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    Sept 23 

    HBGC After School Programs begin

    Sept 24 

    Curriculum Night 

    • 6 - 6:30pm | 6th Grade & New Families Only | Gym

    • 6:30 - 8pm | All Grades

    Sept 25 

    SkiBus Parent Meeting | 7:00 - 8:00pm | HIMS Commons

    Oct 4 

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

    Oct 11 

    State in Service Day – NO SCHOOL

    Oct 14 

    Picture Day

    Oct 14–18 

    DiscoverU College and Career Discovery Week

    Oct 15 

    PTSA Board Meeting | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Library

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

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    The Hamilton PTSA hosts/supports many school activities, and also distributes the Hamilton Weekly News, which contains important information from the school, FOMAHI, HBGC/HOST, PTSA and the local community.  If you are a returning user, please update your student’s grade level in order to ensure grade appropriate communication (see instructions below).  They can sign-up here:

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    Purchase your Membership in the Hamilton PTSA!

    The Hamilton PTSA provides key support for students, teachers and staff.  Now you can purchase your Hamilton PTSA membership online! Membership dues are tax-deductible, and full scholarships are available.

    Get listed in the Online Hamilton Family Directory!

    You can edit your family’s contact information at any time and look up classmates on the go. (Note: Online Directory password will be sent home with your student)

    * Are You a Returning User?

    1. Sign in using the same email/password as last year.
    2. Click on the "Start Here" button in the sidebar.
    3. Click on the “edit” button to review/update all your information, e-mail preferences, online directory settings, and student’s grade.
    4. Click on the “save” button to save any changes.
    5. Click on the “next” button to order your PTSA membership for 2018–19!

    Have additional questions?  Want to request a membership scholarship? Contact our PTSA Membership Co-Chairs at for assistance.

    Hamilton PTSA Board Members Needed

    Hamilton PTSA is seeking volunteers to join our board for the 2019-2020 school year. Want to help, but not sure what's involved, reach out and let's chat! Please contact Miki Takihana, Vice President of Hamilton PTSA at for more information. Open positions include:

     – Co-chair for Fundraising
     – Assistant Treasurer (corporate matching grants)
     – Assistant Treasurer (fundraising revenue)
     – VP for Events

    ★ NEW First Fridays Parent Coffee

    Wondering what's going on at school? Wanna chat with teachers, administrators or other parents in a casual setting? Like FREE COFFEE?

    Come to our first First Friday Parents' Coffee (10/4), right after drop off in the Hamilton Library. This month's special guests—Principal Manza and fellow administrators. See you there!

    Mark your calendars now for this recurring series: First Fridays Parent Coffees, featuring a rotating set of school guests. And free Top Pot Doughnuts & coffee (or tea) donated by the Klebeck family!!

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    ★ UPDATE 6th Grade Parents Orientation & All-School Curriculum Night

    Dear Hamilton International Families,

    Please join us for Curriculum Night next Tuesday, September 24. Curriculum Night is a chance to spend a few hours in your student's shoes. You will enjoy the experience of following your student's schedule through the day, starting in 1st period and ending in 6th period. In each classroom, the teacher will give an overview of themselves, the goals and plans for the year, and take general Q&A if time remains (if you've got questions specific to your student, the school asks that you connect with the teacher directly at a different time). After 10-15 minutes, we will let everyone know it's time to switch classes and you move on to the next period. Keep an eye out for other parents as you do–you'll get to see who your student bumps into during passing time. The intended audience for Curriculum Night is parents and other care givers, though some teachers invite their students to come help (which is cool).

    • Bring your student's schedule (including room numbers) with you.
    • Plan to be there for the whole duration (if possible) in order to hear from all the teachers.
    • 6th Grade families (and any families who are new to Hamilton) have a special orientation in the gym 30 min before Curriculum Night, where Principal Manza will talk more generally about Hamilton and introduce key staff. We will also have some PTSA representatives talk about how you can get involved.
    • PTSA Members will be on hand to answer questions and help with email/membership sign-up.


    The schedule for the evening is:

      • 6th Grade and New Family Parent Meeting -- 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (gym)   • 7th & 8th Grade Parent Arrival – 6:25 pm to 6:30 pm

    Period 1   –   6:35 pm to 6:45 pm

    Period 2   –   6:50 pm to 7 pm

    Period 3   –   7:05 pm to 7:15 pm

    Period 4   –   7:20 pm to 7:30 pm

    Period 5   –   7:35 pm to 7:45 pm

    Period 6   –   7:50 pm to 8 pm

    Go Hawks!
    Dorian Manza

    ★ NEW  Advanced Learning Referral Deadline: September 23, 2019

    Referral deadline is Sept. 23rd, next Monday.

    The Advanced Learning referral window closes next Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:00pm. Please remind your teachers to encourage families to refer their students, if they believe they may be eligible for Advanced Learning services. Parents must refer their student to be considered for eligibility.

