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Join Us at Early Childhood Center Grand Opening

This Sunday, August 21, Hawken celebrates the grand opening of its new Early Childhood Center. The summer has been full of activity preparing the new center for the Grand Opening and start of the school year, but the long, busy hours will pay off as the Hawken community gets its first glance at the stunning new facility.
 
Hawken faculty got a preview at an opening of school meeting on Tuesday, viewing for the first time the preschool through 1st grade classrooms and the inspiring central piazza. "It makes me wish my children were in preschool again!" said one faculty member.
 
Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the grand opening celebration.
 
Renowned education experts Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Harvard Medical School and founder of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children’s Hospital Boston and Dr. Joshua D. Sparrow, Director of Special Initiatives at Brazelton Touchpoints Center will provide a keynote address at 1:30 pm followed by a festive ribbon cutting celebration.
 
An open house of the new facility will take place from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Explore the new building and meet with our faculty to learn more about our exciting new space and innovative programming. The Open House will also feature a book signing by Drs. Brazelton and Sparrow. Refreshments, snacks, and children's activities will be offered.
 
Click here to register for the Keynote Address and/or the Open House.

Please be advised that the Mayfield Heights Community Parade will be held on Sunday, August 21. Mayfield Road (between Brainard & Golden Gate Plaza)  will be closed for the parade from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm; Cedar Road and Ridgebury will remain open.

7th Grade Cultural Garden Projects Makes News

For several years now, Hawken 7th graders have volunteered their time and talents toward the upkeep and renovation of the American Colonial Gardens in Rockefeller Park. In June, the Plain Dealer did an article on Cleveland City Council's vote to drop "Colonial" from the garden name -- an idea brought forth by Hawken's Class of 2014. Read the article here and look for more news on the garden this fall as 7th graders continue their work, most notably on the renovation and then rededication of the garden's 1935 Mark Twain bust.

Heard About Hawks

Arthur Erlendsson '13 was one of five teenage judges during the recent Cleveland International Piano Competition. Invited after taking part in Piano/Ohio, a piano contest for high school students sponsored by the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Arthur and his cohorts gained valuable insight in what judges look for during competitions. Read more in this plain dealer article.
 
This summer, Hannah Meropol '12 spent a month in Norway. Upon hearing of the tragedy at Utoya she wrote a poignant letter to the editor which was published in the July 12 edition of the Plain Dealer. Read her editorial here.
 
The Cleveland Jewish News featured Raquel Rosenberg '14 in their August 12 issue. Raquel volunteered to socialize with Holocaust survivors and along the way reunited long lost cousins with the help of her cousin Austin Tucker '15. Read the article here.

Hawks Excel in Summer Athletic Events

Hawken sophomores Elijah Spiro, Aric Floyd, and Mark Gori were the winning Olympic Relay team at the Cleveland Triathlon on August 7. Read more about the triathlon competition in this Plain Dealer article.
 
Tennis player Sid Ahuja '14 and swimmers Jordyn Bauer '17, Maureen Rakovec '15, Henry Senkfor '14, Sarah Senkfor '16 and Matthew Puckace '15 competed at the 45th International Children's Games in Lanarkshire, Scotland August 3-8. Read more here.
 
Swimmers Caroline Vexler '13 and Henry Senkfor '14 participated in the Maccabi Games in Vienna Austria July 5-13 and returned home with multiple gold medals. Read about the games here.
 
Congratulations to Hawken swimmers Sarah Koucheki '13 and Marissa Cominelli '13 who placed in the Speedo Champion Series Central Zone 3 Sectional Championships held in Solon on July 27. The meet consisted of Olympic time trial berths, senior national berths, and junior national championship berths. Read more about the meet here.
 
Over the course of the summer nine players from the boys lacrosse program competed for various clubs against top-flight competition from all over the country. Players competed at major events in Buffalo, Syracuse, Baltimore, New Brunswick NJ, and Emmittsburg MD. John Rayburn '12 competed for the Burning River Lacrosse Club representing northern Ohio and the 3D Lacrosse Club out of Denver;  Greg Foley '12 competed for The Greater Cleveland Lacrosse Club; Stephen Petersilge '13 competed for BRLC and 3DLC; Will Holden '13Wyatt Beck '14Charlie Hruby '15;  Ethan Scully '15;  Logan Lair '16 and Jack Green '16 all competed for BRLC. Go Hawks!

Alumni News

1957 Hawken graduate Thomas Galvin, studio director at the Cleveland architecture and interior design firm Vocon, is volunteering his design services for the $9.8 million renovation of the Cleveland Sight Center. The Plain Dealer featured Galvin in an August 1 story by Steven Litt.
 
Chris Hodgson '04 appeared on WCPN's Around Noon on August 10 to talk about his upcoming appearance on The Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race," which airs Sundays at 10 pm. Listen to his engaging radio interview and be sure to tune in for the TV show!
 
Jennifer Waxman ’10, who attends Auburn University, rode in the recent Cleveland Grand Prix competing in multiple classes and placing 5th in the Grand Prix. Read more about her in the Cleveland Jewish News.
 
Samuel Milner '09 was a recipient of the Undergraduate Book Collecting Prize at Harvard University. His winning entry, "The Good Book Says, A Collection of Over Three Millennia of Jewish Culture, History and Thought,” will be on display at Harvard's Lamont Library for the next academic year. Also, as the inaugural winner of the Cynthia Wight Rossano Prize in Harvard History, Sam researched and wrote the first official audio tour of Harvard in conjunction with the school's 375th Anniversary Celebration. The final product, the Harvard Yard Mobile Tour, is available for download as an iPhone app.
 
Want to know what's it's like to ride down the Cuyahoga in a scull boat? Take a trip with Noah Whitehead '09, who was featured in a recent Plain Dealer video.
 
Congratulations to Ellen Drake '11, who finished second among women and 19th overall out of 600 swimmers who competed in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. Drake, who plans on swimming at Oberlin College this year, completed the 4.4 miles in one hour and 50 minutes. Read more in this Sun News article.

Alumni Sports Day

Fabulous weather welcomed alumni back to Hawken for Alumni Sports Day 2011. From football on Friday night to tennis, volleyball, soccer and field hockey on Saturday, Hawken's athletic facilities were brimming with activity. A good time was had by all at the annual event! Click here to view more photos.
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Strategic Planning Workshops Scheduled

As Hawken approaches an exciting Centennial Celebration in 2015, it is time to evaluate the future of the school. Toward this goal, Head of School Scott Looney and Board of Trustees Chair Charlie Cooley, invite you as a valued member of our community to engage in lively conversation about the strategic direction of Hawken School. The thoughts and ideas of Hawken alumni, parents and friends are essential to our school’s future success.
 
Dates for upcoming Strategic Planning Sessions are below and will take place in Cleveland and across the country.  To attend a session, register here.
 
Cleveland, Lyndhurst Campus, 
Sept. 10, 2011; 11:00 am-2:00 pm
 
Cleveland, Gates Mills Campus, 
Sept. 14, 2011; 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
 
San Francisco, Sept. 22, 2011; 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
 
Save the Date!
Chicago, Oct. 6, 2011
Washington DC, Nov. 9, 2011
Miami/E. Florida, Jan. 5, 2012
Naples/W. Florida, Jan. 6, 2012
Cleveland, Jan. 21, 2012
Los Angeles, Jan. 27, 2012
Seattle, March 1, 2012
Boston, April 24, 2012
New York City, April 25, 2012 

Tell a Friend About Hawken

Please extend an invitation to friends and acquaintances with school-aged children to attend one of Hawken's Admission events.
 
Hawken will be hosting a Group Visit Day on Wednesday, September 14 for grades 9-12 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Reservations can be made at 440-423-2955.

Join Hawken in the Race for the Cure

Join the Hawken Hawks team at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 10, 2011, to walk, run and raise funds for breast cancer.
 
Click here to register. The registration fee is $25.00. The 5K race is at the Wolstein Center, downtown, and participants can walk or run the route.
 
The race starts at 9:00 am and the Hawken group will meet at the ReMax balloon in front of the Wolstein building at 8:30 am. Free parking and carpooling are available. Please contact Eve Kerman with any questions.

Support Hawken's Annual Fund Today

With the start of a new academic year, the Annual Fund is back in action. By providing much-needed funding for meaningful student support and innovative academic programming, the Annual Fund is dedicated to building a better student experience for our talented students.
 
Please visit hawken.edu/annualfund or call Joe Locandro, Director of Annual Fund and Parent Relations, at (440) 423-2966 to make your gift today.

Submit Your Alumni Award Nominations

Since 1963, Hawken's Alumni Association has recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of exceptional Hawken graduates. These awards honor Hawken alumni who have demonstrated outstanding work in their career, made an impact in their community and/or have demonstrated exceptional dedication to Hawken School.
 
The alumni association welcomes Hawken alumni to make nominations for three awards to be presented at Hawken's Alumni Luncheon in December. The deadline for nominations is September 9.
 
The honors include the Carl N. Holmes Award, the Richard W. Day Award and the Fair Play Award.
 
Criteria for the awards can be found here. Nomination forms, which must be submitted by alumni of Hawken, can be made by clicking here. Once the award winners are selected, nominators may be contacted to provide supporting materials about their candidate(s). This may include resumes, letters of support, and biographical materials.
 
For a list of previous recipients, please click here.
 
Thank you for your part in continuing this important tradition and recognizing individuals who “introduce the next generation to a higher plane of life.”

Keep Your Hawken Info Current

Hawken Parents and Graduates: Have you moved or acquired a new phone number? If so, visit HawkNet to update your contact information. If you've forgotten your password, simply hit "Forgot your login?" and your password will be emailed to you. If you need further assistance, email dgill@hawken.edu.

Follow Hawken on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Sign up for Tweets on game scores, weather cancellations and more by following HawkenAthletics on Twitter. Go Hawks!
 
Join Hawken students, parents, faculty and graduates on Hawken's official Facebook page and get the latest news, post and share your photos, or join a conversation.
 
Hawken alumni, current and former parents are encouraged to join Hawken's LinkedIn community which has more than 500 connections.

Save the Date for HawkFest!

Join members of the Hawken community for Homecoming and HawkFest on Friday, October 14 the Fall Family Fair on Saturday, October 15. Activities and fun for all ages are planned!
 
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