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Parents and Teachers Connect at Conferences

This week, Hawthorn welcomed parents for a very important event: parent/teacher conferences. They provide a great opportunity for parents and teachers to develop relationships and collaborate by sharing insights and information about students. Research suggests the importance of parents and schools working together to encourage and foster student success. The next parent/teacher conferences are Feb. 27 and 28.

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Library Announces 2019 “Design a Bookmark” Contest Winners

Each year the Cook Memorial Public Library District holds a contest that enables students to show just how talented they are. Students from schools in the library district created and submitted bookmarks that were inspired by their favorite books or characters. This year, the library received approximately 750 entries. Eighteen Hawthorn students won prizes. Here they are:

  • Kindergarten, First Place: Aarav S., Elementary North
  • Kindergarten, Second Place: Rithika M., Elementary South
  • First Grade, Second Place: Ezra P., Elementary North
  • Second Grade, Second Place Tie: Advika M., Elementary South
  • Second Grade, Third Place: Nandita M., Elementary South
  • Second Grade, Honorable Mention: Rachel R., Townline Elementary
  • Third Grade, First Place: Grace C., Townline Elementary
  • Third Grade, Third Place: Rhea D.., Elementary North
  • Fourth Grade, Second Place: Annette L., Elementary South
  • Fourth Grade, Third Place: Kaitlyn K., Elementary South
  • Fifth Grade, Second Place: Violet W., Elementary South
  • Sixth Grade, Honorable Mention: Reina H., Middle South
  • Seventh Grade, First Place Tie: Ryan H., Middle North
  • Seventh Grade, First Place Tie: Ryan C., Middle North
  • Seventh Grade, Second Place: Kristin L., Middle North
  • Eighth Grade, First Place: Grace T., Middle North
  • Eighth Grade, Second Place: James Z., Middle North
  • Eighth Grade, Honorable Mention: Cara L., Middle North

All the Hawthorn entries will be on display at Aspen Drive Library in December. Congratulations students!

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Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 14 2020.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Realice la encuesta para padres de 5Essentials

Los estudiantes, los padres y los maestros de todo Illinois tienen la oportunidad de participar en la octava encuesta anual estatal 5 Illinois Essentials desde ahora hasta el 14 de febrero de 2020. La encuesta está diseñada para generar una imagen detallada del funcionamiento interno de la escuela de su estudiante y recopila datos relacionados con cinco indicadores que pueden predecir resultados importantes de los estudiantes. Además, el Distrito 73 de Hawthorn ha elegido proporcionar la encuesta complementaria para padres. Su participación en la parte de padres de la encuesta nos ayudará a comprender las condiciones en la escuela de su hijo y guiará la mejora. Para realizar la encuesta, visite la página web de 5Essentials Survey y seleccione la encuesta adecuada para comenzar.

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Highlights of the Nov. 13 Board of Education Meeting

Public Comment
A resident asked the Board to send a delegate to the annual Illinois Association of School Boards delegate assembly on Nov. 23 and vote no on Resolution 1. This resolution would allow IASB to start to advocate for legislation in which individual school districts could move toward a concealed carry program for their employees.

Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Dr. Hannigan provided a recap of the District’s second early release day on Nov. 7. He was excited to see all the school leadership teams working on creating their mission, vision and commitment statements, with an emphasis on all means all. He recognized several staff members who brought in a generator for alternate power after an electric line was cut due to construction. These staff members are John Reid, Ken Sas, Wayne Keen and Mike Labbe.

Elementary South Principal Dr. Martin, Assistant Principal Christy Hunter and teacher Jaclyn Schwartz are traveling to Washington, D.C. for a ceremony in which they will be recognized as recipients of this year’s National Blue Ribbon award. On a local level, Elementary South will hold an all school assembly on Dec. 19 in which the National Blue Ribbon seal will be presented.

Friday is School Board Members Day in Illinois. Dr. Hannigan thanked the Board for all of their support and for everything Board members do every day on behalf of the school district.

