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Opting In to Receive Text Messages

It’s that time of year when inclement weather can close schools. Hawthorn District 73 notifies families of closings, safety alerts and other events through phone, email and (to some degree) text messages using the SchoolMessenger system.

So that all parents who wish to receive text messages can do so, this Friday Hawthorn will send an opt-in text message to parents’ cell phone numbers that have not already opted in or out of this service. To accept the invitation and opt in to receive text messages, you will be instructed to reply “Y” to confirm. If you choose not to opt in you may disregard the invitation, and you will not receive future text messages from the District.

There is no charge for this initial text message, however message/data rates may apply for subsequent messages sent by the District.

If you do not receive an invitation but wish to receive text messages, first contact your student’s school to verify that they have the correct cell phone number on file. You can then manually opt in by texting “Y” to 67587. If you wish to opt out at a later date, you may do so by texting “STOP” to 67587.

Phone System is Now Fully Functional

On Wednesday our phones were switched to a new system, which caused intermittent service.  Thank you for your patience.  The phones are now fully functional.  Please contact us if you have any problems.

School Board

Highlights of the 6/26 Board of Education Meeting

Highlights of the June 26 Board of Education meeting include that 10 teachers at Elementary North are pursuing National Board Certification. Board-certified teachers are recognized across the nation as having met the highest standards set by the teaching profession. Currently, only two District teachers are Board certified. In Illinois, 4.75 percent of teachers are Board certified.

Candidates undergo a rigorous, three-year, performance-based process that allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. The new candidates will receive support and resources through the District’s partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University. Research shows that Board-certified teachers have a greater impact on student learning and achievement than non-certified teachers, with their students outperforming their peers in other classrooms.

Also at the meeting, staff recommended Lamp Incorporated as the construction manager for the kindergarten building expansion at the Sullivan Community Center. Staff sent requests for proposals to four firms, conducted interviews, checked references, and negotiated fees before making their recommendation.

Superintendent Nick Brown said that the District is moving forward to obtain public feedback about the spring referendum. The school will launch and publicize a community survey in the near future and schedule several “Bagels with the Board” meetings so community members can talk directly with board members.

Board of Education President Sonali Patil spoke about the Residency Event on August 2, 3 and 7 at Middle School North. She clarified that parents with children entering kindergarten do not need to attend the event, but if they have older children in the District, they do need to attend the event. She also reminded parents that enrollment numbers are changing every day, so the teacher assignments on PowerSchool may change at any time until the Residency Event.


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Safety Alert (Soft Lockdown)

Alert: Student approached

May 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon the district Resource Officer received a report that a white male driving a red car approached a student and offered a ride. There was no enticement or encouragement when the student refused. Please have a conversation about safety with your children. Vernon Hills Police Department has been alerted to the situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 847-990-4215 or via email

Sincerely, Nick Brown Superintendent


1 de Mayo 2017

Queridos Padres y Guardianes,

Esta tarde, el Oficial de Recursos del distrito recibió un reporte de que un hombre blanco conduciendo un coche rojo se acercó a un estudiante y ofreció un paseo. No hubo estímulo ni cuando el estudiante se negó. Por favor, tenga una conversación sobre la seguridad con sus hijos sobre personas extraños. El Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills ha sido alertado de la situación.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor no dude en contactarme al 847-990-4215 o por correo electrónico a

Sinceramente, Nick Brown Superintendente

All Hawthorn District 73 schools will be open Wed. January 29th

All Hawthorn District 73 schools will be open tomorrow Wednesday, January 29th. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school office directly, please refer to our schools page for contact information.

School board meeting cancelled.

The Hawthorn School Board meeting scheduled for tonight 1/27/14 is also cancelled due to the extreme temperatures forecast for this evening.

Hawthorn “opt-in” text message on october 17

In order to comply with wireless regulations, Hawthorn’s emergency message system provider sent a brief “opt-in” text message to all identified parent cell phone numbers provided during registration. This brief text was sent at roughly 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Please read on for more information.

If you are interested in receiving emergency messages from Hawthorn via text to the receiving cell phone, please follow the text message’s directions and reply “y” or “yes” to subscribe. If you are not interested in receiving messages in this way, simply ignore the text. Families may also request messages via voice message and email.

Directions for setting such preferences were included in your child’s midterm report envelope, which came home on October 1, 2013. Note that parents do not need to modify preferences in order to receive emergency notifications. Parents who do not modify preferences will continue to automatically receive “snow day” and other messages via voice message to the student home phone numbers provide during registration.

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