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Online Meal Applications Now Available!

Try a new convenient way to apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits Online...fast, easy and confidential.  Click the link below to get started! Applications must be renewed annually.

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Make online payments with payments to your student's meal account with EZ School Pay. Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your students account 24 hours a day at your convenience.


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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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Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Parent Survey Now Open!
¡La Encuesta para Padres del Plan y Control Local de Rendición de Cuentas (LCAP) ya está abierta!

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Early Literacy for all Hawthorne Children

Research has confirmed the importance of early literacy in student success. A student who is prepared to enter kindergarten with strong early literacy skills will be more successful. This translates into improved student achievement. It is of paramount importance that our children gain the skills necessary to be good readers and thinkers by third grade. The outcomes for students acquiring these important skills are much more promising than for students who struggle with reading by third grade.

In order to promote strong literacy in all children within the city of Hawthorne, the Hawthorne School District has invested in Footsteps2Brilliance. This is a web-based program for children ages two to eight which builds many important skills including phonics, comprehension, writing, and decoding. This is all done through engaging activities that children will enjoy. They won’t see it as just learning they will see it as learning that is fun!

Anyone who resides within the city of Hawthorne may register for the program. Please visit the Hawthorne School District website to access the information. I am grateful to our Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees for investing the resources that will benefit so many Hawthorne families. 

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Meet Our Principals

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Hawthorne Pet Extravaganza


The sixth annual Hawthorne Family and Pet Extravaganza was held on the grounds of Kornblum Elementary School Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.  The event which benefited the students of the Hawthorne School District was very well attended.  All of the District's schools were represented. The schools featured an array of items for sale along with carnival style games which those attending took part in.  The extravaganza, originated by Hawthorne School District Board Member Luciano Aguilar, allowed the school community to join together and provided a fun day for students, families and the community at large.  There were booths educating Hawthorne's children about the exciting role dogs can play in people's lives.

School performances that the crowds applauded were The Eucalyptus School Koala Cheer Team, The Ramona School All-Star Dancers, The Folklorico Group, as well as The Prairie Vista Middle School Choir and Dance Group.  The Centinela Valley High School District was represented by The HHS Dance Company and The Leuzinger High School Band.  The American Diving Dogs Competition was a hit with the crowds throughout the day.  This year's Extravaganza was concluded by performances from Mariachi Herencia Musical and a headlining show by Banda La Maravillosa. The Banda has toured the nation and played for sold out crowds at the Forum, Pico Rivera Sports Arena and Dodger Stadium.  An exciting raffle prize drawing closed the event with winners taking home some great prizes.

The District thanks all who attended and took part to make the 2017 Family and Pet Extravaganza a success.
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Our Preschools

Hawthorne School District offers a high-quality preschool for three and four year old children. We believe all children deserve the best start in life and a quality preschool education.

Our preschools, located at Eucalyptus and Zela Davis, are now enrolling three and four year old children for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 school year. We offer a morning or afternoon half day school readiness program.  The goal of this program is to increase the number of children entering the school system with a strong foundation of language and mathematic skills.

Preschool Classroom Schedule:

  • HSD Preschools follows the Hawthorne School District Elementary calendar
  • Children attend preschool from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Preschool Benefits:

  • Each child receives a nutritious meal during the school day.Preschool Teachers hold a Bachelors Degree or higher plus a valid Child Development Permit. 
  • All staff are CPR and Emergency First Aid trained.
  • Additional Hawthorne School District Staff are always available to provide support to you and your family: School Site Administrators, District Office Administrators, English Learner Specialist, Special Education Coordinator and Specialist, Psychologists and Counselors.

For more information about our preschool program, please contact the Eucalyptus Preschool at 310-219-2837 or Zela Davis Preschool at 310-219-2821.

Spaces are limited and you are encouraged to complete the enrollment process as soon as possible.

11th Annual District Spelling Bee

On February 22nd, the Hawthorne School District held its 11th 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 five heated rounds, Patrick Abada, a 4th grader from Kornblum School, won the competition.  Patrick will go on to compete in the Los Angeles County Elementary Spelling Bee on March 29th.

