Summer Updates

Welcome to the summer updates page!  We hope you'll find the documents and links you'll need here as you prepare for the start of the next school year.

Other Important Documents

  • Student/Parent Handbook, 2018-2019
    The 2019-2020 handbook will be available in August.
  • End of Year School Transcript Release
    Students who are new to Hawken Upper School should submit this form to their previous schools so that we receive the final transcript.  For most students, this transcript will be required before students can attend classes in the fall.
  • Work Permit Application
    Complete the top half and have your employer complete the bottom before bringing it in to David Gillespie for processing.  He will enter and print the actual permit for you.  

    You may also scan/photo the application and e-mail it to dgill@hawken.edu and he will return a PDF of the permit by e-mail.  This is usually easier as summer availability is highly variable!
  • Challenge Course Waiver
    All 9th graders need to have the Hawken Challenge Course Waiver signed and submitted prior to the 9th grade retreat.

Hawken Summer Math Packet Philosophy

Just as routine reading and writing enhances literacy by explaining ideas, sharing information, and engaging with stories, we believe students enhance their fluency in mathematical language--their numeracy--by routinely interacting with quantitative information: using numbers to describe patterns, engaging in logical play, solving applied and theory problems. School provides structured opportunities to enhance numeracy, but activities obviously change during the summer.

In the Lower School, we provide students and families many resources to enhance numeracy by engaging in math through play and by solving real problems in the world around them. We encourage all families to look for opportunities to do math with their children throughout the summer and to Get Ready for the new school year in August. Encourage literacy and numeracy!

All Hawken students entering grades 6-12 are expected to complete a set of problems each summer before returning to school. Ideally, students should complete their summer math packets in the 2-3 weeks prior to school restarting in August after summer packets are released on the last Friday in July. Their purpose is to help students Get Ready for the start of the coming school year by re-activating concepts they learned in their last math classes. The problems selected for summer packets reflect the foundational ideas upon which Hawken’s teachers will build the first few units of the new school year.

Completed packets are due from all students to their new teachers on the first day of school. Students should expect to receive feedback on their work within about a week from the start of school. The form of that feedback will vary from teacher to teacher and course to course.

Ideally, students should be able to solve all of the problems packet without assistance, but it is entirely appropriate to work with others and research online sites for help on any concepts that aren’t completely remembered. Most packets include suggestions for optional resources, if needed. If a student does use any external source, that help should be indicated in the solutions to help the new teacher get a sense of which topics might need additional review at the start of the new school year. While students first should attempt to solve problems on their own, there is no harm or penalty in seeking help; the point of summer work is to Get Ready for success in the coming year.

Cover pages are posted initially with suggestions for preparation; the actual packets will be posted on July 26th so that student work on the problems is still in recent memory when school starts.

Athletics Information

Practices for fall sports begin August 1. This includes football, volleyball, girls tennis, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys golf, boys and girls cross country, and field hockey. Other summer practice dates are encouraged. Please communicate with team coaches regarding attendance at June and July sessions.

Pre-season Meeting for Parents and Student-Athletes
Thursday, August 8, 7:00-8:00 PM
Kennedy Auditorium

At least one parent is required to attend this meeting per Hawken participation policy and OHSAA rules.

Alumni Sports Day
Saturday, August 10
All teams will have practice or scrimmage at 11:00am, except boys soccer (1:00pm) and football (4:00pm).

Links
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Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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