November 20, 2014

First Things First ...

**One hour early dismissal -- Wed., Nov. 26**


**No School -- Nov. 27,28**
Thanksgiving Holiday

Upcoming Events ...

  • Thursday, 11/20 Fall Jazz Concert, 7-9pm, Hamilton Commons
  • Friday, 11/21La Chispa Movie Event, 2:40-4:40
  • Wednesday, 11/26One hour early dismissal
  • 11/27-11/28 No school - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Monday, 12/1 PE Waivers Due
  • Tuesday, 12/2Choir Winter Concert, 7-9pm, Hamilton Commons
  • Thursday, 12/4 Orchestra Winter Concert, 7-9pm, Lincoln Auditorium

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
Family Trip Planning

With two major public school holidays coming up now is a good time to remind Hamilton families about the policy for notifying and excusing absences of extra days around those holidays.


Seattle Public Schools wants to ensure that absences like this are planned ahead and excused. The feeling is that this will prevent students from falling behind academically due to taking a family trip during the regular school year. There are two forms that are to be used in order to make Pre-Planned absences excused. They are the Pre-Planned Absence form and the Educational Trip Plan form. Links to these forms are provided on the Hamilton Middle School website forms page.

The Pre-Planned Absence form is a simple notification of the dates your student will be missing school and the reason for the absence. On the Educational Trip Plan form your student needs to check with each of his or her teachers to find out what assignments will be given while he or she is gone (left hand column) and find out when they need to be turned in (right hand column). You can decide as a family what “educational activity” you want to incorporate into the trip and have that description written in the top left box. It could be as simple as writing an essay about or keeping a log of his or her experiences during the trip, or describing an historical site or cultural event you attend. The possibilities are endless, and I’m sure you will find one that will be both beneficial and enjoyable for your student to complete. The teacher who signs off on the bottom of the form should be the one who will oversee the completed “educational activity” report.


These forms must be completed and turned in to the Attendance officebeforeyour vacation begins.


Please call Lynn Hartung with any questions at 252-5814.

Report Cards

Reports cards and MSP test results went out in the mail last Friday. You should have them soon if not already.

La Chispa Latino Movie Night

Calling all La Chipsa members! Stick around after schoolthis Fridayto view a showing of "Mad Hot Ballroom" in Room 219 from 2:40-4:40. "Mad Hot Ballroom" is a documentary about students living in New York City, who participate in a dance competition. Enjoy this exciting movie, while munching on cultural snacks brought by members. Students wishing to attend should fill out and return the permission slip sent home this week, or can download one HERE. For more information, please contact Lilia-Elena Goldsmith, Brandon Severance or Kayla Graham at(206) 252-5843.

Reflections Pieces Now on Display in Virtual Gallery

Please visit the2014-15 Reflections Art Contest pageto view our online virtual gallery of student art, photography, music composition, animated film and literature pieces created by HIMS students for this year’s Reflections contest.


Many of these works were created by students in art or international arts classes, while others were developed by students in their spare time. Over 100 students made drawings in their art classes and not all of those could be entered in the contest. Outside Mr. Serpe’s room you will find many more wonderful works inspired by the Reflections theme, as well as printed replications of those that are currently being judged in the contest.


Submissions are now being judged by working artists in the field. We’ll report back afterDecember 1with an announcement of whichHamilton works will advance to compete at the city-wide level,with an opportunity to advance to state and national competitions.


For more information on Reflections, check out

If you have questions about this year’s Reflections contest, please


The PTSA Directory will be available soon! Two searchable versions of the Directory will be available next week in PDF form on the password-protected Hamilton PTSA Fusion Page. Our thanks to Hal Mullis for putting those directories together and to our excellent Membership Chair, Elizabeth Carson Cheng, and her able assistantsMeg McSorley and Linda Bevis for all the data entry work!
The PTSA MiniGrants application period is now open... Hamilton teachers and staff are invited to submit requests for funding for small projects, trips, or equipment needs. A committee of volunteers will meet in December to review those applications, and working with Principal Watters, will endeavor to fund (or find alternate funding for) as many requests as possible. We look forward to seeing some more of those Annual Fund dollars put to work!

From the HIMS Counselors

In November we are continuing with Second Step lessons in Thursday homerooms teaching the skills of Empathy and Communication. In 6th grade their emphasis is Friends and Allies; Considering Perspectives.7th grade their emphasis is Disagreeing Respectfully; Negotiating a Compromising. 8th grade the emphasis is Handling a Grievance; Negotiating and Compromising.

November can be a stressful time for students because of 1st quarter report cards and also families may be feeling stress due to the upcoming Holiday season. has some great articles on stress, something that families and students can read and discuss together.

What is in this article:

  • What is Stress?
  • What causes Stress?
  • Are you too busy?
  • Finding a balance.


Remember, being able to ask for help is a great life skill we all need. It is not only for getting help with academics but social/emotional concerns and life circumstances as well.


Fall Jazz Night
at7pmin the HIMS Commons.
​Please bring any NUT FREE
bake sale
​ donations to the bake sale table before the concert​
​Any questions,
contact Kate
Senior Jazzwill travel to the Mill Creek Jazz Symposium onSaturday, November 22nd.

