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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    March 15, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    March 15th (Thursday) 

    •  Boys Soccer Tryouts After School 
    •  Orchestra Concert | 7 pm | Jane Adams Middle School

    March 20th (Tuesday) 

    •  Hamilton Track - First Practice After School 

    March 22nd (Thursday) 

    •   Band Concert | 7 pm | Hamilton Gym 

    March 24th (Saturday) 

    •   Middle School Solo and Ensemble | Chief Sealth High School

    March 27th (Tuesday) 

    •   EBMEA Orchestra Festival | Whitman Middle School

    March 28th (Wednesday) 

    • Advanced Drama presents HOLES | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons | Admission Free
    • Spring Fling for Hamilton Staff 

    April 9-13th  

    •   Spring Break | No School

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


    PTSA News

    ★ New  Nominating Committee for the PTSA Board - Volunteers Needed

    The Hamilton PTSA Board is actively forming a nominating committee to help fill empty seats on next year's board.  Right now we are looking for people to serve on the nominating committee.  This commitment would include networking to find people whose interest and skills would best match board positions, attending one feeder elementary PTA meetings, and probably two additional meetings.  The position on the nominating commitment should be completed by May 1st. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee starting now through May, please contact Mark Roschy directly at  

    ★ New  Spring Fling Staff Luncheon - Volunteers Needed

    March 28th Spring Fling for Hamilton Staff

    Please help the PTSA host our fourth staff appreciation luncheon.  Wednesday, March 28th we'll be celebrating the beginning of spring with a lunch of honey baked ham, chicken salad, and lots of fresh veggies.  The signup has many ways to contribute from shopping and serving to baking and flower arranging.  Let's show our Hamilton staff how much we appreciate all they do for our kids!  

    ★ New Reflections Art Competition

    Congratulations to Maxwell R. His Photograph won Third Place for Washington State.

    Next year's theme is Heroes Around Me. Please start thinking about what you would like to submit in the categories of Visual Art, Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance, and Film.

    ★ Updated  Pi(e) Night - Endless Fun! 

    Pi(e) Night ImagePi(e) Night was a huge success. Thank you to all who came out to join us for Pi Night!  

    Top Pi Recitation: 219 digits!!

    Winners for this years Pi Night Pie Bake-Off :

    Best Fruit Pie: Charlotte G.
    Most Original: Alexander F.
    Best Presentation: Stella J.
    Best Cream Pie: Malaika E.
    Flakiest Crust: David F.
    Best Overall: Savannah C. 

    A big thank you to our Sponsor Ballard Orthodontics all of the volunteers and organizers. 

    Volunteer Opportunity:  Graphic Designer 

    Designer Wanted GraphicWe need some design help. We've got logos to clean up, email templates to make, flyers to design and a fund Raising Campaign to create. One super-human could tackle it all, or several of us could band together and slay this beast! Interested in helping shape the Hamilton Experience? Contact us at


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    On March 14, 2018, many Hamilton students participated in an action to honor the people who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to call for legislation to reduce gun violence. At 10:00 many students gathered on the front steps of Hamilton International Middle School and gave thoughtful speeches, chanted, and took seriously their role as citizens. The level of respect and organization that this action had was impressive.

    We are very proud of our students for their leadership and work in planning this and ensuring that all students were able to participate in an authentic way according to their level of comfort. Middle school is a time where we see students experimenting with their ideas and how to articulate them in a more meaningful way. At times, it works well and at times it is a learning experience. Today was an example of the growth and success that students encounter in the middle school years and they should be pleased with the message and voice they gave to this cause.

    Go Hawks!

    Tim Snyder
    Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    ★ New Advanced Drama Presents, HOLES

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7pm in the Commons 

    Don’t miss Advanced Drama’s production of “Holes” by Louis Sachar,  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the Hamilton Commons at 7:00pm. The show runs approximately 100 minutes with Intermission. The gang at Camp Green Lake is looking forward to seeing you then!

    ★ New From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 

    Oh buggers, we have a few students with head Lice at Hamilton. It is my recommendation you check your child for lice just to make sure.  If you have any questions and/or would like me to check, please let me knowClick here for the CDC information letter on Lice.

    ★ New  Counseling Corner 


    Last week our counseling team attended the Washington School Counselor Association annual conference. We spent time learning from experts and colleagues in our field about topics such as Multi-tiered Systems of Support for Students; School and Family Partnerships; Social Emotional Health and Wellness supports for students; Positive Behavior Intervention Support; Data Driven Practice; Restorative Justice; Interventions & Counseling Practices based on latest Research in Neuroscience; and much more. We look forward to putting our new learning to practice in our work with Hamilton students and staff.


    Drug & Alcohol Prevention  

    • Classroom lessons taught in March by Kelly Kerby, Neighborcare Therapist and Drug & Alcohol Prevention Specialist -  6th and 8th Grade
    • Project Alert Prevention Lessons to be taught by 7th grade Science teachers in June
    • Parent Information Night on April 19th (more info to come) Lisa Davidson, SPS prevention specialist




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    Summer Camp / Scholarship Info

    Camps listed here have scholarship opportunities for students…


    ★ New Yearbook Photos - LAST CHANCE

    The very last day we can accept Yearbook Photos is Wednesday March 28!   Any photos but ESPECIALLY from spring sports, field trips, Pi Night and so forth – we would love to have them but need to have them by the 28th because we are submitting materials to the publisher soon! 

    Uploading Directions FROM YOUR COMPUTER: 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 Liz Abbott, Yearbook Coordinator, 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

    ★ Updated Hamilton Boys Soccer 

    Boys Soccer 2nd tryout is today. If you have all your sports forms in – athletic physical, concussion form and sports release – you will be able to go to the tryout. You need to change immediately after school and meet Mr. Evans in the Hawks Nest and everyone will go to the field together for tryouts. Tryouts end at 5:30pm and parents need to pick up students from the Lower Woodland field at that time.

    ★ Updated  Girls Volleyball  

    Volleyball Practice will be in the Gym.  

    Varsity:  Monday & Thursday, After School
    Junior Varsity:  Tuesday & Wednesday, After School

    ★ Updated  Hamilton Track Team   

    Track packets are here! Pick up your track packet in Ms. Paris’ room #233. Complete all forms and return them to Ms. Paris ASAP! The first practice is Tuesday, March 20.

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


    Music News

    ★Updated  Orchestra Concert

    March 15th at 7pm at Jane Addams Middle School

    Location of Jane Addams 11051 34th Ave NE.  Students need to arrive by 6:15 in concert attire.  Please allow extra time for transportation. 


    Parent volunteers needed for concert :  Concert operations depend on parent volunteers, and FOMAHI and band directors need your help.  Here’s your chance to help out in an easy way, volunteer here.


    Bake sale and Banh Mi sandwich sales:  There will be the usual banh mi sandwich and bake sale outside the auditorium so come hungry and with cash.  We are still in need of donations of time and goods, please sign up to contribute here.


    Spring Band Concert 

    March 22 at 7 pm in the Hamilton Gym

    Don’t miss the always entertaining Spring concert presented by the Hamilton Band.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be held in two sessions.  Musicians will arrive 30 minutes prior to their session.  Attendees will enter through the Commons, then proceed to the Gym. 

    • 7:00 – 7:45 pm:  Intermediate and Junior Band Performances
    • 8:00 – 8:45 pm:  Beginning and Senior Band Performances

    Parent volunteers needed for concert operations:  Help needed with set-up, door ushering, and organizing performers.  You can work backstage while your student performs.  Please consider donating and hour of your time here.

    Banh Mi sandwich and Bake sale at the concert:  Please join us at our sandwich and bake sale during the concert between 6:30-9:00 at the Hamilton Commons.  But we still need your help, volunteer to bring some time or baking magic here.

    ★New  Junior Jazz

     Junior Jazz spring registration is open.  Go to to register, under “After School Activities”.   JUNIOR JAZZ is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation. Session runs March 20-May 22, and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school 3:55-5pm.

    ★New  Junior Orchestra EBMEA Orchestra Festival March 27

    The Junior Orchestra will be attending the EBMEA Orchestra Festival at Whitman Middle School on March 27.  This is a school field trip and we will need a few chaperones to accompany the orchestra.  If you are available and interested, please get in touch with Mr. Ogle at or phone (206) 380-9270.

    ★Updated Volunteers Needed for Wild Waves

    The Junior Orchestra, Junior Band, and Treble Choir will perform in the “Music in the Parks” festival at Wild Waves in Federal Way, the most anticipated trip of the year, on June 9th.  It’s a great trip to be a part of, and the work is straightforward – we will put you in touch with the fine folks who did it last year.  Please, if interested, contact Fiona Cohen at


    HOST After-School Program

    ★NEW  HOST Information 

    HOST Spring Session is running from April 2nd – June 7th!
    HOST registration begins on March 19th!

