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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
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.
HMSA Students Receive Gates Millennium Scholarship
Hawthorne Math and Science Academy students Isaac Gorgy, left, and Johann Webb have been awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. The teens maintained above 4.0 GPA while taking eight AP courses. Brad Graverson/Daily Breeze Staff Photographer
By Megan Barnes, Daily Breeze
Isaac Gorgy and Johann Webb are the first graduates of tiny Hawthorne Math and Science Academy to win the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, and they’ll also be the last.
This is the final year that generous scholarships funded by a $1.6 billion gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 16 years ago were awarded to 1,000 diverse high school seniors across the country.
The 18-year-old Hawthorne residents have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages while taking just about every Advanced Placement course the 550-student high school has to offer, all while juggling activities and volunteering commitments both on and off campus.
All the hard work — and a rigorous application process requiring eight personal essays — was well worth it, the teens said, weeks after their names were announced with 14 other South Bay students in the final class of Gates Millennium Scholars.
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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 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.”
HMSA Girls Make CIF Softball Playoffs
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Lady A's softball at HMSA and with a sense of destiny that has attached itself to this team, it became a Cinderella season for the 2016 edition of the Lady A's Softball Club. The team lost 7 senior starters from last year's 13-10 squad so this year was originally slated to be a rebuilding year with up and coming juniors and sophomores from last year's team growing into the open starting varsity positions. With just one returning senior, we didn't expect to go too far this year. However, the Good Fairy watching out over our Lady A's turned the team from a pumpkin into a team with huge potential. The girls worked hard through their fall and winter ball seasons, learning the game, the strategy, the tactics and the skill sets required to be successful. The new Varsity A's emerged from the pack and the rest became the Baby A's Junior Varsity team by this February.
The season started off March 1st as expected. We would win one, lose one, win one, lose one. As the girls gelled as a team through this process, they started to win consistently under the leadership of our lone returning senior, Gigi "The Wall" Gutierrez. The A's won every regular season game they played since March 8th with the exception of losing twice to perennial Southern Section Champions Rolling Hills Prep. Until their play-off loss to Avalon on May 19th, the A's put together an impressive 13 win, 2 Loss record. The girls put together a 9-game win streak in that stretch plus a 1st round play-off win. They finished the regular season with a 13 and 5 won/loss mark and went 1 and 1 in the playoffs, defeating Oakwood 20-2 then dropping a heartbreaker, 5-3 to Avalon. The Lady A's finished their overall season with best-ever mark of 14 wins and 6 losses. As their coach, I take great pride in their dedication, hard work, competitive spirit, desire to learn the game and most importantly to learn how to love the game, from the life lessons competitive sports teach and what it means to be a Lady A. Once you put on the royal blue, you are a Lady A through and through! Lady A's fever, CATCH IT! Goooooooooooo.....A's, YOU KNOW!!
Written by Coach Tim Dura
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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Associate Superintendent, Steve Tabor, Honored by ACSA
The Hawthorne School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Steve Tabor, Associate Superintendent - Pupil Personnel Services, was recently named Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year by Region 14 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Mr. Tabor was recognized in front of a crowd of nearly 200 attendees at a regional awards banquet held in Long Beach on April 27th.
Founded in 1971, ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators. Region 14 covers an extensive area, including every school district from Beverly Hills to Long Beach.
Each year, ACSA recognizes a select group of individuals in up to twenty categories for their significant contributions to public education. Nominations are submitted by local charters and are then reviewed by a regional awards committee.
Mr. Tabor was selected as the regional awardee for his 37 years of dedicated service to the Hawthorne School District and because of his reputation as a recognized expert in the area of pupil personnel services. He has tackled a wide range of issues during his career and he has always focused on building strong and lasting bonds with staff, students, and families.
We are so proud of Mr. Tabor and his outstanding achievement!
Message from the Superintendent
Remembering a Special Teacher
With the passing of Mr. Orlando Martinez, a teacher at Prairie Vista Middle School, the Hawthorne School District suddenly, recently, and tragically lost a member of its family. While supporting students and staff at the school the day after the unfortunate event, I was approached by a young man, Sergio Morales, who recognized me as the superintendent. He quickly said, “Your next School News article should be a tribute to Mr. Martinez.” I agreed and suggested that he should help me write the article. He quickly agreed and the following is a result of that short conversation on that very sad day:
Sometimes it’s one person, other times, it’s ten, maybe twenty, but in this case, it’s a whole school and district that is recovering from a great loss. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Mr. Orlando Martinez said; “I’ll be back on Friday and we will start making a quilt.” What nobody knew, was that he would be back that Friday… in heaven. The bell rang for second lunch, and he said a simple “bye”. And so it was.
I didn’t know it. None of us knew that the simple, “bye” he said was actually a farewell, because that day would be the last day he would be in his classroom. On March 4th, I recall seeing how many people were heartbroken over the news. One girl only knew him for a short one and a half
months, but while she did, she truly liked how he taught during first period. While some managed to hold it together that day, most were in tears. Many of my friends reacted as if a family member was gone; because a family member was gone.
When he entered Prairie Vista Middle School as an 8th grade teacher, I came in as a 6th grade student. He was there for us, and in his short time here, he shared a lot of things with us, mainly how great life can be. He will be remembered by all of us as a friend, teacher, and family member.
“Life can be long or short. You never know when your last day on Earth will be, so you just live every day like it is your last.” -Sergio Morales
March 24, 1976 to March 3, 2016
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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 5th Annual Family and Pet Extravaganza
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Join us for the
5th Annual Pet Extravaganza
Saturday, September 24, 2016
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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!