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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    November 2, 2017


    Upcoming Dates

    Thursday, Nov. 2nd 

    • LGBT Dinner | Thursday, Nov. 2nd 6:00-8pm @ Meany Middle School

    • Discover U

    Friday, Nov. 3rd

    • Discover U 

    Wednesday, Nov. 8th

    • Ski Bus Meeting | 7:00-9pm @ Hamilton Commons 

    Friday, Nov. 10th

    • No School - Veteran’s Day | Friday, Nov. 10th

    Monday, Nov. 13th

    • Lincoln High School Community Meeting | 6:30-8:30pm @ Hamilton Commons

    Wednesday, Nov. 15th

    • PTSA Staff Luncheon (Soup & Salad) | 11:00-12:30pm @ Staff Lounge 

    • PTSA Board Meeting | Tuesday, Nov. 15th 6:30-7:00 @ Floating Bridge Brewing

    • Parent & Staff Night Out w/PTSA Special Meeting/Elections | Wednesday, Nov. 15th 7-9:30pm @ Floating Bridge Brewing


    • Yearbook Order Forms Due | Nov. 17th  

    • No School - Thanksgiving Break | Thursday/Friday, Nov. 23 - 24


    • PE Waiver Form Deadline | Dec. 1st

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


    PTSA News

    Hamilton Fall Fund Drive - Updated★

    The fall fund drive is off to a wonderful start!  Thank you to all the families that have already contributed and helped us to raise over $27,000.  If you haven’t donated yet, please join us in supporting our wonderful Hamilton students and dedicated staff at whatever level you are able. Your contribution is vital to the success of Hamilton International Middle School.  

     Donate Now

    Here are a few tips for donating online:

    Donate using your smart phone:

    Click on the orange “Donate Now” button, scroll down and click on “view desktop version”.  This opens other options.

    Want to spread out your donation into monthly payments?

    Once you are in the desktop version as explained above, you will see the option to donate monthly.  To manage your donation start and end date, look at the top right corner of the page – login to manage your account.  

    Parent & Staff Night Out with Special PTSA Membership Meeting 

    Need a night out before the holiday rush hits? Join us Wednesday, Nov. 15 for a Parents & Staff Night Out with Special PTSA Membership Meeting, at Floating Bridge Brewing. Don't worry, the evening will be low on the 'meeting' and high on the fun, as we take over this family-owned and operated artisan brewery, just off I-5 in the University District, 7:00-9:30pm.

    First 4 pitchers are on us (poured at 7pm); the rest are on you. AND Floating Bridge Brewing is donating $1 of every pour to the Hamilton PTSA Fall Fund Drive!!Floating Bridge Brewing

    PLEASE RSVP so the brewery can staff appropriately:
    ** Everyone who RSVPs will be entered in a drawing to win a Floating Bridge Brewing Growler (must be present to win).

    About that meeting: we'll be quickly taking care of some long-overdue elections to our board. Nominations will be taken from the floor for: President, Vice President, VP of Communications, VP of Fundraising and VP of Events. Email PTSA President Lisa Rivera Smith for details on any of these positions (


    Soup and Salad for our Super Staff - Volunteers Needed New★

    Our second staff lunch is coming up, Wednesday, November 15th, and it will be a spread of soups/stews and salad.  Show your appreciation for our awesome staff by making a pot of your favorite hearty soup or chili.   Not a cook?  Don't worry, there are many ways to help on the signup.  Thank you!

    Mini-Grants Committee - Volunteers Needed  New★

    The Hamilton PTSA Mini-grants committee is looking for members. The committee needs 4-8 members to help review mini-grant proposals from the faculty and staff and decide on funding. HIMS faculty and staff can apply for mini-grants to fund the extra supplies, tools, events or activities to support HIMS' amazing staff and the excellent work they do with kids. The deadline for faculty and staff to submit proposals is December 15th. The committee chair will handle communications and organizing the proposals and schedule 1-2 meetings likely in January for the committee will review the proposals and decide which to fund and at what level. Please send questions or interest in participating to Maria Gingerich 6th grade parent and the PTSA Mini-Grants Chair at 

    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast!

    Visit in order to:

    If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication.

    Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    We’ll email when volunteer opportunities arise.

    Note: Online Directory password was sent home with your student (on green flyer)

    Have additional questions?  Want to request a membership scholarship? Contact our PTSA Membership Co-Chairs at for assistance.



    Principal's Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Communities, 

    November is an important month during our school year. As a principal, we are in the middle of working with teachers on their professional focus for the year – that means they’re at a time when students have been working in a series of units of their courses and teachers have a number of important measures of where students are on the most important skills this year. Those measures are the subject of conversations that teachers are having with me and with each other. More importantly students are getting that same feedback and you soon will be too. The first quarter of the school year ends next Thursday. The quarter at Hamilton is a waypoint only – we hardly pause if only to create a report card.

