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    October 29-November 2 

    Spirit Week | for more information see Hamilton School News below

    October 31


    November 1

    UW Jazz Festival, Senior Jazz | Meany Hall

    November 2

    All School Dance | 4-5pm | Hamilton Commons

    November 3-4

    Vocal Jazz Camp Burton Retreat

    November 6

    Northend International/Immersion Pathway Meeting | 6:30-8:00 pm | John Stanford School
    (for more information see SPS news below) 

    November 7

    Sherlock Homes, Advanced Drama (Cast A) | 6:30 pm | Hamilton Commons

    November 8

    Sherlock Homes, Advanced Drama (Cast B) | 6:30 pm | Hamilton Commons

    November 13

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

    November 15

    Picture Re-take Day

    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 Mini-Grants Committee

    Every year the Hamilton International Middle School PTSA provides support to our staff through our Minigrants Program. Your fundraising dollars make this possible!
    Minigrant money allows our kids to get the support necessary to access education that can be difficult to provide when schools are underfunded. With attention paid to equity, our Minigrant Committee aligns its funding with the priorities of the PTSA. This year’s funding will focus on the following topics:

    • General Academic Support
    • International Education
    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity
    • Supportive School Culture
    • Community Engagement

     One great example of a minigrant that was award last year comes from Dr. Dorson’s 7th grade language arts class.

    “Last year, we had students research a topic that they felt needed addressing in WA State (Climate Change, LGBTQ Rights, Native Rights, Student Protections Under the Law) and write a letter to Jay Inslee, offering up a plan of action for moving forward. This project built upon a “mock letter” students wrote to former Governor Stevens, addressing the removal of Native Tribes on to reservations. This was an exciting project for some student because they were able to send their letter out and take action on an issue that concerns their futures.” – Mr Dorson 

    If it is important to you to see these programs supported at Hamilton, please give what you can!
    For more information or to join our Minigrants Committee,  contact:

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    ★ Updated PTSA Fall Fund Drive

    The 2018 PTSA Fall Fund Drive needs YOU!

    With just over a week to go, we're at 70% of our goal—with just 30% 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.

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    ★ Updated  Reflections Art Contest  

    Submissions are now being accepted for this year's Reflections competition. Bring your work and the entry form to the office. All submissions must be turned in by November 1st!

    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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    ★ NEW Spirit Week & All School Dance 

    Spirit Week | October 29 - November 2 
    All School Dance | November 2 | 4:00-5:00 pm | Hamilton Commons

    – PJ Day – Roll out of bed and come to school in your favorite PJs
    Tuesday – School Colors – Show your school pride by wearing blue, yellow and/or white
    Wednesday – Costumes – Wear your costume to school. Please remember to complete your hair and make-up before school, also no masks or weapons please
    Thursday – Vine Reference – Do you have a favorite vine? Today is your day to make it everyone’s favorite!
    Friday – Twin Day – Plan to dress the same with a friend or two or three….no limit!
    All School Dance - Friday, after school from 4-5pm in the Hamilton Commons. Tickets will be sold during lunch Tuesday - Friday. Concessions will also be sold during the dance.

    ★ NEW 
    Advanced Drama Performance - Sherlock Homes

    Sherlock Homes, Advanced Drama (Cast A) | November 7 | 6:30 pm | Hamilton Commons
    Sherlock Homes, Advanced Drama (Cast B) | November 8 | 6:30 pm | Hamilton Commons

    Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular by Brian Guering, will be performed by both Advanced Drama classes on Nov. 7 and 8th, 2018 at 6:30pm in the HIMS Commons. First period Advanced Drama (Cast “A”) will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Fifth period Advanced Drama (Cast “B”) will perform on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Don’t miss this fun show!  The game’s afoot! 

    ★ NEW 
    Flu Shot Clinic

    November 8 | 9:15 am -12:30 pm | Hamilton 

    Flu Shot Clinic happening at Hamilton on November 8th from 9:15 – 12:30pm. Free and No insurance or co-pay necessary. The clinic will be run by Healthy Schools – the nation’s largest in-school vaccine provider.

    You can visit their web site at or call 1-800-566-0596. Register online at:   

    One day only. Consent forms need to be dropped off to the Main Office by November 6th.

    Lunchroom Volunteers Needed 

    Principal Manza would love some volunteer help in the lunchroom.  This isn't an enforcement role--it gives the curious of us of a chance to get to see middle schoolers enjoying each other in the middle of the day!  No need to stay for all (3) lunch periods, come when you can.  Click below for details and to sign up:

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    Please complete the “Online Volunteer Application.” One part of this application process is to complete (also online) the 17-minute “Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention” Training. Click for more information:  Seattle Schools Volunteer

    ★ NEW Safety Update

    This month Hamilton participated in the Great Washington Shakeout, a statewide opportunity to practice the “Drop, Cover and Hold on” response.   We believe that in order to be able to react quickly in an emergency it is important to practice regularly.  For resources about earthquake safety and preparation, please visit   This month we will also be implementing another Evacuation Drill, completing our annual Hazard Assessment and Identification Audit, and revising/updating our Annual Site Emergency Management Plan.  Please let us know if you have any safety concerns you would like our safety committee to address.

