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    Upcoming Events

    Hamilton PTSA

    September 27th - Tonight

    6th Grade Orientation | 6:00 - 6:30 pm | Hamilton Gym | New & 6th Grade Families
    Curriculum Night | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Hamilton Commons | All 
    September 27th & 28th 
    Hamilton Clubs Fair | During Lunch | Students Only October 1st Host Classes Begin October 5th First Friday's Parent Coffee |after drop-off | Hamilton Front Lobby
    Guests: Principal Manza & Teachers from the Social Studies Department

    October 9th 

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30-8:30 pm | Hamilton Room 214
    SkiBus Parent Meeting | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Commons 

    October 10th 

    Italian Feast Staff Appreciation Luncheon | Volunteers Needed

    October 11th 

    Picture Day

    October 18th  PTSA Fall Membership Meeting | 7-8:30 pm | Hamilton Library | Open to All
    Chat with Principal Manza & "What does it mean to be an International School?"

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

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    ★Tonight Curriculum Night   

    Curriculum Night is a chance to meet your student's teachers and spend a few hours in your student's shoes. Don't miss it! 

    6:00 - 6:30 pm | Orientation | 6th Grade & Families new to Hamilton | Hamilton Gym 
    6:30 - 8:30 pm
    | Curriculum Night |Hamilton Commons | All Families

    • Bring your student's schedule (including room numbers) with you.

    • Plan to be there for the whole duration (if possible) in order to hear from all the teachers.

    • 6th Grade families (and any families who are new to Hamilton) have a special orientation in the gym 30 min before Curriculum Night, where Principal Manza will talk more generally about Hamilton, introduce key support staff, and take questions. All are welcome to attend, of course.  

    • PTSA Members will be on hand to answer questions, help with email/membership sign-up, and accept donations. Curriculum Night is the official kick-off to our Fundraising Campaign Drive!

    ★NEW PTSA Fall Fund Drive

    2018 PTSA Fall Fund Drive Starts Today!

    You should've gotten your official letter in the mail by now, and you'll start to see signs around the school and email tracking our progress. This is your opportunity to really help the PTSA make a difference in our kids' middle school experience! Remember, it takes a village!

    This year's goal is $150K — And we can't do it without YOU.

    Hamilton PTSA Donate Now button

    Introducing First Fridays Parent Coffees 

    Wondering what's going on at school? Interested in chatting with teachers and administrators in a casual setting? Need a quick caffeine hit before moving on to the rest of your day? Mark your calendars now for this recurring series: First Fridays Parent Coffees, featuring a rotating set of school guests.

    Next Friday, October 5th at drop off: Hamilton front lobby. This month's special meet and greet guests, Principal Manza, a few teachers from the Social Studies department, and the HOST coordinator. Hope to see you there!

    If you would like to help out with the October First Fridays coffee please click here: Signup Genius

    Staff Luncheon - Volunteers Needed

    Every year, the Hamilton PTSA and parents host a series of staff lunches to let our staff know how much we appreciate their hard work.  This year, there will be five lunches plus a dessert bar on Valentine's Day.  Please help us kick off these fun events with a fantastic Italian feast on Wednesday, October 10th. The signup has lots of ways to help-- shopping, cooking, and volunteering, so check it out!  Food can be dropped off in the front office at start of school or in the staff lounge by 10:00 AM on October 11th.  Thank you!! 

    Chappell Barber

    HIMS PTSA Staff Appreciation Chair

    Join the Hamilton PTSA  

    Sign up or Update* to receive Important E-mails and the Hamilton Weekly News!

    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).  They can sign-up here:

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    If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication (see instructions below). 

    Purchase your Membership in the Hamilton PTSA!

    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.

    Get listed in the Online Hamilton Family Directory!

    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 "Start Here" 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 2018–19!

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

    Reflections Art Contest  

    Students are invited to create works for the 2018-19 Reflections Art Contest. This year is the 50th year of the contest. The theme is "Heroes Around Me."

    Reflections is a National PTA program that recognizes excellence in student art.  During its 50 year history, millions of students have participated. Students submit their work at school, 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, including last year's honorable mention in photography. 

    Reflections takes submissions in the fields of literature, visual arts, photography, music composition, dance choreography and film production. Students may submit work in more then one category (or even all of them) but each entry must be the work of an individual student (no group entries).

    The deadline for all submissions will be Thursday, November 1. The works will be displayed and winners will be chosen the following week. Entry specifications will be available soon on the PTSA Reflections page.

