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    January 11

    First Fridays Parent Coffee | 8:30am | Hamilton Library
    Guests: Math Department! | Volunteers Appreciated EBMEA Choir Festival | Concert and Treble Choirs Ski Bus First Week!

    January 17

    Night of the Arts | 6:00-8:00pm | Hamilton MS

    January 18

    Ski Bus - Week 2

    January 21

    No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 22

    Hamilton Open House for Incoming Students | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | Hamilton MS

    January 23

    Staff Appreciation Luncheon | Volunteers needed

    January 26

    Vocal Jazz Bellevue College Jazz Festival

    January 29

    Last Day of 1st Semester

    January 30

    No School - Day between semesters

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

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    ★ NEW First Fridays Parent 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. And free Top Pot Doughnuts & coffee (or tea) donated by the Klebeck family!!

    This Friday, January 11th at drop off: Hamilton Library. This month's special meet-and-greet guests will include the math department along with Principal Manza and others. Hope to see you there!

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


    ★ NEW 
    Staff Appreciation Lunch - Volunteers Needed

    Our third PTSA staff lunch is happening Wednesday, January 23rd and will be a Chinese New Year celebration with an array of Asian food. Please help us welcome staff back from the holidays with a luscious luncheon; feel free to do the cooking yourself or to bring takeout.  Your contribution can be dropped off in the front office at start of school or in the staff lounge by 10:00 AM on January 23rd.  Thank you!!

    http://himslunch.bringit.bz/public/457121


    ★ NEW 
    Reflections Art Contest Update

    Congratulations to all of our Hamilton Hawks that participated in the REFLECTIONS ART COMPETITION. They had a successful showing at the Seattle Center and we had some winners. 

    • Sebastian S.'s MUSIC COMPOSITION won first place for Seattle city and will be continuing on to the state competition. 
    • Max R. won first place for PHOTOGRAPHY and will be continuing on to the state competition. 

    And we had several Honorable Mentions. 

    Next year's theme is WITHIN ME. We are hoping to have lots of entries next fall. 

     


    Vote Yes for the Seattle Operations and Capital Levy Renewals

    On February 12th, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two levies for Seattle’s Public Schools. These Seattle Public School levies must be renewed every 3-6 years to fill the gap in educational funding from the State.

    The Operating levy provide critical funding for about 18% of the Seattle Public Schools budget. The Capital levy will be funding improvements to Lincoln as well as adding almost 2,000 new seats across the district and removing 76 aging portables. Hamilton International Middle School has benefited tremendously from these levies in the past.

    The two levies on the February 12th ballot are:

    1. The expiring three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)
    2. The expiring six-year Building Excellence Capital Levy (BEX V)

    The Operations levy fills the gap between what the state funds and what our schools need to operate every day, including:

    • Staff, including teachers, nurses, counselors
    • Services, such as special education, bilingual services
    • Academics, such as textbooks, technology and classroom supplies.

    The Capital levy funds construction of school remodels, repairs and maintenance, helping Seattle Public Schools with

    • Safety and security measures in schools
    • Building new schools, adding capacity and classrooms to existing schools
    • Maintaining aging school buildings.
    • School and classroom technology

    The Hamilton PTSA Board urges everyone to vote YES on both levies on February 12th. Better yet, join Annie Tegen and volunteer to support the campaign, or to donate at www.schoolsfirstseattle.org. For a full list of what’s funded, including a project list by school, visit:  https://www.seattleschools.org/levies

     Still have questions? Check out the Q&A document here or contact Annie at egenannie@hotmail.com for more information.


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    ★ NEW Hamilton Clothing Swap | Sponsored by the Green Team

    Hamilton Parents, do your students have piles of practically-new clothes they're not wearing anymore, but still have some middle-school life left in them? Then bag them up and send them in to school next week, for the Hamilton Clothing Swap, being held by the Hamilton Green Team. All students are invited to take part and here's how it works: 

    1) Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Jan. 16, 17 and 18) bring in any SHIRTS and PANTS your student no longer needs or wants, but are still in good, clean condition. Drop them into the boxes located inside the main entrance. 
    2) The very next week, on Jan. 22 and 23, students will have the chance to go through what was brought in, to pick out some new-to-them clothing items during lunch time up in the Hawk's Nest.

