News & Announcements:
Remember the Dates:
Back to School night September 2nd at 6:30. Come visit your students' classes.
PTA Fundraiser: The Hawk Walk September 11th at 6:00. Look for more information and pledge sheets coming home with your students.
Calendar for 2014-2015
School starts for 1st-6th grades on August 25th. Kindergarten students will test Monday the 25th to Wednesday the 27th. Kindergarten will start Thursday August 28th. The 25th through the 28th are regular days. Friday the 29th is a short day.
The approved calendar for 2014-2015 will be sent home at the end of the year with student report cards. General changes and dates to remember include:
- the release time for school has changed from 2:50 PM to 2:45 PM on all regular days
- the short day release time will remain the same at 12:35 PM
- the first week of school and the last week of school will be 4 regular days and Friday will be a short day
- SEPs will be the last week in September and February
There will not be a back to school barbecue as the cost for this event has risen to over $2,000. We will have a back to school open house on Tuesday, September 2nd. More information will follow at the beginning of the new school year. Thank you to our wonderful band JABOM for years of delightful entertainment at the back to school barbecue.
Field Day and the end of the year
Students enjoyed year-end activities at Hawthorne including field day, a barbecue, Road to Success reading assembly, school-wide talent show, yearbook signing, slide shows, swimming and trips to the Tracy Aviary. It was a race to the end of the year. We did it. We made the most of every moment and kept positive attitudes. Well done High Flyers!
Visitors from another time and place
Hawthorne students were surprised by a visitor from a "galaxy far far away" as they started their SAGE testing. "The force is strong at Hawthorne and the students are focused to do their best on their state tests," stated a visiting Storm Trooper. Computer testing coordinator Erin Baxter arranged the guest for fun and encouragement. It was especially interesting to have the Storm Trooper drop into the 5th grade Shakespeare presentation of Hamlet. Who would have thought of such a coupling; a movie with in a play?
State Chess Tournament
Members of Hawthorne's after school chess club recently participated in the state chess tournament. Individuals and teams from all over the Utah played in this highly competitive yearly event. Congratulations to Senji, Alexander, Erin, Callum, Roman, Nikoli, Alex, Ben, Aedan, Chris, Chendi, Ethan, Chloe, Che, Doruk and Marcus on their 8th place win and Ethan McCullock on his 3rd place win for students in the first grade. The after school chess club is a fee based activity which is open to students with chess experience.
PTA Fund raiser - Pizza with a Purpose
Hawthorne families and friends are encouraged to support Hawthorne's fund raiser at the California Pizza Kitchen on March 19th all day. This is a PTA event that requires a flyer to have 20% of a purchase donated to the school. Families can dine in or take out. Extra flyers are in the office.
The yearly Shakespeare performances will be from March 31st to April 4th. Ms. Serpe's class will perform "Much Ado About Nothing", Mrs. Taft's "Hamlet" and Mrs. Henderson's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Hawthorne's office can be contacted regarding the performance schedules.
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
Each year the students in Mrs. Edwards' 3rd grade class perform the monologues from the 2008 Newbery Medal award winning book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village to the delight of their parents and the school. The book, by Laura Schlitz, is a look into the lives of children of a medieval village. There are two dialogues one for girls and one for boys which combined with the monologues introduce the audience to characters from the local lord's daughter to tanner's boy. Beautiful sets and costumes transport the audience to another time and place. Congratulations to all of this year's participants. Well done good masters and sweet ladies!
Winners of the Bees
Congratulations to Hawthorne student Daniel Banks a C&A student in 6th grade who is the 2013-2014 school Geography Bee winner. Daniel and 24 other students answered questions about cities, states, countries, continents, oceans, rivers, and topographical features. The competition was close with several tie-breakers leading to the final winner. Hawthorne students study geography all year and participate in Passport to Geography a school-wide program that teaches students about their world.
Congratulations to Hayden Hahn who won the school-wide Spelling Bee. Hayden is an ELP student in Mrs. Henderson's class. When asked how he was able to out spell so many of his class mates he modestly said, "I don't know." Talent and hard work go into mastering the study words associated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Some students get into the spirit of the oldest and longest running national spelling bee by wearing black, white and yellow. Hayden will participate later in March in the regional bee.
Reading is Fun Week
Students enjoyed a week focused on reading in early March. The PTA sponsored week included a book exchange, essays about favorite books, banners with book titles children love to read and daily readings from the student council. All students were able to select a new book from the PTA RIF distribution, as well. Nearly 1500 new books are gifted each year to Hawthorne students from the PTA. Student essays were judged and top essays received gift cards to a local book store. The week culminated with students dressing as their favorite authors or book characters. Winning Essays Favorite Book Lists
LAND Trust, School Improvement Plan and Staffing:
March is an important month as the school looks ahead to the 2014-2015 school years. SCC will review the LAND Trust funding and allocate monies based upon school needs. They will join with the school staff to draft the School Improvement Plan for 2014-2015 , as well. Hawthorne's greatest student needs are the top priority again as we look at non-porficient students, English learners, new end of the year testing and meeting the needs of highly gifted students. In addition to LAND Trust and the Improvement Plan there are staffing needs to be reviewed. It is a busy time with significant and important work to complete on behalf of our school. Look for final reports to be posted on this site in June.
