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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    March 1, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    March 2nd (Friday) 

    • PTSA March Membership Meeting followed by ANGST (The Movie) | 6:30-9 PM
    • Edmonds Jazz Festival:  Vocal Jazz 
    • Ski Bus (final week)

    March 3rd (Saturday) 

    • ANGST (The Movie) | 11am-1pm (corrected time)

    March 2nd - 3rd (Friday/Saturday)

    •  Camp Burton Junior and Senior Orchestra

    March 6th (Tuesday) 

    •  Jazz Night | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons

    March 8th (Thursday) 

    •  Choir Concert | 7 pm | Hamilton Commons

    March 9th (Friday) 

    • Girls Volleyball Tryouts After School | Hamilton Gym

    March 13th (Tuesday) 

    • Boys Soccer Tryouts After School 
    • Girls Volleyball Tryouts After School | Hamilton Gym
    •  FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7pm | Hamilton Library.  Free and open to the public.

    March 14th (Thursday) 

    •  Pi(e) Night  | 6:30-8:30 | Hamilton Commons 

    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 | 7pm | Hamilton Gym 

    March 24th (Saturday) 

    •   Solo and Ensemble | Chief Sealth High School

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


    PTSA News

    Updated PTSA March Membership Meeting followed by ANGST (The Movie) 

    Join the Hamilton PTSA for our March Membership Meeting at 6:30, followed by ANGST (The Movie). Topics we'll be discussing:
    • Principal Blish's departure and the hiring plan for a new principal
    • Soliciting community feedback on priorities for the new principal
    • Membership vote on proposal to partially fund counselor and nurse positions in FY18-19 school year
    • Join the nominating committee to build next year's PTSA board
    • More information on ANGST (The Movie) available in the From the Counseling Office Section below.  
    • Update on HOST program plans for next year

    New Pi(e) Night - Volunteers Needed

    Wednesday, March 14 

    **This event will only happen if we get enough volunteers.**

    Help us help our kids celebrate Pi with PIE! There will be pie baking, pi reciting—and of course—pie EATING contests. Plus, a photo booth to record the memories. 

    Sign-Up Now at:

    (Co-sponsored by Ballard Orthodontics)


    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    Welcome back from Mid-Winter break!  As we look forward to Spring, we are in the midst of planning and preparing for the administration of our Washington State required tests.  All Hamilton students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Our 8th grade students will also participate in the new Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) assessment.  All assessments will be online again this year. 


    While we are continuing to optimize the testing schedule, we want to inform families of the testing dates so that you can plan accordingly. 8th graders will take the WCAS in their science classes during the last week of April. During the SBA testing weeks in May, we will be implementing a block schedule (125 minute classes, 3 classes each day). Students will take the ELA test when their ELA classes meet the first week and will take the Math when their Math classes meet the second week. (See details below.) Students will attend their other classes, as regular.  We will provide a more detailed schedule in the coming months.

    Testing Schedule Overview:




    May 7-14

    SBA ELA (all grades)

    Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled ELA classes.

    May 15-21

    SBA Math (all grades)

    Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled Math class

    May 22-25

    Extended time (all grades)

    Additional time will be provided for all students who need to complete their assessments

    April 23-27

    WCAS (8thgrade)

    Students will have 4 testing sessions during their scheduled Science classes


    More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice tests can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website here. If you have any specific questions about the SBA or WCAS, please contact testing coordinators Bethany Sjoberg (Assistant Principal) or Deirdre Schreiber (House Administrator).

    Thank you for your support and partnership in learning.  Go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg, Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    New From the Counseling Department

    We are moving into our 4th and final unit of Second Step Lessons during Tuesday Advisory. Unit 4 is entitled Serious Peer Conflicts and has nine lessons. In this unit “Students learn how to identify, avoid, and resolve serious conflicts and help prevent bullying and harassment”.  Ask your students about their advisory discussions!


    Having challenges with parenting your teen? Second Step has a great new FREE resource for parents as well…


    Explore this groundbreaking new website that brings parents and teens together to improve communication and strengthen connections. Created by the Second Step Middle School team, ParenTeen Connect is open to all parents and teens--- even those not currently using the Second Step Program. The site features real parents and teens talking about real issues like screen time and independence, and it provides expert advice from renowned parenting expert Dr. Laura Kastner. Designed to support parents and teens outside the classroom, is also integrated into the Second Step Middle School Program. Eight new activities focus on topics like perspective taking and communication and link to videos on Explore these new activities and share this exciting new resource with the families in your community.

    ANGST (The Movie)

    Reports and diagnosis of anxiety are on the rise – in our school community and in our country. The results of our Hamilton student needs assessment this fall showed 14% of 8th graders; 12 % of 7th graders and 13% of 6th graders self-reporting concerns about anxiety. The counseling department and Hamilton staff are working to implement supports for all students. Increasing awareness is the first step. We have implemented “Mindful Mondays” this year as a part of our weekly advisory schedule. Next month we will be hosting 2 screenings of the documentary ANGST for our community….

    Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. 

    Mark your calendars for March 2nd (evening) and/or March 3rd (matinee)!


