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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    May 24, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    May 24th 

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

    May 25th 

    • Orchestra at Folklife Festival | 5:25pm

    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 
    • Ice Cream Social for Incoming 6th Graders | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Hamilton Commons 

    June 6th 

    • HIMprov Olympics - Hamilton Drama | 6:30 - 8pm (students arrive at 6pm) | Hamilton Commons

    June 9th 

    • Wild Waves Music in the Park 
      • Jr Orchestra, Jr Band, Jr Jazz Band, Treble Choir

    June 12th 

    • Orchestra Concert | 7 pm | Jane Addams Middle School

    June 13th 

    • HIMS Student Film Fest - Hamilton Drama | 6:30 - 8pm | Hamilton Commons

    June 14th 

    • Band Concert | 7 pm | Hamilton Gym

    June 21st  

    • 8th Grade Cruise | During the School Day

    June 22nd 

    • 8th Grade Promotion | 1:15pm | Hamilton Commons
    • 7th Grade Field Trip | MoPop
    • 6th Grade Field Trip | Family Fun Center

    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 

    Volunteers Needed - Ice Cream Social for the Incoming 6th Graders

    We're looking for volunteers to help with the Spring Ice Cream Social for the Incoming 6th graders.

    This is a casual event where new Hamilton families and students can meet the principal, chat with other parents and students, and hear more about the PTSA at Hamilton. Volunteers will help set-up, welcome guests, monitor the dessert table and help clean up after. It'd be ideal is if we could get 4-5 volunteers who could be there for there for the whole event, but any help is great! 

    This event will be taking place in the Hamilton Commons on Monday, June 4th from 6:30-8, though volunteers will be asked to show up earlier to help set up.  Thanks! 

    Sign Up Here:

    ★Updated 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
    Vice President of Events

    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 Assistant Principal

    Bethany Sjoberg

    Hamilton Families,

    Again, I wanted to thank you for your flexibility and support during our schedule change for our Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) the last few weeks.  We are nearing completion of our testing and we feel that this changed scheduled allowed us to complete the assessments efficiently while keeping learning underway in other classes.    

    While Spring always brings the SBA, it also brings beautiful weather.  As the weather gets nicer, we have an increase in questions about our dress code.  Our Building Leadership Team (BLT) recently reviewed Hamilton’s dress code, and decided to revise it to provide more specific guidance.  The BLT researched and discussed current policies in our region with the goal of finding something that would be enforceable and avoid gender bias.  They found an example dress code that was drafted by the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Women and is currently used by Portland Public Schools, among others. The BLT revised this example dress code based on input from school and district staff to create the following dress code.   

    Hamilton International Middle School Dress Code 

    The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and their parents or guardians.

    Allowable Dress & Grooming

    • Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (dresses, leggings, shorts) and shoes.
    • Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides.
    • Clothing must cover undergarments, waistbands and bra straps excluded.
    • Fabric covering all private parts (breasts, genitals, buttocks) must not be see through.
    • Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff, religious headwear excluded. Hoodies must allow the student’s face and ears to be visible to staff.
    • Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
    • Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

    Non-Allowable Dress & Grooming

    • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
    • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
    • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
    • Clothing, including gang identifiers, must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff.
    • If the student’s attire or grooming threatens the health or safety of any other person, then discipline for dress or grooming violations should be consistent with discipline policies for similar violations. 

    Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this dress code. 

    Go Hawks!

    Bethany Sjoberg
    Assistant Principal


    Hamilton School News

    ★NEW It’s Yearbook Season!

    Starting on Monday, May 29, we will be posting lists of kids who are on our yearbook distribution list – these lists will be posted in the Commons where all kids have lunch every day.  Please ask your student to check the list to confirm that they are on it!

    If your student is not on the list to receive a yearbook, don’t worry, we will have a limited number of extra books to sell.  Your student can pick up a late yearbook order form in the office, and we will start accepting those forms in the school office on Friday, June 1 (not before).   The charge for a late yearbook order is $35.  Books will be distributed in the last week of school.

    If you have questions about a previous order, or you would like to request a scholarship for a book, please contact Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at 206.252.5834 or at

    Hamilton Drama Shows

    Wed., June 6, 2018  HIMprov Olympics — Don’t miss this year’s hilarity as  25 teams show us their improvisational acting skills! Show runs from 6:30pm-8:00pm  in the HIMS Commons. (Students arrive at 6pm) Admission is always FREE! 

    Wed., June 13, 2018 
     HIMS Student Film Fest  Come watch the best of this year’s Advanced Drama filmmaking.  Also included will be the best films from the Intro to Drama classes. Show runs from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the HIMS Commons.  Admission is FREE.

    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).


