8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Preschool Parent Meeting
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
9:00 AM - 1:45 PM 1st Grade Field Trip (Rubens/Sheffield/OK)
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
8:50 AM - 9:30 AM Student of the Month - Grades 1-3
9:40 AM - 10:15 AM Student of the Month - Grades 4-6
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Student of the Month - Kindergarten
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Hawthorne Elementary School! I am looking forward to working in partnership with you and our staff to make this year challenging, productive, and enjoyable for every child. Click on the headline for the rest of the message.
Just before Winter Break, every Hawthorne Elementary School and Preschool student received a holiday gift from Mrs. Marie Fritts and the folks at Fritts Ford in Riverside. Santa and his elf joined Mrs. Fritts and members of the Fritts Ford staff to deliver the gifts and wish every child a happy holiday. This generous donation has been given in person, quietly, and from the heart for years. So, from the Hawthorne family to Mrs. Fritts and the Fritts Ford family, we wish to say, "Thank you for making the holidays brighter for 750 children!"
All of Hawthorne's students participate in a teacher-developed program called ARTECH. Hawthorne’s students learn to create and interpret art in many forms, and use technology across all curricular areas, from the first day of kindergarten to the end of sixth grade. Teachers and staff are committed to teaching visual and performing arts based on the Common Core State Standards, and to integrating arts instruction across the curriculum. Technology is used extensively as a learning and creative tool by both teachers and students. Students master technology skills embedded in the Common Core State Standards while also using technology to develop into contributing members of a global community of learners and innovators. Hawthorne’s ARTECH program develops creative and critical thinkers who are fully engaged in their educational experience.
This year 100% of our fifth-grade band students have returned for another year. We are building our own inventory of instruments and related equipment so that no student is excluded from participation. Band teacher Mrs. Gail Watts said, "This is a first to have 100% of fifth-grade band students return for their sixth-grade year." Support from parents and classroom teachers is a big part of the reason for our growing band -- thank you!
On Thursday, October 9, educators from around the country visited Hawthorne Elementary School to learn about AVID Elementary, a nationwide program that prepares students for success in elementary and secondary school, and beyond. Visitors toured 3rd - 6th grade classrooms guided by our poised and articulate student ambassadors. Following the tour, teachers and student representatives answered questions. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, helps students develop skills in the areas of writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to learn. At Hawthorne, students begin the AVID program in third grade and continue to develop and build skills and strategies through sixth grade. AVID programs at RUSD middle and high schools focus students on preparation for college and career.
Hawthorne upper-grade students are learning to use the online library system, Destiny, to look for reading material by level, by topic, and by availability. Library media assistant Mrs. Lisa Glasheen has been teaching students to use the online management system. Students may check out books online, reserve books that are checked out, and ask for an email notification when a book they have reserved becomes available.
During the May 5 RUSD Board of Trustees meeting, Hawthorne Elementary was recognized as one of the recipients of grant funding to pilot a plan for bringing personalized learning to Hawthorne students. Personalized learning is an approach to teaching and learning that moves beyond individualized learning, which focuses only on instructional needs, to personalized learning based on students' interests, goals, and styles of learning. Personalized learning includes flexible schedules and pace, options for accessing lessons from home, and social connections to partner with others to enhance learning. We are excited to move forward, learn about resources to enhance our students' experiences, and discover ways to improve connections with parents and the wider community.
Hawthorne student achievement has improved for the past two years on the California Academic Performance Index (API). The API is based on California Standards Test scores in English language arts and mathematics. Scores range from 200 - 1,000 and the statewide goal for all schools is 800. For the first time, Hawthorne has met this target with an API score of 808!
The field at Hawthorne Elementary School transformed into a living piece of art on Feb. 28 as each of the school’s 675-plus students became part of a human mosaic hawk for a school-wide art project. Artist Daniel Dancer with Art for the Sky guided students to design the living piece of artwork on the Hawthorne field, then climbed aboard a Riverside Police Department helicopter and photographed the “hawk.” Students, teachers and parents acted as living strokes of an artists’ brush staying as still as they could. Only a few twitches or adjusting of T-shirts here and there hinted to the fact that this art was alive. The next day, Mr. Dancer shared the culmination of the project with the school and community. Each student received a copy of the finished piece of art. The hawk art project was made possible through a Riverside Educational Enrichment (REEF) grant written by teacher Mariana Robles. It provided a way for the entire Hawthorne student body to become part of a piece of art as well as to work together toward a common goal. Robles wrote the grant for the project after learning about Mr. Dancer’s work at other schools across the country and beyond. Activities integrating a variety of educational standards started before the big moment Thursday morning. All students learned the song “Wings to Fly” prior to the event. Upper grade students were charged with using geometry concepts to scale the large picture for the field. Other students then worked with Dancer to sketch the outline in bark and sand on the field. The project also became a focal point for other lessons, such as environmental awareness. “We are hoping that we’re building a sense of community, ”Robles said. “This is part of coming together…showing ourselves that we can do something special,” The living picture project is just one part of a new focus at Hawthorne, which has embraced the teacher-initiated program, ARTECH, integrating art and technology into teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Hawthorne Elementary School first grade teacher Mariana Robles has been chosen as one of 96 NEA (National Education Association) Master Teachers. Click on the headline above to read more!