Kindergarten Registration

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Families from across the District attended the Kindergarten Registration event at Middle School South on February 22 and 23. Enrollment in kindergarten is the start of an exciting new adventure for children and their parents.

Parent/teacher conference

Parent/Teacher Conferences

While there was no school for students on Friday, February 23, teachers, parents and students were busy with parent/teacher conferences. It was also the last day of the PTO Winter book fair.

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The Next Regular Session of the Board of Education is February 26

A Regular Session of the Board of Education has been scheduled for Monday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, Illinois.


Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

Growing Together

We Want Your Advice about District 73’s Future

Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.

A Message Regarding Events in Florida

Dear Parents,

In light of recent events in Florida with another tragic school shooting, our sympathy and thoughts go out to the parents, staff, students, and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. (Continued)

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Highlights of the February 12 Board of Education Meeting

Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, discussed a list of proposed working capital projects. The list was prioritized with the most important projects at the top. He said that Facilities Manager Mike Christensen will go into detail about each of the projects during a presentation he will give to the Board in the near future.

The District went out to bid this year on busing services, because Lakeside, the District’s current busing service, asked for a significant payment increase.  Mr. Singh said that after the bid was posted, five firms participated in the process, but Lakeside was the only firm that submitted a bid.  He said the District’s recommendation is to contract with Lakeside transportation, as there were no other bids. The cost to the District would be $293,000. However, 75% of the transportation costs are reimbursed by the state. This recommendation will be brought before the Board for approval at the Feb. 26 board meeting.

Superintendent Nick Brown provided a brief update on the progress of the kindergarten center at the Sullivan Center. He said that the DLR Group is creating final documents.  Several meetings have taken place with the village and the library. A preferred traffic pattern for the facility has been designed and details are being worked out with the plan team.

Superintendent Brown also discussed the proposed operational cost of the kindergarten building. The current estimation is $573,800 for additional ongoing operational costs directly assigned to the proposed new building.  He said that the administrative team has taken a hard look at ways to operate efficiently to control costs.

Board President Sonali Patil led a discussion about a community meeting that has been scheduled for February 21. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the District’s space needs and receive feedback from community members on what they would like to see take place to address the issues. She said that representatives of the District’s partners, including LAMP, Inc., the DLR Group and Elizabeth Hennessy, will be present to answer questions.  Translators and childcare will be available. The meeting will be streamed live. Additional meetings will be scheduled with the goal to schedule one meeting for each school.

Board Member Robin Cleek gave an update regarding the Hawthorn Student Assistance Program meeting she attended during the third week of January. This is a student advisory committee led by Assistant Principal Megan Goldman with representatives from grades fourth through eighth in every school. She said that the meeting was uplifting, with lots of feedback about improvements made from a social emotional learning standpoint.  She said it was great to hear from students that lunch room and hall behavior had substantially improved, and that students felt comfortable about going to administrators if there was a problem.

In her President’s Report, Ms. Patil mentioned that a free seminar on parenting offered by Alexian Brothers will be offered on March 6 at Middle School North and that this year’s kindergarten registration will take place February 22 and 23 at Middle School South.

Early Release Day

Early Release Day Gives Teachers Time for Professional Learning

The Early Release Day on February 13 provided teachers with time to work together on professional learning. Teachers use the extra time they have to zero in on improving student learning.

kindness week

Elementary North Kicks Off Kindness Week

Elementary North kicked off its Great Kindness Challenge Week with a lively, all-school assembly. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness at Elementary North.  The school is proud to participate in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative! All students received a checklist of kind deeds to complete this week to help show that kindness matters.

Did you know that children report a better sense of belonging and improved self-esteem by performing small acts of kindness for their peers and community? Additionally, experiencing and performing acts of kindness provide an increased sense of self worth, greater happiness and optimism as well as decreased feelings of helplessness.

make up day information

February 19 is Now a School Day

Please note that classes at Hawthorn School District 73 will be in session on Monday, February 19. This date is a severe weather make-up day. It will make-up for the snow day last Friday, February 9.