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Principal's Message

August 27, 2021

Dear Hawthorne Families:

We have come to the end of a (in my opinion) very successful first week of school!  Many caregivers and students have been so kind and welcoming as I learn and adjust to a new school.  I appreciate all the support and positive vibes we have felt at Hawthorne this week! 😊

This week, student advocates wrote me to request some additional minutes in the lunchroom.  It’s wonderful to see young advocates using their voices to improve our school.  By Thursday, we added an additional 5-minutes to each lunch block to ensure students had more time to eat.  The Hawthorne teachers and support staff were amazing and flexible in making their schedules reflect this change in less than 24 hours.

During the week, I saw teachers building authentic relationships with their students.  Students are supporting their peers and building new friendships.  As a school community, every stakeholder is working hard to ensure that everyone feels loved and included.  I observed teachers coming to school early and leaving late to ensure that every day is a success with their scholars.  We truly have a dedicated and compassionate set of educators working with our scholars this year!

I appreciate all the support from families to keep our schools safe this year.  Teachers, staff, and students are working hard to keep our learning space safe during these unprecedented times.  The safety and well-being of educators, staff, and students is always at the forefront and we are working hard to ensure a smooth and successful academic year.

I am thrilled to be at Hawthorne and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the principal!

Yours in solidarity,

Kody Colvin, Ed.D.



Dear Hawthorne Families:

We are excited to see you tomorrow (Monday, August 23) for our Back-to-School event from 5:00-6:30 PM!  Pizza and ice cream will be served on the east side of the building from 5:00-6:00 PM.  Please feel free to come any time between then for food.  From 6:00-6:30 PM, we will open the east doors to the school to allow families to see their scholar’s classroom and meet their teacher.  I will also open the cafeteria so families can see how the lunchroom will look for lunch this year.  

On Friday, August 20, 2021, Mayor Mendenhall issued an Executive Order for all students, staff, and families to be masked in all of Salt Lake City’s K-12 schools.  This means that families entering our building (starting tomorrow) must wear a mask while the Executive Order is in effect—this includes the indoor portion of Back-to-School Night.  Students, teachers, and educational support staff will be required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth during both the school day and the After School program.

The Hawthorne team looks forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 academic year.  Please remember to check the school’s webpage or SLCSD’s webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding our COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Yours in Solidarity,

Kody Colvin, Ed.D.


Hawthorne Elementary



August 11, 2021

Hawthorne Families:

As we prepare for the upcoming year, I want to direct your attention to SLCSD's COVID-19 information page.  As new information develops, information will be updated here ( 

Additionally, I want to highlight Hawthorne's Facebook page (Hawthorne Elementary School - Salt Lake City | Facebook) where we will update all the awesome things happening at school throughout the year.  Make sure to follow us!

In Solidarity,

Kody Colvin, Ed.D.