Hawthorne ELP students have access to a number of special programs and opportunities. Some of these are available in all magnet ELP schools, while others are unique to Hawthorne. Because of the specialized contributions of individual ELP parents, opportunities can vary from year to year and class to class. You might call this the "growing outward" part of our program — students can get a taste of anything from writing sonnets, to mummifying chickens, to writing advertising jingles. Here's a sampling of our regular offerings:
- A Great Books literature program, which includes materials from the William and Mary Gifted Curriculum. Each teacher includes novels as part of the curriculum.
- Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 participate in the national Math Olympiad for elementary students. Sixth graders participate in the MATHCOUNTS competition for 6th-8th grades.
- For over thirty years, the grades 4, 5, and 6 produce an annual Shakespeare Festival, featuring three shows each year. Past productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of The Shrew, and Macbeth. All Hawthorne students see all three plays each year. In addition, the third-grade class has begun a yearly tradition of staging the Newbery Medal-winning play Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village. Grades K, 1, and 2 produce an annual Opera. Students imagine a storyline, compose the music, write the words, design costumes, and perform their piece in front of the school, friends, and families.
- A school-wide Passport to Geography program encourages students to know the world.
- Students learn about science, often from professional parent volunteers, through experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Every student also has the opportunity to participate in the school Science Fair.
- Volunteer support allows teachers to schedule field trips around the valley. Most classes take a field trip at least once a month, and it is not uncommon for Mrs. Taft’s fourth-grade class to go on over 25 field trips. One highlight is the fourth graders’ trip to Timpanogos Cave during their study of geology.
- In conjunction with Salt Lake City and the Utah Arts Council, students are often offered an Artist-in-Residence program.
- Our students also participate in Hawthorne's Visual Arts Program, funded in part from the Warner Foundation and the school's Land Trust Grant. Each year the school sponsors a gallery walk for faculty, staff and the community.
- Junior Achievement. Volunteers from Goldman, Sachs & Company teach about economic development and use hands-on instruction to help students understand economics and business in communities, states, countries, and the world.
Like all of the district’s full-time ELP programs, Hawthorne offers:
- Transportation to and from school for all Salt Lake City School District students.
- A full-day kindergarten program.
- A fee-based after-school program. Hawthorne’s after-school program is known for its wonderful activities and includes an award-winning chess club, which is an option even for students who don’t attend after-school on a regular basis.
- Access to a winter Ski & Snowboard program. This weekly outing is offered for a discounted fee to upper grade students.