    Last Day of Winter HOST is Thursday,March 29th 

    MondayTuesdayThursday, from 4:00 - 5:30pm
    Wednesday from 2:45 - 4:45pm.



    Seattle Schools News

    School Calendar for the 2018-19 School year

    Seattle Schools Calendar for next School year 2018-2019

    Community Meeting: International Schools/DLI Programs

    Parents and Community Members:

    We invite you to a Community Meeting to talk about the Future of

    Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion Programs

     Tuesday, March 20, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm

    Mercer International Middle School
    1600 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108

    Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese interpretation provided. 
    Children welcome.
    We will have childcare at the school.  Refreshments will be served.

    In 2016, Seattle Public Schools initiated a process for studying the impacts, risks, and benefits of sustaining and expanding Seattle’s International Schools and Dual Language Immersion programs through the establishment of an International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force.

    The district would now like to share the results of the Task Force Recommendations from 2016-2018 and updates from the Program Review submitted to the School Board in October 2017. Please join us!

    To learn more about the International Schools / Dual Language Immersion Task Force, visit: 

    Questions? Contact Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education  206 252-019 

    SPS Board Resolution on Gun Safety   

    We continue to share in the nation’s collective grief following the Florida school shooting. Student safety is essential. Seattle Public Schools put in place extensive safety procedures, and we will be reviewing those to do even more.  To read the SPS Statement and Board resolution on gun safety click here:


    Community News


    ★ New Disaster Prep Workshops 


    Disaster Skills Workshop
    Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30PM @ Hamilton
    City of Seattle/SPS Disaster Skills Workshop for Hamilton school staff and Wallingford Community in Hamilton MS Library. Details, alternative dates and location, and registration at:

    Light Search and Rescue Workshop
    Tuesday, June 12, 6-8PM @ Hamilton
    City of Seattle/SPS Light Search and Rescue Workshop for Hamilton school staff (optional; no clock hours) and Wallingford Community in Hamilton MS Library. Details, alternative  dates and location, and registration at:


    ★ New  FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council

    8th Graders with interest in Emergency Preparedness encouraged to apply to Join FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council.

    Youth across the nation can help their communities prepare for emergencies. Students in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, who have already taken part in community service, or are interested in emergency preparedness, should apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council.

    The Council’s members take part in local and national emergency preparedness projects. Selected to serve a two-year term, members meet with FEMA staff to give their views on emergency preparedness and to share information from FEMA with their communities.

    Adults who work with youth or who work in emergency management should share the application with youth who might be interested. Youth must submit a completed application form and provide two letters of recommendation and academic records. Applications are due March 18. To apply, or to see projects current members are working on, visit the Youth Preparedness Council website. 


    DiscNW is excited to partner with Team Ultimate Camp (or TUC) to provide a IHS/BHS summer camp session. This is the fourth year in a row partnering with Ingraham HS and in the past summer we reached nearly 40 participants. With adding Ballard HS players, we can't wait to see this camp take off even more!


    The week long Ultimate Frisbee camp is for players specifically attending Ingraham and Ballard High School. Team Ultimate Camps focus on building team work skills, leadership, coaching, and overall developing a sense of community along with individual skill development. This is a great opportunity for teams to get together in the off season and a great place for entering 9th graders to meet their new community! We hope you will all join us!


    When: July 23rd-27th9AM-3PM

    Where: Soundview Playfield

    Cost: $310 - financial aid available.

    Who: IHS & BHS players, entering 9th through 12th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

    Registration link:


    Computer Programming Classes for Kids

    Kids with an Edge offers this systematic and fun intro to the Python programming language for middle schoolers and above. Python is a professional programming language and is taught at the college level. Python Level 1 will introduce kids to real-world programming concepts in a fun and challenging manner. They will learn concepts and apply them to solve puzzles/do small projects.  

    Classes will run on Fridays or Saturdays starting Apr. 19 and 20.

     Cascades Academy - Ultimate Frisbee Clinic

    Sunday, March 18th 2:30pm @Lower Woodland 

    Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate men's 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 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 ($0 if needed, we want all kids to play!)




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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

    Past Newsletters:

    The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar