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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    December 14, 2017



    Upcoming Dates

    Dec. 14th (Thursday)

    • Band Concert | 7pm | Hamilton Gym Tonight

    Dec.  15th (Friday)

    • One Hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm

    Dec. 16th - Jan. 1st 

    • Winter Break | No School


    • First day back from Winter Break | Tuesday, Jan. 2nd 

    Jan. 3rd (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Meeting 

    Jan. 12th (Friday)

    • Ski Bus Starts   

    Jan. 15th (Monday)

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day | No School

    Jan. 20th (Saturday)

    • Admissions Fair for Option Schools  | 10 - 2pm | Mercer Intl. Middle School 

    Jan. 25th (Monday)

    • Hamilton Open House  | 6:30-8:30pm

    Jan. 31st (Wednesday)

    • Day between semesters | No School

    Feb. 19th - 23rd 

    • Midwinter Break | No School

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


    PTSA News

    Updated★ Hamilton Fall Fund Drive 

    Fall Fund Drive
     From the entire PTSA board, we would like to thank everyone who has generously donated to the Fall Fund Drive. We are in the last few days and as of last Friday we were 78% to goal with a 37% participation rate. While this is a fantastic number, it does still mean a $35,000 gap in fully funding our budget THIS year! Without a fully funded budget we will not be able to support the items that we had hoped, such as science kits so all the students could have hands-on experiences with the new curriculum or class sets of books for the World Language departments. These are just two examples of the enrichment opportunities that are in the plans for this year, but cannot happen without your help. If you have not yet donated, please consider donating TODAY!

     Donate Now

    Updated★ PTSA Meeting:  January 3rd

    Save the Date: Wednesday, January 3, for a Forum: Will Seattle Schools Be Fully Funded in 2018-19?

    You may have heard rumors of recent new funding for Washington state's school and restrictions by the state on the use of levies. At the same time, Seattle Public Schools forecasts a budget shortfall despite the increasing overcrowding at the schools and an inability to completely fund basic projects like refurbishing Lincoln High School remain underfunded. 

    Join us at 7:30pm on January 3rd in the Hamilton International Middle School library to hear from our local legislators on how Seattle will be impacted by recent and upcoming legislation.
    Panelists will include:
    We'll hear from each member of the panel as well as take questions from parents. To make sure we have time to address your questions, please send them in advance to the Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaison, Sam Bell, at

    Parents are already asking questions such as:
    1. Will the fields at the Wallingford Playfield be upgraded to turf so that Hamilton Middle School, Lincoln High School, and local soccer clubs be able to use them? Are fields and athletics considered part of what the State needs to fund? If a local responsibility, who pays?
    2. At Lincoln High School, the current capital levies only allow for renovating the academic spaces. There is no or limited money to repair the auditorium, which is used by multiple schools. Are arts part of a basic education and is funding a State responsibility?
    3. Why are there restrictions placed on local levies, including the amount raised and how the funds are used? Why do levies require more than a majority vote? Will those restrictions be removed in the upcoming legislative session?
    4. When will the legislature define what constitutes a basic education?

    Reflections Art Exhibit 


    If you are at the Seattle Center between December 1st and January 7th, stop by the Armory Loft and see students' art work from all over the city. Hamilton students have seven pieces of art on display.


    Letter from the Principal

    Dear Hamilton International Middle School Families,

    Allow me to take this space to wish you a warm and celebratory end of 2017. I hope that you can find some time to be with your friends and families during the school break.

    Of course, the end of the calendar year is not the end of the school year, but I will take this time to reflect on the last 12 months at Hamilton.

    It wasn’t long after the new year that a group of students walked out of class with the hope of adding their voices to a national call for compassion, civility, empathy in the United States – connected to the inauguration of the new president.

    Although we like our students to be in class, this action is consistent with our mission to prepare students to be empathetic actors in a diverse and interconnected world.

    It’s a tall ask in middle school, and, yet, it is just the right time/right age for students to become outward looking, to try out empathetic and different positions, and to practice using their voices to affect the world around them.

    Of course, sometimes our challenge to students is not only adding their voices to the conversation, but to listen to the voices of others—to move the chatter to discourse and dialogue.

    I wish you genuine … device-free … conversation, community, and a happy new year! 

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal


    Hamilton School News

    Hamilton Open House

    Do you know someone who is considering attending Hamilton next year?  Invite them to visit during out Open House, January 25, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

    TeenTech Global Winners!

    Congratulations to 6 Hamilton Students whose teams won second and third place this year at the international TeenTech Global competition.  TeenTech Global is a Civic Hackathon that brings students together to develop tech solutions to local and global community problems.  The Hamilton winners, announced on December 9th in San Francisco, were:
    Global Second Place Winner:  Team Validity.  In the era of Fake News, this team created the prototype for an app to differentiate reliable from false information on news sites and blogs.
    Team members: Arya G, Galen W, Liam S. Maddox S, and Sebastian P - all 8th grade Hamilton students
    Global Third Place Winner:  Team iFriend.  This group designed a social networking app that connects new immigrant children to children of US residents /citizens, with the goal of making a welcoming connection for new immigrants / refugees.
    Team members:  Sophie S (6th grade, Hamilton) along with two non-Hamilton students, Dahna K (JAMS) & Ava G (Cascadia ES)

    Yearbook Photos Needed

    The Hamilton Yearbook Staff is requesting uploads of school-related photos (field trips, spirit wear/school pride, concerts, athletics, and etc.) for potential inclusion in the HIMS 2017-18 yearbook!

