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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.

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Message from the Superintendent

One Measure of Many to Better Serve Students

During the spring our students in third through eighth grades and eleventh grade participated in the new statewide assessments in English language arts and mathematics. The results of these tests have been received and we are using this data as one measure to determine how to best meet the needs of all students. In order to establish the progress we are making on our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals we need to use many measures. Since this is the first year of the new assessment we will use these results as a baseline and target growth in future years.

It is important to keep in mind that this assessment is just one part of a bigger remodeling effort in education. We have adopted new standards, designed and provided new professional development for our staff, implemented new curriculum, and assessed our students on a new test that is far different from any standardized test they had encountered before.

Although each of these components would be a huge undertaking on its own, implementing all of them in concert with one another is a monumental task, but one that will provide all students with a solid foundation for college and career.

One of the most important messages I must convey is that we cannot compare this test to any test we have administered in the past. We cannot compare the scores from previous standardized tests to these results. That would be an unfair comparison. In the spring we will administer this same standardized test and when we have the results of that test we can make comparisons and identify areas of strength and deficiencies. It will provide us one valid measure of success toward our goals. We will use many measures to see a complete picture of our progress toward meeting our targets on the LCAP.

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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! 

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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. 

Spelling Bee 2015

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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 went on to compete in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee on March 25th and she took 6th place in highly competitive event. We are so proud of her.

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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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To maximize each student’s potential to achieve educational excellence.

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A diverse community of lifelong learners who excel and positively contribute to an advancing global society.

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We believe:

  • Students are the focus of all decisions.
  • All students, parents, staff and community members
    are empowered, supported and held accountable for
    their role in the educational process.
  • A personal commitment to excellence is expected of all students, parents, staff and community members.
  • A safe, innovative and supportive learning environment is maintained where resources are allocated to support student learning, technology and collaboration.
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The 3nd Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza

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Join us for the
4th Annual Pet Extravaganza
Saturday, September 26, 2015
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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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