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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Incoming Sixth-Grade Parent Orientation

Attention parents of incoming sixth grade students for the 2018-2019 school year. You are invited to attend the Incoming Sixth Grade Parent Orientation events on Wednesday, April 18, at Middle School North or Thursday, April 19, at Middle School South. This is a parent only meeting. Please attend the orientation event at your designated middle school for where your student will be going to school in the fall.

Information in English
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Nick Brown

A Message on Safety from Superintendent Brown

Dear Parents:

In the wake of the school shooting incident in Florida, many of you may have increased concerns about safety in our schools. I’d like to reassure you that the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Our safety protocols are continuously reviewed and updated with the Vernon Hills Police Department. We regularly conduct safety drills (including lockdown drills). We have a strong relationship with the Vernon Hills Police Department, which works with our security team to quickly identify and investigate any potential threats.

As our safety protocols not only apply to staff, teachers and students, but also to parents, I thought it would be helpful to provide information on what to expect. We ask parents to follow procedures in emergency situations, such as during a lockdown or a hazardous material accident. In such situations, you may wish to rush to school and pick up your children. Please note that during a lockdown, you would not be allowed to enter the building. If you were already inside a building when an incident occurred, you would not be able to leave for the safety of the students. If you were to call us for information during an incident, our staff would be limited in what they could tell you (once again for the safety of the students). In the event of a hazardous spill in which students were relocated, our staff would send you a phone message with the time and location where you could pick up your child and the required form of identification.

I would like to emphasize that school safety is a job for the entire community. Watching out for each other and reporting unsafe conditions and behaviors go hand in hand with the everyday work of the district and police department to keep our students and staff safe.

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in our district.


Nick Brown
Hawthorn School District 73

A Beautiful Evening of Music

A beautiful evening of music was shared amongst Middle North and Middle South students as well as the Vernon Hills High School String Project. The audience was serenaded by Samantha May’s Chamber Orchestra, followed by Jennifer Greenwell’s Symphony Orchestra. After two pieces by the high school students, the evening was rounded out with a combined performance from MSS and MSN sixth grade Orchestra. Congratulations to all the students who played beautifully and to our orchestra directors.

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Hawthorn District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to:

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.



Variety Show

Variety Show is a Hit

Last weekend, the Hawthorn PTO presented a dazzling Variety Show at Middle School South that included 23 acts. The acts displayed the vibrant talent of Hawthorn students. There were pianists, violinists, dancers, singers and even an orchestra. It was clear that the students put a lot into their performances and their hard work paid off with a great show. Thank you to all the wonderful participants.

Mother-Daughter Tea

Mothers and Daughters Connect at Tea

The March 10 Mother-Daughter Tea organized by the Hawthorn PTO went smoothly.  Fourth-grade girls and their mothers/mother figures spent time together learning about the changes of adolescence. The program was designed to help girls understand this stage of growth and manage it with confidence. Decorations, refreshments and special surprises helped create a warm, relaxing environment for the event.


Peter Pan

Kirk Players Present “Peter Pan and Wendy”

The Kirk Players will present “Peter Pan and Wendy” on April 6, 7 and 8 at Mundelein High School.  Click here for more information.

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Family Skate

On March 25, bring the whole family out for a cool afternoon of indoor skating at the Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. The cost is only $5.00 per person (includes skate rental). All proceeds will be donated to the Community Alliance Project (CAP). Click here for more information.

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Highlights of the March 12 Board of Education Meeting

Aspen Elementary’s SEL Program
Bill Fredricksen, Principal of Aspen Elementary, gave a presentation on the components of Aspen’s Social and Emotional Learning program. Regal the Eagle plays a key role in the program. Regal helps welcome students in the morning. He also helped the school celebrate Halloween, the 100th day of school and other activities. In particular, he helps celebrate classes that show safe, responsible and respectful behavior.  A classroom is selected each month to receive the Aspen Eagle Award.

Another component is the Second Step curriculum that provides teachers with readymade lessons that teach learning, empathy, emotional management and problem-solving skills.  At the end of each unit, each class nominates two students who have done a wonderful job of demonstrating targeted skills. Photos of these students are prominently displayed.

Aspen’s SEL program includes Aspen Caring Experts (ACE). These students help their peers solve problems, manage the hallways and act as peer mediators who are focused on showing respect, being good listeners and honoring one another.

Aspen’s SEL program also includes a component for teachers. Teachers have a bulletin board where they can recognize and provide kudos to each other.

Whole Child Award

Board President Sonali Patil recognized the staff at Middle School North for winning the Whole Child Award from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).  The association serves 115,000 members in 128 countries. “We are really proud of all the work our staff had done,” Ms. Patil said.

Kindergarten Building Update

Jason Meyering from the DLR Group and Tom McGrath from LAMP, Inc. provided an update on the kindergarten building at the Sullivan Center. They, along with Superintendent Nick Brown, met with the village’s planning and zoning committee on February 28 to see if there were initial concerns. They were asked questions about traffic patterns and the access road. Superintendent Brown also has an upcoming meeting with Victory Centre to inform the residents about the plans for the building.

Kindergarten Building Construction Bid Document

Mr. McGrath discussed the timeline for the bidding process for the construction of the kindergarten building at the Sullivan Center. He said the drawings are ready and will be viewable on March 15. A preview meeting for trade contractors has been scheduled for March 21. The proposed due date for the trade contractor bids is April 11. Scope review meetings with low bid contractors will be scheduled. Results will be presented to the Board on April 24. The criteria for selecting a bid is to go with the contractor with the lowest responsible bid.  However, if red flags come up with the lowest bidder, the option exists to hire a different contractor. The tentative start date of the project is June 4. During the Action Items portion of the meeting, the Board approved the bid document.

Community Engagement Meetings

The Board discussed six community engagement meetings that are scheduled for the Board to receive input from the community on how to resolve the District’s space issues. The meetings are scheduled for April 5, April 17, April 30, May 10, May 21, and May 30. Board members discussed what the format/goals of each meeting will be.

President’s Report

In her President’s Report, Ms. Patil congratulated Aspen Elementary fifth-grade student Aishi A. for winning the Sectional Spelling Bee on February 27. She also encouraged attendance at the reception for the Hawthorn District 73 art exhibition taking place at Aspen Drive Library. The reception will take place on March 15 at 6 p.m.

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Save the Date for Community Engagement Meetings

The District is inviting the community to attend a series of community engagement meetings to provide input on how to resolve its space constrains. The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the following days:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills