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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    June 21, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    June 22nd 

    • Last Day of School | 1-hour Early Dismissal (2:45pm)
    • 8th Grade Promotion | 1:15pm | Hamilton Commons 
    • 7th Grade Field Trip | MoPop
    • 6th Grade Field Trip | Family Fun Center

    Summer Dates to Remember 

    • Thursday, Aug. 23rd & Friday, Aug. 24th | 8th Grade WEB Leader Training | 9 am - 1 pm 
    • Monday, August 27th | Incoming 6th Graders WEB Orientation | 8:30am -12:30pm
    • Wednesday, September 5th | First Day of School 2018/19

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




    ★ NEW A Message from PTSA President Camilla Layman 

    Dear parents, students, staff,

    As we wrap up our budget and activities, we would like to extend warm thanks to everyone who contributed their time, resources, and perspective to our school community this year. 

    Thanks to your support (the highest fundraising participation rate in years), we were able to fund more academic enrichment, professional development, classroom support, community and family support, after school activities support, and community events than ever before. To give a few examples: if your student participated in Writers in the Schools, went on a field trip to Olympia, wore a new uniform on the field, engaged in a spirited discussion after reading the same book as the rest of their class, or reflected on the effects of anxiety after attending the Angst screening, that was thanks, in part, to parent funding. 

    Looking to next year, we will be partnering with our new Principal, Dorian Manza, to build on the work the staff has done this year around refining our international model (including cross-curricular pilots, global themes, language department professional development, and coordination with our international feeder schools). We are also revisiting our events strategy to incorporate more feedback from counselors, parents, and students. It should be a fun year of learning and collaboration. If you'd like to be a part of it, please join us!

    Lastly, we would like to express our thanks to Principal Tip Blish, for his stewardship of Hamilton these past years. His efforts in building relationships with students, expanding community outreach, continued striving for equity and excellence in the classroom, and partnership with parents/PTSA have made an impact on this school that will outlast his tenure. We wish Tip and his family all the best in their coming adventures overseas.

    And we wish all of you a wonderful summer!

    Camilla Layman, President, on behalf of the 2017-2018 PTSA board.

    2018-2019 PTSA Board 

    Elected Positions

    President - Camilla Layman

    *Vice President - Miki Takihana
    Treasurer - Jennifer Stephenson
    *Secretary - Catherine Beard
    VP of Communications - Terry Doyle
    Co-VP of Fundraising - Renee Berry & Amy Barrett
    VP of Events - OPEN

    Appointed Positions
    Legislative Liaison -  OPEN
    Mini Grants Chair -   OPEN
    *6th Grade Liaison -   Erin Bernau
    *7th Grade Liaison -   Nancy Rizk & Carol Magallanes
    *8th Grade Liaison -   Tracey Crouch
    *Member At Large -    Sandhya Subramanian
    *Membership Co-Chairs -  Molly Rothwell & Brandi Mattila
    Staff Liaison -  Sarah Erb
    Other Key PTSA Positions 

    Reflections Coordinator - Laura Marie Rivera
    Staff Appreciation Coordinator - Chappell Barber
    Staff Liaison -  Sarah Erb
    Treasurer Support  - OPEN
    Events Support  - OPEN
    Legislative Support  - OPEN
    Reflections Art Contest Support - OPEN



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    Letter from the Principal

    Tipton Blish

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    The end of the school year is a milestone for all of us.  Our 8thgraders are at the forefront of our thinking as we get ready to bid them farewell and thank them for the contribution to Hamilton over the last three years. High school awaits, and I know that their new teachers will be impressed by how poised they are and ready for the academic program that will truly launch them toward college and the careers they’ll pursue in four years. Our 7thgraders are growing up and are ready to be our next leaders. And our 6thgraders are our new expert middle schoolers. It’s extraordinary to remember these students when I met them in 5thgrade or at the ice-cream social and on the first day back in September. 

    We also have a number of staff moving into new roles next year. Sarah Griffith, Destine Courtier, Neal Sullivan, Traci Watanabe, Sheila delaCruz, Liz Abbott, Katie Lord and Deirdre Schreiber will be leaving Hamilton at the end of the school year, they’ve made an impact on our students that will last long after they have gone—I’m particularly grateful with the relationships they’ve developed with students here, and we’ll miss the way they make our students feel heard and welcome at Hamilton. 

    This will also complete my term as principal at Hamilton and I’m looking forward to celebrating a successful year as we celebrate the promotion of 8thgraders this year. This work is about student learning and I take pride in seeing this extraordinary group of accomplished students and good people off to high school. I started as principal here when they started and it will be bitter and sweet to see how much they’ve grown and to say goodbye. 

    Those of you returning next year, I am sorry not to be here to see how this wonderful community grows (and grows and grows). Those of you not returning, thank you for your contribution to this community, most importantly entrusting us with your student. 

    Go Hawks!


