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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!

 

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!

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