District Spelling Bee
On March 5, 2014, the Hawthorne School District held its 8th Annual Spelling Bee for students in grades 4-6 at Ramona Elementary School. Twenty contestants representing seven elementary schools and three middle schools competed on stage in front of an audience comprised of friends, family, teachers and administrators. 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, Tyler Dixon, a 5th grader at Zela Davis Elementary School, won the competition. Tyler will go on to compete in the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee in Alhambra on March 26th. The Hawthorne School District is proud of all of the contestants and wishes Tyler the very best at the county bee!
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Kathy Carbajal, ZD Principal; Tyler Dixon, Spelling Champion; Erica Ayala, ZD Assistant Principal
So Many Highlights, So Little Space. . .
I would like to highlight some of the wonderful things happening in the Hawthorne School District this month. I know that I won’t be able to highlight everything I would like to in the space of this article, but I would encourage you to visit your neighborhood school to see first-hand the great work taking place.
The Hawthorne School District has another National Board Certified Teacher! Mr. Charlie Flint of Hawthorne Math and Science Academy became the third Hawthorne School District teacher to receive this distinction. National Board Certification is awarded to teachers who successfully complete the entire process which includes an assessment, a portfolio, and meet the criteria established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mr. Flint joins the ranks of our other Board Certified Teachers, Mr. Ken Takata a third grade teacher at Eucalyptus School and Mrs. Leanne Marquez a fifth grade teacher at Kornblum School.
Also recently receiving national recognition was our Director of Food Services, Anna Apoian. Mrs. Apoian was presented with the Silver Special Achievement Award at the National Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence award ceremony. Mrs. Apoian is credited with running a very efficient department. She has dedicated herself to providing our students with quality food. Our students have daily, healthy choices served in updated and beautiful settings. Our Food Services Department serves thousands of meals each day with breakfast served in the classroom. We are very proud of Mrs. Apoian and her entire department.
Mrs. Mara Pagniano, Director of Special Projects led our district through a perfect audit of state and federal programs. Every four years representatives from the California Department of Education visit school districts to ensure categorical funds are used appropriately. The Hawthorne School District, at this point in time, is the only district, that has been through a monitoring visit, found to be 100% in compliance. Mrs. Pagniano worked very closely with all of our schools to ensure this outcome. Her attention to detail and dedication is evident in this result.
Dr. Brian Markarian continues to lead the charge toward the Common Core State Standards. He has been working closely with teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators for the last two years to ensure effective implementation of the new standards in our schools. If you visit our webpage at www.hawthorne.k12.ca.us you can connect to a link to the Common Core which will provide you with a wealth of information on this topic.
We have recently had several school districts from throughout the state visit our three middle schools. The purpose of these visits is to observe middle school academies. As I walk the schools with our guests I am so proud of the students and level of engagement and enthusiasm for the work they are doing. It may be playing a musical instrument, singing, building a robot, creating an iMovie, building a tall tower, or developing a marketing plan. At every visit the guests have been impressed with our student both academically and socially.
I look forward to sharing further highlights next month! In the meantime I would just like to thank our staff, students and families for making the Hawthorne School District what it is. . .FABULOUS!
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