May 28, 2015

The Hamilton Weekly News



Upcoming Events ...
    • 5/28 Choir end of year concert, 7 p.m., HIMSCommons
    • 6/2 FOMAHIBoard Meeting
    • 6/2 Highly Capable Students parents' meeting (see below)
    • 6/2 Ice cream social for incoming students, 6:30 p.m.
    • 6/4 Orchestra end-of-year concert
    • 6/6 Music in the Parks Festival, Wild Waves, Federal Way
    • 6/8 Final PTSABoard Meeting of the year, 6:30 p.m.
    • 6/10 Final PTSAGeneral Membership meeting, 7 p.m.
    • 6/12 8th grade promotion, 12:45 p.m. (see below)
    • 6/15 8th grade cruise, 7th grade field day, 6th grade Family Fun Center trip
    • 6/16 Last day of school! 1-hour early dismissal (1:20 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


6th &7th grade parent volunteers needed for 8th grade promotion!

We are looking for some parents of 6th and 7th graders to help with the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony on Friday, June 12th. The ceremony begins at 12:45 in the HIMS gym and is followed by a short cupcake & lemonade reception at 1:45 on the patio/basketball court (Commons if it rains). It has been a long-standing tradition at Hamilton to have parents of 6th and 7th graders help out with promotion so that 8th grade parents can attend the ceremony. Thank you so much for your help!

To sign up:

Annie Hayward & Mary Orth

Help Mr. Pounder celebrate his retirement

As you may have heard, Mr. Pounder is retiring from teaching. After supporting Seattle students for several decades, this will be his last spring in the teacher's desk.

Please help get out the word to others and pass this email on to those who might be interested.

To celebrate this chapter of his life, we are collecting pictures/notes/cards for a scrapbook. Please send to:
or mail to: Cindylynn Fenbert, 7539 14th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
or Anita Marton, 2654 39th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98199

We have also set up a PayPal* account for donations, which we hope he will use toward a "dream vacation" after recovering from knee surgery.

If you would like to contribute to this retirement fund, please cut and paste the secure link below (it's a long one) to transfer money from your PayPal account, or send a check to one of the addresses above. You can add a personal note when donating on PayPal or include with your check.

If you would like to be included in this effort, please take action by June 3rd, these gifts (scrapbook and money) will be given to Mr. Pounder prior to June 15.

Questions? Please email: or

*PayPal fees: 2.9% + .30/transaction

Thanks in advance for your consideration and action!
Cindylynn Fenbert & Anita Marton

Attention incoming Garfield freshmen

For students who will be attending Garfield High School next year: You’re invited to attend Garfield High School Summer Academy (formerly Summer Bridge). The program runs July 6 – July 31, from 9:00 – 3:30 at Garfield.

There will be a Humanities and STEM blocks during the day as well as an advisory period. Students will be taught by Garfield High School staff, and the University of Washington teacher prep program will have about 60 students helping out in the classrooms as well. Students who attend will earn a 0.5 elective credit toward their graduation requirements. The Summer Academy is open to ALL 8th grade students who will be attending Garfield for 9th grade. Registration information can be found here.


Chaperones are needed for ALLend-of-year field trips scheduled for Monday, June 15!

8th Grade Cruise: All 8th grade students are invited to the traditional end-of-middle school Argosy Cruise and dance. Permission slips have been distributed already. Please return ASAP.

7th Grade field day: 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 Hamilton at about 9:30 a.m. and return by 2:20 p.m. Permission slips will be distributed the first week in June.

6th Grade Family Fun Center trip: All 6th graders will have the opportunity to spend a day at the Family Fun Center in Tukwila. It’sa fun filled day of arcade games, water boats, cotton candy and laughter.Students will leave Hamilton at about 9:30 a.m. and returnby 2:20 p.m. Permission slips will be distributed the first week in June.

Please contact Trina Torgelson, with questions. Return all forms to the Hamilton front office, attention: Trina.

Here’s the link to the SPS District Volunteering web site for more information:

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 -

June 2: Annual Ice Cream Social for incoming 6th graders!

