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A Beautiful Evening of Music

A beautiful evening of music was shared amongst Middle North and Middle South students as well as the Vernon Hills High School String Project. The audience was serenaded by Samantha May’s Chamber Orchestra, followed by Jennifer Greenwell’s Symphony Orchestra. After two pieces by the high school students, the evening was rounded out with a combined performance from MSS and MSN sixth grade Orchestra. Congratulations to all the students who played beautifully and to our orchestra directors.

Variety Show

Variety Show is a Hit

Last weekend, the Hawthorn PTO presented a dazzling Variety Show at Middle School South that included 23 acts. The acts displayed the vibrant talent of Hawthorn students. There were pianists, violinists, dancers, singers and even an orchestra. It was clear that the students put a lot into their performances and their hard work paid off with a great show. Thank you to all the wonderful participants.

Mother-Daughter Tea

Mothers and Daughters Connect at Tea

The March 10 Mother-Daughter Tea organized by the Hawthorn PTO went smoothly.  Fourth-grade girls and their mothers/mother figures spent time together learning about the changes of adolescence. The program was designed to help girls understand this stage of growth and manage it with confidence. Decorations, refreshments and special surprises helped create a warm, relaxing environment for the event.


El Grupo Folklorico Mexico

El Grupo Folklorico Mexico

Come and enjoy a night of folkloric dance and Mexican culture. “El Grupo Folklorico Mexico” will perform at the School of Dual Language/Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, on Friday, April 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

school board

A Regular Session and a Closed Session of the Board of Education Will Take Place March 12

A Regular Session of the Board of Education and a Closed Committee of the Whole meeting have been scheduled for Monday, March 12.  The Regular Session will begin at 7:00 p.m. The Closed Committee of the Whole meeting will take place at the conclusion of the Regular Session. The meetings will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, IL. 60061


Aspen Fifth-grader is a Sectional Spelling Bee Champion

Fifth-grade Aspen student Aishi A. moved on to new heights after she won Aspen’s fourth and fifth grade spelling bee. She was among four winners of the sectional spelling bee on February 27 at South Park Elementary School in Deerfield. The winners included two eighth graders and one seventh grader in addition to Aishi. Students from 45 schools competed against each other ranging from fourth through eighth grade. Students learned close to 1,600 words from 14 different languages including French, Slavic, German, Asian, Japanese and Spanish. Words that Aishi spelled included nachtmusik and turducken. Her winning word was “skirling”. Next, she will compete in the regional spelling bee at the College of Lake County on March 15.

Royceale Woods, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Lake County, sent a letter to congratulate Aishi on becoming a sectional finalist.  Aspen Elementary is thrilled about Aishi’s accomplishment and is wishing her the best of luck as she competes against other sectional finalists in Lake County for a spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

crowded choir

Current Constraints: A Day in the Life

Watch a video that shows many of the District’s space constraints as its student enrollment numbers increase.

D73 Art Show

Hawthorn District 73 Art Show

A celebration of artwork created by K-8 students from Hawthorn District 73 will be on display throughout Aspen Drive Library. Drop in at the opening reception on Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you miss the opening, drop by any time prior to Saturday, April 7.

Kindergarten Registration

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Families from across the District attended the Kindergarten Registration event at Middle School South on February 22 and 23. Enrollment in kindergarten is the start of an exciting new adventure for children and their parents.

Parent/teacher conference

Parent/Teacher Conferences

While there was no school for students on Friday, February 23, teachers, parents and students were busy with parent/teacher conferences. It was also the last day of the PTO Winter book fair.