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    January 25

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day Assembly

    January 26

    Vocal Jazz Bellevue College Jazz Festival

    January 29

    Last Day of 1st Semester

    January 30

    No School - Day between semesters

    February 1

    First Friday Parent Coffee | 8:30 am | Library Bellevue College Jazz Festival, Senior Jazz
    February 2

    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7pm | Hamilton Rm 322

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

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    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 For a full list of what’s funded, including a project list by school, visit:

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

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    ★ NEW Martin Luther King Jr. School Assembly

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    Our Martin Luther King Jr. assembly will take place this Friday, January 25.  In remembrance of Dr. King we want to take the time to reflect and celebrate his inspirational words of wisdom.  Student leaders, will read from the young adult book, Dear Martin by Nic Stone.   In this book, the main character Justyce McAllister’s life changes after an exchange with the police.  Justyce who has studied the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., wonders if the teachings can hold up in today’s world and writes letters to Dr. King to help him deal with the injustice he is faced with.  

    Student leaders will ask the school to think about how would Dr. King respond to these letters from Justyce?  And what would you say to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. if he were alive today?

    We will also incorporate our focus on encouraging students to help each other feel valued, welcomed, and respected for our differences. Students who wrote speeches on their personal experiences at Hamilton and how words can be both helpful and hurtful will have the opportunity to share their story since our last assembly had to be postponed.  Student leaders hope that sharing the Teaching Tolerance video on Intersectionality and their stories will empower the Hamilton community—to act in kindness, compassion, and respect.  

    Go Hawks!

    Dorian Manza 
    Hamilton International Middle School 

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    ★ 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

    No Tours Under Construction

    Roosevelt High School

    January 31| 7-8pm

    No tours announced

    Ballard High School

    February 7 | 6:30-9pm 

    8th Grade Morning Tours (students & parents)
      Feb. 7 | 8-10am*
      Feb. 12 | 8-10am*

    *Please note the dates have changed 

    Shadowing in February – see website for details

       Ingraham High School

    General Info Night
    February 6| 7pm 

    IB Info Night
    February 5 | 7pm 

    Day Time Tour
    February 7th | 9-11 am
    (Students must be accompanied by an adult)

    Nathan Hale High School

    February 12 | 6-8:30pm

    Garfield High School

    January 16 | 6-8pm

    Day Time Tour
    January 16th | 9:00 AM

    The Center School

    January 17 | 6-8pm

    February 13 | 6-8pm

     The Nova School January 24 | 6-7:30pm

    8th Grade Student Intro 
    Jan. 16 | 9–11:45 am (Pre-registration Required)

    Parent/Guardian Tour  
    Jan. 22 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

    8th Grade Student Intro
    Jan. 29 | 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.

    From the Counseling Office:

    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.


    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 
    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

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    Winter Sports

    Come cheer on the boys varsity and girls varsity basketball teams this weekend!  Come show your Hamilton Spirit and Pride and cheer on these hard working student athletes!  And the best part, it's free!

    Games on Saturday, Jan. 26th
    Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball vs Eagle Staff  (@Nathan Hale – 8am)
    JVC Boys vs Hazelwolf (@Eagle Staff – 9am)
    JV Girls vs Eagle Staff (@Jane Addams (N) – 10am)
    JV Boys vs Eagle Staff (@Jane Addams (S) – 10am)
    JVC Girls vs Blaine (@Ingraham – 3pm)

    Boys Basketball
    Varsity Schedule   
    Junior Varsity Schedule 
    Girls Basketball
    Varsity Schedule 
    Junior Varsity Schedule 

    ★ New 
    Spring Sports - Coaches Needed

    Spring sports season - girls’ volleyball, boys’ soccer, and co-ed track, beginning in late March - is fast approaching. Hamilton has long valued its student athletes and the supportive families that pick up kids from practices, get them to competitions, wash the uniforms, etc. Hamilton also deeply values its coaches, without whom these programs would founder - and it’s this last point I’d like to address.

