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    May 3 

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

    May 10-12 

    Silverwood Music Festival | Senior Orchestra and Band

    May 14 

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

    May 17 

    8th Grade Dance (8th graders only) | 7:00 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Commons

    May 23 

    Jazz Night | 7:00 pm | Hamilton Commons

    May 27 

    No School - Memorial Day

    June 4 

    Choir Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    June 5 

    HIMprov Olympics (Intro to Drama (3)) | 6:30 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    June 6 

    Incoming Students Spring Ice Cream Social | 6:30 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Commons

    June 7 

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

    June 8 

    Wild Waves | Treble Choir, Junior Band, and Orchestra

    June 11 

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:30 - 8:30pm | Hamilton Classroom #214
    FOMAHI Board Meeting | 7:00pm | Hamilton Library (Open to the public)
    Orchestra Concert | 7:00pm | Eckstein Middle School 

    June 13 

    Band Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Gym

    June 20 

    8th Grade Promotion & Reception | 2:15-3:45pm | Hamilton MS

    June 26

    End of Year Field Trips | During the School Day | Stay tuned for more information
    8th Grade - Argosy Cruise | 7th Grade - Location TBD | 6th Grade - Location TBD

    June 27

    Last Day of School - 1 hour Early Dismissal | 2:45pm 

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

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    ★ NEW First Fridays Parent Coffee

    Join us tomorrow, May 3rd, for First Fridays Parent Coffee in the Hamilton Library at 8:30-9:45am. 

    ★ NEW 
    Volunteers Needed 

    Spring Ice Cream Social for Incoming Hamilton 6th Graders

    On Thursday, June 6th, from 6:30 to 8, we will welcome to Hamilton the incoming 6th graders and their families for an ice cream social. Please help us to run a lovely event that will welcome these new members of our community. 

    To volunteer please click here: Signup Genius

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     Letter from the Principal

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    ★ Updated Principal Dorian Manza 

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    On Sunday, April 28 at 11:48 pm, Washington state legislators authorized a new operating budget which raises the amount of money that Washington school districts are permitted to accept from voter tax levies.  Because of this legislative action, Seattle Public Schools will now be able to accept a larger amount of funds from the Prop 1 Operations Levy endorsed by Seattle voters in February 2019, and 12.2 million dollars will be restored to SPS classrooms in the 2019-20 school year.

    We were notified on Tuesday that we will see some additional staffing at Hamilton for 2019-20 because of this change.  We will now receive District funding for a full-time librarian and a full-time House Administrator, which will allow us to maintain our current administration team.  We have also been granted an additional 1.9 FTE (full-time equivalent) for instructional teaching staff, which we will use to increase instructional capacity across Language Arts and Social Studies, Math, Science, and to expand some of our elective offerings.  Stay tuned for more information on electives as those plans are finalized! 

    For those of you following closely on the SPS financial picture, these additions to our staffing allocation reflect the restoration of funding termed “Weighted Staffing Standards” (WSS), which had been targeted for reduction for next year because of the restricted access to Levy funds. Hamilton and many other schools also saw some staffing allocation reductions based on enrollment projections for the 2019-20 year, which reflected lower enrollment for many schools.  The District advised schools this week that they are not adjusting allocations based on enrollment at this time due to the ongoing fluctuation that occurs between now and the summer months.   
    For more information and your reading pleasure:

    Go Hawks!
    Dorian Manza 
    Hamilton International Middle School 

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    ★ Updated SBA Testing  

    Updated Information and schedule: 

    Dear Hamilton Families,
    This Spring, all Hamilton students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  Our 8th grade students will also participate in the new Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) assessment.  All assessments will be online again this year.   More information about the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice tests can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website here. If you have any specific questions about the SBA or WCAS, please contact testing coordinators Bethany Sjoberg (Assistant Principal) or Samantha Huckabee (House Administrator).
    During the SBA testing weeks in May, we will be implementing a block schedule (125 minute classes, 3 classes each day). Students will take the ELA test when their ELA classes meet the first week and will take the Math when their Math classes meet the second week. (See details below.) 8th graders will take the WCAS in their science classes during the last week of May. Students will attend their other classes, as regular. 
    Testing Schedule Overview:

    Date Assessment   Description

    April 29-May 6

    • Block Periods M-Th
    • No advisory on block days
    • No testing on Friday, May 3
    • Regular schedule on Monday, May 6
    SBA ELA (All Grades)   Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled ELA classes. 