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    Meet Ms. Huckabee the new House Administrator

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    ★NEW House Administrator Samantha Huckabee

    The Basics 

    Hello! My name is Samantha Huckabee! I’m a Seattle native and now live in Shoreline with my 10-year-old shih-tzu mix, Toby. I enjoy running and have completed over twenty half and two full marathons. I also travel to the east coast quite a bit to visit friends and family. I’ve been in education for 16 years and this will be my 9th year in Seattle. Previously, I taught special education at Eckstein and Jane Addams. This year, I’m moving out of the classroom and will be serving as Hamilton’s House Administrator and working primarily with the 7th grade.

    My Childhood

    I was born in Seattle and lived Bellevue, Marysville, and Snohomish. I was very involved in music and drama throughout school. My family moved to State College, PA when I was a junior in high school which was a bit of a culture shock!

    My Education

    I received my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and a minor in English from Penn State University. I served in AmeriCorps for two years where I worked with students with significant disabilities and taught them how to work in the school store in order to learn job skills for later employment. I knew I wanted to teach at that point, so I went to NYU for my Masters in Educational Theatre/Teaching English 7-12. I taught in the Bronx for two years before moving back to the Seattle area. I received my special education endorsement from the University of Washington and, most recently, my Administrative certificate from Seattle University. 

    My Favorites

    Food: Tacos, Ravioli
    Movie: The Princess Bride
    Book:Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff
    Color: Blue 
    Drink: Diet Coke, Java Chip Frappuccino 
    Season: Fall
    Sports: College Football, baseball, women’s soccer
    Music: Pearl Jam, Coldplay
    Hobby: Gardening, Running
    Store: Sky Nursery
    Dessert: Ice Cream
    Candy: Chocolate Truffles, MnMs
    Flower: Peonies, Daffodils 


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    ★NEW Please stay out of the bus lanes - Drop-off and Pick-up Directions 

    For the safety and benefit of all of our students, parents and guardians please refer to the Hamilton Traffic Flow Map. Otherwise traffic gridlock, unsafe conditions, and angry drivers results.   

    There are families who are dropping students off before and after school and get in the way of our buses. We have VERY narrow streets and our buses cannot get through if there are other vehicles there. The streets to the East and West of the school are SCHOOL BUS ONLY.  There should not be any student drop-offs/pick-ups happening on either side of the school.

    Parents dropping off and picking up their students, please TRAVEL WEST ONLY on North 41st St. (the south side of Hamilton). Please refer to the Hamilton Traffic Flow Map

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    6th Grade Parents Orientation & All-School Curriculum Night

    Thursday, Sept. 27th 

    • 6th Grade Parent Orientation | 6:00 - 6:30pm | Parents of 6th Grade Students Only
    • Curriculum Night | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | All Hamilton Parents

    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! 

    Sixth grade parents – you're invited to come in a half hour early (6pm) and get oriented by Principal Manza. Learn more about school policies and procedures.

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

    ★NEW  PE Waivers



    Does my child need a PE Waiver? Is your child scheduled for PE or Yoga either 1stSemester or 2ndsemester?  


    Yes, they are scheduled for PE/Yoga. They DO NOT need a PE Waiver, you can move on to the next topic in the newsletter


    No, they take two full year electives. Then your student will need a PE Waiver. Please read the information letter carefully.    



    PE Waiver Form/Letter 


    (The form has not been uploaded at time of publication, I will update the newsletter as soon it is available.  It will become available on this page: Hamilton Forms

    Place all completed forms/letters in the box located in the main office on the front counter or in the one outside of RM 105C on top of the bookshelf. PE waiver are due no later than December 3rd. In the commons a list of all students and the status of PE waiver will be posted starting October 8th. It is the student’s responsibility to check this list and make sure all information is accurate.  

    If you have any questions feel free to email Ms. Peila at Students are welcome to come to RM 105C for further explanation.   

    Safety Update


    Last Friday, September 14th, Seattle Fire Station #9 was here to conduct our first fire drill of the year. They inspected the building and monitored our drill, and were very impressed with our performance. Our staff and students quickly and efficiently evacuated the building, lined up, and took attendance on the Wallingford Playfield in record time. A big thank you goes out to our staff for their diligence in making sure the building was clear, getting students lined up, and taking attendance quickly, and to our students who lined up quickly and quietly.

    At Hamilton, we will conduct at least one safety-related drill per month, including summer months when school is in session with students. This year we will be practicing drills related to three basic functional threat responses: shelter in place, lockdown, and evacuation. In addition, during the annual October Great Washington ShakeOut on October 18, 2018, Hamilton will participate with all Seattle schools in an earthquake and emergency communication and mapping drill.  

