Middle School Updates

Middle school announcements relevant to our current fifth-grade families mentioned in the weekly Dragon Digest can be found here, along with links to specific middle school information. If you have a suggestion for content or corrections, e-mail communications@cascadiapta.org.
Last updated: April 27, 2018

Hamilton MS | Robert Eagle Staff MS | Jane Addams MS

General information for all middle school families:
District Map of Middle School HCC Pathways (2017)

Hamilton MS


Meet the Principal Nights
Hamilton-bound 5th graders can meet Principal Blish at a few events this month:
May 2nd
Incoming 6th Graders “Meet Principal Blish” Night | 6:30-8:30pm | McDonald International Elementary
May 3rd
Incoming 6th Graders “Meet Principal Blish” Night | West Woodland Elementary (time TBD)

Music Board Members Needed for 2018-2019
Would you like to help ensure that our kids can continue to make beautiful music at Hamilton? The Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI) Board is looking for members to join us for the 2018-19 school year. It is a great way to help support our unique program, without a lot of time commitment. These positions are vital to keep our program strong. Don’t let our program wither! Please reach out to: FOMAHIhelp@gmail.com.

Follow the Hamilton PTSA on Facebook
The Hamilton PTSA is now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HamiltonPTSA/

Nominating Committee for the PTSA Board – Volunteers Needed
The Hamilton PTSA Board is actively forming a nominating committee to help fill empty seats on next year’s board. Right now we are looking for people to serve on the nominating committee. This commitment would include networking to find people whose interest and skills would best match board positions, attending one feeder elementary PTA meetings, and probably two additional meetings. The position on the nominating commitment should be completed by May 1st. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee starting now through May, please contact Mark Roschy directly at markroschy@gmail.com.


Robert Eagle Staff MS


The Eagle Staff Jazz Band invites you to attend its first annual Swing Dance on June 8.

In hopes of making this event a yearly tradition, the Jazz Band will showcase their skills and talent in a culminating 1st annual Swing Dance Night, a night full of swinging and dancing! This event will feature the Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Jazz Band and the Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Band. Professional swing dance lessons will be provided at 5:30PM and a potluck-style dinner will be provided to promote a family-style environment. The event is free to the public (donations are welcome at the door) and will run from 6-8PM. Let’s swing the night away!

Eagle Staff New Student Orientation – Save the Date
Mark your calendar: orientation for Eagle Staff 6th graders will be held on Thursday August 30, 9-12. This is part of our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program.

If you are interested in serving on next year’s PTSA board or want to recommend possible candidates, please email the nominating committee at nominations@eaglestaffptsa.org. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity to contribute your time and talents to the Eagle Staff community and to work more closely with out great students, parents, faculty, and staff. Estimated time commitment: 1–2 meetings per month with various other responsibilities.

Eagle Staff Ultimate Frisbee Camp – July 30 – Aug 3
We are excited to host an Eagle Staff ultimate frisbee camp on our beautiful new school field this summer, taught by experienced players and coaches! This will be a great way for new students to try a new sport (ultimate frisbee is an official SPS fall sport) and meet other Ravens.

When: July 30th-August 3rd
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Eagle Staff Playfield
Who: Eagle Staff students – entering 6th graders through graduating 8th graders
Cost: $310 – scholarships & financial aid available
Registration: https://www.discnw.org/events/TUCcamps/

Get Connected!
Incoming parents and guardians are encouraged to join the Eagle Staff PTSA Facebook group and sign up for the PTSA newsletter, so you don’t miss important information. Links for both are on our main page: http://eaglestaffptsa.org/

Upcoming Events
Talented Eagle Staff students will be performing Alice in Wonderland Jr. (a musical) on May 3rd @ 7pm, May 4th @ 7pm, and May 5th @ 4pm and 7pm. Open to the public. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Stage. Suggested donation $10/person or $20/family.

Eagle Staff’s marching band, the Marching Ravens, along with our Hip Hop squad and Dancing Ravens will be performing in Ballard’s Syttende Mai parade. Come and cheer on the Marching Ravens!

New-Student/Families Social
Incoming students and families are invited to attend a new student social on Tuesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30pm at Eagle Staff MS. Meet other students, learn about the school, connect with PTSA, find out about sports and music and other activities, and have some refreshments. See you there!

“Ask a Student” Panel
We will host an evening “Ask a Student” panel in early May as well (that parents can attend). Date TBD (early May).


Jane Addams MS

School website: https://addamsms.seattleschools.org/
Calendar subscription (paste link into your calendar app if clicking doesn’t work): https://addamsms.seattleschools.org/ICalendarHandler?calendarId=24163
PTSA information: http://addamsms.seattleschools.org/school_involvement/ptsa

You can always read the latest Jaguar News online: https://addamsms.seattleschools.org/about/calendar_and_news/jaguar_news

Jane Addams Middle School would like to invite you to our 3rd annual STEAM Fair (especially incoming 6th graders).

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science.

Thursday May 3rd
6:30-8 pm

Student science projects and artwork, community presenters and a free taco buffet.
ALL ARE WELCOME, event is free

The fun will include high school robotics teams, the Museum of Flight, Seattle ReCreative, a movie room showing Eames Science videos, mushroom identification, ABO blood typing-Genetics basics, emergency preparedness and lots of wonderfully original student work.

Come eat, learn and wonder with our dynamic JAMS community.

The JAMS PTSA is still seeking volunteers to fill key leadership roles in next year’s board. If you are interested in serving as President or Vice President, please contact us at (jamsptsavp@gmail.com). No previous experience is necessary. Do you know someone who would do a great job? Let us know at jamsptsavp@gmail.com. Job descriptions are on our website. The Nominations Committee is collecting names, and the PTSA membership will vote at the next general meeting in May. Thanks for your participation.

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2018-19 Incoming Family Information
Incoming Family Letter – Posted on 04/03/2018

Dear Future Jaguars,

Welcome to Jane Addams Middle School! We are excited to have your family join our community. We have developed the following, smaller gatherings for families to learn more about specific aspects of our read more…

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Events for New Families

  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 New Parent Special Education Night 6:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Jane Addams New Student Ice Cream Social
    6:30-6:45pm – Overview in Auditorium
    6:45-7:45pm – Student Welcome
    6:45-7:45pm – Parent Information in Library
    7:45-8:00pm – Ice Cream in Cafeteria
  • Monday, August 27th 6th Grade Student Orientation 9:00am – 12noon

JAMS on Social Media
Unofficial parent/guardian Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671172192922331/
Unofficial Twitter account: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40JaneAddamsMS&src=typd

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Student performances supported by TAJA (Theatre at Jane Addams): June 1 & 2 + June 8 & 9.

If you have a child who will be attending JAMS next year (6th, 7th or 8th grade) and are interested in after school programming you are strongly encouraged to take a few moments to complete the survey of preferences. Without your input JAMS PTSA will not know your family’s needs. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTK6PN8