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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    April 19, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    April 19th 

    • Parent Information Night "The Power of Parents" - How you can prevent risky behaviors | 6:30 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Library  - TONIGHT
    • Incoming 6th Graders "Meet Principal Blish" Night | 6:30-8:30pm | Cascadia Elementary School

    April 20th 

    • High School Counselors Visit the 8th Grade Students 

    April 23-27th  

    • WCAS Testing (Science) for 8th Grade Students 

    April 23rd 

    • Lincoln High School Community Meeting | 6:30-8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    April 24th 

    • EBMEA Middle School Choral Festival:  Concert and Treble Choir

    April 25th 

    • Incoming 6th Graders "Meet Principal Blish" Night | 6:30-8:30pm | John Stanford International Elementary

    April 26th 

    • Incoming 6th Graders "Meet Principal Blish" Night | 6:30-8:30pm | Greenlake Elementary

    April 27-29th  

    • Reno Jazz Festival

    May 2nd 

    • Incoming 6th Graders "Meet Principal Blish" Night | 6:30-8:30pm | McDonald International Elementary

    May 3rd 

    • Incoming 6th Graders "Meet Principal Blish" Night | West Woodland Elementary

    May 4th 

    • Bellevue High School Jazz Festival:  Senior Jazz

    June 21st  

    • 8th Grade Cruise | During the School Day

    June 22nd 

    • 8th Grade Promotion | Save the Date | Time TBD

    Please check the calendar on the Hamilton Calendar for a complete listing of events.



    PTSA News

    Join the PTSA!  Open Board Positions for 2018-19

    The PTSA Board has several open positions next year including support positions. 

    Elected Board Positions 

    Vice President

    Appointed Board Positions

    6th Grade Liaison
    7th Grade Liaison
    Member at Large
    Mini-Grants Co-Chair
    Membership Co-Chair 

    Key PTSA Roles and Support Positions

    Support positions would not require you to attend Board Meetings and would limit your commitment to the amount of time/energy that you have available.  Support positions will help to support the Board in actualizing the Board's goals.  

    Treasurer Support
    Events Support
    Legislative Support
    Art Contest Coordinator
    Reflections Coordinator

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    Letter from the Future Principal

    Dorian Manza

    Dear Hamilton Families, Staff, and Community Members,

    It is with great pride and excitement that I am writing this letter to you as the newly appointed Principal at Hamilton International Middle School for the 2018 school year. My wife Merrill, and my daughters Penelope and Izzy and I cannot wait to become Hamilton Hawks! I am thrilled to return to working with middle school students, staff, and families. I am excited to focus on positive relationships, high quality teaching and learning, collaboration, racial equity, and fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all. Hamilton has a rich tradition of high academic achievement, a robust music and arts program, a strong dual language immersion program and much more. I am eager to join the tradition of success and bring my instructional leadership experience to this fabulous learning community.

    I am starting my fifteenth year in education, and my fundamental goal has not changed since the first day I stepped into the classroom as a teacher: I want to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of students. As teachers and building leaders, we have a profound responsibility to educate children from a holistic approach including reading and writing, math and science, health and fitness, the arts, foreign language, and social-emotional development. I look forward to learning from the Hamilton staff and working with the community to continue to improve student learning for all students in every classroom every day. In addition, I anticipate working side by side with families and community members to provide the best middle school experience a student can have, enabling our students to leave Hamilton highly prepared for high school and beyond.

    I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Hamilton International Middle School. I will be working with Principal Blish to ensure a successful transition and I will be spending time in the upcoming weeks meeting with staff, students, and the community. I am committed to developing positive and lasting relationships and I will work toward supporting an instructional program and school climate that continue to result in high academic achievement of all students. I look forward to working with the Hamilton school community.

    Go Hawks! 

    Dorian Manza


    Hamilton School News


    ★Tonight Parent Information Night - The Power of Parents 

    "The Power of Parents" - How you can prevent risky behaviors
    Thursday April 19 form 6:30-8:00 pm. in the library. Only for parents. 

    Parents face more challenges than ever to keep their children safe and healthy. Lisa Davidson, Seattle Public Schools Prevention and Intervention Manager, will review different risky behaviors among adolescents and strategies for helping your child navigate the teen years.

