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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
Message from the Superintendent
Oh, What a Day!
A day in the life of the superintendent is never predictable, and while there are sometimes tough issues to deal with, I can honestly say that I love my job. I especially enjoy days that allow me the opportunity to visit schools and interact with students. I had an especially enjoyable day this week!
My morning started at Ramona School to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. The Ramona PTA arranges for guests to come to the school and read to the students. Every elementary school in our district has celebrations and events to promote reading and recognize the contributions of Dr. Seuss. The students were excited and wore the “spirit attire” of the day. I was one of many there to share the joy of reading. There were police officers, firemen, businessmen, attorneys, retired school administrators, and a host of others there to read to the students. I am sure it is as much fun for us to read to the students as it is for the students to sit back and enjoy a Dr. Seuss story.
A little later in the day I was off to Prairie Vista Middle School (PVMS) for the Spring Performance. Six years ago PVMS became a fine arts academy and this performance is just one of many to show off the hard work of the students. The performance was filled with dances and dramatic recitals. The students could not have done a better job! It was engaging and beautiful. The highest compliment I heard came from several of the students leaving the performance who seemed to agree that the performance was, “AWESOME!”
Later that afternoon I was off to Washington School for their Family Art Night. Parents and children had a wonderful time painting and creating with a variety of activities for them to enjoy. I tried my hand at painting Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. I was able to confirm that I am not an artist, but I had fun chatting with the parents and students who all did a better job with the painting. It was a wonderful event and I look forward to another in the future. Perhaps I can work on my art skills in the interim.
My last school event of the day was a performance at Hawthorne Middle School (HMS) of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. HMS Principal, Mr. Salas, contracted with a group to provide an opportunity for our students to perform this play. It not only exposed the students to Shakespeare, but gave them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. The students were impressive in their delivery of some difficult dialogue. It was a wonderful way to finish off a spectacular day!
I am so fortunate to work in Hawthorne with such talented staff and students.
Oh, what a day!
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?"
GAMES TO PRACTICE LETTER WRITING
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.
A FUN GAME FOR MULTIPLE MEANING WORDS
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!
GAMES TO DEVELOP LANGUAGE SKILLS
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.
GAMES FOR VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT
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.
Zela Davis Project Lead the Way
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Preschool has a new look in the Hawthorne School District this year. For the last few years our preschools have offered a half day program for four year old students to better prepare them for kindergarten. Beginning this year, our three and four year old students may attend a full day program at Zela Davis Preschool, Eucalyptus Preschool or may qualify for our PrePare program at Prairie Vista South School. All of these programs are free for our qualifying families. The students are engaged in activities to prepare them socially, emotionally, and academically for their transition into kindergarten. The students are provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch, have an opportunity to engage in meaningful play activities, and are provided with academic opportunities that are aligned with our kindergarten curriculum. The Zela Davis and Eucalyptus Preschools are full-year programs and are currently enrolling students. To inquire about eligibility please contact the preschool office at 310-219-2837 or 310-219-2821.
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 21st 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
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
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.
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 6th Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza
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Join us for the
6th Annual Pet Extravaganza
Saturday, September 30, 2017
at Kornblum School
District Spelling Bee
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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!