    If you have any questions about our safety drills, please contact Assistant Principal, Bethany Sjoberg

    Start of School Forms 
    Don't Forget

    The "First Day Packet" is available online.  It includes the School Welcome Packet and General Information as well as all of the required forms for the start of school.  If you haven't done so already, please fill them out and send them to school with your student as soon as possible.  The Welcome Packet and forms have been separated this year, so you will need to do a few downloads.


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    Fall Sports  

    Girls Soccer  
    Varsity Schedule
    JV Schedule 
    Ultimate Frisbee 
    Ultimate Schedules 
    Hawks Ultimate Club

    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:        Webpage 
    Seattle Schools:            
    SPS Athletics Webpage                                               
                                       Schedules and Information
    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    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 music program. Throughout the year, we license sheet music, pay for instrument tuning and repairs, subsidize out-of-state trips to major competitions, fund additional classroom instruction, and provide scholarships to students in need.

    NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s) today at  $25 registration fee is requested, but not required.  Click "register" on the left column.

    Join the Board!!

    We are still looking for Board Members.  Don’t be intimidated, it’s actually pretty fun and doesn’t take a lot of time.

    • Vice President for Director of Concert Operations:  Helps coordinate concerts operations 3 times/year for band/choir/orchestra including delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs.  Attends monthly board meetings. 

    Email if interested.

    ★ NEW Camp Burton Trip Coordinator and Chaperones Needed

    Both Vocal Jazz and Junior and Senior Orchestras will be going to Camp Burton, and both are looking for parent trip coordinators and parent chaperones.  The coordinators won’t be starting from scratch, we’ve got a well tested guide to help you.

    Camp Burton is a beautiful setting on Vashon Island, so chaperoning is a nice getaway with nice views, food provided, and great music.

    • Vocal Jazz November 3-4
    • Junior and Senior Orchestra November 16-17 

    Information available at the FOMAHI website.  Or email Christine Holden at, or

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    HOST After-School Program

    HOST - Hawks Out of School Time

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    HOST Session Registration 

    Hello Families! 

    I would like to announce that HOST Registration is NOW OPEN!  You can go online to:

    You will be able to access our class offerings under “School Year “ & “Register”
    *Note* If you are already a Boys & Girls Club member, all you need to do is log in to your account, if you are new please create a new account.

    A flyer with more information will be sent out to students in the next couple of days!

    If you have any questions please contact Jonathan at

    For more information: 

    Jonathan Delcid
    Hamilton Boys & Girls HOST Director
    Office 206-252-5831
    Room 104 (across from the main office)

    HOST Program: HOST Webpage

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    Lincoln High School

    As we prepare for the opening of Lincoln High School this section "Lincoln High School" will remain in the newsletter under "Seattle Schools News" as an ongoing place to find the latest updates.  Many of our Hamilton students will attend LHS, so keeping this section static will help keep our families informed.  

    Other ways to stay Connected: 
    Like LHS on Facebook:
    Follow LHS on Twitter:  
    @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner
    LHS Web profile:  Lincoln High School

    ★ Next week! Lincoln High School Community Planning Meeting 

    October 1st | 6:30-8:30pm | John Marshall Building 
                520 Ravenna Blvd - Seattle

    Come join us for an update and breakout session on the progress of reopening Lincoln Seattle:  

    • Meet our new staff
    • Update on academic programming and deeper learning opportunities
    • Transition plan for incoming 9th and 10th graders
    • Planning for Athletics and Activities
    • Q & A with the LHS Staff 

    Like LHS on Facebook:
    Follow LHS on Twitter:  
    @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner
    LHS Web profile:  Lincoln High School

    New Features Available Through The Source

    The Source is Seattle Public Schools’ online portal that allows parents, guardians and students access to schedules, attendance, assessment scores, and secondary student grades. Many exciting new services for families are coming this school year and will be accessible via the Source including:

    • Data Verification Form: This year, instead of receiving a paper form, you can go online to verify your student’s information (please contact your school if you prefer a paper copy of the student verification form).
    • SchoolPay Online Payments: Review and pay your student's fees or fines via credit/debit card or electronic checks to their schools.
    • High School & Beyond Planner (coming soon): View your student's four-year course plan based on graduation requirements and future goals.
    • CareDox Health Portal (coming this Fall): View and update your student’s health information; get timely updates when your child receives care from the school nurse.
    • Naviance Application Preferences (available September 4-19): For each student in grades 8 through 12, record your family’s decision for using.

