October 2, 2014

First Thing's First ...

** School Picture Day, Tuesday, Oct 7 (help needed!)**
Remember your forms

**PTSA General Membership Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 7**
Also a principal Q&A Sesson

**Professional Development Day, Friday, Oct. 10**
No class for students

Upcoming Events ...
  • Tuesday, 10/7 School picture day
  • Tuesday, 10/7 PTSA General Membership Meeting & Principal Q&A, 7-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, 10/8 Hamilton (and International) Walk to School Day
  • Friday, 10/10 Professional Development Day -- no class for students

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
Walk to School Day, Wednesday October 8

Next Wednesday, Hamilton will join schools around Seattle and the world in International Walk to School Day (IWalk). The IWalk event is an opportunity toINSPIRE students to walk to school by hosting events that SUPPORT student safety along the walk.

At Hamilton, volunteers will greet student walkers at school with reflectors, breakfast treats and raffle entry.To volunteer or for more information about the event, contact Christie Rodgers, Feet First volunteer; Elizabeth Esselman, Safe Kids Seattle Harborview MC; or Lisa Melenyzer, Hamilton PTSA. Please also feel free to pass this on to friends and neighbors.

Progress Reports & PE Waivers

Progress Reports AND PE waiver information will be distributed during Homeroom Wednesday October 1st. Please read document carefully.

TA’S – in order for you to continue being a TA for 2nd Semester, you must complete the PE waiver form as well as complete another TA form (located in the counselors office) making sure your parent/guardian and teacher sign off on it AND turn in a PE waiver form NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1st.

Any questions, email Ms. Peila at elpeila@seattleschools.org or have your child go to Rm 105C before school, during lunch or after school if clarification is needed.

Picture Day

School Picture Day is Tuesday, October 7. Please bring your form and remember that no hats or hoodies can be worn. Volunteers are ugently needed to help that day. Please see below!


A Note from the PTSA

Dear Hamilton Friends and Families,

Opportunities to make a difference to our school community are plentiful this year, and I’d like to thank some wonderful individuals who have already stepped up to the plate:

In Praise of Teachers: Michelle Fasser, Karen Davis, Amy Satin, Carol Brown and many home cooks prepared a fantastic BBQ lunch for the entire Hamilton staff in the HIMS Library last Wednesday. It was a great community-building experience for the staff and they were amazed by the quality and generosity of our parent chefs!

In the Arts: Many thanks to Lauren Marshall and her Reflections team, who designed some fantastic materials and are working hard to spread the word about the PTSA Reflections Art Competition. We look forward to seeing the artwork roll in!

Safety: Thanks to the Hamilton families and to past Hamilton PTA President Christie Rodgers for spearheading a before-school event at Hamilton on October 8 as part of the International Walk to School Month, and for seeking solutions for walk safety issues around the school. We will email families with the details of the October 8 plan once they are finalized.

PTSA Business: Elizabeth Carson Cheng has been heads-down with data entering and processing all of our new PTSA members – we are so glad to have all of you engaged with the organization. Becky Youman has put her efforts into creating the Weekly News, and Lisa Smith is generously volunteering her time to update and improve the HIMS Website and Calendar. Finally, thanks to Shannon Frizzell for organizing our Welcome Back party, and to Hilliards and Christine Bradburn for their generous beverage donations!

Our first general PTSA meeting of the year is on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm in the HIMS Library. Please join us for a brief business meeting to be followed by a Q&A session with Principal Cindy Watters. (You can also fill out a membership form at that time.) We will be collecting questions for Ms. Watters that night, but if you want to be sure your question is addressed, please submit it to HamiltonPTSA@live.com. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Lisa Melenzyer, PTSA President

Hamilton 2014 Fall Fund Drive Launches this Week

The PTSA is pleased to announce that the Hamilton Hawks 2014 Fall Fund Drive is launching this week! Look for a letter and donation card in your student's backpack this Friday.

