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    December 6

    Choir Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons
    Boys Basketball Tryouts | After School | Gym

    December 7

    First Fridays Parent Coffee | after drop-off | Hamilton Library
    Guests: Principal Manza & teachers from one of the departments
            Volunteers appreciated

    December 10

    Girls Basketball Tryouts | After School | Gym

    December 11

    Girls Basketball Tryouts | After School | Gym
    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00pm | Hamilton Library (open to the public)

    December 12

    Sketchfest 2018 | 6:30 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    December 18

    Orchestra Winter Concert | 7:00pm | Eckstein Middle School

    December 20

    Band Winter Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Gym

    December 21

    One Hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm  

    December 22 - January 6

    Winter Break | First day back January 7th

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

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    ★ This Week  First Fridays Parents Coffee!

    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, December 7th at drop off: Hamilton Library. This month's special meet-and-greet guests will likely include Principal Manza, Assistant Principal Sjoberg, and teachers you want to meet from December's featured department. Hope to see you there!

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

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    ★ NEW PE Waivers - Past Due

    All students who need a PE waiver must check list in the commons. 

    PE Waiver Letter  

    Please have your student check the list in the commons.  Any names listed are either a part of their waiver or the full waiver.  If your student's name is on that list they must check with Ms. Peila before Friday, December 7th at 3pm.   

    If you have any questions feel free to email Ms. Peila at

    ★ NEW Yearbook Order - Last Chance 

    We are in the final ordering period for the 2018-19 Hamilton Yearbook, so if your student will want a copy at the end of June, please order now!  The cost for your Hamilton yearbook is now $35 and cash or checks (made out to “Hamilton ASB”) can be turned in at the Hamilton front office – but please be sure to include your contact info and student’s name with the payment.  (Please note the office is not available to make change.)  We also have a payment option available on Schoolpay here:
    The last day to submit your order is Friday, December 14, 2018.  Please contact Lisa Melenyzer, Fiscal Specialist – or 206.252.5834 - with any questions or concerns.

    ★ NEW  From the Counseling Office:

    • In the month of October, all counselors went to advisories and/ or students classes and gave a counseling needs assessment to all our students.  This information helps drive our program and determines where we can provide support to our students, either in the classroom, small group or individually. The needs assessment has 4 different categories: Coping with Stress, Social Situations, Managing Emotions, Things that worried me. We also include a question to see if students have access to technology at home. This year, among all grade levels, the highest percentage was in “Coping with Stress”.  Questions that students answered were: stress in how to handle my homework, being too busy and for 8th graders organization and time management.
      All counselors started meeting with students according to the needs assessment and /or other referrals.
    • 7th grade started a New Student group for those new 7th graders to get to know the school and staff a little bit better/ school rules and make connections with other students in the group.  The group is led by Intern Savannah Minear. The group was held for 4 meetings and it was a success!  An additional 4 more weeks were scheduled, the group is learning new skills in how to maintain friendships, self-esteem, and team work.
    • We continue supporting our students who are grieving. We have a memory box in the counseling office for students who want to send some cards and thoughts to the families. Counselors are available one on one if students need more support and in January we will start inviting students to a small grieving group (s) depending on the needs.
    • 6th grade will start a study skills group. Seventh grader began a “Why Try?” small group for boys. Groups will run during periods in a rotating basis for about 8-10 weeks.
    • Late September, counselors and interns organized the Club Fair during lunches. This year we have quite a variety of clubs. They all are in session now, all clubs are ran by staff either before school, during HR/advisory or after school. If you need more information please contact the counseling office.
    • Table Talks: Table Talks are held in the Commons during all three lunches. The counseling interns man the tables and interact with the students. The designated tables provide a space for students to meet new people, participate in social activities, and a space to read. SPIRIT club participates in planning for Table Talks.
    • La Chispa Club will have their first movie night this coming Friday 12/7 in the library right after school. This even is only for students participating in La Chispa. 

    Please, feel free to contact your grade level counselor if you need any assistance.


    Lunch Room Volunteer | Ongoing 
    Math Volunteers | Ongoing 

    Lunchroom Volunteers 

    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 for details and to sign up:  Signup Genius

    Math Volunteers 

    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.