    Remember, you need to have a Source account to take advantage of these new services! Source setup instructions for parents and guardians can be found online at: about the Source may be directed to

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    ★NEW SkiBus Registration and Parent Meeting  

    There will be a SkiBus information meeting on Tuesday October 9 at 7:00 in the HIMS Commons, including information about volunteering. 

    The 2018-19 ski season is right around the corner (well, really it is months away), and please consider signing up for the 2018–2019 Ski Bus.  Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips to the Summit at Snoqualmie starting in early January. Signups (at are open and we are filling up fast. Signups after November will be considered, depending on space.  

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator (school parent volunteer) Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or 

    WA State PTA Survey 


    Take the PTA online survey to help your PTA delegates vote on the TOP 5 issues that are most important to your school. The issues supporting the “Health, Education & Welfare” of our students cover  a wide spectrum of legislative policies  from school meals and closing to the gaps to pre-school, recess, SEL, teacher shortages, gun safety and more. Take the survey to find out what’s on the proposed agenda and share your priorities with your PTA.

    Your voice matters, please take a few moments and let us know what’s important to you and your family.

    Questions: Contact : Leg Chair or


    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents...

    Pre-Season Player Development Programs (Red & Purple Levels)
    Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC (Th), Meadowbrook CC (Sat)

    • our nationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
    • prepare for middle school basketball (Red), or high school basketball (Purple) this Fall!
    • shooting technique, efficient ball-handling, effective passing, smart defense, court vision
    • Invite your teammates!

    Fall Pure Stroke Shooting Clinic - starts next week!
    Ravenna CC or Queen Anne (Th), Meadowbrook CC (Sat)

    • learn all about proper shooting mechanics and how to fix your own shot
    • This 8-week clinic is guaranteed to make you a better shooter!

    Meadowbrook begins 9/15!  Ravenna and QACC begin 9/27!
    Check the schedule and register by clicking on the link below:

    Kids With An Edge

    Kids With An Edge is now enrolling for:

    • Math Classes to establish Strong Fundamentals.  Highly interactive and SPS Core Standards based.  Teach children what methods to use and why- "Math is Not Magic".  There is a reason why 3/5 ÷ 4/7 = 3/5 x 7/4! Support a student's current curriculum,  strengthen concepts from a previous year, or take a look ahead.
    • Python 1 Computer Coding, Friday or Saturday classes
    • Early Learning Reading/Math Programs for Ages 4-7.  Highly interactive, effective and engaging format.


    Seattle JazzED

    Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 900 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance. 

    Join us for one day, 100% dedicated to girls who play jazz. You’ll become an expert at jam sessions, improvisation and being confident in navigating solos and band leadership. You'll learn the basics and then build on them with top female jazz educators, including Kelly Clingan, Johnaye Kendrick, Marina Albero & Kate Olson. Open to grades 6-12, all instruments (including string instruments AND voice). Service hours options for girls in grades 10-12. Sliding scale fee, including FREE option. Sign up and more info at


    Professional musicians, and music conservatory graduates, Riley Mulherkar and Willem de Koch will demystify the college audition experience for you. Learn how to set yourself apart from the competition, prepare for recorded and live auditions, and select the school that's right for you. Parents welcome! Grades 9-12, all instruments and voice. Sliding scale fee. More information, including list of confirmed colleges and state universities attending at

    Play and perform under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne HorvitzDarin Faul and many morealongside dedicated students from Seattle and beyond. Although most of our instrumental ensembles are traditional jazz big bands, we are proud to offer opportunities to students on string instruments in the New Works Ensemble and Creative Orchestra ProjectEnsembles rehearse on the weekend, January through May 2019, with multiple performances. Sliding scale tuition means every family can pay at the level that works for them. Grades 5-12, with one year of instrumental experience can register for Ensembles Placement (Nov 17 or Nov 18) and get more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299). 


    Let your voice soar! As Nina Simone was known to do, we bring together a broad range of styles, but are always steeped in gospel and folk traditions. Performing numerous original songs by director Cora Jackson, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Ensemble rehearses Saturday afternoons, January through May 2019, with multiple performances. Sliding scale tuition means every family can pay at the level that works for them. Grades 7-12, boys and girls, can register for the Vocal Ensemble Placement and get more information at call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).


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    The Hamilton Weekly News is emailed on Thursdays to those who have opted in to receive the newsletter at PTSA Hamilton Weekly News Signup. If you have comments, corrections or additions to the Hamilton Weekly News, please contact the editor at We welcome your feedback! Please submit content for inclusion by Wednesday afternoon. Click here for full submission guidelines.

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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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    Past Newsletters:

    The SPS 2018–2019 Academic Calendar


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