Hamilton is a collaborative partnership of students, families, teachers, and administrators, working together to provide an exceptional educational experience for our kids. Please help us achieve this goal by donating to the 2014 Fall Fund Drive. This academic year, your tax-deductible donation will help to fund:

THE STUDENT: Enrichment and Scholarships (academic enrichment, reducing cost for HOST activities, WEB, after-school sports programs and equipment)

THE CLASSROOM: Academic Excellence and Teacher Support (technology purchases and support, classroom supplies, professional development)

THE COMMUNITY: Building and Sustaining Hamilton (grade level social events, Family Support Fund, school directory and newsletters)

Our budgeted fundraising goal for 2014-2015 is $82,000. In recent years, our average donation per family has been approximately $200. Every donation helps us towards our goal, no matter the amount! We are committed to using your donations in this academic year. 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. Donations by check can be turned in to the Hamilton office by October 31. You can also donate online, either a one-time donation or in monthly installments, at https://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 Acting VP of Fundraising, Deb Sundblad at dsundblad@comcast.net.

Now Collecting Entries for Reflections Students Art Contest

A box is now available in the front office for student entries to the 2014-15 PTA Reflections Art Contest. 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.…."

Artworks must be accompanied by an entry form (also available in the office), which must be signed by a parent/legal guardian. The deadline is October 31.

More information is available on the Hamilton PTSA's 2014-15 Reflections Art Contest page, and contest rules may be found at http://www.wastatepta.org/programs/reflections/. Questions? Contact Lauren@laurenmarshall.com.

Lend Our Hawks a Hand!

Volunteers Needed...

Picture Day Volunteers Needed
Three volunteers are needed for the morning (7:40 – 11:00) and three for the afternoon (11:30 – 3:00). Parents will receive free gift certificates for a photo package. Please contact Sheila de la Cruz if you can help at sbdelacruz@seattleschools.org.


Time is running out. Don't miss music-related emails including concert information and dates, trip opportunities, and workshops. Sign up here http://goo.gl/rLYj6V to receive electronic communication from FOMAHI.

For more information or links to events calendar, please visit the FOMAHI page on the Hamilton website.

The above information was submitted by FOMAHI.

YMCA HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

It was brought to the YMCA’s attention that bus 3141, which serves the NW region for HOST participants, was running extremely late on the afternoon of Monday, September 29th.

The YMCA has made a request to alter the 3141 bus route, which we hope will address this issue. While we have communicated the urgency of having this addressed, we ask families with students on 3141 to have patience while we resolve this issue. Bus 3141 will continue to run its same route until further notice. Some HOST families have opted to arrange alternate forms of transportation while we work towards a solution.

We apologize for the inconvenience and worry this may have caused families and students. Please be on the lookout for updates via email and on the HIMS website regarding changes to HOST bus 3141

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


Hamilton JV and Varsity Soccer Practice Schedule

• Monday September 29, Wallingford Field; Thursday October 2, Lower Woodland

• Monday October 6, Wallingford Field; Thursday October 9, Lower Woodland

• Monday October 13, Wallingford Field; Tuesday October 14, Lower Woodland

• Monday October 20, Wallingford Field; Tuesday October 21, Hamilton Gym

• Monday October 27, Wallingford Field; Tuesday October 28, Lower Woodland

• Tuesday November 4, Lower Woodland; Thursday November 6, Lower Woodland

Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Practice Schedule:

• Blue Team, Tuesday/Thursday, Wallingford Field

• Yellow Team, Wednesday/Friday, Wallingford Field

• White Team, Wednesday/Friday, Wallingford Field 6th

• Grade Team, Tuesday/Thursday, Wallingford Field

For the most updated information from coaches, please check the DiscNW website at: https://www.discnw.org/events/FallMS

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.

