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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
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Meet Our Family Outreach Teachers
The Hawthorne School District recognizes the importance of family involvement for the success of students. In order to facilitate this initiative we have created two positions for family outreach. Meet Jezabel Salas and Mytress Middleton. They are both seasoned teachers in our school district and have recently been selected to spearhead our family outreach efforts.
They spend their time working with all of our school sites to enhance our family involvement activities and create a family friendly environment. They have been working with the counselors at each site to plan and promote the Hawthorne Parent Academy (HPA). HPA is a program designed to provide targeted seminars that support parents at key transitional points in their child’s educational experience. The program is currently in full implementation at all elementary and middle schools, and we are excited to announce the implementation of the program at Hawthorne Math and Science Academy beginning in February.
They are working with parents to build knowledge regarding the new standardized tests administered in California. They give parents tips for preparing their child for the computer-based assessment. They have also presented parents with information focusing on Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the link between physical fitness and academic success, the areas of fitness assessed, the goals of the assessment and the ways parents can promote fitness at home.
They are working with sites to plan special family events to promote involvement in our schools and developing positive relationships with families, schools, and the entire community. I am confident Mrs. Salas and Mrs. Middleton will continue to work hard to build our family involvement throughout our school community.
Family Outreach teachers assist with Family Fitness Night at Prairie Vista Middle School.
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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.
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 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.
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 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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