    Parents or guardians can refer with paper referrals (translated into nine languages.) Advanced Learning has communicated with office staff at every elementary school regarding paper referrals. Offices are equipped to coordinate the submission of referrals. Translated referral documents are available on the sidebar of the Advanced Learning Referrals website.

    Referral and test scheduling are completed online via the Source. To begin, parents login to their Parent or Guardian account on the Source, and click on the “Advanced Learning” button to start the referral process.

    Contact our Care Team with questions at or 206-252-0130.

    ★ NEW  The CharacterStrong Curriculum

    Hamilton Families,

    Part of our mission at Hamilton is to educate students to succeed and contribute in a diverse world. We believe that this includes educating the whole child with regular time spent on social-emotional learning. One structure we use at Hamilton to provide social-emotional learning is our Advisory program. This year, students have Advisory every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during the first 25 minutes of 1st period. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays students will have time to work on homework, get help from teachers, make up quizzes/tests, and participate in clubs. Advisory teachers will also check in with their students about organization and academic progress.

    Every Monday, we will be using the CharacterStrong curriculum. The CharacterStrong curriculum is built around "Eight Essential" character traits (patience, kindness, humility, respect, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty and commitment) and the social-emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. In addition, each week, students will be given a new challenge ("CharacterDare") that helps them to practice one of the eight character traits in their daily lives. The following week they are given an opportunity to reflect on their experience either with trying the challenge or by sharing what they think or believe about that week’s CharacterDare. See below for an example.

    CharacterDare Example: See the Good

    Carefully observe those with whom you interact and identify something positive you can acknowledge. Give a genuine and thoughtful compliment based on your observations. Sometimes we can catch ourselves noticing the negatives around us without taking a pause to see the good, too. After taking the time to see good in someone else, take the time to share with that person what you noticed and the impact they have on others and yourself.


    We are excited to see how focusing this focus on character traits and social-emotional skills helps us develop and grow as individuals and as a school community! Please contact your student’s advisory teacher, counselor, or administrator if you have any questions or concerns about how we are supporting their social-emotional learning this year at Hamilton.

    Go Hawks!
    Bethany Sjoberg
    Assistant Principal

    ★ NEW School News

    Would your 8th grader like to be a TA this year? Great teachers need their help! Have them pick up a TA form, located on the shelf outside RM 105C. Once they have submitted the completed form, they will receive a Pass to report to Ms. Peila and make a choice from the list of teachers that have requested a TA at this time.

    If your student is taking the After-School Activities bus, for Hamilton Boys & Girls Club or after school sports, make sure to get a Transportation form from the Information area of the office and submit it to Ms. Porter in office 104 as soon as possible. If she isn’t in her office, leave the form in the black mailbox to the right of the door.

    All student Orca cards need to be picked up at the attendance office by Friday, September 20th. All unclaimed cards will be sent back to the district office after this date.

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    ★ Updated Fall Sports

    Girls Soccer
    Coed Frisbee

    For more information:

    Hamilton Athletics:
     – Webpage 
    Seattle Schools:
     – SPS Athletics Webpage 
     – Schedules and Information
     – Follow SPS Athletics on Twitter

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    ★ NEW  Hello New & Returning Hamilton Families!

    The Hamilton Boys and Girls after school programs sign up is now live!

    NEW THIS YEAR – Field Trips! We’re piloting this with the Minecraft Club for Fall session. Students in this club will be taking an after school field trip (leaving during Advisory or 6th period due to MoPOP’s Fall hours) to see the Minecraft Exhibit on December 9th! The transportation and field trip fee is included in the class fee. Depending on the interest level and success of the field trip for this class, we’re looking at adding field trips to our Art, D&D, and Magic the Gathering programs during the Winter and Spring sessions. So your feedback on the matter would be greatly appreciated!

    Registration Link :

    If you experience any issues with the online registration, submit a ticket through the Dash Platform system but ALSO let me know if possible. If you have any questions, feel free to send them my way!


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    ★ NEW  Get Connected with with FOMAHI!

    We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for—and supports—the school’s music program. Throughout the year, we license sheet music, pay for instrument tuning and repairs, subsidize out-of-state trips to major competitions, fund additional classroom instruction, and provide scholarships to students in need.

    NEW and RETURNING music students, please register your music student(s) today at $25 registration fee is requested, but not required. Click "register" on the left column.

    ★ NEW  Register for Junior Jazz Band

    Registration for Fall Junior Jazz is now open.

    Junior Jazz is a fee-based, after-school enrichment program that develops concepts in jazz and improvisation, that is managed by FOMAHI. Students need to have at least one year of experience on their instrument. All grades are welcome.

    Fees: $100/session, financial assistance is available.

    Beginning September 10th, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 3:55pm to 5pm.

    Jr. Jazz 2 meets in the band room (124) and Jr. Jazz 1 meets in the choir room (111).

    Register at under “Jazz at Hamilton”.

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    ★ NEW SkiBus! SkiBus! SkiBus!