    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

    Volunteer Forms

    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

    Sketchfest 2018

    Sketchfest 2018 is here!  All three Intro to Drama classes will be performing all original skits in this fun show for all ages. Don’t miss it!  Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Hamilton Commons. Guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!

    Lost and Found

    Hamilton has accumulated a large collection of coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, lunchboxes, thermoses, water bottles and various other items in lost and found.  Please note that reminders to claim these items will be announced to students during our morning announcements for the next three weeks, but if not claimed by December 14, 2018 , items will be sent for donation on December 17, 2018, to a worthy organization. Please note that parents are also welcome to stop by and search through for any lost items.

    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. 

    ★ Updated High School Information for 8th Grade Families 

    It’s hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about high school transition for our 8th graders! It is a very exciting, and sometimes anxiety producing time for students and families.
    I will post information in the newsletter and in the bulletin announcements for students as it becomes available. I encourage you and your 8th grader to equip yourselves with information to help in the decision-making processes that lie ahead. Please check individual high school websites for more information and specific details.
    Some initial questions to ask:

    • Do I know what high school I am assigned to?
    • Does my high school have an open house night? 
    • If I want to apply for another SPS high school other than my assigned school, do I know the Open Enrollment process?

    Information Opportunities

    High School & Beyond Lessons in the 8th grade SS classes for students

    Jan 14,15 - High School Transition
    Jan 28, 29 – Naviance HSBP Lesson 

    Open Houses for Students and Families

  • High School Open House Dates Tours

    Lincoln High School

    January 15, 2019
    6:30 - 9:00 PM
    @Hamilton Intl MS

    No Tours Under Construction

    Roosevelt High School

    January 31, 2019
    7:00 - 8:00 PM

    No tours announced

    Ballard High School

    February 7, 2019
    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents)
    Tuesday, Feb 5
    Wednesday, Feb 13
    8:00 – 10:00 AM

    Shadowing in February – see website for details

    Ingraham High School

    February 6, 2019
    General Info Night

    February 5, 2019
    IB Info Night

    Day Time Tour
    February 7th
    9:00 - 11:00 AM
    (Students must be accompanied by an adult)

    Nathan Hale High School

    December 12, 2018
    6:00 - 8:30 PM

    February 12, 2019
    6:00 - 8:30 PM

    Garfield High School

    January 16, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Day Time Tour
    January 16th
    9:00 AM
    (Students must be accompanied by an adult)

    The Center School

    January 17, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    February 13, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

     The Nova School January 24, 2019
    6:00 - 7:30 PM

    Dec 12:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required)
    Dec 18:  Parent/Guardian Tour  12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan 10: Parent/Guardian Tour   12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan 16:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required)
    Jan 22:  Parent/Guardian Tour  12:30 –
    1:30 pm
    Jan. 29:  8th Grade Student Intro 9:00 –
    11:45 am (Pre-registration Required) 
    For a complete list of all Seattle Public Schools High Schools and for individual school websites click here.
  • To find out your attendance area high school click here.
  • Open Enrollment:  February 4 - February 19, 2019   This is the annual two-week period where students may apply to attend a school other than their assigned school by attendance area. For information about how to apply to a high school that is not your assigned school click here.

    Please contact Kelli Colleran, 8th Grade counselor, at if you are unable to find answers to general high school related questions. 

    For information about specific high schools, please visit the high school website or contact the high school directly.

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

    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 Tuesday of every month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am; sometimes more in the spring budget season. 

    • We welcomed new BLT member Sandy Adams (front office, admin secretary) who represents classified staff and ran unopposed for the position
    • We heard a presentation by teacher Seth Bundy and two Hamilton parents advocating for HIMS to adopt the “Away for the Day” cell phone policy. They:
      • Noted that other SPS buildings have implemented this policy
      • Cited research on cell phones interfering with learning and impulse control.
      • Asked to survey staff on if/how they are using cell phones in the classroom as an instructional tool. (BLT approved move.)
    • Related to the cell phone policy, we discussed challenge of “solving” for lack of technology available to students in the building (e.g. insufficient # of laptops) to avoid reliance on student cell phones for in-class technology. Discussion will continue, including with PTSA. Mr. Manza agreed to reach out to other principals who have implemented the away for the day policy.
      • We heard a supervision concern around the need to ensure students at second lunch are not sent back to class areas until 12:45; admin will look into it.
      • We debriefed results of a staff survey re: student advisory period (details on results to come in later BLT report).


