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Instrument Fair at Elementary North

Finding the Best Match

Fourth-grade students have an opportunity this week to learn what instrument best suits them and to join Hawthorn’s band or orchestra. Each elementary school is hosting an instruments fair in which students get to try out a variety of instruments, such as the snare drum, xylophone, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet and saxophone under the guidance of professionals. In many cases, this is the first time the students have played these instruments. At Elementary North’s Instrument Fair today, it was great to see how excited the students were to try the instruments.

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Welcome Back Teachers!

If you walk through the halls of Hawthorn schools today, you will find many teachers setting up their classrooms. Their friends and family members are helping to make each classroom a very special place for students.

The Creative Spirit is at Work at HEI

The creative spirit is at work as Hawthorn Enrichment Institute students draw, paint, build and collaborate on colorful projects.

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It’s Time to Register Returning Students for 2018-19

Deadline for Returning Online Registration is this Friday, May 18th

Parents should complete online registration through the PowerSchool parent portal https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public/home.html using the information that the district provided you in a Returning Student Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year 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. If your student(s) are not returning for the next school year, please send the enrollment letter back to your school before May 18.

*Friendly Reminder: Residency Verification documents will not be accepted prior to our district-wide residency event in August.

If you have questions about registration, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4217 or 4280, or email registration@hawthorn73.org

Ms. Lasare reads to students

It’s a Jungle in There

There’s a jungle at Elementary North thanks to speech therapist Kim Lasare. She is one of 30 teachers participating in a professional development program that utilizes a book club format. The teachers are now on their second book entitled “Wild Card: Seven Steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough.” Inspired by the book, she transformed a classroom into a prehistoric rainforest, replete with a river, cave and lava flow. Dressed as an explorer, she guided students through the treacherous terrain until they reached safety, where they used flashlights to read “Dinosaurs Before Dark.”

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Fifth-Graders Show Their Talent

As a little treat prior to spring break, Townline, Dual Language and Elementary North fifth-grade orchestra students performed at Elementary North. They played “Red Lion,” Rhythm and Blues” and “Goin’ to Boston”.

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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.

Sincerely,

Nick Brown
Superintendent
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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Girls Night of Code

Students at Vernon Hills High School have organized Girls Night of Code 2018. Girls at Hawthorn Middle School North and South are invited. It is an opportunity to have fun with friends and explore coding in a pressure free learning environment. It will take place Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School.