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    October 5

    First Friday's Parent Coffee |after drop-off | Hamilton Front Lobby
    Guests: Principal Manza & Teachers from the Social Studies Department

    October 9 

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30-8:30 pm | Hamilton Room 214
    SkiBus Parent Meeting | 7:00-9:00 pm | Hamilton Commons *corrected date*
    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Library - open to the public.

    October 10

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon - Italian Feast | Volunteers Needed

    October 11

    Picture Day

    October 12

    No School | State In Service Day

    October 18 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?"

    November 1

    UW Jazz Festival, Senior Jazz | Meany Hall

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

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    PTSA Fall Fund Drive

    2018 PTSA Fall Fund Drive has begun!

    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  ★Don't Miss it! 

    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.

    This 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

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    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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    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 Assistant Principal Ms. Sjoberg

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    ★NEW Assistant Principal Bethany Sjoberg

    The Basics

    Hello Hamilton families!  I am excited to be returning to Hamilton for another great year of learning.  I truly love coming to work every day and especially love getting to know your children and supporting their growth as students and members of our school community.  I grew up in Bellingham, Washington, came to Seattle to attend University of Washington, and have been living in Seattle ever since.  My husband and I have 2 daughters who are in Kindergarten and Second Grade in Seattle Public Schools. I’ve been in education for 12 years and this will be my 2nd year at Hamilton International Middle School. Previously, I was a science curriculum specialist for Highline Public Schools and a science teacher at Technology, Engineering, and Communications High School, a small school on the Evergreen Campus in the Highline School District.  This year at Hamilton I will be the Assistant Principal, primarily working with 6thgraders. 

    My Education

    I received my Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Washington.  I worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Registry in the Cancer Surveillance System for 3 years where I collected information about cancer treatments and end results.  While this was fascinating work, I wanted to find a career that combined my passions for science, working with kids, and having a positive impact on my community, so I decided to become a science teacher.  I returned to UW to pursue a Master in Teaching degree with an endorsement in science. Most recently I earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Washington, Bothell. 

    My Favorites

    Food: Thai, Indian
    Color: Blue
    Drink: Diet Coke, Mocha 
    Season: Spring
    Dessert: Ice Cream

    Candy: Anything peanut butter and chocolate
    Store: Costco
    Hobby: Gardening, hiking, cooking, traveling
    Sports: Watching my kids dance and play soccer
    Flower: Hydrangeas, daffodils


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    ★NEW Picture Day - Volunteers Needed

    Volunteers Needed for Picture Day!
    Thursday, Oct. 11

    Looking for:
    (3) for AM (8:20-11:45)
    (3 )for PM (12:00-3:45p)

    All volunteers will receive a voucher for a free picture packet for your student. 

    If you can help, please email Louis Shoecraft —

    Building Leadership Team (BLT) Meeting Summary 9/20/18

    The Hamilton BLT is a school governing body, made up of teachers, staff, one parent representative (to date), and Mr. Manza. Broadly, the group discusses and makes recommendations on the building’s strategic plan (the Continuous School Improvement Plan or CSIP), the school budget (and related budget tradeoffs), professional development and other emerging issues, as needed. The BLT meets the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am; sometimes more in the spring budget season. 

    • Mr. Manza sent an all-parent communication asking for applicants for a second parent representative slot; BLT will select member based on needs. 
    • Staff on 9/27 will begin voting on professional development topics for the year—topics BLT proposes based on staff input from the end of last school year. The district designates certain professional development time; this year, one block of time is designated for “eliminating the opportunity gap based on disproportionality.” Many schools have a standing monthly grade-level meeting; Hamilton does not. BLT proposed a staff vote to use the block for such standing monthly grade-level meetings to discuss how to help students of concern.
    • BLT moved to ask staff to vote on shifting funds that have been carried over from year to year from substitute reimbursement to one or some combination of 3 areas: (1) a uniform allocation to all Hamilton departments, (2) stipend to staff who organize promotion, and (3) stipend to staff who organize grade-level field trips. All categories have a dollar cap.
    • Laptop damage is a problem; laptop management will be discussed with staff and students
    • Hamilton has an all-staff book study as part of professional development where teachers, staff, and administrators pick one of 3 books to read and discuss in group: Titles are So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain by Zaretta Hammond; You’ve Gotta Connect by James Alan Sturtevant. 
    • Mr. Manza in the coming weeks will communicate with the Hamilton parent community (through the PTSA newsletter) about the schoolwide standardized test results from last year.    

