• Photo of Hawthorne Elementary Exterior 

    Becky Sorenson, Principal
    Welcome to Smart Schools 2020, a system wide initiative to create school facilities that provide students with the security, technology and dynamic learning environment they need to achieve in school and in life. As your principal, I'm pleased to say that Hawthorne Elementary School is part of that initiative and is planning significant and much-needed changes over the next few years. 
    Hawthorne Elementary School, constructed in phases beginning in 1952, originally was designed to serve 300 students.  Missoula has grown and enrollment now averages between 350-385 students.  Overcrowding and logistical difficulties - including no formal cafeteria - impede student-teacher interactions and student focus, health and physical fitness, safety and security.
    Our proposal expands the current Hawthorne to serve teachers, students and staff, with a focus on 21st century teaching and learning.  Fiscally prudent, it addresses key issues while enabling the school to evolve classroom and collaborative space as needs change and our population expands in the future. 
    In order to address these key issues, Hawthorne Elementary School has conducted a thoughtful scoping process and is proposing an option that will expand Hawthorne and improve learning environments.
    We invite you to learn more about the plan, and get involved in shaping the future of education for our children.  Please feel free to email bsorenson@mcps.k12.mt.us or call me with questions.

    The School Board has approved our preferred option, pending the passage of a facilities levy in 2015! Learn more about our goals and proposal>