October 16, 2014

First Things First ...

** Staff Appreciation Luncheon, October 29**
Volunteers needed both to provide food items and to help assemble lunches - see below

**Two Hour Early Dismissal, Wednesday, October 29**


Upcoming Events ...
  • Wednesday, 10/15PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday, 10/29Two Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 10/29Staff Appreciation Luncheon Volunteers Needed -- See below please
  • Thursday, 10/30 Parent Coffee Hour, Commons, 7:45-9:00am
  • Friday, 10/31 Deadline for submission for Reflections art contest

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
HAMILTON 2014 FALL FUND DRIVE UPDATE

We are at the midpoint of the Hamilton Hawks 2014 Fall Fund Drive and we appreciate the donations we have gotten so far. Remember, this is our only fund drive and it provides the budget for all PTSA activities this year. Are you wondering how the 2014-2015 PTSA budget might be different from previous years?Here are some highlights of what’s new this year:
-- Increase in funding for Academic Enrichment, helping to fund in-school academic enrichment programs such as Writers in the Schools and Science on Wheels, and also additional funding to support Visual and Performing Arts and Ceramics at Hamilton
-- Funding/support for the new WEB (“Where Everyone Belongs”) program, helping to ease the transition and increase connections for new Hamilton students
-- Increase in the amount allocated to the Family Support/Scholarship Fund, which helps to provide support to Hamilton families in need
To provide funding for these important items and the rest of the PTSA budget, our fundraising goal for 2014-2015 is $82,000.Please consider making a gift during the Fall Fund Drive to support the programs and community that are integral to your student’s experience at Hamilton.We are committed to using your donations in this academic year, and every donation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount!Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office by October 31.If you would like to make a pledge now for a donation to be made later, just let us know.You may also donate online (either a one-time donation or in monthly installments), athttps://donatenow.networkforgood.org/gohawks
Thank you for your support of Hamilton International Middle School!If you have any questions about the Fall Fund Drive, please contact VPof Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net.

PE Waiver Clarification

Only activities during the Months of Sept – June are eligible towards PE Waiver compliance.If your child is currently participating in an activity,please submit a letter and only include the total number of hours that have been completed between the dates September 3rd to end of currentactivity.

Submit signed letter from coach or instructor (must be the original) prior to October 17th for those activities that have already begun tobe counted towards total number of hours of participation.
The letter requirements for all HOST and SPS sponsored activities will be taken care of by the Coach/Instructor for the team as a whole.

Counseling Center News

The HIMS Counseling Center has been busy! In addition to supporting students new to the building and advising schedule change requests, we are planning future activities.
-- We recently completed a school wide student survey to better understand the needs of our student body. This information will help us direct our individual, small group, and school wide interventions.

-- During October, Neighborcare Therapist, Luke Sworts, is promoting National Bullying Prevention Monthwith several activities including a writing contest, paper chains for unity, and an anti-bullying pledge.

-- Sixth grade counselor, Lilia Goldsmith, is working with four teachers and forty-five 8th graders to support incoming 6th graders through the WEB (Where Everyone Belongs www.boomerangproject.com) Program. These WEB leaders meet every other week and will hold a social lunch at the end of the month with the 6th grade students.

-- The Second Step Program will also be rolled out this week. Second Step teaches students socio-emotional skills every Thursday during homeroom.

Questions/Concerns? Contact Neil Yeda, lead counselor for HIMS Counseling Center @ nyeda@seattleschools.org



Legislative Update

On Tuesday, Nov. 4th, Washington state voters will be asked to consider Initiative 1351 that would reduce class sizes. As Washington is all vote-by-mail, the ballots should be hitting your mailboxes within the next week or so.Here is some background information to help you. The initiative was drafted and is being promoted by theWashington Education Association(WEA). It is being opposed by the League of Education Voters – here is theirblog poston the initiative.