    Simple actions like this help keep tons of clothing out of our landfills. Please encourage your students to start the new year off helping Mother Earth, while helping themselves to some new wardrobe items!

    Questions? Email Hamilton Green Team Advisor, Lisa Rivera Smith at lisarsmith@live.com


    ★ 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
    Lynx

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


    No Tours Under Construction

    Roosevelt High School
    Roughriders

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


    No tours announced


                 
    Ballard High School
    Beavers

    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
    Rams

    February 6, 2019
    General Info Night
    7:00pm

    February 5, 2019
    IB Info Night
    7:00pm


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

    Nathan Hale High School
    Raiders

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



    Garfield High School
    Bulldogs

    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

    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 kjcolleran@seattleschools.org 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.


    From the Counseling Office:

    Meet the Counseling Interns

    Did you know that in addition to the three school counselors at Hamilton, this year we have three school counseling interns? All three are in their final year of their 3-year master's degree program. They have joined the Hamilton community 2-3 days a week for this entire school year. Under the supervision of the Hamilton staff, they are working with individual students, leading small groups and clubs, and teaching classroom guidance lessons. They are excited to get to know the students and families of Hamilton International Middle School!

    Counseling Inters

    From Left to Right: 
    Alan Waite (Seattle University) is working with Ms. Colleran and the 8th grade class.  
    Savannah Minear (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Goldsmith and the 7th grade class.
    Chelsey Hays (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Camero and the 6th grade class.

    Prevention Lessons

    Project Alert Lessons are being taught in our 7th grade Science classes in December & January. This is a district wide curriculum taught in 7th grade. You can find information & resources here on the SPS Prevention and Intervention page. 
     We are also fortunate to have Kelly Kerby, Hamilton’s onsite NeighborCare Therapist & Prevention Interventionist, as a guest speaker on the subject of drugs & alcohol in our 8th grade science classes.  These talks are in collaboration with 8th grade counselor and 8th grade science teachers. Ms. Kerby will be leading discussions with our students to assist them in making healthy life choices.

    Resources and Information:
    Healthy Youth Survey results for Seattle Public Schools
    Vaping and Youth Fact Sheet
    Pod Style Vapes (JUUL)
    Parent Map Article 

    More 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.

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


    Volunteer 
    Opportunities

    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 ssbundy@seattleschools.org 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

     

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    ★New Winter Sports

    Come cheer on the boys varsity and girls varsity basketball teams this weekend!  The boys and girls varsity teams both have their first game of the season this Saturday at 9:30am at Nathan Hale High School against McClure. Come show your Hamilton Spirit and Pride and cheer on these hard working student athletes!  And the best part, it's free!

    Boys Basketball
    Varsity Schedule - first game this weekend!  
    Junior Varsity Schedule - games start next week
    Girls Basketball
    Varsity Schedule - first game this weekend! 
    Junior Varsity Schedule - games start next week


    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:        
    Webpage 
    Seattle Schools:            
    SPS Athletics Webpage 
    Schedules and Information

    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    ★New Winter Concerts a Success

    The choirs, bands, and orchestras had very successful performances on their winter concerts.  Hats off to all the students, directors, and families that make the Hamilton Music Program simply one of the best.   


    ★ NEW The Tenth Annual Music-a-thon is coming on Thursday, February 7th! 

    The Friends of Music at Hamilton International's (FOMAHI) Music-a-thon is an 11+ hour marathon of music provided by HIMS student musicians and ending with a Young Musician’s Concert in the evening. Our goal is to raise at least $40,000 to support this year’s music students at Hamilton. 

    Music-a-thon donations provide critical support for this year’s music program!

