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    Upcoming Events

    Hamilton PTSA

    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 10*

    Orchestra Concert | 7:00pm | Eckstein Middle School *Date Change

    June 11 

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

    June 13 

    Band Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Gym

    June 20 

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

    June 25 

    Vocal Jazz at Folk Life 

    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 Hamilton PTSA Board Members Needed 

    Hamilton PTSA is seeking volunteers to join our board for the 2019-2020 school year. The open positions include the Executive Board positions (President, Secretary and Treasurer) as well as grade liaisons, and communications lead. Please contact Miki Takihana, Vice President of Hamilton PTSA at for more information on the open board positions and other volunteering opportunities at Hamilton!

    Staff Appreciation Lunch - Volunteers Needed 

    The PTSA's fifth and final staff lunch is coming up in two weeks on May 22nd.  It will be a Mexican fiesta with enchiladas and a taco bar.  Please check out our signup to see how you can help thank our Hamilton staff for an excellent year of learning.  There are lots of ways to contribute- from setting up and serving to cooking and shopping.
    Thank you!

    PS If anyone is interested in taking over as staff appreciation chair next year, let me know! 
    Chappell Barber

    Volunteers Needed - Spring Ice Cream Social

    Spring Ice Cream Social for Incoming Hamilton 6th Graders

    On Thursday, June 6th, from 6:30 to 7:30, 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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    Principal Dorian Manza 

    Good Afternoon Hamilton Families,

    Below you will find information about our Building Leadership Team at HIMS. We are replacing two parent positions for the Building Leadership Team for next fall, and we are looking for parents who are interested:  

    The Hamilton BLT is a school governing body, made up of teachers, staff, one parent representative (to date), and administrators (me, Mr. Manza.) The BLT works to advance school goals for academic achievement, financial stewardship of discretionary funds, and professional development for Hamilton staff. Broadly, the group discusses and makes recommendations on the building’s strategic plan (the Continuous School Improvement Plan or CSIP), the school budget (and related budget tradeoffs), professional development and other emerging issues, as needed. The BLT met twice a month from 7:30 am to 8:30 am on Thursdays this school year.  The meeting schedule for next year will be decided by the new BLT membership this summer.  

    If you are interested in joining the BLT, please email me by the school day’s end on 5/31 a brief description of your interest in and qualifications for the position. The Hamilton BLT will review the submissions against membership needs.  
    Go Hawks!
    Dorian Manza 

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     Hamilton School News

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    ★ NEW Sustainability Week Guest Speakers Needed 

    Calling for guest speakers! Hamilton International Middle School is looking for community members to speak during the 2019 Sustainability Week (June 3rd-7th).  We are looking to have speakers from the community come in and give talks about ways that they promote sustainability individually or through organizations with students.  The talks should be 10 minutes long with a 10 minute Q&A period.  Speakers would need to come in on either Monday, June 3rd; Tuesday, June 4th; or Thursday, June 6th during advisory (2:25-2:50pm).  If interested, please contact Dana Radcliffe (  We would love to have you come speak to Hamilton students about sustainability.  Thanks, gracias, and arigato!

    Scholarship Announcement  

    Attention all Hamilton 7th graders:  Nico Luiggi’s family has created a scholarship fund to keep Nico’s vibrant memory alive by helping talented Hamilton International Middle students pursue their college dreams. Applications for the 2019 Nico Luiggi Scholarship Fund are now available in the main office. If you are a 7th grader and you are interested in applying for the scholarship, please stop by and get and application today.

    ★ Updated 
    End of the year 8th Grade Events

    8th Grade Dance  - THIS WEEK!  
    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: 
    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Promotion: 2:15pm-3:15pm
    Reception: 3:15pm-3:45pm

    8th Grade Argosy Cruise:

    Permission forms due: June 1st 
    Cruise:  Wednesday, June 26 (during the school day)
    More Information:

    ★ NEW 
    Middle School Science Adoption 

    Seattle Public Schools is in the process of adopting new science instructional materials.  Here at Hamilton we have been using Amplify Science since the 2017-18 school year.   Megan Batty, 7th Grade Science Teacher,  spoke at the school board May 1st to share about Amplify Science in her classroom. If you have questions about the science adoption or materials we can answer for you,  please let us know.
    -HIMS Science Department

    Seattle School Board,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to hear me speak today. I am a 7th grade general education science and STEM teacher at Hamilton Middle School. I have been using Amplify this year. 

    I know that data is important to the board, and I deeply appreciate that. In the classroom students are constantly challenging one another by asking “where is your evidence”, so I think it is only fair that you do the same.
    At the end of quarter 3 survey..

