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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    November 9, 2017


    Upcoming Dates

    Friday, Nov. 10th

    • No School - Veteran’s Day 

    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

    Thursday, Nov. 16th

    • Jazz Night | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    Friday, Nov. 17th

    • Yearbook Order Forms Due 

    Thursday/Friday, Nov. 23-24th

    • No School - Thanksgiving Break 

    Thursday, Nov. 30th

    • Choir Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons


    • PE Waiver Form Deadline | Dec. 1st

    • HOST Classes - Last day for Fall  | Dec. 7th 

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


    PTSA News

    You say goodbye, I say hello - New★

    No PTSA President should be so lucky as I, to get to spend nearly two and a half years serving this wonderful Hamilton community. But I did, and now, after 4.5 years total on the PTSA board, it’s time for me to ride off into that proverbial sunset and ‘retire’. 


    Thank you to all the parents, staff and students who made my job so enjoyable and memorable. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together, and I look forward to keeping on with you as a PTSA member until my current Hamilton student graduates on in 2019.  And if you can, please join me at next week’s Parents & Staff Night Out (more info below), where we’ll elect my replacement, and raise a glass to a board-free me (:



    - Lisa Rivera Smith

    Hamilton PTSA President

    Parent & Staff Night Out with Special PTSA Membership Meeting 

    ALL ARE INVITED to join us Wednesday, Nov. 15 for a Parents & Staff Night Out with Special PTSA Membership Meeting, at Floating Bridge Brewing, as we take over this family-owned and operated artisan brewery, just off I-5 in the University District, 7:00-9:30pm.Snacks, sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Ride share or busing is encouraged. If you're driving, there is free street parking on the west side of NE 7th Ave after 6pm.

    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

    RSVP at and be entered to win a filled 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 (

    Hope to see you there!

    Hamilton Fall Fund Drive - Updated★Fall Fund Drive

    As of last Friday, the Fall Fund Drive is at 51% of our goal. Thanks to the generous donation of our Hamilton families we have raised over $82,000 with 22% of us contributing so far. If you haven’t participated yet, please take a moment to join our ONLY fund drive of the year. Donating is quick and easy. Any amount is appreciated and helps to provide the best middle school experience for our kids.

     Donate Now

    How do we bring Hamilton’s international focus to every student in every classroom?  One way is to support your PTSA Fall Fund Drive and the work our staff does around this important part of Hamilton’s identity. Speakers who bring the world into the building, providing collaboration time for staff to integrate student learning for global themes, and developing long term program features that would bring a global perspective to the 6th, 7th, and 8 th grade experience are just some of the things that your contribution to our PTSA Fundraiser will help to provide.  Let’s help Hamilton be a model of what an international school can be.

    If you have any questions, contact your VP’s of Fundraising, Renee Berry and Amy Barrett

    Soup and Salad for our Super Staff - Volunteers Needed

    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!  

    Reflections Art Contest - New★

    Thank you to all of the students that created work for the REFLECTIONS Art Competition. We had some beautiful works of Visual Art and some impressive poetry and music entries. The following students will be advancing to the city level:

    Visual Artists: Adrienne Stern, Mia Saunders, Annika Baldwin, Sadie Donaldson
    Photography: Maxwell Rivera
    Music Composition: Sebastian Santa Lucia
    Literature: Kendra Black

    Next year, we hope to have even more students participate. The works that are not moving on to the city level may be picked up in the office.

    Congratulations to all!

    Mini-Grants Committee - Volunteers Needed  

    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! Updated★

    Visit in order to:

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



    Principal's Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

     The first quarter ends today and I have sat in a number of classrooms today to see students taking stock of their progress thus far. They are checking their grades, they are being asked to reflect in writing on what’s gone well, what they will work on in the next quarter, and what they need from their teachers. This work and this thinking will be fresh in their minds this evening and this weekend, and if you’re able, I would continue this conversation at home. There is much research to show that we learn better when we know where we are, where we are going, and what we need to get there.

