We are happy to report that the soft lock down at Hawthorn Schools has been lifted and we are back to normal school operations. Thank-you for your patience and cooperation. www.hawthorn73.org
4/5/18, 9am: Due to police activity in the area, Hawthorn Schools are currently on soft lock down. Students will not be allowed to exit the buildings until the soft lock down is lifted. While there is no immediate threat, there is no entry to buildings and offices at this time.
Debido a la actividad de policía en el área, las escuelas Hawthorn se encuentran actualmente en un cierre suave. Los estudiantes no podrán salir de los edificios hasta que se levante el bloqueo suave. Si bien no existe una amenaza inmediata, no hay entrada a edificios y oficinas en este momento.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.
The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008. Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.
Childcare will be provided. Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawthorn School District 73 is experiencing intermittent phone interruptions. Technology staff members are working to correct the problem.
This morning there was a suspicious black car we believe to be a Lincoln possibly taking photos of students as they entered school. The car was parked off of school property. Please take extra caution and keep a watchful eye. Inform our Resource Officer Jon Paret or the Vernon Hills Police Department if you see anything out of the ordinary.
As you can tell from the smiles, the 2017 version of the combined Middle South/Middle North/VHHS Pep Band evening on Sept. 8 was filled with fun, friendship and music. What a great way for the eighth graders to get a taste of what’s next in high school band on Friday nights. The evening started with a gathering for a dinner provided by the VHHS Band Parents. After getting the band members all set up with music and rehearsing for 20 minutes, it was off to the stadium for an exciting evening together, cheering on the VHHS football team and all the other fun that goes with a Friday night game. The massed bands performed on the track for a packed crowd, much to the delight of everyone there. Following the performance, the Band Parents stepped up again with hot chocolate for everyone before heading home after a long, wonderful day.
Dear Hawthorn Family:
This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply a winter lawn treatment (fertilizer) to our district lawns on August 26, 2017. Areas will be posted, and people are encouraged to stay off of the areas for two hours after the application.
Hawthorn takes great care to ensure that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students and the entire community. Projects such as fertilizer application are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.
James Staples, District Facilities Manager
Among the topics discussed at the August 14 Board of Education meeting was the new Cuneo development. Preparations are moving forward for the construction of 128 new homes on 53 acres on the Cuneo/Loyola Mansion and Gardens property located at 1350 Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. The Board will determine which district schools the students from this development will attend. Superintendent Nick Brown reminded the Board that the district has tried not to split neighborhoods in the past, but separating the students would limit the impact on any one school. Mr. Brown will talk with the developer about the number of children expected to move into the development. He and the Board will also be looking at space availability once the kindergarten classes move from the elementary schools to the Sullivan Center. The Board is expected to make their decision by mid- to late October.
Director of Finance and Business Operations Abe Singh provided a presentation on the 2017/18 tentative budget. The projected revenue is $73,793,884, while expenses are estimated at $86,526,861. He discussed an increase in expenses compared with last year’s budget, which is due to an increase in instructional spending (up 5.5%), a new lease agreement for the Dell Chromebooks, an increase in curriculum needs, and other things. $12 million has been allocated for the construction of the Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center. A public hearing on the tentative budget took place during the business meeting in which the Board received no public comments. The budget is scheduled to be adopted on September 11.
Mr. Brown provided an update on enrollment numbers. The district still anticipates that an additional 60 children will register for the new school year. District Office staff members are calling families who did not attend the Residency Event. Mr. Brown is seeing slight increases in enrollment numbers across the district schools. A fourth-grade classroom is being added to Aspen due to increased enrollment numbers.
In her report, Board President Sonali Patil thanked staff for organizing the Residency Event, which she said went smoothly. She also reminded district residents to take a 10-minute survey that will help the district gauge community perceptions about its schools. The deadline to take the survey is August 31.
- Highlights of the June 11 Board of Education MeetingJune 14, 2018 - 10:45 am
- Hawthorn School District 73 Seeks Director of Teaching and LearningJune 12, 2018 - 8:45 am
- Fertilizer and Weed Control ApplicationJune 11, 2018 - 10:29 am
- Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting, June 18June 11, 2018 - 9:00 am
- Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting, June 13June 11, 2018 - 8:56 am