    May 7-13

    • Block Periods T-F
    • No advisory on block days
    • Regular schedule on Monday, May 13
    SBA Math (all grades)  Students will have 3 testing sessions, during their scheduled Math classes.  

    May 14-17

    • Regular Schedule
     Extended time (all grades)  Additional time will be provided for all students who need to complete their assessments.

    May 28 - 31

    • Regular Schedule
     WCAS (8th grade) Students will have 4 testing sessions during their scheduled Science classes.

    This year, part of the state testing window coincides with the observance of Ramadan. Seattle Public Schools are required to follow the state mandated testing window and cannot change the testing window. Our school’s testing dates within the window are April 29th-May 31st.  We want to meet every student’s needs for successful preparation and support them in doing their best as they take the state tests. For families observing Ramadan, please let Principal ManzaMs. Sjoberg or Ms. Huckabee know how we can best accommodate your students/family during this time. 

    Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your child is successful. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your child and your family. We want your child to leave Seattle Public Schools with a strong foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.
    Dorian Manza (Principal), Bethany Sjoberg (Assistant Principal), & Samantha Huckabee (House Administrator)

    Updated Information and SBA schedule: 

    ★ NEW 
    8th Grade Dance!  

    A fun night to hang out with friends! There will be a DJ, Dancing, Photo Booth, Pizza, Top Pot Doughnuts and more!
    This event is FREE and for 8th Graders ONLY.

    When:  FRIDAY, MAY 17th 7pm-8:30pm
    Theme: TROPICAL ... think floral shirts and sunglasses! 

    We do need volunteers to make this event possible. Parents of younger grade levels are perfect volunteers as your kids won't be there! 
    Please sign up to help at... Hamilton 8th Grade Dance

    8th Grade Promotion & Reception  

    Save the Date!  
    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Promotion: 2:15pm-3:15pm
    Reception: 3:15pm-3:45pm

    From the Counseling Office  

    Parent Institute Monthly Newsletter

    Hamilton's Counseling Department has purchased a subscription to the Parent Institute Monthly Newsletter to share with families.  April Newsletter:

    ★ NEW TypingClub Resources and Access from Home

    TypingClub is a SPS typing resource available for students through the Clever portal. At home, students can use Clever to access TypingClub and other approved programs with their SPS student account. If you have questions or need assistance with TypingClub please submit a Tech Ticket. Also, the Help Center in TypingClub has a lot of information for you to reference: UserGuide, Class Management, Student Management, Reports, Resources, and FAQ. To open the Help Center, select the Help Center tab on the left side of your dashboard or by visiting this link,

    Student use the following steps to access TypingClub at home,

    1. Open Chrome to
    2. Select the Students tab and scroll down to Student Portal.
    3. Select Log in with Active Directory.  
    4. Enter SPS student username with and password and then click Sign In.
    5. Select the TypingClub icon under the Single Sign On Applications section at the top of the page. 
    6. Click Start to begin the typing lessons located in Typing Jungle. 

    Note: Middle/high school students will need to select a class before they can enter Typing Jungle.

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    ★ Updated Spring Sports

    Events this weekend!  Track will be holding their Division Qualifying Meet.  Boys Soccer will be battling Denny MS, and Girls Volleyball will take on Whitman MS and STEM MS.  

    Go Hawks!! 

