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    March 14

    Pi(e) Night (Community Event) | 6:30-8:30 PM | Hamilton Commons 

    March 15

    ASTA Music Festival | WWU, Bellingham | Senior/Chamber Orchestras

    March 19

    Orchestra Concert | 7:00 PM | Eckstein Middle School
    8th Graders Lincoln HS Course Selection Night 
    Hamilton 8th Graders with last name: A‐J 6:30‐7:30pm
    Hamilton 8th Graders with last name: K‐Z 7:30‐8:30pm
    (for more information see Lincoln HS news below)

    March 21

    EBMEA Music Festival | Whitman Middle School | Int/Jr Orchestras
    Band Concert | 7:00 PM | Hamilton GYM

    March 27

    West Side Story Performance | 6:30pm | Hamilton Commons | Cast A

    March 28

    West Side Story Performance | 6:30pm | Hamilton Commons | Cast B

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

    March 19 @ Hamilton Letters A‐J 6:30‐7:30pm, K‐Z 7:30‐8:30pm

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    ★ Tonight! Pi(e) Night

    Thursday, March 14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Hamilton Commons 
     
    Like pi(e)? Then come join us for Pi(e) Night at Hamilton. Besides all the pie you can eat—Win Prizes for: Best crust, best fruit, best cream, most original, best pie overall, top pie eater, and the kid that knows the most numbers at the Pi recitation table. Plus, there'll be a Photo Booth, too.
     
    If you're coming, bring a pie to share!


    ★ NEW 
    Tell your legislators to release levy funds! Write or call today

    Dear Hamilton parents,

    As you know Seattle voters just renewed two levies that are desperately needed to support our schools. But it’s not over yet. 

    Now the state legislature must give their stamp of approval so that Seattle can collect the money and put it where it needs to go. 

    But here’s more bad news. Those levies don’t fully fund our schools. Not even close. As you saw from Principal Manza’s recent letter, Hamilton is losing staff because the state *still* doesn’t fully fund education. 

    Below, is a sample email, along with clear instructions for reaching your Senator and Representatives today.  

    Lorelei Goodyear and Joanna Grist
    Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaisons

    An example email to legislators:

    Dear Senator/Representative:

    I live in your district, have two children at Hamilton Middle School, and am very concerned about the insufficient funding for schools in our district. Our schools were underfunded before the so-called McCleary fix, and now, even though the state has supposedly fully funded education, the total amount of funding has actually gone down because the new state funding is not enough to replace the local levy funds that we are no longer allowed to collect. Even with the levy funds we have traditionally collected, schools like mine have PTAs that raise $100K or more per year to fill the gap and provide adequate basic education for our kids, and schools in less wealthy neighborhoods that can't raise that much just go without. Without the levy funds, we will have to make some very hard decisions about which basic services to give up. I urge you to fully fund counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers, and special education. Please vote to release the levy funds approved by Seattle voters.

    Sign with your name, your legislative district, and your address

    To find your legislative district or your legislator names and phone numbers, click here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
    Contact information for your State Senator and your two State Representatives: (first name.lastname@leg.wa.gov).

    For more information please see the email sent by the PTSA earlier this week:  To view the email in your browser click here: Email


    Hamilton PTSA Facebook

    Facebook Image  The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonPTSA/

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     Letter from the Principal

    Hamilton PTSA

    ★ NEW Principal Dorian Manza 

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    Below you will find details about our upcoming assembly concerning internet safety for our
    students.

    Internet Safety Assembly on Thursday, March 21:
    We are fortunate to have Stefanie Thomas coming to facilitate afternoon assemblies for our
    students about the following topics:

    • Cyber bullying
    • Social media/online gaming
    • Online posting
    • Sexting
    • Safety tips

    Stefanie worked with the Seattle Police Department in the high-risk victim unit and internet crimes against children for 7 years. She has been doing community outreach for schools and parent groups for almost 10 years surrounding internet safety. Ms. Thomas has presented all over the Seattle School District for years as well as most of the Eastside schools, up north in the Everett School District and down to the Tacoma School District. We are excited to provide this learning experience for our students.

