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    8th graders return Chromebooks, Chargers and Hotspots on Friday June 18th between 8:30 and 3:00. At that time they will be provided with certificates of completion and report cards.


    6th and 7th LEAVING the District need to return Chromebooks, Chargers, and Hotspots on Friday June 18th.


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    6th Grade:

    1. Maniac Magee

    2. Island of the Blue Dolphins

    3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    4. Freak the Mighty

    5. Joey Pigza

    6. Where the Red Fern Grows

    7. Eleven

    8. Bridge to Terabithia

    9. Boy of the Painted Cave

    10. Bud, Not Buddy

    11. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid


    7th Grade:

    1. Stargirl

    2. Bridge to Terabithia

    3. Tangerine

    4. Catherine Called Birdy

    5. A Long Walk to Water

    6. A Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    7. Hunger Game Series

    8. Esperanza Rising

    9. The Cay

    10. Enders Game

    11. Number the Stars


    8th Grade:

    1. Diary of Anne Frank

    2. The Pearl

    3. Harry Potter Series

    4. Red Badge of Courage

    5. Call of the Wild

    6. Across Five Aprils

    7. Tuck Everlasting

    8. The Red Pony’s

    9. Old Yeller

    10. Series of Unfortunate Events

    11. Call it Courage

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    Hello 8th Grade Families!
    We are very excited to celebrate the 8th grade class of 2021! 
    Please take a few moments to read the information below.

    Sunset Photography will be taking photos at the promotion ceremonies and these pictures will be available for purchase. Only students are permitted at the photo area. Information for photo purchase will be emailed to families and also posted on our webpage.
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    Online Enrollment is Open.  Links below!
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    Online Learning Continues at PVMS

    As we continue our journey through online learning here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

    How can parents view students' grades? Parents should be logging into Powerschool to view grades in the 7 class periods. All parents were emailed this information in September. It is important to have updated emails in our system in order to receive important updates.
    How can parents view students' attendance? Powerschool. Parents need to create their parent portal to be able to access this information. See the letter that was emailed.
    My child appears to be logged into classes, but the teacher (s) is telling me otherwise. Why? We are finding that some students are logging in to some classes but not others. Many are not logging into Acellus (on-line program during Asynchronous days) and the teachers can show this evidence to parents when requested. Acellus assignments and/or Asynchronous assignments (PE, Art, Music, Theatre-Dance, Piano) are factored into students' grades and attendance.

    Where can I view the Cohort Schedule times? Right here on the website - go to Sample Student Class Schedule.
    How can parents tell if students are logging into Acellus?
    How to page : Signing in Acellus as a parent
    To access your parent account;
    Download the Acellus App on each device that you will want to sign in as a parent, such as your desktop or tablet.
    Open the app and click on “Sign In As A Parent.”
    Make a new soft-token PIN on each device with the same email address that you used when first creating the parent account. It will prompt you to enter a PIN, so use a combination that you will remember.

    Is the school office open? Yes, Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30. Do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

    El aprendizaje en línea continua en PVMS. 

    A medida que continuamos aprendiendo en linea, aqui hay algunas respuestas a preguntas frecuentes. 

    ¿Cómo pueden los padres o tutores ver las calificaciones de los estudiantes?
    Los padres pueden revisar frecuentemente las calificaciones en el portal de padres en Powerschool. Todos los padres recibieron información por correo electrónico, en Septiembre, explicando como crear una cuenta de Padres en Powerschool. Es importante tener correos electrónicos actualizado en nuestro sistema para recibir actualizaciones importantes. 
    ¿Cómo pueden los padres o tutores ver la asistencia de los estudiantes?
    En el portal de padres en Powerschool. Los padres deben crear su cuenta en el portal para poder acceder a esta información. Revise la carta que se envió por correo electrónico. 
    Mi hijo me dice que está asistiendo a las clases, pero los maestros me dicen lo contrario. ¿Por qué?
    Descubrimos que algunos estudiantes están ingresando a algunas clases pero no a otras. Muchos no ingresan en el programa de Acellus (programa en línea durante los días que no están en vivo con los maestros) y los maestros pueden mostrar esta evidencia a los padres cuando se les solicite. Las tareas de Acellus y las tareas de los maestros de Educación Física, Arte, Música, Teatro-Danza, Piano (cuando no están en vivo con ellos) se toman en cuenta en las calificaciones y la asistencia de los estudiantes.  
    ¿Dónde puedo ver el horario de cohortes?  
    Aquí mismo en el sitio web, vaya a Ejemplo de horario de clases para estudiantes. 
    ¿Está abierta la oficina de la escuela?
    Si, de lunes a viernes de 8am a 4:30pm. No duden en llamarnos si tienen preguntas. 
    ¿Cómo puedo saber si mi estudiante está asistiendo a las clases de Acellus?
     Acceder a Acellus como padre o tutor  
    Para acceder a su cuenta para padres: 
    descargue la aplicación Acellus en cada dispositivo en el que desee iniciar sesión como padre, como su computadora de escritorio o tableta. 
    Abra la aplicación y haga clic en "Iniciar sesión como padre". 
    Cree un nuevo PIN de token virtual en cada aparato con la misma dirección de correo electrónico que utilizó al crear la cuenta principal por primera vez. Le pedirá que ingrese un PIN, así que use una combinación que recuerde.

