November 6, 2014

First Things First ...

**Pajama Day Dance, Nov. 7**

**Veterans Day -- Nov. 11**
No School

Upcoming Events ...
  • Friday, 11/7Pajama Day Dance, Gym2:30-4:15
  • Tuesday, 11/11 Veteran's Day, no school
  • Wednesday, 11/12 Picture Re-Take Day

    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 PTSA is pleased to report that the 2014 Fall Fund Drive has ended, and with your generous donations, we were able to meet our goal!Our preliminary calculations indicate that, together with anticipated corporate matches, we have raised approximately$87,000! THANK YOU for your donations!They enable us to meet our PTSA budget for the year, and will help support the programs and community that we all value here at Hamilton.

All students, and the entire Hamilton community, will benefit from your generous donations. The PTSA is committed to using these funds in the 2014-2015 academic year, and in the event of a surplus, we will work with Principal Watters toensure that any unused funds are re-allocated as necessary to achieve that purpose.Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School and your investment in our kids!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad

Hamilton Speaker Series starts with some Math to Make You Laugh!

Do you love math?Then this event is for you!

Do you hate math?Then this event is really for you!
The Hamilton PTA invites students and their families to join us onTuesday, November 18, from7-8:30 pmin the Hamilton Commons for a night of fun!Matt Parker, possibly the world's only "stand up mathematician" will be sharing his two passions: mathematics and stand-up comedy!Matt not only holds the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer, but also performs a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Matt Parker's book,Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and Morewill be available for purchase.Our thanks to Phinney Books for coordinating book sales.For more information about Matt Parker, check out his website,standupmaths.comand mark your calendars forNovember 18- it promises to be exponentially entertaining!.

Library News


Science Expo books have arrived at HIMS Library! Visit the library today to browse our outstanding science non-fiction for your Science Expo book project. A big thank you to Principal Watters and the science department for adding great new science books to the library’s collection!

Marijuana - Know the Facts


As the Mental Health Therapist & Prevention Specialist with Neighborcare Health I wanted to share with you some information Governor Inslee sent out recently regarding marijuana. One point I would like to reinforce is the important role of parents. Please take the time to read the facts below, check out the resources and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.




·While it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or purchase marijuana, the reality is that legalizing the drug for adults makes it more accessible to youth. Youth are also exposed to marijuana advertising. These factors increase the likelihood that youth will use marijuana.

·Marijuana isaddictive. About 9 percent of users become addicted; this number increases for those who start young (to about 17 percent, or 1 in 6) and those who use marijuana daily (to 25-50 percent).

·Students who use marijuana are more likely to have lower grades and drop out of school compared to students who don’t use marijuana. In addition, many students who use marijuana also use other substances, including alcohol and tobacco (2012 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey).

·The good news is that most students donotuse marijuana, alcohol or other drugs, and they areless likelyto use them when they know their parents disapprove of this.


·Marijuana: Know the Facts: What Parents Need to Know. Developed by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, this guide for parents has facts about the impacts of marijuana and I-502.

·For tips on how to talk with your kids at different ages, and other ways to keep them healthy and drug-free,

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteers Needed...

Health Screening Assistants– Wednesday, Nov. 12
Help HIMS Nurse, Anne Fote, with Vision & Hearing screening, from 10:30am to 1:30 pm (you will have a lunch break between 11:30 and 12:00). Volunteers may work half shifts or any block of time that works with their schedule. Ms. Fote will train you in the screening procedure the day you volunteer.To schedule a time, please contact Ms. Fote

Volunteers must complete the Volunteer Requirements and return all forms to Hamilton’s front office. If you have questions about this process, please email Hamilton Volunteer Coordinator, Trina

Help Needed with Weekly News

The person who compiles the Weekly News is moving out of the country in January. We need somebody to take over this role. If you like knowing what's going on at school and want to volunteer in an easy way, this job is for you. It only takes a couple of hours each week and you can do it on your own schedule. We will provide training to make the transition easy. If interested, please

Volunteering at Hamilton

We welcome volunteers at Hamilton! Volunteering is a GREAT way to support your student and connect with the Hamilton community.If you plan to volunteer at Hamilton this year AND work directly with students(chaperoning, working with students in the classroom or on a school-sponsored event), please complete the following AND return all forms to Hamilton’s front office.

