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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    February 1, 2018



    Upcoming Dates 

    Feb. 1st (Thursday)

    • First Day of the 2nd Semester! 

    Feb. 3rd (Saturday)

    • Basketball Games (See link below for current schedule)

    Feb. 5th (Monday)

    • SPS Open Enrollment (school choice)

    Feb. 8th (Thursday)

    • Music-a-thon | All Day | Young Musicians Concert | 7-9pm | Commons

    Feb. 9th (Friday)

    • Puerto Rico Fundraiser "Hamilton" | 6-8:30pm | Commons/Stage

    Feb. 13th (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30-8:30pm | Main Office Conference Room

    Feb. 14th (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Dessert Bar for Staff | 11:40 - 1:20pm | Staff Lounge

    Feb. 19th - 23rd 

    • President's Day/Midwinter Break | No School

    March 2nd (Friday) 

    • ANGST (The Movie) | 7-9 PM 

    March 3rd (Saturday) 

    • ANGST (The Movie) | Noon-2 PM 

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



    Hamilton School News

    New★ 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 9th grade 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.  Also, the SPS Science Team is hosting community information sessions:

    February 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Ingraham High School, Library
    February 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Garfield High School, Commons

    Jen Fox (
    Science Department Chair

    Hamilton: The American Fundraiser

    A Charitable Fundraiser Benefiting UNICEF

    The people in Puerto Rico are suffering after the effects of Hurricane Maria, and they aren’t receiving the help they deserve. As privileged children in Seattle, we wish to help these kids who are just like us with your donation.

    Please come to Hamilton International Middle School at 6 PM on February 9 
    to see Hamilton kids perform songs from Hamilton: An American Musical and to help us help Puerto Rico. Performed and organized by the HIMS Acting for Justice club with the approval of the HIMS ASB.

    All proceeds of net expenses will be held in trust by Seattle Public Schools until disbursed to UNICEF, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 


    From the Counseling Department

    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:


    Local Parent workshop related to anxiety:

    Seattle Psychology: Parenting your Anxious Child

    • Is your child overly anxious? 
    • Does anxiety stop your child from enjoying and doing things that others do every day? 
    • Does your child seek excessive reassurance and yet the benefit of that reassurance is fleeting? 
    • Do you feel frustrated and ineffective because nothing is changing? 

    Drs. Lynette Pullmann and Michelle Proulx, from Seattle Psychology, PLLC, are offering a 3-part workshop for parents of children with anxiety. This series will provide: 

    • Information for understanding childhood anxiety 
    • Helpful strategies for parenting an anxious child 

    How to coach your child to overcome anxiety The workshops are designed to teach parents the basics on how to help children most effectively cope with situations that trigger anxiety. With effective parenting, coaching, and tools, children can learn to manage and overcome their worries independently, and to no longer avoid the things that previously worried them. The workshop series will also provide information on when and where to turn for additional help. 

    • Dates: Feb 25, March 4 & 11 Time: 2-4pm Location: Seattle Psychology, Wallingford 
    • Total cost for the three-part series is $300.00. $100 non-refundable registration deposit due by February 11. $200 balance due at first session. 

    For more information please contact Dr. Pullmann at 206-569-5368 or 
     Seattle Psychology, PLLC 1307 N 45th St, Ste 200 Seattle WA 98103 (in Wallingford)

    APPS to assist:

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


        From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 

        Children invited to 'Give Kids a Smile' event to receive free preventive dental care Feb. 20th 

        For more information:  
        Wendy Dore   206-713-4720 
        Ric Brewer, 206.933.9416

        The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Bartell Drugs invite children ages 6 mos. through 18 years old to receive FREE preventive dental care during a special Give Kids a Smile Day, Tuesday, February 20, from 1-5pm.  The first 50 children to make appointments will receive the care, and a wait list will be established.  

        Participating children will receive, at no cost to the family, a full exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application.

        Give Kids a Smile is part of Children’s Dental Health Month during which the Center focuses on encouraging families to be sure their children receive regular dental check-ups and practice good oral hygiene.  Dental disease is a leading cause of childhood health issues, and can result in poor nutrition, reduced ability for a child to concentrate and more missed school days.

        Details:  Give Kids a Smile

        Date:  February 20, 2018
        Time:  1-5pm
        Appointments Required:  Call 206-543-5800, ask for a Give Kids a Smile appointment
        Eligible:  Any child, through age 18 years old
        Location:  University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., Seattle.
        Other:  Interpretation available in 120 languages, Medicaid-eligible children may be able to arrange free transportation.

        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

        New★ Hawks Ultimate Spring League - Registration Open Now Thru 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.  See Web site for more information.
        We encourage any Hamilton students who are interested in Ultimate to attend tryouts and learn about the "Spirit of the Game".  However, due to overwhelming interest, even with five teams we are often not able to take every student.
        Go Hawks!

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


        Music News

        Updated★ Don't miss a beat: Music-a-thon needs you!

        We’ve had a great start to the 9th Annual Music-a-thonThank you to all of who have donated already, and we look forward to 100% participation. 

        Music-a-thon donation forms and envelopes were distributed last week - check your student's backpack! Email if your student needs another pledge form.

