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    June 13 

    Band Concert | 7:00pm | Hamilton Gym

    June 18 

    PTSA Membership Meeting & Bystander Intervention Training | 6:30-8:30pm | Hamilton Library

    June 20 

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

    June 26

    End of Year Activites | During the School Day 
    8th Grade - Argosy Cruise | 7th Grade - "Take Over The School" | 6th Grade - Family Fun Center | See the Letter from the Principal for more information 

    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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    Join us for the final PTSA Membership Meeting of the year!

    Join us for the final PTSA Membership Meeting of the year!

    It's going to be an exciting one. We'll be nominating and electing next year's board, reviewing and approving next year's budget, and building up our skills with Bystander Intervention Training from CAIR

    Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30-8:30 in the Hamilton Commons. Parents, Students, Staff, Community members are all welcome!

    P.S. If you're interested in being a part of the PTSA next year, drop us a line--we'd love to have a non-committal chat with you!

    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!

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     Letter from the Principal

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    ★ NEW Principal Dorian Manza 

    Dear Hamilton Families,

    I hope you are enjoying these record temperatures or finding a way to beat the heat!  Our students and staff have been very busy the last few weeks and we are looking forward to finishing the year strong.  Because of the snow day cancellations our last day of school will be on Thursday, June 27, which means we only have 10 days of school left.  Please be sure to notify the Attendance Office if your student will be absent for one or more of those days.

    Below you will find some highlights of recent events as well as information and reminders on our year end activities.

    2019 Sustainability Week 
    In 2017-18, some of our staff members began a practice of working together on a project that would give our students an interdisciplinary look at an internationally themed topic.  This year we had even more staff become involved in the program, including staff members in World Languages, Art, Science and the Language Arts.  The focus this year was the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.  (If you haven’t seen the Sustainable Development Goals, you and your family might find them interesting to explore - they were adopted by the UN Member States in 2015 and reflect a broad range of topics including but not limited to gender equality, zero hunger, affordable and clean energy and “life below water.”)  We are excited to continue this kind of challenging and interdisciplinary work in the future as part of the international education for students at Hamilton.

    1. Door Decorating Contest – Students participated in a door decorating contest showcasing one of the sustainable goals in their advisory period.

    2. HIMS TALKS – There were three HIMS TALKS during advisory on June 3rd, 4th, and 6th with speakers from Seattle Coffee Works/EarthCorps, Seattle Public Utilities, and Amazon’s Worldwide Sustainability Team. 

    3. Viewing of the Film Inventing Tomorrow – Students had the opportunity to watch Inventing Tomorrow, a documentary about “passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats.”  The film focuses on these students while they prepare for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

    4. Gallery Walk – On June 5th there was gallery walk for teachers who completed sustainability projects in their departments. Students had the opportunity to circulate among classes and reflect on each other’s work. 

    Arts and Music Performances:
    Our Choir, Orchestra, and Drama students have been working hard this spring!  Congratulations to the Choir and Orchestra for incredible performances at their end-of-year concerts.  In addition, thank you to our students in Drama for the wonderful HIMPROV event and the HIMS Student Film Festival.  The Hamilton Concert Bands will perform tonight in their final concert of the year.

    End of Year Activities:


    Who: 8th Grade Students, Parents/Families
    What: 8th Grade Promotion & PTSA-Hosted Reception 
    Where: Promotion Ceremony – GYM, Reception – PLAYTOP (Plan B: COMMONS)
    When: Thursday, June 20, 2019, Promotion Ceremony – *2:15-3:15PM, Reception – 3:15-3:45PM
    WHY: To celebrate our 8th Grade students on their hard work and next steps to high school (and beyond)!

    Thursday, June 20- Promotion
    Friday, June 21- Year-end grade level (grades 6 and 7) celebration assemblies 
    Wednesday, June 26

    • 6th Grade Field Trip to the Family Fun Center 
    • 7th Grade On-Campus “Take Over the School!” Movie Day and Field Day
    • 8th Grade Cruise

    Thursday, June 27- Last Day of School! 1-Hour Early Dismissal  

    Go Hawks!
    Dorian Manza 
    Hamilton International Middle School 

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    Yearbook News! 

    Is your student worried that they missed their chance to order a yearbook?  We will have approximately 90 extra books to sell in June, and they will be sold on a first-come first serve basis.  The cost of Hamilton yearbooks at this date is $35 and all proceeds net of the publishing costs go to benefit our Hamilton student body via the Hamilton Associated Student Body (ASB).

    The list of students who ordered a yearbook is posted on Tuesday, May 28th in the Commons, and we will start accepting orders in the office on Monday, June 3.  An option to pay online will also be available on Schoolpay on Monday, June 3 at 8:30 am.  If you have any questions about yearbook orders, please contact Fiscal Specialist Lisa Melenyzer at!

