May 14, 2015



Upcoming Events ...

    • 5/14           Science Expo, 5:30 p.m., HIMS
    • 5/15           7th grade field trip to UW
    • 5/19           NO SCHOOL (Seattle Education Association walkout)
    • 5/20           PTSA Board Meeting, 6-7 p.m. CORRECTED DATE
    • 5/20           PTSA General Meeting and "Meet the Principal" social, 7 p.m.
    • 5/21           Band End of Year Concert, 6:30 p.m. NEW START TIME, Lincoln Auditorium
    • 5/27           Drama performances (details below!)

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


NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, 5/19

The Seattle Education Association (SEA) has announced a walkout for Tuesday, May 19. SEA is protesting several issues, notably the lack of funding for smaller class sizes and the 1.8% pay raise for educators (it's the first in 6 years, while legislators just gave themselves an 11% raise). 

All school activities other than evening student performances and athletic competitions are canceled that day.
For more information, see the Seattle Education Association website. If you need to find child care or activities that day, you can also see a list of city-wide information at West Seattle Blog

For more information on the walkout and rally, visit the Seattle Education Association site.


Thanks to the generous donations of Hamilton families, and to the corporations that generously provided matching funds, PTSA income exceeded our budgeted expectation by a significant margin this year—about $15,000. At our meeting on March 20 in the Hamilton Commons, a motion will be made before the General Membership to use those funds to replace and refurbish the Hawk's Nest furniture, which is in serious need of attention after years of use by thousands of adolescent bodies! 

Please come join us for that meeting and the discussion, and to see some photos of the furniture options that the school administrators are considering. Other topics for the night include our PTSA Board elections. We’ll be accepting motions from the floor for any individual who would like to work on the Board next year, and we will vote on the positions for which we have candidates.

We'll also have our school principals with us—current and future—with us, and we'll celebrate all our good work and the close of the year for our Hamilton community. We'll have refreshments and a bit of a social period in the Library immediately following our 7 p.m. meeting. Please join us!

For more information about the meeting or about the Board or elections, please contact Secretary Tami Herlocker at or President Lisa Melenyzer at

8th Grade Promotion & End-of-Year Activities for All Grades

8th Grade Promotion:
Promotion: All 8th grade students and families are invited to join us for 8th Grade Promotion on Friday, June 12 in the Hamilton International Middle School gymnasium. Families are requested to be seated no later than 12:45 p.m. for the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony, the PTSA will host a reception complete with refreshments. Please remember that we have limited seating capacity in the gym, and please be mindful of our neighbors when parking that afternoon. 8th graders will receive further instruction about the day in the coming weeks.

8th Grade Cruise
All 8th grade students are invited to join us for the traditional 8th grade field trip, an Argosy Cruise and dance on Monday, June 15. Permission slips have been distributed through Homerooms and are due back as soon as possible. The cost of the field trip is $45 per student and we have full and partial scholarships available for any student who might need one. Our goal is that all students who wish to go on the cruise are able to do so. Please contact our 8th grade counselor, Neil Yeda ( if you are aware of any student who might have a need.

7th Grade
All 7th grade students will have the opportunity to spend the day participating in sports and activities at Lower Woodland Field. Students will walk with teachers to the park and lunch will be provided. Students will leave the building about 9:30 a.m. and return to Hamilton by 2:20 p.m. The cost is $7 for each student. More information and permission slips will be distributed the first week in June.

6th Grade
We are excited to celebrate the last Monday of the school year (June 15). The Family Fun Center in Tukwila is a fun filled day of arcade games, water boats, cotton candy, and laughter. Hamilton 6th graders will leave the building around 9:30 a.m. to travel to Kent, and will return to Hamilton by 2:20 p.m. The cost is $15 for each student and they can bring a lunch or purchase one there. Permission slips will be distributed the first week in June

Last day of school
Tuesday, June 16 will be a regular school day for all students. School will dismiss one hour early (at 1:20 p.m.), and we will have a regular schedule with shortened class periods. We understand that some families may have already made plans or commitments for that day. If you know in advance that your student will not be at school, please contact our attendance office so we can ensure that we are appropriately documented your student’s absence.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your grade level administrator if you have any questions or concerns about these end-of-the-year activities.
•    6th Grade: Tip Blish –
•    7th Grade: Christy Smith –
•    8th Grade: Tim Snyder -

A Big THANK YOU to Pudge Bros. Pizza!

Thank you, thank you to Pudge Bros. Pizza! They always go above and beyond to provide quick service for HIMS events, and also generously provide the school with discounts. Pudge Bros. also supports a number of other Seattle schools and local organizations. We sincerely appreciate their help--and think their pizza is quite delicious, too!

Congratulations to the Hamilton A Ultimate Team!

We take great pleasure in announcing that Hamilton A has won the Spirit Award for Spring 2015! Not only has Hamilton A become a powerhouse in Seattle Middle School Ultimate (tied for 1st in win/loss record, playing in the final 4 bracket this Saturday), but they've become a very competitive team while staying true to the Spirit of the Game. This is the second time that this team, coached by David N. and Glenn A., has won the DiscNW Spirit Award. We're really proud of these players and their coaches. When a team wins almost every game and their opponents look at them after the game and say, "Your team is fun. Let's do that again," well, that's a great accomplishment. Well done A Team! And nice work, David and Glenn!

