Register now for incoming kindergartners (and transitional kindergartners) and students who will be new to Hawthorne. Registration hours are from 9:00 - 11:00 AM and 1:00 - 3:00 PM in the main office. The office will be open for registrations July 20 and 21, and then will reopen August 3. For information on documents required for registration, click on the headline above. For information on transfers, contact the Pupil Services Department at 951-352-1200.
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten students and their parents are invited to an orientation on August 21 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Kindergarten/transitional kindergarten class rosters will be posted just inside the main gate by 9:30 a.m. on the 21st. Parents and their students will attend the session in their teacher's classroom. Teachers will share information about what students will learn, daily schedules, school and classroom expectations, homework, and routines for the beginning and the end of the school day.
Class lists will be posted on August 21 in the office windows. Kindergarten lists will be posted by 9:30 AM. Lists for grades 1 - 6 will be posted by 4:00 PM. The lists will be left up all weekend and the following week. Lists will also be displayed on portable billboards and placed outside the main entrance to the school for the first week of classes. If you do not see your child's name on any class list, please ask for assistance in the office.
Parents and students from all grades enjoyed Family Math Night on April 28. Parents and their children all became students as they worked together with RUSD math specialists to learn about important math concepts and explored different ways to solve problems. This was the second Family Math Night held this year. The response from parents and students has been very positive and Hawthorne will offer more Family Learning Nights next year. Click on the headline to see the article in The Press-Enterprise newspaper!
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!