September 4, 2014

Welcome to your second edition of the 2014-15 Hamilton Weekly News! To help you prepare for each week ahead, look for the Weekly News online and in your Inbox every Thursday.

First Things First ...
** Parents-Only Welcome Back to School Party, Sat. Sept. 13 **
6:30-9:30pm @Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N ... Socialize and celebrate over drinks and light apps ... groove out to the sounds of HIMS Senior Jazz Combos

Upcoming Events ...

  • Saturday, 9/13 Annual Parent Fall Kick-Off Party, 6:39-9:30pm, Phinney Center
  • Wednesday, 9/17 6th Grade Parent Orientation
  • Wednesday, 9/17Curriculum Night (all grades)
  • Wednesday, 9/242-Hour Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 9/24Staff Appreciation Lunch
  • October TBD First PTSA General Membership Meeting

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
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Guidelines

For the safety of all (and to be good neighbors), please follow these guidelines when picking up and dropping off students on the snug streets surrounding HIMS (here is a map for your reference) ...

• Drive EASTtoWESTon N. 41st Street
• DONOTdrive on the blocks of Densmore and Woodlawn Avenues that run along the east and west sides of HIMS. These blocks are narrow and are reserved for school buses only
• Keep conversations with your students brief during drop off/pick up to keep traffic flowing
• DONOT stop in the middle of the street to drop off/pick up students. It's dangerous and blocks traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation!

The Welcome Coffee for 6th grade parents was a big success. Thank you to co-chairs Jacque Coe and Rebekkah Madden for all their hard work as well as to sponsor Starbucks.

Order Hawks Spirit Wear
We have a new Spirit Wear online store.You can select your gear online and it will ship right to your house. How easy is that? Order today and show your hawk pride.

Student News YOU Can Use
The HIMS Student Handbook
is included in the daily planner that all students receive at the start of the school year. Check it out! Rules and information regarding everything from hall passes to 'how to dress' are in there, and you should take some time to review the handbook with your student.

Back toSchool Packets will also be distributed to all students this Friday, Sept. 5. It will be a large envelope full of information and forms. Be sure to ask your student for it before it vanishes to the land of lost socks and library books.

School lunches have come a long way since we were kids, and if you never want to make another PB&Jsandwich ever again, check out what the HIMS cafeteria has to offer!You can find what's being served via the Lunch Menu link on the right hand column of the HIMS website.Bon appétit!

Yearbooks from the 2013-14 school year have still not been picked up. If your student did not receive a yearbook from 2013-14, please pick one up in the main office. There are also a handful of yearbooks dating back from 2010-2013. If you would like a copy of an old yearbook, please swing by the office and grab a free yearbook.


Annual Fall Kick-Off Party
Saturday, Sept. 13, from 6:30-9:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N).After their first full week of school, we'll be ready for some celebration time with our fellow parents. That's why this party is parents-only, and only happens once a year, so don't miss it! There will be wine, beer and light appetizers provided, along with tuneage from Hamilton's Senior Jazz combos. Carpooling and alternative forms of transportation are encouraged!

AHUGETHANKSto all the parent (and student) volunteers who've stepped up to help make these first days of school happen at Hamilton. Whether handing out schedules, directing traffic or helping clean up after the Welcome Coffee, dozens of you have shown us exactly what it means to be the 'heart of Hamilton.' And when everyone receives their Back to School Packets on Friday, know that they're the handiwork of more than 40 volunteers who came out during summer vacation to lend a hand. Join the PTSA in giving them our sincere thanks!

And if you're feeling inspired ...

Lend our Hawks a Hand!
Volunteers are currently needed for:

Annual Parent Fall Kick-Off Party
Saturday, Sept. 13
Set-up @ 5:30pm; Clean-up @ 9:30pm
(party starts at 6:30pm)

Give us a hand and help make this a night to remember. Jobs include set-up help, staffing snacks and refreshments tables, and everyone's favorite job - cleaning up!
Email Shannon Fizzell at to sign up.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon
The HIMS Staff Appreciation Luncheon Team is looking forward to hosting, along with our parent community an outdoor bar-b-q for ourhardworkingstaff onSeptember 24, 2014.The luncheon will take place outdoors on this first early release day of the year!Please use this link to sign up to bring a dish or another item that we need to make this an amazing event.Items may be left in the staff lounge on the first floor bynoon on Wednesdaythe 24th with any warming instructions.We thank you in advance for your support.If you have any questions you may direct them to Michelle Fasser