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Footsteps2Brillliance "What's New?"

Early learners can practice tracing each capital and lowercase letter in the Better Big Letters and Better Little Letters Games. In addition to preparing children to write, forming letters provides a powerful multisensory approach for teaching letter recognition.

Multiple meaning words represent a big step in vocabulary development. Our new Double Up game prepares students to conquer multiple meaning words on standardized tests—and to have fun along the way!

Rounding out our collection of grammar and language games, we have also added Pronoun Popper , Plural Planets, and Verb Popper. These fun games develop students’ command of the conventions of language to improve speaking, comprehending, and writing in both English and Spanish.

The new Criss-Cross Compare and Swimming Synonyms games support vocabulary development, while also delighting and challenging students with fun illustrations that teach shades of meaning.

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Five Elementary Schools Recognized by California Department of Education

The Hawthorne School District is pleased to announce that five of its elementary schools have earned Gold Ribbon status from the California Department of Education.  Kornblum, Ramona, Washington, York, and Zela Davis were included on the list of 2016 Gold Ribbon School recipients announced on April 13th by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

"These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21sGold Ribbon Awardt century college and careers," Torlakson said.

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the previous California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.  Nearly 6,000 elementary schools throughout California were eligible to apply for the award this year, with only 772 receiving it.  The award recognized middle and high schools last year, with Hawthorne Middle School, Prairie Vista Middle School, and Hawthorne Math and Science Academy being named as 2015 recipients.

Schools applied for the award based on an adopted model program or practice that includes standards-based activities, projects, and strategies that can be replicated by other schools and school districts. 

The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

“We are so pleased to have the California Department of Education formally recognize the hard work and achievement of these outstanding elementary schools,” said Hawthorne School District Superintendent Dr. Helen E. Morgan.  “Our students, staff, and families are so deserving of this honor and we join them in celebrating their Gold Ribbon School status.”

Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Academy

TWBI Students Dance with Superintendent

On Friday, May 13th, Ramona School’s Two-Way Bilingual Immersion  Academy celebrated its end of the year performance at the Hawthorne Memorial Center. This year’s opening dance was a treat! Mrs. Mace’s second grade class and Hawthorne School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Helen E. Morgan, danced to La Culebra (folkloric dance). Dr. Morgan and the second grade girls didn't miss a step while swaying their brightly colored Dr. Morgan and 4 dancing girls
skirts to the rhythm of the music. The second grade boys kept pace while keeping the beat with their feet. Ramona School’s TWBI teachers choreographed their own dances this year. A variety of music was featured this night: salsa, merengue, Latin pop, and line dancing to mention a few. All of the dances were expertly choreographed, and the students enjoyed showing off their hard work to the audience. The audience (HSD Board Members, HSD Administration, and countless parents) enjoyed TWBI’s end of the year performance.

The Cultural Fair projects were beautifully showcased! The culminating projects for each of the TWBI classes displayed the history, culture, music, and art from several Latin American countries.

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Zela Davis teacher, Amy Teal, introduces incoming kindergarten students to language arts in our Jump Start Kindergarten program.

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.

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District-wide School Uniform Implementation

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On January 11, 2016 the Hawthorne School District instituted a district-wide school uniform policy. This updated the previous dress policy to require all students to wear uniforms. Each school went through the process of working with their School Site Councils to make recommendations to the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees for adoption and implementation.

All eleven schools have instituted this policy which requires students to wear a solid color collared shirt with a twill fabric bottom. Each school has customized the uniforms for their site. You may get all of the details of uniform requirements from your school office. If you require assistance in the acquisition of uniforms, please contact your school office.Eucalyptus Students

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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.

Core Values

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 social-emotional well-being, student learning, technology and collaboration.
  • Local businesses, private
    and public agencies and the entire
    community are integral partners
    in the educational process.
  • All individuals are valued
    and treated with dignity,
    courtesy and respect.

The 6th Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza

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6th Annual Pet Extravaganza
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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District Spelling Bee

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HMSA's Esau Berumen Among the 30 Most Influential California High School Principalschalkboard

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!