tipton Blish.

Dear Hamilton International Families,

Next month, Hamilton students will be taking the new state assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics. You’ve probably heard something about this new set of tests which promise to assess how well students are meeting the new Common Core learning standards that Washington and 40 other states have adopted.

In classrooms across Hamilton, teachers have been spending a little time familiarizing students with the software platform on which they will take the tests.
We don’t recommend other test preparation, primarily because our faculty has embedded the Common Core standards in their curriculum. That’s another way of saying that students have been preparing for the test all year. The writing that students have been doing in science, language arts, and social studies is helping students learn to make well-reasoned and supported arguments. The reading assignments are similarly asking students to demonstrate their analytical skills grounded in the materials they’ve read. In math classes, there are a number of skills that students are learning and practicing, and they’re also learning additional key skills—how to reason abstractly; identify the right tools for a problem; make sense of problems; and persevere in solving them.

There are ways that you can support your students, mostly through supporting their daily learning in all their classes. I would also invite you to explore the practice tests to get an idea of both what the tests will look like and the software interface. They can be found at

The testing will begin for 8th graders the week of April 27—the week after we are back from spring break. Seventh graders will test the week after, followed by 6th graders. We’ve tried to minimize the effect the test will have on class time, but it is inevitable that the test will disrupt the typical flow of the school week. We have designed the testing time to minimize the stress on our students; nevertheless, it is a time when students may feel more anxious, and we are prepared for that as well. Let a counselor or teacher know if appropriate.

For now, as you have time, explore the Smarter Balanced website. And Seattle Public Schools has much information about the test with resources and links here:


Tipton Blish
Assistant Principal



NEW! Ballard Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday, April 4, 5:00-9:00 pm, BHS Commons

Enjoy live entertainment and a delicious spaghetti dinner (vegetarian options available) to benefit Ballard High's performing arts program.

Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Under 5 years, free. Tickets can be purchased online now at or at the door.

Positive Parenting Class
Free 6-week Positive Parenting During the Teen Years class on Wednesday evenings, April 22-May 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Wallingford. More information:

SBACand Standardized Testing Information

Want more information about the SBAC (the Smarter Balanced Assessment) standardized test? The Seattle Council PTSA has compiled resources including a sample practice test, links to community blogs, district resources, and Seattle Education Association-recommended information here:

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:

We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News Section

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