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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    April 26, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    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

    May 7-21st 

    • Smarter Balanced Testing ELA & Math 

    May 8th 

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00pm | Hamilton Library (Open to the public)

    May 9th 

    • PTSA Sponsored Staff Luncheon - Cinco de Mayo | All Lunches | Staff Lounge

    May 11th 

    • 8th Grade Dance | 7:00-9:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    May 30th 

    • PTSA Spring Membership Meeting | 7:00-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    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

    ★NEW Spring Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, May 30th 7-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    Mark your calendars for the PTSA Spring Membership Meeting, with guest: Dorian Manza, Hamilton's incoming principal for 2018-2019. Wednesday, May 30th, 7-8:30 in Hamilton Library. Join your fellow parents to discuss year-end plans, vote on next year's budget and board nominations, and get to know our new principal. (It's not too late to get involved with the board for next year: if you'd like to learn about roles that might be a good fit for you, contact

    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

    For more information contact

    Follow the Hamilton PTSA on Facebook

    Facebook Image  The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook.


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Bethany Sjoberg

    Dear Hamilton Families,


     Fourth quarter is in full swing here at Hamilton, we are in the home stretch of the year.  Spring is also a busy time of year with assessments, field trips, 8th grade dance, promotion (and a lot of learning still to go!).  This week 8th grade students took the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.  Starting on May 7th, we will begin the ELA and Math Assessments for all students.  During these assessments in May, we will be implementing a block schedule (125-minute classes, 3 classes each day). Students will take the ELA test when their ELA classes meet the first week and will take the Math when their Math classes meet the second week.  Students will attend their other classes, as regular. 


     At Hamilton, part of our mission is to be a collaborative community.  I love seeing the way that students work together to include one another and build community.  This month our Spirit club started a campaign called “Sit with Us.”  They created flyers that students could tape to the end of their tables in the lunch room to show that they are a safe and welcoming table.  We have a number of other clubs that meet weekly during advisory that serve to facilitate community building, including La Chispa, Black Brown Student Union (BSU), Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Hamilton Against Racism (HAR), and Green Team.  Any student is welcome to join these clubs and just needs to get a pass from the club adviser.    


    Enjoy the sunshine and go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg, Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    ★NEW  8th Grade Dance

    8th Grade Dance Coming May 11th 
    Mark Your Calendars! 
    A Night out for you and your friends! 
    DJ, Photo Booth, Pizza, Pop, Desserts, Fun! 

    What: 8th graders only dance
    Theme:  Oceans
    When: May 11, 7-9pm
    Where: The Commons in Hamilton
    Why: This night gives the 8th graders a chance to hang out, dance, listen to music, eat pizza and have a couple hours of fun on a Friday night
    How: Have your 8th grader sign up for the dance in during advisory/homeroom. NO RSVP IN HOMEROOM, NO ENTRANCE TO THE DANCE, NO EXCUSES  No charge, but your child is invited to bring a dessert for the night

    We Need Chaperones, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chaperones needed!  
    Sign Up Here:

    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.

    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).


    State Assessment Testing Schedule

    Date   Assessment  Description
    May 7-14 SBA ELA (all grades)   Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled ELA classes.
    May 15-21  SBA Math (all grades)  Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled Math class 
    May 22-25  Extended time (all grades)   Additional time will be provided for all students who need to complete their assessments


    For more information about the Smarter Balanced assessments, visit

    To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test, visit

    Please call or email test coordinators Deirdre Schreiber ( or Bethany Sjoberg ( if you have questions about state testing.

    Counseling Corner

    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




    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 Practices are 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 pick up students at Hamilton at 5:45pm. 

    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:50-5:35pm
    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

    ★NEW Orchestra Chamber Night

    We would like to invite everyone interested to Chamber Night this Thursday, April 26 at 7pm in the Hamilton Commons.  The Hamilton Chamber Orchestra has prepared some concerti and selections of chamber music for a wonderful program including the works of Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart.  We hope to see you there.

    Music In The Parks

    Music in the Parks is on June 9th! 

    All Junior Band, Junior Orchestra, Treble Choir and Junior Jazz students should have received field trip forms. These forms (and payment) are due by May 4th. 

    If you would like to chaperone, please contact Jamila Reid at!

    Come cheer on the performances. The schedule is as follows:

    Treble Choir, Junior Orchestra & Junior Jazz

    Thomas Jefferson High School 
    4248 South 288thStreet, Auburn WA 98001

    • Treble Choir Warm-Up at 10:00 am
    • Treble Choir Performance at 10:20am 
    • Junior Orchestra Warm-Up at 11:20 am 
    • Junior Orchestra Performance at 11:45 am 
    • Junior Jazz Warm-Up at 11:45 am
    • Junior Jazz Performance at 12:10 pm

    Junior Band

    St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
    515 S. 312th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003

    • Jr. Band Warm-up at 10:55 am
    • Jr. Band Performance at 11:20 am (this is the correct time; forms have a typo)

    After the ensembles’ adjudicated performances, students will spend the afternoon at:

    Wild Waves & Enchanted Village Theme Park
    26201 Enchanted Parkway South, Federal Way, WA 98003 


    HOST After-School Program

    Spring HOST Session

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

    Host Webpage:



    Seattle Schools News

    ★NEW  Ingraham High School - Attn: Future Rams 8th Graders

    Hello families of 8th graders and incoming Ingraham freshmen!

    Are you interested in socializing with current Ram families and making an immediate impact for the student body? Please consider attending Ingraham's annual fundraiser on Sat May 5th. It is a fun night of dinner/music, silent/live auction, dessert dash, raffle and more. We can even seat you with incoming families. All students are a part of the Friends of Ingraham.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, go to this link.

    Also, please join the Friends of Ingraham Community Facebook page to start receiving relevant information and being a part of a wonderful community. 


    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 Teen Program - Stroum Jewish Community

    The Stroum Jewish Community is excited to announce that applications for a new teen program are open! The Giving Initiative For Teens (GIFT) will allow teens to identify important causes in the community, learn the ins and outs of non-profits, meet local philanthropists, and allocate money to important causes. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community while developing leadership skills. Applications are due May 20.”

    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:

    ★NEW  One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!

    Ravenna, Magnuson, Queen Anne, Meadowbrook, Laurelhurst 

     - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.

     - Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Camps, Guard & Post Play Clinic

     - Basketball Day Camps at Magnuson are now offered up to Age 13!


    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below, 

    then click on CAMPS:





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    Hamilton International Middle School

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

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    The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar