Community Input Sought

You are invited to a very special Board meeting on Wednesday, October 19 to receive important information about our proposed Educational Facility Master Plan (EFMP). As you may know, the district is continuing to experience growth and this EFMP will provide a long-term solution for both our urgent facility needs now as well as planning for continued growth and academic excellence into the future.

The Board hired DLR Group in March to evaluate our current facility conditions and to facilitate a Core Team made up of community members, staff, administrators and facility leadership to discuss and create solutions that address our needs. This presentation and conversation will be your first opportunity to give feedback to the Core Team on their recommended EFMP solution prior to Board consideration later this fall.

Please make arrangements to attend this very important presentation and conversation at Townline Elementary on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

Background Information

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District Office Summer Hours

Summer hours for district offices are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Offices are closed on Friday. Families who will enroll in District 73 for the first time in Fall 2017, should fill out the required forms and turn them into the registrar during a scheduled appointment. To schedule an appointment with the registrar please call 847-992-4217 or 847-990-4280 or email the registrar at:

Have a safe and enjoyable summer vacation. We look forward to welcoming our friends for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, August 23rd.

D73 BOE Meeting

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26, in the District Offices.  Please click here for the agenda.

District-wide Residency Event

This year’s district-wide residency event will take place August 2, 3 and 7 at Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills. At least one parent/guardian from all District 73 families must prove residency each school year. Below is the schedule:

Wednesday, August 2: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 7: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Highlights of the 6/12 Board of Education Meeting

The 2017-2018 budget was one of the main topics discussed at the June 12 Board of Education meeting. Mr. Brad Goldstein, Associate Superintendent of Finance and Business Operations, reported that revenue is projected at $87 million while expenditures are projected at $100 million. The deficit is due to the cost of the kindergarten building expansion at the Sullivan Community Center, which is projected at $12 million.

“The Sullivan Center is a major undertaking that we’ve been preparing for,” said Superintendent Nick Brown. “We have many kids coming and need to be sure we’re meeting their needs.”

The tentative budget will be posted online for public review on June 27.  The public will be able to comment on the budget at the August 14 budget hearing.  The budget will be approved on September 11.

“Overall, I’m confident we have a budget that is addressing our students’ needs and the financial needs of the District,” said Mr. Goldstein.

Mr. Brown discussed the District’s five-year vehicle replacement plan. The plan includes the replacement of one vehicle per year. This year, the District is replacing a vehicle with 143,000 miles. The vehicle will either be traded in or auctioned off.

Space issues were discussed. Mr. Brown said that the District is temporarily handling space limitations by relocating programs.  For instance, Elementary South music programs have been displaced into the stage and former kitchen area, and art classes have been moved into portable classrooms. However, these adjustments are only temporary solutions to the overall space limitations.

Mr. Brown said he would like to receive feedback from the community about the recent referendum. He showed the Board a draft of a 15-question survey. The survey is designed to get a sense of the community’s thoughts and insights on the referendum and the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). The survey would be posted and publicized for a six-week period. Mr. Brown also suggested that several “Bagels with the Board” meetings be scheduled as a way for community members to provide feedback on the referendum directly to Board members.

Summer Learning kids

HEI Update

Dear Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Participants:

This is a reminder classes will begin on Wednesday, July 05, 2017, 8:00 AM, Townline Elementary School. Please arrive five to ten minutes early to ensure classes begin on time.

On the first day, students will enter the facility and head to their first class. Parents are more than welcome to walk their child to the front door of Townline.

KINDERGARTEN…Mrs. Gerjol will meet her students at the front entrance.

In the event your child will be absent, please call 847-489-5598

If you arrive late, you will need to check-in at the Townline main office.

Parking at Townline School: You may drop your child off at the pick-up line (front of Townline School) before and after summer programming. However, it is best if you park your vehicle and walk your child to the school (especially during the first week). There is plenty of parking between Townline and Hawthorn Middle North. This is up to you! There will be NO police assistance during pick-up and drop-off. Patience is golden.

Schedules will be given out during the first period classes. A separate email will be sent with what room to report to on the first day.

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me us OR 847-489-5598

Have a safe and happy summer!

Robert J. Collins
HEI Coordinator

Bug barrier treatment application

Dear Hawthorn Family:

This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply a bug barrier treatment application to our district buildings on June 10, 2017. The treatment does not impose an environmental or safety hazard to students, staff, or visitors.

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 or pest control are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.

Hawthorn School District #73 moved to an online notification request system, which is also explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, as well as on the District website, If you are interested in receiving notification for the coming school year, please review the Handbook information and send your formal request along with your name and mailing address to You must submit yearly if you want to be included on the notification list.


James Staples
District Facilities Manager 847-990-4475

School Is Out, Staff Projects Are In

The last day of school was yesterday, but staff and teachers continue with their projects today.  Teachers cleaned/organized their rooms, contractors worked on construction projects, and food service staff worked on their year-end inventory.


Fourth grade teacher Ms. Maureen Coutre organizes supplies in her classroom at Townline.

Fourth Grade Teachers

Fourth grade teachers Rachel Bruno and Shellie McConnell sort through STEM materials.


Fifth grade teacher Susan Glickson organizes books in her classroom at the School of Dual Language.

Contractors work on a shed behind the gym at Middle School South.

Contractors work on a shed behind Middle School South.


Ray Tamasauskas organizes bins in the Middle School South library.

Food Service Director

District Food Service Director Mary Beth Sprague works on her year-end inventory.






D73 BOE Meeting

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, in the District Offices.  Please click here for the agenda.

Middle School North and South Class of 2017 Promotion Ceremonies

Last Thursday was a momentous night for Hawthorn District 73’s middle schools. Members of the Board of Education and Administration presented certificates to approximately 450 students at the Middle School North and South Class of 2017 promotion ceremonies. Parents had plenty of reason to be proud. More than half of the students at both schools were recipients of the Hawthorn Academic Award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA (7th grade through T2 of eighth grade), and more than 40 students were recipients of the Presidential Academic Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA (for seventh and eighth grade).
Taking place at Vernon Hills High School, the events highlighted the talents and strengths of the schools. The Middle School North Ceremony included performances by the Middle North Orchestra and the Middle North 7/8 Grade Chorus, and presentations by Principal Robert Collins, Superintendent Nick Brown, School Board member Jeff Bard and Student Council President Gavin Gilfand. The South ceremony included performances by the Hawthorn Middle School South Chorus and Hawthorn South Eighth Grade Band and presentations by Principal Robert Natale, Superintendent Brown, School Board President Sonali Patil, and Student Council President Aditi Ram.
In his address at both ceremonies, Superintendent Brown gave advice to students about the high school years ahead of them. He encouraged students to be kind to everyone they met, to not be afraid of failure, to try new things, and learn every day.
“Hawthorn District 73 has enjoyed having you as students,” he said. “Be bold, and be your best. We’re very proud of you.”
At the conclusion of the ceremonies, parents and friends met the students with hugs and cheers. Celebration and excitement filled the gym.