Students test their contraptions

Putting Contraptions to the Test

The Aspen and Elementary South Science Olympiad Team held their final event for the year. Students tested out the catapults they had built. Their creative contraptions launched marshmallows into the air. The tricky part was hitting the target. Students did a great job.

Teachers test cars

Homemade Cars Are Put to the Test in Science Olympiad Competition

Teachers tested just how far cars made from scrap could travel during last week’s “Junk Car” competition coordinated by the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad team. Michael from Mr. Viviano’s class and Nishita from Mrs. Wagner’s class were declared the winners. Both of their cars traveled more than 8 meters. Great job students.

Students painting

Students Create Poems and Paintings

Students in Mrs. Dahm’s fourth-grade Language Arts class at Elementary South wrote metaphor poems about animals of their choice on Monday and painted them with water colors on Tuesday. There is so much talent in her class.

Student with paper airplane

Students Test How Far a Paper Airplane Can Fly

More than 50 students participated in the Elementary South and Aspen Elementary Science Olympiad virtual event on Thursday. Students tested just how far their multi-piece flying glider devices could travel. The longest distance traveled was 15 meters! Great job students!


Spelling Bee Winner Moves on to Sectional Competition

After a classroom spelling bee, a school spelling bee, and two tiebreaker rounds, Elementary South finally has a winner. Harman A.,from Mrs. Dahm’s fourth grade class, scored a perfect 30/30 on the final tiebreaker test! 

She will now move on to the Lake County Sectional Competition. Twelve finalists from the sectional competition will advance to the final competition. Please wish Harman good luck as she moves forward in the competition!


Students Learn to Draw Cartoons

The art of drawing was the focus of Elementary South’s virtual assemblies on January 19. During the morning assembly, Cartoonist Mark Anderson with Andertoons showed students how to draw a variety of animals using a simple process of putting together letters and lines. In the afternoon, the focus was on dinosaurs vs. robots. Students had great fun creating their own illustrations as they drew along with the cartoonist.

Students Watch Matt Wilhelm via Zoom

Bike Rider’s Skills Amaze Students

Mrs. Brettner’s third grade class at Elementary South watched an all school virtual assembly featuring Pro BMX bike rider Matt Wilhelm. A Guinness World Record holder, Mr. Wilhelm amazed students with his tricks. He also spoke about the importance of perseverance and resilience. Several Elementary South students were featured in his custom recorded show. Students had a blast.

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

Music Notes

4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola
A draft of a creature

Drafting Creatures Instead of Compositions

Mrs. Dahm, a fourth-grade teacher at Elementary South, provided her class with a fun and creative way to learn about the writing process. She instructed her students to create their own creatures/monsters out of Play-Doh. Then she had them revise, edit and finalize their creatures, in the same way one drafts and polishes a writing composition. The students came up with some unique and imaginative creatures, from a unicorn mixed with a monster, to a dog mixed with a cat.