    Participants will Learn:  

    • Hamilton’s 2016 Healthy Youth Survey data, including information on student behaviors and attitudes towards marijuana and other drugs
    • Five key parent strategies for preventing risky behavior
    • New products and trends—vaping, over the counter drugs, and more
    • How to have tough conversations



    This informative evening is for ADULTS ONLY

    ★NEW  WEB Team - Attention current 7th Graders

    The WEB team is beginning it’s recruitment process for next year. We will need about 80 of our current 7th graders to become 8th grade WEB leaders for next year. WEB stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” and is a transition program that connects 8th graders to incoming 6th graders  to help them transition as they become Hamilton Hawks. If you have a 7th grader looking for a leadership opportunity, please encourage them to fill out an application and join the fun. Applications will be available on April 26th and will be due on May 10.

    ★NEW  Moving Schools? 

    If you are not attending Hamilton next year please see the information below. 

    In an effort to keep our roster as pertinent as possible, the below site was activated today so that families that know they will not be attending HIMS next year (2018-2019) may go online and drop them from NEXT YEARS database.  Families will continue to receive information/ROBO calls/Mailings regarding the current school year (2017-18).


    Counseling Corner

    Attn: 8th Graders | High School Transition

    High School Counselors from Ballard, Roosevelt, Ingraham, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Center School and Nova will visit Hamilton’s 8th graders to review class options to choose for your students schedule that will begin in September 2018.  Prior to the school counselor visits, the high schools will send home an information packet about core subjects, electives, auditions, etc.  

    Class option forms will be collected by the high school counselors on April 20

    Drug & Alcohol Prevention  

    • Classroom lessons taught in March by Kelly Kerby, Neighborcare Therapist and Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist -  6th and 8th Grade
    • Project Alert Prevention Lessons to be taught by 7th grade Science teachers in June
    • Parent Information Night on April 19th 6:30-8pm | Lisa Davidson, SPS prevention specialist




    Order Your Hamilton Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from


    Hamilton Athletics

    Hamilton Boys Soccer 

    Soccer Practice will be at Lower Woodland.  The team will meet after school and walk to Lower Woodland together.  Parents please pick up your student at Lower Woodland (Northernmost Fields) at 5:30 pm.  

    Varsity: Tuesday & Thursday, After School
    Varsity Soccer Schedule
    Junior Varsity: Tuesday & Thursday, After School
    Junior Varsity Soccer Schedule

    Girls Volleyball  

    Volleyball Practice will be in the Gym.  

    Varsity:  Practice Monday & Thursday, 4-6pm
    Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule
    Junior Varsity:  Practice Tuesday & Friday, 4-6pm
    Junior Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule

    Hamilton Track Team   

    Track Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:50pm to 5:35pm. Most practices are held at Lower Woodland track field, and a few at the park adjacent to Hamilton.  The team runs together to and from practices.  Parents can pic up students at Hamilton at 5:45PM. 

    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:50-5:35
    Middle School Track Meet Schedule

    For more information
    Hamilton Athletics:
    Seattle Schools Schedules and Information:


    Music News

    ★NEW Become a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2018-2019

    Music parents, please consider joining the FOMAHI Board. Being part of the Board is a rewarding experience. We support the amazing work of HIMS music educators and their students through trip planning, concert operations, fundraising, and much more. It is also a great way to meet other HIMS parents and learn more about the school.  Don’t let our amazing program wither!  If you know any rising 6th grader music parents who may be interested, please spread the word.

    Open Positions

    • Band Co-President: works with the two other co-presidents to facilitate monthly board meetings, co-leads the board through consistent email communication, works with the band director and band volunteers to coordinate events throughout the year. Attends monthly board meetings. 
    • Vice President for Concert Operations:  Helps coordinate concerts operations for band/choir/orchestra including delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs.  Attends monthly board meetings.
    • Volunteer Coordinator:  Recruits volunteers for HIMS music concerts and events.  Attends monthly board meetings.


    We would love to tell you more. If interested, please contact Fiona Cohen at or

    Volunteers Needed for Wild Waves

    On Saturday, June 9th, the Jr. Orchestra, Jr. Band, Treble Choir and Jr. Jazz Band will be participating in Wild Waves Music in the Parks, and we still in need of a few chaperones! It should be an amazing day of music, rides and fun. This is a full day commitment (approx. 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Please contact Naria Santa Lucia at if you are willing to help out! 

