May 7, 2015

First Things First!


Upcoming Events ...

    • 5/7             7th grade SBAC, Math/Language Arts   
    • 5/8             7th grade SBAC, Math/LA
    • 5/8             Bellevue High School Jazz Festival (Sr. and Jr. Jazz, Chamber Orchestra)
    • 5/11-15     6th graders, Math & Language Arts testing
    • 5/12           8th graders, science MSP testing
    • 5/12           FOMAHI Board meeting, Library
    • 5/14           Science Expo
    • 5/15           7th grade field trip to UW
    • 5/18           PTSA Board Meeting, 6-7 p.m.
    • 5/19           NO SCHOOL (teacher strike)
    • 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
    • 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



The regular 2015 Legislative Session ended on April 26, without agreement on a final budget. Therefore, legislators returned to Olympia on April 29th to start a 30-day Special Session called by Governor Inslee.

Republicans and Democrats must find compromise on the 2015-17 operating budget, which will include McCleary education funding. Lawmakers are also discussing plans to reform local property-tax levies used for education, another requirement of the McCleary decision.

The Seattle Times has an article on the budget differences for the House (majority Democrats), and the Senate (majority Republicans).

As no real progress has been made to date, there is still time to let your elected officials know what matters to you in education funding.

The Washington State Legislative Hotline will allow you to get messages to your representatives, senator, and the Governor’s office: 1.800.562.6000
Check out the Washington State Legislature’s website to learn more.
Contact Tara Lee, PTA Legislative Liaison, 206-851-4452 (cell)

Driving safety reminder

There's been some spectacularly inattentive driving seen in the blocks surrounding Hamilton during drop-off recently.

Some incidents seen just in the past few weeks include: a driver failing to stop for multiple students waiting at a crosswalk; cars at traffic circles not yielding to the car that had the right of way; and cars traveling at unsafe speeds on the streets surrounding school.

Please, for the safety of our school community, please drive slowly and safely. And thank you to the drivers who DO pay attention. Your conscientiousness is appreciated.

Erica Jorgensen
Newsletter editor

Music (FOMAHI) News

Upcoming Events:

May 8: Bellevue High School Jazz Festival (Sr. and Jr. Jazz, Chamber Orchestra)

May 12: FOMAHI Board Meeting, 7 p.m. HIMS Library

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

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

May 23: Folklife Festival, 10am-1pm, 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 21st 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. See below for more info...

Hello Music Parents,
What an amazing year of music we’ve had to date! It has been a pleasure to watch every student grow enraptured with the beauty and joy of music. Not a day goes by that I think how lucky my son is to attend a school that not only allows the arts, it embraces it. Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI) plays a major role in every aspect of the music program, from funding core elements to finding volunteers to help wrangle the students during concerts and trips. And it all starts with the FOMAHI Board.

One of the great pleasures of my life this past year has been serving as Co-President of the FOMAHI board. I joined because I believe in the music program, and wanted to do whatever small thing I could to help it thrive. What I didn’t expect was how it would bring me closer to my child. When I leave once a month to go to the board meetings, he beams with pride. He cannot wait to hear what’s going on the next morning in every aspect of the program. And when he introduces me to his friends, he proudly proclaims, “She’s works for FOMAHI!”

While that may not impress his friends – most just say, “What’s that?” – it makes me beam with pride. Not because I “work for FOMAHI…” but because I did something good for our children. Bonus: I have met some wonderful people who I look forward to keeping touch with for years to come, including my fabulous co-president, Mimi Chiu, treasurer/superwoman Jenny Peters, our intrepid  communications chair, Angele Hunskor, who kept you in the loop all year, and volunteer coordinator extraordinaire Shannon Romer, all of whom will be leaving our school after this year. Thank you for a fantastic year and your help, ladies.

Those are some big shoes to fill, but we must find someone to step into them. So I’m appealing to all of you today to do something for our children. Consider taking a role on the board or a committee for the 2015-16 school year. No role is too small. Master baker? Help us with bake sales at our concerts. Know everyone in school? We could use your help with volunteers. Bursting with ideas about how raise money? Have we got a role for you. And yes, we do need co-presidents. You will have the support and assistance of current board members who are returning, plus some who won’t be officially on the board, but available for questions and guidance.

Together, we can ensure that music stays alive in our school for years to come. It’s a wonderful journey – I hope you’ll join us as we embark on it again next year. Thank you.
For more information, contact Jacqui Kramer (

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 Spring HOST classes.

For more information, contact Liz Chase at

PTSA General Membership Meeting and "Meet the Principal" Social, 5/20

Please join us for the next Hamilton PTSA General Membership Meeting and Principal Social on May 20 at 7 p.m. in the Commons.  We will have a short meeting to elect officers for the 2015-16 PTSA Board, and we will vote on a motion to make a one-time allocation of funds to replace some of the furniture items in the Hawk's Nest.  We'll then adjourn to for some delicious treats and social time so you can chat with Principal Cindy Watters about her Singapore move and meet incoming Principal Tip Blish and learn a little more about his thoughts on Hamilton's future. This will be a relaxed and social gathering. 

Please contact or for more information about officer elections or about making nominations from the floor.


5/9, vs. South Shore, 8 a.m., Garfield
5/16, vs. Denny, 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium
5/30, vs. Washington, 1:30 p.m. at Franklin

5/9, vs. Denny, 11:00 a.m. at Ingraham Stadium
5/16, vs. Eckstein, 11 a.m., Ingraham Stadium
5/30, vs. Aki Kurose, 12:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach

5/9, 12-3 p.m., qualifying meet (preliminaries), Nathan Hale
5/16 12-3:30 p.m., finals/Metro Festival, SWAC

5/9, vs. Denny, 11 a.m. at Jane Addams
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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