This coming Tuesday - June 2nd - we'll host our annual Ice Cream Social for all incoming HIMS 6th graders and their families.

This is a great opportunity for those of us who have older Hamilton students and incoming 6th graders to present a welcoming face for our younger kids' friends!

New students will have a chance to meet other new students and some of the new WEB leaders and of course to enjoy ice cream sundaes.

Help is needed for:
-- Setting up 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
-- Scooping ice cream 6 - 7 p.m.
-- SERVING ice cream, multiple half hour shifts available 6:30 - 8 p.m.
--- Finish service and clean up, 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.

If you're able to help, please email Helen Whitlock at, or sign up online at

June 2: Seattle Public Schools Community Meeting

John Stanford Center Auditorium
2445 Third Ave South, 6:30 p.m.

Does your neighborhood school need repairs or more space for kids? Find out if your school's building needs are under consideration for funding from the February 2016 Operations Levy and Buildings,Technology, Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy. More information here:

HIMS PTSAFinal Board Meeting, 2014-2015 school year: Mon., June 8, 6:30 p.m.

These meetings take place in the Staff Break room at Hamilton, around the corner from the Band Room. All PTSA members are welcome to attend! At the last meeting we will review the Proposed Budget for 2014-15, discuss any remaining business for the year, and continue to set up planning for 2015-16.

Final PTSA General Membership Meeting: Wed. June 10, 7 p.m.

Join us for a Q & A with Incoming Principal Tip Blish. We'll have our final elections for the year and review and vote upon the PTSA Budget for 2015-16.

Incoming Principal Tip Blish and Principal Cindy Watters will also attend and be available to discuss planning for next year. Any comments or feedback for the Budget Committee should be directed to Treasurer Barbara Vaughey, Lisa Melenyzer at, or Secretary Tami Herlocker at

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 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,
7 p.m., HIMS Library

June 2: Ice Cream Social for incoming 6th graders
(Senior Jazz combos) HIMS Commons

June 4: Orchestra End of Year Concert, 7 p.m.,
Lincoln Auditorium

June 5: Swing Dance, 7 p.m.,
HIMS Commons, all jazz ensembles

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

June 12: 8th Grade Promotion (Sr. Jazz),

Calling all bakers!
We are in need of nut-free baked goods for the upcoming HIMS Choir End of Year Concert, TONIGHT, May 28 at 7:00 pm. This bake sale is an important fundraiser for our young and talented musicians! Please consider donating a tasty treat to support their cause. Contact Gretchen Broderson ( if you can help.

Highly Capable Services Meeting:
June 2

The final meeting of the 2014-15 year will be Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Garfield High School Library, 400 23rd Ave.

Ballard High's PTSAseeks volunteers

Several openings exist for Ballard High's PTSA. All interested parents and guardians are encouraged to partner by co-chairing!

If you're interested in volunteering for one of the positions, please email Lori at

Attention 8th Graders! Interested in being a part of Roosevelt High School Football?

Come to the All-Comers Spring Kickoff meeting and BBQ after school at Roosevelt on Friday, May 29. Students of all ability and experience who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend this one day introduction to the program. Meet the coaches, future teammates and learn about the program. Afterwards, enjoy BBQ with team and family. Practices start Monday, June 1st after school. All paperwork needs to be completed and fees paid before a player can practice.

Registration forms and the pre-season calendar can be found at or in the main office. Any questions, please contact Tia Cantrell at Start building your high school experience by being a part of Roosevelt High school Football!


5/30, vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. at Franklin

5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 12:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach

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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Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton International Families,

All of a sudden—it seems—we find ourselves at the end of the school year. At school it’s a time when we are all taking stock of what we’ve accomplished this year, going back to the goals we set in the fall and assessing how well we’ve measured up. That means we are celebrating our students’ accomplishments; we celebrate the great collaborative work teachers took on with focus this year; and we celebrate some much longer-term work as we honor distinguished teaching careers that are nearing completion.

If Bob Budnick, Karen Kernell, Gary Pounder, and Dan Rowe share anything in common it is that their work has always focused on the individual student.

