I "graduated" from Hawthorne in 2011 in 5th grade. Everyone I knew was my friend, boys and girls. It wasn't the weird "Oo! They're going out!" kind of thing when a boy stood up for a girl or vice versa either because that's just how it was! At Hawthorne, if someone got made fun of, someone (usually a girl) would go over there and do something about it. If someone got hurt this is what you would hear, "Are you ok? What happened?". It was a friendly school where everyone fit in! We loved what we did, we loved our teachers and we were a family. A REALLY BIG family, and a small school with around 300 kids.
We have three children at Hawthorne, it is a wonderful school with an oustanding staff. Even with the school district funding cuts over the years, parents and staff have made this an excellent school. Staff turnover is low too so the kids know all the teachers in their future!