    Our boys hoping to play soccer and our girls planning to play volleyball this spring are both heading toward teams currently searching for head coaches.  So, if you or someone you know has a penchant for working with middle school athletes, here is what we’re looking for in a Hamilton coach:

    • A passion for and understanding of the sport, volleyball and/or soccer.
      Some previous experience coaching in the sport, preferably with appropriate age group and gender.
    • A flexible afternoon schedule two days per week (likely T/Th) that would allow you to be at Hamilton by 3:45, coaching until 5:45.
    • A similarly flexible Saturday schedule that would allow you to coach at games, times and locations decided by SPS.
    • Is willing to jump through the sundry yet significant hoops laid down by SPS in order to become a Hamilton coach.
    • A person who gets to work with some of the more amazing kids in this city!

    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:        
    Seattle Schools:            
    SPS Athletics Webpage 
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    ★ New Music-a-thon is Here

    Hamilton is proud to announce our Tenth Annual Music-a-thon!

    What is the Music-a-thon? 
    It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year for band, orchestra, jazz and choral programs at HIMS! Our goal is to raise over $40,000 to support music students at Hamilton.

    Please check your students’ backpacks! 

    Music-a-thon donation forms and envelopes are coming home with your student this week! Click here if you need a new pledge form.
    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 school year (2018-19) to:

    • purchase instruments & sheet music;
    • subsidize trips for all students and provide financial assistance to students in need;
    • provide additional musical instruction; and
    • cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops.

    Music-a-thon donations will fund instrument & sheet music purchases; provide financial assistance to students for festival trips and lessons; and cover festival fees, teacher grants & workshops – all for the students involved in our award-winning music programs this school year. All donations are tax deductible.
    How does Music-a-thon work? Music students request donations from friends and family and then join to make music for more than 11 straight hours--from 8:45am until 8pm--on Thursday, February 7. It is a day filled with music performed by our students and culminating in a special Young Musicians Concert that evening at 7pm in the Commons. All are invited to come and listen to our talented musicians play and perform their favorite songs and piece, so mark your calendars! We depend on the Music-a-thon to fund our award-winning music program at Hamilton.
    We need YOU! As a part of our incredible music community – students, parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends – donate to support the 2019 Music-a-thon. Students are not required to get donations, but we hope most will! To participate, donors can pay with CASH, CHECKS (payable to FOMAHI, 1610 N. 41st, Seattle, WA 98103) or CREDIT CARD via the DONATE button on the FOMAHI Website and select “Music-a-thon Donation.” Or simply Click HERE TO DONATE to the Music-a-thon.
    Students who turn in their Music-a-thon Donation & Participation Form (no donations required) with their parent’s or guardian’s signature by 4:00 pm, Thursday, February 7 are eligible for a special FOMAHI prize drawing. 
    This year’s prize drawing items are:

    • $25 Amazon Gift Card (4)
    • $10 Gift Card to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (4)
    • $10 Gift Card to QFC (4)

    But wait, there’s more!! The class with the highest percentage of participating students will win a class pizza party.  
    2019 Music-a-thon Schedule -- Thursday, February 7
    8:45 am – 3:40 pm            Music Classrooms - Regular music classes play
    3:40 pm – 4:55 pm            Junior Jazz rehearsal
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm            Music room Combos and small groups perform
    7:00 pm – ~8:00 pm        Young Musicians Concert and Prize Drawing in Commons.
    Sign-up with Ms. Pence to perform in the concert! All acts involving music are welcome!
    Questions? Click here for more detailed information or contact:
    Naria Santa Lucia, FOMAHI Fundraising Chair,
    Angela Pence, Choir Director,
    Paul Harshman, Band Director,
    Geoff Ogle, Orchestra Chair, 

    THANK YOU in advance for your generous support!
    Important information for donors: FOMAHI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations to the Music-a-thon are tax-deductible. Since no goods or services will be exchanged, the full amount of the donation is tax-deductible. Please provide a complete mailing address and current email address to receive a tax acknowledgement letter.

    Orchestra Trip Coordinators Needed - Please help, or the trips may be in danger!!!

    Trip coordinators are need for the following orchestra trips.  There is a binder of information from previous trips in which to follow. It’s really not that hard, but necessary to make these trips possible.  

