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Tuberculosis Screening Updated Requirements
Effective July 1, 2012, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is rescinding the universal TB testing requirement for children entering kindergarten or a California school for the first time. Instead, universal TB screening and risk-based testing will be incorporated into the existing CA State physical examination requirement for children entering first grade.
7th-12th Grade Immunization Requirements
Message from the Superintendent
Remembering a Special Teacher
With the passing of Mr. Orlando Martinez, a teacher at Prairie Vista Middle School, the Hawthorne School District suddenly, recently, and tragically lost a member of its family. While supporting students and staff at the school the day after the unfortunate event, I was approached by a young man, Sergio Morales, who recognized me as the superintendent. He quickly said, “Your next School News article should be a tribute to Mr. Martinez.” I agreed and suggested that he should help me write the article. He quickly agreed and the following is a result of that short conversation on that very sad day:
Sometimes it’s one person, other times, it’s ten, maybe twenty, but in this case, it’s a whole school and district that is recovering from a great loss. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Mr. Orlando Martinez said; “I’ll be back on Friday and we will start making a quilt.” What nobody knew, was that he would be back that Friday… in heaven. The bell rang for second lunch, and he said a simple “bye”. And so it was.
I didn’t know it. None of us knew that the simple, “bye” he said was actually a farewell, because that day would be the last day he would be in his classroom. On March 4th, I recall seeing how many people were heartbroken over the news. One girl only knew him for a short one and a half
months, but while she did, she truly liked how he taught during first period. While some managed to hold it together that day, most were in tears. Many of my friends reacted as if a family member was gone; because a family member was gone.
When he entered Prairie Vista Middle School as an 8th grade teacher, I came in as a 6th grade student. He was there for us, and in his short time here, he shared a lot of things with us, mainly how great life can be. He will be remembered by all of us as a friend, teacher, and family member.
“Life can be long or short. You never know when your last day on Earth will be, so you just live every day like it is your last.” -Sergio Morales
March 24, 1976 to March 3, 2016
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Five Elementary Schools Recognized by California Department of Education
The Hawthorne School District is pleased to announce that five of its elementary schools have earned Gold Ribbon status from the California Department of Education. Kornblum, Ramona, Washington, York, and Zela Davis were included on the list of 2016 Gold Ribbon School recipients announced on April 13th by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
"These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers," Torlakson said.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the previous California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools throughout California were eligible to apply for the award this year, with only 772 receiving it. The award recognized middle and high schools last year, with Hawthorne Middle School, Prairie Vista Middle School, and Hawthorne Math and Science Academy being named as 2015 recipients.
Schools applied for the award based on an adopted model program or practice that includes standards-based activities, projects, and strategies that can be replicated by other schools and school districts.
The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
“We are so pleased to have the California Department of Education formally recognize the hard work and achievement of these outstanding elementary schools,” said Hawthorne School District Superintendent Dr. Helen E. Morgan. “Our students, staff, and families are so deserving of this honor and we join them in celebrating their Gold Ribbon School status.”
Joining Hawthorne School Board Member, Alex Monteiro, Hawthorne School District Superintendent, Dr. Helen Morgan, Hawthorne Middle School Principal, Rudy Salas, Chevron External Affairs Manager, Lily Craig, Board Chair, Stephen Smith and Joshua Mitton of California Council on Economic Education are some of the students and teachers that participated in a three hour session on Family Financial Literacy generously sponsored by Chevron.
Spelling Bee 2016
On February 17th, the Hawthorne School District held its 10th 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 five rounds, Daniel Avelar, a 6th grader at Bud Carson Middle School, won the competition. Daniel will go on to compete in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee on March 30th.
HMSA's Esau Berumen Among the 30 Most Influential California High School Principals
Mometrix Test Preparation posted who they believe to be the 30 Most Influential California High School Principals. A system was devised in which “points” were awarded to each principal based on a wide variety of data available to the public, including national and state awards, national and state “rankings,” average SAT scores, ‘college readiness,’ and more. After the data was gathered and sorted, “points” were then awarded and tallied.
