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!
Maintaining the Focus
In order to maintain our focus on the Hawthorne School District Local Control Accountability Plan, I would like to highlight a goal in each edition of this publication. In my last article I reviewed all nine of the goals and briefly described resources and programs we are implementing to meet these goals. In this edition I would like to focus on Goal Number Four:
The percentage of parents and families participating in activities will increase by six percent over the next three years.
Research shows that families involved in their child’s education has a positive impact on the success of that child. The excitement of a child beginning kindergarten is often evident by the number of parents participating in school activities. This involvement often lessens as students progress through school. Our goal is to keep families involved throughout a child’s school career. We understand that this is often a difficult task with work and family obligations. In order to help families be an active participant in the school community we are beginning several initiatives to facilitate this. They include:
The addition of a Family Outreach Teacher
- Mrs. Jezabel Salas is our new teacher on special assignment who will be working with all of the schools to offer opportunities for families to be a part of the learning community.
A full-time Counselor at each school site
- For the last several years we have not had the resources to maintain a full-time counselor at each site. This year every school has a dedicated counselor who will be working with students and families in a number of ways to assist in building a learning community of parents, students, and staff.
Increased student performances
- During our data gathering for the development of our LCAP many parents indicated that if students perform, parents will be present. Each school has been allocated funds to provide extended learning opportunities and have been encouraged to include culminating activities that include student performances.
Hawthorne Parent Academy (HPA)
- In order to support parents of students entering kindergarten and sixth grades the Hawthorne Parent Academy was established to provide parent education at these two critical times in a student’s school career.
School Site Parent Centers
- For the last four years each site has a Parent Center on campus to support and provide parents with a place to meet, get information, and be part of the school environment.
Hawthorne School District Website
- The HSD website continues to provide parents with a wealth of information on topics important to the success of your child.
As we continue to refine our LCAP our goals and activities will evolve. Those that prove to be successful will remain in place and those that are not will be replaced by new initiatives that we believe will successfully support students and families. We look forward to working together for the success of all of our students!
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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