Message Regarding National School Walkouts

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today I reach out to you as a follow-up to my February 27th letter concerning the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We continue to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and prayers.

There is a national social media movement underway for students to protest school violence by walking out of class on March 14th and April 20th.  These walkouts have been advertised for specific times for students to participate. It is our plan for All Hawthorn School District 73 students and staff to remain in school. (Continued)

Estimados padres y guardianes,

Hoy me dirijo a ustedes después de mi carta del 27 de febrero sobre la tragedia en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School en Florida. Continuamos manteniendo a las víctimas y sus familias en nuestros corazones y oraciones.

Se está IIevando a cabo un movimiento nacional de medios sociales para que los estudiantes protesten contra la violencia escolar al salir de la clase el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril.  Estas protestas han sido anunciadas con horarios específicos para que los estudiantes participen.  Es nuestro plan que los estudiantes y todo el personal de Distrito Escolar 73 de Hawthorn permanezcan en la escuela. (Continued)

School Safety Update

All our thoughts recently have been about school safety and mourning the tragic deaths of the students in Florida. This has created important and difficult conversations surrounding violence in our society, and then the one that has always kept me up at night — keeping our students safe at school. This has always been true for me, not just in light of the most recent tragedy.

Hawthorn has a very good working relationship with the Vernon Hills Police Department. We have a school resource officer on campus every day. The resource officer works with all staff to monitor situations, communicate with the police department as needed and help work with families, staff, community, and students in a constructive manner. (Continued)


Todos nuestros pensamientos recientemente han sido acerca de la seguridad escolar y de luto por la trágica muerte de los estudiantes en Florida. Esto ha creado conversaciones importantes y difíciles acerca de la violencia en nuestra sociedad, y también algo que siempre me ha mantenido despierto en la noche, manteniendo a nuestros estudiantes seguros en la escuela. Esto siempre ha sido cierto para mí, no solo a la luz de la tragedia más reciente.

Hawthorn tiene una muy buena relación de trabajo con el Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills. Tenemos un oficial de recursos escolares en el campus todos los días. El oficial de recursos trabaja con todo el personal para monitorear situaciones, comunicarse con el departamento de policía según sea necesario y ayudar a trabajar con las familias, el personal, la comunidad y los estudiantes de una manera constructiva. (Continue in Spanish)


Happy Chinese New Year!

The 2018 Chinese New Year began on February 16. Elementary South celebrated with a colorful parade. The parade included two lively lions!

Growing Together

We Want Your Advice about District 73’s Future

Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.

A Message Regarding Events in Florida

In light of recent events in Florida with another tragic school shooting, our sympathy and thoughts go out to the parents, staff, students and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. (Continued)

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:



Is It Good to Be Bored Sometimes?

Miss Weinstein’s second grade class engaged in a thoughtful exercise on Thursday as they decided whether they think it’s OK to be bored sometimes.  Students were split into three groups: those who think it’s OK to be bored, those who see good and bad sides of being bored, and those who think that being bored is bad.  The students looked at both sides of the argument, and discussed why they had made their decisions. Then students were given the opportunity to switch to different groups if they changed their minds.  Some students thought that boredom can give your brain a rest, while others wanted to avoid boredom as much as possible.


Practice Makes Perfect

Fourth-grade students played “French Folk Song” as they prepared for the Aspen/Elementary South Orchestra Concert on January 18.

Spelling Bee winners

Spelling Bee Results

Fourth and fifth grade students showed their ability to spell long and complicated words at the January 11 Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the winner Anudeepthi S. and the runner up Ganesh P.

Roller Skating

Kids Are on a Roll

First-graders at Elementary South are beginning to get comfortable with their roller skates as they enter the second week of their roller skating unit. P.E. teachers say they have made vast improvements over last week.