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    Winter Sports

    Boys Basketball
    Tryouts - Dec. 4th - 6th 
    Girls Basketball
    Tryouts - Dec. 10th & 11th 

    For more information:

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    Winter Choir Concert

    Will be held Thursday, Dec 6 at 7 pm in the Hamilton Commons.  Thanks to all the volunteers you offered to help.

    Help is still needed for the Bake Sale, sign up here.  This is a great and easy way to support the program.

    Winter Orchestra Concert

    The winter orchestra concert will be held Tuesday, December 18 at 7 pm at Eckstein Middle School (3003 NE 75th St, Seattle, WA 98115) and NOT at Jane Addams like last year.  Students are expected to arrive by 6:15 with their instrument and in concert attire.  

    Concert attire:

    • Ladies: Black dress pants/slacks, black top with ¾ length sleeves (or longer), black socks and black dress shoes.
    • Gentlemen: Black slacks, Black long-sleeve button-down dress shirt with collar, black socks and black dress shoes.

    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the concert. Please sign up to help run the concert, or to help with the bake sale.  You will still have time to see your student perform.

    • Concert help: Sign up here. The jobs are pretty easy, and don't require a lot of time.
    • Bake Sale:  Sign up here.  You can either help to sell goods (with a break to see your student perform), or bring a baked good.

    ★ Updated  
    Winter Band Concert

    The Winter Band concert is Thursday, December 20 at the Hamilton Gym.  Due to space limitations, the concert will be split into two groups:

    • 7pm, Intermediate and Junior Band:  Students arrive at 6:30
    • 8 pm, Beginner and Senior Band:  Students arrive at 7:30

    Concert attire:

    • Ladies: Black dress pants/slacks, black top with ¾ length sleeves (or longer), black socks and black dress shoes.
    • Gentlemen: Black slacks, Black long-sleeve button-down dress shirt with collar, black socks and black dress shoes.

    Volunteers are needed to help clean up after the concert, as well as for bake sale.  

    Winter Junior Jazz Registration Now Open

    Session begins January 8th and continues through February 28th, with Jazz Night Concert on March 5th at 7pm in the HIMS Commons
    Junior Jazz is a fee-based, after school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz styling and improvisation. Students are required to have at least one year of experience on their instrument. Exceptions may be made for students with previous instrumental music experience who are learning a new instrument. Qualified students in ALL grades are encouraged to participate.  Visit the FOMAHI Website for more information and to register, link here


    Pay Enrichment Fees with FOMAHI: Please!!!

    FOMAHI and the Hamilton music programs depend on your FOMAHI registration fees to bring you the resources and programs you have come to expect from this program.  We are behind in our budgeted funds expected from our enrichment fees. These fees help pay for the instruments, trips, and music that support our great program.  Please register and pay the $25 enrichment fee yearly.  

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

    Orchestra Trip Coordinators Needed

    Trip coordinators are need for the following orchestra trips.  There is a binder of information from previous trips in which to follow.   

    • Senior/Chamber orchestra:  Asta Orchestra Festival in Bellingham/Western Washington University on 3/15/18.  This is a one day trip.  Please email Geoff Ogle at for information.
    • Intermediate orchestra:  EBMEA Festival at Whitman Middle School March 2018.  This is a one day trip.  Email Geoff Ogle at for information.

    Silverwood Trip Coordinator Needed

    Calling all parents/guardians of Senior Band, and Senior/Chamber Orchestra.  A trip coordinator is needed to help organize the Silverwood trip/festival this May (May 11 is date of trip). There is a step by step manual from last year's organizer so it will be pretty easy to follow.  Plus, your work will be rewarded by the screams of delight from the students, and the gratitude of the directors and parents.

    Please email, or Christina Holden at

    Concert Attire Exchange

    Concert season is upon us, and it's time to gear up with concert attire that fits your growing student. Concert attire exchange bins are located in Mr. Harshman's band room for band and orchestra. Please donate your outgrown, clean black shirts, pants, and shoes (please either tie shoes together or put them in a bag) in the bin. Take gear in the bins that fit for your own use. 