    ★ NEW HIMS Talk Update 

    As part of our school wide effort to help students develop a global perspective, we offer monthly HIMS Talks. HIMS Talks is a monthly forum for students and local speakers to discuss topic related local and global challenges. Students can sign up for these 30 minute sessions with their advisory teacher. On Friday, students will have an opportunity to participate In the HIMS Talk: Immigration, Status and Asylum. Our guest speaker, Elaine Fordyce, will be addressing topics such as, “How do people fleeing danger arrive in the United States”, “What is legal status, and how do people obtain it?”, and “What does it mean to seek asylum, and what rights do asylum seekers have?”  We have a variety of guest speakers lined up, but would welcome any volunteers or suggestions for individuals who would be interested in joining us in our mission to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world.  Please contact Dana Radcliffe at with any potential guest speaker recommendations. 

    Hamilton Yearbooks - Last Opportunity to Get Yours for $20!!  Ending 11/3

    If you have not yet ordered a yearbook for your student, you can order one until  for the low earlybird price of $20!  After 11/3, there will be one additional purchasing opportunity, from December 2-14, but at that time the price goes to $35.

    To purchase a book, have your student pick up an order form in the office OR log in at to place an order.

    Note:  It is Hamilton's intention that each student who wants a yearbook should have one.  If your family would like to request a scholarship to cover the cost of your student's yearbook, please email Fiscal Specialist  or your student's counselor. Alternatively, if your family would like to help subsidize the scholarship program for yearbooks, you can add a donation to the cost of your book. All funds collected for the yearbook are deposited into an account managed by the Hamilton Associated Student Body organization and used to benefit students.

    Hamilton Hawks Spirit Wear On Sale Through Sunday 11/18!

    Spirit Wear for the 2018-19 year will be on sale for a limited time only – now through November 18 - at our online store, with delivery expected the week before Winter Break.  If you or your child would like a shirt, sweatshirt or hat bearing the new Hamilton Hawks logo, check out the available merchandise here:  Items will delivered to Hamilton and will be available for pick up in mid-December. 
    If you have the financial means to purchase an extra shirt for a Hamilton kid in need, please consider donating one, preferably a Youth Medium or Large (if you do so, please contact Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at  Alternatively, if you have a student who would love to have a shirt but would need help with purchasing such an item, please contact your student’s counselor or Lisa at

    Hamilton is in search of photos for the yearbook! 

    The Hamilton Yearbook Staff is requesting uploads of school-related photos (field trips, spirit wear/school pride, concerts, athletics, and etc.) for potential inclusion in the HIMS 2018-19 yearbook!

    Anyone - adult or student - can submit photos via new software from our yearbook publisher – of course all submissions will be reviewed by adult staff members before being added to the photo pool for review by students.  These photos will be considered for use in addition to photos taken by students on the yearbook staff.

    Go to and enter school code: HIMS.  The website will ask you to give contact information (so we can reach you if necessary and will ask you to provide details about the names of students or the event - please provide as much information as you can. You will be able to upload 10 photos at a time.  For questions about uploading photos or if you need an alternative workaround for uploading large numbers of photos, please contact Lisa Melenyzer, Hamilton Fiscal Specialist at

    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 - Deadline Dec. 3rd

    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 an updated list of all students and the status of PE waiver is posted every Monday Morning.  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.   

    ★ NEW Private School Applications 

    Are you and your family planning on applying to a Private School for the 2019 -2020 school year? If you answered yes, the 1st step is, go to RM 105C and ask Ms. Peila for the Hamilton Private School application information packet.

    Building Leadership Team (BLT) Meeting Summary: 10/04/18

    The Hamilton BLT is a school governing body, made up of teachers, staff, two parent representatives, 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 Thursday of every month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am; sometimes more in the spring budget season. 

    • We reviewed the four parent applicants for BLT; one candidate, Megan Atkins, was selected
    • We are soliciting a classified member to join as well. (Classified staff are those who do not hold a certification, such as an instructional aide.)
    • We plan to send an anonymous survey to school staff to assess how advisory is going so far and see what improvements, if any, can be made to ensure students have equal access to content that advisory is supposed to provide, regardless of instructor.
    • School staff begin their book study on 10/10, with some brief “tech classes” beforehand, including protocol for distributing laptops.

    2018-19 BLT members
    Megan Atkins, parent
    Leah Callahan, Spanish teacher
    David Evans, math teacher and athletic director
    Edith Follansbee, special education teacher
    Katherine Fox, Spanish teacher and department head
    Catherine Howell, PTSA liaison and parent
    Nichole Lau, English language arts teacher and SEA rep
    Dorian Manza, principal
    John McCartney, English language arts and social studies teacher
    Christine McPoland, special education instructional assistant
    Lynn Schnaiberg, parent
    Christina Stratton, Spanish teacher

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    Fall Sports  

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

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    (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 and Payments" icon on the upper left column.

