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October 2011 • vol. 6 issue 1 newslet ter of hamilton international middle school ptsa calendar FROM THE PRINCIPAL WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Picture Day at Hamilton Dear Parent and Guardians, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 PTSA General Meeting, As we begin to gain momentum this year there is lots of information to share. I apologize HIMS Commons, 6:30-8:00pm in advance for all the text in this October newsletter. I really do try to keep it to one page, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 but this month there are too many exciting things to share! Curriculum Night HIMS, 6-8pm Curriculum Night FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Thursday, October 13th from 6:00–8:00 we will be holding our Curriculum Night. This event No School provides our parents and guardians an opportunity to hear about the learning in store for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 this school year. We will kick things off in our gym with a brief principal’s welcome and HIMS Fall Fund Drive overview, and then get you into your classrooms to meet your teachers. In addition to Kickoff Party hearing and seeing academic information, your student’s Measures of Student Progress Greenwood Senior Center, 7-9pm (MSP) report from Spring 2011 will be available for pick-up. Furthermore, you will have an OCTOBER 17-21 opportunity to view our FLASH curriculum, visit with our school community partner, YMCA, OPI Outdoor School (6th grade) to hear about exciting after school information, and finally OPI will be here to answer WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 questions regarding our upcoming sixth grade outdoor experience. We look forward to Early Dismissal, 12:20pm seeing you here. (Just a reminder that Curriculum Night is not a student event. As you know, space is limited, For current news and calendar updates, go to so we ask that students not attend unless absolutely necessary. Parking is also available http://hamiltoninternational.org at Lincoln High School). New Website Launch, October 7th Seattle Public Schools has worked with all of its schools to provide a more robust and General Wednesday Meeting consistent web based communication tool. HIMS will launch our new website October 7th. PTSA October 5 While we are launching the new site, we will continue to partner with our current PTSA 6:30pm sponsored site by including links to familiar places for information. Our goal for 2011-12 is to have one updated HIMS website that is user friendly and provides interactive tools to Q&A with Principal Carter in the HIMS Commons support our students and families. A link to the new page will be sent home in our e-news bulletin on October 7th! The SOURCE will continue to be in use as a resource to monitor student grades yet the new website teacher pages will be the Donate Now: Support your Hamilton International place to visit to find out about the learning student, the Middle School PTSA in teacher classrooms! classroom and 1610 North 41st Street academics Seattle, WA 98103 International Education Today, global issues place new demands Main Office Hours: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm on education. In the era of globalized 206.252.5810 trade and media, and pressing issues such Fax 206.252.5811 as climate change, what does it mean to School Hours be a responsible global citizen? What does 7:50 am – 2:20 pm continued on page 3 See page 4 for details about the Fall Fund Drive. Principal Christopher Carter email@example.com hamilton international middle school – a collaborative community of inspired and engaged learners! P TSA BOA RD NE WS Lisa Hayward, PTSA President HIMS PTSA BOARD 2011-12 PRESIDENT Welcome Hamilton families! I hope that the 2011-2012 school year has gotten off to a good Lisa Hayward start for you and your student(s). The PTSA has been hard at work since summer, continu- LISAHAYWARD@DWT.COM ing our focus of providing volunteer and financial support for school programs, facilitating S E C R E TA R Y family engagement through communication, and building community through events and Amy Barnett programs. Late this summer, for example, the PTSA funded the purchase of classroom AMY– BARNETT100@MSN.COM books for new classrooms. PTSA volunteers (including nearly a dozen incoming and return- TREASURER ing students) stuffed 1,000 (yes, one thousand!) first week packets and hosted a back to Dianne Casper school luncheon for school staff. And, we are busily planning upcoming events such as the GLEN _ CASPER@HOTMAIL.COM Fall Carnival. V P – CO M M U N I C AT I O N S Although a number of this year’s PTSA board members (including me!) are new to Hamil- Charlotte Trelease ton, we are so very fortunate to be surrounded by a cadre of dedicated and energetic par- CATRELEASE@GMAIL.COM ents willing to offer their time and efforts in support of Hamilton students, teachers and CO -V P s – F U N D R A I S I N G families. All of the PTSA’s work is driven by your volunteer hours and is funded by your Shannon Frizzle financial contributions and PTSA membership dues. We hope you will join us, as a PTSA KRYZZELL@DRIZZLE.COM member and as a financial supporter, so we can continue our efforts. Trina Torgelson TNTORG@MSN.COM The PTSA will be hosting its first PTSA General Membership meeting of the school year on Wednesday, October 5th beginning at 6:30 pm in the Commons. Mark your calendars. CO -V P s – P R O G R A M S Mr. Carter has graciously agreed to participate in a Question & Answer session. And, Stephanie Neffner S.NEFFNER@COMCAST.NET you are always welcome to attend PTSA board meetings – the schedule is posted on the hamiltoninternational.org website and meetings are regularly announced via the weekly Ngaire Taylor NGAIRE@AOL.COM e-news. In addition, I encourage you to reach out to me or any PTSA board member with your questions or concerns and we’ll do our best to connect you with the appropriate AT- L A R G E , N E W S L E T T E R resource to try and help. I’m looking forward to the school year. Margie Lane LANE.MARGIE@GMAIL.COM The PTSA is underway for promoting the annual fundraiser. Please donate to this great cause! More information about the campaign is included on page 4 of this newsletter. 