General Volunteering at Hamilton
We welcome volunteers atHamilton! Volunteering is a GREAT way to support your student and connect with the Hamilton community. If you plan to volunteer this academic year, please complete the required actions below:

Fill out theVolunteer Screening Form: Print and completeeachschool year (return with a copy of photo ID): This form is also on the HIMS website, Forms and FAQ section.Volunteers workingdirectly with students(chaperoning, working with students in the classroom or on a school-sponsored event)MUST 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.

Watch the district video: Adult SexualMisconduct Prevention Course found here. 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.

Read and complete the signature page of the SPS District Volunteer Handbook.

For information on this, or other volunteer opportunities, please contact the Hamilton PTSA at

Music (FOMAHI) News

What is FOMAHI?Friends of Music at Hamilton International (“FOMAHI”) is an organization of parents and guardians of Hamilton music students, whose mission is to support Hamilton’s concert and jazz bands, vocal ensembles and orchestras, by providing access to music education and performance opportunities to students.

FOMAHI depends on volunteers to support our award-winning music program! There are numerous ways to help out during the school year, including serving on concert crews, helping with bake sales, supporting our annual Music-a-thon fundraiser event, managing music festival logistics, copying scores for music directors, serving as chaperones and trip coordinators and much more! Whether you can offer a year-long volunteer commitment or one-time assistance, there are many opportunities to help out.

Enrolled in both music AND world language?Then your student will need to complete a PE Waiver. A new PE waiver form must be filled out each year. Look for the waivers to be sent home in late September.

The above information was submitted by FOMAHI. For more information on FOMAHI or their events, please see theMusicpage of the HIMS website for more information, or contact:Angele Hunskor,

HOST (Hawk Out of School Time)

The Hawks Out of School Time (HOST)programs will kick off the week ofSeptember 29th, 2014!Fall HOST forms will go out to all students the week ofSeptember 15th. Families will need to register online for fall HOST classes. HOST online instructions and the registration link will be included on the HOST form, and will also be available on HIMS website the week of September 15th.

APP Advisory Committee E-mail List
If your student is in the Accelerated Progress Program (APP) at Hamilton, please consider signing up for the APP Advisory Committee email list.

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Principal's Letter



Dear Hamilton Families,

The students have arrived! Thank you for all you have done to help us have such a strong start to our school year – it is such a privilege to work with our HIMS families!

Like many of our students, I’m certain several of our experienced HIMS families noticed a change in the way we have scheduled our Language Arts and Social Studies classes this year. Last spring as we were developing the master schedule we were forced to “unblock” our Language Arts and Social Studies classes (students no longer have those classes back to back – usually with the same teacher) to meet the needs of our students.

Hamilton has both the luxury and the challenge of offering students a multitude of options in our elective programs. We offerfive (5) levels of Spanish and Japanese (from traditional language classes to immersion continuation), five (5) different levels of band and orchestra, three (3) different choirs, drama, art and PE all in addition to three distinct core academic tracks and six (6) levels of math.We have several students who take classes that are only offered once a day and it became impossible with the constraints of a blocked Language Arts and Social Studies class to create a schedule that also permitted students to pursue a world language, music and in some cases advanced math studies.

As the principal, I made the difficult decision to “unblock” those classes so we could continue to offer the rich electives and advanced math classes for students to take. I want to thank our Language Arts and Social Studies teachers who have worked hard this summer to realign our curricula and figure out how to adapt to this change. We will continue to explore scheduling options and looks for ways to continue to be creative with our master schedule while meeting the needs of all of our students.
Go Hawks!
Cindy Watters


Woodland Soccer Club

Woodland Soccer Club has room on both Boys and Girls U12 teams for this fall season. These are teams forplayers who turn 12 between August 1, 2014 and July 31st, 2015. This is a good opportunity for students looking for aPE waiver.

Teams typically practice 2x a week at Lower Woodland and have a Sunday game. The season runs fromSeptember 7th - early November.

For a limited time, the late fee can be waived for players registering for U12 teams with Woodland Soccer.

Please contact for more information.

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