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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    May 10, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    May 7-21st 

    • Smarter Balanced Testing ELA & Math 

    May 11th 

    • 8th Grade Dance | 7:00-9:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    May 24th 

    • Jazz Night | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons
    • Swing Dance Lessons | 6:30pm 

    May 25th 

    • Orchestra at Folklife Festival | 5:25pm

    May 26th 

    • Jazz at Folklife Festival | Vocal Jazz

    May 30th 

    • PTSA Spring Membership Meeting | 7:00-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    May 31st 

    • Choir Concert | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Commons

    June 1st - 3rd

    • Silverwood Field Trip

    June 4th 

    • 7th Grade Field Trip | Wing Luke Museum 

    June 21st  

    • 8th Grade Cruise | During the School Day

    June 22nd 

    • 8th Grade Promotion | 1:15pm | Hamilton Commons

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



    PTSA News

    Spring Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, May 30th 7-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    Mark your calendars for the PTSA Spring Membership Meeting, with guest: Dorian Manza, Hamilton's incoming principal for 2018-2019. Wednesday, May 30th, 7-8:30 in Hamilton Library. Join your fellow parents to discuss year-end plans, vote on next year's budget and board nominations, and get to know our new principal. (It's not too late to get involved with the board for next year: if you'd like to learn about roles that might be a good fit for you, contact 

    Join the PTSA!  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

    For more information contact

    Follow the Hamilton PTSA on Facebook

    Facebook Image  The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook.


    Letter from the Principal

    Tipton Blish

    Dear Hamilton International Community,

    This has been a special week at Hamilton. None of us are as good as we should be at recognizing the work of people around us, but this week we – and you! – take the time to recognize and show our appreciation for all of the educators who work at Hamilton (everyone who works at Hamilton is an educator). The verb appreciate derives from the Latin for ‘set a price’ or ‘appraise’ 

    We are a big school with 50+ teachers and 80 staff members, and with any human enterprise of this size, we see things differently, we approach problems differently, our solutions differ. And yet, this is a group of educators who truly care about each other; they take the time to recognize peers; they step in to help each other; they talk about their work often; they share their practice and seek feedback; many have friendships outside of school; and, most importantly and gratifyingly, they love middle school – they love middle schoolers. 

    My work, most often, is to get out of their way. 

    I am personally grateful to work alongside them. I learn from them. 

    I know that you appreciate them too, and if you haven’t yet, I know they would love to hear it directly.

    Happy Teacher Appreciation – Educator Appreciation -- Week! The verb appreciate derives from the Latin for ‘set at a price’ or ‘appraise’ – I am going for priceless.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal


    Hamilton School News

    8th Grade Dance - May 11th  - Friday Night!

    A Night out for you and your friends!  DJ, Photo Booth, Pizza, Pop, Desserts, Fun! 
    What:  8th graders only dance
    Theme:   Oceans
    When:  May 11, 7-9pm
    Where: The Commons in Hamilton

    This night gives the 8th graders a chance to hang out, dance, listen to music, eat pizza and have a couple hours of fun on a Friday night.  Have your 8th grader sign up for the dance in during advisory/homeroom. NO RSVP IN HOMEROOM, NO ENTRANCE TO THE DANCE, NO EXCUSES  No charge, but your child is invited to bring a dessert for the night

    A few more volunteers are needed, sign up here:

    Counseling Corner 

    "13 Reasons Why"
    The second season of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is due to release on May 18th. Many of our students have watched the first season, and many will be watching or re-watching in anticipation of season 2. Parents should be aware of that this series contains difficult subject matter such as suicide and sexual assault. This series could be upsetting to some students who are unprepared for this type of content or who are in vulnerable situations themselves. Please see this resource from the National Association for School Psychologists. Please reach out to your grade level counselor if you have concerns or need support.

    Moving Schools? 

    If you are not attending Hamilton next year please see the information below. 

    In an effort to keep our roster as pertinent as possible, the below site was activated today so that families that know they will not be attending HIMS next year (2018-2019) may go online and drop them from NEXT YEARS database.  Families will continue to receive information/ROBO calls/Mailings regarding the current school year (2017-18).


    State Assessment Testing Schedule

    Date   Assessment  Description
    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


    For more information about the Smarter Balanced assessments, visit

    To try out an online Smarter Balanced practice test, visit

    Please call or email test coordinators Deirdre Schreiber ( or Bethany Sjoberg ( if you have questions about state testing.

