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Message from the Principal

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RSalas

Dear students and Families:

January 2018

 

School is more than the academic instruction that occurs in the classroom. Our students’ education also depends on an environment that supports learning. It is impossible for students to achieve their fullest potential if they fear for their safety. The long-term effects of bullying, cruelty, bias, and hate-motivated behavior can have a tremendous impact on student success for the victims and the perpetrators.


Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act that is directed toward one or more pupils; and that has had, or can be reasonably predicted to have, one or more of the following effects:

 

  • Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that his/her/their person or property;
  • Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health;
  • Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance; or
  • Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

 

There is no way to guarantee that your child will never be bullied, but there are things you can do to help. Bullying can have many faces and environments. Talk to your middle school student about healthy relationships. Direct your student to report incidents of bullying immediately to school staff. Let your student know that he/she is not expected to handle this problem alone. Parents may contact the school office to report incidents of bullying, (310) 676-0167. School office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


The Hawthorne Middle School staff believes that all students can succeed. We encourage all students to join and participate in school clubs. We are committed to supporting students at school and in their community. Our goal is to develop students’ skills that allow them to navigate social interactions successfully and to make positive contributions to the school culture.

 

Rudy Salas
Principal