Hawthorn School District 73 will hold its kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, February 22, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, February 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will take place at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. Children who turn 5 on or before September 1 are eligible for kindergarten.
To register an incoming kindergarten student, parents or guardians must attend one of the dates to begin the registration process. They must provide the following:
- Original certified birth certificate (hospital or baptismal certificates cannot be accepted)
- Residency verification documents (including photo identification and two proofs of occupancy for an in-district residence)
- Completed pre-registration student information sheet(if it was not turned in at the Parent Meeting)
- Completed School of Dual Language interest form (if applicable)
Also, parents are welcome to submit any legal documentation regarding child custody, orders of protection or other court-ordered matters.
To facilitate and expedite the registration process, please bring copies along with the original documents. If you have questions, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4217 or 4280, or visit the district website.
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.
District Superintendent Nick Brown provided an update on the kindergarten school at the Sullivan Center. He said that the project is now in the design development phase. More information will be brought to the Board at the January 22 meeting. He said the presentation to the Village of Vernon Hills went smoothly. There is initial support from the Cook Memorial Library District, Village and Park District for creating an access drive to the kindergarten school from Phillip Road, which would address traffic concerns, but details are still being worked out.
Administration is working on the 2018-2019 school calendar. The goal is to closely mirror the Vernon Hills High School and other local high school calendars so that families with children in the District and in high school can generally follow the same break/holiday schedules. The Board will take action on the calendar in January.
Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, provided a recap of a presentation by Elizabeth Hennessy from Raymond James on the District’s outstanding debt, which took place at the November 27 Board of Education meeting. He reviewed the 10-year, 15-year and 20-year options. Administration recommends the 10-year option, which has the least amount of interest and fees, and would generate $1.4 million. Funds could be put toward capital improvements and/or equipment. The topic will be discussed again in June with a possible refunding in October of 2018.
Dr. Lisa Leali, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and Hawthorn’s elementary school principals, Bill Fredricksen, Kathryn Waggoner, Dr. Jill Martin, Dr. James Tohme, and Dr. Victoria Kieffer, gave a presentation on student achievement at the elementary school level. Overall, Hawthorn’s elementary schools continue to outperform the state on PARCC, but LEP, IEP and low-income students continue to struggle in reading and math achievement. The principals discussed several action steps for improvement, which included:
• Focus on study of culturally responsive instructional practices, inclusion, personalized learning and goal setting
• Guaranteed Viable Curriculum—common summative and formative performance assessments
• Social Emotional Learning
• Support from the Regional Office of Education and surrounding districts
• Full day kindergarten for all
• Early Release Days for professional development
• Added technology at all grades
• Professional Learning Community development
Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP)
Board President Sonali Patil led the group in a discussion on prioritized needs and outreach. DLR Group Principal Jason Lembke was present to answer questions. Board members discussed what EFMP projects needed to be prioritized in the event the school pursues another referendum. There was general agreement that the middle schools should be a focal point, as these schools are out of space and will receive no relief from the building of the kindergarten school at the Sullivan Center. In terms of outreach, Board members discussed the need for more community engagement if a future referendum campaign is launched.
During the Business Meeting, the Board approved administration’s recommendation to maintain the student fees for the 2018-2019 school year at the current 2017-2018 level, with the exception of the lunch meals. Lunch meals will increase by 10 cents from $2.80 to $2.90 in accordance with guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture “Equity in School Lunch Pricing” provision.
This week, events are taking place in the elementary schools in observance of Red Ribbon Week. This is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October. Each day is a different theme. For instance, Elementary North students wore red on Monday to signify their stance against drugs and alcohol. Today, they’re dressed to reflect their future careers in keeping with the theme, “Your future is key, so stay drug free!”
Hawthorn elementary principals are looking forward to reading to children at Aspen Library, 701 Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. On an annual basis they help inspire a love for books by reading favorite stories. Each is reading on a specific day. Check out the schedule.
If you ask Elementary North kindergarten teacher Megan Wolf what she did last summer, you may be surprised. While many of us were relaxing and enjoying time with our families, she traveled to a remote corner of Uganda to volunteer at an orphanage.
What motivated her to travel thousands of miles to a remote area? She watched a documentary on Netflix on volunteers who served in Guatemala while living on $1.00 a day. She realized that this was something she had wanted to do since she was a little girl. She used the website provided in the show to connect with The Real Uganda, an agency that offered volunteer opportunities. Soon afterwards, she was on her way to spend two weeks at Grace Day Care and Orphanage School in Uganda.
At the orphanage, she worked with children between the ages of 3 and 7, teaching English and helping with daily tasks such as cooking and cleaning. She sees her main job as playing and connecting with the children. “The children wanted to spend as much time with me as possible,” she said. “I would spend afternoons playing with them. They loved looking at pictures and were fascinated by life in America. For me, it felt like home.”
While Miss Wolf loved her experiences, she braved some tough conditions. For instance, instead of modern day toilets, the community used pit latrines. There was no running water. Rain water, which was collected in a huge basin, was used for drinking, cooking, showering and cleaning. At one point, the basin ran out of water and people had to use a nearby pond for all their water needs. As a non-governmental organization in a developing world country, the orphanage functioned with few resources. It had only just received electricity two months prior to Miss Wolf’s arrival.
But while the children had so little to speak of, they were creative and resourceful. Miss Wolf said she was amazed at how they easily turned scraps and leftover items into toys. “I recognized, even more, how much kids truly learn through playing and that made me further realize how important play is in the classroom,” she said. “I already let my kids learn through playing quite a lot.”
The experience was life-changing for Miss Wolf. “It reaffirmed my belief that we cannot take things for granted or be wasteful,” she said. “We should be grateful and appreciative that we have these opportunities here in the U.S., but we also need to use that to educate and help others in sustainable ways.”
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.”
Parents should complete online registration through the PowerSchool parent portal using the information that the district provided you in a Returning Student Enrollment letter.
It is important for you to register your child as soon as possible. Students will not be assigned a teacher or a bus route until online registration is complete. Failure to do so will result in your child being dropped from enrollment. Fees are due at the time of registration. If you have questions about registration, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let neighbors who are new to Hawthorn District 73 know that they may now register their children for the Fall 2017 school year. Families whose children will enroll in District 73 schools for the first time in Fall 2017, should fill out the required forms and turn them into the registrar during a scheduled visit. Please visit your local library to print out required forms if you don’t have access to a printer. To schedule an appointment with the registrar, please call 847-990-4217 or 847-990-4280 or email the registrar at email@example.com.
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