    Funds raised during the 2019 Music-a-thon will be used to this year to purchase instruments & sheet music, subsidize trips for all students, provide financial assistance to students in need, provide additional musical instruction, and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops. 

    Donation forms and envelopes will be going home with HIMS music students on Thursday, January 25th, 2019. Watch this space for more information!

    Want to get an early start? Click here to donate to Music-a-thon today!


    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.   


    ★ NEW Wild Waves Trip Coordinator Needed

    Calling all families of Treble Choir, Junior Orchestra, and Junior Band.  A trip coordinator is needed for Wild Waves Music in the Parks Festival on June 8.  This is a one day trip, and there is a well worn and documented process in a binder from previous trips in which to follow.  Simple organization and communication skills are all that is required.  If interested, please email your director, or Christine Holden at tomchristinaholden@comcast.net.

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    ★ NEW Winter HOST Classes - Registration Now Open!  

    The Winter Session of HOST classes begins January 14th, and you can sign your child up now via our online registration portal. Based off of student and family feedback, we've made a few changes to our previously offered classes, and added a few new options as well. For P.E. credit eligible courses, we've now added Cardio Kickboxing and Recreational Dance. To increase our STEM offerings, we've also added Lego Robotics. Aside from Get Your Game On, all of our previous classes (including our free-with-membership programs Homework Club and Math Academy) will be offered again. If you have any questions about the registration process, please email Program Director Porter Wells at pwells@positiveplace.org.


    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
    pwells@positiveplace.org
    Office 206-252-5831
    Room 104 (across from the main office)

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    Lincoln High School

    Upcoming LHS Dates

    This Week! Incoming 9th Grader Info Night | Jan. 15 |  6:30-9pm | Hamilton Commons* 
    *Location has been updated
    Dine Out for Lincoln (Fundraiser) | Jan. 23 | Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant in Fremont 
    3601 Fremont Ave N - Seattle, WA 98103
    New Music for Lincoln (Fundraiser) | Jan. 31 | Peddler Brewing Company 
    1514 NW Leary Way, Ballard

    LHS Community Survey: 

    Students Survey
    Parent/Guardian Survey

    Other ways to stay Connected: 
      Like LHS on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LincolnSeattle/
    Follow LHS on Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner
    LHS Web profile:  Lincoln High School 

    ★ NEW Music for Lincoln

    Raise a Glass for Lincoln Music & Performing Arts 
    When: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6 to 9 pm
    Where: Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way in Ballard
     
    Please join us for a lively all-ages evening of live music and free food. A portion of proceeds for every pint sold will be donated the Music & Performing Arts Program at Lincoln High School. Come and show your support for all the kids in the band, the choir, the play, the orchestra. Band uniforms, sheet music, lighting and sound for the stage - these are just a few of the items you can help support.


    ★ NEW Open Enrollment 

    The annual Open Enrollment period will be February 4 – 15 for all Seattle students and families to participate in the school choice lottery to apply to another school for the 2019-20 school year. This does not apply to students rising to 6th, 8th, or 9th grade next year if they choose to remain at their designated middle or high school feeder pattern. During this period, students and families may apply to another attendance area school, program, or Option school.

    School choice applications processed by February 15 will be considered “on time” and will receive priority through the applicable tiebreakers: 1) Sibling, 2) Geozone (Option schools only), and 3) Lottery number. Submissions after the 15th will not be given priority and will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist by lottery number and the date the choice form was received. The last day to submit a school choice application is May 31.

    Open Enrollment results and waitlist information will be sent to schools the first week in April, online at www.seattleschools.org/admissions mid-April, and official assignment letters mailed to the families by the end of April.

    For more information, contact Faauu Manu at fmmanu@seattleschools.org or 206-252-0205, or visit Open Enrollment Fast Facts.


    Middle School Tour Dates

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

     

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    SkiBus Starts Friday

    First day of ski bus will be January 11th.  There is a list posted in the commons with ski bus assignments.  

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


      ★ NEW  Babysitter Training

      February 2, 2019 |  12:30 - 4:30pm | Phinney Center Blue Building
       
      Gain the knowledge and skills to be a safe, confident babysitter. Learn about infant and child care, age appropriate toys, safety and injury prevention and how to handle emergencies.  Find out what parents expect and practice hands-on skills. Includes in-depth coverage of First Aid, Infant/Child CPR, and how to be safe at home alone while sitting.
      Students receive a Child and Babysitting Safety handbook at the end of class.  Instructor Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department, has taught CPR for 15 years.
      Register early! Class space is limited.  Ages 11 and up.  Location: Phinney Center Blue Building. 
      Cost: $40 PNA member, $50 Public

      More information and registration here:  https://www.phinneycenter.org/calendar/babysitter-training-2-2-18/
       


      Senator Pedersen's Educational Priorities for the Upcoming State Legislative Session

      The Hamilton PTSA and Building Leadership Team asked our state legislators for their priorities in the upcoming legislative session to help fill the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) budget gap. Senator Pedersen, whose kids are in the Seattle Public School system as well, responded:
      "I will be working with my colleagues in the coming session to:

      • Substantially increase funding for special education across the state.  It is clear to most legislators that our formula badly underestimated the costs that local districts incur.  If we get this right, then that will mean a large funding increase for SPS from the state.
      • Fully fund or delay implementation of the school employee benefits program.
      • Change the prototypical school model to increase funding for counselors and nurses, among others.  This would also help Seattle a lot.
      • Increase the $2500 per student cap on local levies.
      • Update the school construction assistance program to provide a more reasonable match for Seattle’s needs and gigantic local commitment to school construction and renovation.

      There are many other smaller issues on which we are also working with the district. I welcome all suggestions as we start working on the biennial budget."  Senator Pedersen can be reached at jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov.


      Screening of Angst

      January 23 | 7:00 pm | Whitman Middle School Auditorium

      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
      https://www.facebook.com/events/302338833822392/

      Please visit https://angstmovie.com for more information and screening dates and locations. There are many upcoming dates in Seattle.


      ★ Updated Adolesco Youth Exchange

      Are you ready to spread your wings to France, Germany, Italy, or Spain?  We offer a unique, two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (your choice), you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for your schedule), and for HOW LONG (between 6 to 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange (and then to host) as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between ages 9 and 18.
       
      Please join us for an INFO MEETING on Saturday., Feb. 23, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM at the Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room #3 (1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004), AND/OR Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 from 1 to 3 PM at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102). RSVP marie@adolesco.org, and see www.Adolesco.org for more info. 
       
      The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. 


      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 - http://www.propslacrosse.org/
      If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website.
      Cheers!
      Marcos Dachary (coach and father of a 4th grader at Greenwood Elementary)
      madachary@hotmail.com


      ★ NEW Seattle Children’s Theatre and Kaiser Permanente presents the world premiere of Ghosted as part of a ‘Free Community Event’ highlighting Social Emotional Learning programs.

      What: Free day of performances and workshops on mental health and anti-bullying featuring a partnership between Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) and Kaiser Permanente presenting the world premiere of Ghosted by Trista Baldwin.  Developed by Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) in collaboration and consultation with a Teen Advisory Panel and Kaiser Permanente Health, Ghosted is designed to raise awareness about anxiety and depression, to build social-emotional resiliency for students in grades 9-12. This world premiere production will be presented along with performances of Above, Between, Below written by Seattle-based playwright Ramon Esquivel – which examines the issue of middle school bullying.
       
      Where: Seattle Children’s Theatre (Performances in our Eve Alvord Theatre).
       
      Tickets: Free to the Public:  http://www.sct.org/Shows/Events/Kaiser-Permanente-Community-Weekend

      Dates and Times: Saturday, February 23rd , 2019-  World premiere performance of GHOSTED by Trista Baldwin at 12:30pm and a 5:00pm performance of Above Between Below by Ramon Esquivel. Workshops focusing on mental health and anti-bullying will occur between performances.


