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Early Childhood Center Construction Begins

Shortly after spring break, construction started on Hawken's new Early Childhood Center.
Having observed the construction workers on the job through window peep holes, students in Gail Holtz's kindergarten class were thrilled to learn that construction workers had agreed to visit their classroom to talk about their current project, Hawken's new Early Childhood Center. Read more about their visit here
As part of the building process, lower school students participated in the signing of a structural beam last week before it was raised into position. Parents also celebrated the building process by writing letters to their children that were then placed in a time capsule. The lockbox filled with memories, hopes and dreams, is to be buried during construction and shared with children in 12 years’ time.

Cum Laude Society Inducts New Members

Thursday, April 28 marked the 2011 Cum Laude Induction ceremony, where current members of The Cum Laude Society from the Class of 2011 welcomed 20 additional juniors and seniors to join the ranks while classmates, faculty, and family gathered in the Kennedy Auditorium looked on.
Special guest Dr. Sean Decatur, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College and member of Hawken’s Class of 1986, offered the Cum Laude Address. During the address, he spoke about the most important qualities his Hawken education nurtured and instilled: a deep-seeded curiosity and love of learning; an appreciation of rigor and high standards of excellence; a deep respect for the accomplishments of others; the importance of integrity and fair play; and the belief that with privilege comes an obligation to serve others.
Read more here.

Sophomore Honored at NWF Awards Dinner

Isabella Todaro ’13 recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept a Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation at their Annual Meeting Awards Dinner. Those honored at the dinner represent “the best and the brightest individuals and organizations whose actions to help the conservation movement are exemplary.”
Isabella was recognized for her work on wetland preservation through WET (Wetlands Education Team), an organization she founded several years ago along with five other students from West Geauga. The Team has created a cooperative education program that included erecting nesting platforms to help osprey recover from the declining wetlands, building outdoor classrooms to educate students about native plants and wetlands, starting a recycling program on their campus, promoting reusable water bottles, lobbying politicians, educating thousands of citizens through presentations, and raising thousands of dollars to support their projects.

While the group has received numerous awards and commendations – including being recognized as Upstanders at the 2010 Choosing to Participate: Facing History and Ourselves Exhibit for demonstrating “a new model of cooperative education and a more sustainable way to live” – the NWF award, which is accompanied by a sizeable grant to support the Team’s continuing efforts, is its most significant honor to date.

Natural History Museum's Sky Lab Comes to Lower School

The seed was planted when a third grade intern asked K-3 science teacher Jennifer Hartz for ideas to support the study of Harriet Tubman and the use of the code words "Follow the Drinking Gourd." "I immediately thought of the Star Lab," Hartz said.
The Star Lab/Cosmodyssey is an inflatable planetar
ium that is rented out by the Natural History Museum to anyone who is willing to attend a training session.  The planetarium come with a special projector and six different drums used to educate students about the movement of the stars in the night sky; the projector rotates to show a year's movement through the solar system and the stars that would be visible to us here in Cleveland. 

Once all the students entered the planetarium and adjusted to the darkness, Ms. Hartz pointed out that the stars, which appear to rotate in the sky around the North Star, vary in color and brightness - and that some are visible all year round, while others appear only for a season.  She also shared how different cultures create different constellations and stories depending on what was important to them.  "When people didn't have T.V.," she explained, "They could play connect the dots with the stars and make up stories."  She ended the session by challenging students to invent their own constellations and stories.

All reports as students were exiting the Star Lab indicated that it was a big hit; "That was SO cool!"  exclaimed one kindergartner. Because it was so well-received and worthwhile, lower school science teachers Todd Webster and Jen Hartz hope to integrate this experience more fully into the curriculum, making it an annual event.

Department of External Affairs Welcomes New Hires

Hawken is happy to announce two recent hires in the External Affairs Department.
Joe Locandro, who joins us from the Development Office at Rutgers University, has been appointed Director of Annual Fund and Parent Programs, and Gina Walters, who joins us from the Marketing Department at Progressive, will serve as Director of Strategic Marketing.
Click here to read more.

