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
2:00 PM - 2:55 PM DJ Party for fundraiser qualifiers
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PTA Skate Night
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
2:05 PM - 2:30 PM Halloween Parade
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Preschool Parent Meeting
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Band
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM PTA Board Meeting
1:10 PM - 2:50 PM Band
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are exploring an exciting new online learning tool -- iReady -- that allows them to work at their individual instructional level. Students are currently taking online diagnostic assessments in English language arts and mathematics. The iReady assessment adapts to make the questions more challenging or easier depending upon students' answers. This allows the iReady diagnostic tool to identify students' specific learning needs from the earliest pre-reading and math skills to content at the 12th grade level. After completion of the diagnostic, students begin completing online lessons and games that build the specific skills individual students need to master in order to progress in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and problem solving. The lessons and games are tied to the new Common Core State Standards. The program is web-based and is accessible to students from home using most home computers, laptops, or Chromebooks. Students will be coming home soon with their login information.
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!
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 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.
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!
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.