    • 95% of my students responded that they are enjoying science this year
    • 98% said they are enjoying it more than previous experiences
    • Students identified that 100% of the science and engineering practices over the course of the year (and we aren’t even finished yet )
    • 89% of my students consider us to be doing the work of scientists and engineers

    As it has been mentioned before there is no perfect curriculum, but I want to extend on this and note that I believe any curriculum can be misused if teachers are not trained and held accountable to meet the needs of all their students. I have heard accounts that Amplify relies heavily on-screen time with little else happening in the classroom and teachers sitting behind their desks watching their own screens. To me that seems to be an instructional choice rather than a curriculum based one. On average I use the laptops 2-3 times per week for less than 20 minutes in a period. During this time, I am circulating around the room having discussions with kids.
    When I survey my students the majority feel that the pace of the curriculum is right on track, however there is small portion of students that master the learning objectives before their peers. As an educator, I believe I should be required to use professional judgement to adapt materials and extend them if I see that need for my individual students; this is part of my job. I have a good storyline and curriculum to work from so I can do this differentiation and provide these opportunities to challenge all students…
    Because we want our curriculum to be localized and specific for our diverse SPS learners, I also feel it is important to collaborate with teachers across the district to enrich the curriculum.
    I have student growth data that I would be happy to examine with you in a separate setting where we have more time. I also invite you to come and see the rich thinking and learning happening by students in my classroom.  The NGSS standards require students to engage in ALL practices not just planning and carrying out investigations. If you come visit you will see students engaging in analyzing evidence, discussing data and constructing/ revising models and explanations, obtaining and evaluating information to further revise their models, asking questions and designing/ testing solutions.
    Megan Batty
    7th Grade Science Teacher

    From the Counseling Office  

    ★ NEW Parent Institute Monthly Newsletter 

    ★ May Newsletter:

    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!  Go Hawks!! 

    Saturday, May 18th

    Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Mercer MS | 1:00pm | @Rainer Beach
    Boys JV Soccer vs. Eckstein 2 MS | 12:30pm | @Ingraham

    Varsity Volleyball vs. Madison MS | 12:30pm | @Chief Sealth
    Volleyball JV vs. Madison MS | 8:00am | @Chief Sealth
    Volleyball JV2 vs. Denny 2 | 2:00pm | @Chief Sealth

    Boys Soccer

      Varsity Schedule (updated 4/5) |  Varsity Standings (updated 5/6) 
    Junior Varsity Schedule (updated 4/5)
    Girls Volleyball
    Varsity Schedule (updated 4/16) | Varsity Standings (updated 5/13) 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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    ★ Updated One More FOMAHI Board Member Needed for 2019-2020 

    We are almost there.  Five lucky people have filled almost all the FOMAHI position, except one remains:  Orchestra Co-President.  Despite the lofty title, the role is pretty straight forward, and doesn’t take a lot of time.

    • Co-president Orchestra
      • 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

    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.    

    ★ NEW 
    Jazz Night and Swing Dance Thursday, May 23rd 

    Free swing dance lesson at 6:30

    Come and hear and dance to the award winning Hamilton Vocal Jazz and Jazz Bands on May 23. Free swing dance lesson at 6:30 so you will look like a pro on the dance floor.  How much fun is that?? 

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    HOST After-School Program

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    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

    Upcoming Dates: 
    LHS Meet the Coaches Night & Athletics Meeting
      May 22 | 6:30pm | John Marshall Building
    PTSA Membership Meeting & Social (Click here to RSVP)
    June 10 | 6:30pm | Peddler Brewing Company 

    10th Grade Welcome Night (Students Only)
    Tuesday, August 27
    9th Grade Welcome Night (Students Only)
    Thursday, August 29
    LHS Ribbon Cutting (2pm) & Back to School Family Night
    Tuesday, September 3rd
    for more information on these dates please follow the LHS PTSA (link below) 

    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 

    Other ways to stay Connected

    Lincoln HS Website:
    Twitter:   @lincoln_seattle  @CoreyEichner

    Lincoln PTSA Website:
    PTSA Newsletters:  Newsletters
    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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    Ballard High School Spring Play 

    Ballard High School Playmakers tackle gun violence in 
    Bang Bang You’re Dead! and Eric LaRue
    May 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 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.