Hawken Upper School Supports Charities at On-Campus Events

Proceeds from the 2011 Fisher House Lacrosse Showcase topped $50,000, bringing the four-year total to nearly $175,000. Fans enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment featuring a series of competitive games.
Thanks to all who donated blood at this year's Red Cross Blood Drive!  We surpassed our goal by collecting 59 pints of blood.
Last but not least, Hawken's Relay for Life, held this past weekend, raised $40,500 for the American Cancer Society!  Thanks to all who participated in making the event a successful one.

Hawken Dominates in Academic Contests

Hawken teams competed in an Academic Challenge Tournament held at the Lyndhurst campus on April 16, going up against three other schools. The Hawken Varsity A team took first place in the final standings. Hawken Varsity 1 grabbed second, CVCA Junior Varsity A took third, and Kent Junior Varsity A finished in fourth. Read more here.

The Hawken Middle School Knowledge Master team competed in April with 603 other Middle Schools from around the world. In a field where the mean score was 1148, Hawken Middle School scored 1422, placing our team in 59th place of the 604 teams worldwide and third in the state of Ohio. Read more here.
Congratulations to physics students who participated in the three-state region American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Physics Bowl Contest. Hawken placed first in both Division 1 (first year physics students) and Division 2 (second year physics students). Also impressive was Josh Petrack's second place individual ranking among all Division 1 students. For more information about the contest, click here.
With 140,373 students participating in the 2011 National Spanish Exam and over 100,000 students participating in the 2011 National Latin Exam, the National Language exams are the largest of their kind in the United States.  Of 53 upper school Latin students in the upper school, Hawken had 43 winners and 32 medalists; and of 225 Spanish students in the upper school, Hawken had 103 winners and 52 medalists.

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Hawken Community Joins Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Former Hawken parent Vanessa Pasiadis and current Hawken student Anna Lowenstein '13 met with members of the Hawken community at Shoreby Club on May 9 to celebrate their book Don't Call Me Cookie and to collaborate in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity in Greater Cleveland.  The evening featured speaker Leona Cuttler, M.D., and all proceeds went to support Hawken School and ongoing efforts to promote healthy living by providing the heart-warming book to a wide range of students throughout Greater Cleveland.

Heard About Hawks

Sonia Feldman '12 was recently awarded a Jane Austen Prize sponsored by Ursuline College and the Jane Austen Society of America.
Marissa Cominelli '13 was named McDonald's Student Athlete of the Week.  Click here to view the video clip from WEWS News Channel 5.
Kalle Nelson '11 recently received the coveted Girl Scout Gold Award.  Her project "Give a Shoe - Change a Life" resulted in the collection of over 2,000 shoes, which she donated to Soles 4 Souls for global distribution.
Gabby Zuccaro '13 and Will Starks '12 were recently named to the All Sun basketball team.
Kyle Dipre, Hawken senior and president of Youth United, was recently credited by the News-Herald for his efforts in raising awareness and funding for Habitat for Humanity.  Kyle has been instrumental in growing the Habitat for Humanity Club at Hawken and in establishing the club's affiliation with the county wide Habitat.  Read more here.
Caroline Vexler '13 and Henry Senkfor '14 will represent the United States at the European Maccabi Games held in Vienna, Austria in July. They are each one of only 6 swimmers selected to the US girls and boys junior swimming teams.  
Ani Dasarathy ’12 was named one of two national qualifiers from the state of Ohio in the National History Day Competition for his website project, “The Kansas-Nebraska Act: The Debate Over the Expansion of Slavery.” Ani will compete at the national level in Washington, D.C. in June.

Joe Soltzberg '11 received a 4th Place Award of $500 in the Medicine and Health category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  His award was announced at the May 13, 2011 Grand Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles, California. 
Shulamite Chu '12 won first place at the Venetia Hall Piano Concerto Competition held recently at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.  The Ohio Federation of Music, organizer of the competition, awarded Shulamite a $600 scholarship for her performance of the first movement of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 10 in D-Flat Major.  
Students in Julia Griffin's "Gender, Power & Culture" class created a lobby display for the play Ruined, which recently opened at Karamu House.  Click here for more information.
The News-Herald reports that Hawken Track & Field, with its history of 24 state event champiosn, has won the 2nd most state track and field event titles among all schools in the area.  View the complete list here.
Early Childhood teachers Emily Gielink and Kathy Fehrenbach recently presented at the Ohio Early Care and Education Conference, sharing literacy activities that focus on writing and poetry.