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    HOST After-School Program

    ★Updated  Spring HOST Session has begun!

    Spring YMCA HOST runs from April 2nd – June 7th

    Host Webpage:



    Seattle Schools News

    Lincoln High School Community Meeting

    April 23rd, 6:30 pm in the Hamilton Commons 

    Future Lincoln High School Families,  

    Come join us for an update on the progress of reopening Lincoln High School and join in on the planning.  
    Topics to be covered in the upcoming community meeting: 

    • Update on the Vision/Planning Process
    • Updates on Building/Construction Progress
    • Introduction of Teachers
    • Course Pathways  
    • Formation of Parent Groups


    Seattle Skills Center - Attn: 8th Graders

     We are a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for college, careers, and life. We provide this training through our regular school year courses and our summer program. The Summer Skills Center Program provides free Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses to Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th - 12th grade. Summer Registration is now open (  


    Form more information:

    Family Survey

    A Family survey will be distributed by email starting the week of April 16. Households without a parent/guardian email address on file will receive a paper survey in the mail with a prepaid return envelope. See the Family Survey FAQ for more details at the following link:

    School Levies Community Meetings 

    School Levies are Being Planned, Maybe Even a New High School

    Planning is underway for two school funding levies to be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2019. Seattle Public Schools requests input and feedback on possible projects. 
    The 2019 Operations Levy is a renewal of the expiring Operations Levy; it provides approximately 20 percent of the district’s general fund annual budget and supports educational programs not fully funded by the state.

    The 2019 Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy is a renewal of the expiring BEX IV Capital Levy. It will include projects to improve earthquake safety and other security needs, add more space to meet growing enrollment needs, replace or repair school buildings and systems, and fund major preventive maintenance throughout the school district. There's a rumor that it might include a new North Seattle high school.

    At the community meetings, district staff members will present information, collect input and feedback, and answer questions. Interpreters will be available by request.

    Mon., April 236:30-8:15 p.m.: Seattle World School (T.T. Minor School) lunchroom, 1700 East Union Street
    Tues., April 246:30-8:15 p.m.: Jane Addams Middle School lunchroom, 11051-34th Avenue NE
    Thurs., April 266:30-8:15 p.m.: Salmon Bay K-8 School (Monroe School) lunchroom, 1810 NW 65th Street

    Comments and questions are welcome via email or mail.
    Operations Levy:


    Community News


    ★NEW Service Trip to India Summer 2019

    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"  Has your student always wanted to travel abroad? Do they have a passion for volunteer work?  Now they have the opportunity to travel with a purpose. This service trip to India is about people, connections and self-discovery—all working together to change the world. It’s about being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s called ‘travelling with purpose.'

    Just a few hundred miles southwest of New Delhi is the ancient city of Udaipur—a bustling collection of palaces and winding waterways that earned it the name “City of Lakes”. From the moment you step foot into town, your senses will be overwhelmed with the aroma of samosas cooking in street stalls, the vibrant colors of sari-clad women and the sound of hundreds of conversations in dozens of languages. If you want to learn more about the work we will be doing on this trip, and how your student can explore a new culture while working alongside community members and the award-winning charity Free the Children, please attend an informational session with Ms. Batty and Ms. Montague at the Ballard Branch Library on April 23, 2018 at 6pm. Please RSVP at this link:


    If your son wants to have fun and make friends while becoming a stronger basketball player and a great teammate, this is the camp for him! The Beaver Hoop Camp is designed to provide individual skill instruction and emphasize team concepts in a fun and safe learning environment.

    July 16-20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard High School

    Register at: 

    Sign up before May 1st for early bird special pricing

    Disaster Preparedness Workshops 

    Disaster Skills Workshop
    Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30PM @ Hamilton Library

    City of Seattle/SPS Disaster Skills Workshop for Hamilton school staff and Wallingford Community in Hamilton MS Library. Details, alternative dates and location, and registration at:

    Light Search and Rescue Workshop
    Tuesday, June 12, 6-8PM @ Hamilton Library

    City of Seattle/SPS Light Search and Rescue Workshop for Hamilton school staff (optional; no clock hours) and Wallingford Community in Hamilton MS Library. Details, alternative  dates and location, and registration at:

    Kid Summer Sailing Opportunities!

