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    School Update 03.26.21
    Posted on 03/26/2021

    Dear Hamilton Community,

    I hope this message finds you safe and well.  I recognize that there is still a lot of questions about middle school students returning to in person learning.  I am still waiting for finalized information from Seattle Public Schools based on ongoing negotiations.  I realize the uncertainty can be a source of stress for students and families.  Please know that as soon as I have updates, I will share that information with families.  Once again, I appreciate your continued patience and support for our students, staff, and community.   

    Below are some important updates and announcements: 

    • Family Support Link 
    • Middle School Sports Update 
    • Ballard High School Performing Arts New Family Open House April 5 


    Family Support Link: 

    Family Needs: 

    Due to the generosity of our community, Hamilton has enough Kroger gift cards available to provide for any of our families who could use some assistance at this time. We also may have the capacity to help families with other bills. If your family could use some extra support at this time, please either contact your student’s grade level counselor directly or contact our main office number (206-252-5810) for assistance.  You can also use our family needs link.    

    As a reminder, our grade-level counselors are:  

    • Tina Camero 8th grade  
    • Kelli Colleran 7th grade  
    • Lilia Goldsmith 6th grade  


    Middle School Sports Update: 

    Principals received the announcement yesterday from the SPS athletic department that middle school sports will not start until the fall of 2021. I realize this news may be a disappointment for students who were hoping to participate in team sports this spring. The goal next year is to align middle school sports to start in conjunction with high school sports in the fall. 


    Ballard High School Performing Arts New Family Open House April 5: 

    Incoming Band, Orchestra, Choir and Theater Families:  You're Invited to Ballard High School Performing Arts New Family Virtual Open House 

    Monday, April 5, 7 p.m. Via Zoom 
    Join Zoom Meeting 
    Meeting ID: 469 806 1799 

    Meet the program directors:
    Courtney Rowley, Choir Director 
    Elizabeth Fortune, Orchestra Director 
    Jay Gillespie, Interim Band Director 
    Shawn Riley, Theatre Director 

    Learn about the programs: Bands, jazz bands, orchestras, fiddlers, choirs, vocal jazz, percussion groups, theatre and more 

    Meet other parents in the BPA Boosters group. Find out how you can get involved and support this amazing program.

    Please RSVP here so you can ask any questions you have in advance and so that we can add you to our mailing list for future new family events: 

    In the meantime, here's how you can stay in touch with the program: 

    Questions? Contact Jeannette Chen at

    Thanks for helping us spread the word. 

    Rachel Hart Rios
    Ballard Performing Arts Co-President 


    Go Hawks!  

    Dorian Manza (he/him)  
    “A collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners.”  
    Telephone: 206-252-5810