     What may also be on their minds is the meaning of Veteran’s Day – we’ve asked students to think about why we might honor veterans, how we might honor those who have served in the armed forces, how working toward peace might be a way to honor the service of veterans. A wall of “bricks” has been built with this work near Hamilton’s main entrance.

     Finally, we at Hamilton have been having conversations about what our middle name means – what International has meant, what it means, and what it should or might mean in the future. Central to our mission at Hamilton is to develop citizens who will live and act in a diverse and interconnected world – to be outward looking, to understand, be humble in, and act in a richly diverse world. Where we have been and are, is in a curriculum with stories, music, art, language, history, that spans the globe. Next week a group of educators will be meeting to explore how we might break down the silos of our academic departments and create globally-leaning curriculum that would exist in multiple courses/classes. This is great work and its continuation will be supported by money that our families have raised in support of Hamilton International Middle School. This year’s fund drive is in full swing and we are grateful for how your support helps us further and deepen our mission. Thank you.

    I hope to see you next Wednesday at the PTSA Parent & Staff Night Out and Special Membership meeting at Floating Bridge Brewing in the University District. 

    ¡Vaya Halcones! (Go Hawks!)

      Tipton Blish ~ Principal



    Hamilton School News

    Seattle Children's Theater visits Hamilton New★

    Next Monday we are excited to have the opportunity to host the Seattle Children’s Theater (SCT) presentation of Above Between Below (see below for a description, written by SCT).  Students will attend this performance with their 6th period class.  

    Above Between Below is the story of four 14-year-old middle school students. The plot revolves around an embarrassing cellphone video gone viral, an accusation of stalking, physical intimidation and gossip. What follows is a confrontation among the four students anxious for revenge, where each young person must make a choice about being a bully, a victim, a bystander or an advocate.  Following the presentation, an SCT facilitator will lead students through a discussion about different strategies for coping with bullying, a conversation sparked by the four distinct approaches represented by each character in Above Between Below.


    PE Waivers 

    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 

    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 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★

    Recommended Reading 

    Parent Map: Why Are Teens Live Streaming Suicide? The link between self-harm and internet usage

    If you have concerns about your student’s safety or well-being, please utilize the resources in this article and/or reach out to your grade level counselor for support.

    High School Transition 

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

    Center School | Nov. 14 and Jan. 18 and Feb. 8 | 6pm-8pm
    Ingraham High School
     | Feb. 6 | 7pm-9pm
    Ingraham IB Info Night | Feb. 8 | 7pm
    Roosevelt High School | Feb. 2 | 6:30pm

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

    Holy Names Academy | Jan. 4 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Bishop Blanchet | go to school website

    Raisbeck Aviation High School | 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.  


    Hamilton Open House - New★

    Do you know someone who is considering Hamilton next year?  Invite them to visit during our Open House January 25, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

    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 New★

    The Fall Sports season is coming to a close. Come out and cheer on your School!  Below you will find playoff schedules and final games! Click here for updated schedules and playoff brackets.

    Girls Soccer Varsity
    Nov. 18th 9:30am vs. Eagle Staff   (Final Game before Playoffs)
    Dec. 2nd  TBD   Middle School Playoffs

    Girls Soccer Junior Varsity
    Nov. 18th 2:00pm vs Eckstein |  Final Game!

    Ultimate Frisbee
    Playoff Brackets: 
    Hamilton 8 A (1)
    Playoff Game 1: vs. Mercer A (8) |  Nov. 11th @ 3:30pm at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 7/8 A2 (1) 
    Playoff Game 1: vs. Eckstein A2 (8) |  Nov. 11th @ 9:30am at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 6 Blue (5) 
    Playoff Game 1: vs. Eckstein Silver (4) | Nov. 11th @ 8:00am at Ingraham HS
    Hamilton 6 Yellow (5) 
    Playoff Game 1: vs. JAMS X (4) | Nov. 11th @ 11:00am at Ingraham HS

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

    Winter Sports - New★

    Watch for information about Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball coming soon, tryouts are typically early December.  All children must have a sports physical on file in the office to try out for a Middle School Sports Team.   For more information about the Hamilton Athletics Department or upcoming sports click here:


