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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    May 3, 2018


    Upcoming Dates 

    May 4th 

    • Bellevue High School Jazz Festival:  Senior Jazz

    May 7-21st 

    • Smarter Balanced Testing ELA & Math 

    May 8th 

    • FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00pm | Hamilton Library (Open to the public)

    May 9th 

    • PTSA Sponsored Staff Luncheon - Mexican Fiesta | All Lunches | Staff Lounge

    May 11th 

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

    May 24th 

    • Jazz Night | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    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 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

    ★NEW Mexican Fiesta Staff Luncheon - Volunteers Needed

    Wednesday, May 9th 

    It's time for our final staff lunch for this school year at Hamilton.  Please signup to help throw a Mexican fiesta for our amazing teachers and administrators.  We'll be serving enchiladas and a taco bar, and there are lots of different ways to contribute.  Thank you everyone for making these events so successful this year!


    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.



    Hamilton School News

    8th Grade Dance

    8th Grade Dance Coming May 11th 
    Mark Your Calendars! 
    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
    Why: 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
    How: 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

    We Need Chaperones, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chaperones needed!  
    Sign Up Here:

    WEB Team - Attention current 7th Graders

    The WEB team is beginning it’s recruitment process for next year. We will need about 80 of our current 7th graders to become 8th grade WEB leaders for next year. WEB stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” and is a transition program that connects 8th graders to incoming 6th graders  to help them transition as they become Hamilton Hawks. If you have a 7th grader looking for a leadership opportunity, please encourage them to fill out an application and join the fun. Applications will be available on April 26th and will be due on May 10.

    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.

    Counseling Corner

    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




    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

    Music parents, please consider joining the FOMAHI Board. Being part of the Board is a rewarding experience. 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

    • Band Co-President: works with the two other co-presidents to facilitate monthly board meetings, co-leads the board through consistent email communication, works with the band director and band volunteers to coordinate events throughout the year. Attends monthly board meetings. 
    • 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.
    • Volunteer Coordinator:  Recruits volunteers for HIMS music concerts and events.  Attends monthly board meetings. 

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

    ★NEW 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.  

    Hamilton Sr. Jazz wins at Reno! 

    On April 26 the Sr. Jazz Band and combo competed in the Reno Jazz Festival.  The combo took 3rd place and the rhythm section, Sebastian Palais-Aks, Cade Sweeney, Alex Roca and Theo Pleasure-Park all received outstanding musician honors.  The Sr. Jazz band took first place and had the highest score of any band at the festival.  There are different judges in each room so were not sure how significant that is…but it’s still very cool!  Sam Phippen, Sean Walsh and Gus Lempriere received outstanding musician awards for their performance with the band.  We also had two students selected as the middle school outstanding performers for their instrument.  Maddox Spinelli was named the outstanding middle school saxophonist and Gus Lempriere was named the outstanding trombonist in the division.  Every kid in this group deserved a medal as they all played with excellence!  Congrats Sr. Jazz!

    And a special congratulations to band director Mr. Harshman for all his hard work and excellent leadership.  Woo hoo!

    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. These forms (and payment) are due by May 4th. 

    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

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

    Host Webpage:



    Seattle Schools News

    ★NEW  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


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

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