Spelling Bee 2015
On February 18th, the Hawthorne School District held its 9th Annual Spelling Bee for students in grades 4-6 at Hawthorne Middle School. Twenty contestants representing seven elementary schools and three middle schools competed on stage in front of an audience comprised of friends, family, and HSD staff. The students who competed in the district spelling bee were all winners of their classroom spelling bees and also winners or runner-ups in their school spelling bees.
After eight rounds, Lydia Neguse, a 6th grader at Bud Carson Middle School, won the competition. Lydia will go on to compete in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee in Alhambra on March 25th. The Hawthorne School District is so proud of all of the contestants and wishes Lydia the very best at the county bee!
HMSA Aviators Soar into the Playoffs!
The boys’ soccer team at HMSA has high hopes as they head into the CIF playoffs this week. The team will be leaving the region to challenge teams around Southern CA and beyond. This Friday they will be traveling to Covina to challenge Covina High School at 3:00 pm. The team is led by captain Christian E., dominant midfielder Jacob R., and consistent defender and co-captain Eduardo G. The soccer program has been built over the last 4 years by Coach Randy Launius and now encompasses 28 players that span all grade levels. Making the CIF playoffs is a great accomplishment for the players and for HMSA, and a glimpse of what awaits the future of Aviator soccer. Go Aviators!
NFTE Visits Hawthorne Middle School
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a non-profit organization that inspires young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Through NFTE’s school based programs, students learn key business concepts, engage in experiential activities, and build critical skills towards their education and career. For a better glimpse into how our program works, please check out our NFTE Sizzle Reel.
Shawn Osborne, new NFTE President & CEO, has joined the NFTE team as a high energy and entrepreneurial CEO who has grown businesses and non-profits. He is committed to engaging with students and assisting them in unlocking their potential. Shawn Osborne previously served as President & CEO of TechAmerica and has more than two decades of experience running high growth companies including Ulticom.
Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) – Continuing Refinement
The effort continues to inform and seek input regarding our LCAP and all of the components of this document. We, in the Hawthorne School District, want to ensure that this document is not just some pages sitting on a shelf, but that it is the guide for what we do. For that reason we have worked very hard to ensure that all of our plans and documents are aligned and meaningful.
Last edition I highlighted our parent and family involvement goal. This issue I would like to focus on our student behavior and suspension goal which is:
The rate of suspension for students at the LEA and school site levels will be reduced by 6% over the next three years.
I am sure it is obvious to all of us that in order for students to learn and make progress they have to be present and engaged. There are times when behaviors are not acceptable for the school setting and consequences have to be given. Our goal is to promote acceptable behavior and encourage classroom engagement to support student success. When these behaviors are in place learning happens.
Some of the actions we have identified to successfully reach this goal include:
- The addition of counselors at each school site
During the budget crisis we had to split the counselors at several of our school sites. It was difficult to provide meaningful, on-going programs when the counselor was only on campus one or two days per week. Currently every site has one full-time credentialed counselor on site.
- The addition of yard supervisors
Non-instructional time often lends itself to behaviors that lead to suspension. When we do not have enough adults available to monitor and guide students they sometimes make poor decisions regarding their behavior. This will often lead to a suspendable offense. We continue to look for quality staff to fill our yard supervisor positions.
- Provide professional development for school staff
It is important to ensure our teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and all staff who engage with students are well trained in behavior management. There are proven programs in place that we are implementing to assist all staff in helping students to make good decisions regarding their behavior.
- Increase in after-school supports, clubs, and enrichment activities
For a very long time we have only been able to offer extended learning opportunities with a focus on remediation. We can now offer a wide array of classes and activities for all students. In order for students to participate in these activities they will have to meet the behavior standards of the school. Some newly added after school opportunities this year include: art, sports, science, drama, music, technology, STEM, and creative writing just to cite a few.
I would again like to encourage you to visit our website and review our LCAP. We are in the process of updating the document for the next school year. There will be an opportunity for input on the document through a survey and future meetings. There are some very exciting things happening in the Hawthorne School District. I am so grateful and proud to be a part of it!
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Students from the A.L.L. After School Program participated in the fourth HSD Scholastic Chess Tournament. The students who competed in this event are the top 16 individuals who have played against opponents representing each of the District’s seven elementary schools and three middle schools beginning in October of this 2014-2015 school year. The weekly tournaments, held at Prairie Vista Middle School, have helped the students learn to enjoy this exciting game and to practice good sportsmanship. Congratulations to all!
Hustle for Huskies is a star studded event! On Saturday, June 7th Bud Carson STEM Academy hosted the 4th annual Hustle for Huskies event where all of the proceeds are put back into ten sports programs. City officials came out to support our programs such as, city council members, Angie Reyes English, Nilo Michelin, and Mayor Chris Brown. Our superintendent Dr. Helen E. Morgan and Hawthorne School District board members, Alexandre Monteiro and Luciano Aguilar, all made an appearance supporting Bud Carson Middle School. But wait there is more, LA Galaxy great, and former Bud Carson student, Gyasi Zardes came back to his home school to show support. The mayor presented Gyasi with a proclamation during the event.
Sports and academics play an important part of Bud Carson's culture. With help from the community and local business donations we were able to raise over $6,300. Families that came to this event were wowed by the talent show, basketball tournament, soccer tournament, LA Galaxy reps and all of the local businesses that came together to make this one amazing day!
Helen Morgan, Luciano Aguilar, Chris Brown, Angie Reyes English, Gyasi Zardes, Nilo Michelin, Alexandre Monteiro