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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    September 14, 2017

    Upcoming Events

    9/19 (Tuesday)
    • Hamilton PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8pm @ Hamilton Library)

    9/23 (Saturday)

    • Hamilton Parents Back to School Party (6:30-9:30pm @ Phinney Neighborhood Association)

    9/28 (Thursday)

    • 6th Grade Parent Orientation (6-6:30pm @ Hamilton Gym)

    • All-School Curriculum Night (6:30-8:00pm @ Hamilton)

    10/12 (Thursday)

    • Picture Day

    10/13 (Friday)

    • No School - In-Service Day

    10/15 (Sunday)

    • All-School Sounders Game (4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field)

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

    Welcome to this school year's third edition of the Hamilton Weekly News! The Hamilton Weekly News (HWN) is produced by the Hamilton PTSA and and is where you can look for the latest Hamilton-related news, announcements and information. Each week, we'll bring you...
    • Upcoming Events
    • Principal's Letter
    • Hamilton Happenings
    • PTSA News
    • FOMAHI News (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)
    • HOST (Hawks Out of School Time) After School Activities News
    • Athletics News
    • and much, much more!

    To help you prepare for each week ahead, look for the Hamilton Weekly News online every Thursday, or better yet, sign up to receive a link to each new issue, emailed directly to you. Subscribe at


    PTSA News


    Connecting to the Hamilton Community is Easy and Fast!

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    The HIMS PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication (see instructions below).

    The HIMS PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Volunteers are the heart of Hamilton. Sign up to be in the PTSA’s Volunteer Database, and we’ll email when opportunities arise. No pressure — only do what works for you!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.

    2. Click on the "Getting Started" button in the sidebar.

    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.

    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.

    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2017–18!

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

    Hamilton Parents Back to School Party - Next Saturday

    Saturday, Sept 23rd from 6:30–9:30pm

    Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N.)

    Get a sitter and please join us for our annual *parents-only* Back to School Party! We'll celebrate the new school year with fellow parents and enjoy beverages and light appetizers. This is THE way to kick off the new school year and we hope to see you there!

    And many thanks to event sponsor Fremont Brewing for helping make this fun event possible! Fremont Brewing’s Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson are Hamilton parents, and we truly appreciate their support of our school community.

    Questions? Contact event organizers Tracey Crouch ( or Chappell Barber (

    Reflections Art Contest - Deadline Oct. 16
    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 submimt more than one work and all entries must be the work of one student.

    The deadline for all submissions will be Monday, Oct. 16. 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 (

    All-School Sounders Event

    Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm @ CenturyLink Field

    All families of all grade levels are invited to come cheer on the Seattle Sounder FC as they take on FC Dallas, on Sunday, Oct. 15.  Everyone who who purchases tickets at will be seated in the Hamilton block of seats. Tickets are $22 each. We hope to see you there!

    Picture Day - Purchase and Volunteer Info

    Hamilton Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. Order forms will go home with your student, but online ordering is also available at

    Want free pictures? Picture Day volunteers will receive a complementary Package C. Two shifts are available - 8:55am -12:15pm and 12:40pm - 3:55pm. Three volunteers needed per shift.

    To volunteer, email PTSA Member at Large Karla Stanley at

    Principal's Letter

    Dear Hamilton International Middle School Community,
    Congratulations on the first full week of the school year. School beginnings always, at some level, feel hectic – for you, getting into the school year, start time, non-summer rhythm; for teachers, getting their teacher-feet and teacher-voices—literally—in shape; and for students, jumping into new curriculum, new teachers, for many a new building. And then there are forms, and syllabi, and surveys, and locker combinations. All that said, after a week, the school year has settled into just the kind of pattern that we like to see.

    After a few days of setting up classroom routines, building a classroom culture, and getting to know the individual students in their classes, teachers are rolling out the first units of this year’s curriculum. Students will also begin to see – if they haven’t already – what we call formative assessments of their skills – ways in which teachers measure where our students are in some key skills in their subjects.  Sometimes this looks like a quiz, sometimes like a short story reading assignment, sometimes it’s not obvious to students—teachers may be circulating in class hearing students talk or asking questions.

    Hamilton has long been a place where collective work is the norm. It’s in our mission—we fundamentally believe that we are a better school—that we can better meet the learning needs of each of our students—if we work together. And that’s where these formative assessments help us, collectively, get at the curriculum, the teaching, the support that students need to meet the creative, the computational, the reading, the argument, the writing, and, yes, the collaboration skills we know are critical to have students, humans, succeed and contribute in the diverse and interconnected world in which they live.

    Because we believe in the centrality of working together, we are excited about the Early Release Wednesdays, which are largely set aside and structured to give educators time to work together. This week, teachers were comparing student assignments, they met with colleagues from other middle schools, they met to coordinate larger assignments, and they compared notes on new science curriculum.

    Thank you for your important part in a great start to the school year. I hope and encourage you to have conversations about what your students are up to in classes, who they’re working with, and who they are eating lunch next to.

    Go Hawks!
    Tipton Blish ~ Principal

    Hamilton and SPS News

    6th Grade Parents Orientation & All-School Curriculum Night 

    Thursday, Sept 28
    6th Grade Parent Orientation, 6-6:30pm
    Curriculum Night, 6:30–8pm

    Come meet your students teachers, sit in their classroom chairs and squeeze through the hallways as you follow their daily route through Hamilton. What's not to love? You won't want to miss it! 

    Here is a Hamilton school map to help you find your way.

