Phone: (973) 427-1300 X 2009 - Board Office
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Darlene Markman
Hawthorne Public Schools
Director of Education
District 504 Coordinator
District Affirmative Action Officer
District NCLB Title Coordinator
District Testing Coordinator
Welcome back to what is sure to be another exciting school year for the Hawthorne school district. Throughout the summer months staff members have been working busily to revise and update over 55 curriculum maps and place them on ATLAS, our web-based curriculum mapping program. Each of these documents is aligned to the newly revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards and incorporates differentiated instructional practices as well as technology and 21st century learning strategies. In September, parents will be able to preview aspects of these new items, as well as previously existing documents, via our district Curriculum tab at https://www.hawthorne.k12.nj.us/domain/15
In addition to the new curriculum developments, each of the different schools have been preparing for new programs and activities to explore throughout the year. Please continue to visit this page for updated information, links and resources for the schools within the district throughout the year.
The Elementary Schools
This year our K-2 teachers will be completing the district's ELA workshop roll-out by adding Writer’s Workshop to their classes in September. This will allow our primary grade teachers to package their reading, writing, phonics and spelling into a true balanced literacy program which includes direct instruction, mini lessons, leveled reading and writing assignments, and student choice. In addition to the ongoing English Language Arts initiative, the elementary schools have also made STEAM a priority for the upcoming school year. All classroom teachers in grades K-5 will be using the new Discovery Education Tech Book to implement the new New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. Furthermore, the traditional weekly library course has been revised and newly entitled Research and Exploration. This is a full year weekly course dedicated to helping students apply research and critical thinking skills to solve real-world problems across content areas. Students will take advantage of the resources in the media center, while addressing 21st century learning skills in each grade. Finally, the elementary World Language department will now allow for Italian to be taught throughout the entire year to our fifth grade students. The addition of Italian in grade five will help our elementary students choose which of the two World Languages they would like to continue in middle and eventually high school.
Lincoln Middle School
There are several new and exciting programs happening at the middle school level this year. Much like their elementary counterparts, the middle school science teachers will be using the new Discovery Education Tech Book for science instruction throughout the school year. With this curriculum, the district also brings in 30 additional Chrome books per grade level to help the students maximize the technology that the program has to offer. The seventh grade STEM course, which was introduced in the Fall of 2016, will also continue to run, bringing in new and exciting authentic situations and challenges that require the students to work collaboratively to devise creative solutions. Last but not least, the middle school has been able to expand its Spanish courses so that once again both Spanish and Italian will be offered for all middle school students so that students can begin to specialize in their World Language selection.
Hawthorne High School
Hawthorne High School is also experiencing several new additions this year. Broadcasting II has been added to help expand students’ career and technical education training opportunities, and a new Computer Science elective has been created as a follow up course to the successful Computational Thinking class that began last year. In continued support of the district STEM initiative, the high school has also expanded its MakerSpace and provided a new location within the media center in which students can take advantage of the 3D printers, circuits, sewing machines, Makey Makey software, coding programs and much more. These new additions will provide students with opportunities to explore and invent as they prepare to head into the 21st century workforce.