    Anyone - adult or student - can submit photos via new software from our yearbook publisher – of course all submissions will be reviewed by adult staff members before being added to the photo pool for review by students.  These photos will be considered for use in addition to photos taken by students on the yearbook staff.

    Go to and enter school code: HIMS.  The website will ask you to give contact information (so we can reach you if necessary and will ask you to provide details about the names of students or the event - please provide as much information as you can. You will be able to upload 10 photos at a time.  For questions about uploading photos or if you need an alternative workaround for uploading large numbers of photos, please contact Lisa Melenyzer at

    Updated★From the Counseling Department 

    Suggested Reading

    The Right Way for Parents to Help Anxious Children

    High School Transition 

    Seattle High Schools Information Nights - for more information please visit high school websites.  

    Ballard High School | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
    Cleveland High School | Jan. 19, Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am
    Center School | 
    Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm
    Garfield High School | Jan. 18 | 6pm-8pm
    Ingraham High School
     | Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm
    Ingraham IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7pm
    Nathan Hale | Feb. 13 | 6-8:30pm 
    Roosevelt High School | 
    Feb. 1 | 6:30pm

    Private/Independent High Schools Information Nights – for more information please visit high school websites.  For application support, remember to contact Hamilton registrar, Ms. Peila.

    Holy Names Academy | Jan. 4 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Bishop Blanchet | go to school website

    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

    Winter Sports - Basketball 

    Seattle Schools Sports Schedules and Information

    For more information about the Hamilton Athletics Department or upcoming sports click here:



    Music News

    Band Concert Tonight

    Dec. 14th | 7 pm  | Hamilton Gym 

    Band Concert is in the Hamilton Gym.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be held in two sessions. Musicians will arrive 30 minutes prior to your session.  More details as date approaches.  Attendees will enter through the Commons, then proceed to the Gym.  Bake sale will be held in the Commons.

    7:00-7:45 pm:   Beginner and Junior* Band Performances 
    8:00-8:45 pm:   Intermediate* and Senior Band Performances
    * please note the time change for both Junior and Intermediate Band Performances

    Volunteers Still Needed!  

    1.  FOMAHI concert crew & band directors need parent helpers the night of the Dec 14th concert.  This is our first concert of the year AND in a new location.  We need help with set-up, door ushering and organizing performers beforehand.  Please consider donating an hour of your time so students and the instructors can focus on the performance that night! 

    Note: you can work the backstage shift when your student is not performing!

    2.  Bakers/bake sale volunteers needed:  
    Want to raise money for a good cause at an event you already plan to attend?  Follow this bake sale link to donate your baked good or your time.  Reminder, come before or after your student's performance to enjoy a Banh Mi sandwich as well at the bake sale.

    Amazon Smile to Benefit FOMAHI

    Just in time for holiday shopping, FOMAHI now has a button on our website to shop at Amazon. Please bookmark the page and use the link when you make purchases at Amazon and a percentage of your purchase will go towards a donation to FOMAHI as part of the Amazon Smile program -

    Junior Jazz and Men's Choir

    Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir winter registration will open on December 4th. The session will begin on January 2nd.  Registration will be at

    Register for FOMAHI

    Have you seen all the great stuff going on at the music concerts, including concert operations, bake sales, programs, and our wonderful musicians?  Much of this would not be possible, or at least to this degree, without your support of FOMAHI, the parent volunteer run booster club.

    It is STILL not to late to register your student to help fund programs, and get helpful information.

    Please, if you have not done so yet, register your NEW and RETURNING student and if able, pay the $25 enrichment fee at


    Concert Attire Exchange

    Tired of buying black dress shoes your student outgrows before the year is out?  Concert attire (black shoes, black shirt, black pants/slacks) exchange now available.  Bins for each are in the hallway in front of the band room.  Donate your outgrown attire, take whatever available that fits.  When you donate, please make sure clothes are clean, and shoes are somehow paired (in a bag, or tied together).

    Contact FOMAHI:



    HOST After-School Program

    Winter HOST Registration 

    Online registration opens for Winter HOST classes on:  Jan. 8th @ 6:30pm 
    For more information view the HOST Webpage:  Click Here


    Seattle Schools News

    Seattle High School Information Nights

    For more information please visit high school websites. 

    Ballard High School 
    | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
    Tours & Open House Info Cleveland High School | Jan. 19, Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am Tours & Open House Info Center School | Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm  Tours & Open House Info Garfield High School | Jan. 16 10am-11:30am | Jan. 18 6pm-8pm Tours & Open House Info Ingraham High School | Feb. 6 7pm-9pm | IB Info Night | Feb. 8 7:00pm Tours & Open House Info Nathan Hale High School | Feb. 13 | 6pm-8:30pm Tours & Open House Info Roosevelt High School | Feb. 1 | 6:30pm-8:30pm Tours & Open House Info Option School Choice Fair | Jan 20th | 10am-2pm Tours & Open House Info




    SkiBus UPDATED★

    Hamilton’s SkiBus program is now completely full, thanks to everyone who signed up during October and November. 
    We will have a student meeting during homeroom on December 8 to discuss the fun and the rules, and hand out essential paperwork. If your student still wants to ride SkiBus, it is possible to come on a week-by-week basis depending on space available. Please contact the coordinator, Jan (parent volunteer), at or 206.297.7616 if you have any questions. 

    Spring Season registration is now open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club!

    Seattle Celtic will be holding Spring season tryouts the week of January 8. 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 Tryouts will take place the week of January 8-15 at Magnuson Park Field #5. Full schedule is posted here and prospective new players can register for tryouts here.
    Questions? Contact us at for further information.




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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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