    Report cards – and grades generally – can generate emotions, sometimes pride or even elation but also anxiety. What I hope they are and how I encourage you to view them is as conversation starters. Grades are sometimes a measure of how much school work is complete; sometimes a line on the progress toward meeting important standards in a course; sometimes a willingness to engage in the daily work of the classroom (seminars, discussions, labs, etc.)

    This is where the conversations I recommend you have with students lies. Please feel invited to check in with teachers, or even better, have students check in with teachers if you questions about what a grade means.

    Speaking of measurements, I noted last week that we would be asking students about their experiences at Hamilton so far. We have an empathetic student body; your students are empathetic – 94% of students indicate they respect others’ points of view even if they disagree; 93% of students feel bad when someone else’s feelings are hurt. On the other hand, nearly a quarter of our students tell us that adults here don’t care if they’re not at school. But the area that is keeping us awake at night is that more than a third of our students don’t think an adult notices when someone is bullied and another third aren’t sure.

    We will be digging further into these numbers seeking to understand them so that Hamilton is a school, a community, where each student walks in feeling safe and respected. (More than 90% of students feel safe and 85% feel they have an adult here that they can talk to when they have a problem.)

    I invite you to have conversations at home about these topics and to be in touch with me.

    When I moved to Seattle in the mid-1990s, and the rain and darkness descended, someone told me that this is a place that is conducive to work. It’s a good thing, we have work to do.

     Go Hawks!

     Tipton Blish ~ Principal



    Hamilton School News

    PE Waivers - Updated★

    November is here,  92 families out of 639 that need PE WAIVERS have turned in the “Family Plan” form. There are 30 days left to do this 1st part of the task. Letters due within the first two (2) weeks of the start of the activity.  If the minimum work of completing and turning in the “FAMILY PLAN” form is not submitted by the firm deadline of December 1st, schedules will need to be adjusted to include PE or YOGA for the 2nd Semester. Updated info is posted in the commons (every Monday before Lunch), have your student check the status of PE WAIVER. Any questions see Ms. Peila in RM 105C

    Hamilton Yearbook Orders  New★

    Did you forget to order your student a year book this year?  It is not too late!  Ms. Melenyzer will be accepting yearbook order forms at the $20 early bird rate until Nov. 17th.  This will be your last chance to pre-order your year book.  Yearbooks will again go on sale in late spring but will be limited to what is available.  If you would like to guarantee a yearbook you must order now.  

    If the purchase of a yearbook creates a hardship on your family please contact either your school counselor or Lisa Melenyzer at

    Hamilton is in search of photos for the yearbook! 

    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

    Private School Application Process 

    Private school application process for 2018-2019 school year has begun. Forms available online: Forms, instructions available on the top of the bookshelf outside RM 105C.  Any questions, please email Ms. Peila at 

    rom the Counseling Department  New★

    High School Transition

    Seattle High Schools Information Nights - for more information please visit high school websites. 


    Ingraham High School | Nov. 8 and Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm


    Ingraham IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7pm


    Roosevelt High School | Feb. 2 | 6:30pm


    Center School | Nov. 14 and Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm


    Private/Independent High Schools Information Nights – for more information please visit high school websites.  For application support, remember to contact Hamilton registrar, Ms. Peila.


    Lakeside High School | Nov. 5 | 10am-2pm


    The Downtown School | Nov. 5 | 1:30pm-2:30pm


    O’Dea High School | Nov. 8 | 6pm-9pm


    Holy Names Academy | Jan. 4 | 6:30pm-8:30pm


    Seattle Prep | Nov. 7 | 5:30pm-8pm


    Bishop Blanchet | go to school website

    Raisbeck Aviation High School
    Nov. 8 or Dec. 7 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

    9229 East Marginal Way SouthSeattle


    Academic Advantage Program| Dec. 2 | 9:00am-11:30am

    Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center | 1 South Grady WayRenton

    Pacific Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (PNOMS) offers students interested in a medical or dental vocation the guidance they need to follow their dreams.  For more information go to

    Family Immunization Records 

    Families now have access to current copies of their child's Immunization Records.  Click here for more information.  

    New in the Library this week - New★

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    Top HIMS Library titles for October 2017






    Call #




    Peet, Mal.

    F PEE



    A Long Walk to Water : a novel : based on a true story

    Park, Linda Sue.

    F PAR



    Catching Fire

    Collins, Suzanne.

    F COL



    The Honest Truth

    Gemeinhart, Dan,

    F GEM



    The Fellowship of the Ring : being the first part of The Lord of the Rings with a new foreword by the author

    Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.

    F TOL



    The Graveyard Book. Volume 1

    Russell, P. Craig,

    741.5 RUS




    Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-

    741.5 SAT




    Cashore, Kristin.

