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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Hawthorn Welcomes Students on First Day of School

Hawthorn teachers and staff were completely energized as students returned for their first day of school. School buses rolled in, parents dropped off their children, and mothers and fathers waved good bye to their kindergarteners. Coaches, teachers, principals and administrators greeted the children as they entered the buildings. What a great start for the school year.


Parents and Students Connect with the District

A flurry of activity is happening at the District’s schools as parents, children, teachers and staff get ready for the first day of school on August 23. Parents and children are connecting with teachers and staff through information nights, kindergarten bashes, get acquainted times, orientations and other events.

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Teachers Get Ready to Welcome Students

After a long summer, teachers have returned to Hawthorn and are busily getting ready to welcome students on Wednesday.

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Teachers and Staff Come Together for Opening Day Program

Hundreds of teachers and staff came together on August 21 for the annual Hawthorn District 73 Opening Day program. After a breakfast in the Townline Elementary School cafeteria, Superintendent Nick Brown welcomed everyone to the beginning of the new school year, mentioning how excited he and the staff were to see everyone again. The program included introductions of new teachers and staff, recognition of teachers and staff with new degrees, and remarks from HEA President John Langelund and PTO President Wendy Elman.  Several parents gave moving speeches about the import role that Hawthorn teachers had played in their children’s lives.


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Kindergarten Kids Learn How to Ride the Bus

Children entering kindergarten are taking a big step in their lives. On August 18, many of them took practice rides on school buses to help them adjust. More than 150 children and parents road 18 buses. They were greeted by the principals and staff at their schools.  They received building tours and the children got to spend time playing outdoors before the buses drove them home. One Elementary North parent said, “I know my son is excited and anxious. This bus ride helps him adjust. Now he knows what a bus ride is like.”

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Highlights of the August 14 Board of Education Meeting

Among the topics discussed at the August 14 Board of Education meeting was the new Cuneo development. Preparations are moving forward for the construction of 128 new homes on 53 acres on the Cuneo/Loyola Mansion and Gardens property located at 1350 Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills. The Board will determine which district schools the students from this development will attend. Superintendent Nick Brown reminded the Board that the district has tried not to split neighborhoods in the past, but separating the students would limit the impact on any one school. Mr. Brown will talk with the developer about the number of children expected to move into the development. He and the Board will also be looking at space availability once the kindergarten classes move from the elementary schools to the Sullivan Center. The Board is expected to make their decision by mid- to late October.

Director of Finance and Business Operations Abe Singh provided a presentation on the 2017/18 tentative budget. The projected revenue is $73,793,884, while expenses are estimated at $86,526,861. He discussed an increase in expenses compared with last year’s budget, which is due to an increase in instructional spending (up 5.5%), a new lease agreement for the Dell Chromebooks, an increase in curriculum needs, and other things.  $12 million has been allocated for the construction of the Kindergarten Center at the Sullivan Center. A public hearing on the tentative budget took place during the business meeting in which the Board received no public comments. The budget is scheduled to be adopted on September 11.

Mr. Brown provided an update on enrollment numbers. The district still anticipates that an additional 60 children will register for the new school year.  District Office staff members are calling families who did not attend the Residency Event. Mr. Brown is seeing slight increases in enrollment numbers across the district schools. A fourth-grade classroom is being added to Aspen due to increased enrollment numbers.

In her report, Board President Sonali Patil thanked staff for organizing the Residency Event, which she said went smoothly. She also reminded district residents to take a 10-minute survey that will help the district gauge community perceptions about its schools.  The deadline to take the survey is August 31.

Second Grade Teacher Mr. Fernando Figueroa Gives His Wishes for His Students This Year


Teachers Get Ready for School

Walk into any Hawthorn District 73 building, and you will see teachers organizing bulletin boards and school supplies. They are getting their classrooms ready to welcome students on August 23.


Hawthorn Wants to Hear From You

Hawthorn School District 73 is holding a series of “Bagels with the Board” meetings for the public to discuss their perceptions about the District and its facilities planning efforts with Board of Education members. Please join us at one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, August 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive in Vernon Hills
Tuesday, August 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Victory Centre, 97 W. Phillip Road in Vernon Hills

Also, please take a 10-minute survey. Presionar aqui para tomar el estudio.

Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, August 14

The D73 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 14. Please click here for the agenda.