Hawthorne Public School (Ottawa)
|Hawthorne Public School|
|2158 St Laurent Blvd
|Motto||Your Future is Now|
|Principal||Mr. Peter Symmonds|
|Vice principal||Mrs. Laurie Pilon|
Hawthorne Public School is a school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 2158 St. Laurent Blvd and represents around 300 students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight from over 50 countries around the world. Hawthorne Public School is home to many programs, including English as a Second Language (ESL), the General Learning Program (GLP), Special Education (SELC) and the Gifted Program.
Hawthorne has a history that dates back to 1859, when the settlers of Green's Corners, a farming village southeast of Ottawa, built a small log schoolhouse. It was replaced in 1873 by a wood-frame structure, and probably became known as the Graham Schoolhouse. In 1873, the village postmaster chose to rename the village "Hawthorne," but it is not known exactly when the name became attached to the schoolhouse, which had also been known as School Section # 16 (SS #16) since 1859. It is clear that by the time that a new, red-brick building was constructed by John Alexander in 1899, it was called Hawthorne Public School. Each of the three schoolhouses had been in slightly different locations within the village, which was centred on the intersection of Walkley, Russell and Hawthorne Roads. The one-room schoolhouse of 1899 served the area until January 1961, when the current two-storey, multi-classroom school opened on St. Laurent Blvd. to serve what was by then a burgeoning suburb. The official opening was held in February 1963. The school initially included Grades 1 through 6, but in 1968 a new wing opened for Grade 7 and 8 students.
Hawthorne is known for its strong mathematics program. In the City Wide Regional Math Olympics, Hawthorne has won several times. This is mainly attributed to Hawthorne's strong gifted program, with the only competition being Glashan and Katimavik Public School. For the past two years, Hawthorne has sent a team to the provincial Math Olympics. For the past several years, Hawthorne has also sent many students to the Regional Science and History Fairs, with many award recipients. Hawthorne has also sent some teams to the All Science Challenge, a local science-trivia competition between citywide grade 7s and 8s. However, due to the lack of high schools with a gifted program near the school, most children coming out of the gifted program end up cross boundary transferring to other schools. High schools that Hawthorne students attend after graduation include Lisgar, Colonel By, Canterbury, Hillcrest, and Ridgemont.
In 2006, a book called Hawthorne Writes was published with the help of fund raising and donations from the families of children involved with the project. The book featured stories written by students of Hawthorne in the format of the popular series "Chicken Soup." Stories in the book came from a large array of grades from grade 1 to grade 8 with stories written by faculty as well. The stories were then translated into many different languages by parents, teachers and students in order to promote and display the school's multiculturalism. After completing their stories students were able to choose an available language to translate their story into. Languages included French, Chinese, Spanish and Romanian. Media coverage was present from many different stations. Every student got to take home a copy of the Hawthorne Writes book in exchange for a donation of $8 or more (although the donation was technically optional, it was encouraged nonetheless).
Classes and Programs
There are many classes at Hawthorne, including gifted classes and ESL classes. The grade 1/2 gifted class merged with the grade 3/4 gifted class in the fall of 2008, and subsequently, the grade 1 gifted was removed. Because of these events, there was a class with three grades, which could lead to uneven education among the students, as the curriculum of grade 1 and grade 3 students is significantly different(in grade one most students would be learning basic vowels and pronunciations while in grade 3 the curriculum extends to multiplication). These events led to questioning among both students and parents as to why the funding for the gifted program is so low as to force the school into integrating three grades into one class. In the fall of 2010, the Grade 2 gifted class was eliminated, leaving only Grades 3 through 8 gifted classes at Hawthorne. And, in the summer of 2012, the Grade 3 gifted class was eliminated, leaving only the juniors and intermediates the option of joining the gifted program.
Hawthorne Public School is very popular for their strong basketball team every year. They had a streak from 2001-2009 where they won the gold medal in Ottawa every year. The Hawthorne team players go to other strong basketball high schools in the Ottawa area like Ridgemont, St. Patrick's, and Hillcrest. Other schools in the area have strong basketball teams comparable to Hawthorne's .In the 2009 season the intermediate Boys won the regional tournament and came 2nd in the School Board tournament.
In the 2008-2009 year, Radu P and Chuheng Xing won first place in the board finals. In the 2009-2010 year, the Intermediate Boys badminton team won the board competition. The team members were Chuheng Xing and Brian Wang.
- Tweedsmuir History, Hawthorne Women's Institute, c. 1945
- Gloucester Township Council Minutes, December 7, 1874
- Ottawa Journal, February 12, 1963