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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: If you have questions, please send an email to:



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Teachers Learn on Teacher Institute Day

Each Teacher Institute Day provides an opportunity for teachers and staff to collaborate, learn from each other, and gain knowledge of new materials or techniques in their areas of teaching. While it is a school day without students, everything that takes place is for the benefit of every child in the school district. The October 5 Institute Day featured keynote speaker, Dr. Paula Kluth, who gave teachers new ideas about incorporating joyful learning, as well as inclusive, engaging and responsive opportunities into their classrooms. Teachers continued to work on their guaranteed and viable curriculum. Teacher leaders facilitated sessions on effective instructional practices that improve student achievement. The next day, teachers returned to their classrooms inspired by what they had learned.

Principals Who Will Read

The Principals Read at Aspen Drive Library

Administrators from the elementary schools of Hawthorn District 73 will be reading their favorite stories to kids at the Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.  Stories will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the following nights:

  • Wednesday, October 3
    Dr. Jill Martin, Principal of Elementary South
  • Thursday, October 11
    Dr. James Tohme, Principal of the School of Dual Language
  • Thursday, October 18
    Dr. Jennifer Haack, Principal of Townline Elementary
  • Monday, December 3
    Mrs. Katie Waggoner, Principal of Elementary North
  • Wednesday, December 5
    Mr. Bill Fredricksen, Principal of Aspen Elementary



Band Rehearsal

Getting Ready for the Band Festival Concert at VHHS

The combined seventh and eighth grade bands at Middle School North and Middle School South had a great time as they rehearsed last week for the October 11 Band Festival and Field Trip on October 11. Their rehearsal included lots of fun, pizza and music.

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Next Board of Education Meeting is October 8

A Regular Session will take place on Monday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

Key to 73 Foundation Booth

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
An early intervention screening

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.

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Hawthorn District 73 Seeks Community Input  in Its Search for a Superintendent

Hawthorn School District 73 has scheduled a Community Engagement Day on Monday, September 24, to gather input from community members and other constituents in connection with its search for a new superintendent. Parents and members of the general public are invited to meet with executive search consultants BWP & Associates on that day from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois. The consultants will also be meeting with teachers, administrators, board members, staff, and other stakeholders throughout the day.

In addition to the September 24 meetings, the District is launching an anonymous online survey that will provide another opportunity for community members and other stakeholders to provide feedback. The survey will be available from September 24 to October 4 at:

“The goal of our community engagement efforts is to give parents, local residents, community leaders, teachers and employees of the school district the opportunity to share their ideas about the skills and abilities they would like to see in the next superintendent,” said Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman.

Based on the feedback collected, a profile of the ideal person to serve as superintendent will be developed, and the consultants and board members will work to find a match. While the data gathered through the survey and meetings will be anonymous, a summary report on the results will be available online in the near future.

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth grade public school district serving more than 4,000 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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Closed Session Scheduled for September 25

A Closed Session of the Board of Education will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

Attenodance Awareness Log

Five Hawthorn Schools Recognized for High Attendance Rates

Five Hawthorn schools were included on the list of schools with the best attendance this year organized by The Lake County Regional Office of Education’s Attendance and Truancy Division. The schools are as follows:

  • Hawthorn School of Dual Language
  • Hawthorn Townline Elementary
  • Hawthorn Elementary North
  • Hawthorn Elementary South
  • Hawthorn Middle School South

This attendance competition promotes improved school attendance at the beginning of the school year, and emphasizes the need to attend regularly to receive full educational benefits.