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    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

    November 3-4
    Vocal Jazz Camp Burton Retreat

    November 13
    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Library | Open to All

    November 16-17
    Camp Burton: Junior/Senior/Chamber Orchestras

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

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    ★NEW PTSA Fall Membership Meeting

    October 18 | 7-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    Please join us for the first PTSA Membership Meeting of the year. Featuring Principal Manza and a panel of teachers representing different departments, we will be hearing about Hamilton's approach to "What does it mean to be an International School?" and taking Q&A from the audience. If you still have questions following Curriculum Night (about this topic or anything else the staff might answer), please pre-submit them here so we can do our best to address them that night. This event is open to all (PTSA membership not required to attend)--come be part of the conversation!

    ★NEW Who Pays For Plays?

    It doesn’t matter if you are a Jet, a Shark or a detective from the streets of London—everyone can get behind a good ‘ole school play! This year, our drama teachers are looking to put on a production of both West Side Story and Sherlock Holmes.

    West Side Story will be open to ALL STUDENTS–not just the drama classes. And this is where we can help. There are copyrights, music, costumes, and other supplies to buy. Your donation to the PTSA Fund Drive will make sure these plays make it to the big stage. As they say, “It’s Elementary!”

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    PTSA Fall Fund Drive

    The 2018 PTSA Fall Fund Drive is off to a great start!

    In just the first few weeks, we're already at 28% of our goal, with just 12% of our families participating so far. (Imagine where we'll be if everyone pitches in.) This is your opportunity to really help the PTSA make a difference in our kids' middle school experience! Take a moment, if you haven't already, and donate today.

    This year's goal is $150K — We can't do it without YOU!

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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.  

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

    ★Updated 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 NOW on the PTSA Reflections page.

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    Letter From the Principal

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    ★ NEW Principal Dorian Manza

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    We have had an outstanding start to the year and it is hard to believe we are in the second week of October.  Our teachers are working hard to make learning exciting and engaging for all students.  I have been enjoying my classroom visits and I am thankful that I get to observe all the wonderful program offerings at Hamilton.  Along with visiting the core classes, I have had the opportunity to listen to the orchestra, band, and observe foreign language and dual language immersion lessons.  I continue to look forward to observing highly effective teaching and learning.  

    One of our building goals this year is eliminating the opportunity gap through our commitment to racial equity.  Our staff kicked off our book study yesterday as part of our professional development for the year.   Administrators, teachers, and instructional assistants are excited to start reading: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain by Zaretta Hammond, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, You’ve Gotta Connect by James Alan Sturtavent.  We will be participating in group discussions about the texts and how they contribute to promoting positive relationships and a culturally responsive learning environment. 

    October is a busy and exciting month for our students.  The Hamilton girls’ soccer and ultimate frisbee teams have started their league play. The HOST program is up and running with multiple club offerings.  Students can still join a club if they want.  Below is the schedule:

    Monday- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm- Homework Club, Minecraft Club, Get Your Game ON
    Tuesday- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm- Homework Club, Dungeons and Dragons, Art Club
    Wednesday- (Session1) 2:45 pm to 3:35 pm- Homework Club, Get Your Game On
    Wednesday- (Session2) 3:50 pm to 4:50 pm- Homework Club, Get Your Game On, Yoga
    Thursday- 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm- Homework Club, Magic: The Gathering, Chess Club, Art Club

    Advisory Update:

    We had our first HIMS TALK last Friday, October 5 during advisory.  HIMS TALKS is a monthly forum for students and local speakers to discuss topics that matter. Eric Sype of UNICEF joined us to explain the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and different countries’ progress toward them. Students can sign up with their advisory teacher if they would like to attend future HIMS TALKS.  

    Cell Phone Policy:

    I have been hearing from some concerned parents regarding our school’s cell phone policy.  The staff and Building Leadership Team (BLT) newly revised the policy last spring. Currently students may only use an electronic device during class with explicit staff permission for an academic purpose.  Our first step as a school will be to discuss the cell phone policy and current concerns at our next Building Leadership Team meeting. The next step will be to plan the process of gathering information and input from all stakeholders, so our school can decide on making any revisions to our cell phone policy moving forward. We will communicate our process for gathering information and input once we have a clear plan in place.     

    Go Hawks!

    Dorian Manza 
    Hamilton International Middle School 

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    ★ NEW Math Volunteers Needed 

    Greetings parents and community members!

