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    School Update 01.29.21
    Posted on 01/29/2021

    Dear Hamilton Community,

    Here we are at the beginning of the second semester!  It is incredible how fast the time flies by.  Below you will find important upcoming events and reminders:    

    • Family Support Link
    • End of Semester 1 and Report Cards
    • Hamilton Virtual Open House Presentation Link
    • MHEA Classroom Presentations
    • Black Lives Matter at School Week is next week, Feb. 1-5
    • Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn Forums
    • Hamilton Weekly Curbside Pickup & Return
    • ORCA Cards Available for Middle School Students
    • Virtual Music-A-Thon – Feb. 10
    • Mid-Winter Break:  No School – Feb. 15 through Feb. 19
    • Ingraham High School Virtual Open House Video – For Fall Incoming 9th graders

     

    Family Support Link:  

    Please fill out the link below if your family needs support during these unprecedented times.  

    Family Needs Support Link: tinyurl.com/FamilyNeeds20-21

     

    End of Semester 1 and Report Cards: 

    • January 29th - First day of Semester 2 
    • February 19th - Report cards availability has been extended to Feb 19th via the SOURCE. Families may request printed copies of report cards if they are unable to access remotely.  

     

    Hamilton Virtual Open House Presentation Info: 

    For prospective students, information is posted here in the form of a series of pre-recorded videos. The videos will cover a broad range of topics including academics, athletics, activities, and our program offerings.

    Please enjoy the following presentations via the link below.  Presentations will be posted through the end of the school year. 

    https://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/news/hamilton_2021_virtual_open_house

     

    MHEA Classroom Presentations:

    We are excited to offer our advisory teachers an opportunity to host a guest speaker from Mental Health for Every Adolescent (MHEA). We are beginning with our 7th grade advisories. MHEA is an organization created by graduate students at the University of Washington that aims to spread awareness for and destigmatize various mental health issues that middle school and high school students experience.  The MHEA guest speakers will join advisory classes through your Microsoft Teams class link and will present information and lead discussions about topic of stress, mental health and self-care. The 7th grade advisory teachers will be sharing more information by email.  If you have questions/concerns or would like for your student to participate in an alternate activity please contact your student’s advisory teacher or Ms. Colleran (kjcolleran@seattleschools.org) or Ms. Sjoberg (blwalsh@seattleschools.org).

     

    Black Lives Matter at School Week is next week, Feb. 1-5:

    Black Lives Matter at School Week is next week, Feb. 1-5. Please see the link below to the Black Lives Matter at School Week Educator Resource Guide that has been shared with educators. This week is recognized as an opportunity to promote racial justice and identity safety in classrooms. 

    Black Lives Matter at School Week Educator Resource Guide (pdf)

     

    Hamilton Weekly Curbside Pickup & Return: 

    Wednesday, February 3, at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

     

    Office of African American Male Achievement Listen and Learn Forums:

    The Office of African American Male Achievement is launching our Listen and Learn forum in February 2021 to continue to listen to Black families as we reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens.  AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systematic racism.  We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive.  These forums are focused on the voices of Black families in SPS. AAMA will publish and share the findings with our larger community, including professional development for staff, later this year.

     Please help us share the registration link and forum dates by region with your school community.

    • Northeast Families, Friday, February 5, 2021
    • Northwest Families, Tuesday, February 9, 2021
    • Central Families, Friday, February 12, 2021
    • Southwest Families, Monday, February 22, 2021
    • Southeast Families, Thursday, February 25, 2021
    • African Home Language Families, Friday, February 26, 2021

     

    ORCA Cards Available for Middle School Students:

    ORCA cards are now available to all middle school students who live outside the school walk zone and previously received yellow bus transportation prior to the pandemic. These ORCA cards will be available at any of the eight Technology Resource Centers’ attestation tables beginning Feb. 1. A student ID and student name is required to receive them.

    ORCA cards distributed through the Transportation Department cover youth fare for unlimited travel on:

    • Bus: Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit
    • Rail: Sound Transit, Link light rail, Sound Transit Sounder train (including Rail Plus partnership with Amtrak Cascades), Seattle Center Monorail
    • Seattle Streetcar
    • Ferry: King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Local Ferries and Fast Ferries
    • Access Transportation: Metro and Kitsap Transit Access Transportation (eligible riders only)

    Most frequently asked questions:

    Contact: TransOrca@seattleschools.org or 206-252-0900

     

    Virtual Music-a-Thon- February 10

    Visit: https://fomahi.membershiptoolkit.com/musicathon for more info.

     

    Mid-Winter Break:  No School – Feb. 15 through Feb. 19:

    February 15 – 19 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)

     

    Ingraham High School Virtual Open House Video:

    Ingraham High School will be posting a pre-recorded Virtual Open House video to our website on Thursday, January 28th.  Families will find the link on our main website at https://ingrahamhs.seattleschools.org/  Along with a message from Principal Martin Floe, we plan to have a video about clubs and activities, and there is already an informational video posted about our International Baccalaureate Program. 

    Check our HS Virtual Tour Dates page for info on events at other schools.

     

    Go Hawks!

    Dorian Manza (he/him)
    Principal
    HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
    “A collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners.”