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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 19, 2017


    Upcoming Dates

    Friday, Oct. 20th

    • Reflections Art Contest - Extended Deadline | Friday, Oct. 20th

    Oct. 23-27th

    • Discover U


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

    • Ski Bus Meeting | Wednesday, Nov. 8th 7:00-9pm @ Hamilton Commons

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

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



    • PE Waiver Forms Deadline | December 1st


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


    PTSA News

    Hamilton Fall Fund Drive - New★

    Our annual Hamilton Fall Fund Drive launched this week on October 18th. This is your opportunity to support the fantastic teachers and students at Hamilton International School. Your donation will help enhance and enrich the middle school experience for all our students. There are exciting programs and opportunities planned this year, but your support is vital to making them reality. More information is in the mail with weekly emails to follow. This is our only fund drive of the year, so don’t wait! Click here to Donate!

    Fall PTSA Membership Meeting Q&A Session -

    Thank you to all the staff that helped out with the membership meeting last week answering questions and connecting with families. Below is a list of questions asked and a link to the answer: Fall PTSA Q&A Webpage

    • Passing period – seems like not enough time to get around the building and kids are getting tardies?
    • How does the PE waiver work?
    • Disaster preparedness and Safety Plan?
    • Math curriculum?
    • What is BLT and how can parents contribute?
    • Regarding IEP’s  - when will the school start being responsive to IEP’s?
    • Why can’t kids play on the field?
    • World Languages – how does the path continue onto high school?
    • What does it mean to that HIMS is an international school and what is immersion?
    • Does HIMS have an equity team, if so I would like to be on it?
    • Science curriculum hiccups?
    • Can someone explain Spectrum?
    • What does HOST mean?
    • Parent concern about homework transition from elementary to middle school?

    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.

    Reflections Art Contest - Extended Deadline Oct. 20th

    Students are invited to create works for the 2017-18 Reflections Art Contest. This year's theme is "Within Reach".

    Reflections is National PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art.  During its 40+ year history, millions of students have participated.  The first compete locally, with selected works advancing to the city, state and national competitions.  In the past few years, a number of Hamilton student works have advanced to the state and national levels.

    Reflections takes submissions in the fields of literature, visual arts, photography music composition, dance choreography and film production. Students may submit more than one work and all entries must be the work of one student.

    The deadline for all submissions will be Friday, Oct. 20. Please leave art work along with the student entry form and artist statement in the box in the main office. The works will be displayed and winners will be chosen the following week.

    Entry specifications are available on the PTSA Reflections page.

    For more information on the Reflections Art Contest, contact Reflections Co-Coordinators, Laura Marie Rivera ( or Laura Baldwin (


    Hamilton School News

    Daily Bulletin

    The daily bulletin is now available for viewing on the Hamilton Calendar.  Click on Calendar date to view bulletin.

    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

    PE Waivers

    Is your child scheduled in PE or Yoga at Hamilton this year?  

    They do not need a PE waiver.  You can skip this information. If not, please continue reading.

    All other students MUST submit this form in a timely manner (see exceptions on the form).

    • Please read the information sheet carefully.

    • Place all completed forms in the box located in the main office on the front counter or the one outside RM 105C on top of the book shelf.

    • October 20th - a list of all students and waiver status will be posted in the commons. It is the student's responsibility to confirm all information is complete and accurate.

    • December 1st - final due date for waivers.  

    Students are welcome to come to RM105C for further explanation.  If you have any questions feel free to email Ms. Peila at

    From the School Nurse - Ms. Fote

    Free Dental, Vision & Medical Care on October 26 – 29 at the Seattle Center:


    Teenology 101 for Parents: Surviving the Teen Years

    Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Location: Federal Way Community Center, 876 S 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003

    Free event with pre-registration required, as seats are limited.  

    Click here to register:

    From the Counseling Department


    DISCOVER U | October 25-27 New★

    DISCOVER U is a time for the school community to explore career and college options through fun activities.  In advisory there will be activities, videos, and games that will explore a variety of career clusters, high school resources and post high school options.

    Please visit the website below for more information on activities you can do with your family now:

    Donations Requested

    The counseling center is requesting donations of packaged snacks to have on hand for our students in need. Things like granola bars, single serving packaged goldfish or crackers, string cheeses, cup of noodles, etc. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the main office or in the counseling center.

