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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    January 11, 2018



    Upcoming Dates 

    Jan. 11th (Thursday)

    • Night of the Arts | 6-8pm | Hamilton 

    Jan. 12th (Friday)

    • Ski Bus Starts 

    Jan. 15th (Monday)

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day | No School

    Jan. 16th (Tuesday)

    • PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    Jan. 17th (Wednesday)

    • PTSA Luncheon | Chinese New Year

    Jan. 20th (Saturday)

    • Jr. Thespian Festival | 8am - 4pm | Hamilton 
    • Admissions Fair for Option Schools  | 10 - 2pm | Mercer Intl. Middle School 

    Jan. 22nd (Monday)

    • First Day of Winter HOST Classes

    Jan. 25th (Thursday)

    • Hawk Pride Ceremony | 4-4:20pm | Library 
    • Hamilton Open House  | 6:30-8:30pm

    Jan. 29th (Monday)

    • Lincoln Planning Meeting | 6:30 - 8pm | Hamilton Commons

    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

    New★Volunteers Needed:  Hamilton Staff Lunch- Chinese New Year Buffet

    The third of five PTSA organized lunches for Hamilton staff will be on Wednesday, January 17th.  It will be an Asian buffet to celebrate Chinese New Year with Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines.  The sign-up includes a variety of ways to contribute, and feel free to use your favorite take-out spot if cooking isn’t possible.  

    Sign up here!

    New★ Summary of the Jan. 3rd Board Meeting

    Will Seattle Schools Be Fully Funded In 2018-19?
    The Answer is... “No”. And Your Property Taxes Are Going Up.
    On January 3rd, Hamilton hosted a forum with the parent teacher organizations of B.F. Day, Cascadia, Coe, Decatur, John Stanford, Ingraham, Lawton, and McDonald to better understand the impact of recent Washington State legislation in response to the McCleary lawsuit to fully fund Washington State schools.
    Washington State Senator Jamie Pedersen (District 43), Washington State Representative Nicole Macri (District 43), Seattle Public Schools CFO JoLynn Berge, Seattle City Councilman Rob Johnson (NE Seattle), and Seattle Public Schools Director Rick Burke (District 2) joined us for the discussion. Ashley Gross, KNKX education reporter, and Neal Morton, Seattle Times Education Lab reporter, also covered the event.
    Here are some of the key points from the meeting, pulled from our own notes and the reporters
    • Senator Pedersen, who voted against last year's McCleary plan, noted that in 2018 Seattle parents get an "unexpected surprise" as our property taxes will be increased by the State. The majority of that money is funding education elsewhere in the state. In addition, the bill (HB 2242) funding is inadequate and we will be back in the same place in 10 years. Special Education funding is clearly inadequate and salaries are set to grow by an index that runs below actual inflation. At the same time the State eliminated the district’s ability to pay salaries from local levies. The Republicans insisted on property taxes as a revenue source but the Tim Eyman caps tax increases at 1% so the state’s ability to fund the bill is also unsustainable. The Supreme Court “confoundingly” let the legislature off the hook even though we have not passed a capital budget.
    • JoLynn Berge, CFO for Seattle Public Schools said that Seattle schools will not be funded by 2018-19 and kids will not be out of portable classrooms either. There is a large backlog of capital projects, including Lincoln High School.
    • The funding for Lincoln isn’t enough to cover the theater or sports field. The principal is working on both issues, but budget is running thin. Hamilton also relies on that theater for band and orchestra performances.
    • Ms. Berge said that, with no room to fit smaller K-3 classes (and no capital budget to build new ones) Seattle schools this year will ask for flexibility with class size reduction funds, like allowing schools to pay for counselors, etc…. We are still short in multiple areas, such as salaries for classified and certificated administrators; special education remains underfunded; class sizes for grades 4-12 won’t be addressed; not enough funding for counselors, nurses, custodians, family involvement, security, professional development days, costs of substitutes, and principals. These parts of the formula haven't been attended to yet. In 2021, there would be fewer dollars available than under the current law.
    • Councilman Johnson discussed how the City of Seattle has no authority over the Seattle Public Schools since its a separate administered and led organization. The Seattle Public Schools have historically refused involvement from the City, fearing a take-over. Rob has been reaching out to the schools to build trust and support their budget and planning, including associated public spaces such as fields, playgrounds, and community centers. He also stated that the Council is investigating impact fees on new development to fund building schools. He cautioned that impact fees are not as reliable a source of revenue than levies since building starts fluctuate with the economy.
    • Senator Pedersen says it's neither adequate or sustainable but the Washington State Supreme Court approved it. Further, the Court allowed the legislature to move forward without passing a capital budget to fund seats in the schools. Representative Macri said that the capital budget is a top priority for this coming session.
    • Senator Pedersen said that school districts won’t be able to use local levies for basic operational needs as a result of the recent legislation. The thinking by the legislature is that, if wealthier districts can fund their own schools, those constituents will be less likely to be concerned about education across the State.
    • The State funding formula is intended to provide for a specific student / teacher ratio. Art, Sports, and PE need to be paid out of that bucket of funding.
    • The most important step that the State has taken to let principals and teachers determine what is best for kids is to join the common core and use the smarter balanced tests that go with it. We therefore have broad alignment, not only among our 295 school districts, but also with 40+ other states, about what kids should generally be learning in each grade. How to accomplish that learning is left up to local decision makers, in our case, Seattle Public Schools.
    • Representative Macri said that passing the capital budget was a top priority in this session for education.
    • Seattle Public Schools ranked 3rd in the nation for the growth rate of its students between 3rd and 8th grades, according to an analysis by the New York Times based on data from Stanford.
    Hamilton and the other PTSAs would like to thank all of our panelists and parents for their participation. 

