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Regular and Closed Sessions Scheduled for Feb. 25

Regular Session and a Closed Session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.  The Closed Session will take place at 6:00 p.m. The Regular Session will take place at 7:00 p.m. The meetings will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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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.

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SOAR Assembly Focuses on Kindness Week

The School of Dual Language’s February SOAR assembly focused on Kindness Week.  Ms. Guerrero’s fifth grade class was the winner of the “SOARing Eagle” trophy for the month of February. View the presentation.

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SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
SOAR Assembly
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Highlights of the Feb. 11 Board of Education Meeting

Board President Sonali Patil recognized Middle School North’s Science Olympiad Team for winning second place at the West Ottawa Invitational. She also recognized the elementary level Science Olympiad Team at Townline Elementary. Every student on the team received a medal at the competition held at Middle School South. 

Abe Singh, the district’s Director of Finance and Business Operations, reported on the Village of Vernon Hills meeting on Feb. 5. He said that during the meeting, trustees approved the District’s requests to support construction of the kindergarten building at the Sullivan Center. The formal action item will take place at the Village meeting on February 19. In terms of the next steps for the building, construction bids are opening on Feb. 19 and scope reviews are Feb. 19-24. The goal is to bring forward a recommendation for hiring construction firms at the March 11 board meeting.

Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman discussed the administrative team’s volunteer efforts at Feed My Starving Children, a not-for-profit organization in Libertyville. The team spent an evening packaging food for children in Djibouti, a country in Africa.  He said that all those who attended had an amazing team building experience. 

Dr. Friedman mentioned that Hawthorn District 73 had coordinated a tech forum in which representatives from numerous K-12 school districts came together to discuss the personalized learning 1:1 program initiatives they had launched. He said that the participants learned a lot from each other as they shared their experiences. 

He also gave an update on the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. He said that the state of Illinois is currently not accepting any school calendars for approval while the issue of whether to return to a five-hour school day is being settled. The District may need to wait until March or April before its 2019-2020 calendar is officially approved.

Dr. Friedman also stated that thus far this school year, the district has used four snow days.  At one point, there was speculation that the governor would declare several of those days as emergency days that didn’t need to be made up. However, Dr. Friedman clarified that those days do need to be made up at the end of the school year. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Regular Session Scheduled for Feb. 11

A regular session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

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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.

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New: Online Report Cards for Elementary School Students

As you may know, Hawthorn’s middle schools no longer generate paper copies of student report cards. Instead, they share report cards with families electronically. In an effort to better streamline our communication with all district families, we are working to make this same transition at the elementary level. Benefits to online report cards include more timely reporting to parents, easy parent access to both current and past report cards, and reduced costs tied to paper and printing. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly!

On March 19th, we will share instructions for how you may access your child’s report card via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Once you log into this secure, user-friendly portal, you may easily open and even download your child’s report card. In preparation, you may want to visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal at and log into your secure account. If you do not remember your username or password, please click “Forgot username or password?” on the PowerSchool Parent Portal homescreen.

If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your child’s report card, please contact our main office at 847-990-4500 and we will print one for you. We are looking forward to providing you with easy access to your child’s progress reports via electronic reporting!

Reporte de calificaciones del estudiante

Como ustedes sabrán, Hawthorn Middle School South y Middle School North ya no están generando los reportes de calificaciones en copias de papel.  En lugar de esto, ellos comparten los reportes de calificaciones con sus familias de forma electrónica. En un esfuerzo de mejorar nuestra comunicación con las familias del distrito, estamos trabajando para realizar el mismo proceso de transición a nivel de la escuela primaria.  Los beneficios que el reporte electrónico de calificaciones produce es que son generados con mayor rapidez para ser reportados a los padres, acceso fácil para los padres de los reportes de calificaciones actuales y anteriores y a la vez reducir los costos que implica el papel y la impresión de los mismos. Además, los reportes de calificaciones electrónicos son beneficiosos a nuestro medio ambiente.

El 19 de marzo, compartiremos las instrucciones sobre cómo tener acceso al reporte de calificaciones electrónico de su hijo por medio del portal para padres PowerSchool. Una vez que usted haya entrado en la cuenta segura y muy fácil de usar, usted puede abrir con facilidad y hasta descargar el reporte de calificaciones de su hijo/a. Para prepararse para esto usted puede visitar el portal de padres PowerSchool en  y tener acceso a su cuenta segura. Si usted no recuerda el nombre del usuario o contraseña, por favor hacer un click en ”Forgot username or password? en el portal de padres PowerSchool en su pantalla.

Si usted prefiere recibir una copia en papel del reporte de calificaciones de su hijo/a, por favor comunicarse con nuestra oficina principal llamando al 847-990-4500 y nosotros le imprimiremos uno para usted.  Estamos muy animados en proveer a usted un acceso fácil del reporte de calificaciones de su hijo por medio electrónico.