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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    March 29, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    March 29th (Thursday) 

    • Last Day for Winter HOST Session
    • Potluck dinner celebrating cultures | 5-7 pm | Boys & Girls Club Wallingford | more info below in PTSA News 

    April 2-3rd  

    •   STAMP Testing for DLI Students 

    April 9-13th  

    •   Spring Break | No School

    April 17th 

    •   PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30pm | Private Home | please email if you would like to attend

    April 23-27th  

    •   WCAS Testing (Science) for 8th Grade Students 

    April 27-29th  

    •   Reno Jazz Festival

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


    PTSA News

    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 Open Board Positions for 2018-19

    The PTSA Board has several open positions next year including support positions. 

    Elected Board Positions 

    Vice President

    Appointed Board Positions

    6th Grade Liaison
    7th Grade Liaison
    Member at Large
    Mini-Grants Co-Chair
    Membership Co-Chair 

    Key PTSA Roles and Support Positions

    Support positions would not require you to attend Board Meetings and would limit your commitment to the amount of time/energy that you have available.  Support positions will help to support the Board in actualizing the Board's goals.  

    Treasurer Support
    Events Support
    Legislative Support
    Art Contest Coordinator
    Reflections Coordinator

    ★ Tonight
      Potluck Dinner Celebrating Cultures

    March 29th 5:00-7:00pm at the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club

    You are invited!   

    BF Day is organizing a potluck dinner celebrating our diverse neighborhood of many cultures at the Boys and Girls club in Wallingford on March 29th,  5:00-7:00. They are partnering with the BGC, Family Works, Seattle Public Library, the Somali Health Board, Hamilton PTSA and others. There will be music and henna and that block party feeling:) Bring a dish that represents your heritage and meet your neighbors! 


    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.

    Follow us on Facebook

    The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook.

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    Letter from the Assistant Principal

    Dear Hamilton Families,


    Our vision at Hamilton is that our school will be a collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners.  I have the pleasure of seeing this vision in action as I visit classrooms.  In all our science classrooms students are provided with opportunities to engage in a variety of science and engineering practices, including constructing explanations, designing solutions, and engaging in argument form evidence.  A few examples include: 


    • Biology students engaged in a Biotechnology Unit in from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Science Education Partnership.  In this project-based unit, students integrated research, DNA analysis and bioethics to determine “Where in Africa did the confiscated elephant tusk come from?”.  Students learned to perform molecular biology lab techniques, analyzed their data collaboratively, wrote a scientific argument, and provided feedback to each other on their final reports.


    • In our 6th-8th grade science classes, students have been collaboratively using engineering and design skills to apply their understanding of science content to a variety of real-world scenarios.  For example, 6th grade students used their understanding of metabolism to design a health bar to feed people involved in natural disasters.  Students then evaluated their designs using a variety of criteria. 


    It is exciting to see the thoughtfulness, creativity, and complex thinking that our young scientists demonstrate when they engage in these learning tasks. 


    As a reminder, April 6th is the end of 3rd quarter.  Now is a great time to support your students in planning to complete or make up any missing assignments or assessments.  Please connect with your student’s teacher with any questions or concerns.  


    Go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg

    Assistant Principal



    Hamilton School News

    Counseling Corner 

    Attn: 8th Graders | High School Transition

    High School Counselors from Ballard, Roosevelt, Ingraham, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Center School and Nova will visit Hamilton’s 8th graders to review class options to choose for your students schedule that will begin in September 2018.  Prior to the school counselor visits, the high schools will send home an information packet about core subjects, electives, auditions, etc.  

    Class option forms will be collected by the high school counselors on April 20


    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…


    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

    Hamilton Boys Soccer 

    Soccer Practice will be at Lower Woodland.  The team will meet after school and walk to Lower Woodland together.  Parents please pick up your student at Lower Woodland (Northernmost Fields) at 5:30 pm.  

    Varsity: Tuesday & Thursday, After School
    Varsity Soccer Schedule
    Junior Varsity: Tuesday & Thursday, After School
    Junior Varsity Soccer Schedule

    ★NEW Girls Volleyball  

    Volleyball Practice will be in the Gym.  

    Varsity:  Practice Monday & Thursday, After School
    Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule
    Junior Varsity:  Practice Tuesday & Wednesday, After School
    Junior Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule

    ★Updated Hamilton Track Team   

    Track Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:50PM to 5:35PM. Most practices are held at Lower Woodland track field, and a few at the park adjacent to Hamilton.  The team runs together to and from practices.  Parents can pic up students at Hamilton at 5:45PM.

