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Two Ways to Participate in the April 17 Community Engagement Meeting

The Board of Education will host a community engagement meeting on Tuesday, April 17. The Board is looking for your input about the District’s space concerns. Attendees will be able to either watch a slide presentation and video about the District’s space constraints, or meet directly with Board members to provide feedback and prioritize solutions. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

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.

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Local Partners Hold Early Intervention Screenings

Hawthorn District 73 and Cook Memorial Public Library District recently held an early intervention screening event at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. Parents brought children between the ages of 3 months and 4 years of age. Each child received a 30-minute screening to determine whether the child had attained the appropriate developmental milestones for his/her age. A team of educators assessed the children in the areas of communication, gross motor skills, problem solving and social/emotional growth. At the conclusion of each screening, the parents received a score of where their child was at, as well as a packet of resources and information.

Due to the positive response, the school district and library plan to hold these screenings several times per year. A possible future venue is Hawthorn’s Residency Event in August. For more information, call: 847-990-4513.
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Fifth-Grade Chorus Performs “Rats”

The fifth-grade chorus at Townline and the School of Dual Language performed “Rats”. This musical tells the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. But in this version, the rats are quite adorable.

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Highlights of the May 14 Board of Education Meeting

Winners of Most Improved Student Award Announced

Dr. Joe Yomtoob, a former Hawthorn superintendent, and his wife, Mrs. Parichehr Yomtoob, presented the Most Improved Student Awards at the beginning of the Board meeting. The 2018 recipients are:

Second Grade
Joseph F.- Aspen
Tony L. – School of Dual Language
Elizabeth S. – Elementary North
Cristian G. – Elementary South
Renz S. – Townline Elementary

Fifth Grade
David “Junior” F. – Aspen
Diana H. – School of Dual Language
Trey M. – Elementary North
Daniel N. – Elementary South
Layla S. – Townline Elementary

Eighth Grade
Candela A. – Middle School North
Arleth A. – Middle School South

To apply for this award, students submitted essays on why they felt they deserved the award. They were asked to reflect on how they grew in the last three years of school. They were also asked to detail the steps they took to make improvements, who helped them, and how they planned to continue to grow.

Middle School Dual Language Expansion

District Superintendent Nick Brown provided an update on the middle school dual language expansion. He said that the expanded dual language program will be provided for sixth grade and then for seventh grade with zero impact to the budget. The Board has yet to approve the expansion to eighth grade. The program will include Spanish literacy and social studies classes. The teachers hired to teach social studies will also be helping ELL students.

Kindergarten Building Construction Bids Update

Tom McGrath at Lamp, Inc., discussed specific items that could potentially be reduced or deleted in the construction of the kindergarten building at the Sullivan Center to reduce costs. The DLR Group is preparing a memo on how the proposed reductions would affect the overall design of the building. The memo will be submitted to the Board prior to the May 21 community engagement meeting.

Survey Report

Jason Lembke and Bonnie Sanborn of the DLR Group presented the results of the EFMP survey. They said that the survey had a good response rate with 770 responses, of which 637 were complete responses.  (The previous Educational Facilities Master Plan survey had less than 500 responses.) Survey participants were asked to rate the importance of 10 priorities. Participants rated the priorities as follows (in the order of highest to lowest):

  • Equity in space
  • Low first-time cost
  • Extra-curricular spaces
  • Building shift
  • Low life cycle cost
  • Outdoor play/green space
  • Higher density campus
  • Keeping current density
  • Solving traffic issues
  • Preserving enrollment boundaries

The survey also asked participants to rate options offered by community members at the April 30 Community Engagement meeting. The survey found:

  • By a very small margin, there is less support for a kindergarten addition at the Sullivan Center than for the other options.
  • There is somewhat less support for a 450-student dual language K-5 option.
  • There is somewhat more support for an option which accommodates grades 5-8 at Middle School North and Middle School South, and create a new or adaptive reuse building for 750 students in grades 5-8.
  • There is somewhat more support for an option which prioritizes middle school changes over elementary school changes.
  • There is no clear support, or lack of support, for creating a new or adaptive reuse building for Elementary South, grades K-5.
  • There is no clear support, or lack of support, to move forward with the existing Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). About 25% of the respondents were unfamiliar with the EFMP.

Mr. Lembke provided estimated costs for the options, with the new 5-8 middle school costing the most at $141,500,000 (conventional) and $125,300,000 (adaptive reuse). The least expensive option was the new dual language + pre-K building projected at $107,500,000 (conventional) and $100,400,000 (adaptive reuse). The options will be discussed in further detail at the May 21 Community Engagement Meeting that will take place at 7 p.m. at Middle School South.

Village Trustee Letter

Board members discussed the draft of a letter to trustees of the Village of Vernon Hills asking the Village to explore new ways to generate financial support for the school district. Board members agreed to ask the Village Board to add the letter to the agenda of an upcoming board meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Brown mentioned that the eighth-grade promotion ceremonies for Middle School North and Middle School South will take place on May 29 at Vernon Hills High School.  The Middle South ceremony will start at 6 p.m. and the Middle North ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Health and Safety Fair, June 2

Northwestern Medicine Grayslake Outpatient Center will host its 14th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, June 2nd.

See public safety vehicles and take a photo with a Flight for Life helicopter, weather permitting. Learn the benefits of exercising and eating right. For more information, click one of the links below.

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Special Session of the Board of Education

A special session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School South gymnasium, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. The Board of Education will present options based on data and feedback received from stakeholders at recent community engagement meetings regarding the Educational Facilities Master Plan.

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Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 18

A Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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Hawthorn Announces 2018 Recipients of the Most Improved Student Award

Dr.Joe Yomtoob, a former Hawthorn superintendent, and his wife, Mrs. Parichehr Yomtoob, presented the Most Improved Student Awards at last night’s Board of Education meeting. The 2018 recipients are:

Second Grade
Joseph F.- Aspen
Tony L. – School of Dual Language
Elizabeth S. – Elementary North
Cristian G. – Elementary South
Renz S. – Townline Elementary

Fifth Grade
David “Junior” F. – Aspen
Diana H. – School of Dual Language
Trey M. – Elementary North
Daniel N. – Elementary South
Layla S. – Townline Elementary

Eighth Grade
Candela A. – Middle School North
Arleth A. – Middle School South

To apply for this award, students submitted essays on why they felt they deserved the award. They were asked to reflect on how they grew in the last three years of school. They were also asked to detail the steps they took to make improvements, who helped them, and how they planned to continue to grow.

 

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Teachers Share Ideas on Early Release Day

The May 10 Early Release Day provided an opportunity for teachers to plan and work together as well as share ideas to improve learning across the district.

 

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Regular Session and Closed Meeting Scheduled for May 14

A Regular Session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.  It will be followed by a Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting. These meetings will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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Closed Committee of the Whole Meeting, May 12

A Closed Committee of the Whole meeting will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the District Office. The District Office is located at 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.