    Sixth grade parents – you're invited to come in a half hour early and get oriented by Principal Blish. Learn more about school policies and procedures.

    Questions? Contact the Hamilton Main Office at (206) 252-5812

    Science Dept. Update:  New Science Instructional Materials for 2017-18

    The Hamilton Science Department is excited to share that our school will participate in a field test for new science instructional materials, AmplifyScience, developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkley.  The materials align with both the new national and state science standards.  Participation will prepare students for the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science they will take during their 8th grade year.   Participating science classrooms include grades 6-8th general science and 6th grade HCC science classes.  7th/8th Grade HCC courses are already aligned to the new standards.

    The new standards call for a major shift in science pedagogy in the classroom, from “learning about” science to “figuring out” science.   The standards ask students to figure out science through specific science and engineering practices such as planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and engaging in argument from evidence.  In the new materials, students will encounter a real-world problem at the beginning of each unit.  The problem will provide an authentic experience for students so they have a reason to understand the science more deeply.  Next, students collect evidence from multiple sources such as hands-on experiences, readings, discussions and computer simulations to figure out a solution to their problem.  Lastly, students apply their new understandings to solve a different problem.

    The science department thanks the PTSA for your support as we engage students with the new materials this year.  If you have questions, you may contact Science Department Chair, Jen Fox, or Principal Blish,

    Travel to Tanzania with other Hamilton students

    Hamilton is offering an international travel opportunity for any current student!

    This group of students will be traveling to Tanzania in the early summer of 2018. Just a short distance northwest of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro lies the Arusha region, where you will spend the majority of your service work while in Tanzania. There, you’ll work with locals to build and restore the region’s overcrowded and outdated schools, providing more children than ever with the chance to learn. You’ll also get the opportunity to travel to Lake Manyara Park for the chance to see the “Big 5” game animals.

    We are hosting a mandatory enrollment meeting on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00pm in the Hamilton Library. We will be enrolling students at the end of the meeting. There are only 10 spots left on this trip, with space available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    RSVP required by Tuesday, Sept. 19  via this link -

    For questions, please email Molly Montague or Judy Ferguson

    Drop-off and Pick-up Directions - Don't get caught causing a traffic jam!

    For the safety and benefit of all our parents and guardians, dropping off and picking up their students, please TRAVEL WEST ONLY on North 41st St. (the south side of Hamilton). Otherwise traffic gridlock, unsafe conditions, and angry drivers results. Please refer to the Hamilton Traffic Flow Map.

    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

    Get Connected with with FOMAHI!

    We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for and supports the school’s outstanding music program.

    We provide, tune, and repair instruments, provide music, subsidize trips, provide scholarships, and support our directors.   All this is possible due to parent involvement in FOMAHI.

    1.  NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s)    today at .  Click "register" on the left column.  $25 enrichment fee highly recommended but not necessary.

    2.  FOMAHI board fundraising coordinator needed.  Help us support our great programs.  Please email for details.

    3.  Need to contact FOMAHI?  Email 

    After School Music: Junior Jazz and Men's Choir registration open
    Details and sign up available now at  Information available under "After School Programs" and registration under "Register" link on left of page.

    Welcome new Orchestra Director Mr. Geoff Ogle

    Please see full biography at under "About".

    WANTED: Parents who can play violin, viola, cello or bass
    We are looking for skilled volunteers to come into beginning orchestra (second period) and intermediate orchestra (sixth period) and help students with basic technique. Please contact FOMAHI volunteer coordination chair Fiona Cohen at

    HOST After-School Programs
    (Hawks Out of School Time)

    Registration Opens Soon

    HOST After School Program registration begins on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:00pm. The Class offerings will be posted online on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6:00pm. Please take time to look thoroughly at the class offerings, we will be having some great classes this session!

    HOST programs officially begin on Monday, Oct. 2, and will end on Thursday, Dec. 7. HOST runs Monday - Thursday.

    Questions? Contact HOST Director, Liz Abbott (Chase) at​, or at (206) 252-5831. She can also be found in Room 104 (across from the main office).


    Ultimate Frisbee and Girls Soccer

    Tryouts for Ultimate Frisbee and Girls Soccer were this week; however, there will be another tryout opportunity for Girls Soccer, next Tuesday, Sept. 19. If you were unable to try out this week because of not having all your athletic paperwork, you can try out next Tuesday. Participants will meet in the Commons by 4pm. Practices will be at the lower Woodland field.

    We will have 5 Ultimate Frisbee teams this season. Practice will be Mondays/Wednesdays and Tuesdays/Thursdays. 6th graders will practice at Wallingford Playfield and 7th/8th graders will practice at Greenlake.

    Questions about Ultimate Frisbee? Please contact head coach Mike Keran at

    Middle School Athletic Forms

    Middle School Athletic forms can be found at

    Community News

    After School Japanese Program

    Through immersion and project-based learning, Sugamo Advance School is offering a Hamilton Middle School Japanese after school program that creates the most effective and enjoyable environment to develop language skills. Come in for a FREE TRIAL lesson, Sept. 11-14.  Classes will take place at Hamilton, in Room 211.

    See the flyer for more information.

    Safe Place for All Students

    King County Safe Place operates a 24hr hotline for at-risk and homeless youth to call and be connected with the resources they need. One of their primary goals for the coming school year is to increase youth awareness of the program, regardless of their current housing stability; to do this

    To learn more about the King County Safe Place, click here to download their informational flyer.


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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st St., Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 252-5810

    Main Office: 252-5810 / Attendance: 252-5814