    Go Hawks!

    Dorian Manza
    Principal
    Hamilton International Middle School

    Keep an eye out next week for updated information on budget and staffing.  

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    ★ NEW West Side Story  

    Come down one and all to see Hamilton musical production of WEST SIDE STORY performed by Hamilton Advanced Drama and Choir classes.  This age-old tale of conflicting gangs and forbidden love has delighted audiences for decades. Performances are: Cast A—Wed., March 27 and Cast B on Thur., March 28 at 6:30pm in the Hamilton Commons. Don’t miss this amazing night of music, dance and drama!


    ★ NEW 
    World Languages - Options for Earning High School Credits 

    Students have several options for earning high school world language credits to satisfy the new high school graduation requirements (and the 2 credit requirement for admission to a 4-year college). Students can earn 1-2 seat-time credits in middle school, or they can test for 1-4 World Language Competency-Based Credits, starting in 8th grade. We want to make sure that middle and high schools provide accurate information to families about what students need to do to get those credits recorded on their transcripts and appropriate placement in high school language courses.

    Please share this link with families: Earning High School World Language Credits.

    Contact: Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator, maaoki@seattleschools.org.


    Call for Yearbook Photos - Submit by March 22 

    Do you have high quality photos from school performances, sporting events, or other Hamilton related activities? Think they would make a great addition to this year’s Yearbook? If so, please submit them to Yearbook Advisor Porter Wells at pwells@positiveplace.org no later than March 22nd. Please note: by sending in these photos, you are giving permission for them to be used in the Hamilton Middle School Yearbook, but they are not guaranteed to be included. Whether or not they are included in the yearbook, they will not be used/shared anywhere else.


    Meet the Principal - New incoming 5th Graders

    Hamilton International Middle School is an exciting and vibrant learning community and it is our pleasure to welcome you to our annual “Meet the Principal” event.  We would like to extend an invitation to Parent/Guardian(s) and our 5th grade riser students.
     
    Below are the scheduled dates for each of our feeder schools.  This event will be scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and will be held in the Library or Commons as shown below.   Also, for any parents unable to attend their school scheduled event, Hamilton will hold an additional Meet The Principal night on 05/02/19 in the Library.   
     
    We look forward to meeting you! 

    04/04/19:  Green Lake and BF Day Elementary School – Meeting held at Hamilton International Middle School in the Library
    04/18/19:  West Woodland Elementary – Meeting held at West Woodland Elementary in the Library
    04/23/19:  Cascadia Elementary – Meeting held at Cascadia Elementary in the Library
    04/25/19:  McDonald International Elementary – Meeting held at Hamilton International Middle School in the Commons
    04/30/19:  John Stanford International Elementary – Meeting held at John Stanford International Elementary in the Library
    05/02/19:  Hamilton International Middle School – Meeting held on our campus in the Library


    Volunteer 
    Opportunities

    Lunch Room Volunteer | Ongoing 
    Math Volunteers | Ongoing 

    Lunchroom Volunteers 
    Principal Manza would love some volunteer help in the lunchroom.  This isn't an enforcement role--it gives the curious of us of a chance to get to see middle schoolers enjoying each other in the middle of the day!  No need to stay for all (3) lunch periods, come when you can.  Click for details and to sign up:  Signup Genius

    Math Volunteers 
    Might you be able to tutor HIMS kids in math during the school day? We have a need for this during “Hawk Time” – our Advisory period on M, Th, F from 2:15-2:50. What this would look like is you would help 1-3 students at a time with their math homework, quiz corrections, or general catch-up in one of the flex spaces. Mr. Bundy and Ms. Barker would make sure you are supplied with great kids who need help and are ready to receive it. We would also make sure you are equipped with what you need to know to work effectively.