    FLASH Curriculum Available for Preview

    As part of our efforts to foster a school climate of respect for one’s self and others, and to meet Washington State requirements for annual HIV/AIDS education,  Seattle Public Schools uses the Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum.  FLASH was developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County and is adopted by Seattle Schools. Parents and guardians are welcome to preview the materials in the main office.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Principal Bethany Sjoberg ( or 206-262-5810).

    New Arrivals at Hamilton Library! New★

     book  book


    If you would like to donate books, audiobooks, or videos to the library, drop off your items that are:

    • Middle-school friendly content—higher or lower reading level welcome

    • rating of 4 out of 5 stars and in “good” condition or better

    • Publication date of 10 years old or younger, unless the cover says it’s an award-winner or a bestseller

    Thank you!—“Ms. Mac”

    Order Your HIMS Spirit Wear!

    Looking for Hamilton t-shirts, fleece jackets, caps, and more? Order your spirit wear for home delivery from


    Music News

    FOMAHI enrichment fees due

    Yes.  Enrichment fees.  As you've been diligently reading in all these weekly emails, FOMAHI is the music booster club that supports all the amazing music programs at HIMS.

    However, we need you to do so.  We ask all NEW and RETURNING music students in band, choir, jazz, and orchestra to register for FOMAHI at, and if you are able, pay your yearly $25 enrichment fee.  They are called enrichment fees for a reason, as they go directly back to your student in the form of instrument purchase and repair (where do you think all those instruments come from?), music, trips, and more.

    Please, go to and click on "register" in the left column, even if you registered your student last year.

    FOMAHI Fundraising Coordinator Needed

    More fun!  FOMAHI board fundraising coordinator needed.  Help us support our great programs.  Please email  for details, which are surprisingly easy.  See FOMAHI newsletter for description.

    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:



    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 - New★

    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. Click here to read more about Advanced Learning.

    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:


    Lincoln High School Planning Meeting (Notes)

    Principal Medsker conducted a visioning meeting on 10/3 for the new Lincoln High School. Director Burke also attended and answered questions. A number of parents took the following notes:

    • The two options being discussed on enrollment would be opening with 9th and 10th OR opening with 9th, 10th and 11th. This would leave seniors to graduate from their current school. Principal Medsker and Director Burke both would like to start with 9th and 10th.

    • Boundaries are scheduled to be decided by January. You can see the proposed boundary options here:

    • HCC pathways for high school are expected to be determined by November. Curriculum for Lincoln was not discussed. Lead teachers will design courses and projects for Lincoln.  Students will be included in helping to design projects. Lead teacher hiring begins October 2017.

    • Lincoln will open with a complete set of teams. Whether the school fields both a Varsity and Junior Varsity team in its initial year depends on whether there is a Junior or Senior class in its first year. For example, Principal Medsker expects no Varsity football if it's just 9th and 10th grades and shared some stats on the number of concussions at West Seattle. Where the teams practice will be determined over the next year and a half.  Space is limited and Medsker suggested turning the field in back of Hamilton into a turf field for practices for both schools.

    • Principal Medsker has met with alumni groups. The mascot will still be the Lincoln Lynx. The school colors will be red and black.

    • The architects presented their plans. We will share a link if we receive one. The Eastern side of the facility, including the performance space, will only receive a light touch-up according to the architect. Our understanding is that there is no budget for putting the existing parking underground and adding a playfield on top.

    • There will be another visioning meeting on 10/12 6:30 pm at Hamilton.  The meeting will follow the same agenda as the 10/3 meeting.

    Principal Medsker is asking for your input on the vision for the school. Please complete the survey at Director Rick Burke can be reached at Principal Medsker can be reached at



    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:

    GEMS - New★

    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 - New★

    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
    - New★

    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.


    Black College Fair | Oct. 29

    The 2017-2018 UNCF Black College Fair takes place 12:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. This event gives students and parents the opportunity to meet with recruiters and alumni groups from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); Pacific Northwest colleges and universities; and local community educational organizations. Speaker panels will include HBCU alumni and S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) panels. The event is free for students.

    To register:



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