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    Upcoming Events

    Hamilton PTSA

    Oct 13

    Last Day for Hawks Gear

    Oct 14

    Picture Day

    Oct 14–18

    DiscoverU College and Career Discovery Week

    Oct 15

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

    Oct 23

    PTSA General Membership meeting | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Hamilton Library

    Nov 14

    LGBTQ Families Dinner | 6:00 - 8:00pm | Meany Middle School

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

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    PTSA Annual Fund Drive

    The 2019 PTSA Annual Fund Drive has begun!

    This is your opportunity to really help the PTSA make a difference in our kids' middle school experience! Remember, it takes a village!

    Here are some of the things your donation will go towards:

    Our teachers in fostering academic excellence.

      ·   Grade-specific enrichment activities and field trips
      ·   Teacher classroom grants and professional development
      ·   Department-level materials and enrichment

    Our students with enrichment opportunities.

      ·   Our HOST program: scholarships and programming
      ·   After school sports program: equipment and uniforms
      ·   Academic planners for every student

    Our community in building and strengthening Hamilton.

      ·   All-school events
      ·   Building Hamilton’s international cross-curriculum opportunities and identity
      ·   Extra counseling and staffing

    This year's goal is $150K — And we can't do it without YOU. Suggested donation is $300, but participation looks different for every family.


    For more info: PTSA Fundraising page

    October 23rd General Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, October 23
    HIMS Library

    Pleae join us for our first General Membership meeting of the year. It's going to be a packed program, including presentations from the following HIMS staff committees:

    International School Focus Team
    Racial Equity Team
    The Instructional Council
    Character Strong Program Team

    Following the presentations we will conduct elections to fill vacant PTSA Board positions, including Treasurer.

    Join the Hamilton PTSA

    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. 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.

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

    Hamilton PTSA Board Members Needed

    We have only a few spots left on the Hamilton PTSA board! Come join the fun! Contact Miki Takihana, Vice President of Hamilton PTSA at for more information. Open positions include:

    • Co-chair for Fundraising

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    School News

    Hamilton’s 2019-2020 Spirit Wear is now available to order online. Visit the Hamilton website for the link or pick up a flyer in the main office. Ordering closes Sunday, Oct 13th.

    Order your Hawk Gear here

    Mark your calendars! Picture day is coming on Oct 14th. Packets are coming home with your student. You can order online as well.

    Attention – are you currently a 7th grader that would like to take Spanish 1st year? There are a few spots left. Please see Ms. Peila in Rm 105C.

    PE Waiver paperwork is due! Please check the roster in the commons for additional information. Forms are available in the front office or on the shelf outside of Rm 105C.

    Attention 8th graders: If you want pictures from last year’s Field Day, please come by Ms. Goldsmith’s office. Pictures are first come first serve.

    GSA, don’t forget to get your field trip permission slips turned in to Mx. Ruede or Mr. Shoecraft ASAP!'

    Save The Date: Hamilton Open House

    This year's Hamilton Open House for incoming students wil be on January 28th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

    A Special Note from the Counseling Center

    High school students have recently been involved in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and we want to encourage parents to review some of the resources below and discuss safety with your student as appropriate. Please feel free to contact our Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Kelly Kerby if needed. She is a Substance Use Counselor and experienced in this area: or 206.252.5844.

    More Info:

    Parent Volunteers Needed for Picture Day

    Picture Day is coming on Oct 14th, and Hamilton is looking for some parent volunteers to help usher and guide students. Aiming for at least 6 parents (or more), split in to groups of 2, to occupy the following shifts: 11:50a-1:55p, 2:00p-3:45p. Volunteers will receive a complementary picture packet!

    If interested please contact Mr. Shoecraft at Your volunteer paperwork must be completed before you can volunteer. Mr. Shoecraft can also assist with any questions regarding volunteer paperwork completion.

    HIMS TALKS Looking for Guest Speakers

    Calling all guest speakers!

    Hamilton International Middle School is looking for speakers for the 2019-20 HIMS TALKS. HIMS TALKS are student and community member led talks on topics that speakers are passionate about. The guiding principles behind HIMS TALKS are that they can connect middle schoolers to topics that offer both personal and global perspectives. The basic tenants are to broaden perspectives, cultivate global awareness, and connect community. The talks should be 15 minutes long with a 10 minute Q&A period. They will take place during advisory (8:55am – 9:25am) each month and are open to all students at all grade levels.

    If interested and to receive additional information, please send your contact information to Dana Radcliffe ( We would love to have as many community members as possible come speak to Hamilton students about topics and experiences that they are passionate about this year for HIMS TALKS. Thanks, gracias, and arigato!

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    From Your Administrative Team

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    Student Equity Team (SET) for Success

    Dear HIMS Families,

    HIMS’ Racial Equity Team (RET) is happy to inform you, that we are creating HIMS’ first “Student Equity Team (SET) for Success.” As a community and village for our children, we are continuously searching for ways to infuse equity into all aspects of our school, so we have created a safe platform for our students to talk about such important topics, which directly impact them the most.