    If you could contribute to our community in this way it would be so amazing because you would be pitching in on pursuing important school-wide goals around Eliminating Opportunity Gaps…but more to the point, you would be helping students achieve success in math. Please contact Mr. Bundy at ssbundy@seattleschools.org if you are interested, and thanks! - Seth Bundy

    Volunteer Forms
    Please complete the “Online Volunteer Application.” One part of this application process is to complete (also online) the 17-minute “Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention” Training. Click for more information:  Seattle Schools Volunteer

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    Hamilton Athletics

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    ★ NEW Spring Sports

    Boys Soccer
      Tryouts March 12th & 14th
    Girls Volleyball
    Tryouts March 12th & 14th
    Co-ed Track
    First Practice March 19th   


    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:        
    Webpage 
    Seattle Schools:            
    SPS Athletics Webpage 
    Schedules and Information

    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    Music News

    Hamilton PTSA

    Music-a-thon a HUGE Success!  

    On Thursday, February 28, Hamilton Music Students joined forces to raise over $37,500 (and counting) and create 11+ hours of continuous music!

    You can still donate online or have your child turn in their envelop to their music director!  

    Congratulations to 1st Period Chamber/Senior Orchestra, 6th period Intermediate Band (Harshman) and 2nd period Concert Choir for winning the class participation contests! Each of these classes enjoyed a donut/pizza party! Special kudos to 6th period Intermediate Band - they had 100% class participation!

    Many, many thanks to you and your students for gathering donations; to the dedicated student musicians who worked hard to fill every minute of Thursday with music (even the passing periods!); to everyone who participated in or attended the fantastic Young Musicians Concert; to the music teachers for organizing all the afterschool music and for the amazing job they do every day with our students; and to the many volunteers who helped make the Music-a-thon run smoothly. Many, many thanks to you and your students for gathering donations; to the dedicated student musicians who worked hard to fill every minute of Thursday with music (even the passing periods!); to everyone who participated in or attended the fantastic Young Musicians Concert; to the music teachers for organizing all the afterschool music and for the amazing job they do every day with our students; and to the many volunteers who helped make the Music-a-thon run smoothly. 

    Thank you again!  Your support was instrumental!


    Orchestra Concert 

    March 19 | 7:00 pm | Eckstein Middle School 

    The Orchestra spring concert is coming.  Please remember that the concert takes place at Eckstein Middle School, NOT at Hamilton or Lincoln.  Link to Eckstein Middle School here.

    The concert attire will be black shirt, black pants and black shoes.  Orchestra members are expected to arrive at 6:15pm. 
     
    Concert Operations:
    As always, concerts don’t run without parent volunteers, it is our dedicated volunteers that make our concerts a success.  Please sign up for a job if you are able.  Sign up here.
     
    Bake and Bahn Mi Sale: 
    Everyone’s favorite!  Please volunteer to help at the sale, or bring some baked good (store bought is fine).  This is an important revenue source and an easy way to support our great music program.  The funds go directly back to the students.  Remember, you can work the sale when your student isn’t performing. 

     Also, come hungry as there will be Banh Mi sandwiches for sale.  Sign up here.


    ★ Updated Band Concert 

    March 21 | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Gym 

    The March Concert showcasing the Hamilton Bands will be March 21st at 7:00 pm in the Hamilton Gym.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be held in two sessions. Musicians should arrive 30 minutes prior to their session.  Visit the Bake Sale (with Banh Mi Sandwiches, coffee and treats) in the Commons before or after the performances.

    7:00-7:45 pm:  Beginning* & Junior Band Performances (musicians arrive 30 min prior)
    8:00-8:45 pm:  Intermediate* & Senior Band Performances
    (musicians arrive 30 min prior)
     *Correction from last week. This information now matches the FOMAHI Newsletter.

    Parent Volunteers Needed for Thursday, March 21st Band Concert!
     
    FOMAHI concert crew & band directors need parent helpers the night of the March 21st.  We need help with set-up, door ushering and organizing performers beforehand.  Please consider donating an hour of your time so students and the instructors can focus on the performance that night!  
    SIGN UP HERE. 
     
    Banh Mi Sandwiches and Bake Sale at the Band Concert - NEED BAKED GOODS AND VOLUNTEERS
    Please sign up to bring baked good or volunteer at the table when your student isn't performing. Sign up here.

