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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    February 15, 2018



    Upcoming Dates 

    Feb. 15th (Thursday)

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting | Hamilton Library

    Feb. 16th (Friday)

    • BSU and La Chispa students field trip to UW
    • Open Enrollment for School Choice Forms Due 
    • Ski Bus

    Feb. 19th - 23rd  (Monday - Friday)

    • President's Day/Midwinter Break | No School

    Feb. 19th (Monday)

    • Hamilton Chess Tournament | 7am-5pm | Commons & Gym 

    Feb. 22nd - 24th (Thursday - Saturday)

    • Vocal Jazz Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival | Moscow, Idaho

    March 2nd (Friday) 

    •  PTSA March Membership Meeting followed by ANGST (The Movie) | 6:30-9 PM
    • Edmonds Jazz Festival:  Vocal Jazz 
    • Ski Bus

    March 3rd (Saturday) 

    • ANGST (The Movie) | 11am-1pm (corrected time)

    March 2nd - 3rd (Friday/Saturday)

    •  Camp Burton Junior and Senior Orchestra

    March 6th (Tuesday) 

    •  Jazz Night | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons

    March 8th (Thursday) 

    •  Choir Concert | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons

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


    PTSA News

    New PTSA March Membership Meeting followed by ANGST (The Movie) 

    Join the Hamilton PTSA for our March Membership Meeting at 6:30, followed by ANGST (The Movie). Topics we'll be discussing:
    • Principal Blish's departure and the hiring plan for a new principal
    • Soliciting community feedback on priorities for the new principal
    • Membership vote on proposal to partially fund counselor and nurse positions in FY18-19 school year
    • Join the nominating committee to build next year's PTSA board
    • More information on ANGST (The Movie) available in the From the Counseling Office Section below.  


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    Next week is mid-winter break.  Please enjoy the time off.  When we return we will spend a little time in classes reviewing the school-wide expectations.  As a school, we are making an effort to be explicit about the expectations and honoring students that are positively guiding Hamilton. Hawk Stars are a way that staff can recognize students for the good work they are doing in the Hamilton community.  Each month many students are honored by school staff for their good work.  

    8th grade US History classes will all participate in a field trip to Jack Straw Productions. After writing short, historical fiction radio plays, voice coaches from Jack Straw came to HIMS and coached students on voice technique in order to make the recordings as professional as possible. The last step in this process is to go to the studio and record. In addition to time in the sound booth recording their own scripts, all students worked to help “produce” other groups’ plays. This includes learning a bit about the control room, and helping with sound effects. Many thanks to the PTSA for funding this experience for our students. We look forward to hearing the finished products.

    Have a nice mid-winter break.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder
    Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    Updated Course Selection for 6th & 7th graders 

    Course selection form for our current 6th and 7th graders will be handed out on Thursday the 8th during Advisory and are due back no later than Monday, February 26th.

    Click here to download the form:  Course Selection 2018-2019

    High School Alignment Plan Science Update for Hamilton Community

    A High School Alignment Plan was announced recently and a there has been a lot of questions about the new changes in high school courses.  The High School Science Alignment Plan eliminates the 9th grade physical science course. In its place, it offers a semester of chemistry and a semester of physics in 9th grade, followed by a full year of biology in 10th grade, and a second semester of chemistry and second semester of physics in 11th grade. In the 12th year students are offered a choice of advanced science courses.  Science teachers support the plan because it eliminates redundancies between the middle and high school science courses and creates additional opportunities for student learning in the 12th grade.

    Standard Pathway


    Subject to take 


    Chemistry A/Physics A


    Bio A/ Bio B


    Chemistry B/ Physics B* 


    AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, Electives 

    The High School Science Alignment Plan eliminates the 9
    th grade physical science course, which was redundant with what is now being taught in middle school science courses throughout the district. Over the past three years, the Middle School Alignment Team aligned the middle school science courses with the Washington State Next Generation Science Standards.  The topics taught at middle school, such as force and motion, are now redundant with those taught in the 9thgrade physical science course. The new High School Science Alignment plan eliminates this redundancy.

    In the High School Science Alignment Plan students will complete all three core science courses at the end of their 11th grade year providing an opportunity for students to take an advanced science course in their 12th grade year. These may include AP Science, IB Science, Biotechnology or college in the high school courses.  In the current sequence, most students do not have the opportunity to take advanced science courses unless they arrive to high school with advanced math skills.  In the new plan, all students will have an opportunity to explore advanced science topics in the 12th grade.  For the students who are in the HCC program they will complete the core science courses at the end of their 9th grade year, allowing three full years for advanced science courses.  

