News & Announcements:
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.
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.
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