    ★ NEW Nathan Hale HS Youth Soccer Camp 

    RAIDER BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER CAMP FOR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOLERS will be held July 8-12, 2019.  Register now before spots fill up!  Elementary school hours: 9am -12pm.  Middle School hours: 1–4 pm.  Location: Jane Addams Middle School.  $100.00 per Player.  Price includes 5 days of camp, T-shirt, soccer ball and coaching by Nathan Hale Soccer Team & Coach(es). Contact  for link to registration and any additional questions. 

    Roosevelt HS Youth Summer Camps 

    RHS Youth Summer Camp Information

    Rider Girls Basketball Camp | July 8-11 
    9-11 am or 1-4 pm
    Coach Thomas |

    Boys Basket Ball Camp | July 15-18
    Roosevelt High School Boys Basketball Camp July 15-18, 9am-3pm: Join Us This Summer! We'd love to have your player on the RHS court this summer with Head Coach Ben Scheffler and the Roosevelt boys basketball teams. It's a great opportunity to learn new skills and improve your play with our staff and current Varsity and JV players. All skill levels welcome from grades 4th-9th. Questions? Email:
    To register, click on link:

    Football Camp | July 23-25
    Coach Sherlock |

    Volleyball Middle School Camp | July 22-25
    July 22-24th 9am-4pm, July 25th 9am-12pm 
    Coach Hurd

    This camp is for girls entering 7th-9th grade. All skill levels welcome. Led by Roosevelt High School coaches assisted by Roosevelt High School Varsity and JV players. Fun and fast-moving! Campers should bring water, lunch and energy snacks. Each player gets a camp t-shirt. Get all the Details:
    Registration form:

    Roosevelt HS Football Team 

    Welcome to another great year of Roosevelt Football, go Rough Riders! We look forward to a very competitive, exciting and fun football campaign in 2019. All paperwork is now on-line on the Roosevelt website, please take the time and effort to download and fill out the needed paperwork and pay for all fees. Please return all completed paperwork to Mrs. Downing in the main office at Roosevelt High School beginning May 1st. All in coming 8th graders will need to pay for all fees with a check made out to Roosevelt High school and hand it in to the main office at Roosevelt. There are few up coming dates that are very important for all in coming and returning Roosevelt Football players. 
    May 23rd, 4:30-6pm (6:15- 7:00 for family BBQ)
    May 28th, 29th: 9th Graders IMPACT TESTING
    May 30th and 31st: All retuning players + incoming freshmen, current 8th graders
    June 3rd: Spring Practice Begins!!!
    You can find all of the information you need at the following address: or Roosevelt Football website:
    Thank you from Coach Sherlock and I look forward to the up-coming season. Team First, Always Compete and NO EXCUSES!! WHO RIDES!

    ★ NEW Woodland Soccer Club Fall 2019 

    Sun, positive play, recreational soccer for kids in the Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford, and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods. Play soccer with your neighborhood friends and classmates, ages 5-18. Early registration discounts are available until June 28. Register here:
    Volunteers always needed and welcomed for a variety of roles. To learn more, email

    ★ NEW 
    North Seattle Titans Football 

    Free Skills camp 6/02/19 Sunday 3-5 pm check in is at 2:30 pm. 

    It is a free camp that we host at Ingraham High School.  Each participant gets a free Titans tee shirt. We do basics football skills and drills. It gives families exposure to our program and our brand of Football! 

    To sign up just RSVP name, age and grade to me @

    ★ NEW 
    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 

    ★ NEW 
    Transform Your Child's Summer! 

    Studies have shown that students can regress in their math knowledge by up to two and a half months over the summer. Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle in Ballard can help your student avoid this “summer slide” with Summer Power Math Workout Programs focusing on numerical fluency, fractions, multiplication, algebra readiness, geometry readiness and more. Contact Mathnasium to plan your child’s summer program at: 206-588-0460 or Learn more at

    Babysitter Training 

    Saturday, June 22, 2019, 12:30pm to 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.  6532 Phinney Ave N
    Cost: $45 PNA member, $55 Public
    Register here:

    Seattle Cascades Ultimate Clinic

    Seattle Cascades is Seattle's pro ultimate team. We combine forces with our elite women's teams to coach our clinics. Clinics are for ALL: beginner to advanced, all genders. Cost is $35 for the clinic, or $50 includes a disc, shorts, or shirt (one item)

    Sunday, May 26th
          Genesee Playfields - Upper (turf)
          Elementary School  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
          Middle School  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 
    Register here:

    • All abilities are welcome
    • We have cleats to share if needed
    • Allergy sensitive snacks are provided
    • Scholarship is given to all who need it. No questions asked.

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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

    Click for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

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