Coming in at #26 is Mr. Esau Berumen of Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. Since stepping into his current role, Principal Berumen has been an integral part of his school being honored by U.S. News & World Report who recognized HMSA with two different accolades, naming the school the 12th most ‘college ready’ high school in California and one of the top 30 overall schools in the state. The California Department of Education also awarded Principal Berumen and his school with a 2015 California Gold Ribbon School award, one of the best accolades a California high school can receive. Congratulations to Principal Berumen and Hawthorne Math and Science Academy!
Zela Davis teacher, Amy Teal, introduces incoming kindergarten students to language arts in our Jump Start Kindergarten program.
Chevron continues their generosity to the Hawthorne School District. Board Member, Alex Montiero and Superintendent Dr. Helen Morgan receive the most recent donation from Chevron for $90,000 to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education in the District. This is one of many donations to the District that has allowed us to provide computer labs, professional development, robotics, Project Lead the Way curriculum, and an array of other STEM related activities to our students. Once again, we are very grateful to Chevron for their commitment to education and children in the South Bay!
Zela Davis STEM Super Saturday
STEM Super Saturday took place at Zela Davis Elementary on Saturday, March 14. It was a remarkable day for Zela Davis students, parents, and staff! Nearly 300 K-5 families attended and explored careers and projects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Families participated in teacher-led lessons focused around design challenges to build bridges, hovercrafts, roller coasters, spaghetti towers, and make snow. Bud Carson and HMSA led student-based project demos to show how Zela Davis "bridges" to higher levels of STEM education. Finally, families explored six different classrooms that were transformed into Career Exploration Rooms where students met with professionals in various STEM related fields. This event could not have transpired without the support and presence of Iridescent, Boeing, West Basin Municipal Water District, One World Dolls, HMSA, and Bud Carson Middle School.
Hawthorne School District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, or age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the principal, designee at the school office or District Office at (310) 676-2276.
Los programas y actividades del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hawthorne serán libres de discriminación basado en género, sexo real o percibido, orientación sexual, raza, color, religión, ascendencia, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado civil o paternal, incapacidad física o mental, edad, o en base a la asociación de una persona con alguna otra persona o grupo que tenga una o varias de estas características reales o percibidas. Si usted cree que ha sido discriminado, comuníquese inmediatamente con el director o persona asignada en la oficina de la escuela o del Distrito, al (310) 676-2276.
Dr. Helen E. Morgan
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District-wide School Uniform Implementation
With the start of the new year, we will see another change in the Hawthorne School District. . . school uniforms at all eleven of our school sites. While many of our schools have had a uniform dress policy in place for several years, we are expanding the practice to all of our schools. Each school has gone through the process of working with their School Site Councils to make a recommendation to the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees for adoption and implementation on January 11, 2016.
The schools that will see the implementation in January 2016 include: Kornblum Elementary, Ramona Elementary, Bud Carson Middle School, Hawthorne Middle School, and Prairie Vista Middle School. We have held multiple parent meetings to inform the community of the upcoming change. The uniforms include a solid color collared shirt with a twill fabric bottom. In an attempt to make the acquisition of uniforms as simple as possible we have kept the requirements very basic.
School uniforms will assist staff in identifying students who belong on campus and helps to identify our students when out in the community. Uniforms help to establish a safe and productive culture at a school and we look forward to very positive outcomes with our implementation.
If you have any questions regarding uniforms please contact your school office for further information. I would like to wish the entire Hawthorne Community a very Happy New Year and look forward to another exciting year in 2016!
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The 5th Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza
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5th Annual Pet Extravaganza
Saturday, September 24, 2016
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District Spelling Bee
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5K and MGI Health Fair
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Middle School Gymnasium Grand Openings
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