The Hamilton Weekly News
November 10, 2016
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
Two-hour early dismissal (1:15)
No HOST after-school classes
PTSA board meeting (6–8 pm in the HIMS library)
Hamilton Ski Bus information meeting (6–9 pm in the HIMS Commons)
11/24–25 (Thanksgiving holiday)
12/19–1/2 (Winter Break)
FALL FUND DRIVE: 15% Participation
The 2016 Fall Fund Drive now has 161 generous gifts from HIMS families (15%). Our goal is 50% participation – please join the giving today.
This is the only PTSA fundraising event of the year, and it gives 1,204 HIMS students all the important extras: teacher classroom supplies, sports uniforms, student clubs, social events, library books, costumes and props for new drama programs, teacher professional development, student scholarships, tech support for school computers, and much more.
The PTSA’s budgeted goal for 2015–2016 is $100,000. Give a gift of $15–$25 per month towards your student’s public school and enrich every student’s experience at Hamilton. Click here to learn more!
Donations by check can be mailed or delivered to the Hamilton office:
1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103.
Or donate online (one-time donation or monthly installments)!
Assistant Principal’s Letter
Dear Hamilton International Families,
One of the amazing things about working in a middle school is that you have the opportunity to see students working on their social skills and navigating a world with more freedoms and responsibilities than they have had in the past. Nowhere is navigating the social scene more present than at a middle school dance. Hamilton had a very successful dance last Friday. Students had a great time, many teachers were present to chaperone (and dance a little), and our DJ and former student, D-Double-J kept the music flowing.
First quarter is coming to end on Nov. 10. This is a great time to talk with your students about their academics and the grades they received. It is also a good time to reflect with your student on how the first quarter went and see how they are feeling overall about school, classes, and their accomplishments. As we move on to second quarter, work with your student to see what kind of supports or encouragement they need. Also, take the time to set some goals for second quarter. These may be academic goals, participation goals, or social goals. This will allow you the opportunity to have some focused conversations as the year progresses.
We have been impressed with how well students have settled into their routines and academics this fall. Your students seem happy and excited to be at Hamilton.
Hamilton and SPS News
NEW★ Hamilton Ski Bus Information Meeting
Wed. Nov. 16 at 7–9 pm in the HIMS Commons
Ski season is right around the corner, so please consider signing up for the 2016–2017 Ski Bus. Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips starting Jan. 13. Sign up at SkiMohan.com before the end of November, and join us for the information meeting on Nov. 16. This will be your best chance to get information and ask questions.
If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW★ Head Lice at Hamilton
At this time we have several cases of head lice in our building. Parents, please check your child’s hair and all household members. If lice or nits (eggs) are found, treatment will be necessary. Let me know if you would like me to check. For more information contact me or www.headlice.org.
Anne Fote RN
NEW★ Capacity Projections Update
The five-year projections for Hamilton and other schools were updated on Oct. 19 with calculations. We have asked Jon Halfaker, the Executive Director of Schools for the Northwest Region, Associate Superintendent Flip Herndon, and Director Rick Burke for information to better understand the situation. We understand from Mr. Herndon that Robert Eagle Staff will reduce the enrollment at Hamilton by roughly 25% and that our enrollment depends less on the boundary meetings and more on the volume of kids qualifying for the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) and the International pathway. We are still trying to determine what that means for Hamilton’s expected enrollment in fall 2017. Questions about the boundary plan and amendments can be directed to Director Rick Burke at email@example.com.
Note that the October update provided to the Capacity Management Task Force presumes existing 2016 boundaries. As a result, it projects 1,031 for Hamilton (versus capacity of 985) while Whitman is projecting at 485 (versus capacity of 1,138).
Modifications to the Highly Capably Cohort pathways as a result of school boundary changes will be included in the updates to the Student Assignment Plan and voted on by the School Board on Dec. 7. Our understanding is that the HCC pathway will remain Cascadia to Hamilton, Jane Addams, or Eagle Staff; and then to Garfield.
Lastly, planning is underway by Seattle Public Schools in case the state legislature does not extend the state law allowing levies to fund schools. The legislature promised to address this “levy cliff” in the upcoming legislative session. Please contact your local State senate or house representative with any questions.
NEW★ Robert Eagle Staff Community Planning Meetings
Let’s dream ambitiously to build our new school together! The following community meetings are scheduled to give you a chance to meet principal Marni Campbell, share your ideas, and become part of the design process. Interpreters provided. Click here for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 22, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at the Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N)
Nov. 29 2016, 6–7:30 pm at Loyal Heights Elementary @ Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)
Dec. 3 2016, 11–12:30 am (Location TBD)
Dec. 8, 2016, 6–7:30 pm at Loyal Heights Elementary @ Marshall (520 NE Ravenna Blvd.)
