9:00 AM - 1:30 PM 3rd Grade Field Trip
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hawthorne Night at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor
9:00 AM - 1:45 PM 2nd Grade Field Trip
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
If your student currently attends Hawthorne Elementary School on a transfer, you may need to renew it for next year! Some transfers are year-to-year, and must be renewed during the transfer window, which is now open through March 27. Letters have been sent to parents who need to renew a transfer for next year. If you are unsure of your transfer status, please call us at 352-6716. The application for renewal of an Intra-District Transfer (from one RUSD school to another) must be submitted online (click on the headline for a link). If you would like assistance with your application, please call us at 352-6716 to make an appointment. We will be happy to assist you. To renew an Inter-District Transfer (from one district to another), you must start by contacting your home district. If you have any questions, please call Hawthorne Elementary School or the RUSD Pupil Services Department at 951-352-1200.
Parents who live within the Riverside Unified School District boundaries but who do not live within the Hawthorne Elementary attendance area may apply for an Intra-District Transfer. Parents not living in the RUSD boundary may apply for an Inter-District Transfer. Applications will be accepted for the 2015-16 School Year from February 23, 2015 through March 27, 2015. For more information, contact the RUSD Pupil Services Department at 951-352-1200 or click on the headline for a link directly to the department and online applications.
Thank you Riverside for helping us to develop our first Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). We now invite you to hear about our progress and to give us input on next steps. Click the headline above for a list of our community engagement meetings. You also can give input online. Visit www.successforstudents.org to learn more. Cliick the headline above for a flyer with more details on meeting dates and times.
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!