Reader’s Theater in Mrs. Worden’s Class

Please enjoy these pictures of 2nd grade students performing in Mrs. Worden’s Reader’s Theater.

Fifth Grade Science Fair

On Tuesday, April 18th, 5th grade students participated in Elementary South’s Science Fair.  As part of their science fair project students completed a thorough lab report and a trifold explaining what scientific question they answered through their testing.  Students did a great job. Their hard work and creative thinking over a one-month period was evident to all who attended the fair!  Each classroom awarded medals to the top three exhibits.

Sordini Winners:

1st: Kandarp V.
2nd: Bisti P.
3rd: Nicholas D.

Bentley Winners:

1st: Arnav N.
2nd: Kirtana G.
3rd: Tyler E.

Hill Winners: 

1st : Rudy M.
2nd : Gwen M.
3rd : Israel A.

Trela Winners:

1st : Maggie L.
2nd : Hallie S.
3rd : Lauren H.

Preuss Winners:

1st : Eli A.
2nd : Jack V.
3rd : Valeriia B.

Gordon Winners:

1st : Meagan W.
2nd : Logan S.
3rd : Johannes G.




Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

The week of May 1st has been designated as Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week for our schools.  As the year winds down, the Hawthorn PTO would like to thank the teachers and staff for the hard work they put forth for our children each and every day.


There are two ways you can show your support.

1.  We will gladly accept cash or check (made out to Hawthorn PTO) donations from parents so we can make the celebration at Elementary South memorable for all.  Your generous donations will be used to provide several treats throughout the week and a well-deserved luncheon. Click here to download a form to return to school with your monetary donation.

2.  You can also donate food items.  Click here to sign up.

Should you have any questions, please contact Stacy Strebb at or 312-969-5839.   Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Family Fitness Night Was a Blast!

Hawthorn PTO sponsored a Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School on Thursday, April 13th.  Participants had a blast taking part in Zumba and Yoga!

Stemapalooza Comes to Elementary South!

The marketing and product development teams from ETA hand2mind, a local educational publishing company, will be volunteering their time to help facilitate fun STEM activities throughout the day at Elementary South on April 28th.  Featuring their STEM “Make It Take It” products, students will be participating in such activities as marble maze, balancing toy, parachuter, spinning toy or balloon car.  At the end of the day students will take their creation home!


Personalized Learning

When learning is personalized for students, they become the leaders of their own learning and work at a pace that’s right for each of them. Hawthorn teachers have been working on the Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC) for the last three years, which identifies our desired results for all students. Personalized learning experiences allow students to approach the GVC in a way that will make them successful. To enhance their learning experiences, Hawthorn middle school students will be issued a Chromebook next year. This tool will expand opportunities for personalized learning both within and outside of the classroom to meet their individual needs and inspire a love for learning.

Please click here to read more about the direction in which Hawthorn is heading.

Stevenson Math Carnival

Students in grades 3rd – 5th, along with their families, are invited to attend the Math Carnival at Stevenson High School on Wednesday, May 10th, from 6:00-8:00pm.  Click on the links below for details.

Math carnival flyer

Math carnival flyer – Spanish


6th Grade Parent Orientation

Parents of incoming 6th graders for 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend the 6th Grade Parent Orientation meeting to be held at Middle School North and Middle School South.  Click on the link for more details.

6th Grade Parent Orientation

6th Grade Parent Orientation – Spanish


Kindergarten Bus Ride

Parents of future Hawthorn students entering kindergarten in the fall may sign up now for their child to participate in a practice bus ride. The practice bus ride will give the kindergartner the experience of what it is like to get on and off the bus. The event takes place in mid-August.
Click below for the Registration Form: