children with flower pots

Making Mothers’ Day Gifts

First graders at Elementary South will have sweet gifts for their mothers on Mothers’ Day. Home Depot came by with flowers and supplies, which they have donated for several years in a row. The children particularly had fun drawing creative designs on their pots. Every gift was an original.

Engineering the Perfect Egg Drop

Fifth-grade students engaged in a fun project that encouraged problem solving and creative thinking. Using physics and science, they created devices to keep their eggs from shattering on impact after being dropped 35 feet. There were many successful landings.

snake

Animals Visit Elementary South

It’s not that often that a zoo comes to you. But thanks to Animal Quest, Elementary South first-grade students got to see a wide range of animals today, from a hedgehog to a Savannah monitor. The children were able to pet some of the animals, such as the hedgehog and the chicken, but the tarantula, the snake and the monitor were off limits. The animal show, which was part of Elementary South’s science unit on animal adaptations and habitats, was enjoyed by all.

 

Field Trip

Students Visit Heller Nature Center

Through an Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip grant, all Elementary South first-grade students took a field trip to the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park on April 25. Several guides took groups on tours through the woods on a wood chip trail. By using clues to solve riddles, the students learned about the four basic components that make up a habitat: water, shelter, food and space and how they work together as a system. They carefully rolled over logs to peer at animal homes. They played a game that helped them understand the forest food chain. They asked lots of questions and it was clear they had a great time with the woods as their classroom. For many years, first-grade teacher Ms. Bleck has obtained this grant for an annual field trip. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Independence Tube Corporation, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation, the D. F. and M. T. Grohne Family Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation are sponsors of the grant program.

Students honored

Students Recognized at IPA Breakfast

Congratulations to fifth-grade students Cate Pangilinan and Clayton Spraggs for being honored at the Illinois Principals Association breakfast last week.  Below are excerpts from the printed program:

Cate Pangilinan
When thinking of a well rounded student, Cate immediately comes to mind. Not only does Cate excel in academics, but she also participates in sports outside of school. She is an avid softball player, and balances school work with practice, games, and tournaments flawlessly. However, what I find to be most impressive, is the kindness she exhibits on a daily basis. Cate is always concerned with the way people are feeling. She continuously stands up for others and is always mindful of people’s feelings. Whenever faced with a challenge, Cate rises to the occasion. She perseveres and excels in everything she does. She is a wonderful leader, and all around student.

Clayton Spraggs
Clayton Spraggs is an outstanding leader. He leads by example and it is noticed amongst his peers at Elementary South. His work ethic is second to none. His hard work allows him to be successful in many aspects of his education. Clayton puts in the extra effort and it shows through his class work and his grades.  But more importantly he displays a drive to learn new things and he pushes himself to achieve the highest levels he can.  Clayton carries himself in a positive manner and always has a positive attitude that transfers to those around him.  He does the right thing even when no one is watching, and is willing to stick up for students who may need a friend they can count on.  His teachers look forward to seeing what Clayton will achieve in years to come.

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Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

flexible seating

Teacher Transforms Her Classroom

Over spring break, fourth-grade teacher Ms. Schorsch transformed her classroom at Elementary South from a room of regular desks and chairs to a room with stadium seats, rugs, hokki stools, stability discs and even a bean chair. Flexible seating encourages students to find their best spot to stay calm, focused and productive. Ms. Schorsch had posted a list of items she wanted for her classroom on donorschoose.org. All the items she requested were provided.

Students building

How Can Buildings Withstand Earthquakes?

Elementary South fourth-graders in the classes of Mrs. Dahm, Mrs. Studer and Mrs. Oliva put themselves in the shoes of engineers today, as they explored different technologies that help buildings withstand earthquakes. Groups of students designed four-story buildings using cross bracing, mass damping and building shape. Each design was subjected to a test in which it had to withstand eight seconds of intense shaking.

flag

It’s All About Kindness

All students at Elementary South participated in a creative project that promotes Growth Mindset themes. Each classroom created a flag reflecting kindness. The flags are displayed outside the doors of each classroom. Members of Students Taking Additional Responsibilities (STAR) judged the flags based on their visual impact, originality, kindness theme, class involvement and growth mindset quotes.

School Board

District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.