Congratulations to Chess Champ, Adam R.!

Last weekend, Hamilton 6th grader Adam R. traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the USCF 2015 National Elementary Chess (K-6) Championship. Competing in the tournament’s most difficult section, he managed to win four out of seven games. Adam was also awarded trophy for the highest score within his rating group. Congratulations, Adam!

Hannah M. Wins Award of Excellence in national PTA "Reflections" Contest

Hamilton 8th grader Hannah M. won an “Award of Excellence” for her animated short film 5 Green and Endangered Frogs in the national PTA Reflections contest, middle school-film division.  Hers, along with other winning works of art from around the country, will be shown in an exhibit at the Department of Education in Washington D.C. in January, 2016.   Reflections encourages students to create art works inspired by a theme. This year’s theme was “The world will be a better place if…”.   Works compete first within their school, with the opportunity to advance to city, state and national levels. This is the second time that a work by a HIMS student has advanced to the national level in recent years.

Special Education PTSA Meeting 5/18

The last Special Education PTSA meeting of the year is scheduled for Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at the John Stanford Center. The Special Ed PTSA welcomes parents from all schools in the Seattle region and was created to assist families of students with disabilities as they navigate the educational system and to partner with parents and educators as advocates for improvements in special education service delivery. The meeting will take place in room 2700 of the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Avenue South in Seattle.

Ingraham High Welcome Wagon Ice Cream Social

Ingraham High School will be having their Welcome Wagon Ice Cream Social on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. for all incoming freshmen. Bring the family, meet some teachers, buy some spirit gear–and have some FUN! Hope to see you there! Questions? Mary Smith 252-3888

Music (FOMAHI) News

Upcoming Events:

May 18: Combined Elementary Outreach Concert with Lincoln Elementary (Cadet Orchestra), 7 p.m., Lincoln Auditorium

May 21: NEW TIME: 6:30 p.m., Band End of the Year Concert, Lincoln Auditorium

May 23: Folklife Festival, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Seattle Center (Sr. Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Chamber Orchestra along with JAMS Chamber Orchestra)

May 28: Choir End of the Year Concert, 7 p.m., HIMS Commons

May 29-31: Music in the Parks: Silverwood (Sr. and Chamber Orchestras, Symphonic Band), Coeur d'Alene, ID

June 2: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7pm, HIMS Library

June 4: Orchestra End of Year Concert, 7pm, Lincoln Auditorium

June 5: Swing Dance, 7pm, HIMS Commons, all jazz ensembles

June 6: Music In the Parks Festival, (Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Jr. Jazz), Wild Waves, Federal Way

Please Note: The Band End of Year Concert on May 21 has a NEW START time of 6:30 p.m.

ALSO: FOMAHI open positions for next year include: Co-Presidents (2 positions available), Fundraising Chair and Volunteer Coordination Chair. For more information, contact Jacqui Kramer at

International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group Meeting, 5/19

The next meeting for the International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group is Tuesday May 19th at 6:30 pm at the John Stanford Center for Education Excellence (2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134) We will meet in the lobby of the building before heading to a reserved room. If you are running late, please email Jennifer Monahan deMella at

The International School/Language Immersion Advocacy Group is a group of concerned parents and principals of the International schools in the District. By working together, we have a stronger voice and support system for each others’ International Schools and the SPS Immersion Director. As our schools have common interests and face common challenges, our best efforts would be to join forces and work with the district to focus on the unique issues we will each face as our children develop through elementary into middle and high school.  Please email Jennifer if you are interested in joining the Google group.


HIMS Drama classes are performing! Come to see HIMS Drama students perform on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in the HIMS commons, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Two classes are performing: The Advanced Drama class is performing the classic Mesopotamian legend, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and the Improv Drama class will perform original comedy skits. Don’t miss the fun!

Highly Capable Services Meeting

The final meeting of the 2014-15 year will be:

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Garfield High School Library
400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

7th grade field trip to UW 5/15: Chaperones needed!

The 7th graders are heading to UW to attend a history lecture and tour the Computer Science and Engineering building. This field trip will happen on Friday, May 15th. We will leave school at 9:30 and return around 1:30.

We need chaperones in order to make this trip possible, if you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Claire Elam (contact information below).  You must have all volunteer paperwork completed (See the "volunteer" section of the HIMS website).
Claire Elam
Social Studies Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
Classroom: #314 | 206-252-5841  |


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 more information, contact Liz Chase at



5/16, vs. Denny, 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium
5/30, vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. at Franklin

5/16, vs. Eckstein, 11 a.m., Ingraham Stadium
5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 12:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach


5/16 12-3:30 p.m., finals/Metro Festival, SWAC


5/16, vs. Eckstein, 2 p.m. at Jane Addams
5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 2 p.m., at 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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