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    Oct 25

    7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

    Oct 28

    Spirit Week:

    Marvel Monday / Twin Tuesday / Wacky Wednesday / Costume Thursday / Decades Friday (6th: 60s, 7th: 70s, 8th: 80’s, Staff: 90’s)

    Oct 29

    7th Grade Vision & Hearing Screening

    Nov 1

    'Decades' Dance

    Nov 6 & 7

    Dracula!    6:30pm both nights in the HIMS Commons

    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

    Fundraising Update

    Annual fund drive. We have raised a just under 25% of our goal, with almost 10% participation. Fundraising letters are stuffed and stamped and going in the mail today!!! A big thanks to the helpers at this week's PTSA general meeting. If you donated before last Friday, Thank You! and you might not get a letter.

    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

    Please Vote! The Future of our Schools Depends on you. Ballots due on Tuesday, November 5.

    Four of the seven Directors for Seattle Public Schools are up for election. These Directors will make important decisions around boundaries, building construction, curriculum, and support for option schools. Each voter in Seattle votes in all four races. Be sure that your neighbors and you vote!

    Learn more from the Seattle Times Education Lab about the issues at play and candidates in the North Seattle districts:

    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

    Private School application requests for student records for the 2020-2021 school year, are due no later than December 3rd. Please pick up a HIMS Records request packet from the top of the shelf outside of RM 105C. If you have any questions please email Ms. Peila

    PE WAIVER packets are available in the front office, all “family plans” are due no later than December 3rd, original ink signed coach or instructor letters are due within 2 weeks of the start of the activity. Comprehensive data for students is posted in the commons and updated each Tuesday. Any questions? Email Ms. Peila at


    Don’t miss Hamilton’s Advanced Drama classes productions of Dracula this fall! Cast A (2nd period) will perform on Wednesday, November 6th and Cast B (4th period) will perform on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30pm in the HIMS Commons. Thrills and chills abound in this classic tale of horror!

    Wednesday, November 6th - 6:30pm in the HIMS Commons.
    Thursday, November 7 - 6:30pm in the HIMS Commons.

    First Day Packet Reminder

    We have certainly got off to a wonderful start of the new year, the time is truly passing by fast!

    This is a friendly reminder, if you have not already done so, to please turn in your First Day Packet forms. As a reminder, you can either fill them out on-line on Hamilton’s website or you can request a paper copy from the main office. Below is a link to the forms on line:

    Thank you so much for your immediate attention and assistance.

    Sandy Adams
    Administrative Secretary
    PH: (206) 252-5810

    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!

    Building Leadership Team

    The Building Leadership Team (BLT) is a group of staff, administrators, and parents who are tasked with collaborative work in setting goals for the school (the CSIP), organizing a professional development plan, and helping develop the school budget. The principal is a permanent member, and staff and parents can be elected to serve 1-2 year terms on the BLT. I am the PTSA BLT representative. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about the BLT. (

    In September and October, the BLT has been working on the Professional Development calendar for the school year. Staff approved the calendar last week. As background, some of the professional development (think early release Wednesdays) is set by the district. The BLT sets all the school discretionary professional development.

    There are 4 themes this year. The first is alignment to the district strategic plan - which must be woven throughout all professional development activities. The second is creating a welcoming environment and relationships throughout the building. The third is a focus on racial equity and closing the achievement gap. The fourth is alignment and standards-based grading to have a common experience for students across classes. Staff will be rotating through trainings in these areas throughout the school year.

    Catherine Howell

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    Hawk Squawk Celebration

    Last Thursday, we held our first Hawk Squawk celebration during advisory. Students were invited to come down to the Commons to receive a special Hawk Pride bracelet and get their picture taken with our own Hamilton Hawk.

    The Hawk Squawk is a schoolwide opportunity for students and staff to notice others living up to our Hamilton values of Kindness, Respect, Helpfulness, Responsibility, and Safety. In September, we chose to look for Kindness. Students and staff filled out a Hawk Squawk sheet and placed it in a box in the Commons. We had 159 submissions in our first month!

    Some examples include:

    • Helping people figure how to get onto Schoology
    • Cheering on others during the mile run and displaying outstanding effort and sportsmanship
    • Helping me with my locker
    • Helping me carry my things to school when I didn't have enough hands
    • Staying behind at lunch to straighten out the lunch trays...without being asked and with a positive attitude
    • Helping a student catch up after being absent
    • Making sure that anyone who seemed sad were actually okay
    • Finding my glasses.
    • Helping others who were having a hard day
    • Talking with me and spending time with me and listening to my story instead of playing the game she wanted to play

    In October, we are looking for examples of Respect and we will acknowledge these students in the first week of November.