    Events this weekend: Saturday, May 4 

    Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Denny MS | 9:30am | @Eagle Staff MS
    Boys JV Soccer vs. Denny MS | 8:00am | @Van Asselt Field

    Varsity Volleyball vs. Whitman MS | 12:30pm | @Whitman MS
    Volleyball JV vs. Whitman MS | 8:00am | @Whitman MS
    Volleyball JV2 vs. STEM 2 | 8:00am | @STEM MS

    Track Meet | Division Qualifying Prelims | @NEAC (behind Nathan Hale HS)

    Boys Soccer

      Varsity Schedule (updated 4/5) |  Varsity Standings 
    Junior Varsity Schedule (updated 4/5)
    Girls Volleyball
    Varsity Schedule (updated 4/16) | Varsity Standings (updated 4/22) Junior Varsity Schedules (updated 4/16)
    Co-ed Track
    Track Meet Schedule  (updated 3/25)

    For more information:

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

    Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    FOMAHI Board Members Needed for 2019-2020 

    The Hamilton Music Program needs you. FOMAHI is the parent music boosters group that helps support and fund the great music program at Hamilton.  A few of the Board members will be moving on next year, so there will be openings on the board.  Please consider volunteering, as FOMAHI is a vital support for our directors and your student.  It’s really not that hard, and believe it or not is fun.  After-meeting sojourns to local drinking establishments have been known to happen…

    Positions needed:

    • Co-president for Orchestra and Choir
      • Supports and collaborates with the Director, identifying specific needs of the program
      • Runs monthly FOMAHI meetings
      • Time commitment variable, but averaging 3-4 hours/month
    • Communications Chair
      • Creates weekly music program submission for Hamilton PTSA newsletter
      • Creates monthly FOMAHI newsletter
      • Monitors FOMAHI gmail account
      • Time commitment:  4-5 hours/month
    • Vice-president for Concert Operations
      • Organizes volunteers for thrice yearly concerts
      • Sets up sign up genius for concerts, organizes during concerts, coordinates with directors

    If interested, please email, or Christina Holden at, for more information.  We can put you in touch with the current Board member so you can learn the ropes directly.  Or attend the next FOMAHI Board meeting May 14 at 7:00 pm in the Hamilton Library to see for yourself.  

    Reminder for Silverwood Senior Band and Senior Orchestra Trip 

    Be sure the Silverwood trip is on your calendar, Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12.  On Friday, student's must arrive by 9am, load the bus and go!!  Keeping in mind that it's MOTHER'S DAY on Sunday, May 12th, please expect students to return between 3 and 3:30pm.   Full itineraries will be emailed out around the end of the month and made available in class.  Room assignments will be posted the morning of departure.  If you have questions, please email: 

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    HOST After-School Program

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    Spring HOST

    Spring HOST Classes have started. If you’re interested in signing up, please talk to Ms. Porter in Room 104.

    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 Senior High School

    Lincoln High School PTSA Newsletter:  April 9, 2019 Edition

    ★ NEW Let's Launch Lincoln!

    The Lincoln High School opening is just around the corner. Don’t miss this opportunity to support a great start for the school, students, families, and faculty! Help set the spirit of generosity by donating TODAY! Start-up funds will go towards music, athletics, performing arts, clubs, school supplies and much more. Text LYNX to 41444 or go to  Top 50 donors get an early tour of the school this summer.  Send questions to 

    ★ NEW Lincoln has a Japanese Teacher

    We are elated to announce that Lincoln has a Japanese teacher! Keiko Ishikawa (Keiko Sensei) will be joining the Lincoln High School team. After years of working as a Japanese Immersion teacher in Tacoma, Keiko Sensei came to McDonald International Elementary School where she has been a key factor in the success of the McDonald Japanese program. We are thrilled she will be leading the success of the Lincoln Japanese program.

    "I am Keiko Ishikawa
    I am from a small city in Japan.
    I came to USA when I was 23 years old.
    I am married and we have a daughter.
    I have been working for the immersion program for 12 years. I am excited to be working at Lincoln High School!"

    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

    SPS Annual Family Survey Distributed This Week

    The 2019 Family Survey is being distributed April 16 by email to all SPS K-12 families. Paper surveys (with a weblink option) are being sent to households without an email address in PowerSchool. Surveys are being distributed in six languages and can be taken on any computer or mobile device. The survey window will close May 17.

