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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    January 18, 2018



    Upcoming Dates 

    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
    • Geography Bee, 6th Period

    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

    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:



    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. 

    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.


    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

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

    Click here for more information!

    To raise $35,000, which is critical to ensure programming this year, we need YOUR help!! We are asking our music community – students, parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends -- for donations in support of the Music-a-thon.  Donation forms and envelopes will be going home on Thursday, January 25th, 2018.  Students are not required to get donations, but we hope most will!  


    Music-a-thon not only fuels quality programming, experiences and instruments for music programs at Hamilton, participating students who turn in their Music-a-thon Donation & Participation Form (no donations required) with their parent’s or guardian’s signature by 4:00 pmThursday, February 8th are eligible for a special FOMAHI prize drawing.  The class to first reach 100% participation (receives the highest percentage of participating students) will win a class pizza party. 

    Click HERE TO DONATE to the Music-a-thon.

    The Music-a-thon will culminate with the annual Young Musician’s concert which will take place at 7:00 p.m. in The Commons on Thursday, February 8th! All acts (so long as they involve playing music) are welcome! You do not have to currently participate in a music program at Hamilton to participate – sign up on the sign-up sheet in any of the music classrooms!

    If you have any questions, please contact FOMAHI Fundraising Chair, Naria Santa Lucia at


    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

    Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year has begun! 
    Open Enrollment period for School Choice is Feb. 5-16.

    For more information click here:

    New★ District Launching Texting for Family Notifications

    In February, Seattle Public Schools is launching text messaging to help families stay up to date. Our goal is to provide accurate, timely, important information for our community across a variety of platforms. Text messaging will be used in addition to our current communication methods, such as email and voice messages.

    For more information click here:

    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 | 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 Open House | Jan. 18 | 6pm-8pm Tour | Jan. 23 | 10am-11:30am Tours & Open House Info Ingraham High School  Open House | 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





    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. 



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