    Registration is open now (at! The 2019-20 ski season is right around the corner (well, really it is months away), and please consider signing up for the 2019-20 Ski Bus. Weather permitting, we will have 6 after school Friday trips to the Summit at Snoqualmie starting in early January. The earlier people sign up the better, so we can commit to a specific number of buses. Signups after November will be considered, depending on space. We will have an information meeting in early October for parents, including information about volunteering and scholarships.

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator (school parent volunteer) Jan Tackett at: 206.297.7616 or

    ★ NEW 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 1300 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.


    Join us for this one day workshop, 100% dedicated to girls who play music. You'll be surrounded by kind and supportive girls who care about music. You will learn and be inspired by top female jazz educators. Grades 6-12, all instruments (including strings and voice). Service hours for grades 10-12. Sliding scale fee, including FREE option. More info at


    Bellevue College Jazz Band director Jim Sisko will demystify the college audition experience for you. Learn how to set yourself apart from the competition, prepare for recorded and live auditions, and select the school that's right for you. Parents welcome! Grades 9-12, all instruments and voice. Sliding scale fee. More info and list of participating colleges and universities at


    Advance your musical improvisation and theory knowledge in this 10-week class with Steve Treseler. Whatever musical level you’re at, there’s a Fall Jazz Club for you. Grades 4-12 with 1-2 years of playing experience (and singers!). More info at


    Play and perform in JazzED Big Bands under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Deb Schaaf, alongside dedicated students from the Seattle region. Advanced players looking for something different will want to try the New Works Ensemble with Wayne Horvitz. String players welcome in the JazzED Youth Orchestra. Top bands travel to New York City in the spring! Opportunities for grades 5-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at


    Let your voice soar! As Nina Simone was known to do, we bring together a broad range of styles, but are always steeped in gospel and folk traditions. Directed by Shaina Shepherd, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at


    Have drumming experience? Be part of building a groove-based drumline on brand new Yamaha drums with director Tony Sodano (Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline). FUN is the operative word. We’ll be making the crowd move! Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

    ★ NEW Ballard High School's 2019-2020 Theatrical Season

    Radium Girls | October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 201

    A hundred years ago, radium was a miracle cure used to fight cancer. It was quickly commercialized and used in products for consumers, including luminous watches that glowed in the dark. Radium Girls tells the story of the New Jersey factory girls who hand-painted the dials until they mysteriously became ill, started dying, and ultimately fought back.

    Musical Theater production:

    Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019

    This comedy musical is based on the film which starred Olivia Newton-John. It’s 1980, and Venice Beach chalk-artist Sonny is frustrated by his mural of the Greek muses. A Greek muse named Kira dispatches to L.A., disguised as a human to encourage him in his art. Together they dream of opening a roller disco club named Xanadu. Xanadu is a love story with legwarmers and campy music.

    Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

    Set in the 1980s at a large home just north of Manhattan, the deputy mayor of New York has accidentally shot himself. As four couples gather for a 10th anniversary wedding party, the mayor’s lawyer must quickly concoct a story to avoid a scandal. Speculation quickly piles up, leading to laughable, ludicrous moments. Rumors is written by Neil Simon.

    Tickets – $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are now available at; (search for "Ballard High School.") To request discounted season or group tickets, please contact Shawn Riley at

    View the full press release at:

    If you'd like more details, please contact me at 206-465-9532,

    ★ NEW Woodland Soccer Club

    Woodland Soccer Club (recreational soccer) still has some space available for kids interested in playing soccer this fall at the following age groups:

     – Girls U12 (usually 6th graders)  
     – Boys U13 & U14 (usually 7th and 8th graders)

    Information on registration is here, and we have scholarships available for those families who may need the assistance.

    Games start the weekend of September 7, but we can take new players beyond that point as well.

    Anyone interested should register ASAP and then follow-up with me directly to let me know you've registered:

    We'll be able to accommodate kids in order of registration.

    ★ NEW One on One Basketball Seattle

    Pre-Season Player Development Programs & Weekly Shooting Clinics  
     – Ravenna CC, Meadowbrook CC, or Queen Anne CC  
     – join our internationally renown progressive basketball skills program  
     – prepare for middle school / high school basketball with our best instructors!

    Look up class days and times, and register at:

    ★ NEW SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops

    Is your young one a budding filmmaker? SIFF Filmmaking Fall Workshops are here!

    Scholarships available to students on free or reduced lunch. Learn about these programs and more at or email:

    Thanksgiving Filmmaking Camp at LANGSTON. While teachers and parents are meeting the three days before Thanksgiving (Nov 25-27), kids will be learning how to make movies! Open to all students age 9-12.

    Crash Kids (age 9-12) and Crash Student (age 13-17) at the SIFF Film Center. Work with mentors and peers to make a film in 8-hours and see it on the big screen that day!

    LANGSTON presents Crash Documentary. A three-session workshop (Sep 21, Oct 6, Oct 20) for black teens to learn documentary filmmaking. Learn how to develop a story from a real world source.

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