La Kermés is Coming!

La Kermés, a Latin American carnival, is coming to the School of Dual Language. Join us for a night of Hispanic culture that includes food, music and entertainment on Friday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. The cost is $2.00 per person.

D73 Art Show

Hawthorn District 73 Art Show

A celebration of artwork created by K-8 students from Hawthorn District 73 will be on display throughout Aspen Drive Library. Drop in at the opening reception on Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you miss the opening, drop by any time prior to Saturday, April 7.

kindness week

Elementary North Kicks Off Kindness Week

Elementary North kicked off its Great Kindness Challenge Week with a lively, all-school assembly. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness at Elementary North.  The school is proud to participate in this proactive, positive bullying prevention initiative! All students received a checklist of kind deeds to complete this week to help show that kindness matters.

Did you know that children report a better sense of belonging and improved self-esteem by performing small acts of kindness for their peers and community? Additionally, experiencing and performing acts of kindness provide an increased sense of self worth, greater happiness and optimism as well as decreased feelings of helplessness.


Choral Fest Rehearsal

Middle School North, Middle School South and Vernon Hills High School students came together for a rehearsal at the high school in preparation for Choral Fest. The rehearsal was led by Dr. Bridget Sweet, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Winter Band Concert

A large audience enjoyed last night’s Winter Band Concert featuring Aspen and Elementary South students.


Musical Performance Schedule

If you enjoy music, here are some performances coming up:

  • 1/17: Aspen/Elementary South Band Concerts in Aspen Gym at 7:00 p.m.
  • 1/17: Elementary North/Townline/School of Dual Language fourth and fifth grade Orchestra Concert in the Townline Gym at 7:00 p.m.
  • 1/18: Elementary North Band Concert at 7:00 p.m.
  • 1/18 Aspen and Elementary South Orchestra Concerts in Aspen Gym at 7:00 p.m.
  • 1/23: Vernon Hills High School/Middle School North/Middle School South Choral Fest at Vernon Hills High School at 7:30 p.m.



Snowflake Encourages Students to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

This year’s Snowflake event at Middle School South was a great success thanks to the help of 55 adult facilitators, 40 Vernon Hills and Libertyville high school students, 400 parents, and many volunteers. More than 370 seventh and eighth grade students from Middle School South, Middle School North and Oak Grove School attended this annual event, which encourages adolescents to make good choices and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The event was broken up into large group sessions, in which the students watched performances and presentations, and small group sessions, in which they engaged in activities led by high school students and adults. This year, Bizar Entertainment provided a musical production that conveyed positive and inspirational messages. During another large group session, motivational speaker Brad Hutig spoke about the challenges he faced when he lost both of his hands in a work-related accident. He had been a three-sport athlete and was eventually able to return to the football team. He told students that they could do things if they really wanted to do them, and encouraged them to find their way.

Toward the end of the evening, the parents attended a presentation from defense attorney Elliot Pinsel, while the students joined a dance. Mr. Pinsel reminded parents that they are accountable for underage drinking in their homes, he encouraged them to talk with their children and know what they are doing in order to prevent law suits and other negative consequences.

At about 10 p.m., students and parents were all smiles as they celebrated the close of another positive Snowflake experience.

Students dressed up for Ellis Island

Welcome to Ellis Island

On September 8, the eighth-grade students in Ms. Balmes’ and Mr. McKenzie’s Social Studies classes learned about the immigrant experience. The students enjoyed role playing processors and immigrants as they made their way through the checkpoints of “Ellis Island.” Many students were able to pursue the “American Dream” and were welcomed as new citizens, while others sadly were deported for reasons such as health or character flaws. All in all, the students truly enjoyed this hands on step back into time and gained a lot of insight as well from putting themselves into someone else’s shoes.