    The Bake Sale Fundraising benefits our student performers and helps to keep the music program strong. Come have Banh Mi for dinner or celebrate with a treat before or after performances (6:30 - 9:00pm) in the Hamilton Commons.


    Silverwood Music in the Park

    Couer D'Alene, ID | May 10-12

    Senior Music Students' Registration Due
    Volunteers Needed

     
    Dear Sr. Band, Sr. Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Parents,
     
    On Thursday March 7, the Senior Band, Senior Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra students received a registration for the Silverwood Music in the Park Festival, Friday May 10 - Sunday May 12, near Coeur D'Alene, ID.  
     
    Please return completed and signed forms as soon as possible, no later than Monday, March 18.  Again, the packets will be handed out in class.  Please read them carefully - important information and several signatures are required.  If you have questions, please email SilverwoodCoordinator@gmail.com.
     
    IT IS CRITICAL TO FILL OUT FORMS COMPLETELY.  For the safety and care of students, the information and signatures required are comprehensive.  Please double check all paperwork to ensure you've found every spot to be filled out and signed.
     
    Trip coordinators needed.  Calling on Music in the Parks volunteers!  Every year, volunteers coordinate the return of HIMS senior music students to this exciting festival. There is an immediate need for 3 to 4 volunteers to coordinate hotel assignments, meals and chaperones.  If you are willing to be a coordinator, please email SilverwoodCoordinator@gmail.com and put VOLUNTEER in the subject line.
     
    Thank you, and remember to sign and return the registration forms as quickly as possible, before the deadline.


    ★ NEW  
    Concert Attire Exchange

    Concert season is upon us, and it's time to gear up with concert attire that fits your growing student. Concert attire exchange bins are located in Mr. Harshman's band room for band and orchestra. Please donate your outgrown, clean black shirts, pants, and shoes (please either tie shoes together or put them in a bag) in the bin. Take gear in the bins that fit for your own use.  

     

    Hamilton PTSA

    HOST After-School Program

    Hamilton PTSA

    Winter HOST Classes - In Session 

    The Winter Session of HOST classes begins January 14th, and you can sign your child up now via our online registration portal. Based off of student and family feedback, we've made a few changes to our previously offered classes, and added a few new options as well. For P.E. credit eligible courses, we've now added Cardio Kickboxing and Recreational Dance. To increase our STEM offerings, we've also added Lego Robotics. Aside from Get Your Game On, all of our previous classes (including our free-with-membership programs Homework Club and Math Academy) will be offered again. If you have any questions about the registration process, please email Program Director Porter Wells at pwells@positiveplace.org.


    Program Director Contact Information

    For more information: 

    ​Hawks Out of School Time (HOST) program is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. 

    Porter Wells
    Program Director
    Hamilton Middle School Boys & Girls Club
    pwells@positiveplace.org
    Office 206-252-5831
    Room 104 (across from the main office)

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    ★ Updated Lincoln High School

    ★ NEW Lincoln High School Course Selection Nights

    Future Lincoln 9th grade students (Class of 2023!) These upcoming registration events are happening near you:

    •  ★ March 19 @ Hamilton Letters A‐J 6:30‐7:30pm, K‐Z 7:30‐8:30pm
    • March 21 @ McClure 6:30‐8:30pm
    • March 26 @ John Marshall 6:30‐8:30pm
    • April 2 @ Jane Addams 6:30‐8:30pm
    • April 4 @ Robert Eagle Staff 6:30‐8:30pm

    Families are encouraged to attend the night designated for their school or the general registration night at John Marshall. Please visit our website for the 9th grade registration worksheet.  https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/

    ★ NEW Lincoln HS PTSA Board Meeting

    Monday, April 15 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Location TBD
    Email us for location and to have items added to the agenda.

