October 2011 • vol. 6 issue 1 newslet ter of hamilton international middle school ptsa
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!
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
consistent web based communication tool. HIMS will launch our new website October 7th.
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:
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
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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-
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-
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.
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,
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@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.
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.
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Welcome from Hamilton Counselors
Neil Yeda, Head Counselor
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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
your child’s assigned counselor. This year we made a
Karen Nakagawa 6th grade and 8th grade
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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 –
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.