    Might you be able to tutor HIMS kids in math during the school day? We have a need for this during “Hawk Time” – our Advisory period on M, Th, F from 2:15-2:50. What this would look like is you would help 1-3 students at a time with their math homework, quiz corrections, or general catch-up in one of the flex spaces. Mr. Bundy and Ms. Barker would make sure you are supplied with great kids who need help and are ready to receive it. We would also make sure you are equipped with what you need to know to work effectively.

    You would need to complete the “Online Volunteer Application.” One part of this application process is to complete (also online) the 17-minute “Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention” Training.

    If you could contribute to our community in this way it would be so amazing because you would be pitching in on pursuing important school-wide goals around Eliminating Opportunity Gaps…but more to the point, you would be helping students achieve success in math. Please contact Mr. Bundy at if you are interested, and thanks! - Seth Bundy

    ★Updated  PE Waivers

    Does my child need a PE Waiver?

    Is your child scheduled for PE or Yoga either 1st semester or 2nd semester?  

    They do not take PE or Yoga, they take two full year electives. Then your student will need a PE Waiver. Please read the information letter carefully.   PE Waiver Letter 
    They are scheduled for PE/Yoga
    . They DO NOT need a PE Waiver, you can move on to the next topic in the newsletter

    PE Waiver Letter  

    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.   

    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.    

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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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    ★ NEW (Re)Register with FOMAHI: Please!!!

    If you have not done so, PLEASE register your NEW and RETURNING musician for FOHAMI, and pay the enrichment fee of $25. FOMAHI (Friends of Music at Hamilton International) is a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for—and supports—the school’s music program. Throughout the year, we pay for sheet music, instrument purchase and repairs, subsidize trips to competitions and festivals, fund additional classroom instruction, and provide scholarships to students in need.

    You are a critical part to making Hamilton Music the powerhouse that it is. Your registration and enrichment fees are a vital part of funding our great music program, and we count on this money to provide all that you have come to expect from our great program.

    1. Go to FOMAHI website link here.
    2. Click "Register" on the upper left column.

    ★ NEW Help the Music Program, volunteer to help concerts run!

    OK, time to step up and help our concerts runs smoothly. We are looking for a Concert Operations volunteer. Don’t be intimidated, it’s actually pretty fun and doesn’t take a lot of time. Duties are three times a year in coordinating concert operations for band/choir/jazz/orchestra in delegating bake sale coordinators, audio/visual recordings, and concert programs, and attending monthly board meetings. See. It's not too hard and you can do it!

     Email or if interested.opens an email client application

    ★ Updated 
    Camp Burton Trip Chaperones Needed

    Both Vocal Jazz and Junior and Senior Orchestras will be going to Camp Burton, and both are looking for parent chaperones.  

    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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    ★ Updated HOST - Hawks Out of School Time 

    There is still room to sign up for HOST!! Take a look at some of the classes offered and get registered today! Follow the link: for classes and registration!

    Questions? Email 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  Centering the Voices of the Ethnic Community in North Seattle

    A Conversation with SPS Superintendent Denise Juneau 

    On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Superintendent and Seattle Council PTSA are hosting a Town Hall meeting for our families of color in the north end. The session will be 6:00-8:00 at the Lake City Community Center.

    If families have any questions or feedback, they may be sent to

    Dinner, childcare, and interpreters will be provided.

    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

    Due to incredible early demand, SKIBUS IS NOW SOLD OUT FOR the 2019 SEASON. We apologize for any disappointment.

    To be put on a wait list, please contact with the following details: 

    • Student name
    • Parent phone number and email
    • Ski or snowboarding
    • Students ability level
    • Do they require bus and lessons or just bus

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

    ★NEW Service Trip to India

    Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"  Has your student always wanted to travel abroad? Do they have a passion for volunteer work?  Now they have the opportunity to travel with a purpose. Next summer students from HIMS have the opportunity to go on a service trip to India! Last year 23 students attended the service trip to Tanzania and had the time of their lives! This service trip to India is about people, connections and self-discovery—all working together to change the world. It’s about being part of something bigger than yourself. It’s called ‘travelling with purpose.'

    The trip is through a non-SPS travel group called EF tours and will be partnered with the Free the Children non-profit. See some trip details here

    Ms. Batty, a teacher at Hamilton will be taking the students and can give more details about cost/ how to enroll. You can reach her on a non-school email at for more information! 

    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.

    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. 

    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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    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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