    Music News

    Upcoming Events New★

    Jazz Night Thursday, Nov 16:  7 pm at Hamilton Commons
    Choir Concert Thursday Nov 30:  7 pm at Hamilton Commons
    Orchestra Concert Tuesday, Dec 12:  7 pm at Jane Adams Middle School
    Band Concert Thursday, Dec 14:  7 pm at Hamilton gym

    Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events:  please contact Fiona Cohen at

    Audio Recorder needed for both Choir Concert Nov 30 and Band Concert Dec 14:

    This is really super easy. Show up and run the audio recorder (it provides the teachers with audio recordings they use to play back in class). You'll be there anyway, right? You don't need to have a background in recording (although it wouldn't hurt). We'll give you the recorder and tell you what to do. 

    Concert Attire Exchange

    Tired of buying black dress shoes your student outgrows before the year is out?  Concert attire (black shoes, black shirt, black pants/slacks) exchange now available.  Bins for each are in the hallway in front of the band room.  Donate your outgrown attire, take whatever available that fits.  When you donate, please make sure clothes are clean, and shoes are somehow paired (in a bag, or tied together).

    Contact FOMAHI:



    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 SWTonight!

    Questions may be directed to the following for specific topic:

    Student Assignment Plan, Boundaries:
    Advanced Learning:


    CareDox parent portal for health records coming second semester

    The “Parent Portal” for the new electronic health records (HER) system, CareDox, is slated to come online second semester. CareDox software is a robust health information platform that provides several key benefits for families, ranging from sending notifications for each student's medication inventory levels, screenings and health room visits. CareDox features a parent web portal that gives authorized users secure, anytime, anywhere access to student's school health information via the Internet. It also simplifies administrative work, allows for electronic signatures and freeing up nurse time. More information to families will be available closer to the Feb. 1, 2018rollout. More information: and

    District Furniture Fair | Please provide feedback

    You, your staff, and families are invited to attend the district’s Furniture Fair. This is an opportunity to provide feedback to the Capital teams about the safety, durability, comfort and functionality of furniture that will be in new classrooms.For more information, please see the Fair Invite


    • Nov. 13, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 14, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Nov. 15, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 16, 7-9:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 17, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 20, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 21, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Nov. 22, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 27, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Nov. 28, 7 a.m.-7 pm
    • Nov. 29, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Where: Lincoln High Gym-This is an active construction site. Please enter the gym from Woodland Avenue (see map on invitation).

    Who: Staff and families. We would love to hear from students!

    Contact: Sherri Kokx, School Operations,





    Snow is falling at the passes and Hamilton’s SkiBus program is filling up. We will soon have 3 full busses signed up, and then we will start a wait list - hoping for enough riders for a 4th bus. If you know you want to be in the program, sign up now at SkiMohan will let you know if your student is enrolled, or on the wait list. We will have a student meeting in December to discuss the fun and the rules. Please contact the coordinator (Jan) at or  206.297.7616 if you have any questions. 

    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

    Play in band or orchestra? Sing in choir? Audition for JazzED! 

    Jazz Big Band Ensembles—Auditions Saturday, Nov 18 & Sunday, Nov. 19
    Kids come from all over Seattle to play, perform and work with acclaimed teachers like Clarence Acox, Darin Faul, Wayne Horvitz Mark Taylor and others. Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Top 2 bands travel to New York City! Grades 5-12. 

    Nina Simone Vocal Ensemble—Audition Saturday, November 18
    Explore the crossroads of America’s roots music by singing and performing jazz through a gospel lense. (It's not just for girls; boys welcome!) Rehearse on the weekends from January-May 2018. Grades 8-12.

    Creative Orchestra Project—Audition Sunday, November 19 
    Open to all instruments, not just jazz instruments. No improvisation or jazz experience required. Explore new compositions with wildly popular director Wayne HorvitzRehearse January-May, 2018. Grades 6-12.

    $25 audition fee, enter code WAIVER to waive the fee, no questions asked. 
    Secure your audition spot:

    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!

    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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    Hamilton International Middle School

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

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