Please note that the District recentlyadopted (Sept. 29, 2014) new field trip procedures, see below.Safety—yours and that of our students--is of paramount importance.

1.Volunteer Screening Form: Print and completeeachschool year(return with a copy of photo ID, a driver’s license is great.)This form is also on the HIMS website, Forms and FAQ section.Volunteers workingdirectly with studentsMUST be screened through Washington State Patrol’s Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) program--standard practice with agencies and organizations that serve children, youth and vulnerable adult populations.

2.Watch the district video: Adult SexualMisconduct Prevention Course foundhere. Once you complete the course, you will receive an online certificate to either email to the volunteer coordinator or to print out and bring to the front office.This is a one-time requirement; you will not need to watch the video in the future.

3.Read and complete the signature page of theSPS District Volunteer Handbook.

4.Please read SPSDistrict Policy No. 3246/Use of Reasonable ForceandDistrict Policy No. 5630/Volunteers.

5.Please read, sign and returnSPS Guidelines for Chaperones—Day Field TripsORSPS Guidelines for Chaperones—Overnight Field Trips

6.If youplan todrivestudents in your vehicle,please complete thevolunteer driving checklist

7.Overnight chaperones:Fingerprinting is NOT required for overnight chaperones who have lived continuously in Washington state formore than two years.Conversely, if you have lived in WA state less than two years, you will need to be fingerprinted.Please contact Trina Torgelson,,as soon as possible if this is the case.Verification of continuous residence may include: driver’s license, insurance documents, utility bills, rental agreements, mortgage statements, property tax statements, or employment verification.

Here’s the link to the SPS District Volunteering web site for more information:‐Volunteering.Please contactkltorgelson@seattleschools.orgwith questions.


Enrolled in both music AND a world language (or 2nd year-long elective class)?Then your student must complete aPE Waiverand place it in the marked box on the front counter of the HIMS Main Office byDecember 1, 2014. A new PE waiver form must be filled out each year. Please see the Hamilton website for access to the form:
Upcoming Music Events:

Upcoming Music Events

11/12 FOMAHI Board meeting, 7-8 pm, Library

11/12 Jazz clinic with Ron Carter, 7-9pm, all jazz ensembles

11/20 Fall Jazz Night, 7-9pm, Commons


11/22 Mill Creek Jazz Symposium, Sr. Jazz



Junior Jazz families please look for an after school program consent form in your child's backpack, handed out last week. This form must be signed by you and returned by Nov. 15.

We are in need of bake sale volunteers for Jazz Nights this year. We need families to donate items and help with staffing the tables on the night of concerts. This is an excellent way to pitch in if you haven't had a chance yet this year. To sign up, please contact Kate Kate is the bake sale coordinator for Jazz Ensembles.


The concert season is right around the corner - does your student musician have the right attire? Please see Concert Attire Updated 2014 for more information. Anyonewishing to donate/swap concert attire, please see the Concert Attire Exchange Table which will be set up outside the library starting the evening of November 12th. It will be in place until Jazz Night on Thursday, Nov. 20th. Stop by and donate items that your child has outgrown and see is there's anything you can use.

Please see the FOMAHI page on the website for more information.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

PE Waiver Information

If your child is participating in an athletic HOST class, please note that the YMCA will be writing and submitting a letter directly to the school registrar. This letter will include the HOST class that they are in and the number of hours they have received. Copies of your students letter will be available upon request. Please contact the HOST office via email if you have any questions about the HOST PE Waiver process.


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. or 206.252.5831.


Girls Soccer and Ultimate are underway.

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 for your 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 of January) 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 address due 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 not accept 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-addressed envelope; 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 of applicants 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

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Principal's Letter



Dear HIMS Families,


It’s hard to believe we are 25% through our school year, but as I look out my office window I see the colors of fall. This weekend we set our clocks back an hour and in the coming days teachers will be entering first quarter grades.


In middle school a quarter report card is simply a formalized progress report. It’s a moment for students and teachers to pause and put a stake in the ground. The end of the marking period allows teachers to look more formally at student progress as well as assess how their classes are moving along towards the goals for the end of the semester. For students and families it’s a way to get explicit and direct feedback about how students are progressing in classes. But the important thing to remember is we’re only half way there. In high school, classes are credited by semester and middle school allows students to begin to experience the pace and progress of this calendar.