SEP conferences are February 26th and 27th. Teachers will send home information to families regarding conferences appointments.
On the 26th and 27th school dismissal will be at 12:35.
During SEP conferences there will be a PTA sponsored book fair in the library.
Every year Wendy Child and Sheri Sohm conduct a service mentor program. Upper grade boys are paired with lower grade boys for 30 minutes a week. The boys who participate work on math together to support verbal and nonverbal communication skills, positive social interactions, leadership skills, and productive thinking. Mentors plan effective math lessons and creative games. They become important models for the younger students. Wendy and Sheri conduct debriefing sessions with the mentors, as well. An important goal of this service mentor program is to help the younger students gain skills that they can then generalize to their classrooms and other settings.
SLCSD Math Counts Competition
Students from Hawthorne participated with elementary and middle schools from the district in a Math Counts competition on January 31st at Clayton Middle school. Teams of students took a challenging math exam testing their critical thinking and capacity to problem solve. Eight Hawthorne students were in the top ten and Hawthorne's teams took 2nd and 4th. Congratulations to all our Hawthorne Math Counts mathematicians and especially their coach, Mr. Guy Nickerson.
Air Quality in the News
Staff, parents and students were interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune for an extensive article regarding air quality. The front page article ran in the Sunday edition of the paper on January 26th. Angie Leone's class was pictured doing their daily Brain Break activity dancing in class. All students benefit from daily movement breaks which frequently must take place inside when air quality is poor. The article can also be read on-line. Thanks to all of our community members for making air quality an important concern at school.
The Spelling Bee is back! Hawthorne students will participate in the school spelling bee on February 27th. The winner will have the opportunity to go on to the Salt Lake County competition. Overstock.com and the law firm or Hall Prangle and Schoonveld will organize and fund the county event. Many thanks to teacher Marilyn Taft for voicing her concerns to news reporters regarding the loss of the long time sponsor. Parents are welcome to come to the school's bee and watch their students participate.
Captain Clean Air at Hawthorne
Students in kindergarten classes were visited by Captain Clean Air, Dr. Hal Crimmel, and his friendly badger. The presentation focused on air pollution, levels of air quality and the effect of idling cars on air quality. Students learned that after 10 seconds drivers should turn off their engines to reduce car emissions. Students received flyers with ideas and resources for families and stickers reminding families to "Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free."
Hawthorne night at Panda Express
Families will dine at Panda Express on Friday January 17th to raise funds for the school. Dinner will start at 5:00PM. Families will need to bring the school coupon so that a percentage of the evening's receipts will go to the school. Thanks to Panda Express for being a great business partner.
Science Fair News
Hawthorne students will participate in the school science fair January 30th-31st. Projects will be judged on the 30th. The top 20 projects will move on to the District science fair at the Salt Lake City Science and Engineering Charter in February. The community is invited to view projects on the evening of the 30th.
AMC 8 2013 National Math Test
Hawthorne Students in 5th and 6th grades along with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students across the nation participated in the recent AMC 8 2013 math test. Fourteen students were named to the Utah Honor Roll. Summer B. in Mrs. Henderson's class scored in the top 98% nationally. Mr. Guy Nickerson teaches and coaches these remarkable mathematicians. Congratulations to all!
Hawthorne and Westminster Day of Service
Over 500 students from Westminster and Hawthorne participated in a day of service for the Salt Lake Community. Flowers, cards, dog treats and blankets were among the items made and given to local groups. Many thanks to Kathy Harvey and Julie Tille for making this happen for three consecutive years!
Students with perfect attendance for 2012-2013
10 Ways to Foster Your Child's Success
- Talk with your child. Talking early and
often with your children helps them trust
you as a source of information and guidance.
- Set high but realistic expectations.
Paying attention to your children's strengths,
while acknowledging where they need assistance,
can help children develop realistic self-expectations.
- Build your child's self-esteem and confidence.
Encourage your children to make choices
even if it means making mistakes. This is
how children learn and grow.
- Keep your child healthy. Promote your
children's physical emotional, and social
- Support learning at home. Show that
education is important to you and that you
- Communicate with your child's school.
Communicate on a regular basis with the
school to stay informed and involved.
- Encourage exploration and discovery.
By encouraging your children to develop
their interests and seek opportunities to
try new things you help them make the most
of the world around them.
- Help your child develop good relationships.
All children want to fit in and belong.
Helping your children develop friendships
that affirm them will go a long way to helping
them build solid relationships a adults.
- Keep your child safe. Teach your children
safety procedures and how to avoid dangerous
- Participate in community service. Children's
positive energy and talents can be acknowledged
beyond the classroom when used to serve
or help others.
From "How to Help Your Child Succeed"
-- National PTA's Building Successful