    There will be a few transition years for our HCC students as the courses will be offered for the first-time next year.  Please refer to the following tables:

    HCC Pathway for Students taking HCC 7th Science Before 2018


    Subject to take 


    High School Physical Science


    High School Biology 


    Chemistry or Physics 


    Chemistry or Physics
    IF Chemistry in 9th grade they can take AP Bio, AP Chemistry
    IF Physics in 9th grade they can take AP Chemistry

    HCC Pathway for 7th Grade students entering HCC science in 2018


    Subject to take 


    Chemistry A/Physics A


    Bio A/Bio B


    Chemistry B/ Physics B 


    AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, Electives 


    AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, Electives 


    AP Bio, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, Electives 

    If you have more questions about the plan you may visit the 
    Seattle Public School Science Alignment website.  

    Jen Fox (
    Science Department Chair

    New From the Counseling Department

    We are moving into our 4th and final unit of Second Step Lessons during Tuesday Advisory. Unit 4 is entitled Serious Peer Conflicts and has nine lessons. In this unit “Students learn how to identify, avoid, and resolve serious conflicts and help prevent bullying and harassment”.  Ask your students about their advisory discussions!


    Having challenges with parenting your teen? Second Step has a great new FREE resource for parents as well…


    Explore this groundbreaking new website that brings parents and teens together to improve communication and strengthen connections. Created by the Second Step Middle School team, ParenTeen Connect is open to all parents and teens--- even those not currently using the Second Step Program. The site features real parents and teens talking about real issues like screen time and independence, and it provides expert advice from renowned parenting expert Dr. Laura Kastner. Designed to support parents and teens outside the classroom, is also integrated into the Second Step Middle School Program. Eight new activities focus on topics like perspective taking and communication and link to videos on Explore these new activities and share this exciting new resource with the families in your community.

    ANGST (The Movie)

    Reports and diagnosis of anxiety are on the rise – in our school community and in our country. The results of our Hamilton student needs assessment this fall showed 14% of 8th graders; 12 % of 7th graders and 13% of 6th graders self-reporting concerns about anxiety. The counseling department and Hamilton staff are working to implement supports for all students. Increasing awareness is the first step. We have implemented “Mindful Mondays” this year as a part of our weekly advisory schedule. Next month we will be hosting 2 screenings of the documentary ANGST for our community….

    Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. 

    Mark your calendars for March 2nd (evening) and/or March 3rd (matinee)!


    Learn More:


    Article in Parent Map this week related to anxiety:


    Talking to your Child or Teen about anxiety:


    APPS to assist:

    Breath2Relax ; Headspace ; MindShift; Pacifica ; Stop Breathe & Think


    From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 

    New Avoiding Illness During Flu Season

    Reminder on ways to stay healthy and avoid spreading illness

    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

    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

    ★Updated Hawks Ultimate Spring League  

    Register for Try Outs by THIS Saturday, Feb. 17th 

    Registration for Spring league Ultimate Club is now open on the Hawks Ultimate website!

    If your student would like to join tryouts for Spring Ultimate please register 
    by Saturday, Feb 17th. Students can only try out if they register and forms are submitted.

    Tryouts are planned the week after Mid-Winter break:
    Tuesday 2/27 - 6th grade - 4:00-5:30
    Wednesday 2/28 - 7th grade - 2:45-4:15
    Thursday 2/29 - 8th grade - 4:00-5:30    

    Hamilton Track Team  

    Track team sign up is open. Sign up today outside her classroom, #233. If you have any questions about track, please check with Ms. Paris. Track packets will be distributed later this month.


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


    Music News

    EBMEA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival

    This year's Solo and Ensemble will be held March 24 at Chief Sealth High School.  Students can register to participate by completing a form from their music director, registration closes Feb 28.  Pay online at the main page at  Cost is $19 for a solo or $29 for ensemble, payable online via credit card or PayPal.



    HOST After-School Program

    HOST Information 

    Winter HOST runs Monday January 22nd, 2018  - Thursday March 29th, 2018

    MondayTuesdayThursday, from 4:00 - 5:30pm

    Wednesday from 2:45 - 4:45pm.