    ★ Updated 
    End of the year 8th Grade Events

    8th Grade Argosy Cruise:

    Permission forms due: June 7th  
    Cruise:  Wednesday, June 26 (during the school day)
    More Information:

    8th Grade Promotion & Reception: 

    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    Promotion: 2:15pm-3:15pm
    Reception: 3:15pm-3:45pm

    Summary of the Schedule for Promotion Day:

    • Students will attend their regular 1st-3rd period classes.
    • For 4th period (11:45a) students will report to specific teachers based on last name. 
    • At 12:00p students will begin promotion rehearsal. 
    • Students will then have lunch @ 1:15p-1:45p. Students may use this time to change clothes, etc. 
    • After lunch students will return to their assigned teacher.
    • Students will then proceed to the blacktop before entering the gym for the promotion ceremony. 

    Students will also be given a copy of the schedule with times at the end of this week to take home. They will also be sent home with a phonetics/pronunciation sheet. This sheet is to help ensure the speaker(s) say everyone’s name correctly. We ask that students and parents fill it out, parents sign, and students bring back to school.


    From the Library

    The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens, and Sleep in the United States

    It's no secret that our phones keep us captivated. Parents don't need research to tell them that smartphones and other mobile devices are both an essential tool and a frequent distraction. But just how far does that distraction extend into families' daily lives?

    New research from Common Sense shows that those glowing screens are keeping many of us—and our kids—from getting a good night's sleep. In this timely follow-up to our 2016 report on device distraction, parents and teens reveal how device use affects their routines, relationships, and sleep habits—from where they keep phones at night to how often digital notifications wake them up (and why).

    Find out what the data shows and learn more about what you can do to have a healthier relationship with your devices—and your kids.

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    Band Concert 

      Band Concert Thursday, June 13:  7 pm in the Hamilton Gym. 
      7:00-7:45 Beginning and Intermediate Bands
      8:00-8:45 Junior and Senior Bands
      The usual bake and Banh Mi sale before and during the concert.

      • Sign up to help with bake sale here.
      • Sign up to help with operations here

      Chamber Night Monday, June 17:  7 pm in the Hamilton Commons

      One More FOMAHI Board Member Needed for 2019-2020 

      We are almost there.  Five people already volunteered for FOMAHI positions next year, but 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, together with other co-presidents
        • 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 Co-Presidents so you can learn the ropes directly.    

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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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      8th Grade Transition

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      Lincoln High School

      Upcoming Dates: 
      June 19
      Orchestra Kick-off | 4:30-7pm | @Hamilton MS Orchestra Room

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

      Lincoln High School Orchestra Kick-Off 

      Calling all Lincoln bound orchestra students.  You are invited to our kickoff gathering on June 19 from 4:30-7 pm at Hamilton, in the orchestra room! Because Lincoln is still a construction zone,  we are starting up just next door at Hamilton. We'll have snacks, drinks and a t-shirt contest--if you can design a splendid and zesty t-shirt for Lincoln Orchestras, you will win a prize. Colors are black and red, and you can include clefs or whatever looks striking--be creative! 
      Bring your ideas and we will all share our thoughts to developing a culture and strong orchestra program at Lincoln.  Meet your fellow orchestra members and have fun! Please RSVP by email to Lincoln orchestra director Vicki Greenbaum at email (or gmail account at  Or mobile: 650-766-7244 (texts welcome)

      ★ NEW  Lincoln High School Orchestra Camp in August 

      Also planned is an August get together for both orchestras separately to start playing together.
      Please complete the following polls to see which dates work best for you:

      Link for Concert Orchestra doodle poll:
      Link for Chamber Orchestra doodle poll:

      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

      Ballard Senior High School

      Tuesday, 6/25 at 7:00 p.m. at Ballard HS PAC for all students who will be involved with the BHS Music Department next year.  It is a time to meet the teachers, learn about the program, hear from current students, and meet other students that will be in the program next fall! We will also be talking about next year's calendar of events. If you have any questions let us know

      Ballard Performing Arts  (BPA) Auditions
      BPA Band, Jazz, Orchestra & Choir Audition Info | Current & Incoming Students
      Please visit the BPA Website for complete band and jazz audition instructions. 
      Be sure to look for the correct sign up link on the webpage as well as links to the Audition packets.  

      Please visit the BPA Website for complete Orchestra audition instructions. 
      Use the Auction Packets links posted on the right side of the webpage.

      Incoming 9th graders do not need to audition. Students with upper register voices (soprano/alto) should sign up for Treble Choir and students with lower register voices (tenor/bass) should sign up for Concert Choir. Women's Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble callback auditions will take place in the fall.

      Visit the Ballard Performing Arts for updated information.