    Help the Music Program, volunteer to help concerts run!

    OK, please stop the madness and help us get this post out of the weekly news.  We are STILL looking for a Concert Operations volunteer.  Seriously.  We need you.  Concerts are only a month away and we need help. 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!  PLEASE!!

     Email or if interested.

    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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    ★ NEW HOST Class!! Math Academy

    Math Academy is back! This class is designed to get students up to grade level in math. Students will deepen their understanding of mathematical content by reviewing lessons covered in class and have 1-on-1 time with staff. Students will improve study & homework skills by utilizing helpful strategies and tools and have a supportive and focused environment to finish assignments!

    This class is NOT for students in advanced math classes.
    Stop by Room 104, or contact for more information.

    For more information: 

    Porter Wells
    Program Director
    Hamilton Middle School Boys & Girls Club
    Office 206-252-5831

    Room 104 (across from the main office)

    Hawks Out of School Time (HOST) Program is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. HOST Webpage


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    ★ Updated Lincoln High School

    LHS is scheduled to open 9/2019 for incoming 9th and 10th graders. Many of Hamilton families are zoned for LHS. 

    Upcoming LHS Dates: 
    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.

    Students Survey
    Parent/Guardian Survey

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

    ★ NEW North-end International/Immersion Pathway to Lincoln Presentation and Q & A 

    November 6 | 6:30-8:00pm | John Stanford International School - Library 

    North-end International/Immersion Pathway to Lincoln Presentation and Q & A
    Japanese and Spanish translation and childcare provided

    With Lincoln High School opening next year as our designated high school for Dual Language Immersion/International Education, there is much to discuss and learn. Come hear Dr. Michele Aoki speak on what the full track looks like and learn how to get involved. 

    LGBTQ Families Dinner, Nov. 8

    The annual LGBTQ Families Dinner will be held Thurs., Nov. 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Meany Middle School.  Members of the school board will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends.  All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend!  This event is brought to you by the Health Education Office.  Dinner and entertainment will be provided.  To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

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    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 Language and Literacy Learning Through Dual Language Immersion Talk

    “Language and Literacy Learning Through Dual Language Immersion” Talk with Chan Lu, PhD Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Literature Chinese Language Coordinator

    November 2 | 3:30pm | University of Washington - Eagleson Hall, Room 001
    Though dual language immersion programs have been growing rapidly across the United States and around the world, our understanding of how school age children learn two languages simultaneously in a classroom setting remains restricted, especially when the two languages employ different writing systems. In this talk, I will introduce the studies I conducted on school age children in an English-Mandarin dual language immersion program in an urban public school.

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

    We are taking Oaxaca registrations for two more weeks!
    Spanish immersion, cultural connections, and loads of fun with friends coming up! We’re taking a group of up to 16 HIMS 8th graders on a trip this February 16-23 to experience one of the happiest, festival-loving, delicious, and welcoming cultures in the world.
    Jay and Kymber Waltmunson are parents of HIMS 8th grader Beija and the counselors for this trip. We’ll be joined by the one-and-only Samuel Bautista Lazo, a Zapotec dynamo, to guide our adventures. We have space to take up to 16 students for this immersive experience. Check out the details, itinerary, and next steps here:
    The trip will run Feb. 16 - 23 (mid-winter break) and will cost $1595 + Airfare. We’ll make a go-no go decision on November 6 dependent on interest so be in touch soon! Call 206-949-9789 or email with any questions you have. 


    City of Seattle's Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Levy

    The City of Seattle's Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy will renew the expiring Families and Education Levy (2011) and the Seattle Preschool Levy (2014), combining them into one levy to serve early learners and K-12 vulnerable populations, and add increased college access. As background, the current levy funds programs for at-risk kids (recommendation to remove "at-risk" and instead use examples of programs or replace with "to close opportunity gaps" or similar - "at-risk" is outdated and deficit-based language that SCPTSA has requested be removed from city language around the levy) at Hamilton. This levy is separate from the school district's Operations and Capital levies, coming up for vote in February, intended to fill the budget gap from what the state provides for education.

    The proposed levy will make seven years of investment to:

    • Double the number of low-income children in quality preschool,
    • Fund (the dollar amount is maintained, not increased) K-12 and community investments, including critical school-based health services, Family Support Workers, dedicated resources for the 4,280 K-12 students experiencing homelessness in Seattle, and increasing teacher diversity;
    • Expand access to college for all Seattle high school graduates through the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program.

    Learn more at or reach out to if you would like to help organize support.

    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! 

    Seattle Cascades

    Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for all: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $35 for the clinic, or $50 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item) The Oct 28th clinic is our Halloween event; costumes encouraged! All abilities are welcome to join us We have cleats to share if needed Allergy sensitive snacks are provided Scholarship is given to all who need it. No explanation needed (up to 100%)

    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 Horvitz, Darin Faul and many more, alongside 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 Project. Ensembles 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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