    6th and 7th graders: IF you are moving, drop off your chrome books and/or wifi hot spots if you borrowed them. Call the Office to make sure someone will be there or use the Tech Support link to request an Appointment.
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    Students not in uniform must have a Waiver on file and must comply with the Hawthorne School District Dress Code.


    The following is stated in the Handbook:


    The Following Items are NOT Allowed

    Sagging, ripped, frayed, and/or tight clothing     

    Bandanas/ Head Scarves
    Beanies/Hair nets     

    Lengthy Belts
    Sandals/Open-toed or open-heeled shoes     

    Hats/Caps (Unless worn for sun protection)
    Vulgar/offensive pins/ buttons/ patches     

    Belt Buckles w/ initials, words, flags, symbols
    No undergarments should be exposed, including bra straps     

    Leggings as pants

    Absolutely no clothing/item may advertise alcohol or drugs, be related with gang or drug symbols, or be
    pornographic in nature.

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    MANDATORY Uniform Policy Now in Effect for all Hawthorne Schools




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    • Khaki or Blue

    Spirit Wear

    • May be worn in place of a collared shirt

    ‘They’re just like us’: Hawthorne middle-school girls get unique SpaceX visit

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    Female students from Prairie Vista Middle School in Hawthorne were the first to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day with SpaceX Women’s Network, a volunteer professional-development group of 300 female employees. From left, Layla Godoy, Casmiria Turton, Anny Ning SpaceX structures engineer and Bella Freire. Photo credit SpaceX

    It’s rare to get a tour of SpaceX’s rocket-making Hawthorne headquarters, let alone one-on-one chats with its engineers.

    But some Hawthorne middle-school girls who got just such an invitation recently were in awe of the work being done in their neighborhood.

    “It was pretty surreal,” 13-year-old Bella Freire said. “Usually, you see rockets in magazines but not up-close and personal. Seeing people work on them is amazing. It makes me feel really small.”

    A new volunteer group of female SpaceX employees — the 300-member SpaceX Women’s Network — welcomed Freire and two dozen other Prairie Vista Middle School students on a Saturday afternoon this month for some lessons on engineering and tips about life.

    The company offers some local high school internship opportunities and school tours, but is otherwise usually off-limits.

    The visit was organized in recognition of International Women in Engineering Day, which is Friday.

    Girls working on STEM

    Female students from Prairie Vista Middle School in Hawthorne were the first to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day with SpaceX Women’s Network, a volunteer professional-development group of 300 female employees. From left, Kiara Ventura, Anny Ning SpaceX structures engineer and Grace Rangel. Photo credit SpaceX

    “Because you have few women in this field, we’re trying to empower women to be vocal for themselves and have confidence in their technical abilities,” said Damaris Toepel, the lead integration and test engineer for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. “In all of the positions I’ve held, it was very common for me to be the only female in the room and, sometimes, I would hold myself back from speaking.”

    Toepel founded the volunteer Women’s Network a year ago. She hoped to empower females at the company, which — like many other tech and aerospace companies — is dominated by male workers.

    One of the students who attended their first community-education event, Daniela Jimenez, 14, said she has an A in science at Prairie Vista but hadn’t considered a career as an engineer.

    “I’m more interested in engineering now. Before, I wouldn’t have thought of doing it in my future life,” Jimenez said. “It was pretty interesting to go and see them build these incredible things that go up to space.”

    SpaceX moved to Hawthorne as a startup company in 2008, and now is an established global leader in commercial space exploration. Its Dragon spacecraft was the first commercial space-transport vessel to dock at the International Space Station in 2012.


    Now, the company is putting the finishing touches on a craft that can ferry astronauts to orbit and, ultimately, land on Mars.

    During their visit, the Prairie Vista students took apart and investigated everyday electronics like phones and cameras, built toy solar-powered cars, and assembled circuit boards.

    Freire said she enjoyed doing hands-on work with the engineers. Even though it sounds “kinda cheesy,” she said she was inspired by what she saw and heard.

    “I was expecting them to be nerds, but they’re just like us,” she said. “One of the SpaceX girls reminded me of myself, and she was able to go to college and do engineering, and build a race car. That was pretty cool.”

    Students got to take home their creations to tell their families about what they learned.

    Toepel said she hoped to inspire young women in the way she was inspired by former NASA aerospace engineer and astronaut Susan Helms.

    “Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to become an astronaut,” Toepel said. “When they’d send a crew up, I’d sit there watching the Earth rotate in complete awe. Susan Helms became my mentor growing up because I thought: ‘There’s nothing special about her. I can do what she’s doing.’ ”

    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!Students holding banner for Grades of Green

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    Tapping Into Students’ Inner Strengths

    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 Roland GLC-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

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    By Rob Kuznia Staff Writer

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    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.

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    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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    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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    • We will not bully others.
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    • If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and at home.


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