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Hawthorne School District

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    Our Mission:  To maximize each student’s potential to achieve educational excellence

    Superintendent's Message

    Seven months ago we determined the need to dismiss school and engage in a virtual or distance learning model. Most of us thought it would be a very short term endeavor. Unfortunately, that has not been the reality. We miss our students and would love to be able to have them back on campus. We have been working hard to ensure our schools are safe for an eventual return to school. I would like to outline a few of the measures we have in place to ensure our staff and students are returning to a safe environment:

    • Classrooms are being reconfigured to ensure a minimum of six feet of distance between students and staff.
    • Plexiglass partitions have been installed in offices to protect staff and families visiting to engage in school business.
    • Signage has been placed at all sites to remind staff and families to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and stay home if ill.
    • Markers have been placed throughout the school to assist with social distancing.
    • We are developing plans for a health screening for those entering campus. This will include health related questions and a possible temperature check.
    • Masks are required of anyone over the age of two (2) entering our campuses.
    • Equipment has been purchased to assist in the effective daily cleaning of all areas.
    • Schedules have been established to ensure all areas are cleaned on a regular basis.
    • Hand sanitization stations have been installed in high traffic areas of the campus.
    • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has visited all campuses to ensure all protocols are in place for a safe environment.

    At this time, we are not able to welcome our students back to school. We have had a small number of students return to campus for a very short period of time for language assessments. We are carefully reviewing future possibilities of student engagement. There is a waiver process available for our youngest students. Many requirements are necessary for approval. Included in these requirements are letters of support from parent groups (PTO, SSC, DAC, ELAC)  and staff. Once we are certain we have met the requirements, we will be able to apply for the waiver. This will only be completed when we are confident we can make our learning environments as safe as possible for our staff and students. I want to assure you that if you are not comfortable with your child returning to campus, there will be a distance learning option available to our families.

    We have all felt the difficulty of this current learning model and look forward to a time when we will see our students in person. I know that our staff is working hard to make the best of a difficult situation. I thank them and I thank you for your continued support.

    Please, stay safe and healthy.

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    Making College Accessible

    In the Hawthorne School District, we are committed to ensuring that our students are equipped with the tools, skills, and knowledge necessary for success in both college and career.  To this end, we joined with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) last year to submit a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) partnership grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Education. We were recently delighted to learn that our GEAR UP partnership was one of only twenty-four in the country to be funded this year. The approval of this partnership means that our current sixth grade students will be provided with access to seven years of targeted academic support, college-focused counseling, college campus visitations, and family workshops focused on topics such as the college admissions process and financial aid options.  This type of long-term commitment is rarely seen with federal grants, and its impact on our students will be significant.  Projects associated with the GEAR UP grant are already underway, with the creation of College and Career Centers at each of our middle school campuses, the recruitment of CSUDH students to serve as tutors in a number of our classrooms, and the coordination of a trip for almost 800 sixth graders to the CSUDH campus this June.  We are so pleased to be able to offer these and many more services to our students as we work to support them on their path to postsecondary education. 
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      Superintendent  Helen MorganSuperintendent's Message

      Dr. Helen E. Morgan

      Mission Statement

      To maximize each student’s potential to achieve educational excellence.

      Vision Statement

      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.
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