6 t h G R A D E R E P. Grace Cooley GRACE.COOLEY@HOTMAIL.COM 7 t h G R A D E R E P. Christie Rodgers CHRISTIE@OHANA.ORG Welcome from Hamilton Counselors Neil Yeda, Head Counselor 8 t h G R A D E R E P. Amy Liddicoat AMYOLIDDICOAT@GMAIL.COM This school year is off to a great start and as Hamilton’s counselors we want to introduce ourselves and clarify Neil Yeda, Head Counselor MEMBERSHIP CHAIR your child’s assigned counselor. This year we made a Karen Nakagawa 6th grade and 8th grade KHATSU@YAHOO.COM change to how students are assigned to a counselor. students M-Z Last year student were assigned by alphabet, but we 206.252.5828 S TA F F R E P R E S E N TAT I V E S found that we were not connected to grade level teams firstname.lastname@example.org Principal Carter or an administrator. So this year we made the decision CECARTER@SEATTLESCHOOLS. Juli Keith ORG to pair ourselves with an administrator and a grade level Jordan Gussin team. The advantages to this move is that we are able to 7th grade and 8th grade JSGUSSIN@SEATTLESCHOOLS. continue to follow your child through to when they leave students A-L ORG Hamilton in 8th grade, we will be a part of their grade level 206.252.5830 Darrell Tanaka activities, and we are also paired with an administrator that email@example.com DTTANAKA@SEATTLESCHOOLS. ORG works with the same students. Jessica Eagle, This year we are also happy to have the skilled services of Counseling Intern Jessica Eagle, our Counseling Intern from Seattle University, 206.252.5827 who will be working with students individually and in firstname.lastname@example.org groups. We also have Heather Babbitt, our Mental Health and Prevention Specialist from Neighborcare. Heather is Heather Babbitt, great resource on mental health and drug and alcohol Mental Health and Prevention Hey Hawks is edited by Specialist – Neighborcare Margie Lane. issues. We are all located in the Counseling center in room Linda Sewell takes care of 107 across from the Nurse’s office. We look forward to 206.940.2582 layout and design. meeting you and getting to know both you and email@example.com your student. 2 Letter From the Principal – continued from page 1 HIMS Musicians Off to a Music-Filled Year this require of education? In our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected Jeanette Farrell, FOMAHI world, HIMS believes that education is the key to helping students meet the challenges they will confront now and in the future. Thus, HIMS is in the process of Concert orchestra started off building a 3-year service learning model because we believe in order to meet the the year with a performance at challenges students face now and in the future understanding global issues and what the Bellevue Origami Confer- it means to be globally sustainable is an important part of our education. ence. The students performed Ear-igami by Richard Meyer. As part of our mission, as an international school, it is important that we model what This creative piece combines it means to be a global citizen and participate in ways where we make a difference the ancient art of paper fold- and help to educate others. We began this work in 2010-11 by focusing on the global ing and playing an instrument. issue of water in all grades. For 2011-12 we will expand this learning by: Each musician uses a piece of • Continuing to learn about and take action at the 6th grade around the issue of paper to make music, by snap- water! ping, rustling, or using the paper as a bow. The crowd • Learn about and take action at the 7th and 8th grade around the global issue loved it. of food security! Nearly 30 concerts, festivals Academic Information and symposia are planned I would like to take an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of students, parents for the year. To stay informed and our fantastic teachers. Our 2010-11 state test scores are in and HIMS continues to about upcoming music events grow. State test scores are one measure of achievement, but an important measure is through the music program for schools. Across the board HIMS is showing tremendous gains in all tested areas. e-mail list. If you are not What is really reflective of the hard work of our school community can be seen as already receiving e-mails from we get into the finer grained data (not shown below) and take a closer look at our Hamilton Music, and would individual groups of students represented at HIMS. We are extremely proud to say ALL like to join the list, please students’ achievement is up. Though we continue to strive to ensure EVERY student is send an e-mail including your achieving at HIMS we want to take a moment to celebrate the hard work all of you are student’s name, student’s doing. Below is a chart that shows the percentage of our students meeting grade level music class, and your name standards by tested area over time. Way to go HIMS! and e-mail address to fomahi. firstname.lastname@example.org. GRADE READING MATH WRITING SCIENCE What is FOMAHI? The music LEVEL 08-09 09-10 10-11 08-09 09-10 10-11 08-09 09-10 10-11 08-09 09-10 10-11 program is supported by an 6th Grade 69.7% 77.2% 89.3% 53.8% 74.2% 84.4% — NOT TESTED — — NOT TESTED — organization of families known as Friends of Music at Ham- 7th Grade 50.2% 73.5% 74.2% 43.1% 71.9% 79.9% 67.6% 76.8% 84% — NOT TESTED — ilton International (FOMAHI). 