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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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Hawthorne Teacher Receives Honor
While we enjoyed the sunny Southern California weather one of our Hawthorne Math and Science Academy teachers headed into the bitter cold of New York. The reason, he was receiving some well-deserved recognition. Mr. Timothy Dura, for the last two years, has been implementing the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship curriculum. This program allows students to develop a business, design a marketing plan, and, perhaps, enter a competition to get their idea to the public. In only his second year of working with his students on this curriculum, he had a team of students go all of the way to the highest level of competition. I was privileged to be a judge for the initial round of competition at the school level. The ideas and presentation skills of our students were exceptional. I attribute their skill to the guidance they received from Mr. Dura. Mr. Dura submitted an application for the Greater Los Angeles Area to NFTE which was sent to New York for judging. Mr. Dura was named a Global Enterprising Educator of the Year.
Mr. Dura takes the curriculum to the next level. An example of this was highlighted in the program for the awards recognition. I would like to share that with you:
“For Timothy Dura’s NFTE students, the time right before winter break is less about buying presents and planning their wish list and more about selling presents to others for a profit. While all NFTE classrooms participate in a wholesale buying and selling experience, Tim has taken his to a new level. Right before winter break, Tim’s class sets up The Holiday Mall Experience, a large selling event where students sell their products as holiday gifts. Prior to visiting the Los Angeles Garment District where they buy their wholesale products, the students do market research where they design online surveys, distribute paper surveys, and conduct personal interviews and focus groups during their lunch time. Based on their market research, they then purchase products using the negotiating skills they have been working on during the NFTE class. Finally, they design and promote the mall, creating store fronts and advertising campaigns to draw in student customers on the day of the event. Afterwards, each students has to total their own receipts and determine profit or loss. Last year, 21 store fronts were open and sales totaled $1000.”
This is just one example of why Mr. Dura was recognized in New York City as a Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Global Enterprising Educator of the Year. Congratulations, Mr. Dura!
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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
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.
HMSA Aviators Soar into the Playoffs!
The boys’ soccer team at HMSA has high hopes as they head into the CIF playoffs this week. The team will be leaving the region to challenge teams around Southern CA and beyond. This Friday they will be traveling to Covina to challenge Covina High School at 3:00 pm. The team is led by captain Christian E., dominant midfielder Jacob R., and consistent defender and co-captain Eduardo G. The soccer program has been built over the last 4 years by Coach Randy Launius and now encompasses 28 players that span all grade levels. Making the CIF playoffs is a great accomplishment for the players and for HMSA, and a glimpse of what awaits the future of Aviator soccer. Go Aviators!
NFTE Visits Hawthorne Middle School
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a non-profit organization that inspires young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Through NFTE’s school based programs, students learn key business concepts, engage in experiential activities, and build critical skills towards their education and career. For a better glimpse into how our program works, please check out our NFTE Sizzle Reel.
Shawn Osborne, new NFTE President & CEO, has joined the NFTE team as a high energy and entrepreneurial CEO who has grown businesses and non-profits. He is committed to engaging with students and assisting them in unlocking their potential. Shawn Osborne previously served as President & CEO of TechAmerica and has more than two decades of experience running high growth companies including Ulticom.
A.L.L. HSD Scholastic Chess Tournament
Students from the A.L.L. After School Program participated in the fourth HSD Scholastic Chess Tournament. The students who competed in this event are the top 16 individuals who have played against opponents representing each of the District’s seven elementary schools and three middle schools beginning in October of this 2014-2015 school year. The weekly tournaments, held at Prairie Vista Middle School, have helped the students learn to enjoy this exciting game and to practice good sportsmanship. Congratulations to all!
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The 3nd Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza
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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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