Jan. 5 2017, 6–7:30 pm at Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N)
SPS Architectural Design Meetings
Architects base school designs on a predefined set of guidelines that set space requirements for elementary, middle, and high schools to create the best schools possible. With the new design process, each school has more flexibility in adapting the design to fit the needs of its learning community.
SPS will present three community meetings on “Educational Specifications Design Standards” for high schools. District staff will share information and ask for input. Details below.
Meetings will take place:
Thurs., Nov. 10, 7–8:30 pm. In the Ingraham High School Library (1819 N 135th St.). Interpreters present: Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.
Tues., Nov. 15, 7–8:30 pm. In the Lincoln High School auditorium (4400 Interlake Ave. N). Interpreters present: Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.
Private School Referral Procedure
Families applying to private schools, please click here for information on how to ensure that Hamilton can accommodate your applications. When setting up your Ravenna Solutions account, you must name Elizabeth Peila as delegate for the Common Record Request Form 2016–2017 and for the School Administrator Form 2016–2017 (if required). You must also print and sign these forms and return them to Ms. Peila. If you have already set up your account, please sign back in and make these corrections so that your child’s records can be submitted to the private schools of your choice by the Dec. 1 deadline.
Click here for more information on handling forms within the Ravenna Solutions system.
Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule
The 2016–17 meeting schedule for the Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee is listed below. All meetings are on Tuesdays and run from 6:30 until 8 pm.
Dec. 6, Fairmount Park Elementary Library
Jan. 3, Jane Addams Middle School Library
Feb. 7, Washington Middle School Library
March 7, Cascadia (Lincoln) Library
April 4, Garfield High School Library
May 2, Hamilton International Middle School Library
June 6, Madison Middle School Library
Parent Representative Open Positions
There are currently several vacant positions on the committee. Parents seeking to fill these positions must be the parent of a highly capable student who attends the school you wish to represent. The requirements of the parent reps are to attend the monthly meetings of the committee (listed above). Click here to read more. If you are interested in filling the open position for HIMS, please complete the nomination form and return it to the committee chair Jeanne Thompson.
Click here to view the nomination form.
Volunteers Needed for 7th Grade Vision and Hearing Screening
School nurse, Anne Fote, needs volunteers Nov. 28 and 29. No experience necessary. You can pick your hours of availability. Please complete the Seattle Schools volunteer application at: http://www.seattleschools.org/families_communities/volunteer.
We need several more volunteers, or we’ll need to reschedule. Please sign up before our Thanksgiving break. Click here to sign up.
For more information, contact Anne Fote at: email@example.com or 206-252-5817.
PE Waiver Forms
Students participating in in two, year-long electives must submit a PE waiver form no later than Dec. 1. Waiver documents will be accepted in the office starting Oct. 10. Forms are due no later than Dec. 1. Click here for more information about PE waivers and the PE waiver form: http://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_9187/File/Hamilton Middle/Forms 2016 2017/PEWAIVER LETTER PARENTFORM2016_2017 EMP.pdf.
Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!
Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from Fieldhouse.com: http://fieldhouse.com/Stores/FHShop1.aspx?PON=75030.
Music & Art
Thurs., Nov. 17 (7–9 pm): Jazz Night in the HIMS Commons
Fri., Nov. 18: Chamber Orchestra performs in the joint GHS/JAMS/WMS/HIMS Concert at Garfield High School
Thurs., Dec. 1 (7–9 pm): Winter Choir Concert in the HIMS Commons
Thurs., Dec. 8 (7–9 pm): Orchestra Winter Concert in the Lincoln Auditorium
FOMAHI Board Opportunity!
Hamilton Music Parents: Interested in being a treasurer in training? Our current board treasurer, Eileen Carroll, is looking for a music parent to succeed her as treasurer next fall. It would be great to have her successor learn the position this year for an easier transition. If you’re interested, please email Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christian at email@example.com.
Concert Attire Drive
Has your student outgrown last year's concert attire? Please donate to the concert attire collection drive. Send in black pants, shirts, and shoes so other students may use them. Students can drop items in bins in front of the band room by Nov. 23. (Please see our concert attire requirements here: https://fomahi.membershiptoolkit.com/ConcertAttire). Thank you!
Senior Jazz Band Edmonds Jazz Symposium Results
The Sr. Jazz Band participated in the Edmonds Jazz Symposium on Oct. 29. The band played very well, and we enjoyed a critique by Garfield Jazz Band director, Clarence Acox.
HOST After-School Programs
HOST Fall and Winter Dates Reminder
We are halfway through our fall HOST programs! Students have been doing a great job! As a reminder, HOST classes run until Dec. 8. There is no HOST on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23.
HOST winter registration begins on Fri., Jan. 13 at 6:30 pm. Winter class offerings will be available on Wed., Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm.
