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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    October 26, 2017


    Upcoming Dates

    Friday, Oct. 27th

    •  ASB School Dance ($5)  | 4-5 pm @ Hamilton Gym

    • 6th Grade Senate Election/8th Grade Special Election Packet Due (Main Office)

    Tuesday, Oct. 31st 

    • Halloween!  Wear your Costumes

    Thursday, Nov. 2nd 

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

    Next Week Oct. 30th - Nov. 3rd

    • Discover U


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

    • 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

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

    • 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

    Parent & Staff Night Out with Special PTSA Membership Meeting New★

    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 (


    Hamilton Fall Fund Drive - Updated★

    The PTSA Fall Fund drive is a week old.  Thank you to all the families that have donated so far!  Our goal this year is $160,000.  Are you wondering what that funds?  The enrichment opportunities and support that your PTSA provides reaches nearly every aspect of a student’s middle school experience – from the library, to the classroom, to teacher development, and after school programs. Check out the breakdown of budget items for this year here (   We can’t do this without you.  Every donation makes a difference!  Donate today! 

    Read the Newsletter on a Mobile Device - New★

    Are you having trouble reading the Hamilton Newsletter on a Mobile Device?  

    Seattle Public Schools updated their websites this summer. This update has many benefits, but appears to have lost a bit of the mobile functionality. The SPS Webmaster is working to improve the mobile functionality for us. Until then we have a work around if the newsletter is scrolling off the page.  Put your phone in "reader view".   

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    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  Updated

    Thank you to all the HIMS students who participated in the PTSA Reflections Program this year.
    The level of work coming out of our HIMS community was impressive! We should all be proud of the talented students among us! The visual art work is displayed in the front office this week - stop by to see it. We will be contacting students soon to let them know if their art work will move on to the city-wide competition.

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



    Hamilton School News

    From the Counseling Department  New★

    DISCOVER U is the following week | Nov. 1st - 3rd - Correction 

    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:


    Hamilton Accepted into 4th Cohort of Racial Equity Teams NEW 

    This week Hamilton was awarded by SEA/SPS Partnership Committee & Department of Racial Equity Advancement (DREA) acceptance into the 4th cohort of Racial Equity Teams.  This means that Hamilton will receive a small budget and professional development to advance racial equity in our school community.  The goals for SPS Racial Equity Teams are to: 


    1. Align with District-wide efforts to implement the ”Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity” Policy to eliminate racial disproportionality in graduation and discipline rates,
    2. Build capacity among principal, teachers, staff, and students in transforming school policies and practices,
    3. Strengthen the voices and participation of students, families and community to inform school policies, practices and procedures.

    Congratulations Hamilton!

    FREE Medical/Dental Care at Key Arena this Thursday-Sunday. 
    Tickets for admission are distributed starting at 5am in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (2nd Ave. North and Thomas Street), which opens at 12:30am Wednesday evening.  There’s free parking at the Mercer Street Garage.  Clinic organizers advise “bringing food, drinks, and medications for a long day ahead.”


    Raisbeck Aviation Informational Nights

    Wednesday, November 8 or Thursday, December 7


    Raisbeck Aviation High School

    9229 East Marginal Way South



    Academic Advantage Program

    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

    Saturday, December 2


    Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center

    1 South Grady Way


    From the School Nurse - Ms. Fote New★

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Saturday, October 28th, 2017 (10am – 2pm) A partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement

    Prescription drug take-back helps prevent prescription misuse and accidental overdose.
    • Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning.
    • 4 out of 5 people who start using heroin start with inappropriate use of prescriptions.
    • If you have stopped taking a prescription or it is expired, please be safe and dispose.

    Take-back programs protect the environment.
    • Flushed or trashed medicines pollute waters and land.

    Drop-boxes are located throughout King County. Find locations near you:

    Find National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day locations near you: or call 1-800-882-9539.

    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

    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 

    Family Immunization Records New★

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

    Order Your Hamilton 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 - Updated

     Please, if you have not done so yet, pay your FOMAHI enrichment fee at  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.  These fees are crucial to help keep Hamilton Music the top program that it is.  

    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 

    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) Tonight

       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:

    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.


    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:

    Seattle Public Library Student Success Services

    The Seattle Public Library helps students of all ages succeed in school. The Library offers academic coaching, one-on-one tutoring, math and reading skill-building games and activities, service learning credits, college prep and more. New this year, help is now offered at the Greenwood Branch and Bitter Lake Community Center. Find out more information at the Student Success pages for children and teens. Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
    Student Success Programs: Drop-in Homework Help - 
    Homework Help volunteers support students' academic success by helping them develop reading and math skills, understand homework assignments and prepare for college. Volunteers coach students in all academic subjects; this could include reading, skill building games and may also specialize in college-prep subjects. Homework Help for children and teens  is offered after school at the many locations.
    Online Help -
    Students may also use the Ask a Librarian reference service to find information or get a question answered. The service is available 24 hours a day. Students can also access online resources from the Library's website for teens and children.
    Learning Buddies: One-on-One Tutoring - 
    Elementary students read with a high school mentor and play math and reading skill-building games. This is a first-come, first-served, drop-in program. Each session lasts one hour. The program is available at these branches - please note: schedules vary by location.
    Volunteer for Student Success - 
    The Library is seeking additional volunteers who can assist students with their homework. There are openings at the Beacon Hill, Columbia and High Point branches. Contact to request an application.




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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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