The Hamilton PTSA has not taken a position on the initiative. Additionally, the Washington State PTAis neutral on the initiative and the Seattle Council of PTSAs has not taken a position.Washington ranks 47th out of 50 states for class sizes. I-1351 would require by 2018 that kindergarten through third grade classes have no more than 17 students.

Proponents say that reductions in class size will help all students and teachers, while creating opportunities for kids to receive one-on-one attention. Opponents say that this will create another unfunded mandate at a time when the state legislture is not funding basic education. I-1352 is supported by Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. His statement can be found here. The Seattle Times came out against it here.


October 31 Deadline Approaching for Reflections Students Art Contest

The first artwork has been submitted to the 2014-15 PTA Reflections Art Contest, but it wants company. So remind your kids that the October 31st deadline is approaching.

Students are invited to submit works of visual art, literature, photography, music composition, dance choreography and film production, inspired by the theme “The world would be a better place if.…”Artists with ADA recognized disabilities may choose to submit in either the “Special Artists” category or the applicable genre category.Works will be judged by arts professionals and a select number will be chosen to go on to the citywide contest, where they will be displayed at Seattle Center House, and have a chance to advance to state and national competitions.

Submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form (which needs to be signed by a parent or guardian) and may be placed in the large box in the main office.Entry forms and contest rules are available in the office or may be found here. Contact Lauren@laurenmarshall.com with questions or get more information on the HIMS PTSA webpage.

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteers Needed...

It's time to sign upfor our second Staff Appreciation Luncheon of the year.We will host our fabulousstaff on October 29, 2014 (early release day!) a delicious brown bag lunch for them to enjoy during their staff meeting.Each staff member hasturned in an order form for their perfect sandwich.

We will need lots of volunteers on hand Wednesday morning to help make sandwiches and packthe bags!Can't be there? No problem,help us out with the ingredients needed to make these wonderful lunches.Please note that all sandwich-making donations will need to be brought to the staff lounge BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH at the end of the school day. Desserts and drinks willneed to arrive to school by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Thank you so much for your support in showing our staff how much we appreciate them.Questions?Email Michelle Fasser at michelle@fasser.net.


MUSIC (FOMAHI) NEWS


Enrolled in both music AND a world language (or 2nd year-long elective class)? Then your student must complete a PE Waiver and place it in the marked box on the front counter of the HIMS Main Office by December 1, 2014. A new PE waiver form must be filled out each year and can be found on the HIMS website.


Junior Jazz Band, Senior Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz families: Fall Jazz Nightis Thursday, November 20th. More details to come, but please save the date. Attire is black Hamilton Jazz T-shirts and black pants.
FOMAHI Enrollment and Enrichment Fee Reminder: Thank you to everyone who has registered your student in FOMAHI. If you have not done so already, please return your enrichment fee(s) to your music director. For more information, go here or contact Jacqui Kramerif you have questions about the program.


Junior, Senior and Vocal Jazz families - have you ordered your student's t-shirt yet? If not please send a $10 check in with your student along with a merchandise order formJazz t-shirts are required for the coming Nov. 20th performance. Financial assistance is available.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

Host activities are underway. Please feel free to call or email the YMCA office if you have any questions or concerns. eachase@seattleschools.org or 206.252.5831.

Athletics

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 clsmith2@seattleschools.org, 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 elpeila@seattleschools.org


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Principal's Letter

 

 

This week's letter comes from Assistant Principal Tipton Blish

Dear Hamilton International Families,

Any discussion about public education these days inevitably touches on the Common Core State Standards, the tests developed to measure students’ meeting those standards, and inevitably the squeezing of the curriculum to make room for core literacy and numeracy standards and standardized tests to measure them. As Cindy noted a couple of weeks ago, Washington students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC) summative assessment this spring in math and literacy.

Hamilton teachers have been working with the core standards for several years and have been studying to understand these new assessments. Our teachers are acutely aware of the expectations we as a society have put on our students as well as the expectation students be able to express themselves creatively, uniquely, personally. (It is not just our math and language arts teachers, but the full gamut of academic disciplines—music, world languages, science, fine arts teachers have developed curriculum that teaches students computation,academic vocabulary, and argumentation.)