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      Lincoln Senior High School

      Please see 8th Grade Transition Section above for current LHS Information

      ★ Updated 
      Spanish Curriculum Adoption   

      We will be displaying materials at the HIMS open house on June 12th in the library (4:30-6:30) for AP Spanish Language & Culture, a class that many of our own Hamilton 8th graders are slated to take as soon as next year at Lincoln High School (many others, both in our DLI and WL* cohorts will take the class by sophomore/junior year at Lincoln and other SPS high schools). 

      Materials are currently on display in the Hamilton Library. Please sign in saying you have viewed them, and you may leave comments or questions on the clipboard. 

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      One on One Basketball Seattle Presents... 

      Summer Camps are open for registration NOW!
      Ravenna CC, Magnuson CC, Queen Anne CC
       - Several camp opportunities for middle school players to improve over summer.
       - Pure Stroke Shooting Technique Camps
       - Intensive Hoops Camps
       - Rising High School Player Training Camps

      Check the schedule at all our area locations by clicking on the link below, 
      then click on CAMPS:  

      ★ NEW German Language School of Seattle 

      Preregistration for the next school year has started and we are looking for new families to join our vibrant community! We are also looking for new colleagues to join our team of highly motivated and engaging German teachers!

      The German Language School of Seattle offers German courses for students of all ages, including adults. With over 50 years of experience, we offer excellence in language learning and provide students with cultural encounters with the German-speaking countries. Students can take a number of tests to document their language proficiency while developing intercultural skills for academic and professional success in a globalized world. 

      Please join us for a free trial lesson! Questions? Please contact the Principal at and take a look at our website:

      ★ NEW 
      Ingraham Ultimate 

      Welcome Wagon event at the Ingraham Gym, June 19th at 6:30pm.
      Ingraham Boys ultimate invites rising Ingraham freshmen to come to the Welcome Wagon event at the Ingraham Gym, June 19th at 6:30pm.
      Speak with some of the Rams Ultimate Squad and get your questions answered! They look forward to meeting you!! 
      Visit the Ingraham Athletics website for lots of information:
      Boys HS Ultimate is a fall sport.Try outs will start the week of August 19th.

      North End High School Ultimate Camp: July 29th- August 2nd. 
      All students attending north end high schools are also invited to participate in the North End HS Ultimate camp the week of July 29th- August 2nd. It is run through DiscNW and is a great opportunity for freshman to connect with each other. For more information, please go to

      ★ NEW Ballard HS Ultimate 

      ATTENTION INCOMING ULTIMATE FRISBEE PLAYERS! Ballard High School’s Ultimate program-BUF (Ballard Ultimate Frisbee/Ballard Ultimate Family) wants to know who your kids are! If your incoming freshman student would like to sign up, please go to this link:
      Even if you’re on the fence and just want to stay informed, please sign up to stay posted on the latest info. Boys season starts practice before school begins (girls may round up some summer activities too), so come try it out-new players welcome, no experience necessary! Ultimate is tons of fun and a great & positive group to be involved with in High School. Come join the Ballard Ultimate Family!
      Questions can be sent to

      Junior All-City Band Camp

      Summer marching band camp for students entering grades 7 and 8.  There is also a version for older kids.  Links below:

      Summer Saxophone Institute

      Seattle Saxophone Institute (5th Annual)
      Middle School Week (Incoming Grades 7-9)
      (Students entering 9th Grade may also register for High-School Session)
      Dates: July 22 – 25, 9 AM – 3 PM Daily
      Location: Roosevelt High School
      Faculty: Dr. Evan Smith, Neil Welch, Kate Olson, Peter Daniel
      The Seattle Saxophone Institute is the premier summer music opportunity for area saxophonists.  It features a faculty of four world-class performer-educators, along with daily guest artists and a professional rhythm section.  The camp’s mission is to offer a fun and supportive environment for students to express themselves in the many different genres of music. 
      Students will study the fundamentals of tone and technique, classic jazz improvisation, big-band section playing, free improvisation, classical saxophone, and more!  At the end of the week, students perform a final concert at The Royal Room jazz club!
      *      *      *      *     *     *     *
       High School Week (Incoming Grades 9-12)
      Dates: July 29 - Aug 1
      Location: Roosevelt High School
      Faculty: Dr. Evan Smith, Neil Welch, Dr. Idit Shner, Mark Taylor

      ★ NEW
      Wallingford Public Library Levy 

      Vote YES for more Wallingford Library Branch Hours

      The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to put on the August ballot a measure to renew and increase levy funds for Seattle Public Libraries. If this measure passes, the Wallingford branch (next to Hamilton and Lincoln) will be able to operate on Fridays, and for more hours during other days of the week. Please look for the ballot in your mailbox in late July, and vote YES!

      library levy link:  

      Wallingford branch link:  

      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 

      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

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        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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