If you have any new ideas for HOST classes please reach out to the YMCA no later than Dec. 2.
Liz Abbott (Chase)
Hamilton Lego Robotics Club Needs a Volunteer
We are currently in need of a volunteer to help run our Hamilton Lego Robotics Club.
We have students from the Roosevelt Robotics that would like to come to Hamilton to teach and mentor a group of our Hamilton students. We need someone who will supervise, learn about the Lego Robotics program, and help coordinate with the YMCA regarding logistics of the Lego Robotics competition in December. The volunteers from Roosevelt will be running point and will come prepped and ready to teach!
Hamilton Club members will be doing the FLL league program, which comes with a curriculum, supplies, and challenges for a team of ten students. (More information on the FLL league is available at: http://firstwa.org/Programs-Events/FIRST-LEGO-League.)
This class will be held Thursdays from 3:30–5 pm. Anyone wishing to volunteer will need to fill out a YMCA volunteer form.
Our goal is to start ASAP!
Liz Abbott (Chase)
Girls Soccer Schedule
Nov. 12, 12:30 pm at Nathan Hale (vs. Denny)
Nov. 19, 11 am at Roosevelt (vs. McClure)
Nov. 5, 12 pm at Garfield (vs. Salmon Bay)
Nov. 12, 12 pm at Garfield (vs. Blaine)
Ultimate Frisbee Practice Schedule
Practices for ultimate frisbee are at the Greenlake field, on the eastern corner of the lake. Practice schedule is as follows:
8th grade A Team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30
8th grade B team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30
7th grade Yellow team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30
7th grade Blue team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30
6th grade Yellow team practices Tues. and Thurs. from 4:00–5:30
6th grade Blue team practices Mon. and Wed. from 4:00–5:30
For more information, go to www.hawksultimate.com.
NEW★ Green Day Seattle
Sat., Nov. 12, times and locations vary
Join other volunteers to plant thousands of plants in parks around Seattle! Click here for locations and to sign up.
NEW★ Minority Medical Career Fair
Sat., Nov. 12, 8 am–4 pm at the Washington State Convention Center, Hall 4F (705 Pike St.)
For students interested in medical careers:
Meet diversity affairs, admissions, PhD, and MD-PhD program directors and
administrators from US medical schools along with other health professions
Hear panel discussions about the pathways to become a physician or a
Learn about Aspiring Docs, Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP),
Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), and other AAMC services.
Participate in hands-on medical and health activities.
Join in roundtable discussions with current medical school students.
Learn more and sign up at: www.aamc.org/medicalcareerfairseattle.
Planning for the Transition into Adulthood for Students with Disabilities
Wed., Nov. 16, 6–8 pm at the Original Van Asselt Building (7201 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle 98108)
Speaker: Debora Maclean, WISE
K–12 Visions and Outcomes: Solving the Education Problems Money Can’t Fix
Wed., Nov. 30, 5:30 at Town Hall (1119 Eighth Ave.)
Only 77% of our students graduate. Only 39% of graduates are ready for college or a career. Fully funded basic education is just the beginning. We need to fix the outcomes for all students.
Join The Seattle Times for a forum with education experts, advocates, and policy makers about how to fix Washington’s K-12 public education system. The discussion will be facilitated by Seattle Times Editorial Page Editor Kate Riley and former Executive Editor Michael Fancher.
Click here to RSVP.
For more information, please visit livewire.seattletimes.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
If your child is slated to go to Robert Eagle Staff Middle School next year, please consider joining the Friends of Eagle Staff Middle School Facebook group. The organizers would like to start a PTA this year so members can start passive fundraising and have a running start in the Fall. The music, sports, drama, library, special ed programs, etc will all need support.
As SPS wrestles with the capacity issues, the Eagle Staff MS boundary is in flux, too. The following elementary schools and programs were to feed into Robert Eagle Staff Middle School:
Broadview-Thomson K-8 (as a comprehensive middle school option)
Licton Springs K-8 to be co-housed in the Eagle Staff MS building
HCC Middle School Students from the Whitman and Robert Eagle Staff draw areas (currently geo-split with HCC students now attending Hamilton Middle School)
Depending on how the boundaries shake out, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School could pick up students from other elementary schools as well.
Please join and spread the word!
Seattle JazzED Now Enrolling
Placement Days are Sat., Nov. 19 or Sun., Nov. 20
The award-winning Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles are now enrolling kids in grades 6–12, at every skill level. Weekend rehearsals run January through May 2017. Work with professional musicians and educators like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Deb Schaaf, and many more. All ensembles perform. Top ensembles travel to New York in the spring! Scholarships are easy to get and payment plans are available to every family. Register for Placement Day (Nov. 19 or Nov. 20) and get more information at seattlejazzed.org/big-band-ensembles or call 206-324-5299.
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1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814
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