    Tuesday & Thursday, 3:50-5:35
    Middle School Track Meet Schedule

    For more information
    Hamilton Athletics:
    Seattle Schools Schedules and Information:


    Music News

    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

     Amazon Smile

    Don't forget, you can shop and support FOMAHI at Amazon through Amazon Smile.  The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion has started.  Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12 - 31. This is a great opportunity to increase Friends of Music at Hamilton International's AmazonSmile donations.


    HOST After-School Program

    ★Updated  Spring HOST Registration is NOW Open!

    You can head over to the Hamilton website to look at all the exciting class offerings as well as instructions on how to register!


    Spring HOST runs from April 2nd – June 7th




    Seattle Schools News

    ★NEW  Lincoln High School Community Meeting

    April 23rd, 6:30 pm at Hamilton Commons 
    I have scheduled a community meeting on April 23rd. The meeting will be at Hamilton International Middle School in the Commons at 6:30. Topics covered will be revisit the vision, construction progress, introduction of teachers, looking at/giving feedback on course pathways, and the formation of parent groups. Hope to see you.
    Ruth Medsker

    Family Survey

    A Family survey will be distributed by email starting the week of April 16. Households without a parent/guardian email address on file will receive a paper survey in the mail with a prepaid return envelope. See the Family Survey FAQ for more details at the following link:

    New Middle School Math Textbook Adopted

    After a year-long adoption process, the Department of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction has identified enVisionmath2.0 from Pearsonas the new middle school math textbook.

    Read more here:

    ★Updated School Levies Community Meetings 

    School Levies are Being Planned, Maybe Even a New High School

    Planning is underway for two school funding levies to be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2019. Seattle Public Schools requests input and feedback on possible projects. 
    The 2019 Operations Levy is a renewal of the expiring Operations Levy; it provides approximately 20 percent of the district’s general fund annual budget and supports educational programs not fully funded by the state.
    The 2019 Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy is a renewal of the expiring BEX IV Capital Levy. It will include projects to improve earthquake safety and other security needs, add more space to meet growing enrollment needs, replace or repair school buildings and systems, and fund major preventive maintenance throughout the school district. There's a rumor that it might include a new North Seattle high school.
    At the community meetings, district staff members will present information, collect input and feedback, and answer questions. Interpreters will be available by request.
    Mon., April 2, 6:30-8:15 p.m.: Aki Kurose Middle School lunchroom, 3928 South Graham Street
    Tues., April 36:30-8:15 p.m.: Madison Middle School lunchroom, 3429 45th Ave SW
    Mon., April 236:30-8:15 p.m.: Seattle World School (T.T. Minor School) lunchroom, 1700 East Union Street
    Tues., April 246:30-8:15 p.m.: Jane Addams Middle School lunchroom, 11051-34th Avenue NE
    Thurs., April 266:30-8:15 p.m.: Salmon Bay K-8 School (Monroe School) lunchroom, 1810 NW 65th Street
    Comments and questions are welcome via email or mail.
    Operations Levy:


    Community News


    Disaster Preparedness Workshops 

    Disaster Skills Workshop
    Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30PM @ Hamilton Library

    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 Library

    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:

     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. 

    ★NEW Kid Summer Sailing Opportunities!

    The Corinthian Yacht Club at Shilshole has sail camps for those learning how to sail and also for older kids who have had some past sailing experience. Camps are for sailors age 8 - 18 and focus on having fun on the water and improving sailing skills. One week long day camps run throughout the summer from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information and registration see this web link:

    DiscNW Ultimate Camp


    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:

    Summer Camps for Grades 6th-8th

    Wallingford Boys & Girls Club offers an exciting summer program for middle school youth looking to meet new people, take fun trips and be active. This summer will be packed with games, water slides, hikes, beach trips and more! Our camps offer our 6th-8th grade youth the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate activities in a fun, safe and positive atmosphere.

    Seattle Suns Elite Basketball Association

    Hi All! Exciting news! We have a new resource in the neighborhood called Seattle Suns Elite Basketball Association. The Sun’s will offer incredible professional level training & conditioning for youth players wanting to improve their basketball skills and game in a fun and positive environment.


    Training sessions start in April! All skill levels welcomed!

    (please see attachment for dates, pricing and additional info)


    We will also have AAU level teams! Tryouts are at Greenlake Community Center on March 26th from 7-9pm for 

    Boys and Girls (6th, 7th and 8th grade).


    Spring League will be focused on getting teams together that will hopefully play together through HS with solid coaching & training.  No games this spring but if the teams feel they are ready we may do a local Seattle tournament in May.  (please see attachment for dates, pricing and additional info)


    Interested? Check out and reach out to for additional information and to register your player.





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