Monday was a big day at Hawthorn. Teachers returned for an Opening Day program as well as Teacher Institute Days leading up to the first day of school on August 22. After a lunch for all staff, the program included a welcome and remarks from interim superintendents Mark Friedman and Joseph Porto and Board of Education President Sonali Patil. The building administrators introduced approximately 40 new staff. The interim superintendents discussed key projects for the year. In her welcome to teachers and staff, Ms. Patil said, “Even on your worse day of the year, you are still a child’s best hope.”