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Eighth-Grade Orchestra Students: Bravo!

Congratulations to Middle School North and Middle School South eighth-grade orchestra students on an outstanding performance at the Vernon Hills High School Orchestra Festival last Thursday.


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Hawthorn Students Win Plenty of Prizes in Library Bookmark Contest

Each year the Cook Memorial Public Library District holds a contest that enables students to show just how creative they are. Participants create bookmarks that are inspired by their favorite books or characters. The contest is open to all schools in the library district. This year, about 800 bookmark designs were submitted from approximately 20 schools, including Hawthorn schools. Approximately 20 Hawthorn students won prizes. Here they are:

  • Kindergarten, Honorable Mention: Nadine B., Elementary North
  • First Grade, Second Place: Atharv C., Townline Elementary
  • First Grade, Honorable Mention: Abhay G., Elementary North
  • First Grade, Honorable Mention: Olivia M., Elementary North
  • Second Grade, First Place: Adiraj D., Townline Elementary
  • Second Grade, Second Place: Rhea D., Elementary North
  • Second Grade, Third Place: Daiwik N., Elementary South
  • Third Grade, Second Place: Manasvi P., Elementary South
  • Third Grade, Third Place: Parth V., Elementary South
  • Fourth Grade, Second Place: Nitya A., Elementary South
  • Fifth Grade, Second Place: Shreyan S., Elementary South
  • Fifth Grade, Honorable Mention: Reina H., Elementary South
  • Fifth Grade, Honorable Mention: Jessica X., Townline Elementary
  • Sixth Grade, Second Place: Joy N., Middle School South
  • Sixth Grade, Third Place: Kristin L.,Middle School North
  • Seventh Grade, First Place Tie: Mathew L., Middle School North
  • Seventh Grade, First Place Tie: Cara L., Middle School North
  • Seventh Grade, Third Place: Grace T., Middle School North
  • Eighth Grade, First Place: Jill L., Middle School South
  • Eighth Grade, Third Place: Jacklyn P., Middle School North

All the Hawthorn entries will be on display at Aspen Drive Library in December. They will also be available on the library’s website. Congratulations students!

El Grupo Folklórico Mexico

Dance Troupe Provides a Taste of 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, November 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the Hawthorn School of Dual Language, is free and open to the community.

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Students Shine at Orchestra Festival

Middle School North and South seventh-grade students did a fine job performing with Vernon Hills High School students on Tuesday at the Orchestra Festival. The guest conductor was Deborah Peot, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Elmhurst College.  Congratulations students on an excellent performance!

Parents Visit During American Education Week

American Education Week is celebrated each year during the month of November to encourage parents to visit their child’s school. This observance spotlights the importance of family engagement in education. Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement and reduces absenteeism. Students earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior. Last week, the elementary schools invited parents to take part in learning activities in the classrooms. 

Hawthorn Sings Concert

Hawthorn Sings

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Voters Approve Bond Measure; Tax Levy is Defeated

Hawthorn School District 73 serves more than 4200 students. Enrollment has increased by more than 10% (487 additional students) over the past 10 years resulting in overcrowding at the elementary and middle schools.

Voters were asked to approve two ballot resolutions on November 6, 2018. The $48.7 million bond question was a request for funding to construct a new kindergarten building, build additions at or expand the elementary schools and middle schools, and add STEM centers at the middle schools. The limiting tax rate increase of $.10 was requested to cover operational expenses.

Although the two measures were designed to work together, the bond referendum passed with 57.04% of the voters approving the measure, while the levy failed with only 45.80% of the voters approving the limiting tax rate increase.

The District and Board of Education will begin to refine the concepts this fall and construction is anticipated to be completed by August of 2024.

Operational costs of the additions, expansions, and new kindergarten center will be evaluated. The administrative team and Board will evaluate the budget to determine how to best absorb the higher operational costs of the new spaces. Student needs and the District’s finances will be balanced to determine the optimal sequence of construction.

Sonali Patil, School Board President, noted that, “These measures were intended to work together to support our students and ensure the effective operation of our school district. The Board and the administrative team will work together to determine the best way to ensure student success without additional operating funds.”

The District 73 Board of Education and administrative team are grateful to the parents and community members who took the time to learn about the schools and their needs as well as the volunteers who gave their time and talent to build awareness of the referenda.

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth grade public school district serving more than 4,200 students. It serves all or portions of the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

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Hawthorn District 73 Schools Earn Exemplary and Commendable ESSA Designations from the Illinois State Board of Education

All of our schools earned either an Exemplary or Commendable Designation on the 2018 Illinois School Report Card! These are the top two designation rankings from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Our designations reflect the following achievements:

  • Two of our schools (Hawthorn Elementary North and Hawthorn Middle School North) are performing in the top 10% of all schools in Illinois, as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Across the district, none of our student subgroups are underperforming.

We are fortunate to partner with a community of involved and supportive parents. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the success of all students! Please visit our district’s ESSA webpage at www.hawthorn73.org/hawthorn- information/essa for additional information and resources to support your understanding of the Illinois ESSA Plan.


Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. It takes place annually October 23 to 31. The students and teachers of Hawthorn’s schools are participating to encourage healthy, drug-free lifestyles. Throughout the week, they are wearing clothing representing different themes, such as wear red to signify your stance against drugs and alcohol, wear a hat to put a cap on drugs, or wear something Hawaiian to represent the theme: don’t hula around with drugs.

Hawthorn Hustle

Hundreds Turn Out for Hawthorn Hustle

It was great to see so many families at Saturday’s Hawthorn Hustle 5K. It was a perfect morning for the race with plenty of sunshine. Participants got a chance to do warm up exercises and then they were off! Everyone had a good time. Many thanks to all the participants.