    Sincerely, The Hamilton Climate Committee

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    Music News

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    FOMAHi Board Member Needed!

    We have a great team in place, but we're still looking to fill one more position: Co-president for Orchestra.

    • Supports and collaborates with the Director, identifying specific needs of the program.
    • Attends monthly FOMAHI meetings.
    • Time commitment variable, but averaging 3-4 hours per month.

    Email or Christina Holden at if interested.

    FOMAHI Enrichment Fee Reminder

    A "gentle" reminder that the FOMAHI enrichment fee is now due, and is still $25 per student per year. These enrichment fees are critical for funding trips, instrument purchase and maintenance, as well as a myriad other uses. Please take this time to re-register under the "register and payments" button on the left column of the FOMAHI website, link here. Note that the fee is recommended, but not necessary to be a part of FOMAHI.

    Ballard Music’s Free Fall Concert Series Begins October 29

    The Ballard High School Music Program opens the year with their Fall Concert Series, which includes three varied nights of music. The series opens with a presentation including all six choral ensembles entitled, Toward the Horizon: Choral Music from Dawn to Dusk. Highlights will include works from composers Johannes Brahms and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

    The Orchestra Concert will feature eclectic classics and begin with the anticipated debut performance of the Concert Orchestra. Composers include George Bizet, Matt Turner, Dedrich Smetana and Astor Plazzilla.

    To round out the series, the band concert will feature three concert bands (Concert, Symphonic, Wind Ensemble). The theme this year will be Celebrating Women and Composers of Color and will include “A Movement for Rosa” celebrating the life of Rosa Parks. Also featured will be works by Naoya Wada and Catherine McMichael. New this year, local musician, Trevor Parrish, will direct the Jazz 2 band. Both Jazz 1 and 2 Bands will be performing some standard jazz tunes and are swingin’ hard!

    Concert schedule:

    • Choir Concert - Tuesday, October 29
    • Orchestra Concert - Monday, November 4
    • Band and Jazz Concert - Wednesday, November 6

    All performances begin at 7:30 PM in the Ballard High School Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free. You can purchase reserved seating at Search for the name of the performance.

    For full details about this event see

    Spooky Concert Hosted by Lincoln High School

    Lincoln Orchestra, Band and Choir will perform a casual, spooky-themed concert for students, family and community on Tuesday, October 29th in the Lincoln Auditorium. 7:00PM - 8:30PM.

    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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    Athletics News

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    This is the Hawks Ultimate report from last weekend:

    • Hawks 8 played a strong game against Washington Middle School. Final score was 11–1.
    • Hawks 7/8 started sharp and jumped out to a quick 3 score lead. The Meany Nice Kids battled back and were able to capture the win.
    • The 7th grade team did not have a game this week.
    • Hawks 6/7 Yellow had all systems working on Saturday with an 11-0 win over Salmon Bay. Hawks players made some outstanding plays on both defense and offense, and both teams had great spirit throughout the game.
    • The Hawks 6 Blue team put together a full team effort in their 11-2 victory over Madison.

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    Join our International School Book Club for 2019-20

    Seattle Public School's International School communities are invited to join monthly discussions as a way to connect through the power of the book and start networking. Please RSVP here.

    Most book club dates will be the First Thursday of the month for adults starting at 7pm.

    Two discussions will start with a potluck for all ages and meet the Last Friday of the month at 5:30pm.

    • Thursday 11/7 at 7pm -- So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo at John Stanford International School Library
    • Thursday 12/5 at 7pm -- Beyond Birds and Bees by Bonnie J Rough at Hamilton International School Library
    • Friday 1/31 at 5:30pm -- Family book club. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba at McDonald International School Cafeteria
    • Thursday 2/6 at 7pm -- No No Boy by John Okada at John Stanford International School Room 320
    • Save the dates: Friday 3/27 at 5:30pm, Thursday 4/2 at 7pm, Thursday 5/7 at 7pm, and Thursday 6/4 at 7pm Topics TBD

    Hamilton International School's library has more than 20 copies of our next book (So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo) ready to check out now!

    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.

    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 Cascades Ultimate Clinic

    Sunday, October 27th | Roosevelt High School (turf)

    • Elementary School 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    • Middle School 9:30 am - 12:00 pm


    Sign up! All clinics are $35, or $50 includes either a jersey, shorts or a disc. [REGISTER]

    Cleats, scholarships, and snacks: We have a bag of cleats to loan at our clinics (feel free to donate to our collection!), scholarships are readily available- no questions asked- email (, snacks are allergy-sensitive (please double-check ingredients if there is a life-threatening allergy).

    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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