    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

    Girls Volleyball  

    Volleyball Practices are in the Gym.  

    Varsity:  Practice Monday & Thursday, 4-6pm
    Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule
    Junior Varsity:  Practice Tuesday & Friday, 4-6pm
    Junior Varsity Volleyball Game Schedule

    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 pick up students at Hamilton at 5:45pm. 

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

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


    Music News

    ★Updated  Become a FOMAHI Volunteer in 2018-2019

    Are you still thinking of being a part of FOMAHI, but too afraid to step up?  Now is the time!  Being part of the Board is a rewarding experience, and is really not a lot of time commitment as there are many FOMAHI board members to distribute the work. We support the amazing work of HIMS music educators and their students through trip planning, concert operations, fundraising, and much more. It is also a great way to meet other HIMS parents and learn more about the school.  Don’t let our amazing program wither!  If you know any rising 6th grader music parents who may be interested, please spread the word.

    Open Positions

    • Vice President for Concert Operations:  Helps coordinate concerts operations for band/choir/orchestra including delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs.  Attends monthly board meetings.  Not a lot of time commitment.
    • Volunteer Coordinator:  Recruits volunteers for HIMS music concerts and events.  Attends monthly board meetings. Not a lot of time commitment.

    We would love to tell you more. If interested, please contact Fiona Cohen at or

    ★Updated  Jazz Night May 24th 

    We are in the run up to Jazz Night and it’s a busy time of year. Please make every effort to encourage your student to attend Junior Jazz rehearsal.  The new combo structure allows for more play time for everyone, but even one missing student can keep a combo from being able to rehearse effectively. Every musician counts.  

    Note that Swing Lessons are provided at 6:30, for the performance at 7 pm.

    ★Updated Music In The Parks

    Music in the Parks is on June 9th! 

    All Junior Band, Junior Orchestra, Treble Choir and Junior Jazz students should have received field trip forms. FORMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY!

    If you would like to chaperone, please contact Jamila Reid at!

    Come cheer on the performances. The schedule is as follows:

    Treble Choir, Junior Orchestra & Junior Jazz

    Thomas Jefferson High School 
    4248 South 288thStreet, Auburn WA 98001

    • Treble Choir Warm-Up at 10:00 am
    • Treble Choir Performance at 10:20am 
    • Junior Orchestra Warm-Up at 11:20 am 
    • Junior Orchestra Performance at 11:45 am 
    • Junior Jazz Warm-Up at 11:45 am
    • Junior Jazz Performance at 12:10 pm

    Junior Band

    St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
    515 S. 312th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003

    • Jr. Band Warm-up at 10:55 am
    • Jr. Band Performance at 11:20 am (this is the correct time; forms have a typo)

    After the ensembles’ adjudicated performances, students will spend the afternoon at:

    Wild Waves & Enchanted Village Theme Park
    26201 Enchanted Parkway South, Federal Way, WA 98003 

    ★NEW Hamilton Sr. Jazz shines

    On April 26 the Sr. Jazz Band and combo competed in the Reno Jazz Festival.  The combo took 3rd place and the rhythm section.  The Sr. Jazz band took first place and had the highest score of any band at the festival.  

    Jazz also got 2nd place at Bellevue Jazz Festival.

    Congratulations to all.


    HOST After-School Program

    Spring HOST Session

    Spring YMCA HOST runs from April 2nd – June 7th

    Host Webpage:



    Seattle Schools News

    ★NEW  Ballard High School Robotics - Attn: 8th Graders

    Mark your calendar!  Wed, May 30th, 6-8 pm The Ballard High School Robotics team will be hosting an Open House/Ice Cream Social for current 8th graders/incoming 9th graders and their parents who are interested in joining our award winning FRC team. 

    Event will be held at Ballard High/ Room NW204 / Engineering Workshop.  Parking is available in the lot behind the school; we’ll have student greeters or signs marking where to enter.   Questions? Contact Sharon –

    Roosevelt High School Wants You! 

    Have a student attending Roosevelt in the fall? The PTSA would love to hear from you! We are currently recruiting for two roles on our board: Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator. (Additional roles may be opening.) Come see what we do! Our last board meeting is 7 p.m. Weds, May 16 in the Roosevelt library. 

