MISSION

 Hawthorne’s staff pledges to develop ‘the whole child’ by equipping children with the tools they need to come to know the natural world, themselves, and one another, so that they can authentically take their place in creating a better future for everyone. We support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated and engaged. By doing so, we develop not just their intellectual being but their mind, heart, body and spirit. Our teaching practices are exemplary providing our students with endless opportunities that technology has afforded us.


The New Compact for the education of the whole child asks that we work with local agencies and policymakers to ensure that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and that we uphold the following:

• Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.

• Each student learns in an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe for 
  students and adults.

• Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.

• Each student has access to personalized learning and to qualified, caring adults.

Learning at HES

Hawthorne Elementary School is "A Place of Great Beginnings."  We are a learning community focused on sustaining and extending the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of our K-2 students.  Hawthorne staff and families work together to nurture the attitudes, skills and knowledge that lead to a strong mastery of basic skills and to the development of social responsibility. Since 2002-03, Hawthorne has been recognized by the International Reading Association as having an exemplary reading and writing program.

We recognize and celebrate the special needs of five-, six-and seven-year-old students through our commitment to:

Provide a safe, joyful learning environment in which children can work harmoniously, creatively and productively. 
  • Appreciate each child as an individual. 
  • Nurture the development of a positive, realistic self-concept.
  • Guide each youngster in forming and sustaining friendships. 
  • Develop thinking and problem solving through engagement in meaningful, first hand learning experiences. 
  • Expand each student’s independence and autonomy through a balance of encouragement support and challenge.