FOMAHI is looking for an individual or two to chair our annualMusic-a-thon. This one-day fundraiser is heldin February andis a favorite among students. Please contact Shannon Romer at:sbromer@gmail.comfor more information.

Concert attire clothing exchange
is taking place in the Hamilton lobby near the lost and found.Bring in your outgrown concert shoes, shirts, pants, and bowties, and pick up what you can use.

Hamilton music shirts, sweatshirts and bags have been passed out and we have a few extras. Please check to see if your order was filled correctly, and contact Kristine Kirk or Jenny Peters if you have questions, We will have additional merchandise for sale at upcoming concerts.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)


Winter/Spring HOST Enrollment

HOST Winter/Spring Enrollment will begin on January 9that 2:30pm. Please be on the look-out for more information on the Hamilton website.


HOST Session Dates for 2015

HOSTWinterprograms will run from Jan. 20th– April 2nd

HOSTSpringprograms will run from April 6th– June 11th

Questions? Please feel free to call or email the YMCA office if you have any questions or concerns.eachase@seattleschools.orgor206.252.5831.


Girls Soccer and Ultimate are wrapping up.

The above information was submitted by the HIMS Athletics department. For more information on Athletics or specific sports, please see the Athletics page of the HIMS website, or contact HIMS House Administrator, Christy Smith at, or by phone at (206) 252-5852.

High School/Private School Application Process for the 2015-2016 School Year

The High School/Private School application process has started for many Private Educational Institutions in Seattle. Please note that in order foryour request to be completed, you need to submit the following items together, to Ms. Peila in Rm 105C.

All application requests are due NO LATER than December 1st 2014 (even though the application school may accept them through the start ofJanuary) to insure timely mailing prior to HIMS holiday break.

* Application form completed for each school with signature from parent/guardian

* One (1) 12” x 9 “ self-addressed manila envelope with four (4) stamps affixed on it PER request.Please use YOUR address as the return addressdue to the fact that many are mailed right before the Holiday break.If the envelope is returned to you, do not open it (the receiving school will notaccept an opened envelope) and hand deliver to the school in question.

* The teacher recommendation form must be distributed to the teacher separately, no later than November 15th, please include a self-addressedenvelope; items 2 and 4 are mailed separately.

Information included in the packet will be:
  • Current progress report
  • Last two (2) years of report cards, if available
  • Historical Grades and Cumulative Info reports
  • MSP and MAP scores from the last year, if available
  • Incident report – if applicable
  • Attendance record

The receiving school will request final grades if necessary. A follow up is done in May/June for all accepted applicants. Comprehensive list ofapplicants and schools they were completed for, are kept for three (3) years.

SPECIAL NOTE: Lakeside has a two (2) piece process, you MUST go online and submit the electronic information (Ms. Peila is HIMS contact person)form AS WELL as submit a request form following steps 1-4 listed above.

If you have any questions, email Ms. Peila at

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Principal's Letter



Dear HIMS Families,

Packing for Mars, Silent Spring, The Immortal Life of Henreitta Lacks, Twinkie, Deoconstructed, The Omnivore’s Dilemma… These are just a few of the many titles available to students as an option for the Hamilton International Middle School Science Expo. I know over this last month many of you have been reviewing the Science Expo requirements, helping your student make a decision and signing the parent permission form. Now, I want to invite you to also pick up one of the titles this year.

We were able to purchase multiple copies of all the titles on the list thanks to the generosity of the Hamilton PTSA and they are now in circulation – and parents are welcome to check out books from our library!

Last year after lots of thought our Science Department decided to rethink the traditional science fair and spent the school year and much of this summer researching, discussing and developing several options. I am excited about the new Science Expo and am grateful for the work of our Science Department and the leadership of our department chairs, Jen Fox and Kristin Ryan.

As we read, research, wonder and discover together this year, I hope you will join us by reading a book or supporting an experiment or lending your expertise. The strength of this journey is the intentional collaboration of all of us, students, teachers and families, as we learn together.

Go Hawks!
Cindy Watters



Ski Bus registrationhas now begun!! Spots are limited, so go to the Mohan Ski and Snowboard website and sign up today!!
What is the Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Children and Adolescents?Does your kid identify as a boy, a girl, or someone in between? What is “gender” anyway? Are all genders treated equally? How does gender effect your kids sense of self, interaction with peers, and learning style?Dr.Jennifer Bryan, PhD,Tuesday, December2nd, 2014,6:30-8:00 PM,4649 Sunnyside Avenue North Ste.400- Seattle, WA 98103.This event will be at iLEAP in the 4th floor of theGood Shepherd Center.Hosted byThe Meridian School-Free and open to the publicRSVP/walk ins are welcomed.

The Ballard High SchoolChamber Orchestrawill be performing in a side-by-side with local professional Orchestra, NW Philharmonia, directed by Julia Tai. Gloria Ferry-Brennan will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4. Join us for an afternoon of world-class music onSunday, November 23, @2:30 PM,St. Stephen's Episcopal Church!
Tickets for Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker 2014: Please come experience the Roosevelt Jazz Band performing songs from the Nutcracker onDecember 6th at 7:30pmandDecember 7th at 2pmin the Roosevelt High School Performing Arts Theater. You can purchase tickets online at Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, youth, and seniors. Mark your calendars for this traditional event! Please contact Kristin Gasper with any

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