Eric Mangini Visits Campus

The Alumni Association with the support of the Parents'
Association presented “An Evening with Eric Mangini” to a full house on May 3. With Lisa Levine Bercu ’85 serving as moderator, Eric (father to Jake ‘22 and Luke ‘24) shared with parents and alumni anecdotes that illustrate how he has developed his approach to coaching, the core characteristics critical to building a successful team, and the philosophy he has developed along the way through the support of mentors such as Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells.

Alumni in the News

Charles P. Bolton '57 was recently elected chair of the Cleveland Foundation's Board of Directors.
Joe Yanks '07 was recently named Student Employee of the Year at Skidmore College, where he has worked for the Office of Communications as Facebook community manager.  Read more from Skidmore's website.
Natalie Geller '10, a freshman at Connecticut College, recently won the $25,000 Cherry Blossom Grand Prix in Conyers, GA at the 1996 Olympic venue.  She was attending the Atlanta Spring Classic for horse show jumping.
Misha Carrel-Thomas '07, a senior defender on the men' soccer team at University of Rochester, was recently awarded the Louis Alexander Award, presented annually to "a male member of the senior class who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the College through significant achievements in athletics and general student activities, and whose character and leadership qualities have been a wholesome influence on his fellow students."
Be sure to log on to HawkNet for the latest school schedules, news and announcements.

Spring HawkFest

Spring is finally here, and we hope you will join us for the last HawkFest of the 2010-2011 school year. Various sporting competitions, a picnic, and fun for the family await you next Saturday, May 21 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for details.

Reunion 2011: Celebrate the Red and Gray!

Whether you are a member of a reunion class or not, all alumni are invited to participate in the festivities planned for Reunion 2011.
Make plans to start the weekend at Friday Night’s Red and Gray Bash as we honor Bob Kachurek and Bob Shurtz as honorary alumni as well as Al MacCracken ’54 and Hugh Thompson for their years of service to Hawken.
Saturday brings the Alumni Picnic at the White House and our Spring HawkFest, featuring some of our middle and upper school athletes. Come solo, with a friend, or bring the whole family to enjoy the many activities we have planned – from children’s activities to sporting events.
Saturday night invites you to see the latest jewel in our crown as we will be hosting the 4 School Reception at the Gries Center for Experiential and Service Learning at University Circle.
Alumni Weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Hawken, to reconnect with old friends, and to witness the exciting things happening on our campuses.
Special pricing for our young alumni! Click here to register. Hawken looks forward to welcoming you back this weekend!

Annual Fund Nears Year-End Deadline

We’re very close to making our Annual Fund goal of $1,125,000, but we need your support to make it a reality! Please consider making a gift to this year’s Annual Fund if you haven’t already done so.
For those of you who have pledged to the Annual Fund, please remember that pledge payments are due by June 30. You will receive a reminder about this in the mail.
Alumni – do not forget about the generous offer made by Peter Jacobson ’81, President of the Alumni Association, who will match gifts made between now and June 30 from alumni who have not contributed to the Annual Fund in the past three years.
To make a gift, click here, or contact Deb Hopkins at dhopk@hawken.edu or 440-423-2966.
Thank you for your continued support of our students.

Donuts with Dads and Brad

Fathers of preschool through third grade students: Bring your children to school and enjoy a morning treat with them on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:45 a.m. in room B15. Once the school day begins, enjoy hearing from Brad Gill, Lower School Director, about the Early Childhood Center program and construction updates.
RSVP to Deb Amantea at daman@hawken.edu or 440-423-2037.

White House Antiques Show

Hawken School will host its 26th Annual White House Antiques Show on Memorial Day – Monday, May 30, 2011 – at the Upper School Campus, 12465 County Line Road in Gates Mills, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Preview Breakfast starting from 9:00 am to 10 a.m.
The event will feature well-respected dealers from all around the country and the show will be entirely indoors in the school’s beautiful new field house. Antique dealers will feature such items as Period 18th through 20th Century European and American furniture, Mid-century (fifties) pieces, as well as silver, clocks, paintings, prints, quilts, jewelry, books, lamps, porcelain, china, glass, carpets and more.
To view a list of dealers and to purchase tickets, click here.
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