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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    March 8, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    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 | 7 pm | Hamilton Library.  

    March 14th (Thursday) 

    •  Pi(e) Night  | 6:30-8:30 pm | 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 | 7 pm | Hamilton Gym 

    March 24th (Saturday) 

    •   Solo and Ensemble | Chief Sealth High School

    April 9-13th  

    •   Spring Break | No School

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


    PTSA News

    New Come Celebrate Pi(e) Night
    Wednesday, March 14th 6:30-8:30 PM @Hamilton Commons

    Pi(e) Night Image

    More than 3.145926535898 great reasons to check it out!  

    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, a photo booth to record the memories. 

    If you are coming, please bring a pie to share.  

    To Volunteer:

    Co-sponsored by your Hamilton PTSA and Ballard Orthodontics

    New 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 Principal

    Dear Hamilton International Community,

    I don’t often like to remember myself as a 7th and 8th grader. I know I am not alone in that; I regularly hear something like that at Hamilton gatherings for families of incoming 5th graders. Middle school, people will tell me, was difficult; it was awkward; they try to forget those years. I put myself in that last category, but I work in a middle school, which makes it challenging to forget my middle-school self. One thing I did not do in middle school was engage with school adults outside of the classroom. I saw the world in very limited ways: there were my classes where I measured myself, not against some learning standard or teacher’s assessment, but by my peers. I wanted to be cool, or – more likely – tried really hard not to be uncool (I can’t remember the factors that made one cool or uncool – clothes? Slang? Number of friends?)

    The world has not spun so many time since then (it has spun many times!) that Hamilton students are so different today than I was in middle school.

    And yet, a few times in the last weeks, I have been deeply moved and impressed by the poise and world awareness of our students.

    Later this month, our Black/Brown Student Union is planning to put on an assembly to both celebrate and educate African American history and culture as well as African and African immigrant history and culture. For the last six weeks members of the BSU have been teaching us about particular moments and people from American black history through our morning announcements. The assembly they are planning will take it one step further – a brave and important step. These students will tell us what it’s like to go to school in a school where 70% of students are white and an even higher percentage of the adult staff are white.

    A different group of students is following the activism of their colleagues from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the multitude of other young people moved by their example. Hamilton students are joining their voice and exercising their power to advocate for change to lessen gun violence. Hamilton students are organizing and planning; they’re holding meetings seeking ways to most effectively advocate for what they believe should happen to make our society, our schools safe. The form of this action, which they’ve planned for10 a.m.  Wednesday March 14 – a day that students across the country are planning to act for 17 minutes – one minute for each life lost at the Florida high school exactly one month earlier.

    An aside: My message to these students is that we are impressed with their maturity and commitment. Specifically, if students are to leave school, we will be there to ensure they are safe. State law requires us to mark students as absent without an excuse, but this is the ‘cost’ of civil disobedience.

    Nevertheless, I can’t imagine myself as a 12-year-old stepping up in such important and thoughtful ways. It’s a great privilege to work among these leaders of tomorrow … I mean: leaders of today!

    Go Hawks,

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal



    Hamilton School News

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.  

    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

    ★Updated Upcoming Concerts

    ★Update Junior Jazz and Men's Choir

    Registration for Spring Sessions of Junior Jazz and Men’s Choir is now open.  Go to FOMAHI website here and click on "After School Programs" for registration.

    • JUNIOR JAZZ is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation.
    • Men’s Choir is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program. Students will be introduced to music and will learn vocal techniques. The program welcomes all young men who are interested in singing. No experience is necessary. Students in ALL grades are encouraged to participate!

    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

    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 

    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, 

    ★New 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:

    ★New Student Assignment Plan Task Force 

    The Enrollment Planning Department is forming a task force to develop recommendations for the improvement of the Student Assignment Plan. The purpose of the district’s Student Assignment Plan is to provide every student with access to a high-quality education that supports achievement for all students. This plan should provide equitable access to programs and services and provide transparency in the enrollment and school choice process for all.

    The task force will strive to reflect the diversity found within the Seattle Public Schools and will carry out two types of work: (1) Review the Student Assignment Plan and the most recent Transition Plan as the first steps in merging the two documents into one, and (2) Develop recommendations for an equity focused enrollment process clearly outlined within the written plan. The task force is anticipated to last 8 months, expiring Fall 2018. Meetings are anticipated to begin in March and occur approximately once per month (except July), but may occur more frequently as needed.

    Information on the Student Assignment Plan Task Force and the application to apply for membership will be available on Friday, March 2. We would like to have principal representation on the task force and invite school leaders to apply. We also encourage you to share this information with interested families and community members.

    Contact: Ashley Davies, Director Enrollment Planning,



    Community News


    Thank you to all of the SkiBus volunteers!  

    Please check the SkiBus lost and found.  A lot of gear is still sitting on Will's porch, anything not picked up will all be dropped to the Goodwill on March 10th.  (Please check SkiBus emails for lost & found address)

    If you have any questions please contact the coordinator, Jan (Parent Volunteer), at or 206-297-7616. 


    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.

    ★New 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

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