    F CAS



    The Hunger Games

    Collins, Suzanne.

    F COL




    Collins, Suzanne.

    F COL



    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

    Fall Sports

    • Girls Soccer Varsity
    • Girls Soccer Junior Varsity 
    • Ultimate Frisbee 

    Updated schedules are available for download on the Seattle Schools Sports Schedules and Information website. Questions about Ultimate Frisbee click here:

    For more information about the Hamilton Athletics Department or upcoming sports click here:


    HOST After-School Programs

    HOST Information  

    YMCA HOST (Hawks Out of School Time) runs from October 2nd – December 7th

    M, T, TH 4:00-5:30pm | Wednesday 2:45-4:45pm 

    Jonathan Delcid  - Hamilton YMCA HOST Co Director​ | Office 206-252-5831

    Liz Abbott (Chase)- Senior Director of Ed. and Leadership | ​Office 206-252-5831

    HOST Website


    Seattle Schools News

    Student Assignment Plan Meeting 

    In the 2019-20 school year, Seattle Public Schools will reopen Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school in Northwest Seattle. Reopening Lincoln will require redrawing the attendance area high school boundaries. Click here to learn more about the High School Boundary Task Force.

    At the same time, the district is reviewing the Student Assignment Plan, including access to high school advanced learning opportunities. 

    Community Meetings

    The district will host open house style meetings to share proposed updates and gather community feedback. All meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

       Monday, Oct. 23, 2017: Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St

       Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017: Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St

       Monday, Oct. 30, 2017: McClure Middle School (1915 1st Ave W)

       Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017: Cleveland High School (5511 15th Ave S)

       Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017: West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW)

    Questions may be directed to the following for specific topic:

    Student Assignment Plan, Boundaries:

    Advanced Learning:





    SKI BUS - Online signup is open!  UPDATED★

    Ski season is right around the corner, so please consider signing up for the 2017–2018 Ski Bus.  Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips starting on January 12. Signups (at will start October 1 and the earlier people sign up the better, so we can commit to a specific number of busses.  Signups after November will be considered, depending on space.  We will have an information meeting on Wednesday, November 8 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Hamilton cafeteria. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the Hamilton Ski Bus coordinator Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or

    Sign up here:

    Lambert House LGBTQ Middle School Parent Night

    Sunday, November 12, 2017  5-6:30pm

    Info session for parents with Queer/Questioning/LGBTQ middle schoolers who are interested in learning more about Lambert House and our new Middle School Social Support Group starting in January.   RSVP, Questions, Information: Call (206) 322-2515

    TeenTechWA Techathon

    Friday, Nov. 10, 2017  8:00 am – 9:30 pm

    Free for Middle School and High School Students -- Open Call for Participants!


    On November 10th, 2017 TeenTech Washington will hold its third annual Techathon at Living Computers: Museum + Labs in SODO. The event is open to teams of students from grades 6-12 in the Puget Sound area and beyond. The goal of the Techathon is to engage participants in civic problem solving through the use of modern technology.


    Teams will spend the day working to create technology solutions for real-world problems. We call it a Techathon, because it is open to any use of modern technology you can imagine. This could be programming, circuitry, 3D modeling, photo editing, or anything else. No experience is required and tech-industry professionals will be onsite as mentors for the entirety of the event. At the end of the event, teams will have the opportunity to pitch their project to a panel of judges, and the winners will have the opportunity to submit their projects to the TeenTech Wold Pitch, a global competition.


    The event is completely free, with a light breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks provided. Regular supplies, such as paper, pens, scissors and glue, will be available on site, and teams should bring their own computers and any specialty electronics they think they may need.


    Find your team members and sign up by November 1st!

    STEM Enrichment Program for 7th & 8th Grade Girls

    The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) would like to inform the students of Alexander Hamilton of its middle school STEM program called GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science). GEMS is a free, volunteer-run after-school science enrichment program for Seattle 7th to 8th grade girls to explore STEM fields as diverse as forensics, oceanography and neuroscience through hands-on activities, field trips and mentorship from women in science. GEM meetings run once a month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm over November to May and are offered at two locations: the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in downtown Seattle and South Shore School in South Seattle. Registration is open until October 30, 2017 and the applications as well as more information on the program are available at our website, Please contact if you have any questions about the program.

    Ultimate Frisbee Clinics 

    Cascades Academy will be offering Ultimate Frisbee Clinics for Youth this Fall. 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. Generous scholarship is available (even $0), we have cleats to loan, and allergy sensitive snacks. For more information or to register click here:

    Public Safety Survey 

    Dear Parents, please visit to take part in Seattle University’s 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. 

    The survey is available now through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please tell your friends, family, co-workers and community members about the survey. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the 2017 Seattle Public Safety Survey today.



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    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103

    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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