Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

Save the Dates for the 2018 Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

The Hawthorn Enrichment Institute summer program is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students. It will take place from July 9 – August 10, 2018.  Registration begins February 1, 2018.

School Board Meeting

Highlights of the November 13 Board of Education Meeting

The meeting began with a presentation on preschool programming by Renee Ullberg, Director of Special Services, Carol Bennett, Principal of the Lincoln Early Learning Center, and several of the school’s teachers.  They provided an overview of what the Early Childhood and Preschool programming entails. They also provided a colorful visual presentation of what a typical day looks like at the Center.

Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, introduced the new Facilities Manager Michael Christensen.  He will start on December 4.  He replaces James Staples who is retiring after 38 years of service with the District.

Mr. Singh presented a brief summary of the 2017 Tax Levy. He said the prior year’s total extension was $49,212,457. The levy for this year is $51,722,542. The projected estimated extension is $50,965,094. After a public hearing, in which no members of the public made comments, the Board approved the 2017 Tax Levy during the Business Meeting.

The renewal of Lakeside Transportation’s contract for student busing was also discussed. It was agreed that Hawthorn will go out to bid this year since Lakeside Transportation is asking for a significant increase in payment. Hawthorn partners with districts 70 and 128 for busing. It will work collaboratively with these districts to go out for bid in mid-January.

The Board discussed placement options for the students moving into several new subdivisions, including the Residences of Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, Woodland Chase and Mellody Farms. The District’s administration had recommended that students from the Cuneo project attend Elementary North and Middle School North, and that students from Woodland Chase and Mellody Farms attend Aspen and Middle School South.  During the Business Meeting, the Board approved the administration’s recommendations.

Another topic of discussion was the kindergarten school at the Sullivan Center. The Board had already approved the schematic design for the building. Board members will be presenting the design to the Village of Vernon Hills on November 28. Traffic is a main concern. Superintendent Nick Brown will be meeting with library and village officials on this issue in the near future. Looking ahead, Board President Sonali Patil said the center will be able to accommodate the continuously growing kindergarten enrollment until 2025/26. Space has been allocated for an additional section to be constructed when the building runs out of space.

The Board discussed next steps regarding the Educational Facilities Master Plan.  President Patil said that while the previous referendum failed, the need is still there. The kindergarten center will provide some temporary relief to the elementary schools, but no relief to the middle schools. She said the EFMP survey results indicated that some of the reasons the previous referendum failed were because community members believed the asking price was too high and that separate STEM centers were unnecessary. The next date to put a referendum on the ballot is March 2018. The deadline to submit the referendum question is January 2, 2018. Board members agreed that those dates did not allow enough time to educate the public about the District’s plans. The Board agreed that the November 2018 election would be a better time to put a referendum on the ballot than March 2018.

 

School Board Member Day is November 15

November 15 marks the ninth statewide observance of School Board Member Day in Illinois. This is an opportunity for Hawthorn 73 and the community to thank school board members for their commitment in providing a local government voice for your education decisions.

School board members do more than just attend meetings, they devote a significant amount of their own personal time to Hawthorn 73. The leadership exemplified by board members directly impacts the school district, students and parents, but it touches the lives of nearly every resident in one way or another.

American Education Week

Hawthorn Observes American Education Week

Several Hawthorn schools, including Aspen Elementary, invited parents to visit the classrooms of their children in observance of American Education Week, Nov. 13 to 17. The students were excited to work on projects alongside their parents.

Do you know the history behind American Education Week? Representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education after the recognition that so many WWI draftees were illiterate. They adopted resolutions for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. The first observance of American Education Week was in 1921.

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Many Hawthorn Students Are Winners in Library Bookmark Contest

Cook Memorial Public Library announced the winners of its 2017 Design a Bookmark Contest. Congratulations to the 18 Hawthorn students who were among the winners:

First Grade
Miles S. Elementary North
Emilia S. Aspen Elementary

Second Grade
Eli K. Townline Elementary

Third Grade
Hope K. Aspen Elementary

Fourth Grade
Kyle K. Elementary South

Fifth Grade
Joy N. Elementary South
Ryan H. Townline Elementary
Genevieve S. Elementary South
Justin K. Townline Elementary
Kristin L. Elementary North

Sixth Grade
Edward Z. Middle School South
Cara L. Middle School North
Ian M. Middle School South

Seventh Grade
Jacklyn P. Middle School North
Jill L. Middle School South

Eighth Grade
Emma A. Middle School North
Sasha A. Middle School North
Sophia K. Middle School North

All Hawthorn Bookmark Contest entries will be on display at Aspen Drive Library during the month of December.

Trench Warfare

Students Learn About Trench Warfare

As the alarm bell sounded, you could hear the students yelling “Gas! Gas! Gas!” as the students in Mr. McKenzie and Ms. Balmes’ eighth-grade social studies classes learned about life in the trenches during World War I. The students were filled with high anticipation as they entered a mock Trench Warfare Simulation. Some students, armed with their homemade gas masks, were very prepared after reading selections of the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Remarque. They learned about the turmoil endured by the soldiers and left class that day with a greater appreciation for those who served our nation during that time.

School Board

The Next Regular Session of the Board of Education is November 13

A Regular Session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

Veterans Breakfast

Students Thank Veterans for Their Service at Breakfast

About 60 veterans attended the annual Veterans Day Breakfast sponsored by the Middle School South Student Council on November 9. Student Council President Kayla L., Middle School South Principal Robert Natale and School Board President Sonali Patil welcomed the veterans.

“Democratic virtues are founding principles of the country,” said Ms. Patil. “But democracy cannot exist without freedom and freedom cannot exist without the selfless service and devotion of all our veterans. Thank you to all our service men who took the time to join us so that our younger generation can see what a hero looks like and hear your stories.”

In addition to breakfast, the veterans enjoyed performances by the school’s chorus, orchestra and band. Following the performances, Student Council members and social studies students asked the veterans questions to learn more about them. The veterans, several of whom had served in World War II, were happy to share their stories with the students.

Family Night

Family Night is a Huge Success!

Aspen Elementary’s Family Night last Friday was a huge success. Matt Wilhelm performed his BMX tricks while imparting his “never-give-up” attitude. He taught resilience and ant-bullying strategies to a packed house. Mark your calendars for Aspen’s most popular Family Night of the year on February 16, 2018. It’s BINGO time!

Lawn fertilizer treatment application

Dear Hawthorn Family:

This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply a lawn treatment (fertilizer) to our district lawns on November 10, 2017. Areas will be posted, and people are encouraged to stay off of the areas for two hours after the application.

Hawthorn takes great care to ensure that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students and the entire community. Projects such as fertilizer application are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.