Bob never does not have the time to stop and check in with someone in one of his PE classes or a former student. He always takes the time, even when he doesn’t seem to have it, to stop in the lunch room to check in on a student. He’ll stop what he is doing and have a real conversation. His work has been to teach students about their physical health, to teach them to be healthy, and to understand the many ways one can be fit and how important that is. But Bob also cares for students’ emotional well-being.

Karen is a fierce advocate for her students. And “fierce” is the wrong word for Karen. She is a gentle and supportive teacher who grows with her students. She knows their families; she knows her students’ foibles and what makes them happy…and what makes them want to learn. A family meeting with Karen always involves checking in on student’s family and home.

What can one say about the impact Gary Pounder has had on generations of students? There is not the space here to answer that. However, “generations” is not a loosely used term. Gary has taught the children of his former students. That has its own remarkableness, but it’s not just that Gary has taught for a long time. He knows who a current student’s parent was sometimes before he knows the student’s name. It’s worth repeating: Gary has been so connected to his students, he can remember a student from 35+ years ago; he’ll come up with the parent’s name, and probably some mischief that happened in his class—and he can pick out their children.

Dan Rowe’s Hamilton teaching career was celebrated and honored in appropriately grand fashion last Thursday at the year-end band concert. If you we there, you have a sense of how powerful the effect of his work with students has been at Hamilton. Along with their families dozens of former students came to play music, celebrate his career, and thank him for the impact he made on them as musicians and as young people. It was a moving tribute to someone whose care for students has always been clear to anyone who has been his student, whose child has been a student, and to those of us who work with him.

It’s a great privilege to work with Dan, Gary, Karen, and Bob. They teach us just as they have been teaching Hamilton students. We’re lucky to be around them for these last few weeks.

We all know that Cindy Watters, too, is nearing the end of her time at Hamilton. More on that next week.

Go Hawks!
Tip Blish ~ Incoming Principal


NEW!Family immersion travel
An opportunity to Spain or Costa Rica! Each summer, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) organizes language immersion travel to Spain and Costa Rica for elementary students of Spanish and their parents. The programs emphasize practical application of Spanish in an authentic cultural setting, allowing parents to see their students' language skills in action. This is a great opportunity for graduating students to take the next steps in their Spanish journey! ISE is planning now for summer 2016 travel, and would like to include HIMS students. For more information, visit or contact Anca van der Linden at or 612-436-8264.

Roosevelt Football
Attention 8th Graders! Interested in being a part of Roosevelt High School Football! Come to the All-Comers Spring Kickoff meeting and BBQ after school at Roosevelt on Friday, May 29th. Students of all ability and experience who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend this one day introduction to the program. Meet the coaches, future teammates and learn about the program.

Afterwards, enjoy BBQ with team and family. Practices start Monday, June 1st after school. All paperwork needs to be completed and fees paid before a player can practice. Registration forms and the pre-season calendar can be found at or in the main office. Any questions, please contact Tia Cantrell at

Free Microsoft Pro Plus accounts for students!

As part of Seattle Schools' enterprise agreement with Microsoft, eligible students are offered free access to Microsoft Pro Plus on up to 5 personal devices. Find out more information here.

Roosevelt soccer camps
Attend Roosevelt High School Soccer Camp and sharpen your skills! The RHS Boys Soccer program is hosting a soccer camp June 23-25 from 10 to 2 for ages 7-11. Cost is $58. For more information, contact

Ballard Branch Library
The library has three upcoming teen programs: Gaming each first Friday, June 5, 3-5 p.m.

On Sunday, June 7, we have Teen Space presents: Photo Scavenger Hunt and Teen Space presents: School is Almost out Party. These programs are free with no reservations required, for grades 6-12 grades.

NEW!Roosevelt High School Girls' Basketball Camp

Do you have game?Basketball coaches Jasen Thomas, Sara Wilcox, and Terrance King and the returning Roughrider players invite girls entering 4th through 9th grade to join them at basketball camp this summer. Hoop camp runs Monday, June 22, through Thursday, June 25 from 9-3 each day. For more information, see or email the camp coordinator at!

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