    The Corinthian Yacht Club at Shilshole has sail camps for those learning how to sail and also for older kids who have had some past sailing experience. Camps are for sailors age 8 - 18 and focus on having fun on the water and improving sailing skills. One week long day camps run throughout the summer from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information and registration see this web link:


    Fall Season Registration is Now Open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club ! 

    Seattle Celtic will be holding Fall season tryouts from April 16 - May 5. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2011 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment. 

    Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at 

    Questions? Contact us at for further information."

    Come Learn Ultimate with the Seattle Cascades Pro Team!

    Cascades Academy is coming to Memorial Stadium, April 7th. Come play Ultimate Frisbee with us, stay for the 2018 opening game, and watch your coaches play!! Special Deal: we'll be offering participants both a youth and one (1) adult ticket for the April 7th game. Additional adult tickets can be purchased at sign-in for the reduced price of $10.

    This Cascades Academy is a bit different, we have the opportunity to play on the stadium field for an hour and a half. The team will drop by to throw with our students for the last 15-30 minutes. 
    Due to limited field space, we'll be hosting only our Elementary and Middle School players. All abilities and genders are welcome. High Schoolers- we encourage you to check out Friday Night Lights, coming soon!


    Saturday, April 7th "FOREHAND TECHNIQUE & PERSON DEFENSE" Memorial Stadium (turf) Elementary School 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Middle School 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


    Sign up! This clinic is $20, or $30 including either a jersey, shorts or a disc. Register here
    Scholarship, cleats, and snacks: Our clinics are open to all who would like to join us. To this end, we will always have a bag of cleats to loan at our clinics (feel free to donate to our collection!), scholarships are readily available by emailing Monica (, snacks are allergy sensitive (please double check ingredients if there is a life-threatening allergy).


    Seattle JazzED Summer Camps – Now enrolling! 

    Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids and ensuring equal access for all with scholarships and instrument loan assistance. Currently over 500 kids from 70+ schools come through our doors annually. Scholarships are available for any Seattle JazzED summer camp. Families are encouraged to fill out the scholarship form here:

    Summer Jazz Ambassadors 
    Mon, July 9 - Sat, July 21 OR Mon, July 23 - Fri, August 3
    Build your confidence and skills playing and performing high-energy music with popular Seattle JazzED big band educator Ricardo Luna (new director!) As part of your performance training and community outreach, you’ll hone your public speaking and diplomacy to prepare a workshop for young students at a local community center and a final concert at the Royal Room. You’ll gain valuable experience by sharing your music, your instrument and your unique perspective as an ambassador for music. High-schoolers can earn 30 service hours as Leaders-in-Training. $625 early-bird ($675 after April 14) Scholarships and payment plans available. Grades 6-12, all instruments.

    Summer Percussion Project
      Mon, July 23 - Fri, July 27
    No matter your style, the rigor and technique of drumline will benefit you. Tony Sodano, Director of Garfield High School and Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, will work with you to make sure your grip is spot on and your time is like a metronome. You'll play snare, bass drum, cymbals, auxiliary percussion, drumset and mallets. $395. Scholarships and payment plans available. Grades 6-12, drummers and percussionists.

    Summer Advanced Institute 
    Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10 
    Faculty Riley Mulherkar, Sammy Miller and Marina Albero will challenge advanced students to approach jazz with a holistic understanding of its history and development through ensemble work, masterclasses, and group discussion. Students will hone their leadership skills as band leaders and end the week with a live in-studio performance at KNKX 88.5 FM. $395 early-bird ($455 after April 14) Scholarships and payment plans available.  Grades 10-12, Grade 9 by audition.

    Summer Vocal Institute  
    Mon, August 13 - Fri, August 17

    Learn to sing in a new way with Johnaye Kendrick and Dawn Clement, renowned jazz musicians and Cornish College of the Arts faculty. You'll focus on singing freely and improvising in a supportive learning environment. A great opportunity to expand your skills or try vocal training for the first time. Final performance at The Royal Room. $395 early-bird ($455 after April 14). Scholarships and payment plans available. Grades 7-12.




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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

    Hamilton PTSA

    Past Newsletters:

    The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar