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    School Update 02.26.21
    Posted on 02/26/2021

    Dear Hamilton Community,

     Welcome back from mid-winter break!  I hope this email finds you well. 

     Below are some important updates, reminders, and events:

    • Family Support Link
    • Celebrating Black History Month at Hamilton
    • Student Wellness Week
    • Office of AAMA Student Leadership Council Applications
    • North Central Little League Needs a Few More Players
    • Hamilton Yearbook 2021 - Photos Wanted!


    Family Support Link:

    Family Needs:


    Celebrating Black History Month at Hamilton:

    I want to thank Mr. Lilly and our Black/Brown Student Union (BSU) for putting together content for us to learn about, focus on, and celebrate for the month of February and beyond.  I know that a lot of time, passion, and work went into the presentations created for our students and staff.  As a building community, we will continue the focus on providing Afrocentric education and centering the voices of our Black students.  Below you will find content and topics we learned about this month!

    • Sankofa
    • Black History Month Origins
    • Celebrating Black Student Voices
    • Local Black History Makers
    • National Black History Makers
    • Languages of Africa
    • Protests: Not a Moment, a Movement
    • Authentic African Image


    Student Wellness Week:

    During the week of March 1st -5th, we will be joining together as a staff to focus on student health and wellbeing. We will be presenting some school-wide mini lessons at the start of each class to focus on stress management, self-care, social connection, and reflection on their “Pandemic Story”, adapted from the district’s Social Emotional Lessons.  Students will have opportunity to reflect on these topics, share their experiences, and hear from their peers.  We will also be reminding students about resources at the school and in the community for support.    We know that this will not be enough, but we are hoping that it opens up the space for conversations and connections for students.  We will plan additional efforts to support ongoing conversation and times to revisit these topics throughout the year. 


    Office of AAMA Student Leadership Council Applications:

    The Office of African American Male Achievement is proud to open applications for our Student Leadership Council. The SLC is a brotherhood of student leaders who support each other at their schools and across the district while providing guidance to district leadership and holding leadership accountable on priority initiatives of AAMA. 

    We are working to have an SLC representative from each middle school, K-8 school, and high school in SPS. We currently have representatives from Cleveland, Lincoln, Chief Sealth, and Garfield High Schools and Denny, Mercer, and Eckstein Middle Schools. We will only be accepting applications from students at schools that are not currently represented on the SLC. 

    We invite Black male students in grades 7-12 to apply to the AAMA Student Leadership Council by Wednesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Please help us share this opportunity with your school community.  

    Students will be eligible to receive a stipend. Members also may have the opportunity to: lead professional development conferences across the country, participate in future HBCU tours, and earn service-learning hours. 

    Read more about AAMA Student Leadership Council


    North Central Little League Needs a Few More Players

    North Central Little League needs a few more players (born 2008 or 2009) to play on our majors (11-12 year old) softball team. Practices and games are Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from March 8th to the end of the school year, and play at Lower Woodland Park by Green Lake. $175, financial aid is available. Register soon if you are interested!

    Questions email


    Hamilton Yearbook 2021 - Photos Wanted!

    This year, the Hamilton International Middle School Yearbook will be slightly shorter than normal but just as fun. It will include collections of photos made or submitted by students, collections of student writing, responses to school-wide surveys, and more.

    We are now looking for:

    1. Student Photos – a close-up of your student’s face for the Class Pages.  This is not expected to be a formal portrait, but if it is a candid shot it may be edited for fit.
    2. Photo submissions that show school spirit, personal interests, and life experiences during the time of distance learning.

    To submit your pictures, please visit and enter the code HIMS.  Please use the green button that says, “Click Here to Upload General Photos” and ignore the greyed-out button and text about Student Portraits.

    If you are unable to submit your photos via the process above, you can alternatively send your photos to If you choose to do so, please be sure to also identify all students in the photos you are submitting.

    Please submit photos by the end of the day April 9th, 2021 – the Friday before Spring Break!

    Note that all images will be vetted by the Yearbook adviser and may be cropped and edited for clarity by the Hamilton Yearbook Editorial Staff.

    Yearbooks will go up for sale after Spring Break.

    If you have any questions about the yearbook, please direct them to yearbook adviser John McCartney at


    Go Hawks!

    Dorian Manza (he/him)  
    “A collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners.”  
    Telephone: 206-252-5810