    By forming “SET for Success,” we believe that this is a chance for our students to:

    • Incorporate their student voice into our HIMS community and beyond.
    • Collaborate with all staff to foster a safe and healthy climate.
    • Promote an inclusive culture that engages and draws on the assets of students, families, staff, and community members.
    • Encourage conversations about equity, racial equity, and social justice. 

    Students have had the opportunity to learn more about Equity and Racial Equity, in particular, in their Advisory classes, through interactions with HIMS staff and peers, and through past school assemblies. All HIMS students have learned important terms (i.e. Equity, race, racial equity, culture, community) and what being a “SET for Success” representative means to our Hamilton community. “SET for Success” representatives (main and alternate/s) are self-nominated and then teacher/staff selected.

    We will begin meeting at the end of this month of October, and we will continue to have one meeting a month (typically the fourth or last Tuesday of the month, during Advisory). With Admin./Staff support only, we will be working with our students on both student-created and student-led agendas. Please encourage your child to learn more about “SET for Success” in their Advisory class, and, should they be interested in being a representative, to let their Advisory teacher know. If you have any questions about our overall “SET for Success” program, please contact:

    Anne Crowthers, AP/6th Grade Administrator/RET Admin.:
    Tina Camero, 8th Grade Counselor/RET Chair/BSU Moderator:
    John McCartney, RET Representative/Journalism Teacher:

    HIMS RET looks forward to this transformative opportunity for our students, school, and community, as a whole.

    Sincerely, HIMS Racial Equity Team

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    Music News

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    LASSO for Hamilton String Players

    Calling all Hamilton string players. LASSO - the Lincoln Advanced Seminar String Orchestra – is being created for you!

    LASSO is a program being organized by the Lincoln High School Orchestra and the director Vicki Greenbaum. It is being formed to give middle school string players the opportunity for advanced ensemble music making with lively music and learning techniques. Lincoln string players will serve as Music Mentors and help coach the ensembles, with Vicki Greenbaum directing the program. Plus it will be fun!

    Lincoln High School orchestra room C104 (can enter through the Woodlawn door, just a few dozen feet from 42nd street).

    After school from 3:45-4:30 – days TBD, or
    Before school from 7:45-8:30 – days TBD but likely M, W, or F

    Please email Lincoln Orchestra director Vicki Greenbaum at with your interest or more information. Please include your musician’s name, age, instrument, and what days are preferable.

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    Community News

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    ★ UPDATE SkiBus News

    Due to incredible early demand, SKIBUS IS NOW SOLD OUT FOR the 2020 SEASON. We apologize for any disappointment.

    To be put on a wait list, please contact with the following details

    Student name
    Parent phone number and email
    Ski or snowboarding
    Students ability level
    Do they require bus and lessons or just bus

    If you have any questions, please contact the HIMS Ski Bus coordinator (school parent volunteer) Jan Tackett at: 206-297-7616, or at

    Ballard High School's 2019-2020 Theatrical Season

    Radium Girls | October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 201
    Xanadu | March 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28, 2019
    Rumors | May 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2019

    Tickets are $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 BHS Dance Team: Fall Festival Dance Workshop

    Students in grades K-8 are invited to join the Ballard High School Dancers for an afternoon of dancing.

    All participants will learn choreography (taught by the BHS Dance Team members) and receive a BHS Dance T-Shirt. We'll have arts & crafts, face painting, and other fun activities. Costumes are encouraged! A small snack will be provided (gluten, dairy, and nut free).

    Join us on Sunday October 27 from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Ballard High School Gym. Click HERE to register or email us at for more information.

    ★ NEW LGBTQ Families Dinner, Nov. 14

    The annual LGBTQ Families Dinner will be held Thursday, November 14th from 6-8pm at Meany Middle School. All SPS families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. Please share this information with your families.

    If you have questions, or to reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

    Seattle Troop 681

    Where do girls go if they want to go backpacking 50 miles, learn how to treat a broken leg, know how to survive overnight in the wilderness, train to safely shoot a shotgun, or earn the rank of Eagle?

    Troop 681 is an all girl troop in Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) and is currently looking for new members. We are having an open house, Wednesday Oct 16th at Green Lake Elementary at 6:30pm. Any girl in 6th grade and up are welcome to come check us out. Please visit our website for more information, or to register. We are excited to SCOUT YOU IN.

    Adolesco: Language Immersion & Cultural Exchange

    YOU ARE INVITED: We look forward to answering your questions about our life-changing program of language immersion and cultural exchange to FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, and SPAIN at our upcoming Info Meeting:

    Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
    1:00 PM-3:00 PM
    Bellevue Public Library, Meeting Room 3
    1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    Capitol Hill Public Library, Meeting Room
    425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

    Everyone welcome, RSVP and see <> for more information.</>

    Start your application at < pre-application=""> and get in touch with local mom Marie Meyer, the Adolesco Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845. Applications are due on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, with matches announced in early January 2020.</>

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    Main Office: (206) 252-5810 | Attendance:(206) 252-5814


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