They are also acutely aware of the needs of their students—the need to engage with their friends, to be known for who they are, to be able to demonstrate what they’ve learned in varied ways. Those ways do include writing essays based on readings on short notice—as the SBAC will ask.But it also includes solving long, complex math problems with a partner, or bouncing ideas about what “origin stories” have in common so a student can show in writing her understanding of the concept, her ability to take a position supported by evidence, and express it with appropriate language.

There will be testing, and the new SBAC state test will be a new challenge for our students. And they will be prepared. But we will also measure learning – learning linked to the Common Core – in varied ways. As always, teachers are your point of contact about your students’ learning and how it’s assessed. They are an amazingly creative group of professionals, and you will see that creativity applied to opening up – ‘unsqueezing’ – the curriculum.


Go Hawks!


Tipton Blish

Assistant Principal

 



COMMUNITY NEWS

SEATTLE SPECIAL ED PTSA is a Seattle School District PTSA whose purpose is to serve and advocate for all students with disabilities and their families. Meetings of the SpEd PTSA 2014/2015 are held monthly at JSCEE, 2445 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA - Second Floor, Room 2700, 7:00-9:00pm. Sept 22, Oct 27, Dec 1, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, April 27, May 17. Check out our website for more important information.


FREE Dental, Vision and Medical Clinic
on Thursday October 23 – Sunday October 26 happening at Key Area in the Seattle Center. All are Welcome and no IDis required. For more information go to http://seattlecenter.org/patients/

Talking About Teens
Join Alison Bower at FamilyWorks (1501 N 45th St) for this FREE series, to learn practical parenting tools for raising resilient, self-reliant, and connected children. Come to any or all workshops. Call 206-694-6727 to register or if you have any questions. See here for a list of topics.

Soccer Opportunity
Kajumolo FC is recruiting players who live for soccer for our Girls U14 team. Players born after August 1, 2000 can play this season but we are also looking for players born in 2001 or later to develop a team for Spring and next Fall. Younger players can have the opportunity to play up.
Join us for an open training session at the following locations: Mondays 6:30 -8 at Dahl Field North Wednesdays 5:30 -7 at Wilson Pacific Field through October; new location in November For more information please contact: Team Manager Tara Lowe, aralowe9@msn.com



26th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival presents Garfield Jazz at the Triple Door

Monday, October 20 at 7pm Garfield Jazz Ensemble 1 gives its first performance of the school year in a return engagement to The Triple Door. Seats still available but are going fast - don't wait! Tickets may be purchased from the Triple Door online, http://www.thetripledoor.net/ by phone, or in person at the club's box office.


Plant-for-the-Planet Academy

Sat. Oct. 25th, 9am - 5:30pm Magnuson Park 1-day workshop for students who become Ambassadors for Climate Justice, part of an international initiative to plant 1 trillion trees worldwide and end the climate crisis in our lifetime. FREE. Signup online. Learn more at climatechangeforfamilies.com.


STEM Opportunity
To promote interests of youth in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), CIE (Chinese Institute of Engineers Seattle) is holding its annual Math Competition and Science Fun Program on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at Interlake High School, Bellevue. All students from 3rd to 8th grades are welcome and this is a fun and free event. Please find the CIE organization, event details, and registration at http://www.cie-sea.org.



Parent Map Fall Lecture
Series October 27 - Teen Extremes: Regulating Moods in an Age of Anxiety, Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., & Laura Kastner, Ph.D. In the course of everyday life, we often face situations that make us angry, sad, scared and frustrated. For young people, these emotions can often be hard to handle, and life can feel out of control. This lecture will provide parents and professionals working with young people guidance and practices to help tweens/teens manage these intense feelings and handle anything life sends their way. Town Hall, Seattle – Use Discount Code: CALM14 for 15% Off


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 at www.vamonosspanish.com ¡HASTA PRONTO!






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