    If families have questions about the survey, you can refer them to the Family Survey FAQ, easily accessible from Families can contact if they need assistance or did not receive a survey link (they may need to check their junk mail or promotions folders).

    To encourage participation, schools are also welcome to send personalized reminders to their families or open up their facilities to families who need access to a computer or mobile device. Families will need to: 1) have access to the email with their personal survey link OR 2) bring the paper survey they received in the mail. Family survey results will be available early July to SPS staff and to the public in August. See the MySPS Survey page for more details, including information about the Spring Student surveys and viewing survey results.

    Tim Schuringa, 252-0309


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    ★ NEW Ballard High School Spring Play 

    Ballard High School Playmakers tackle gun violence in
    Bang Bang You’re Dead! and Eric LaRue
    May 9-11 and 16-18, 2019

    Bang Bang You’re Dead! was first produced at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., where a fatal shooting took place the previous year. It opens in character Josh’s cell after he has killed his parents and five classmates. The ghosts of the classmates demand to know why he killed them.
    Eric LaRue is the story of Janice LaRue, the mother of Eric, a 17-year-old boy who shot and killed three of his classmates in school. Three months after Eric is jailed, Janice has not yet gone to see him or found a way to show herself in her community.
    The cast features 19 BHS students, and the play is directed by Joe Lambright.
    Performance Details
    The performances will be on May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117. The performances begin at 7:30 pm.
    ***Parental advisory due to subject matter*** Reserved seating tickets are available for purchase at Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

    Summer Seattle JazzED

    Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 1,000 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You ‘pay-what-you-can’ for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance. Full tuition waivers are also available.
    Build your confidence and skills at this high-energy summer music camp. Play music from a broad base of genres: Funk, Fusion, Soul, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Beat, Reggae and more. You'll love the motivation of working with other passionate students under the direction of Ricardo Luna and Freddy Gonzalez. Students going into grades 10-12 can earn service hours as Leaders-in-Training. Open to grades 6-12, all instruments. Sliding scale tuition means every family can pay at the level that works for them. Register and find more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).
    Inspired by the long time New Orleans second line tradition, we are forming a NEW summer group directed by Tony Sodano and Jerome Smith. You’ll learn 3-4 new songs by memory to perform in the Seafair Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle. This music is super
    fun and festive. LOUD and PROUD. Open to students in grades 6-12, with at least one school year on your instrument. Register and find more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).
    Join renowned jazz musicians and educators Johnaye Kendrick and Eric Verlinde for a fun and inspiring week devoted to vocals and jazz. You'll learn to sing in a new way, drawing inspiration from the great American song book, with a focus on singing freely and improvising in a supportive learning environment. Open to male and female vocalists in grades 7-12. No prior vocal jazz or vocal improvisation experience required. Register and find more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).
    Learn to approach jazz with a holistic understanding of its history and development. Work closely with faculty Riley Mulherkar, Roxy Coss and Marina Albero in small ensembles, masterclasses, and group discussion. You'll hone your leadership skills and expand your love for the many styles of Jazz - New Orleans, Jazz Age, Swing, Bebop, and Free. Grades 10-12, grade 9 by audition. Register and find more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

    Kids With An Edge 

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    Use this summer to fill in the gaps, prevent the summer slide or to take a look ahead and start in the fall with confidence!

    Our classes are very effective and highly interactive. Quietly sitting and doing worksheets can be done at home. In our sessions, we keep students actively engaged and make sure they have the correct thought processes and approach. Our classes are designed to build confidence while enjoying the journey!

    Here is what our parents are saying on Google and Yelp:

    Our classes/camps are run in small groups of 2-4 children with plenty of 1:1 attention.  We also offer private tutoring.

    We offer:

    • Computer Camps - Python and Web Design - uniquely systematic to build a truly strong foundation, industry professional 
    • Math Camps - 6th grade to Algebra 1
    • Strong FUNdamentals Math Classes - Preschool to Algebra 1
    • Reading/Math classes - for Preschoolers to First Grade, great for KG Prep
    • Private Tutoring 

    If you don't see what you are looking for, just send us a request! -


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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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    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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