8th Grade 69.1% 80.6% 80.8% 49.8% 62.1% 70.2% — NOT TESTED — 47.6% 68.4% 76% FOMAHI provides volunteer assistance to music teach- ers, organizes concerts and Grading Marking Periods for 2011-12 festivals, and raises funds Mark your calendar for our grade marking dates. We mail home quarter/semester for music program expenses. grades. Students bring home mid-quarter progress reports. There are plenty of opportuni- • Quarter 1 ends November 4 > Mid-quarter progress reports come home October 7. ties to join in and volunteer. • Semester 1 ends January 26 > Mid-quarter progress reports come home Monthly FOMAHI board meet- December 9. ings are open to all members of the Hamilton community. • Quarter 3 ends April 6 > Mid-quarter progress reports come home March 2. Schedules and other informa- • Semester 2 ends June 20 > Mid-quarter progress reports come home May 18. tion can be found at www. fomahi.org or email fomahi. email@example.com. The next Go Hawks! FOMAHI meeting is Wednes- day October 12th, 7pm, in the Christopher Carter orchestra room. This meeting Principal will include a concert attire ex- change. Come to donate your gently used concert clothes or to pick up concert clothes for your musician. 3 HIMS YMC A COMMUNIT Y LEARNING CENTER NEWS Mr. Rossman and Ms. Liz | 206.252.5831 The HIMS YMCA Community Learning Center (CLC) congratu- Are you interested in teaching a HOST class? If you or any- lates all students, parents, guardians, teachers and staff on one you know has a special talent and would be interested a successful start to the 2011-2012 school year. in being an instructor please contact us at the Community CLC Director Chris Rossman is entering his 7th school year Learning Center for proposal information. New ideas for at HIMS, while Liz Chase will be entering her 3rd year with classes are always welcome! We love volunteers but we the school. We are both excited to be a part of another also have money to pay for staff time and materials. year at HIMS. Planning for Winter and Spring HOST sessions will take Hawk Out of School Time (HOST) began the week of Octo- place soon. ber 3. HOST offers a great mix of academic, recreational The Hamilton YMCA CLC is also conducting a school supply and enrichment programs that are free to all. Research drive for HIMS. Items of need include dividers, college ruled shows that students that participate in Out of School Time notebook paper, graphing paper, 1/2 inch to 1 inch bind- programs have fewer absences and higher grade point ers, pencil pouches and mechanical & #2 pencils. Dona- averages. With that said, be sure to sign up for the Fall tions can be given to the YMCA office in room 104 and are session of HOST while you still can! Spanish Movie Club, greatly appreciated. Junior Jazz Band, and Hip-Hop & Breakdancing are just a Any parents, guardians or community members interested few classes that still have space. Registration forms can be in volunteering at HIMS can contact Ms. Liz at 206.252.5831 found in the YMCA Office (room 104 – across from the main or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are especially office) or online at www.hamiltoninternational.org. needed for the upcoming 6th grade OPI trip! Need a PE waiver? Call the YMCA CLC and ask how you can We are looking forward to another great school year! earn hours during HOST! Hamilton Fall Fund Drive Shannon Frizzell & Trina Torgelson, PTSA Fundraising Co-Chairs Welcome to a new aca- This academic year, your despite deep state and local demic year for families tax-deductible donation Please join us at the funding cuts to education. and students at Hamilton will fund: Fall Fund Drive International Middle School. How do I participate? The PTSA is about to kick The Student: Enrichment Kick-off Party on Please donate securely at off our Hamilton Hawks Fall and Scholarships Friday, October 14, www.hamiltoninterna- Fund Drive – a three-week, Science, math and literacy 2011 from 7-9 pm tional.org and click on fund drive held from Octo- nights, science fair, artists- at the Greenwood the DONATE NOW button. ber 13-November 4, 2011. in-residence, student Senior Center, Last year, the average scholarship fund, after- 525 N. 85th Street donation was over $200. By Hamilton – a collaborative school sports programs in Seattle. Come increasing participation to partnership of students, families, teachers, adminis- and physical education reconnect and meet 100% – again, no amount The Classroom: Academic fellow parents and is too small – we will meet trators and the community Excellence and Teacher partners in your our fundraising goal. Your – is tasked with educating Support student’s education! gift will go farther if your and inspiring our kids to Library books, curriculum Light appetizers and employer matches chari- reach their potential in a materials and supplies, beverages served. table contributions. Please global world. Please partner technology, readers and go to the Hamilton website with us by donating to the writers workshop, profes- for more information about fall fund drive. Our goal is sional development, grants Hamilton’s enrollment is our school and the PTSA 100% family participation. No to teachers up – over 900 students budget. Thank you for amount is too small. Every – and needs are up. Our participating in the Hamilton donation