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Something for Everyone at HEI

Students are exercising in more ways than one at this summer’s Hawthorn Enrichment Institute. They are learning yoga techniques, improving critical thinking skills in classes such as the Detective Club, and using their creativity to make unique works of art. From STEM projects to Poms Camp, there is something for everyone. The bottom line is to have fun.

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Hawthorn Mall Launches Supplies Drive for Hawthorn Students

Join Hawthorn Mall for a WILD Back to School Event on July 30 that will benefit District 73 students. If you pack a backpack full of supplies and drop it off at the Barbara’s Bookstore table at the event, you will receive a $15 Barbara’s Bookstore gift card. The supplies will go to students at Hawthorn District 73’s elementary schools.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday, July 30 from 2 to 5 p.m., will feature a live animal show, face painting, and more. It will take place in Carson’s Court near You Kids Island.

If you miss the July 30 event, you can drop off backpacks with supplies at Barbara’s Bookstore in the mall and receive a gift card through August 6.

Here is a list of school supplies recommended for District 73’s elementary school children.

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Bearded Dragon Visits HEI

Miss Wolf, a teacher at Elementary North, visited HEI “Wild Kingdom” and “Dig it” classes with her bearded dragon. The children learned all about caring for and feeding this lizard, which is native to Australia. They also learned all sorts of bearded dragon facts. Many even had a chance to feed her!

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Closed Session Scheduled for July 18

A closed session of the Board of Education will take place Thursday, July 18, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois

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First Week of HEI

So much took place during the first week of Hawthorn Enrichment Institute. Students built volcanoes, touched fossils, danced, made jewelry, solved crimes, solved problems, and had lots of fun. The program is offering 80 classes this summer.

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Summer Scholars Program Builds Reading Skills

Approximately 110 students are enrolled in this year’s Summer Scholars program that is taking place at Townline Elementary. The program primarily focuses on building reading skills in a fun and engaging way. Classes are purposefully small with about 10 students in each class.

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Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Kicks Off Its First Day

Teachers and students were equally excited to start the first day of the Hawthorn Enrichment Institute (HEI). Within no time, students were involved in fun science, math, art and other projects. Lots of smiles in every classroom. Designed to expand the educational horizon for Hawthorn students, HEI offers many types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. 

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Special Session Scheduled for July 2

A special session of the Board of Education will take place Tuesday, July 2, at 5 p.m. at Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills. The session will focus on plans for the renovation of Middle School North. Community members are encouraged to provide input.

Area where the kindergarten building will be built.

Kindergarten Building Update

At the May 20 Board of Education meeting, the Board approved an official name for the kindergarten building that is being built adjacent to the Sullivan Community Center. Its official name is Hawthorn School for Young Learners. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 6. With the majority of the preliminary submission and permitting processes completed, work on the site has begun.

The first step was the dewatering process on the site to enable equipment access for tree and brush removal. This removal provided a wide-open site with clear site lines out to Aspen Drive. 

As the District began planning the construction fencing, it realized that the fencing would block sidewalk access along the front of the Sullivan Community Center, creating a barrier for the students and community members who typically walked along the east side of Aspen Drive to visit the library or the Sullivan Center. 

After discussing the pedestrian flow with the onsite police officer directing traffic and looking at the existing site conditions, the District decided to redirect the pedestrian traffic to the other side of the street both before school and at dismissal times. It stationed two additional crossing guards at key points on Aspen Drive that had identified crosswalks. Signage was posted to inform pedestrians that the side walk on the east side of Aspen was closed. 

The project is currently on schedule as detailed within the project timeline planner. The building is projected to be completed by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Stay tuned for more updates over the summer.

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Highlights of the June 10 Board of Education Meeting

In the public comment section of the meeting, Lake County Board Member Julie Simpson (District 18) thanked the Board of Education members for everything they do. She also noted that she and other community members have formed a group that is concerned about the financial incentives that the Village of Vernon Hills may offer to a developer for the redevelopment of the Hawthorn Mall, that could impact local schools and the library.

The Board honored the 48 teachers and staff who are receiving tenure. Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman said that the school district retained 80 to 90 percent of this group of teachers, whereas the standard attrition rate for new teachers in their first five years is about 50 percent. 

During his superintendent’s report, Dr. Friedman encouraged the community to attend a forum to provide input for the development of expansion/renovation plans for Middle School North. The meeting will take place on July 2 at 5 p.m. at Middle School North. He also reported that a local economic development organization contacted the District to see if the District would consider supporting the possible abatement of property taxes for a pharmaceutical company that is considering moving into the area. Concerns were expressed. 

Abe Singh, Director of Finance and Business Operations, reported that the construction of the kindergarten building, which is now officially called Hawthorn School for Young Learners, is on time and under budget. The construction company is working through a few site issues. 

During the action items section of the meeting, the Board approved Legat Architects’ proposal to provide professional architectural services to the District for the Middle School North additions and renovations project.