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Hawthorne Hawk Rock front art design 2023-2024

We have had some awesome things going on here at Hawthorne in the last couple of weeks! Here are some of the awesome highlights! 

Presentation on Friday

Cory Greenwood is presenting at Hawthorne to speak about positive attendance, being drug-free, and positive emotional topics. The assembly will be on Friday from 2:15 - 3:30. We are so glad to have Cory here at Hawthorne!


Flex Class Highlight

Mrs. Ashdown has started a sign language class that occurs during flex. This amazing class helps students learn the basics of ASL and how to converse with others. 


Class of The Week

We have some amazing classes, students, and staff here at Hawthorne Middle School. To recognize the efforts of our students and staff, we have been promoting the "Class of the Week". Teachers nominate a class that is demonstrating our Hawk House Habits (Responsible, Respectful, Safe, and Kind). These nominated classes can earn a rootbeer float party and get to have the "visiting hawk" in their classroom. Each student in that winning class gets a sticker to celebrate their excellence. 

Students in Mrs. Turner's class showing their award of the Hawk Class of the Week.
Students standing in a group showing off their award for Class of the Week Award

Back-To-School Night

Back-to-school night was fantastic! We had a wonderful turnout! For all families and students who were able to attend, we were so happy to see you! A special thank you to Lamb Weston who hosted their food truck and to our Administration who served up hotdogs for our students and families. 

Students and their families during Back-To-School-Night with the Lamb Weston food truck behind them
Principal Dr. Kessler, and Assistant Principal Ms. Greco, and orchestra director Mrs. Kenny cooking hotdogs

Clubs and Tutoring has Begun!

Our clubs and after-school tutoring classes have begun! We have several clubs and tutoring courses available to all students. Any student who needs extra help with their work is welcome to attend our tutoring sessions. Any student participating in clubs, feel free to check out what we have available by checking out our Programs/Clubs page!

Posted are the Hawthorne Bus Routes for students. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us here at Hawthorne Middle School, or contact the transportation office. You can also see specifics about SD#25 transportation by visiting the transportation website

The first wave of buses will depart at about 3:42 and the second wave will depart at about 3:47. Please encourage your learner to be on time should they need to catch the bus. 


Departure Time





1st Wave ~ 3:42

2nd Wave ~ 3:47

Lv. space 1 empty, 

1st bus will park in space 2




HMS students for 14 get on 39

HMS students for 29 get on 27

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

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

Haywire Robotics learners with doctors and staff from Portneuf Medical Center

Haywire Robotics would like to thank Portneuf Medical Center for hosting our team last night.  They spoiled us with dinner and a chance to try out medical robots.  They spent time explaining how the robots are used, the benefits for patients and surgeons, and how robots may assist in the future in surgeries.  They allowed each team member to take control and practice procedures using the DaVinci surgical robots.  A special thank-you to Dr. Peter Jones, Dr. Jorge De Amorim Filho, Jason Corpus, Deb Schneider, Jon Hegstead, Crystal, James Frei, and Meagan Montgomery.  It was an inspirational visit and we will be talking about it for a long time.

Haywire Robotics learner looking in machine
Haywire Robotics learner at the controls of the machine
Haywire Robotics learner controls the machine
Haywire Robotics learners with doctors and staff from Portneuf Medical Center

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