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    March 28

    West Side Story Performance | 6:30pm | Hamilton Commons | Cast B

    April 3 

    Spring Fling Staff Appreciation Lunch
    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Classroom #214 *Corrected date 4/16

    April 4 

    Parents' Evening Out | 5:30pm | Murphy's Pub (45th & Meridian)

    April 5 

    First Fridays Parent Coffee | 8:30-9:45am | Hamilton Library

    April 8-12

    No School - Spring Break 

    April 16 

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Classroom #214 *Date Correction
    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00pm | Hamilton Library (Open to the public)

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

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    Volunteers Needed: Spring Fling Staff Lunch April 3rd

    Spring is finally here!  Please help the PTSA host our 4th staff lunch Wednesday, April 3rd.  PTSA will provide ham and smoked salmon, and we are asking volunteers to supplement with prepared salads (like chicken), rolls and bread, and fresh veggies.  Check the signup for all the ways to volunteer from setting up and serving to cooking or shopping.  Thank you!

    Parents' Evening Out

    Thursday, April 4th | 5:30 - 7:30 pm | Murphy's Pub (45th & Meridian)  
    Can’t make morning parent coffees? Come hang out at Murphy’s Pub (at Meridian and 45th), meet other Hamilton parents or only talk to ones you already know :) Happy Hour is from 3-6 everyday and Trivia starts at 7:30 if you want more excitement! Hope to see you there.

    Tell your legislators to release levy funds! Write or call today

    Dear Hamilton parents,

    As you know Seattle voters just renewed two levies that are desperately needed to support our schools. But it’s not over yet. 

    Now the state legislature must give their stamp of approval so that Seattle can collect the money and put it where it needs to go. 

    But here’s more bad news. Those levies don’t fully fund our schools. Not even close. As you saw from Principal Manza’s recent letter, Hamilton is losing staff because the state *still* doesn’t fully fund education. 

    Below, is a sample email, along with clear instructions for reaching your Senator and Representatives.  or a sample email to your legislator or more information please see the email sent by the PTSA:  To view the email in your browser click here: Email

    Lorelei Goodyear and Joanna Grist
    Hamilton PTSA Legislative Liaisons

    To find your legislative district or your legislator names and phone numbers, click here:
    Contact information for your State Senator and your two State Representatives: (first

    For a sample email to your legislator or more information please see the email sent by the PTSA:  To view the email in your browser click here: Email

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    Facebook Image  The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook.

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     Letter from the Principal

    Hamilton PTSA

    Principal Dorian Manza 

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    I have mostly good news to share about the Hamilton school budget for next year. Although we are seeing a reduction in our staffing allocation because of the WSS cuts (see my letter in the 2/28 edition of the PTSA Weekly News) and the lowered enrollment counts that are being projected across the district, our Building Leadership Team put together a budget that allows us to maintain most of our current staffing, student, and building services. The Hamilton staff reviewed the budget proposal on Wednesday, March 13th and voted overwhelmingly to approve it. I finalized our budget and staffing with the district last Friday, March 22nd.  

    Special Education is facing significant cuts for next year due to a drop in our enrollment numbers for intensive service models. The reduction for special education staffing is unrelated to budget cuts.  We are losing our Distinct classroom and one Access classroom in the fall. This means we are looking at a 2.0 FTE reduction in certificated special education staffing and a 5.0 FTE reduction for our instructional assistants.  

    Thanks to a variety of funding sources – including the Hamilton PTSA and the City’s Family and Education Levy – we will be able to sustain our full-time librarian, our full-time nurse, 3 full-time counselors, and a full-time fiscal specialist. We will also be able to continue to provide dedicated classes for our students who need additional supports in the areas of Reading, Math, Study/Organizational skills.  

    As a building, we are very sorry to lose any staff members. We also recognize that these WSS cuts are hitting middle and schools hard in the Seattle area, and we feel grateful for what we have been able to preserve at Hamilton. Due to the fluidity of the hiring and displacement process. I am waiting to see what our final staffing personnel will be for next fall. I will provide that information when I have full confirmation.   
    Spring is in the air; and I have been so glad to have the sunshine back and some warmer temperatures as well. I hope that you and your families will enjoy some time in the sun this weekend.  

    Go Hawks!
    Dorian Manza 
    Hamilton International Middle School 

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    ★ NEW Survey on Climate Change by Hamilton Students  

    Hello parents of Hamilton. The survey below asks a few questions about climate change and renewable energy to see how much you know. We can use the results you give us to gain a better understanding of how much Hamilton knows about the benefits of renewable energy and how it can be used to fight climate change.

    thank you,
    8th Grader at Hamilton

    West Side Story  

    Come down one and all to see Hamilton musical production of WEST SIDE STORY performed by Hamilton Advanced Drama and Choir classes.  This age-old tale of conflicting gangs and forbidden love has delighted audiences for decades. Performances are: Cast A—Wed., March 27 and Cast B on Thur., March 28 at 6:30pm in the Hamilton Commons. Don’t miss this amazing night of music, dance and drama!

    ★ NEW 
    From the Counseling Office  

    ★ NEW Nathan Hale High School Information Evening Rescheduled

    Nathan Hale HS will hold an informational evening on Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8:30 pm that will be similar in content to the weather-related canceled February 12th Future Family evening. For more information please visit their website

    ★ Updated 8th Grade Families:  High School Course Selection/Registration General Info

    Once students have been assigned to a high school, the high schools will be contacting incoming families with information about course selection process specific to each high school. This typically occurs during the week of spring break. If you are attending Lincoln HS they have course selection open now and evening events happening to support course selection for students who know they will be attending Lincoln. 
    On Thursday, April 18th High School Counselors will be coming to Hamilton to talk with all 8th grade students about high school course selections during 1st period. Students will attend a session with the counselor for their assigned school.
    *For additional information about high school registration, please see the school websites:

    Roosevelt HS registration information 
    Ballard HS registration information
    Lincoln HS registration information
    Ingraham HS - Ingraham does not yet have registration information posted, please continue to check their website

    There will be an Option High School Fair on April 18th from 5:30-7:30 for students interested in Middle College, Nova, Seattle World School, Skills Center, and South Lake. 

    ★ NEW Internet Safety Assembly Update 

    Last Thursday, FBI agent and internet safety expert, Stefanie Thomas, spoke at the all school assembly regarding online citizenship. Here are some of the take-aways for our students:

    3 questions to think about before sending a post or a picture/video:

    1. Is this appropriate (in the way I'm dressed, behavior & caption)
    2. Could I get into trouble for this? (legal, at home, at school)
    3. Is there anyone I don't want to see this? (parents, coach, grandparents, friend, boss, teacher)

    Consider these things before posting or sending:

    1. 10 second rule before I say/send something online.
    2. Would I repeat this in front of the classroom or at the dinner table at home?

    Common mistakes online:

    1. User name or profile includes first and last name
    2. Profile picture is of your face
    3. Is your account public or private?
    4. personal information on your profile (hobbies, location, age, graduation year)
    5. How do I know my “followers”? Only friend those you are directly connected to.
    6. Posting location-based content i.e. checking in at a location/place

    Here are some additional parent resources to help support parents in navigating and facilitating these conversations at home: Common Sense Media, Resources for Parental Controls, Parents’ Guide to Instagram, Parents’ Guide to Snapchat

    ★ NEW Naviance - 7th Grade Families

    Dear 7th grade families: 
    Ms. Goldsmith (counselor) and Ms. Minear (counseling intern) will be going to all the 7th grade social studies classes next week. Students will have a lesson in Naviance. Naviance is an online tool to help students identify their strengths and goals.
    Students will learn how to login and will do the career key and began to explore careers.  After that, students will be able to access Naviance at any time either at home or whenever they want. Please ask your student about what they learned in Naviance after the first week of April. (Ms. Lambier class visit will be on Monday April 15).


    ★ NEW 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 has been announced to students during our morning announcements this last past week and will continue up until April 4, 2019.  If items are not claimed by that date, items will be picked up for cleaning on April 5, 2019 and distributed to a worthy organization during Spring break. Please note that parents are also welcome to stop by and search through for any lost items.

    World Languages - Options for Earning High School Credits 

    Students have several options for earning high school world language credits to satisfy the new high school graduation requirements (and the 2 credit requirement for admission to a 4-year college). Students can earn 1-2 seat-time credits in middle school, or they can test for 1-4 World Language Competency-Based Credits, starting in 8th grade. We want to make sure that middle and high schools provide accurate information to families about what students need to do to get those credits recorded on their transcripts and appropriate placement in high school language courses.

    Please share this link with families: Earning High School World Language Credits.

    Contact: Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki, International Education Administrator,

    Meet the Principal - New incoming 5th Graders

    Hamilton International Middle School is an exciting and vibrant learning community and it is our pleasure to welcome you to our annual “Meet the Principal” event.  We would like to extend an invitation to Parent/Guardian(s) and our 5th grade riser students.
    Below are the scheduled dates for each of our feeder schools.  This event will be scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 pm and will be held in the Library or Commons as shown below.   Also, for any parents unable to attend their school scheduled event, Hamilton will hold an additional Meet The Principal night on 05/02/19 in the Library.   
    We look forward to meeting you! 

    04/04/19:  Green Lake and BF Day Elementary School – Meeting held at Hamilton International Middle School in the Library
    04/18/19:  West Woodland Elementary – Meeting held at West Woodland Elementary in the Library
    04/23/19:  Cascadia Elementary – Meeting held at Cascadia Elementary in the Library
    04/25/19:  McDonald International Elementary – Meeting held at Hamilton International Middle School in the Commons
    04/30/19:  John Stanford International Elementary – Meeting held at John Stanford International Elementary in the Library
    05/02/19:  Hamilton International Middle School – Meeting held on our campus in the Library


    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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    ★ NEW Spring Sports

    Come out this weekend and watch the Boys Soccer Teams take on Meany MS,  the Girls Volleyball teams challenge Jane Addams MS and the Track Team at their first Meet the Divisional Jamboree! Go Hawks!! 

    Events this weekend: Saturday, March 30th

    Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Meany MS | 2:00pm | @Eagle Staff MS
    Boys JV Soccer vs. Meany MS | 12:30pm | @Jane Addams #1

    Varsity Volleyball vs. Jane Addams MS | 11:00am | @Eagle Staff MS
    Volleyball JV vs. Jane Addams MS | 12:30pm | @Eagle Staff MS
    Volleyball JV2 vs. McClure 3 MS | 8:00am | @Eagle Staff MS

     Track Meet | Divisional Jamboree | @NEAC (Behind Nathan Hale HS)

    Boys Soccer
      Varsity Schedule 
    Junior Varsity Schedule 
    Girls Volleyball
    Varsity Schedule Junior Varsity Schedules
    Co-ed Track
    Track Meet Schedule  

    For more information:

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

    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    Music News

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    ★ NEW Help us win the Music in the Parks Competition at Silverwood

    We need your help to get the Senior Band and Senior Orchestra ready for a road trip. For the upcoming May 10-12 music competition trip at Silverwood, Russ, the lead trip coordinator is asking for 3 - 4 more parents to volunteer as coordinators.  Each year a coordinator is assigned to handle all aspects of the hotel, food, activities or chaperones.  Our senior music students need your help, so they can arrive, rest, eat and compete.  Coordinators will also have first choice to jump on the charter bus with the students and be a chaperone on the trip - expenses paid!  If you can volunteer 10 hours between now and the trip, please email Russ Stromberg at

    ★ NEW FOMAHI Board Members Needed for 2019-2020 

    FOMAHI is the parent music boosters group that helps support and fund the great music program at Hamilton.  Board members are instrumental (pun intended) in making this work, and we need you.  A few of the Board members will be moving on next year, so there will be openings on the board.  Please consider volunteering.  The Board meets monthly, and overall the work is quite manageable and fun - have you ever hung out with Mr. Harshman for an hour??  Meet other parents, get the inside scoop, and help keep the music program....well...humming!

    Positions needed:

    • Co-president for Orchestra
    • Co-president for Choir
    • Communications Chair
    • Vice-president for Concert Operations

    Please email Christina Holden at, or for more information

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    HOST After-School Program

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    ★ NEW Spring HOST Classes - Registration Begins April 1st 

     The Spring Session of HOST classes begins April 15th, and you’ll be able to sign up your child via our online registration portal at noon on April 1st. This quarter, we’re able to bring back Get You Game On open gym on Wednesday and Fridays! We’ve also added some new classes such as watercolors focused session of Art Club and Robotics Club! 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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    Lincoln High School

    Lincoln HS PTSA Board Meeting

    Monday, April 15 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Location TBD
    Email us for location and to have items added to the agenda.

    LHS Course Selection Nights

    Future Lincoln 9th grade students (Class of 2023!) These upcoming registration events are happening near you:

    • March 19 @ Hamilton Letters A‐J 6:30‐7:30pm, K‐Z 7:30‐8:30pm
    • March 21 @ McClure 6:30‐8:30pm 
    • March 26 @ John Marshall 6:30‐8:30pm
    • April 2 @ Jane Addams 6:30‐8:30pm
    • April 4 @ Robert Eagle Staff 6:30‐8:30pm

    Families are encouraged to attend the night designated for their school or the general registration night at John Marshall. Please visit our website for the 9th grade registration worksheet.

