Skip To Main Content

News & Events

Hawthorne News

Natalie Vanleuven

Please join us in congratulating Simplot Inspirational Teacher of the Year finalist, Natalie VanLeuven. Ms. VanLeuven teaches 8th grade Computer Science at Hawthorne Middle School.

This year, the Simplot Education Council received 2,377 nominations for 398 teachers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Finalists will be featured daily through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Three Simplot Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2024 – one for a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, 5 finalists have been selected for each category and each will be awarded a $100 check. The Simplot Inspirational Teacher Award Recipients of 2024 will each be presented a $500 check on behalf of the Council.

“I have chosen to nominate Ms. VanLeuven because she inspires me and others around me to be a better people. She taught us how to fix our mistakes and also taught us it’s ok to make them. Some lifelong skills I will take with me from her are to always be kind to people, even when it’s not easy, and to always work hard in life.” Erika R.

“Ms. V. has inspired me with her determination.  She is kind and clever at making assignments fun.  She makes me want to work hard and achieve my goals. She has shown me that when there is a problem, I can fit it.” Sean R.

“I am nominating Ms. V. for this award because of the impact she had on me while I was in her class and even now that I am not. I always felt like Mrs. V. was there for me. She created a safe space for all students, was kind and fair. Every year since 7th grade I have chosen Ms. V. to nominate because I truly believe she deserves it.” Madison E.  

Andrew Banks

Please join us in congratulating Simplot Inspirational Teacher of the Year finalist, Andrew Banks. Mr. Banks teaches Geography at Hawthorne Middle School.

This year, the Simplot Education Council received 2,377 nominations for 398 teachers in Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25. Finalists will be featured daily through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Three Simplot Inspirational Teacher Awards will be announced on Friday, May 10, 2024 – one for a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition, 5 finalists have been selected for each category and each will be awarded a $100 check. The Simplot Inspirational Teacher Award Recipients of 2024 will each be presented a $500 check on behalf of the Council.

“Mr. Banks is the best teacher ever. He is one of those very special teachers who just know how to connect with their students. Mr. Banks has inspired me (and many other students) in so many ways. He is one of the most positive people I have known. He is always so dedicated to his class that he always felt confident in himself to do all the fun things he could with us. Mr. Banks is also one of the most hardworking teachers at my school. He always makes sure to help his students when he can.” Marley F.

“I think Mr. Banks should win this award because he inspires me to work hard even if I am not having a good day. He works hard every day even if he’s not having a good day and he still tries to make everyone else’s day good as well. So he has inspired me to work hard and try to make other people happy even if I am not having a good day.” Laken A.

“As a student, Mr. Banks has helped me love geography and learn many different things. Some days when I was feeling confused, stressed, or just down, his class always lifted me up and taught me to be happy even if I wasn’t feeling great.” Gretyl C.

HMS Log. A cartoon hawk standing next to two green mountains with the letter H in white carved in them

Our students here at Hawthorne have been busy in their academic success this year! 

HMS students are standing with awarded medals for their work in the ISU Science Olympiad 2024.

 

On April 26th, our Science Olympiad team took 2nd and was awarded a trophy and plaque for their efforts. Please see the "Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad" posting for the original Idaho State Journal article. Fantastic work to all of our amazing GATE students and staff!

 

 

For our Yearbook staff, many students participated in the state-wide photo contest. Lily Farnes placed her photo "Summer Song" as an honorable mention. To see the full listing of photos, please check out the Arbor Day Student Photo Contest website. Congratulations Lily! 

Award certificate of HMS achieving Gold Level for the MathCounts club.

 

Our MathCount club was awarded the esteemed "Gold Level" for HMS students' work and their outstanding project! This is a massive accomplishment. Great job to our amazing MathCounts club members and their club director, Mr. McFadden! 

 

This week many HMS students will be participating in All-City Track, music festivals, and more! Good luck Hawthorne students!

 

Yearbook written in white over rainbow paint brush strokes

As school starts up again it's not too early to be thinking about purchasing your yearbook for the 2023-2024 academic year! Yearbooks are a great way to capture the memories of the year and celebrate the uniqueness of our students here at Hawthorne! Purchase of the yearbooks can be done so online through our Entourage Partners or in person at the school. 

The cost of the yearbooks will be changing over the course of the year - so get yours early! 

Until Sept. 30th yearbooks will cost $25

From Oct. 1st-Dec. 31st yearbooks will cost $30

 From Jan. 1st until the end of the school year yearbooks will cost $35. 

If you need more information on purchasing a yearbook, please contact the school or reach out to our Yearbook director Kelly Heil

HMS Log. A cartoon hawk standing next to two green mountains with the letter H in white carved in them

Are you interested in trying out for or participating in any of our amazing athletic programs? All athletes who are interested in participating in sports must purchase an activity card ($15). Activity cards can be purchased in person during school hours or during schedule pick up on August 9th and August 10th from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM. If you wish to try out, all learners must register online and pay the $45 participation fee. 

Check out these dates for the tryouts!

7th Grade Girl Volleyball: August 23rd @ 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM (coach Ms. Rudder)

8th Grade Girl Volleyball: August 23rd @ 3:40 PM - 5:00 PM (coach Mr. Jensen)

Cross Country (6th-8th learners are welcome to join): August 23rd @ 3:40 PM - 5:00 PM (coach Mr. McFadden)

Wrestling (6th - 8th): October 2nd @ 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

 

7th Grade Girls Basketball: October 16th @ 3:45 - 5:00 PM

8th Grade Girls Basketball: October 16th @ 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

 

8th Grade Boys Basketball: January 2nd @ 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

7th Grade Boys Basketball: January 2nd @ 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

 

Track (6th - 8th learners are welcome to join): March 26th @3:45 - 5:00 PM

 

 

group photo of students at Bowman Farm sitting on a park picnic table

The Hawthorne Middle School Garden club went on a trip to Bowman Farms to see how the process that organic produce is grown, harvested and cared for. Students had an amazing time learning what goes into the process of making food for the local populace. This is what the students had to say about their experience.

“We went to Bowman farms, a farm that grows food for our community. They had a wide variety of plants, and we got to taste them. We learned a lot about the process of growing plants and why they are important. The farm owners, Matthew and Charelle say that they enjoy farming because they like to know where their food that they eat comes from.” -Emilee Carr

“I learned that it takes time to get work done, and you can’t just accomplish everything in one day.” - Soliscity Daves

“We learned how to tell between a male and a female plant on a squash vine.” - Jackson Lyon

“It was fun. We learned a lot about farm life.”-Kylie Knudsen

“Raw onions from the ground are not very tasty. I tried one myself, and it was not very pleasant.” Dezara Stoddart

HMS garden club students attending a lesson at Bowman Farms
Group photo of students at Bowman Farms

 

student hands holding 3 maize samples showing different colors of yellow,purple, and red
Green box with "Infinite Campus" in white. Orange arrow box pointing left wrapped underneath with Parent Portal in white

PCSD 25 Families: With recent bus route closures and the upcoming snow season, now is a great time to make sure that you are signed up for Infinite Campus notifications. In addition to emergency notifications, Infinite Campus is the best way to monitor your child’s progress throughout the school year.

PCSD 25 parents/guardians can log into the Campus Parent Portal and stay engaged with information at your fingertips throughout the school year. Other family favorites include:

Access to student grades

Review attendance and absences

Monitor assignments due or upcoming exams

Notifications for school/district announcements/emergency closures

Lunchroom information

To download the Campus Parent Portal app on your mobile phone, visit the App or Play Store on your mobile device and search for “campus parent portal.” If you need login information, please contact the Help Desk: (208) 235-3219.

If you already have an Infinite Campus account and are not receiving notifications, please contact your school(s) to verify your contact information and notification settings. Notification options include Infinite Campus Inbox, text, voicemail, and email.

Hawthorne cross-country students lined up before start

Hawthorne students brought home several wins this week in their sporting events. Our Cross-Country teams had their first meet on Wednesday, September 7th, and the 6th-Grade girls took first as a team in their division. Several individual students took home placement wins ranking in the top 8! Our Girls Volleyball teams had great success last night, Thursday, September 8th. The 7th-Grade team won 3 – 0 and the 8th-Grade team won 3 – 2. We are so proud of our athletes and our students. Go Hawks!

District News

2024 Simplot Inspirational Teachers of the Year Jenni Peterson PHS English Teacher Andrew Banks HMS Geography Teacher Lindsay Collier Wilcox Kindergarten Teacher

Join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of Jenni Peterson, Andrew Banks, and Lindsay Collier as they are honored as the 2024 Simplot Inspirational Teachers of the Year!

Now in its 31st year, The Simplot Education Council meticulously reviewed 2,377 nominations for 398 exemplary educators. Out of these, 15 outstanding finalists were recognized with a commendation and a $100 prize, while our distinguished trio of winners were each awarded a $500 check.

Let's extend a resounding round of applause to all our dedicated teachers for their exceptional teaching methods and unwavering commitment to educating the students of PCSD 25.

Back to School

When is the first day of school for the 2023/2024 school year?

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023

When is the last day of school for the 2023/2024 school year?

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024

Will meals be provided free of charge to all learners during the 2023-2024 school year?

No. The USDA has suspended the waiver that provided free meals to all learners during the pandemic. Free and reduced meals will continue to be provided for those learners who qualify during the 2023-2024 school year. To qualify for free and reduced meals, parents and guardians are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application after July 1, 2023. Refer to our Food Services website for more information.

How do I apply for my child to receive free and reduced meals?

When is graduation for the Class of 2024?

  • New Horizon High School: Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • Highland High School: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Century High School: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Pocatello High School: Friday, May 31, 2024

When do I find out about transfers?

  • The elementary transfer meeting is Thursday, August 10, 2023.
  • Secondary schools transfers are notified within 60 days of submission of the application.

How do I transfer my learner?

When is Registration?

  • Students who are new to PCSD 25: Register online by completing the Online Registration. After completing the registration online, call your neighborhood school after August 1 to confirm.

When is schedule pick-up for middle school and high school learners?

  • August 9 and 10, 2023
    • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where is my Bus Stop?

What time does my child’s school start? What time does my child’s school dismiss?

What school supplies will my child need this year?

Where is the 2023-2024 school calendar located?

What are the upcoming school closure dates? (No School)

  • ALL Grades: Monday, September 4, 2023 - Labor Day
  • Grades K-5: Thursday & Friday, October 5 & 6, 2023 - Parent Teachers Conferences
  • Grades 6-12: School will be in session Thursday, October 5. Closed Friday, October 6, 2023 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • ALL Grades: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - Election Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, November 17, 2023 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, November 20 - 24, 2023 - Thanksgiving Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Monday, December 18 - January 1, 2024 - Winter Break. School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • ALL Grades: Monday, January 15, 2024 - Idaho Human Rights Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, February 2, 2024 - Parent Teacher Conference Grades K-8
  • ALL Grades: Monday, February 19, 2024 - President's Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, March 1, 2024 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, March 18-22, 2024 - Spring Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday, May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day
  • ALL Grades: Wednesday, May 30, 2024 - Last Day of School

What is the best way to monitor my child’s progress during the school year?

  • Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. PCSD 25 parents can log into the Campus Parent Portal and stay engaged with information at-your-fingertips throughout the school year. Parent favorites include:
    • Access to student grades 
    • Review attendance and absences 
    • Monitor assignments due or upcoming exams 
    • Notifications for School/District Announcements 
    • Lunchroom information 
  • To download the Campus Parent Portal app on your mobile phone. Visit the App or Play Store on your mobile device and search for “campus parent portal.” If you need login information, please contact the Help Desk: (208) 235-3219.
Take Flight You Put the MORE in MORE Together

As the school year winds down, I have reflected a lot on the many accomplishments of our district. We have indeed taken flight this year!

Instructionally, we have learned to adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and yet remain committed to personal learning and interactive experiences. Academically, we strive to meet our learners' needs in our classrooms with engaging, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative opportunities. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities continue to flourish with numerous district, state, national and academic championships. 

As with any success, these results do not come without the preparation, drive, hard work, passion and dedication of each team member. These values are the foundation of our culture and I am fortunate to be on a team that exhibits these characteristics on a daily basis. 

In the past couple of weeks, it has been affirmed to me that our district truly embraces our motto of "More Together." In our efforts to adjust to a devastating fire, I watched, listened and facilitated multiple meetings in which representatives of administration, the Board of Trustees, Maintenance & Operations, Food Service, Transportation, Technology and a BLT came together to brainstorm ideas for solutions that capitalized on each team member's valuable input to maintain the continuity of learning and activities while making efforts to minimize disruptions. It was obvious through this experience that this type of problem solving happens continually throughout our district. Please know how much each of you are appreciated as you take part in daily discussions that have the same goals in mind. 

It is with admiration and respect that the Board and your district leadership flight team recognize all of your contributions not only this week, but the entire year. And please, enjoy a fun experience with your gift card.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell

#PCSD25 #MoreTogether

Press Releases