      Entering a second year of outreach and partnership, Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) and Kaiser Permanente’s “Free Educational Theater Program” has visited nearly 22,000 students and 2,100 Teachers statewide. The Educational Theater Program consists of touring productions, in class residencies, workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers and students alike. All of our programming is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and build stronger communities. 

      This February 2019, SCT will offer a free community event and the opportunity to see our touring productions of Above Between Below, the Kaiser Permanente touring show for grades 5-8 and a world premiere of Ghosted along with post-show discussions. Both performances and workshops are available to the public free of charge at the Seattle Children's Theatre on Saturday, February 23rd! Between each performance, SCT will offer free workshops focused on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) based on the themes of both shows. This programming supports the (SEL) Health Education Standards and Benchmarks for Washington State Public Schools in areas of mental, emotional and social health.

      Please contact us if you’d like more information on this program or would like access to our creative or educational teams. Photos available upon request.

      Click here for the event flyer.

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      Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814
      Website:  http://hamiltonms.seattleschools.org 

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      Hamilton PTSA


      From the Counseling Office:

      Meet the Counseling Interns

      Did you know that in addition to the three school counselors at Hamilton, this year we have three school counseling interns? All three are in their final year of their 3-year master's degree program. They have joined the Hamilton community 2-3 days a week for this entire school year. Under the supervision of the Hamilton staff, they are working with individual students, leading small groups and clubs, and teaching classroom guidance lessons. They are excited to get to know the students and families of Hamilton International Middle School!

      Counseling Inters

      From Left to Right: 
      Alan Waite (Seattle University) is working with Ms. Colleran and the 8th grade class.  
      Savannah Minear (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Goldsmith and the 7th grade class.
      Chelsey Hays (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Camero and the 6th grade class.

      Prevention Lessons

      Project Alert Lessons are being taught in our 7th grade Science classes in December & January. This is a district wide curriculum taught in 7th grade. You can find information & resources here on the SPS Prevention and Intervention page. 
       We are also fortunate to have Kelly Kerby, Hamilton’s onsite NeighborCare Therapist & Prevention Interventionist, as a guest speaker on the subject of drugs & alcohol in our 8th grade science classes.  These talks are in collaboration with 8th grade counselor and 8th grade science teachers. Ms. Kerby will be leading discussions with our students to assist them in making healthy life choices.

      Resources and Information:
      Healthy Youth Survey results for Seattle Public Schools
      Vaping and Youth Fact Sheet
      Pod Style Vapes (JUUL)
      Parent Map Article 

      More 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.

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


      From the Counseling Office:

      Meet the Counseling Interns

      Did you know that in addition to the three school counselors at Hamilton, this year we have three school counseling interns? All three are in their final year of their 3-year master's degree program. They have joined the Hamilton community 2-3 days a week for this entire school year. Under the supervision of the Hamilton staff, they are working with individual students, leading small groups and clubs, and teaching classroom guidance lessons. They are excited to get to know the students and families of Hamilton International Middle School!

      Counseling Inters

      From Left to Right: 
      Alan Waite (Seattle University) is working with Ms. Colleran and the 8th grade class.  
      Savannah Minear (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Goldsmith and the 7th grade class.
      Chelsey Hays (Seattle Pacific University) is working with Ms. Camero and the 6th grade class.

      Prevention Lessons

      Project Alert Lessons are being taught in our 7th grade Science classes in December & January. This is a district wide curriculum taught in 7th grade. You can find information & resources here on the SPS Prevention and Intervention page. 
       We are also fortunate to have Kelly Kerby, Hamilton’s onsite NeighborCare Therapist & Prevention Interventionist, as a guest speaker on the subject of drugs & alcohol in our 8th grade science classes.  These talks are in collaboration with 8th grade counselor and 8th grade science teachers. Ms. Kerby will be leading discussions with our students to assist them in making healthy life choices.

      Resources and Information:
      Healthy Youth Survey results for Seattle Public Schools
      Vaping and Youth Fact Sheet
      Pod Style Vapes (JUUL)
      Parent Map Article 

      More 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.

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