HMSA Recognized by the California Department of Education
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces
2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award
Honoring outstanding, innovative schools throughout California
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state's new Gold Ribbon
Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.
"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.
Read full news release here.
HMSA Host to Greater LA Area NFTE Semi Final Business Plan Challenge
This past Monday April 27th and Wednesday April 29th HMSA was host to the Greater LA Area NFTE Semi Final Business Plan Challenge. Students and teachers from 83 different schools in the greater LA area competed in the challenge which concluded with the competition last night. Three businesses were selected to move on to the Regional Competition slated for May 19th in Century City. Our District had 2 Semi-Final first round winners that made it into the Top 10. Unfortunately, neither of them made it through the 30-Second pitch round to qualify for the Regionals, but it was a great effort and our district should be proud of these students. We had one first round winner from HMS and one from HMSA. Considering the level and intensity of the competition,to be selected to the top 10 was a great accomplishment for these 2 students! Everyone at the event complimented us on our District, our pride in mission, our facilities and expressed their pleasure with our South Bay hospitality. I wish to thank all those involved that made this event a huge success!
HMSA Teacher Receives Top Honor
Each year at their annual celebration the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) honors one teacher from each of their program offices and worldwide partner programs. On March 25th Timothy Dura, who is being honored for his innovative approach to teaching the NFTE curriculum, will represent Los Angeles at the NFTE Global Showcase at Gotham Hall in New York City. NFTE's mission is to globalize students' thinking and encourage them to reach beyond themselves and become the business leaders of tomorrow. Congratulations, Mr. Dura!
Mr. Dura was recognized for receiving his NFTE award at the May 14th, 2015 Hawthorne School District Board Meeting.
SLAM! at HMSA
The winter session of Student Leader Advocates of Music (SLAM!) culminated in a recital this past Monday. The weekly classes are taught by UCLA music students. About 40 HMSA students showcased their musical and vocal skills during the recital.
Learn more about SLAM! here.
HMSA made US News Top 100 High Schools again in 2015!
HMSA UP 34 SPOTS FROM 2013...NAMED BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT TO ITS "BEST HIGH SCHOOLS 2014" LIST