    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

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    Winter HOST Classes - In Session 

    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

    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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    ★ Updated Lincoln High School

    Upcoming LHS Dates

    Music for Lincoln (Fundraiser) | Jan. 31 | Peddler Brewing Company 
    1514 NW Leary Way, Ballard

    LHS Student Assignment Information:  click here

    Other ways to stay Connected

    Lincoln HS Website: Facebook:
    Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner
    Parent Community:  LHS Parents Facebook Page
    *this is a parent group not run by LHS Admin

    Raise a Glass for Lincoln Music & Performing Arts (fundraiser)

    Jan. 31 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm | Peddler Brewing Company
    1514 NW Leary Way, 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.

    Open Enrollment - Feb. 4-15 

    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 mid-April, and official assignment letters mailed to the families by the end of April.

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

    Science Curriculum Adoption Materials Review 

    Please note that the Science Instructional Materials Open Houses will be:

    February 2, 2019 at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S. (library, second floor)
    Elementary: 9 - 11 a.m.
    Middle School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    High School: 1 - 3 p.m.

    February 9, 2019 at the Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S.
    Elementary: 9 - 11 a.m.
    Middle School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    High School: 1 - 3 p.m.

    We apologize for any confusion the previous message may have caused. We are hosting science instructional materials open houses for our community to review the materials being considered for adoption, review information about the new standards and how science will look different for your student, and ask staff questions about the materials.

    You can also view the K-8 and high school science instructional materials at the locations listed below from January 15, through February 28, 2019.

    K-8 instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the buildings at the following locations during regular school hours:
    John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave S
    South Shore K-8, 4800 S Henderson St.
    Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee St.
    Salmon Bay K-8, 1810 NW 65th St.
    Hazel Wolf K-8, 11530 12th Ave NE
    High school instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the schools below during regular school hours:
    Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St.
    Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
    Ingraham High School, 1810 N 135th St.

    Read the full announcement on the district website.

    ★ NEW District Launches New Mobile App

    The new Seattle Public Schools smart phone app offers essential tools for families and staff. Download it for free on the App Store or Google Play and customize the information your family needs. SPS Mobile App information

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    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

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

    ★ NEW Summer 2019 Microsoft NINJA Coding Camp

    Please share this opportunity with families who are interested in summer opportunities for their students. All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Microsoft NINJA Camp will prepare current seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students with disabilities for future careers in tech by providing training in an inclusive and fun environment. It's a multi-day experience (August 12th - August 16th, 2019) that provides an in- depth look at Microsoft and the diverse careers available in tech.

    Participants will:

    • Learn digital skills using Microsoft products
    • Connect with Microsoft employees with disabilities in the workplace
    • Grow in confidence by leveraging personal strengths
    • Train to join the next generation of Accessibility community leaders

    If you have questions, email Nicole Fitch at

    ★ NEW One on One Basketball

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents...

    One on One Basketball (School Day Off Camp  - Jan.30)
    Meadowbrook CC or Queen Anne CC
    Wednesday, January 30th, Boys and Girls Ages 6-12
    - learn to play the One on One way!  Don't get bored on your day off...GET BETTER!
    - gain confidence with your skill-set during basketball season!

    One on One Basketball (MId-Winter Break Camp)
    Meadowbrook CC 
    Tuesday-Friday, February 19-22, Boys and Girls Ages 6-12
    - Don't stay home during break, join our experienced coaches and gain confidence in your individual skills and court knowledge, and finish the season strong!

    Register today at or by calling the host community center.

    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:

    ★ NEW  Making Mindfulness Stick for Kids and Teens

    Making Mindfulness Stick for Kids & Teens: A Free Public Lecture
    More Information:
    February 22, 2018 | 7:00-8:30 PM | University of Washington | Kane Hall, Rm 120
    Registration required
    Making Mindfulness Stick with Kids & Teens: A Workshop for Parents and Professionals
    More Information:
    Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 9:00 AM -12:00 PM | University of Washington |HUB Rm 332
    Register here
    CEUs included in registration fee

    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

    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, and see for more info. 
    The application deadline is March 15, 2019, and matches will be announced by late April 2019. 

    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:

    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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