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Parent Meeting

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Monday, May 1, 2017

8:45am and 4:30pm


Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home with students

on Thursday, May 4, 2017



Getty Villa Family Fun Day

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Hawthorne 5K & Health Fair

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hawthorne High School

8:00am - Registration Opens

9:00am - Run/Walk Begins

Under 18 runs for free! Register Online 





Grades of Green

Congratulations to our Grades of Green team for taking second place in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Our team reduced on campus trash by thousands of bags per school year. This program had an impact on the way all of our students reduce, reuse and recycle during lunch! Green Team members volunteered daily, wrote a 20 page application, made a PowerPoint, and gave a tour to a team of 15 of Hawthorne's trash experts! Go Panthers!


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Mandatory Uniform Policy Now in Effect at PVMS

Mandatory Uniform Policy Now in Effect at PVMS




Prairie Vista Middle School


Prairie Vista Middle School invests in the future, one fine arts program at a time. As other districts and states cut funding for the arts, two schools in Hawthorne, California, are making a strong statement about what puts kids on the road to college. Helen Morgan, superintendent of the K-8 Hawthorne School District, believes tapping into students’ inner strengths earlier in their education will put more students on a path to higher education.

Prairie Vista’s new music program, funded in part with donations by the Hawthorne School District Education Foundation and the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, is opening up musical opportunity for 6th-8th graders. Students rotate each trimester into Dr. Lorenzo Sanchez’s new Roland F-110 piano lab, learning to read and write music, rhythm, and music history.

Customized by Roland Corporation for Prairie Vista, young players on the F-110’s 88-key Progressive Hammer Action piano experience the authentic feel of an acoustic grand. Students can explore up to 306 tones besides the piano, including eight drum sets and sound effects. As students grow and learn, they can access the F-110’s easy Transpose feature or Record and Save up to three tracks on the built-in Recorder.

Dr. Sanchez can isolate each player, listen to small groups, or hear the whole class on the RolandGLC-1 music conferencing system. This all-in-one communication solution is perfect for group piano teaching and music ensemble instruction. Because the GLC-1 doesn’t rely on external computer hardware or software, Prairie Vista’s music classes are simple to manage and fun for students. It’s both intuitive and easy-to-use.
Students passing their required classes enter specialized courses--in this case music--as an elective choice that gets them excited about coming to school. The “Way Cool” Keyboarding curriculum taught in the lab is written specifically for teens, designed to create a successful and motivating first experience at the piano. Written by Debra Perez and Will Baily, this method has students reading music, playing off the page, experiencing ensemble play and enjoying a variety of music styles.

The program is supplemented with a music accompaniment CD that plays along with the students. “The kids feel as if they are part of a band or an orchestra while they are learning basic keyboard concepts,” Dr. Sanchez says. He feels this makes their learning unique and that accompaniments “keep the students interested, help them develop a strong sense of rhythm, and help make playing fun right away.”

Giving students an opportunity to be successful in specialized courses, with technology as the center, is raising student interest and test scores. Compared to districts with similar demographics, Prairie Vista scores in the top 10 percent of similar schools statewide. Morgan points out, however, that “A test doesn’t measure your ability to build a robot or play a musical instrument....we just have to keep pushing ourselves.” And, Morgan adds, educators need to keep looking for opportunities for students to be successful. Prairie Vista is off to a great start!


Hawthorne's Middle Schools Given Focused Educational Themes

Daily Breeze Article
By Rob Kuznia Staff Writer


Sixth grader Averille Walton learns the piano at the same time as 30 other students at Prairie Vista Middle School, which is now a fine arts academy. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)

It's nothing new for a public high school to build its curriculum around a singular focus - perhaps in the arts, the sciences or vocational ed.

But the Hawthorne School District is embarking on a pioneering version of such an approach by bringing it to all three of its middle schools.

This means Prairie Vista School is no longer just a regular middle school. Now it has a specialized theme, namely the fine arts. Ditto for Bud Carson Middle School, the district's new hub for classes in science, technology, engineering and math (often referred to as STEM). And Hawthorne Middle School, where the thrust is business.


Tiffany Tran in a honors science class at Bud Carson Middle School, which is now a science and math academy. (Brad Graverson / Staff Photographer)

Rolled out this fall, the plan is partly an effort to staunch a steady outflow of Hawthorne's K-8 students to neighboring charter schools, a common occurrence in public schools serving a low-income clientele.

But Helen Morgan, superintendent of the K-8 Hawthorne School District, said the ultimate goal is to put more students on the path to college. She believes tapping into students' inner strengths earlier on will help accomplish that.

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Programs Available After School

Math Tutoring

Tuesday - Rm 206


Tech. Monday - 2nd. Flr Lab

6th Grade Tuesday - Rm 300

7th & 8th Grade Friday - Rm 102


Student Council

Once a Month - Rm 111


Visual Arts

Tuesday - Rm 101



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Band & Strings

Mon./Tues./Thurs. - Rm 118


Game Theory

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Students are to be dropped off or picked up at the gate at the end of the driveway on Prairie Ave or at the gate on 135th.  When using the Prairie Gate please drive to the end of the driveway to insure the safety of the students.

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