Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

Co-teaching Brings More Inclusion to the Classroom

The benefits of co-teaching can clearly be seen in the sixth grade language arts class taught by Ms. Corush and Ms. Byrne at Middle School South. While one is presenting, the other is moving about the room answering questions and checking in with students. As the students went through a lesson using their new Chromebooks,… Continue Reading Co-teaching Brings More Inclusion to the Classroom

STEM Lab Students Engage in Breakout Edu Games

One of the project choices that eighth grade STEM lab students have is to participate in a Breakout Edu game. Breakout Edu brings “Escape Room” strategy to the classroom. In these games, students use teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and troubleshooting to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box. This is an… Continue Reading STEM Lab Students Engage in Breakout Edu Games

Cub Scout First Pack Meeting is Sept. 13

Cub Scout Pack 273 in Vernon Hills is looking for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade who are interested in scouting. Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of boys and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an… Continue Reading Cub Scout First Pack Meeting is Sept. 13

Opening Day at Lincoln School

Approximately 150 Hawthorn students started school Wednesday at Lincoln Early Learning Center in Mundelein. Hawthorn Superintendent Nick Brown and numerous administrators were there to welcome the children. The center, which serves children between the ages of 3 and 5, was formed several years ago through an intergovernmental agreement between Hawthorn School District 73, Fremont School District 79 and Mundelein… Continue Reading Opening Day at Lincoln School

Highlights of the August 28 Board of Education Meeting

Superintendent Nick Brown reported that things went smoothly on the first day of school on August 23. Principals, teachers and staff were excited to welcome their students. A few buses were delayed due to construction work on Route 60.  He said that the district considers the first weeks of class as an important time for… Continue Reading Highlights of the August 28 Board of Education Meeting

Middle School South Students Receive Chromebooks

The technology department, the maintenance crew, and several staff worked together to provide each Middle School South student with a Google Chromebook on August 30. Each grade moved through the process in less than 10 minutes. The students are extremely excited to have their devices and begin using them for Personalized Learning.

Moving Beyond the Traditional Classroom Design

Several Hawthorn teachers have moved beyond the traditional classroom design. They have opted for new concepts such as flexible seating. This approach encourages students to choose their type of seating based on their learning preferences. They can choose from yoga balls, floor cushions, high chairs, traditional seating, movable chairs, etc. Students are not locked-in to… Continue Reading Moving Beyond the Traditional Classroom Design