    Seattle Schools News

    Open Enrollment Information

    Monday, February 5, 2018 | Open Enrollment Begins (choice forms available)
    Friday, February 16, 2018 | Open Enrollment Ends (on time applications)
    Thursday, May 31, 2018 | School Choice deadline (late applications)
    SPS School Choice and Open Enrollment home page
    SPS School Choice Forms 

    School Calendar for the 2018-19 School year

    Seattle Schools Calendar for next School year 2018-2019

    New Community Meeting: International Schools/DLI Programs

    Parents and Community Members:

    We invite you to a Community Meeting to talk about the Future of

    Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion Programs

     Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm

    Mercer International Middle School
    1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108

    Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese interpretation provided.
    Children welcome.
    We will have childcare at the school.  Refreshments will be served.

    In 2016, Seattle Public Schools initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force.

    The district would now like to share the results of the Task Force Recommendations from 2016-2018 and updates from the Program Review submitted to the School Board in October 2017. Please join us!

    To learn more about the International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force, visit:

    Questions? Contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator  206 252-019 

    ★ New Seattle World Languages Fair | March 10th  

    Languages Lead Us on a Path to Understanding Other Cultures* on Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Seattle World School, 1700 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122 Information session for families, students, community members and educators about World Language offerings in Seattle,World Language Credit TestingSeal of BiliteracyDual Language Immersion, Community-Based Organizations, refreshments, and more.

    Find out:

    • What languages do we teach in Seattle Public Schools?
    • How many world language credits do students need for graduation?
    • How can students earn high school credits for languages they learned at home or outside of school?
    • What is the Seal of Biliteracy and how do you earn it?
    • What are the benefits to early language learning?

    *theme of National Foreign Language Week March 4-10

    Learn more at the World Languages Page.

    Contact: Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator, 

    High School Boundary Changes Approved for 2019-20

    At their regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Seattle School Board approved high school boundaries for implementation in the 2019-20 school year. There are no high school boundary changes for the 2018-19 school year. 

    • All 9th graders in fall of 2019 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the approved 2019-20 boundaries. 
    • All 9th graders attending Ballard or Roosevelt in 2018-19 as their attendance area school and who live in areas that are changing to the Lincoln High School attendance area in the fall of 2019 will be geo-split, meaning they will start 10th grade at Lincoln High School in fall 2019. 
    • Any student may apply to another high school through school choice.

    Highly Capable Changes Approved for 2019-20

    Changes were also approved for high school Highly Capable (HC) pathways. Beginning in 2019-20, there will be three HC pathways: a north pathway at Lincoln High School, a central/southeast pathway at Garfield High School and a southwest pathway at West Seattle High School. The IBX program at Ingraham remains as an optional pathway. This information is shown below. 

    Additionally, beginning in 2019-20, any student in 9th grade who is HC eligible, even if they were not in HCC in middle school, may opt into their HC pathway school in high school. 




    Lincoln High School

    Ballard, Ingraham, Lincoln, Nathan Hale, and Roosevelt

    Garfield High School 

    Franklin, Garfield, and Rainier Beach

    West Seattle

    West Seattle and Chief Sealth

     Exceptions to the HC Changes:

    • All students in the HC pathways at Garfield and Ingraham will be grandfathered. HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.
    • Additionally, HC or HC-eligible students entering 10th grade in 2019-20 may opt into Lincoln if they are at Garfield or at their attendance area school and live within the Lincoln HC pathway, even if they were not in HCC in 8th grade.

    Dual Language Immersion Changes Approved for Ingraham in 2019-20

    A change to the North dual language immersion (DLI) pathway was approved at the high school level. Lincoln will be the new DLI pathway school beginning in 2019-20. It will start with 9thgrade. Students entering 10th grade in Ingraham’s DLI pathway in 2019-20 can also opt to attend Lincoln. Students in the DLI pathway at Ingraham will be grandfathered, but new 9th graders will not be assigned to DLI at Ingraham beginning in 2019-20. 

    Opening of Lincoln High School

    Lincoln will open with grades 9 and 10 only in the 2019-20 school year. The information below outlines the grades to be served at Lincoln until the school reaches full scale in 2021-22. 

    Lincoln Grade Implementation Plan

    • In 2019-20, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9 and 10 only. New students in grades 11 and 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries. 
    • In 2020-21, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9, 10, and 11 only. New students in grade 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries. 
    • In 2021-22, Lincoln High School will serve students in all grades. 

