News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


John Stanford Int'l School gets new principal

May 11th, 2011 by master

John Stanford International School has a new principal to replace outgoing Kelly Aramaki: current Hamilton International Middle School assistant principal Jesely Alvarez. Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield yesterday sent mail to JSIS parents announcing Alvarez’s appointment:

Today I am excited to announce a leadership change at John Stanford International School with the appointment of Jesely Alvarez as the new Principal, starting in the 2011-2012 school year. She replaces your current principal, Kelly Aramaki, who will serve as principal of Beacon Hill International School next year.

Since 2006, Ms. Alvarez has served as Assistant Principal at Hamilton International Middle School, where she led the development of the school’s Spanish and Japanese immersion program, collaborated on the district’s K-12 international school pathway and developed a school-wide service learning model with a global focus.

In addition, while at Hamilton Ms. Alvarez partnered with international, national and local organizations to provide grants for school improvement efforts in areas that included math, literacy, world languages, instructional approaches and strategies for closing the achievement gap.

Principal Alvarez started her career as a Spanish teacher, and also taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Madrona K-8 in the Edmonds School District. In 2002, she spent a year in Chiapas, Mexico as a Fulbright teacher.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, her Master’s in Education from Antioch University and her Principal Certificate from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program.

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Celebrate and tour Hamilton School Saturday

October 1st, 2010 by master

Tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. to noon, the newly remodeled and expanded Hamilton Middle School will be open for a community celebration. Head over there to tour the building and see, among other features, the new library, gym and commons. At 11:00 you can buy a scoop from Molly Moon’s ice cream truck.

For more information, visit the Hamilton School site.

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Hamilton Middle School almost ready for debut

August 26th, 2010 by master

The two-year renovation of Hamilton International Middle School is almost complete, and the public is invited to celebrate at a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Thursday morning, Sept. 2, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Gather at the main entrance on the south side of the building (N. 41st and Interlake) for the flag raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The public will get an interior view of the school on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Here’s a preview from photos that were posted to the renovation site on August 16.

Many more pictures that cover the whole renovation are on the renovation site.

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