ReadAcrossRiverside.com is a website for parents of children from preschool through second grade. The website has ideas for helping children become successful readers, speakers, listeners, and writers. It features ideas for reading together, and links to websites for independent practice and games to play. A calendar of local events provides families with information on free museum nights, storytelling times, and free tutoring. This website was created by Hawthorne second-grade teacher, Mrs. Masi, for her graduate project. She is excited to share!
Beginning Monday, August 31, we return to regular parking rules as posted by City of Riverside signs on Irving Street and Victoria Avenue. Parking on Irving St. in front of the houses and on the dirt area across from the school (next to the farm) is NOT permitted. Parking is permitted on Victoria Avenue on the side closest to the school, but only during the posted times (7:45 AM to 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM to noon, and 1:15 to 3:15 PM). Links to parking maps in English and Spanish are located on the left side of this home page. Please remain with your vehicle when moving through loading and unloading zones. Always drive slowly and carefully in the parking areas and please be patient.
Classes will begin Monday, August 24. Supervisors with class lists and maps will be available at the main gate area and throughout the campus to assist parents and students with finding classrooms. Parents are welcome to walk their students to their classrooms for the first two days of school. Beginning Wednesday, August 26, we ask that parents say good-bye to their students at the main gate. We will, of course, be flexible and respond to the needs of individual students. Preschool students will enter and be picked up at the small gate next to the administration building. A sign will be posted and preschool staff will be there to greet and dismiss students. Kindergarten students must be picked up from the classroom at the end of the day. All parents or caregivers picking up students must be prepared to show a photo ID and must be listed on the child's emergency contact card.
Applications for free and reduced price meals may be completed online. Parents must apply every year. For assistance during the first week of school, parents may come to the Nutrition Services table near the main gate. Parents may also call 352-6716 to make an appointment to complete the application at school with assistance (English or Spanish).
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. 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.
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 beginning of transitional 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.
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.