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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BOE Meeting

The D73 BOE will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Details ~ ~.

Sound of Music

Carmel High School presents the Sound of Music. Please click here for details on performances.

Hawthorn Family and Community Engagement for Students

Hawthorn Family and Community Engagement for Students (FACES) website launched! Head over to

Signs of Suicide & Depression Awareness

The Hawthorn District 73 Special Services Department invites parents to attend an informational session from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 on Signs of Suicide & Depression Awareness featuring Heather Bilbrey from Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. the event will take place at the Hawthorn District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills.

HSAP Offers a Forum for Students and Staff to Problem-Solve

Teachers know first hand that when children are struggling with personal matters they can often find it difficult to concentrate in school. HSAP offers a forum for students and staff to problem-solve together and share ideas about how to improve the educational experience of the whole child.

In a world of illness, pending divorce, bullying and poverty, the Hawthorn Student Assistance Program (HSAP) is in place to make students’ learning socially and emotionally a better place.

“The Hawthorn Student Assistance Program was formed to help promote a healthy lifestyle for all students at Hawthorn,” said Megan Goldman, who facilitates the group. HSAP is comprised of principals, social workers, students and parents who share strategies that have found success in District 73’s seven schools. “Our goal is to improve students’ physical, mental, and emotional health,” Mrs. Goldman said.

This year at Elementary North School, staff introduced the Buddy Bench for the playground. When children don’t have a playmate they sit on the bench and other children reach out to them. Other Hawthorn schools are looking at introducing this concept on their playground.

Elementary South participates in The Great Kindness Challenge each year. Students enacted a “pay it forward” act of kindness at the school where they share acts of kindness with one another. Elementary North learned about this at an HSAP meeting and decided to bring it to their school as well.

“We’re all trying to deliver the same services. It makes it easier to plan together,” said Debbie Dubin, social worker at Elementary North.

Stallions Cheer

Please click here to register for the Stallions cheer clinic for grades kindergarten through eight.

BOE Meeting

The Hawthorn Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in the district office. Please click here for the agenda.

Kindergarten Registration

Walk-in kindergarten registration for parents whose children live in 
Hawthorn School District 73 is set for for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 
February 23 and  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, February 24 at Hawthorn Middle 
School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Parents must bring with 
them required registration documents outlined on the kindergarten 
registration page ~ ~.

2017-2018 Calendar

The D73 Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 school calendar. The  first day of school is set for Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. The last day of school is set for Monday, June 4, 2018, if no emergency days are used. Please click here to view other nonattendance days for students.

BOE Roles & Responsibilities

Periodically, the D73 Board of Education likes to clarify its roles and responsibilities with the district and the community. Please click on the link to review an overview of these charges ~ ~.