    More info: Roosevelt PTSA page or contact PTSA President Laura Wolf


    Ingraham High School - Attn: Future Rams 8th Graders

    Hello families of 8th graders and incoming Ingraham freshmen!

    Are you interested in socializing with current Ram families and making an immediate impact for the student body? Please consider attending Ingraham's annual fundraiser on Sat May 5th. It is a fun night of dinner/music, silent/live auction, dessert dash, raffle and more. We can even seat you with incoming families. All students are a part of the Friends of Ingraham.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, go to this link.

    Also, please join the Friends of Ingraham Community Facebook page to start receiving relevant information and being a part of a wonderful community. 


    Seattle Skills Center - Attn: 8th Graders

     We are a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for college, careers, and life. We provide this training through our regular school year courses and our summer program. The Summer Skills Center Program provides free Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses to Seattle Public Schools students entering 9th - 12th grade. Summer Registration is now open (  

    Form more information:


    Community News

    ★NEW Camp Erin® – Grief Support Camp for Teens

    Teen Camp Erin®- King County is a three-day (Friday—Sunday) overnight camp for teens, ages 13 - 18, who have experienced the death of a loved one. Facilitated by professional staff from Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Safe Crossings Children’s Grief Support program & other trained volunteers,Camp Erin is offered free of charge to families throughout King County.

    At Camp Erin, teens have an opportunity to meet other teens who have experienced losses. They participate in typical camp activities (swimming, high ropes course, bonfires, arts and crafts, field games, and more!) as well as activities designed to help them understand and process their grief.

    Teen Camp Erin-King County will be held Friday-Sunday, July 13-15, 2018 at Carnation Farms in Carnation, WA.

    For more information, please contact Karita Knisely, Camp Erin Coordinator, at 206-992-3852 or

     Ballard Junior Football

    Ballard Junior Football is now accepting registrations for the 2018 season (August-October) with 50% off registration fees for first year players ($125 total)!  BJF has been around since 1962 and is dedicated to creating a positive, safe and fun football and cheer experience for all of its participants (ages 6-14).  Top quality equipment is provided to ensure the safety of our athletes.  All of our coaches are Heads Up Football certified and through training with the Positive Coaching Alliance we strive to use the power of positive reinforcement to pursue winning and the more important goal of teaching life lessons through the game of football.  To register or for more information please visit  Spots are filling up quickly, register today!


    Teen Program - Stroum Jewish Community

    The Stroum Jewish Community is excited to announce that applications for a new teen program are open! The Giving Initiative For Teens (GIFT) will allow teens to identify important causes in the community, learn the ins and outs of non-profits, meet local philanthropists, and allocate money to important causes. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community while developing leadership skills. Applications are due May 20.”

    Service Trip to India Summer 2019

    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"  Has your student always wanted to travel abroad? Do they have a passion for volunteer work?  Now they have the opportunity to travel with a purpose. This service trip to India is about people, connections and self-discovery—all working together to change the world. It’s about being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s called ‘travelling with purpose.'

    Just a few hundred miles southwest of New Delhi is the ancient city of Udaipur—a bustling collection of palaces and winding waterways that earned it the name “City of Lakes”. From the moment you step foot into town, your senses will be overwhelmed with the aroma of samosas cooking in street stalls, the vibrant colors of sari-clad women and the sound of hundreds of conversations in dozens of languages. If you want to learn more about the work we will be doing on this trip, and how your student can explore a new culture while working alongside community members and the award-winning charity Free the Children, please attend an informational session with Ms. Batty and Ms. Montague at the Ballard Branch Library on April 23, 2018 at 6pm. Please RSVP at this link:


    If your son wants to have fun and make friends while becoming a stronger basketball player and a great teammate, this is the camp for him! The Beaver Hoop Camp is designed to provide individual skill instruction and emphasize team concepts in a fun and safe learning environment.

    July 16-20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ballard High School

    Register at: 

    Sign up before May 1st for early bird special pricing

    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:

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!

    Ravenna, Magnuson, Queen Anne, Meadowbrook, Laurelhurst 

     - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.

     - Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Camps, Guard & Post Play Clinic

     - Basketball Day Camps at Magnuson are now offered up to Age 13!


    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below, 

    then click on CAMPS:





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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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    The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar