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.”
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.
Hawthorn School District 73
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.
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.
The Hawthorn Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 school calendar. The calendar outlines the first day of school, days off for major holidays, school breaks, as well as sets the last day of school if no emergency days are used. View the calendar here.
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.
Fourth and fifth graders at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language received a special treat on January 11. World-renowned children’s book author Ann M. Martin spoke with them about the many books she has written. Librarian Cathy Gross asked her a series of questions about her writing and what inspired her to become an author. The students also asked questions. Ms. Martin is known for “The Baby-Sitters Club” series and other books for children and young adults.
- Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your InputApril 19, 2018 - 1:02 pm
- Regular Session and Closed Session Scheduled for April 23April 19, 2018 - 12:06 pm
- Two Ways to Participate in the April 17 Community Engagement MeetingApril 16, 2018 - 10:38 am
- Have Questions About Your Child’s Development?April 16, 2018 - 10:36 am
- Highlights of the April 9 Board of Education MeetingApril 12, 2018 - 1:45 pm