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    The Hamilton Weekly News

    September 21, 2017

    Upcoming Events

    9/22 (Friday)
    • Deadline to refer a Seattle Schools student for advanced learning qualification. See SPS News below for more information.

    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 fourth 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

    Hamilton Parents Back to School Party - THIS 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 (


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    The Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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!

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

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

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    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.

    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 submit 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 complimentary 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

    Represent Hamilton at the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly

    PTA leaders and members are invited and encouraged to attend the 39th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly on October 20-21 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Each year, local PTAs have a chance to send representatives to cast their PTA/PTSA’s vote at Legislative Assembly. This vote sets the association’s focus and direction with regard to our legislative priorities for the coming two years.  You will also learn about advocacy at all levels, network with other PTA members, and add your PTA's voice to our platform for the coming year.

    This year, Hamilton is allowed 8 voting delegates! You won't want to miss it! Learn more at

    If you are interested in representing Hamilton at this year's event, email PTSA Acting  President, Lisa Rivera Smith, at Registrations fees and hotel costs are covered by the PTSA


    Principal's Letter

    Dear Hamilton International M.S. Community,

    One of the potentially valuable and important parts of the Hamilton school day occurs between 5th and 6th periods. This where our Advisory period lives.

    Those of you not new to Hamilton: this is what we used to refer to as Homeroom, although we have long designed that time for the types of things better associated with Advisory – building relationships among students, as well as teachers and students; academic support; teaching social and emotional skills; getting organized.

    Where in the day is only one of the changes we have made this year to our Advisory (more on that in a little bit).

    We have designated specific days for specific activities, lessons, and supports.

    Mondays are now “Mindful Mondays”. This is time we reserve to set up the week ahead. It’s a time to look at our academic planners to get a handle on the assignments, assessments, deadlines come up that week. It’s also time to go through one’s binder – some of our students’ binders are organized, clean, assignments are turned in, and some binders…well…are not. Students may check their grades with their teachers. And teachers are leading very brief – 2-5 minutes – mindfulness exercises.

    Tuesdays are reserved for Hamilton’s Climate Curriculum. These are lesson on social skills and emotional health and coping, setting goals, building valuable friendships, dealing with, avoiding, resolving conflicts. It’s also a day for college readiness, for gaining digital literacy, and for building awareness of the impact and risks of drug and alcohol abuse.

    Wednesdays-Fridays, Hawk Time, are set aside for silent academic work, reading, meeting with teachers across the building for support, make up a missed assignment, or redo/retake and assignment.

    You will often hear me encourage you to have conversations with your student/s about what they’re engaged in at school or what they’re learning, or about their relationships at school. Ask about Advisory.

    For many of our students, Advisory is the same as their first period class, however in some cases we made adjustments so that students could be in an Advisory with their grade-level peers—thus some students in 1st period math and arts classes are meeting with other teachers during Advisory.

    We see value in students seeing a teacher at the beginning and then toward the end of the school day and vice versa: teachers getting to again see their first-period students.

    As with anything new or any change, we’ll be checking in to see if this is getting at what we hope and expect it to. Please feel free to give us feedback as to what you are seeing or hearing – that can be directly with Advisory teachers, or to the counseling team or to one of Hamilton’s administrators.

    Go Hawks!

    Tipton Blish ~ Principal

    Hamilton 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,

    Student opportunity to travel to Costa Rica - NEW
    Parents of 8th graders taking Spanish: Because last year was such a success and amazing experience for all, Hamilton Spanish teachers are offering 8th grade students the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica during spring break (April 2018). Students will work with sea turtles, stay two nights with host families (in groups), visit a school, go ziplining, interact with locals, hike at a volcano, and much more! The trip is conducted entirely in Spanish. It is capped at 28 students, and last year it filled up immediately. Fundraising is available.

    There is a parent and student information night for interested families in room 215 on Monday, October 2 at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there!

