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Hawthorne Elementary School
Parent/Teacher Group President: Anne Murphy-Lom, (608) 577-5842, email@example.com
Parent Contact: Karl Patzer, (608) 244-7325, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hawthorne School is a diverse, inclusive community of learners committed to fostering independence and mutual respect, ensuring that all students...
- acquire the academic, social and other skills to create a better world;
- experience success by working up to their potential; and,
- retain their curiosity and love for learning
...by providing a challenging, multicultural curriculum which emphasizes the arts and responds to each child's interests, learning needs and style in a structured open classroom setting, and by giving a voice to the ideas and cultural experiences of all members of the Hawthorne community.
Hawthorne offers an integrated curriculum emphasizing the arts. Research-based instruction provides a challenging and developmentally appropriate academic program for grades K-5.
Hawthorne is located near East Towne Mall.
The SAGE (Student Achievement Guarantee in Education) grant from the State will keep kindergarten through third grade classes at 15 or fewer students. The average class size for grades 4/5 is 24 and enrollment is at 323. Full and part-time staff number 70.
Hawthorne school consistently meets the high standards required by Wisconsin's implementation plan under the No Child Left Behind Act. Average school attendance exceeds the district's average of 94% and is one of the highest elementary attendance rates in the district.
Hawthorne offers a rewired, networked school, allowing for up to 13 work stations in each classroom and the library media center. Keyboarding, database, spreadsheet and telecommunications skills are taught in grades 4 and 5. The library media center has an online catalog which students and staff can access throughout the building. E-mail is available for students.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.
Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. Each school has TAG resource support for ongoing consultation. Currently Hawthorne offers an accelerated math program fro qualifying students.
Teacher specialists provide regular instruction in visual arts, music and physical education. REACH (Reinforcement and Enrichment for All CHildren) instruction in art, music or technology provide activities that integrate with, extend and support classroom curricula.
Hawthorne offers Reading Recovery, Title I, special education services, English as a Second Language (ESL) programming and support services provided by the psychologist, nurse, social worker, and speech and language clinicians.
Safety Is Always A Priority
Your child's safety is always a priority at Hawthorne. Parents and students gave high ratings for school safety in the annual Madison School Transportation and Hawthorne School Climate Surveys. All students are taught the Student Anti-Victimization (S.A.V.E) curriculum annually. Safety is at the core of the Hawthorne Elementary Discipline Plan.
A neighborhood "Helping Hand" program, School Safety Patrol and adult crossing guards insure student safety to and from school.
Peaceful Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
Peaceful problem solving and conflict resolution strategies are a school-wide priority at Hawthorne. The Second Step Anti-Violence curriculum teaches students appropriate conflict resolution skills. Hawthorne's "Above the Line" program focuses on teaching procedures and routines tied to the four student goal statements: I am a learner, I am responsible, I am respectful, I am safe.
Hawthorne maintains a close collaboration with the UW-Madison School of Education, one of the top-ranked education schools in the country. Hawthorne staff promote and provide quality teacher education for future teachers and ongoing learning for professional staff. Many of our student teacher supervisors are recognized each year by the University for their exemplary work.
Working with the UW Center of Biology Education and Edgewood College, fourth and fifth grade students conduct original science research and study the culture of science.
Hawthorne has partnerships with several businesses including American Family Insurance, Oscar Mayer and Covance Laboratories. These businesses provide volunteer mentors who come to Hawthorne once a week and spend quality time with their "special" student. Through the United Way of Dane County, Hawthorne receives a half-time Vista Volunteer to recruit and coordinate volunteer efforts. Please call 204-2500 and ask for the Vista coordinator to volunteer.
RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) provides community volunteers in many ways. The FLIP (Friendly Listeners Intergenerational Program) matches seniors with students who call one another either because the student is home alone after school or would like to develop a friendship with a senior. RSVP also provides tutors and mentors. The "Adopt-a-Grandparent" program provides a 20-hour a week, paid retiree to provide support in classooms.
Through the work of a dedicated parent endowment committee, Hawthorne has its own endowment. Interest from the endowment is used to fund school projects.
You Are Always Welcome At Hawthorne Elementary School!
Hawthorne parents feel connected to the school. The principal and staff are accessible to parents. Learning at Hawthorne is considered a partnership. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child's school program. Parents, students and teachers work together to set learning goals for the year. Parents can volunteer in classrooms and can lend their time and talents to support learning in many ways.
School Tours are welcomed. Please call in advance to arrange an appointment at 204-2500.
We encourage you to talk with parents of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent Contact information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.
"Hawthorne is the best elementary school in Madison because teachers are nice, students can easily make friends and it is safe."
-- Hawthorne Graduate
"We are grateful for the well-rounded education our son has had at Hawthorne. He has been given academic tools for success in an environment that respects cultural diversity."
-- Hawthorne Parent
"Hawthorne's commitment to prejudice reduction and anti-bias curriculum has given our child a real world view of tough issues, along with an excellent academic preparation."
-- Hawthorne Parent
"After five wonderful years at Hawthorne my two daughters have scored above the state average in math, science, reading, writing and social studies. Most importantly they have been exposed to current and diverse issues in our community. Because of the emphasis on teaching through the arts, my daughters sing, dance, play the violin and are very comfortable expressing themselves in front of large groups of people. Hawthorne school has nurtured, taught and made us feel a part of our daughters' education."
-- Hawthorne Parent
"We think the after-school arts programs such as Dance Club and Drama Club are great. The emphasis on the performing arts through plays and school assemblies is excellent."
-- Hawthorne Parent
"Hawthorne school is the best because of the many activities and clubs. Students have high respect for each other."
-- Hawthorne Graduate
Remember, you're "At Home At Hawthorne Elementary School!"