    If you have concerns or questions, please follow up directly with the elected officials. If you would like to hear from the representatives of Northwest Seattle, Ballard is hosting another event. Details can be found here:



    Letter from the Vice Principal

    Hello Hamilton Families,
    Night of the Arts is tonight, Thursday, January 11th. If you have not attended this in the past, it is well worth it. The Night of the Arts has a very festive and celebratory atmosphere. The energy that students, staff and families experience is awesome. This event features student art work, music, drama performances, and a grand finale performed by multiple student groups honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The evening begins at 6:00 and concludes at 8:00.
    Please make sure you check in with your student and see that they have turned in all of their assignments and completed all of their work before the end of the semester. If you have questions about assignments, please contact your student’s teachers to clarify what needs to be accomplished before January 30th.
    Go Hawks!
    Tim Snyder
    Assistant 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. 

    New★ From the Counseling Department

    • Beginning next week, school counselors will visit 8th grade social studies classes to provide strategies for high school readiness.  8th graders will also have time to enter initial components to their high school beyond plan using an online tool.


    • 8th Grade Essay Contest sponsored by Washington State Law Enforcement Association.  For information and entry forms, please see Ms. Camero in the counseling office.


    • MLK Day Seattle – January 15, 2018 – Celebration starts at Garfield High School with Opportunity Fair, Workshops, Rally and March to Westlake Park.  Shared meal at Garfield HS upon return from March.  For more information go to


    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 
    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

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


    Music News

    The 9th Annual Music-a-thon is coming on Thursday, February 8th!  

    The Friends of Music at Hamilton International's (FOMAHI) Music-a-thon is an 11+ hour marathon of music provided by HIMS student musicians and ending with a Young Musician’s Concert in the evening. Our goal is to raise at least $35,000 to support this year’s music students at Hamilton. 


    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, provide financial assistance to students in need, provide additional musical instruction, and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. 


    Donation forms and envelopes will be going home with HIMS music students on Thursday, January 25th, 2018. Watch this space for more information!

    Want to get an early start? Click here to donate to Music-a-thon today!


    HOST After-School Program

    New★ HOST Online Registration is Now Open! 

    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

    Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Began Jan. 8

    Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun! 

    Open Enrollment period for School Choice is Feb. 5-16.

    For more information click here:

    Source Account Information

    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 an alert, but many 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. 


    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.


    Thanks, Tracy

    Seattle High School Information Nights

    For more information or additional dates please visit the 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 | Jan. 23 10am-11:30am 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



    New★ SkiBus 

    The first week of Ski Bus is this week!  Please make sure your skier turns in the "daily procedure" form before the first Friday, Jan. 12th.

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



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