    For more information, visit the trip website:

    From the Counseling Department

    New this year, Advisory (formally known as Homeroom) has an updated structure to ensure all students receive support with study skills and social emotional learning.

    Mindful Monday’s – Students may participate in a mindfulness activity; check-in/check-out (How are you doing?  What are your goals for the week?  What are you looking forward to?  What do you need help with?); time for binder clean-up; grade checks or building community activities.

    BCC Tuesday – Using the new and improved Second Step curriculum, the exclusive online program guides an Advisory through lessons that focus on skills designed to help students in and out of school.  Lessons are divided into four units:  Mindsets and Goals; Values and Friendships; Thoughts, Emotions and Decisions and Serious Peer Conflicts.

    Hawk Time (Wed.-Fri.) – Students will have time to meet with teachers for help, have a quiet space for homework, projects or reading, attend a school club meeting, or participate in building community activities.

    School counselors will be meeting with new students in the next couple of weeks to learn more about them and provide additional support if needed.   Counselors will also start visiting Advisory classes to (re)introduce themselves to students, review the counselor role in supporting students and gathering information from a quick student needs assessment.  The assessment will guide our work in providing support or services needed by our students.

    ParentMap Events is promoting two events listed below.  For more information go to

    ·       Angst – Movie Screening in Seattle – Tickets for purchase on ParentMap website

    ·       Childhood Anxiety and ADHD:  A whole family approach - FREE

    Holy Names Academy invites middle school girls to their Fall Open House on Sunday, October 22nd from 12:00pm – 3:00pm.  There will tours plus information on curriculum/student life, admissions process and student presentations and performances.  For more information go to

    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

    SPS News

    2018-19 Advanced Learning Applications - Deadline Sept. 22

    This is a quick note to let you know the deadline to refer a Seattle Schools student for advanced learning qualification is this Friday, Sept. 22.

    Here's the notice from Seattle Public Schools' Office of Advanced Learning:


    ONLY parents/guardians may refer.  This link has information, the links to the referral in English (done on the Source,) and links for translations in NINE languages.

    *The 9/22/17 deadline is for grades K through 8 and ONLY for students currently attending a school in the Seattle Public School District.

    Control how you receive district communication - NEW

    Seattle Public Schools uses SchoolMessenger to enable families to customize how they receive communications from their school(s) and the district. Families are able to opt-out of non-emergency calls by updating their account preferences. Visit the Communications Preferences page of the SPS website to learn how to customize your preferences.

    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 under "register" link on left page at

    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 Now Open

    HOST After School Program registration began on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Class offerings are posted online . 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.

    Please take a look at the Class offerings and the Registration steps on the Hamilton Website:

    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 Schedules

    Ultimate Frisbee schedules are now available:
    8A Team
    7/8 A2 Team
    7/8 B2 Team
    6th - Yellow
    6th - Blue

    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

    Middle School Girls in Science Program

    One Saturday per month, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Grades 6–8
    Burke Museum, UW Campus

    The Middle School Girls in Science program provides a collaborative and supportive environment for girls in grades 6–8 to explore a variety of STEM fields such as oceanography, neuroscience, paleobotany and spectroscopy. Participants meet one Saturday each month to learn from female scientists at the Burke Museum and the University of Washington. Together, they do activities like examine fossilized plants, learn to measure light, discover how the brain works, and more. Girls in Science strives to serve students who are unfamiliar with science and curious to explore!

    Applications are due by September 30, 2017

    Learn more information about the Middle School Girls in Science program and apply here.

    Boy Scout Troop 167 - Join the adventure

    Boys 6th-8th grade join up, meet new friends, learn leadership skills, go camping, and engage the community. Meetings are in the U-District on Monday nights, from 7-830PM during the school year. Contact Scout Leader Neal Freeland at

    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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    Seattle Public School 2017-18 School Year Calendar

    Hamilton International Middle School

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

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