    Tipton Blish ~ Principal



    Hamilton School News

    8th Grade Promotion

    The end of the school year is almost here!  We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our 8th grade students and formally promoting them to High School.  This year’s ceremony will be on Friday, June 22nd at 1:15 in the Hamilton Gym.  We have a large 8th grade class so seating will be limited.  Families should arrive early.  After the ceremony, we will have a reception on the play top with refreshments generously provided by the PTSA.

    Last Call for Yearbooks!

    If your student is not on the list to receive a yearbook (lists are posted in the Commons), we still have a limited number of extra books to sell.  Your student can pick up a late yearbook order form in the office and turn it in at the front office with a payment (check or cash) of $35.  Scholarships are also available, please contact your student’s counselor if your family would like to request one.  Books will be distributed in the last week of school. 

    If you have questions about a previous order, please contact Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at 206.252.5834 or at

    From the School Nurse

    • If you have medication in the Nurse’s Office, please pick it up. If your child won’t need it for the end of the year field trip, you are welcome to pick it up anytime.  If not, you can pick it up on the last day of school or the following week from the Main Office. 
    • Please review HIMS Nurse Information regarding Health Plans and Medications at school for 2018-2019.  HIMS Nurse Information

    Parking Changes around Hamilton 

    The City of Seattle will be implementing changes to the on street parking in the Wallingford area. The new Residential Parking Zones (RPZ) will effect parking around Hamilton next fall.  If you would like more information please see the following links.  

    Link to the RPZ website:

    Link to additional information and maps:

    Order Your Hamilton Spirit Wear!

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    Hamilton Athletics

    ★ NEW Sports Physicals 

    Prepare for the next school year by making your child's medical appointment now.  Sports physicals are valid for two years.  All sports physicals must be completed and paperwork submitted prior to tryouts in the fall.   (Athletic Forms)

    *Note: Registration forms valid for one school year only; physical forms valid for 24 consecutive month

    Hamilton Athletics                    

    Seattle Schools 

    Schedules and Information:
    Athletic Forms:


    Music News

    ★ NEW Thank You

    Thanks to our directors, parents and guardians, and students for an amazing year of music.  Your FOMAHI team is ready to continue to support our amazing program.  For the current 6th and 7th graders, we look forward to another wonderful year next year.  To our current 8th graders, good luck on your future endeavors.


    Seattle Schools News

    Information about Naviance 

    In the 2018-19 school year, students in grades 8-12 will have access to the district’s college and career planning tool, Naviance. Over the summer, we will be importing student data into the tool so counselors can support students in the fall. The district thoroughly vetted Naviance’s data security policies and practices. However, due to heightened data security concerns from the community, the board requested that an opt out process be made available to families. Families that have concerns about sharing student data with Naviance can choose to opt their student out. The opt out window opened June 4 and will remain open until June 22. Parents can opt out through The Source.

    Questions may be directed to Krista Rillo,

    Ballard High School PTSA   Attn: Future BHS Families 

    For those of you with students moving to Ballard High School in the fall, I'd like to welcome you in advance to BHS, and invite you to get to know the Ballard High School PTSA. For the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, the Ballard High School PTSA has several volunteer positions available, either for committee members or for smaller, well-defined and short-term volunteer opportunities. Whatever your experience, chances are we have an opportunity for you to contribute. As part of the Ballard High School PTSA, you can make a difference by helping to cultivate an excellent educational environment for all Ballard High School Students.

    All of the open positions help the Ballard High School PTSA to work with the great teachers and staff of Ballard High School to ensure that teachers, families, and students have access to the resources, tools, and support they need for the best education possible.  You can view the current listing of open positions and provide your contact information here:

    We are interested in volunteers willing to co-chair any of our currently filled positions as well. Just let us know your interest area and chances are we can find a good fit for you.

    Note, if you want to start getting updates from the BHS PTSA, please consider joining our Facebook group: Friends of Ballard High School

    Communications Survey for Staff and Families

    In February 2019, SPS will put forward two important levies to voters. These levies are critical to the health and operation of the district. We are already beginning to develop communication strategies -and our staff are some of our most important stakeholders. 

    To prepare for the levies AND improve our overall communication effectiveness, please ask staff to participate in this online survey The survey will take 5-7 minutes. The survey closes on June 22. The link has been provided to your school principal in the School Leader Communicator. A Spanish language version is also available

    We also ask that you make sure the survey is shared with families and partners. Possible opportunities include: adding the survey links to a school newsletter, the school Facebook page or putting a hardcopy in KidMail.

    The survey may be completed online or in a paper option (with translations). Those are attached for printing.

    Families have been directed to return translated or hard copies of surveys to the school. Please mail completed, paper-based surveys through interoffice mail to MS 32-170 by June 22.