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    ★ NEW What HOST programs do you want to see? - FAMILY INPUT SURVEY 

    This autumn quarter of Hawks Out of School Time has been a great experience, and we’ve had a wonderful time working with over 120 students so far. We’d like to make sure that our available after-school programs align with what you and your children would like to see offered, so if you could, please take this quick 2 minute feedback survey. Your response helps us to improve and expand our future programs, so we greatly appreciate you taking your time to do this!

    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.

    Program Director Contact Information

    For more information: 

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

    Porter Wells
    Program Director
    Hamilton Middle School Boys & Girls Club
    Office 206-252-5831
    Room 104 (across from the main office)

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    Lincoln High School

    LHS is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 for incoming 9th and 10th graders. Many of Hamilton families are zoned for LHS.  

    Upcoming LHS Dates:  Incoming 9th Grader Info Night | January 15 |  Hamilton Commons* 
    *Location has been updated
    Dine Out for Lincoln (Fundraiser) | January 23 | Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant in Fremont
    3601 Fremont Ave N - Seattle, WA 98103

    LHS Community Survey: 

    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 

    Japanese Dual Language Immersion Advocacy 

    Join us as we continue advocating for a fully funded Japanese Dual Language Immersion program at Lincoln High School from the very start.  
    Rick Burke's Next Community Meeting:
    Saturday, December 8
    10:00am - 11:30am
    Greenwood Library
    8016 Greenwood Ave N.

    Lincoln High School Music Boosters

    For those students who will be attending Lincoln High School in the years to come, there is a nascent music boosters club in formation to help create a stellar music program from the start. They are involved in helping fundraise for uniforms, music, instruments, plus much more. Equally important is the attempt to help fund a renovation of the Lincoln auditorium which is in sad technical and physical shape and is NOT slated for improvement due to lack of funding.  

    To help out or for more information, please contact Tracy Hillstrom at

    ★ NEW Middle School Tour Dates

    Hamilton School Tour | January 22 | 6:30-8:30pm 
    Robert Eagle Staff | January 10 | 7:00-8:30pm 


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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 

    Screening of Angst

    Angst is an independent documentary film about kids dealing with anxiety. In the film, they interview kids who struggle with anxiety and their families. They also talk about some possible root causes of anxiety, and how it affects the brain. The Whitman PTSA cordially invites our school community to a screening of “Angst”

    Location: Whitman Middle School’s auditorium
    Date: January 23rd
    Time: 7:00 PM (doors will open at 6:40 PM) Register for tickets here!

    Although the film is appropriate for ages 11+, we ask that only adults attend. The event is free, however, a ticket is required for entry. Please use the ticket registration link provided to secure your entry into the screening. The PTSA will be accepting donations at the event to offset the cost of the movie. We plan to have an informal discussion after the screening.

    Reserve your tickets for Angst a new documentary about anxiety. We want to start a conversation! #AngstMovie @IndieFlix Whitman Middle School

    Please visit for more information and screening dates and locations. There are many upcoming dates in Seattle.

    Boy's Lacrosse 

    It's time to sign-up for boy’s lacrosse! Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Seattle. Lax is great at a young age. We work on hand eye coordination and we do lots of running (we start practice with a 400m) and strength building, we do push-ups every day.
    Sign-up is now open for 2019 Spring lax for 3rd grade up to 8th grade. We put the 3rd and 4th graders together on one team, then have another team of 5th and 6th boys. Finally we put 7th and 8th graders together too. FYI we do encourage older boys to start even in 7th or 8th grade too so if you have older brothers who are tired of soccer/baseball it's never too late to try something new!
    Practices start in February and are twice a week at Loyal Heights Playfield or Whitman Middle School. Games begin in March on Saturdays. Kindergarten – 2nd graders can register for Props Academy which starts in April. The Academy runs weekly clinics on Sundays to introduce kids to the game of lacrosse. For more information, please visit the club page -
    If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website.
    Marcos Dachary (coach and father of a 4th grader at Greenwood Elementary)


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

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