    LHS Student Assignment Information:  click here
    Other ways to stay Connected

    Lincoln HS Website: https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/
    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSeattle/
    Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner

    Lincoln PTSA Website: https://lincolnhs.seattleschools.org/get_involved/ptsa
    Parent Community:  LHS Parents Facebook Page
    *this is a parent group not run by LHS Admin


    Snow Make-up Days 2018-2019

    The 2018-2019 school year has been extended to June 27 to account for snow days missed.  For more information please see the SPS post:  Here  

    Click for the 2018-2019 Revised School Year Calendar


    2019-2020 School Year Calendar

    The 2019-20 School Year Calendar, dates listed below, was approved by the School Board in January 2019.  

    Click for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar


    District Mobile App

    The new Seattle Public Schools smart phone app offers essential tools for families and staff. Download it for free on the App Store or Google Play and customize the information your family needs. SPS Mobile App information

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    ★ NEW McClure PTSA Parent Education Night 

    Parent Education Night on Internet Safety with expert, Stefanie Thomas* 

    Wed March 27, 2019, 6:30pm | McClure Middle School Cafeteria | Adults Only, please

    This is a parent-education night you don’t want to miss! McClure PTSA invites you to join our winter general meeting and free parent education session on Internet Safety with presenter, Stefanie Thomas. Stefanie is an internet safety expert who has worked with law enforcement for the past 7 years in the area of the exploitation of children online. Sharing what she’s learned, she has educated over 30,000 parents in the greater Seattle area. 
    All are welcome. No RSVP required.

    Session includes: 

    • Cyberbullying 
    • Social networking/online gaming
    • Online posting 
    • Sexting
    • The reality of tweens/teens as targets
    • Cell phone & internet safety tips

    Video of a past presentation here
    For more information, please email presidents@mccluremavericks.org

    *Stefanie Thomas will be speaking to Hamilton students 3/21 during in school assemblies.  If you would like more information please see Principal Manza's letter above. 


    Hamilton Kids Return from Oaxaca & A Few Spots Left in Summer Oaxaca Trips 

    Hamilton kids have so many stories to tell about our transformative trip to Oaxaca over winter break. Ask them to talk about horseback riding through cactus-studded hills, ziplining over the Sierra Norte, standing on thousands of years of Zapotec history, and making their way through the sights and smells of local markets. We all had a fabulous time and we'd love to have your child on one of our upcoming summer adventures.

    There are spots left for our Oaxaca Street Photography and Oaxaca Adventure camps. Email kymber@rivetedkids.com for details and references from past travelers. We know that sending your child on these kinds of adventures is a leap of faith. We'd love to meet you and can't wait tell you about our plans and answer any questions you have. 

    HIMS Kids in Oaxaca


    Soccer Referee Training Clinic

     March 16th, Meridian Park

    Open to kids and adults ages 13 and above. Attend this all-day training hosted by Woodland Soccer Club (WSC), in collaboration with Seattle Soccer Referee Association (SSRA) and SYSA. Successful completion of the clinic will earn attendees their USSF Grade 8 Referee Certification making them eligible to referee recreational and competitive (e.g., Select) youth games and tournaments as a Referee and Assistant Referee earning between $25 - 45 per game depending on level and role.  More details and how to sign-up here:  http://www.woodlandsoccer.org/referee_clinic  


    Adolesco Youth Exchange: Applications Due May 15, 2019 

    We offer a two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.

    Please RSVP marie@adolesco.org and join us at one of the following INFO MEETINGS:

    • Sat., April 20, 2019 • 2 - 4 PM: Northeast Library, Meeting Room (6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
    • Sun., April 21, 2019 • 1 - 3 PM: Lake Hills Library, Meeting Room (15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007)
    • Sat., April 27, 2019 • 2 - 4 PM: Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room #4 (1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004)
    • Sun., April 28, 2019 • 1-3 PM: Capitol Hill Branch, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102)

    YOU can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living IN a new culture AND gain a great friend for life!

    Start your application at www.Adolesco.org/pre-application and contact Marie for more information.  Marie Meyer 303-913-4845 / marie@adolesco.org

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    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814
    Website:  http://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org 

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    The SPS 2018–2019 Academic Calendar

    The last day of school has been extended until June 27th due to snow.
    http://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars 


    2019-2020 Academic Calendar

    Next School Year
    Click for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

     

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