    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

    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

      Jazz Night May 24th in the Commons

      6:30pm: Swing Dance Lessons
      : Performances Begin

      Bring your dancing shoes and hear the Hamilton Jazz ensembles perform! There will be a 30-minute swing dance lesson before the performances begin. All are welcome to participate.

      We will have a bake sale with Banh Mi sandwiches so come hungry.  A call for bakers and sellers will be coming soon.

      ★ NEW  
      Choir Concert May 31st 

      The last choir concert of the year is May 31st in the Hamilton Commons, 7pm.  
      Choir fans, this is your last chance of the year to bring baked goods for the bake sale.  Sign up here.
      Come ready to eat and enjoy beautiful music.

      ★ NEW  
      End of the Year Orchestra and Band Concerts

      The last concerts of the year are Orchestra June 12th at Jane Addams Middle School, and Band June 14th in the Hamilton Gym.  Look for sign ups for volunteers and bakers, as well as information regarding the performances soon.

      ★ NEW  
      Lost Drum Sticks

      Have you lost your drum sticks?  A pair were found by the bus stop on 67th and Phinney (near the Starbucks).  The law firm “Wood and Jones” have the drum sticks in the their office.  Their address is 303 N. 67th; their hours are 8:30 – 5pm, and their phone is 206-623-4382.

      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. 

      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 


      HOST After-School Program

      Spring HOST Session

      Last Day for Spring HOST Season is June 7th 

      Host Webpage:



      Seattle Schools News

      Lincoln High School Community Planning Meeting - June 11th 

      Save the date for the June 11th Lincoln High School Community Planning Meeting.  
      Lincoln High School Webpage

      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

      Attn: West Woodland Elementary Alumni

      Calling West Woodland Elementary Alumni!

      The end of year Blast! is Friday, June 15th on the WW Playground from 6-8pm and we need your help!

      Earn volunteer hours while helping with face painting, refreshments and other essential tasks!

      Please email to let us know if you can help!

      Rams Summer Basketball Camp

      Ingraham High School is hosting a boys summer youth basketball camp this July. I wonder if you could publish the camp information in the weekly?

      Ballard Performing Arts Fundraiser: One Day Mattress Sale 

      Ballard Performing Arts is having a one day Mattress sale. Come check this out on June 2nd

      On Saturday, June 2nd, Ballard Performing Arts is pleased to host our 1st Ever Mattress Fundraising event. This event has been VERY successful for schools all over the country for over 13 years now and we are very excited

      to bring it to Ballard High School.  Groups like Yelm Choir earned $11,270 & Kentwood Football earned over $40,000 in the past 4 years!  Western Washington groups have earned over $750,000 in the past 4 years through this easy one-day event.  

      As a special thank you to all the staff who support our community and our students, we have arranged a very special offer for you and your families.  With this email, attached flyer, or the coupon below, you’ll receive $100 off the purchase of any mattress and 10% off any accessory only purchase (pillows, standard bed frames, mattress protectors, and even adjustable bed frames).

      Did you know that 10% of the population buys a new mattress every year?  If you or a loved one is in the market for a new mattress, now is the time to buy.  There will be 28 different styles on display; these are all top quality, NEW, name brand mattresses (like Simmons and Beauty Rest), and there will be a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.  Shop from us at Ballard High School just like you would any store.  Prices, before this special offer, are already discounted compared to standard retail, so this is a tremendous savings to you and your family if you’re in need of a new mattress.    

      When:             One day only - Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

      Where:            Ballard High School - Commons

      Time:              10:00am – 5:00pm

      This is a no pressure sale, just stop in and take a look.  Everything you can get from another mattress retailer you'll find available through our event.  Need home delivery?  It's available.  Need an old mattress hauled away?  It's available.  Need to finance a purchase?  That's available and there’s even free layaway!  Whatever your needs, we got it!!  

      Watch this short Youtube video to see what this event will really look like.... or go to the Facebook event at or take a look at the attached FAQs!  

      It is a pleasure to find a way to help our band while providing value and cost savings to our community and staff.  We appreciate your support and all that you do and hope you can take advantage of these terrific savings - please feel free to share this with all of your extended family.

      Thank you,

      Ballard Performing Arts

      Seattle Public Theater

      Seattle Public Theater is offering many wonderful opportunities in the Theatrical arts this summer! From one week camps like Creative DramaThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs or The Woods, to production classes like the swashbuckling Zorro or the musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream there is an experience that will awaken your student's imagination, inspire creativity, and strengthen collaboration. For families in need, Seattle Public maintains a robust scholarship and tuition assistance program.  Check out our website for more information about camps for students ages 3-18.  Come create with us and see who you become. 

      Website link:   For financial aid or other questions email:

       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!


      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 

      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

      Hamilton PTSA

      Past Newsletters:

      The SPS 2017–2018 Academic Calendar