Day at the Vet: Feb. 3

Animal Education and Rescue is offering kids ages 8-12 a day at the vet. Participants will learn what happens on a daily basis at an animal hospital. The event will take place Sunday, Feb. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Townline Animal Hospital, 555 E. Townline Road in Vernon Hills. Registration is required.

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Music and Art Classes Available at David Adler Music and Arts Center

Music and art classes are available for children and adults.

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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.


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Meeting Scheduled for Potential Board Candidates

Hawthorn School District 73’s Board of Education has scheduled a meeting for residents interested in becoming members of the Board of Education. The meeting will take place on Monday, November 12, at 6 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, Illinois. The meeting is designed to allow community members an opportunity to talk with current board members about the time commitment, challenges and rewards of being a member of a school board. Board duties and the election process will also be discussed.

Four seats on the seven-member Board of Education for the Hawthorn School District #73 will be filled at the April 2, 2019 election. Each of the seats will be for a four-year term, or until April 2023.  Nomination petition packets are available at the Lake County Clerk’s office, or online at lakecountyclerk.info. The petition circulation period for the nonpartisan election is underway.  A school board candidate’s petition must be filed at the office of the Lake County Clerk, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, IL between Monday, December 10, 2018 and no later than Monday, December 17, 2018 during normal office hours.


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Hawthorn District 73 Schedules Referendum Information Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of information meetings on the two referenda questions that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot.  The final meetings are as follows:

  • Thursday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Friday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL

For more information, visit the District’s referendum website at: referendum.hawthorn73.org. If you have questions, please send an email to: referendum2018@hawthorn73.org.



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Join Us for Oktoberfest

The Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation is planning OKTOBERFEST on October 19, 2018. Join us for a fun filled evening at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Eat, drink, and socialize on behalf of District 73. This benefit will raise funds for learning experiences above and beyond, and event proceeds will be returned back to the schools through a grant process. If you are interested in being an event sponsor, VIP guest or want to purchase tickets to the event, visit this site.

Silent auction gifts thus far include:

  • Ride to school in a police car
  • Lunch with your principal and one friend (all elementary schools)
  • One prime parking spot for eighth grade graduation (both middle schools)
  • Firefighter for the day
  • BASE Limousine Service
  • Yeti Eddie
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Record A Hit Entertainment
  • Starbucks
  • Rodan & Fields gift basket
  • Dewalt tool set
  • LuLaRoe certificate and leggings
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David Adler Music & Arts Center Fall Classes

The David Adler Music & Arts Center is offering a variety of classes for the fall.

Cook Memorial Public Library and Aspen Drive Library Present Epic Quest

Welcome to Epic Quest 2018!
Buried within the walls of Cook Memorial Public Library and the Aspen Drive Library are untold treasures, valuable tools and artifacts dating from ancient through modern times which have been collected by warriors, scholars and adventurers. Discovering  these hidden treasures will allow you to unlock the Wisdom of the Ages (and might also help you with homework.) The Guardians of this valuable stockpile have trained for years to help you navigate through it and unlock the secret codes used to organize it. These learned Guardians are called Librarians and they will help you navigate your expedition but YOU must find the answers for yourself. BE WARNED: An ancient curse will befall those who cheat in this task.

GRAND PRIZE: Upon completion of the Quest, FOUR lucky Treasure Hunters will win a $100 gift certificates for Amazon.com. The names of the winners will be drawn randomly on Monday, October 15, 2018, by the Library Director from the names of all who have turned in their completion sheets by the deadline of October 14.

1st: Official Treasure Hunter credentials: If you don’t already have a Cook Memorial Public Library District card, we highly recommend that you get your own before beginning this Epic Quest. You will also need it in your future adventures and for homework. (If you do not live in the Cook Library District, we will give you a guest pass for Epic Quest.) Stop by the Check Out desk at either library to get a library card.

2nd:  Start with a clean slate: If you owe any overdue fines, stop at the Check Out desk at either library, fill out a green form and we will erase up to $10 of overdue fines for those in grades 6 – 12 ONLY between October 5 – 14, 2018.

3rd: Go to the Adult Reference Desk at Cook Park in Libertyville or the Reference Desk at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills to begin Epic Quest 2018 anytime between Friday, October 5 and Sunday, October 14.

Note to parents: In order to participate, your child should have his/her own library card. He/She will need your help with that task. Their first library card is free, but a replacement card costs $2.  A parent’s signature is needed  for those under age 14.  If you’re older than 14 and your parent isn’t with you, you will need to show something official (like a piece of mail) with your name and current address.

After that step, this Epic Quest CAN and SHOULD be done without parental help. We want the Questers to ask the library staff their questions. We want them to discover the library on their own. The Quest will take about an hour to complete.

The Epic Quest forms will be available starting Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Adult Reference Desks at Cook Park Library in Libertyville and at the Reference Desk at the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. All quests must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Students may come in anytime between those dates to do the quest. 

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Early Intervention Screening, October 1

Cook Memorial Public Library and Hawthorn District 73 have teamed up to offer an early intervention screening. Participants will have a brief, one-on-one meeting to go through an age-specific questionnaire about appropriate development. Participants will leave with information on where their child is developmentally and suggested activities to support further growth. The event will take place on Monday, October 1, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. To register, please call: 847-362-2330.


STEM Conference for Middle School Girls on September 29

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national network that hosts one-day conferences to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The program provides STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle school girls. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges!

Expanding Your Horizons conferences nurture girls’ interest in science and math to encourage them to consider careers in STEM. We are excited to be hosting our first Expanding Your Horizons conference in Lake County on September 29, 2018!

At the conference, girls can pick from a series of hands-on workshops to attend, which may include topics on health, engineering, computers and electronics, chemistry and more. Students will have a great time learning about new careers and participating in hands-on activities led by female professionals from a wide variety of STEM careers. Adults will also have the opportunity to register and attend sessions.

All girls in grades 6-8 are welcome at the conference, so please help us spread the word! The registration fee will be $5 per girl, adults are free. If financial assistance is needed, please contact: eyhlakecounty@d127.org