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Students From Three Schools Come Together for Annual Concert

Seventh and eighth grade students from both middle schools took part in a field trip to Vernon Hills High School (VHHS) for a rehearsal with guest director Jim Garbrecht, former Middle South Band Director. VHHS students joined them as they prepared for the Annual Band Festival Concert. Although the students were from three different schools, they played as though they all belonged to one. The concert took place on Oct. 10 in the VHHS main gym. Students gave an excellent performance.

Teachers and administrators at breakfast.

Elementary South Celebrates Its National Blue Ribbon Recognition with a Breakfast

Teachers, board members and administrators came together Friday morning for a breakfast to celebrate Elementary South’s designation as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon school. Elementary South is among 25 schools in Illinois and 362 schools nationwide to receive this recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. In mid-November, awardees will be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C.

Teachers in Groups

Teachers Learn Together During Early Release Day

During Thursday’s Early Release Day, teachers met in groups to discuss ways to improve student achievement. Sessions also focused on laying the foundation for professional learning communities (PLC’s).

Construction site for the School for Young Learners

A New Building Takes Shape

The School for Young Learners is taking shape. Hawthorn’s new kindergarten building is adjacent to the Sullivan Community Center on Aspen Drive. It will open next year.

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Hawthorn Elementary South Is Named Among the Best Schools in the Nation By U.S. Department of Education

Hawthorn Elementary South has been named among the best schools in the nation through the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award recognition. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

 “We are so proud that Elementary South is a recipient of this exceptional award,” said Dr. Peter Hannigan, Hawthorn District 73’s superintendent. “At Hawthorn, we truly believe that all children can learn at high levels. This honor is a testament to the hard work, commitment and engagement of the school’s teachers, staff, students and parents.” 

Located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Hawthorn Elementary South is a kindergarten through fifth grade school serving approximately 700 students. The school celebrates the diversity of its students, who speak more than 30 different languages. It is known for providing masterful learning activities in which students explore and deeply engage with content in a joyful, exciting manner. Its top priority is to grow the whole child by combining robust academics with a full social emotional curriculum.  

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels, or where significant progress has been made in raising student achievement. Elementary South received the honor in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category for achieving high performance among key subgroups and completing a rigorous application process that evaluated everything from social and emotional learning supports to professional development to quality classroom instruction.

Construction site

A Bird’s Eye View of the School for Young Learners

Looking at the School for Young learners construction site from the perspective of a drone, one can truly see how the building is taking shape. It is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 school year.

Pre-K students at play

It’s Toys Time

Ms. Lense held a “Toys Time” for her pre-K classroom at the Lincoln Early Learning Center this morning. The little learners did such a great job of sharing and playing together.

teachers and students

First Day at Lincoln

Everything went smoothly Thursday morning, as students stepped off the bus for the first day of school at Lincoln Early Learning Center. The little ones were greeted by teachers who immediately made them feel at home. Located in Mundelein, the Center provides preschool and early childhood programs for Hawthorn School District 73, Mundelein School District 75 and Fremont School District 70.

Students

Welcome Back Students!

Teachers and staff were so excited to welcome back students this morning. Parents hugged their children, said their good byes, and watched them step into the buildings for their first day of school. On the inside, there were plenty of hugs and hellos as teachers greeted their new students and settled them in for a fun day of learning.

Construction work at the building site

Update on the School for Young Learners

It may seem as if a long time has passed since the community of Hawthorn District 73 approved the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). In as much as we all want to see immediate changes to the physical sites of the school district, appropriate planning, discussion, and submissions must happen.

The initial months immediately following successful passage of the referendum involved significant planning and partnering discussions with Village officials, along with county and state agencies all represented. The fruits of the labor of so many district staff members, community partners and board of education members is now becoming a reality. Site work is well underway for the Hawthorn School for Young Learners directly adjacent to the Sullivan Center on Aspen Drive. The footings and foundation walls have been poured in preparation for the precast panel construction.

Although the site is visible and most days involve a flurry of activity, progress may be difficult to see from a street view. That will all change during the month of September. In September, the new facility will begin to take shape with precast walls getting erected and the size and scale of the building will become clear to our community and neighbors. We fully believe this next phase will be very visual and generate community excitement. We are excited to share these phases with you and look forward to many exciting changes in the months and years to come!