        Music-a-thon donations provide critical support for this year’s music program! Funds raised during the 2018 Music-a-thon will be used to this year to:


        • purchase instruments & sheet music;
        • subsidize trips for all students and provide financial assistance to students in need;
        • provide additional musical instruction; and
        • cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. 

        Music-a-thon donations will fund instrument & sheet music purchases; provide financial assistance to students for festival trips and lessons; and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops – all for the students involved in our award-winning music programs this school year.  All donations are tax deductible.


        How does Music-a-thon work? Music students request donations from friends and family and then join to make music for more than 11 straight hours--from 8:45am until 8pm--on Thursday, February 8. It is a day filled with music performed by our students and culminating in a special Young Musicians Concert that evening at 7pm in the Commons. All are invited to come and listen to our talented musicians play and perform their favorite songs and piece, so mark your calendars!  We depend on the Music-a-thon to fund our award-winning music program at Hamilton.


        We need YOU! As a part of our incredible music community – students, parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends – donate to support the 2018 Music-a-thon.  Students are not required to get donations, but we hope most will!  To participate, donors can pay with CASH, CHECKS (payable to FOMAHI, 1610 N. 41st, Seattle, WA 98103) or CREDIT CARD online. Click HERE TO DONATE to the Music-a-thon (you must login to donate).

        We also need support in the Tally room on. Click here to access the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer!



        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.

        Please take a look at the Class offerings and the Registration steps on the Hamilton Website:






        Seattle Schools News

        New★ 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 

        New★ School Bus Driver Strike

        Information from Seattle Schools:    


        Updated★ Seattle High School Information Nights

        For more information or additional dates please visit the High School Websites. 

        Ballard High School  Parent Night | Feb. 8 | 6:30-9pm
        Tours | Feb. 6 and Feb. 14 | 8-9:30am 
        Tours & Open House Info

        Cleveland STEM High School Feb. 3 and Feb. 15 | 9am - 11:30am
        Tours & Open House Info
        Center School | Feb. 8 6pm-8pm 
        Tours & Open House Info
        Garfield High School
        Tours & Open House Info
        Ingraham High School  
        Open House | Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm 
        IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7:00 pm
        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

        Updated★ Source Information Needs Updated

        Semester 2 
        classes will display on The Source beginning 1/31/18.  


        Source accounts parents and guardians set up prior to August of this year with a username that does NOT match the email address on PowerSchool > Demographics > Student Contact will be DISABLED Saturday, February 3, 2018. 


        Some parents may still be using these old Source accounts.  When they log in, they will see this alert:


        This message has been posted since August, but many parents and guardians have not taken action.  These parents and guardians can log in, but DO NOT have access to:


        • Data Verification Forms
        • SchoolPay

        Please encourage parents and guardians at your school to provide the same email address for each SPS student in their family to ensure continued Source access.  HIMS parents, you or your child will need to go to the front office and request a “verification form” , complete, sign and submit original ink signed form.  Changes will be updated within two (2) business days.  We do not update based on email or phone call.


        If you update parent or guardian email addresses, the change will take 2 hours to sync with the Source.  After waiting 2 hours, the parent or guardian will need to clear the cache on their browser, close their browser, reopen and set up their Source account with the new email address. 


        If parents/guardians use a smart phone to view the Source, please remind them to use a supported browser such as Chrome or Firefox and the Source URL:  Please tell them Not to install the PowerSchool APP  as it does not support SPS customizations.



        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. 

        Seattle Council PTSA Meeting - K-12 Education Funding
        Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7-9pm | Ballard High School

        Join an in-depth panel discussion on the new Basic Ed funding bills, school funding shortfalls, levy restrictions, capacity issues, boundaries, Lincoln High School and other issues facing our schools and city. 

        Forum Panelists

        • JoLynn Berge, Seattle Public Schools Asst. Superintendent Business and Finance: "SPS Budget Implications"
        • Eden Mack, Seattle Public Schools Director District 4, 
        • Scott Pinkham, Seattle Public Schools Director District 1
        • Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember District 6
        • Heidi Bennett, Seattle Council PTSA & WA State PTA  Region 6 Leg. Chair, "Update on McCleary and the Basic Ed Bills"

        To request childcare email:


        Kids with an Edge Tutoring

        Kids with an Edge Tutoring Center & Preschool offer highly interactive and effective one-on-one tutoring in reading and math beginning at the preschool level, straight through middle school.   Tutoring is aimed at building a strong foundation and sense of confidence. Visit to learn more.

        Ingraham Boosters

        Show your support for the Performing Arts at Ingraham High School by attending the Student Showcase, our major fundraiser of the year. Funds raised at this event make up 75% of the IPAB annual budget.

         Saturday, February 10, 2017 at 7:00pm
        Where: Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA

        • Student performances—drama, instrumental and vocal music!

        • Light hors d'oeuvres

        • Beer and wine available for purchase

        • Raise the Paddle, 50/50 Raffle and Dessert Dash

        Who: Must be 21+ to attend. This is a great opportunity for parents of incoming freshman to check out the growing performing arts program and community at Ingraham.

        Tickets: $25 in advance, available at  $30 day of the event at the door.



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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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