    Survey results will be instrumental in guiding our levy communications. Past levies have supported critical education programs that are not fully funded by the state, such as:

    • Teachers and instructional assistants
    • Bilingual and Special Education services
    • Textbooks and classroom supplies
    • Safety, building security, transportation and other operations necessary to meeting student needs
    • Student activities such as athletics, music, drama and art that are outside of the regular school day

     If you have questions, concerns or ideas on how to better reach families please contact:



    Community News

    Summer Food Program for Kids 

    If you have a school-aged student in need of breakfast and lunch this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals.

    1st response after initial text as directed above:

    “Thanks for texting!  To find free summer meals near you, please text your city and state or zip code.”

    2nd response after I sent my zip code:

    “Your nearest summer meals site is: Southwest Boys and Girls Club, 9800 8th Ave SW (Suite 105) Seattle, WA 98106 PH:2066313221. Open: 06/25/2018-08/24/2018, M T W TH F, for breakfast 8:30AM - 9:00A, for lunch/supper 12:30PM - 1:00P. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

    Your nearest summer meals site is: King County Parks, 1321 SW 102nd St Seattle, WA 98146 PH:2066313221. Open: 07/02/2018-08/17/2018, M T W TH F, for lunch/supper 12:00PM - 1:00P. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.

    Your nearest summer meals site is: White Center Heights Elementary, 10015 6th Avenue SW Seattle, WA 98146 PH:2066313221. Open: 07/09/2018-08/01/2018, M T W TH, for breakfast 9:00AM - 9:15A, for snack 10:45AM - 11:00A. Contact site for more details. Hours may be different on holidays.”

    ★NEW Schools Out For Summer - Dance Party Celebration

    Hooray Hamilton Middle School!!  It’s ‘Almost’ finally here, Schools Out!

    As you may already be aware, Saturday June 23rd is an evening of Schools Out celebration and recognition of our local schools at the Ballard Elks Lodge.

    Come on down to the Ballard Elks Lodge for a night of socializing, dancing and celebrating the start of Summer!! 

    On behalf of the Ballard Elks Lodge we’d like to invite your families and board members to kick off the summer with live music, dancing, food & drink at the Ballard Elks Lodge.  Many of your families and board members are lodge members and their children participate in our scouting programs.  The celebration includes Live music by 3 local bands, food by Alison’s Coastal Kitchen, and a full service bar available for 21 and over.  Tickets are $10 Youth & $20 Adults available on, or at the Ballard Elks lodge and $15/$25 at the door. 

    Display boards will adorn our lodge hall for each of our local schools and their current PTA board members.  During the evening we’ll take the opportunity to recognize board members and their efforts and achievements this past year.  We hope to have PTA members from all our local schools join in the celebration giving folks an opportunity to meet others who work hard to support our children at our neighborhood schools.

    Ballard Elks Lodge 827 is located on the shores of Shilshole Bay, it serves our community supporting local Scouting Programs, Sports leagues and scholarships.  Please help us promote this celebration by posting or sharing the event in your social media outlets.

    Seattle Cascades Ultimate Clinics

    Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $30 for the clinic, or $40 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item).

    • All abilities are welcome 
    • We have cleats to share if needed 
    • Allergy sensitive snacks are provided 
    • Scholarship is given to all who need it. (even to $0)

        Miller Playfield (turf)
        Elementary School  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
        Middle School         12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

        Bobby Morris Playfield (turf)
        Elementary School 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
        Middle School         2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 

    For more information or to register:

    Babysitter Training

    Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12:30pm to 4:30pm


    Gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, confident babysitter. Learn about infant and child care, age appropriate toys, safety and injury prevention and how to handle emergencies.  Find out what parents expect and practice hands-on skills. Includes in-depth coverage of First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, and how to be safe at home alone while sitting.

    Students receive a Child and Babysitting Safety handbook at the end of class.  Instructor Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department, has taught CPR for 15 years.

    Register early! Class space is limited.  Ages 11 and up.  Location: Phinney Center Blue Building. 

    Cost: $40 PNA member, $50 Public

    More information and registration here:

    Rams Summer Basketball Camp

    Ingraham High School is hosting a boys summer youth basketball camp this July. 

    Seattle Public Theater

    Seattle Public Theater is offering many wonderful opportunities in the Theatrical arts this summer! From one week camps like Creative DramaThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Woods, to production classes like the swashbuckling Zorro or the musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream there is an experience that will awaken your student's imagination, inspire creativity, and strengthen collaboration. For families in need, Seattle Public maintains a robust scholarship and tuition assistance program.  Check out our website for more information about camps for students ages 3-18.  Come create with us and see who you become. 

    Website link:   For financial aid or other questions email:

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!

    Ravenna, Magnuson, Queen Anne, Meadowbrook, Laurelhurst 

    •  Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
    •  Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Camps, Guard & Post Play Clinic
    •  Basketball Day Camps at Magnuson are now offered up to Age 13!

    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below, 

    then click on CAMPS:





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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

    Hamilton PTSA

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    The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar