Aspen Art Fair

Check out the annual District 73 Art Show at the Aspen Drive Library. Close to 400 student artists displayed unique forms of art during the art show. Click here to see the many artists and their artwork. Artwork is on display through Friday, April 7.

The art show represents all the schools strongest pieces including drawings, paintings, collages, paper sculptures, Papier-mâché and print-making.

“Strongest to me does not necessarily mean the ‘best’ but rather the students that take the greatest risks with their art or show the most growth during the rotation or from year to year, said Hawthorn Middle School North School Art Teacher Hannah Altshuler.


It’s All in the Mindset

At Elementary South the kindergarten and first grade classes enjoyed hearing a local author read his book about many important life lessons impacting students today.
Author Brian Gryn read from the Magic Zoo, which teaches children the benefits of having a positive attitude.
“At the younger grades we focus on students showing perseverance, and having confidence in themselves. Our life lessons to students are for them to always try their best, never give up and to be patient and kind to one another,” said Kindergarten Teacher Kelly Rude. 

Kindergarten Registration

Dear District 73 Families of Incoming Kindergarteners,

This is just a friendly reminder, Hawthorn School District 73 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 3:30 to 7:30 pm and Friday, February 24 from 9 am to 1 pm at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Children who turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 are eligible for kindergarten.

A parent or guardian must attend one of the days to begin the registration process by providing the following:

Original Certified Birth Certificate (hospital or baptismal certificates cannot be accepted)
Residency Verification documents (photo identification and 2 proofs of occupancy; please refer to the Hawthorn 73 website for additional information at
Completed Pre-Registration Student Information Sheet (if you did not turn this form in at the Parent Meeting)
Completed School of Dual Language interest form (if applicable)
ALSO, at this time you are welcome to turn in any legal documentation regarding child custody, orders of protection or other court-directed matters, etc.
To facilitate and expedite your registration process, please bring copies along with the original documents.

If you have questions, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4217 or visit the district website at

Estimadas Familias de Estudiantes que Entraran al Kínder en el Distrito #73

Solamente un breve recordatorio, las inscripciones pare el Kínder del Distrito Escolar Hawthorn 73 para el año escolar 2017-2018 se llevarán a cabo el jueves 23 de febrero a partir de 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm y el viernes, 24 de febrero de 9:00 am – 1:00 pm en la Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Los niños que cumplen 5 años antes de o el 1 de septiembre son elegibles para el kinder.

Un padre o tutor debe asistir a uno de los Días de Inscripción de Kindergarten en persona para comenzar el proceso de inscripción proporcionando:

Acta de Nacimiento (los certificados de hospital o actas bautismales no serán aceptadas)
Verificación de Lugar de Domicilio (forma adjunta, la cual describe la documentación requerida, incluyendo identificación de una residencia dentro del distrito)
Hoja de Informaciópara Estudiante de Kindergarden (forma adjunta)
Hoja de interés para la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual (forma adjunta)
TAMBIEN, le invitamos a entregar docoumentación legal acerca de custodia, ordenes de protección u otras ordenes de la corte; etc.
Para facilitar el proceso de inscripción, por favor traiga copias junto con los documentos originales.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor, póngase en contacto con la oficina del distrito al 847-990-4217.

Holiday Cheer

Students from Elementary South and other area schools were invited to lunch and to shop with Vernon Hills and Lincolnshire police as part of the Cops and Kids program, which treats children to gifts during the holiday season. The Elementary South choir joined in the festivities with singing and staff like Principal Jill Martin escorted children to Walmart to shop.

Turkey Talk

Students talk turkey at Elementary South. Students work on language lessons that incorporate Thanksgiving vocabulary.

Bus Safety

The Elementary South Courage Committee offers bus safety tips to students.

Promoting Reading

img_0483Dr. Jill Martin, South Principal, reads to children at the community library to promote the importance of reading daily.

Calculating Volume

Elementary South fifth graders are working on calculating volume using centimeter cubes to construct their own rectangular prisms and determine the length, width, height, and volume.  The purpose of this lesson is for students to see that volume can come in different shapes and sizes while still having the same cubic unit.

SOAR Supports Hawthorn Hustle

es-hawthorn-hustle2Team SOAR was among 300 participants of parents, staff, and students who helped raise close to $4,000 for the PTO in the first 5K ‘fun run’ Hawthorn Hustle.