    Lincoln High School

    High School Grandfathering Plan Summary

    The following students will be allowed to stay in their current assignments. When the new boundaries and pathways take effect in 2019-20:

    • All students in the Highly Capable (HC) pathways at Garfield and Ingraham will be grandfathered. 
    • HC students from West Seattle who are currently in 6th and 7th grade at Washington Middle School can continue to Garfield instead of moving to the new southwest pathway.
    • All 11th and 12th graders in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment in fall 2019 will be grandfathered. 
    • All 10th graders in areas that have a changing attendance area assignment, but not to Lincoln High School, will be grandfathered at their existing assignment. This applies to students who would be moving from Roosevelt to Ingraham. 

    Board action, amendments and resolution

    The Board Action Report with the Fv4.3 map and associated implementation plan was approved with amendments. 

    • Amendment 1 passed
    • Amendment 2 passed
    • Amendment 3 withdrawn
    • Amendment 4 passed
    • Amendment 5 passed
    • Amendment 6, added from the dais, passed - The area of the Loyal Heights boundary above 85th and to the west of 28th Ave will be included in the Ballard High school attendance area beginning in 2019-20.

    The HC resolution to have HC in all high schools by 2021-22 did not pass. 

    The substitute resolution to put together a plan to serve HC students in all schools passed.



    ★ New Dual Language Immersion Pathway Changes

    Dear Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion Family,

    We want to update you on a change to the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) pathway in the
    northern portion of the school district. This change was approved by the Seattle School Board
    on Jan. 31, 2018 along with changes to high school boundaries in northern portion of the
    school district.
    Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Lincoln High School will open and be the new DLI
    pathway school for students continuing from DLI at Hamilton International Middle School.
    This change is for 9 th grade students only in 2019-2020 school year and will continue with
    additional grades each year until Lincoln is a 9 th -12 th grade high school in the 2021-2022
    school year.
    • Students in the DLI pathway at Ingraham before the 2019-2020 school year will be grandfathered.
    • Students entering 9 th grade in 2019-2020 school year will not be assigned to DLI at Ingraham High School and will be assigned to Lincoln if they wish to continue in the DLI pathway even if they do not live in the Lincoln boundary.
    • Students entering 10 th grade in Ingraham’s DLI pathway in 2019 can opt to attend Lincoln.
    • Students who were in the DLI pathway at Hamilton and have opted into their attendance area high school can also opt to re-enter the DLI pathway at Lincoln for 10th grade in 2019-20.
    You can read information about these changes and the changes to high school boundaries
    on the high school boundary change page on the district website:
    Michael F. Tolley
    Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning



    Community News


    If your skier will be missing a week of SkiBus please be sure to contact Jan. 

    If you have any questions please contact the coordinator, Jan (Parent Volunteer), at or 206-297-7616. 

    Volunteers Needed for a Committee to Add Lights to the Fields at Robert Eagle Staff

    You know how hard it is to reserve a field for sports. Some middle school students are even starting practices at 8pm on school nights. Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a zoning modification requested in order to add lights to the field at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School located at 1330 N. 90th Street.

    Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on this committee. The Seattle School District is requesting a modification from select City zoning regulations to reduce setbacks for field lighting at the school. 

    The committee will convene up to three public meetings at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (1330 N 90th St.) over a three-month period. The committee will receive briefings from the School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure request. Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modification. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting the change to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

    To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Thursday, November 30 to:

    Maureen Sheehan
    Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
    PO Box 94649
    Seattle, WA 98124-4649

    For more information contact Maureen at or call 206-684-0302.

    Ballard Girls Basketball- Camps, Tryouts, In House League and Trainings

    For 3rd through high school girls, beginner to advanced, Ballard Girls Basketball offers opportunities for girls to play more hoops! 
    • Saturday In House League for 5th through 8th grade girls. Register by March 18
    To register and for more information, visit us at

    Middle School Math Camps

    Our camps are specifically designed using the Seattle Public Schools’ curriculum for grades 6, 7, and 8. Your child will feel confident when math classes start in the fall and they have 5 other classes vying for their attention. The camps also serve as a review of previous material. We will have small class sizes and a fun and engaging format. Private tutoring is available as a continued support throughout the year.

    Grades 6, 7, and 8
    Camps run in one week sessions:
    July 9 - July 13 August 20 – August 24
    July 16 – July 20 August 27 - August 31
    July 23 - July 27

    Full Day: 9:00AM -2:30 PM $425 (before April 30); $465
    Morning: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM $275 (before April 30); $315
    Afternoon: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM $275 (before April 30); $315
    Registration: $75
    Across the freeway from Northgate, near North Seattle College

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents...

    Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
    Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC
     - our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
     - prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!
    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
    Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym
     - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
     - Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps
    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:



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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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