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March 2018 SOAR Winners

Congratulations to all of our March SOAR (SAFE, ON TASK, ACT RESPONSIBLE, RESPECT) winners, who “Soared Above the Line” in academics or behavior this month.

Student Homeroom
Rob Mckenzie K  Avila
Aliannah K  Avila
Leah K  Dingman
Cataleya K  Dingman
Hasan K  Kroot
Nandita K  Kroot
Sanjana K  Schryver
Manas K  Schryver
Michael K  Silver
Hayden K  Silver
Brady 1 Bleck
Shira 1 Bleck
Alina 1 Brettner
Chloe 1 Brettner
Aarav 1 Brzezinski
Yaser 1 Brzezinski
Alexander 1 Faith
Srihan 1 Faith
Camila 1 Lawless
Yazan 1 Lawless
Lila 1 Wilton
Jaishanth 1 Wilton
Shourya 2 Hansen
Safiya 2 Hansen
Annette 2 Rude
Advik 2 Terchin
Elise 2 Terchin
Cristian 2 Wagner
Ayati 2 Wagner
Reid 2 Weinstein
Emily 2 Weinstein
Sebastian 2 Worden
Alexandra 2 Worden
Pia 3 Arenson
Maya 3 Arenson
Esha 3 Arenson
Tye 3 Preston
Isabella 3 Preston
Aditi 3 Reilly
Melanie 4 Alland
Ryan 4 Alland
Sandra 4 Dahm
Noah 4 Dahm
Anahya 4 Oliva
Tyler 4 Oliva
Emilee 4 Schorsch
Justin 4 Studer
Cathelin 4 Studer
Ocho 5 Brand
Varsha 5 Brand
Jackson 5 Preuss
Courtney 5 Preuss
Tyler 5 Sordini
Natalie 5 Trela
Emeal 5 Trela
flexible seating

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 posted a list of items she wanted for her classroom on All the items she requested were provided.

April 2018 Newsletter

Happy April, everyone!  This is an exciting time because we are beginning to plan for the next school year. We have already received many questions about placement.  Our staff will begin the class building process at the end of April or beginning of May for the 2018-2019 school year.  This is one of our most important tasks to prepare for the upcoming year.  Throughout this process, our goal is to place students in the best possible learning setting for them.  We will try to build classes that are balanced in terms of learning needs and styles, gender, emotional and social development, and academic achievement.

We welcome parent input in this process, as we recognize that parents know their children better than anyone else.  If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, we invite you to write a letter.  Because it is very difficult to grant requests for specific teachers, we ask that your letter focus on your child’s learning style, significant learning experiences for him/her, and/or the type of teaching style to which your child responds best.  Please do not request a specific teacher.  

We ask that all letters be submitted no later than Friday, May 4, 2018.   We will use the information you provide, along with input from teachers, to place your child in a classroom that will best meet his or her needs.

This year, the registration process will continue to be on-line. Starting April 27th, you will receive a letter with parent portal access ID and password.  If you do not have computer access, the district office will have computers available for you to register your child.  ALL DISTRICT RESIDENCY EVENT – for all students will take place on Wed. Aug 1st,  Thur. Aug. 2nd, and Mon. Aug. 6th.  Watch for more information coming soon.  Please register online by May 18th so we can place your child in a classroom for next year.

Thank you again for your continued support.  As always, if you have any questions or input, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  I can be reached at or (847) 990-4800.

All the best,




K-2 OPEN HOUSE - 4/24/18

7:00-7:30 KDG OPEN HOUSE
7:00-7:30 1st – PERFORMANCE
7:00-7:30: 2nd – OPEN HOUSE
7:30-8:00: 1st – OPEN HOUSE

3-5 OPEN HOUSE - 4/26/18

6:30-7:00: 3rd PERFORMANCE
7:00-7:30: 3rd/4th/5th OPEN HOUSE
7:30-8:00: 5th PERFORMANCE


Upcoming Events

4/3 – 4/20 PARCC Testing – Grades 3, 4, 5

4/13: Family Dance 6:00pm-7:30pm

4/17, 4/18: New session of SOAR running club begins 7:15am

4/17: Community Engagement Meeting – Elem South 7:00pm

4/18: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle North parents only 6:00

4/19: 6th Grade Parent Orientation at Middle South parents only 6:00

4/19: Early Release – 12:10 Dismissal

4/20: PTO Family Fitness Night – Townline 6:30pm

4/20: Ice Cream Friday – bring $1.00

4/23: Earth Day – wear blue and green

4/24: K-2 Open House 7:00pm

4/25: 1st Grade Field Trip – Heller Nature Center

4/26: 3-5 Open House 6:30pm

4/27: 2nd Grade Field Trip – Marriott Lincolnshire

4/27: Birthday Bash for April Birthdays

4/30: Community Engagement Meeting – Middle North 7:00pm

Students building

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 it had to withstand eight seconds of intense shaking.


It’s All About Kindness

All students at Elementary South participated in a creative project that promotes Growth Mindset themes. Each classroom created a flag reflecting kindness. The flags are displayed outside the doors of each classroom. Members of Students Taking Additional Responsibilities (STAR) judged the flags based on their visual impact, originality, kindness theme, class involvement and growth mindset quotes.

Hawthorn District 73 Art Show

Please join us for a celebration of artwork created by students in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, March 15, from 6-8:00pm at the Aspen Drive Library.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the library until Saturday, April 7th.

School Board Clip Art

Hawthorn Hosts an Evening with the Board

Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs.  The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.

The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008.  Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.

Childcare will be provided.  Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to:


Kindness Challenge Kicks off at Elementary South

Members of STAR (Students Taking Additional Responsibilities) kicked off Elementary South’s Kindness Challenge week by greeting students with banners and encouraging them to be kind to others.


Kindergarten Students Learn About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Silver’s classroom are learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reading non-fiction books and poems about this influential leader of the civil rights movement. Students are creating many thought-provoking projects requiring them to imagine what it would be like to live at the time of racial injustice. After listening to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, students are reflecting on it and writing about their own “dream” for the world.

December 2017 SOAR Winners

Congratulations to all of our December SOAR (SAFE, ON TASK, ACT RESPONSIBLE, RESPECT) winners, who “Soared Above the Line” in academics or behavior this month.

Last Name First Name Homeroom
Adams Anastasia 1 Lawless
Ahluwalia Harman 1 Brettner
Alvarado Luis 4 Schorsch
Andersen Emma 5 Trela
Arstan Altai 1 Faith
Bendersky Sofia Schryver
Breske Jherek 4 Alland
Brockway Connor 4 Studer
Castrejon Angel 5 Preuss
Chaudhari Tejal 4 Schorsch
Chigurupati Anay Avila
Corral Gianna 1 Wilton
Daoud Dahlia Kroot
Davis Tripp 4 Oliva
Denneny Amiya 3 Arenson
Devaraja Sai Ujval 5 Brand
Dinets Elizabeth Avila
Dunford Kayleigh 2 Terchin
Eric Alayna 4 Alland
Franco Julio 3 Donoghue
Fuldeore Riya Dingman
Fuldeore Rohan Schryver
Giri Darsh 2 Wagner
Graf Granderson 5 Trela
Haslinger Lukas 2 Rude
Howard Avari 3 Donoghue
Hurtado-Larsen Stefania Schryver
Karthik Koushik 2 Hansen
Kholine Gregory 3 Reilly
Kolbe Kyler 1 Brettner
Lam Kei-Kei 1 Faith
Lawrence Madde 4 Studer
Loiben Zachary 2 Terchin
Mantena Sathvika Silver
McKenny Isaiah 4 Dahm
Metharamitta Nitika 2 Rude
Narasimhan Advaith 1 Wilton
Noorani Sabrina 4 Dahm
Norton Claire 1 Brzezinski
Noyes Addyson 3 Reilly
Ordaz Noelani 1 Lawless
Pangilinan Cate 5 Sordini
Rudenko Anna 4 Alland
Salomov Samir 1 Brzezinski
Schenk Charlie 2 Weinstein
Shah Charvi 2 Hansen
Sheridan Elsie 3 Preston
Srikanth Manisha 3 Arenson
St. Louis Sheridan 2 Wagner
Streb Genevieve 5 Preuss
Valluri Anvay Dingman
Vedika Vellat Silver
Viray Caily 2 Weinstein
Vyas Ishani 4 Oliva
Wakefield Izzy 5 Brand
Xie Jayden Kroot