    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 MapOtherwise 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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    ★NEW  PE Waivers

    Does my child need a PE Waiver? Is your child scheduled for PE or Yoga either 1st semester or 2nd semester?  

    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. A hard copy may be picked up in the Hamilton Front Office)

    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.   

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    Hamilton Athletics

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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 
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                                       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

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    HOST - Hawks Out of School Time 

    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.  

    Upcoming LHS Dates: 
    Athletic Parent/Family Meeting | October 24 | 6:30PM | John Marshall Building
    Incoming 9th Grader Info Night | January 15 |  John Marshall Building

    LHS Community Survey: 
    Great to see all our students and families last night at our Community Meeting. Couldn't join us? We want your ideas and feedback.


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

    ★ NEW  Office of Advanced Learning: Enrichment Program

    Please invite families of Advanced Learners to the UW Robinson Center Enrichment Program

    Our promise to each and every student, by implementing the Formula for Success, is commitment to racial equity, high quality teachers and leaders, and to build strong systems of collaboration focused on student learning. With these key components in place, we will eliminate gaps and prepare every student to graduate ready for college and career success in Seattle and beyond.

    Seattle’s teachers and leaders are always ready to share information with parents that will ignite passion for learning in their children. One such program is the Robinson Center’s Enrichment Program at The University of Washington. The UW Robinson Center, long known to be advocates of equity and dedicated to enriching instruction for children demonstrating advanced learner capability is providing this opportunity without cost for families who qualify for free and reduced lunch services. 

    Please review and distribute this flyer to your families. Please note the deadline for registration is coming soon. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need for support.

    Deenie Berry, MTSS Manager,
    Stephen Martin, Advanced Learning Supervisor,
    Kari Hanson, Director of Student Support Services


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    ★Updated 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. *Please note the corrected date 

    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 

    ★NEW Travel with Riveted Kids - Mid-Winter Break in Oaxaca  

    We're headed to Oaxaca over mid-winter break and want to take your kids! We didn't want your kids to miss the opportunity to see the world firsthand with changes in SPS policy because we have all the structures in place to host a great trip.

    Jay and Kymber Waltmunson - parents of HIMS 8th grader Beija - started Riveted Kids - a summer travel camp program for teens a couple of years ago. We have space to take up to 16 students to Oaxaca this Mid-Winter break. We’ll have a dynamic local Zapotec guide, Samuel Bautista Lazo, who will help us immerse in his community to practice Spanish, engage with the culture, stay on his family farm, and meet people from other nearby communities. Ziplining too, of course.  Check out the details and itinerary here:

    Jay brings a wealth of kid, Spanish, and education experience. He taught middle school Spanish last year, holds a PhD in Spanish Linguistics, was in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and has led three student groups abroad in the last year. Kymber is a master trip planner focusing on immersive, transformational travel.

    The trip will run Feb. 16 - 23 (Mid-Winter break) and will cost $1595 + Airfare. Find out more at two information sessions being held October 17 and 18, 6:30pm. Again, more details here or contact to discuss.

    ★NEW McClure PTSA Fall Event - Open to all

    Wednesday, October 10th 6:30pm  @ McClure Middle School 
    An evening with Jo Langford, MA.  Sex Educator, Therapist and Dad presented by McClure PTSA
    For more information see Jo Langford's webpage.

    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. 


    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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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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