** back to top **

The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to HIMS parents/guardians at the email address that they used to register for the Source. If you have questions, please contact HamiltonPTSA@live.com. We welcome your feedback! Please submit content for inclusion by Tuesdays at noon. For submission guidelines, click here.
Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton International Families,

Schools use assessment for all sorts of reasons. It tells us where are students are performing at a moment of time, it provides evidence of how they’ve grown over time and for our teachers it helps us plot our next stops.

There are several types of assessments that schools use. Formative assessments (daily checks, exit tickets, non-graded quizzes) helps to inform our instruction. Did our students learn it? And if they didn’t learn it what should I do next to ensure they learn it? Summative assessments (unit tests, final exams, graded quizzes) help us look at a body of work. In examining a body of work what how did students perform to the expected standards? Do we need to go back and re-teach? What feedback are we providing students about their progress towards mastery? Both formative and summative assessments are essential elements of a classroom and our teachers are continuing to grow in developing our practice and our own understanding of these tools.

In addition to formative and summative classroom assessments, schools also use standardized assessments to guide our work and not just public schools; private schools, universities and graduate schools all rely on these assessments to both rank, sort and act as a tool for improvement. The ACT, GRE, ITBS, LSAT, MAP, M-CAT, SAT, SBAC, (lots of acronyms) are all forms of standardized assessments used by educational institutions for a variety of purposes.

My purpose for the long introduction is to share with you what and how we will be assessing students this year.

Classroom based assessments: our teachers are working to continually align our curricula to disciplinary standards and our assessment practices to measure student progress towards mastery of those standards. Classroom based assessments are embedded in our PLC work and guide many of our professional conversations.

End of Course Exams: (EOC’s) are required for students who are taking Algebra I, Geometry and Biology (8th grade APP science). These exams are high school graduation requirements and students will take them the first two weeks of June.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC): The SBAC is replacing the state MSP this year. All students will be taking the SBAC and we will be sharing our assessment schedule with you in the near future.

This year, Hamilton has chosen not to assess all of our students using the MAP assessment. If you would like your student to take the MAP we will be happy to provide him/her the opportunity. Please contact your grade level administrator to make that request.

If you ever have questions about assessments or how we are using them in our classrooms or our school wide decisions, please don’t hesitate to contact our teachers or administrative team.

Go Hawks!

Cindy Watters



Family immersion travel opportunity to Costa Rica
Help your students continue their Spanish journey to proficiency. Each summer, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) organizes language immersion travel to Costa Rica for students of Spanish and their parents. The programs include practical application of Spanish along with a family stay, allowing parents to see their students' language skills in action. This is a great opportunity for graduating students to continue taking steps in Spanish! ISE is planning now for summer 2015 travel, and would like to include HIMS students. For more information, visit isemn.org/FamilyImmersion or contact Anca van der Linden atanca@isemn.org or 612-436-8264.

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.

Guitar and Uke Lessons
Tim Sherman, the guitar instructor at Metropolitan Music and Kennelly Keys Music Northgate, has openings for Hamilton students in guitar and ukulele at both music store locations. Contact Ken at
206-547-1772 or timshermanguitar@msn.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

Woodland Soccer Club
The Lemondrops Girls U12 team is looking for new players this fall season. This team is for players who turn 12 between August 1, 2014 and July 31st, 2015. The team practices on Wednesdays 6-7pm at Lower Woodland and games are on Sundays. UK Elite coaches give skill drill enrichment at half of our team practices. The late fee will be waived, the registration fee will be pro-rated, and there are scholarships available. Please contact head.registar@woodlandsoccer.org for more information.

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!

School Day Off Hoops Camp @ Meadowbrook CC
October 10th / 9AM-3PM / Boys and Girls K-6th Grade
Cost: $60
Pre-Season Tune-Up Ages 8-13 (perfect for Rec League Teams to train before games begin in January) Locations: Ravenna CC. Begins: Saturday November 15th. More information at www.1on1basketball.com

We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News Section

© Seattle Public SchoolsWebsite by SchoolMessenger Presence opens a new window. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.