    Learn More:


    Article in Parent Map this week related to anxiety:


    Talking to your Child or Teen about anxiety:


    APPS to assist:

    Breath2Relax ; Headspace ; MindShift; Pacifica ; Stop Breathe & Think


    From the Nurse - Ms. Fote 

    Avoiding Illness During Flu Season

    Reminder on ways to stay healthy and avoid spreading illness

    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

    ★New Hamilton Boys Soccer 

     Interested in representing your school as a soccer player? Able to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, with games on Saturdays? If so, and you’re a boy with even just a little soccer experience, please sign up for tryouts in the main office. To tryout you will need to have completed the athletic physical, concussion form and the soccer safety form. Any questions, contact Mr. Evans in room #203.

    Boys Soccer tryouts will be after school on Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, 
    March 15.

    ★New Girls Volleyball  

    Volleyball tryouts will be Friday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 13, in the gym at 3:50pm. Practices will be Monday and Thursday after school for the Varsity team and Tuesday and Wednesday for the JV team. You need to have a current athletic  physical on file in the main office to play any school sport.  

    ★New  Hamilton Track Team  

    The first practice for Track will be Tuesday, March 20, after school. If you are interested in going out for Track please talk to Ms. Paris in room #233. She has a ‘track’ packet of information and forms that will need to be filled out. Please make sure that you have a current athletic physical on file in the main office. We also have additional forms in the main office, if you need them.

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


    Music News

    ★New Upcoming Concerts

    • Jazz Night Tuesday, March 6, 7pm in the Commons
    • Choir Night Thursday, March 8, 7pm in the Commons
    • Orchestra Concert Tuesday, March 15, 7p at Jane Adams Middle School
      • More information about volunteering to come soon!
    • Band Concert Thursday, March 22, 7p in the HIMS Gym
      • More information on group times, volunteer needs, etc. to come soon!

    ★New Junior Jazz and Men's Choir

    Registration for Spring Sessions of Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir opens on Thursday March 1.  Go to FOMAHI website here and click on "After School Programs" for registration.

    ★New Wild Waves volunteers needed 

    Representatives from Junior Band, Junior Orchestra, and Junior Jazz needed to help coordinate the trip to Wild Waves on June 9th.  Email Fiona Cohen if you can help at


    HOST After-School Program

    HOST Information 

    Winter HOST runs Monday January 22nd, 2018  - Thursday March 29th, 2018

    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

    New 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 Administrator  206 252-019 

     Seattle World Languages Fair | March 10th  

    Languages Lead Us on a Path to Understanding Other Cultures* on Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Seattle World School, 1700 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122 Information session for families, students, community members and educators about World Language offerings in Seattle,World Language Credit TestingSeal of BiliteracyDual Language Immersion, Community-Based Organizations, refreshments, and more.

    Find out:

    • What languages do we teach in Seattle Public Schools?
    • How many world language credits do students need for graduation?
    • How can students earn high school credits for languages they learned at home or outside of school?
    • What is the Seal of Biliteracy and how do you earn it?
    • What are the benefits to early language learning?

    *theme of National Foreign Language Week March 4-10

    Learn more at the World Languages Page.

    Contact: Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator, 



    Community News


    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. 

    Volunteers Needed for a Committee to Add Lights to the Fields at Robert Eagle Staff

    You know how hard it is to reserve a field for sports. Some middle school students are even starting practices at 8pm on school nights. Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a zoning modification requested in order to add lights to the field at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School located at 1330 N. 90th Street.

    Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to serve on this committee. The Seattle School District is requesting a modification from select City zoning regulations to reduce setbacks for field lighting at the school. 

    The committee will convene up to three public meetings at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School (1330 N 90th St.) over a three-month period. The committee will receive briefings from the School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure request. Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modification. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting the change to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

    To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Thursday, November 30 to:

    Maureen Sheehan
    Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
    PO Box 94649
    Seattle, WA 98124-4649

    For more information contact Maureen at or call 206-684-0302.

    Ballard Girls Basketball- Camps, Tryouts, In House League and Trainings

    For 3rd through high school girls, beginner to advanced, Ballard Girls Basketball offers opportunities for girls to play more hoops! 
    • Saturday In House League for 5th through 8th grade girls. Register by March 18
    To register and for more information, visit us at

    Middle School Math Camps

    Our camps are specifically designed using the Seattle Public Schools’ curriculum for grades 6, 7, and 8. Your child will feel confident when math classes start in the fall and they have 5 other classes vying for their attention. The camps also serve as a review of previous material. We will have small class sizes and a fun and engaging format. Private tutoring is available as a continued support throughout the year. 
    Grades 6, 7, and 8
    Camps run in one week sessions: 
    July 9 - July 13 August 20 – August 24
    July 16 – July 20 August 27 - August 31
    July 23 - July 27 
    Full Day: 9:00AM -2:30 PM $425 (before April 30); $465
    Morning: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM $275 (before April 30); $315
    Afternoon: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM $275 (before April 30); $315
    Registration: $75
    Across the freeway from Northgate, near North Seattle College

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents...

    Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics
    Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC
     - our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
     - prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!
    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
    Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym
     - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
     - Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps
    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:



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    Hamilton International Middle School

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

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