Finally, like many of you, I have been impacted by the news of violence at schools in communities across Seattle and Western Washington. Please know that student safety is paramount in our work and we regularly review and practice our building safety procedures. Our goal is that all students feel safe, secure and welcome every day. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety of our students by always checking into the main office when you come to campus for any reason.

Go Hawks!
Cindy Watters


Ballard Branch Library has free fun programs for teens in 6th – 12th grades.First Friday Gaming happens Friday Nov 7th from 3 – 5 pm. Teen Space will have DIY button-making and bracelets (and a little duct taping, too!) on Sunday Nov 9th from 3 – 5 pm. For more information check the library calendar
Seattle Central Library, Special Concert! On Friday, Nov. 14, 7:00 pm, Roosevelt Jazz Band will play selections from The Seattle Public Library’s KOMO Collection, a sheet music collection of more than 26,000 pieces, including more than 15,000 big band arrangements from the 1930s-1950s. Please join us for an incredible evening of jazz highlighting this unique collection. The event is free, and no reservations are needed.

Earshot Jazz comes to Roosevelt! On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pmthe Roosevelt Jazz Bandis performing as part of Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival at Roosevelt High School. DownBeat magazine calls this prestigious festival "Seattle's most important annual jazz event." Gather your friends! Tickets, and special pricing for groups are available on-line.
Seattle Central Library, Special Concert! On Friday, Nov. 14, 7:00 pm, Roosevelt Jazz Band will play selections from The Seattle Public Library’s KOMO Collection, a sheet music collection of more than 26,000 pieces, including more than 15,000 big band arrangements from the 1930s-1950s. Please join us for an incredible evening of jazz highlighting this unique collection. The event is free, and no reservations are needed:
Lake City Teen Night November 14th 7-10pmAll 6th- 12th Grade Students are invited to join us for a FREE dinner and Movie Night! We will have games, music, snacks, and a safe place to spend the evening with friends. Located at George: Center for Community 2212NE 125th. Contact us with
Veterans Day Basketball Camp @ Roosevelt High School, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 9am-Noon. Boys and Girls Grades 2nd - 8th. Coach Chase Young and his staff will be leading the camp. Register
Seattle Public Schools’ Health Education Office, Office of School Family Partnerships, and Department of Equity and Race invite you to join lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and friends for dinner and conversation. Dinner and activities are complimentary.
WHO? All SPS students, staff and families are welcome at this event! WHEN AND WHERE? Thursday, November 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at NOVA/SBOC- World School (the old Meany Middle School) in the Lunchroom WHAT CAN I EXPECT? Dinner will be provided. Craft tables will be available for younger attendees. Members of the School Board and other District staff will welcome you.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO R.S.V.P? This will be a well-attended event, so reserve a space for you and your family today! Please reply by November 12th. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Lisa Love at us know how many people are in your party).
Ballard Youth Basketball
We are excited to announce our Winter Season tryouts coming up November 16th at Ballard Boys and Girls Club. This is for Boys 4th-8th Grades with practices once per week and 3 tournaments through the season as a nice compliment to school team programs. Registration is required on our website,
8th Grade Boys Winter Basketball Team looking for more players.
Come join the fun and join our player roster! Recruiting players for 8th grade winter basketball team. Sign-up through Parks & Rec (Ravenna Community Center), December practices/January games. All skill sets are welcome. We have our coaches confirmed, we just need to finalize our player roster. If interested, please contact Theresa Lindauer
JazzED Music
Calling all motivated student-musicians! Seattle JazzED has moved to Madison Valley and we’re still accepting students! Big Band Ensembles rehearse weekly from October through May and cater to all skill levels. Students in grades 4-12 work with professional musicians and educators, perform and have fun! Ensemble placement by audition. No previous music experience required for the Introductory Ensemble. Scholarships and payment plans available. Easy registration and info atwww.seattlejazzed.orgor call 206-324-JAZZ (5299)
Vámonos Spanish Center
Interested in an after school immersion Spanish program for your middle schooler? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish yourself? Then come to Vámonos Spanish Center, now open in Wallingford, and take classes with Srta. Amanda (a.k.a Maestra R.)! We also offer one-on-one tutoring, guided foreign travel, and immersion summer camps! For more information or to register, please visit our website¡HASTA PRONTO!

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