counts. The Community: Building fundraising goal is $75,000. Hawks Fall Fund Drive. and Sustaining Hamilton We hope to meet that goal 6th, 7th and 8th grade with your donation, your events, global learning and pledge or both during the awareness programs, school fall fund drive. Together we directory and newsletters, will support and strengthen ice cream social and education, our kids, and carnival nights community at Hamilton – 4 New Vice Principal Three Reasons To Join The PTSA Shannon Conner, Assistant Principal Karen Nakagawa, PTSA Membership Chair Hello Hamilton Hawk Community! Welcome new and returning Hamilton families! For the 2011- I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of this school 12 school year, the Hamilton PTSA board continues to work in my new role as an assistant principal. I have to say that on three primary goals, all of which are interdependent: it has been somewhat strange to start a school year out- 1. Mobilize volunteer and financial support for school side of my own classroom; after eighteen years as a high programs. school English teacher at Nathan Hale High School, being The PTSA provides and coordinates volunteer and finan- removed from the excitement a new school year has to of- cial support for important academic events (Math Night, fer in the classroom was a bit sad for me. At the same time, Literacy Night, Science Night) and much needed financial I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of excited, support for teachers through classroom grants. bright, hard-working middle-schoolers at Hamilton and the teachers here are clearly very conscientious. In my first 2. Facilitate communication and organize events to month at Hamilton, I have been delighted to engage with nurture family engagement. the staff in further developing a thoughtful plan for student Your PTSA serves as the vital communication link be- achievement at our school. The staff is dedicated to push- tween home and school through our newsletter, emails, ing students to achieve at high levels while creating a sense and website. The PTSA also hosts grade-level social of community for all of us. I am thrilled to help support all events (ice cream social to welcome incoming 6th grad- of these endeavors as the school year progresses. ers and our 8th grade graduation) and general PTSA A few other things about me: 1) I am married to a veteran meetings open to the public during the year. first grade teacher who teaches in Seattle Public Schools and enjoys the satisfaction of working with this young, 3. Advocate for all Hamilton students on legislative energetic age group. 2) I have a nine-year-old daughter who issues. loves school and is deeply into Potter-mania! 3) I have a The HIMS PTSA advocates for all Hamilton students and son in 7th grade who also enjoys school but is extremely children around the state and we are also a resource for excited about his t.a. position in the Whitman Middle legislative issues both locally and statewide. The best School library! way to support our advocacy efforts is by becoming a Finally, I want to thank everyone who has welcomed me member of our PTSA. into the Hamilton community. It is my goal to help further Membership forms were included in the first day packet, the school’s work in equitably and purposefully ensuring but additional copies can be found in the main office and all of our students are engaged in a rigorous, accessible will be online soon at: http://hamiltoninternational.org – and fun academic experience here. Please say “hi” to me look for the link on the front page under “Resources.” in the hall or at an after school meeting/event so I can get All of our work is driven by your volunteer hours and is to know you better and also feel free to call or email me funded through your PTSA membership and annual fund whenever you have a question or concern you think I donations. If you’ve already joined the PTSA as a family, can address. thank you for your support! If you’ve joined as a solo mem- Here’s to an awesome, learning-filled year for all of us at ber, please consider expanding to a family membership. We Hamilton International Middle School. Go Hawks!! invite you to join us! Chinese Language and Culture Club Forming! Stephanie Barton, Chinese Language & Culture Club coordinator Join us for a new Chinese Language and Culture Club after The club teacher is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker school at HIMS! No prior experience in Chinese is required. with over 10 years of experience teaching Chinese in after The club is designed for students with some to little or no school programs and is an instructor for One World Now! background in Chinese language. The club will highlight summer programs. She also has several years of experience Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese will be used as the in teaching Chinese calligraphy and Chinese cooking, using teaching tool rather than a subject material. A new theme both to enrich the process of learning Chinese culture and will be introduced at each session through games, songs, Language. drawings, and role-play with some related vocabulary. Club sessions are tentatively scheduled for Fridays from Basic Mandarin Chinese greetings and common daily basic 2:30 to 4:30 at HIMS. Please contact club coordinator, phrases will be incorporated in all classes. Calligraphy and Stephanie Barton, either by phone at 206.632.4213 or Chinese cooking may also be included depending on par- by email at email@example.com for further ent/student interest (additional material fees would apply). information. 5
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