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Reorganization Committee Details School Options

Within a month the Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is expected to make a decision on a school option for it’s district. Parents are encouraged to attend a 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 meeting at Middle School North to hear details about three options the school board will consider. Childcare is provided.

For details on these options, please visit the Hawthorn District 73 website, which provides an overview of the options as well as their benefits and challenges– Neighborhood Schools, 5 Choice Schools, Relocating Schools – and why grade level schools are no longer being considered an option for the district. The website offers parents an opportunity to provide their input into each of the options.

  At Tuesday’s public forum parents will also have the opportunity to offer input into the options before the school board makes its decision.

District Reorganization Committee Meeting Location Changed

The district reorganization committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 @5:30pm has been moved to the District offices.
The Board of Education has directed a Reorganization Committee, consisting of parents, staff and community members, to review several points from its recently adopted Strategic Plan. These actions include studying facilities and resources across the district, ensuring equitable access to high quality programs for all students, and looking at the feasibility of expanding early intervention opportunities such as full day kindergarten.

 

 

 

Strategic Plan to be Discussed at Monday’s Board Meeting

Please be informed that at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the School Board will begin discussion on the proposed strategic plan that has been developed by the Strategic Plan Committee. Included in this conversation will be how this proposed plan provides guidance to the Reorganization Committee on many important issues that face the district.

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Parents of children who will attend Hawthorn kindergarten next fall are encouraged to attend the Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, January 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. The meeting will cover such topics as the enrollment process, school placement, curriculum and services.  School tours are planned for the first week in February. Walk-in registration is expected to open on Monday, February 10. Children who turn 5 before September 1, 2014 are eligible for public school kindergarten in Illinois. Information is also available on the meeting poster as well as on the registration website,www.hawthorn73.org/registration.

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting

Parents of children who will attend Hawthorn kindergarten next fall are encouraged to attend the Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, January 30 beginning at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. The meeting will cover such topics as the enrollment process, school placement, curriculum and services.  School tours are planned for the first week in February. Walk-in registration is expected to open on Monday, February 10. Children who turn 5 before September 1, 2014 are eligible for public school kindergarten in Illinois. Information is also available on the meeting poster as well as on the registration website,www.hawthorn73.org/registration.

AYP/School Choice Meeting Rescheduled for March 12

The AYP/School Choice Meeting and Round Table Discussion has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 12 beginning at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. The meeting was originally scheduled for March 5, but was cancelled due to the winter storm. More information on the issue is posted on the Hawthorn District website.

Information about AYP and how It Impacts Hawthorn’s School Choice – Meeting March 5

Federal and state mandates set forth by the No Child Left Behind legislation require that Hawthorn modify our current school choice programs. In support of that decision-making, parents are encouraged learn more and give input by attending the AYP/School Choice Meeting and Round Table Discussion on Tuesday, March 5 beginning at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

Hawthorn is currently examining our school choice program and how we place students in our schools. This examination is being done in light of the fact that our choice program as currently configured does not comply with current law, as outlined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and our performance toward Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets.

TIMELINE:
January 14, 2013: Superintendent Nick Brown advises the Hawthorn Board of Education about the situation. For more information, please review the presentation entitled Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): An Issue of Federal Mandates as well as view the video of the January 14 board meeting. Information about activities of the board are archived on the Hawthorn School Board webpages: http://www.hawthorn73.org/schoolboard

February 2013: Hawthorn Superintendent Nick Brown convenes the AYP Committee, a group of educators and parents representing each of our schools. The group has been meeting to explore the situation and develop options.

March 5, 2013: The AYP Committee will hold a Parent Information Meeting and Round Table Discussion to explain the AYP issues and how they impact our school choice program. The Round Table Discussion is designed to allow attendees to provide their suggestions and comments to the Committee. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

March 2013: The AYP Committee is expected to create an online survey to solicit additional feedback from the community.

March or April 2013: The AYP Committee is expected to present options and recommendations to the Hawthorn Board of Education in an effort to bring our program and processes into compliance with all federal and state mandates.

RESOURCES:
Letter – February 26, 2013 – AYP and School Choice; Parent Meeting and Round Table Discussion: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 at Middle South, English and Spanish

Brochure – February 27, 2013 – AYP and Its Impact on School Choice in Hawthorn District 73, which is also available in Spanish

Backpack Note – February/March 2013

Backpack Note – February 2013