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Event Flyer

Cultural Night is Coming: March 8

The School of Dual Language is hosting a Cultural Night, featuring Andres Salguero, on Friday, March 8. A Grammy award winner, Mr. Salguero is one of the most exciting new voices on the family music scene in the United States and Latin America. The event will take place on March 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hawthorn School of Dual Language/Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. For more information, please review the event flyer in English or Spanish.

children making structures

Valentine’s Day Hearts Aren’t Just for Eating

Children in Ms. Seidler’s pre-K classroom at Lincoln Early Childhood Center had fun building structures with heart-shaped marshmallows and candy. It was the perfect activity just before Valentine’s Day.

tech forum participants

Tech Forum Focuses on 1:1 Programs

Representatives from numerous K-12 school districts came together for a tech forum on Feb. 11 coordinated by Hawthorn District 73 at the Sullivan Center. The focus of the forum was on the personalized learning 1:1 program initiatives that the schools had launched. The participants learned a lot from each other as they shared their experiences. They also had an opportunity to engage with a dozen technology vendors.

Children making decorations

Getting Ready for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Ms. Mayfield’s Preschool for All class at Lincoln Early Childhood Center in Mundelein had plenty of fun projects to explore. They turned brown paper bags into works of art using sequins and other colorful decorations, in preparation for sharing Valentine cards on Thursday. They also learned about the process of mailing letters. They put together Valentine’s Day messages and used the mock post office set up in their room to mail them. Lots of smiling faces and engaged students in the classroom. The Early Childhood Center offers a coordinated learning opportunity to better meet the needs of preschool children and their families within the Hawthorn community.

Teachers working together

Early Release Day

Thursday’s Early Release Day gave teachers at Elementary North and each school an opportunity to collaborate, plan and share ideas to improve learning across the district.

Flu Prevention Poster

How to Protect Your children Against the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that influenza activity in the month of January increased in the United States. Flu can be dangerous for children. The CDC estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of influenza. This guide in English and Spanish provides information on how parents can protect their children against the flu. Additionally, here are guidelines for when to keep a child who is not feeling well home from school.

Summer Music Camp Students

Summer Music Camp Registration Begins Feb. 1

 Summer 2019 will bring almost thirty years of fostering and creating musical connections at Hawthorn’s camp for band and orchestra students! Every year, our camp is incredibly well-attended, so please plan to register early. Registration opens February 1st.  Click here to register.

Teachers working together

Teachers Work Together on Early Release Day

Early Release Days, such as last Thursday, give Hawthorn teachers a valuable opportunity to work together in a professional learning community format. The overall goal is to improve student learning.

kindergarten class

2019-2020 Incoming Kindergarten

Hawthorn School District 73 is holding several kindergarten information meetings to let parents know about the registration process. The meetings, which will include information about the individual schools, curriculum and registration, will take place at the following times and locations:

Thursday, January 24
7:00 p.m.
School of Dual Language
810 North Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Thursday, January 31
7:00 p.m.
Elementary North
301 Hawthorn Parkway
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Thursday, January 31
7:00 p.m.
Aspen Elementary
500 N. Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Tuesday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
Townline Elementary
810 North Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Tuesday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
Elementary South
430 North Aspen Drive
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Children who turn 5 on or before September 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information, visit the District’s kindergarten registration webpage.

George Fievet shaking hands with Sonali Patil

New Member Joins Board of Education

At the January 14 board meeting, Hawthorn School District 73 appointed Vernon Hills resident George Fievet III as a new Board of Education member. He was appointed to fill the vacant position created when Julie Simpson resigned in December of 2018 to become a member of the Lake County Board. He will serve until April 2, 2019, the date Ms. Simpson’s term on the board was set to expire. He has filed to run for a four-year term.

“We are so pleased to have an IT leader with more than 20 years of experience join our team,” said Hawthorn District 73 Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman. “He will hit the ground running as we move into the second half of the school year.”

Mr. Fievet currently serves as a senior technical manager at AIM Specialty Health in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has held multiple positions over the years. He started as a developer in 2006, was promoted to manager in 2007 and has continued to receive additional responsibilities as manager up to the present. Prior to joining AIM, he worked at Teradyne, Inc. as a software developer from 1998 to 2006. He started as a platform development engineer and later became a customer applications engineer.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Iowa State University, and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in organizational behavior from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. 

He and his wife, Julie, have lived in Vernon Hills for more than 12 years. They have two sons who both attend a school in Hawthorn District 73. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America, presently serving as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 273 in Vernon Hills.