NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, 5/19
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.
HAWKS' NEST FURNITURE REPLACEMENT, GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING & BOARD ELECTIONS
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or President Lisa Melenyzer at email@example.com.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are aware of any student who might have a need.
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
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
• 6th Grade: Tip Blish – email@example.com
• 7th Grade: Christy Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
• 8th Grade: Tim Snyder - email@example.com
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!
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.
Hannah M. Wins Award of Excellence in national PTA "Reflections" Contest
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
Social Studies Teacher, Hamilton International Middle School
Classroom: #314 | 206-252-5841 | email@example.com
HOST AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.
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