    LHS Student Assignment Information:  click here
    Other ways to stay Connected

    Lincoln HS Website:
    Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner

    Lincoln PTSA Website:
    Parent Community:  LHS Parents Facebook Page
    *this is a parent group not run by LHS Admin

    ★ NEW Nathan Hale HS Informational Evening

    Nathan Hale HS will hold an informational evening on Wednesday, April 17th from 6-8:30 pm that will be similar in content to the weather-related canceled February 12th Future Family evening. For more information please visit their website

    ★ NEW Option High School Fair, April 18

    The Admissions department will be hosting a high school fair on Tuesday evening, April 18, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Nova high school, specifically for our service schools, now known as “Option Schools with Continuous Enrollment”. This is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about the individual schools and programs and what they have to offer particularly for those students who are searching for something more than a traditional high school to achieve academic success. It’s important that our students understand the options that are available to them as SPS graduates. There are plenty of options to graduate and a very important decision for any student and family to make at this time.

    For more information or questions, please contact Faauu Manu, Manager at (206) 252-0205 or by email at Thank you for your support. 

    Snow Make-up Days 2018-2019

    The 2018-2019 school year has been extended to June 27 to account for snow days missed.  For more information please see the SPS post:  Here  

    Click for the 2018-2019 Revised School Year Calendar

    2019-2020 School Year Calendar

    The 2019-20 School Year Calendar, dates listed below, was approved by the School Board in January 2019.  

    Click for the 2019-2020 School Year Calendar

    District 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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    ★ NEW LIKE Screening at St. Benedicts   

    I'm reaching out on behalf the St Benedict's Parent Education Committee. On April 8th we're hosting a screening of Indieflix's new movie LIKE and will follow the screening with an interactive discussion with the film's Director Scilla Andreen.
    We are inviting our wider community to join us to learn about this important subject that is affecting us all and wanted to invite Hamilton staff and families too. 
    Please find attached the details and just let me know if you have any questions at all. If possible we would appreciate attendees RSVPing here to give us an idea of numbers: 

    ★ NEW Summer Youth Program at UofW 

    The Summer Youth Program at the University of Washington as just added some new STEM-focused middle school camps.  For more info visit or click the camps below.  
    Materials Science: Discover and Design 
    STEM Challenge: Engineering Things That Go 
    STEM Challenge: Engineering Sustainable Living 

    ★ NEW Need Math Help For Your Student? 

    Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle is offering a free math skills assessment designed to identify students' strengths and areas of opportunity. The assessment results are used to create a custom learning plan for each student, either for support or enrichment. Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle is owned by Ballard parents Andrew and Julie Tempest. Contact them to schedule an assessment for your student at 206-588-0460 or by e-mail at Learn more at

    One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

    Post-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics 
    Ravenna CC or Queen Anne CC
     - our internationally renown progressive basketball individual skills class
     - prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

    Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
    Ravenna CC, Magnuson, Queen Anne CC, Laurelhurst Gym
     - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
     - Shooting Camps, Rising High School Player Trainings, Guard & Post Play Camps

    Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below:

    North Seattle Titans Junior Football 

    North Seattle Titans Junior Football is a Seattle youth tackle football program dedicated to teaching the fundamentals in a structured and positive environment. This Seattle youth football program is for children between the ages of 7-14. Players are assigned to a team by their age and weight. North Seattle Titans  Jr. Football will prepare players to be champions for life and young persons of strong moral character. Top-quality equipment is provided to insure safety of the athletes, and our youth football program serves the families and neighborhoods of Seattle, Snohomish County, and King County.

    Dates: Practices begin August 5th @Ingraham High School, and will be held Monday through Friday, through the end of August; then 3 times a week after Labor Day weekend.

    To Pre Register : Visit or contact Head Coach, Bill Taylor at, or (425) 672-3766

    Summer Art Camps in North Seattle 

    The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 15-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional artist-instructors. 
            •       1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220 
            •       2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE $88
    To register, visit  
    Questions? email

    Adolesco Youth Exchange: Applications Due May 15, 2019 

    We offer a 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 RSVP and join us at one of the following INFO MEETINGS:

    • Sat., April 20, 2019 • 2 - 4 PM: Northeast Library, Meeting Room (6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115)
    • Sun., April 21, 2019 • 1 - 3 PM: Lake Hills Library, Meeting Room (15590 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA 98007)
    • Sat., April 27, 2019 • 2 - 4 PM: Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room #4 (1111 110th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004)
    • Sun., April 28, 2019 • 1-3 PM: Capitol Hill Branch, Meeting Room (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102)

    YOU can now learn French, German, Italian, or Spanish while living IN a new culture AND gain a great friend for life!

    Start your application at and contact Marie for more information.  Marie Meyer 303-913-4845 /

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    Hamilton International Middle School

    1610 North 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98103
    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814

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    Past Newsletters:


    The SPS 2018–2019 Academic Calendar

    The last day of school has been extended until June 27th due to snow. 

    2019-2020 Academic Calendar

    Next School Year
    Click for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar


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