Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

Making Mothers’ Day Gifts

First graders at Elementary South will have sweet gifts for their mothers on Mothers’ Day. Home Depot came by with flowers and supplies, which they have donated for several years in a row. The children particularly had fun drawing creative designs on their pots. Every gift was an original.

Students Visit Heller Nature Center

Through an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip grant, all Elementary South first-grade students took a field trip to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park on April 25. Several guides took groups on tours through the woods on a wood chip trail. By using clues to solve riddles, the students learned about the four basic components […]

Students Recognized at IPA Breakfast

Congratulations to fifth-grade students Cate Pangilinan and Clayton Spraggs for being honored at the Illinois Principals Association breakfast last week.  Below are excerpts from the printed program: Cate Pangilinan When thinking of a well rounded student, Cate immediately comes to mind. Not only does Cate excel in academics, but she also participates in sports outside […]

Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be […]

Teacher Transforms Her Classroom

Over spring break, fourth-grade teacher Ms. Schorsch transformed her classroom at Elementary South from a room of regular desks and chairs to a room with stadium seats, rugs, hokki stools, stability discs and even a bean chair. Flexible seating encourages students to find their best spot to stay calm, focused and productive. Ms. Schorsch had […]

How Can Buildings Withstand Earthquakes?

Elementary South fourth-graders in the classes of Mrs. Dahm, Mrs. Studer and Mrs. Oliva put themselves in the shoes of engineers today, as they explored different technologies that help buildings withstand earthquakes. Groups of students designed four-story buildings using cross bracing, mass damping and building shape. Each design was subjected to a test in which […]