President’s Report
Board President Robin Cleek thanked Middle School South for hosting its annual Veterans Day Breakfast. She received feedback from the community about the school’s outstanding music program and kind students.

Ms. Cleek asked the Board for their input on IASB’s resolution 1. The board unanimously agreed to oppose it, and go against ISBE’s recommendation to adopt it.

Districtwide Assessment Data and the School Improvement Process
Dr. Arturo Abrego, Director of Bilingual Education and Language Acquisition, Dr. Jennifer Haack, Principal of Townline Elementary, Mimi Batson, a kindergarten teacher at Townline Elementary, Nicole Gallo, a first-grade teacher at Townline Elementary, and Svetlana Popovic, Community Development Coach at Humanex, gave a presentation on state and local assessment results and the school improvement process. Over the last several months, the District has been working strategically to support educational leadership teams across the district in collective efforts to create a learning environment where all the District’s students will grow and succeed. Collaborative partnerships are being nurtured at the District and building levels that embrace the construct of collective responsibility. Each of the school leadership teams are creating school improvement plans focused on increasing student achievement and academic growth.

Bond Market Update
Elizabeth Hennessy, Managing Director of Raymond James, introduced the bond resolution that was under consideration by the Board. She said that through discussions at several meetings, the Board agreed to move forward with the one issue choice, that would combine phases two and three for a total of $19,700,000, and pay it off in 21 years instead of 24. She said the bonds could be sold as early as December 3 depending on marketing conditions. The bond issue will be closed no late than February 1.

Action Items
The Board approved the Middle School North design development plans. After a public hearing, the Board approved a resolution to levy 2019 property taxes. The Board also approved a resolution providing for the issue of not to exceed $19,700,000 General Obligation School Building Bonds for the purpose of financing certain capital projects approved by referendum. The board approved the contract to upgrade door access and camera systems. The board also approved a Net56 contract to address IT network security components.  


Learn About the Be Seen and Heard Program at Parent Meeting, Dec. 2

Hawthorn District 73 and the Hawthorn P.T.O. invite parents from all Hawthorn District 73 elementary schools to attend a special informational meeting to learn more about the Be Seen and Heard© program. The meeting will take place at Aspen Elementary School, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, on Monday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is available. Spanish translation is available via headsets. For more information, please review the invitation in English or Spanish.

In accordance with Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193), which requires all public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program, the District is hosting the Be Seen and Heard© assembly program for all elementary students during the second week in December. This assembly is designed to create an age-appropriate, safe, and engaging environment in which students learn the difference between safe and unsafe touch, and the importance of having trusted heroes.

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Board of Education Special Meeting and Closed Session to Take Place Wednesday, Nov. 13

A Special Meeting and a closed session of the Board of Education will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The special meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the closed session will begin after the special meeting. The meetings will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

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Middle School South Holds Annual Breakfast for Veterans

As it has done for many years in the past, Middle School South welcomed veterans to its Veterans Day breakfast on Nov. 8. Approximately 40 veterans of past and recent wars enjoyed a meal together. They also listened to performances by the Middle School South seventh and eighth grade chorus, orchestra and band. Additionally, the veterans shared their stories with eighth grade social studies students and student council members. Everyone thanked the veterans for the sacrifices they made and their acts of service.

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Early Release Day is a Success

Approximately 375 teachers and administrators came together for Early Release Day on Nov. 7. It was a highly productive and successful day. During Early Release Days, teachers are provided an opportunity to collaborate, plan, and share ideas with their colleagues with the goal to improve learning across the district.

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Board Meeting Date Change

Please note that the Board of Education meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 14, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 13. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills.

Crowd of students at Snowflake

Operation Snowflake is a Success!

Friday’s Operation Snowflake event was a great success. Approximately 300 students from Middle South, Middle North and Oak Grove attended. In addition, 400 parents and 50 students from Vernon Hills and Libertyville high schools played key roles. 

The program is designed to keep healthy kids healthy. It strives to teach youth valuable skills that help them develop healthy peer relationships, promote responsible decision-making and resist negative peer pressure. It would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of volunteers.