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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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The 2nd Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza
On Saturday, October 12th Kornblum Elementary School was filled with families, community, games, pets and fun! The Second Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza was a tremendous success with all of the proceeds benefiting the Hawthorne Education Foundation and each local school participating in the event.
The day included shows by our own School Board Member and America Now “Pet Pro”, Luciano Aguilar, an American Diving Dogs competition, and various dog demonstrations by Falco K-9 Academy and other experienced trainers. Schools provided fun for all with carnival games, face painting, and delicious foods. Entertainment was provided by Jackie Flores, Sarah Quintana, and El Grupo Emirato. Lightning Cloud and DJ Hydroe, are former Hawthorne School District students provided the music for the entire day.
We look forward to continuing the fun with our Third Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza scheduled for September 27, 2014! We hope to see you there!
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Gymnasium Grand Opening
On Saturday, October 5th we celebrated the grand opening of our two new gymnasiums. These buildings, housed at Bud Carson Middle School and Prairie Vista Middle School, were made possible by the voters of Hawthorne when a bond was approved to create the gyms in 2008.
The structures are unique in that they are prefabricated insulated steel panels which allows for a short timeline for completion. Both sites began construction in October of 2012 and were complete in July 2013. We were able to construct both buildings for approximately $6.3 million which was a significant reduction from the original estimate.
These structures are approximately 12,000 square feet with indoor and outdoor stage components. They allow for configuration for basketball, volleyball, performances, and other indoor activities. These facilities will allow the students and community to house various events throughout the year.
Our ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by staff, students, parents, and elected officials. Assemblyman Steven Bradford was in attendance at the Bud Carson opening and presented the school district with a certificate commemorating the event.
The Hawthorne School District looks forward to these buildings being accessed by both the school and community. The school district is currently establishing criteria for public use of the gymnasiums. They will soon be available for public use.
Thank you to the Hawthorne community for making these gymnasiums possible!
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STEM Camp at Zela Davis
STEM Focused Fun to Kick-off Summer Vacation
Raquel Dickert, Camp Director
STEM focused camp, Camp Invention, kicked off summer for forty-eight students at Zela Davis Elementary the week of June 24-28. This was made possible for the second year through a generous donation from Northrop Grumman. The students spent a week traveling across the globe to learn about and solve real-life situations using science, technology, engineering, and math.
The week began when student expedition teams embarked on a quest to explore the Earth in the sky, underwater, on land, and underground in the Ecoverse™ module. Throughout the journey, teams designed and invented tools to reveal and retrieve the Earth’s hidden messages; deciphering nature’s patterns.
In the Cache Dash™ module, children were recruited to become global expedition team members. As part of their weeklong training, they worked in teams to navigate their way to treasure-filled caches. The caches contained virtual missions from youth around the globe challenging the trainees to invent solutions to real-world problems in France, Singapore, Honduras, Hawaii, Cuba and Sudan.
In the I Can Invent: Launchitude™ module, expedition teams were challenged to launch international rubber ducks to their country origin and race to destroy competitor duck territory! Teams put physics (trajectory and velocity) into practical use as they took apart broken appliances and re-engineered the gears and gadgets, along with upcycled objects, to invent the ultimate Duck Chucking Device. Expedition teams traveled the globe to investigate five extremes of the natural world: heat, height, crystals, water, and cold in the Amazing Atlas Games™ module.
The week was filled with hands-on science fun and high-energy games. The last day of camp was the Inventor’s Showcase where students presented their inventions to parents and family members. A special thank you to Mrs. Carbajal, Mrs. Ayala, Mr. Logue, Mr. Elwood, Mrs. Franklin, Ms. Sakata, Ms. Mena, Mr. Avina, the HMSA volunteers, leadership interns, and the support staff for all of their help to make the camp a success!
Employee Recognition 2013
Prairie Vista Middle School Teacher of the Year, Bill Miller, with some of his students.
The District recently held its annual Employee Recognition program at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. During this end-of-the-year celebration we recognized this year's retirees, Teachers of the Year, Classified Employees of the Year, Roger G. Bly Leadership Award recipients and employees that have been with the District for 25, 30 and 35 years.
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Chess Club Tournament
Earlier this year, Hawthorne School District, and the After School Life-Long Learner Program were very excited to hold the First Annual HSD Scholastic Chess Clubs and Tournaments program. Each of the elementary and middle school sites formed chess clubs within the A.L.L program. These chess players ranged in age and ability. They practiced nearly every day in after-school club and at home, by accessing an on-line chess website. Teams were assembled from each school’s club by selecting the top ranking players to represent their club in the district tournament held each Wednesday. After months of tournament play, the teams competed in a playoff to determine the top three clubs. Jefferson Elementary took 3rd, while Zela Davis STEM prep came in 2nd place, and the first place team was from Hawthorne Middle School. Our final tournament involved only our top 14 chess players, who competed for an individual trophy. It was a very exciting chess season indeed! It was truly a collaborative effort of hard-working and dedicated HSD staff members, faculty and administration. These amazing folks include Dr. Eugene Krank, the Hawthorne School District Board President, who envisioned this wonderful idea. Mara Pagniano, our Special Projects Coordinator, who initiated the implementation of the scholastic chess club program along with Michelle Prostrollo, the A.L.L. program director. Of course, we would not have had the great success that we saw without the assistance of teachers and support staff such as: Anne Coulson, John Paterson, Josh Godin, Lars Hazen, Richard Logue, Tom Allen, and Valerie Takata. This endeavor will continue to grow and flourish; and moreover, our students will reap the benefits that come with participating in a strategic and scholastically-conducive activity like chess.
HMSA named to “Best High Schools 2013” list
U.S. News & World Report released its widely anticipated list of the nation's best high schools on Tuesday, and the Hawthorne Math and Science Academy was ranked 12th among all high schools in California.
Working in conjunction with American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C., U.S. News evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The nation's top 500 Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well they prepare students for college. The Hawthorne Math and Science Academy earned a gold medal, ranked 89th nationwide! HMSA was ranked 25th for National Charter Schools.
The Hawthorne School District was recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the Seal of Biliteracy Reception sponsored by the California Association for Bilingual Education on Friday, February 15th at the Long Beach Convention Center. The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English. The Hawthorne School District awarded the Seal to 27 graduating seniors in the 2011-2012 school year. These students received both a medal and a foil seal to be displayed on their diplomas.
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Cashless Lunch Lines!
In efforts to speed up the lunch line and ensure each student has access to our healthful meals, cash will not be accepted on the lunch line. Parents must pay in advance by using one of these methods:
- Pay on-line at: EZ School Pay
- Pay in the cafeteria prior to 10 a.m.
- Drop a sealed envelope with payment, student’s name, grade, and lunch number into the box in the front office of the school, prior to 10 a.m.
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