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Below are links to updates and resources from District 73 and other sources. We will update this page regularly, as new information becomes available.

District 73 Updates

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The Last Day of School

Schools were busy with fun activities on the last day of school, from a classroom’s kindergarten “graduation” ceremony at Hawthorn School for Young Learners to a fifth-grade kickball tournament at Elementary South. At dismissal time, teachers lined up to wave heartfelt good-byes to their students. Congratulations to our Eagles for another successful year. Thank you teachers, staff, parents and the Hawthorn community for coming together to make it a great one.

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Winners of Library Bookmark Contest Announced

Each year the Cook Memorial Public Library District holds a “Design a Bookmark Contest” for local students in grades K-8. This year’s winners include the following Hawthorn students: 

Kristin L. – Middle North – 8th Grade
Parth V. – Elementary South – 5th Grade
Sanjay M. – Elementary South – 5th Grade
Sanjana G.– Elementary South – 3rd Grade
Snikkita S. – Elementary South – 3rd Grade
Rithika M. – Elementary South – 1st Grade
Saisha R. – Elementary South – 1st Grade
Harman A. – Elementary South – 4th Grade
Grace C. – Townline Elementary – 4th Grade
Elena A. – Townline Elementary – 4th Grade

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Elena A., a fourth-grade student at Townline, received first place for her colorful bookmark.
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Hawthorn Launches EagleNet

To ensure that all students have access to the Internet at home, Hawthorn is launching EagleNet. This new program offers free internet service to eligible Hawthorn families.  Eligible families are those with students who participate in the National School Lunch Program.

With funding from the Key to 73 Hawthorn Education Foundation, the District originally provided Verizon mobile hotspots to households last year when remote/hybrid learning became necessary due to COVID-19. But a preferable WiFi plan is now available through Comcast’s Internet Essentials service for households that qualify. As the program sponsor, Hawthorn will pay the $9.95 monthly fee directly to Comcast for each family to receive in-home WiFi. Families must apply and be approved for the service by Comcast. 

Features of the Internet Essentials Program include: 

  • High-speed Internet service (25/3 Mbps) 
  • No term contract 
  • No credit check
  • Free plug and go self-installation kit
  • A dedicated phone number to call if you need help with set up of the self-installation kit
  • Xfinity’s WiFi hotspots app for access to millions of secure WiFi hotspots nationwide
  • You do not need cable or phone service to be eligible for Internet Essentials access

Hawthorn has contacted the families of the Hawthorn students who qualify for the program via email. Since the mobile hotspots will be disconnected on June 4, Hawthorn encourages all eligible families to apply as soon as possible. For enrollment instructions and the special promo code, please contact Sharon Meyer at: meyers@hawthorn73.org

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Key Points About Hawthorn District 73’s Parent Notification System

The District places high priority on swiftly communicating with parents in the event of an emergency. We use the SchoolMessenger notification system to send out information through email, phone and/or text messages. SchoolMessenger is integrated with PowerSchool and delivers messages to the PowerSchool contact information provided by parents/guardians. Emergency information is also posted on the District Website and Facebook. 

During an emergency event, the means and immediacy of communication will depend on the scope of the event and on the potential or actual impact to the safety of the students. While it is difficult to describe all possible scenarios, the following can be used as a guide to gauge the District’s level of notification and systems used to communicate with families.

Impact LevelNotification Response
No Impact Incident: Informational messages from either the principal or superintendent.

Example: District information, school information on upcoming events.
- SchoolMessenger notification sent via email.
- May also be posted on website and Facebook.
A Low Impact Incident: Poses no or minimal risk to the safety of the school. There are no disruptions to regular school activities, and the incident is isolated and does not impact more than one student.

Example: a small issue in one of the schools or the District. A soft lockdown suggested by police due to an off campus police-related incident. A bus delay. Note: Not every incident will warrant a notification.
- SchoolMessenger notification sent via email and phone (home, work, cell) at beginning of incident. Text messages may also be used.
- Will be posted on Website and Facebook.
- Update via email at end of incident.
A Moderate Impact Incident: Poses a moderate risk to the school and results in some disruption to school activities.

Example: Weather cancellations or delays, a change of schedule or cancellation of some activities, or a utility disruption.
- SchoolMessenger notification sent via email, phone (home, work, cell) and text.
-Will be posted on website and Facebook.
- Updates will continue through the incident.
- School cancellations or delays posted on emergencyclosingcenter.com.
A High Impact Incident: The incident poses a significant risk to the safety of the students, which results in a significant disruption to school activities, change of schedule, evacuation, cancellation of activities and impacts many students.

Example: An intruder in school or the use of a weapon in school resulting in injuries to students and staff.
- SchoolMessenger notification sent via email, phone (home, work, cell) and text.
- Will be posted on website and Facebook.
- Updates will continue through the incident.
- Press release may be distributed to the media.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Our school has an emergency operations plan in place. Each school has a site-specific plan. Teachers, administrators and staff have been trained and have completed drills using this plan.
  • Please be sure your emergency contact information is updated whenever there is a change. 
  • Parents who wish to receive text messages must opt-in to utilize this service. If you think your contact information may need updating in PowerSchool, first contact your student’s school to verify that they have the correct cell phone number on file. Then manually opt in by texting “Y” to 67587. 
  • During an incident, remain close to your sources of communication, whether phone or email, to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely updates from the district.
  • Please be sure to listen to, or read the entire message. 
  • Do not call or go to your child’s school during an actual emergency. School staff will be busy responding to the emergency and addressing the needs of students. Calling the school will only tie up phone lines that must be used for emergency communications with staff and emergency responders. Please do not go to your child’s school unless you have received direction from the school or district officials. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work together to ensure the safest environment for our students. We are fortunate to have such a committed and involved community at Hawthorn 73. 

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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.

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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.


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.

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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!

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Opening Day for Hawthorn Staff

Wednesday’s “Opening Day” program brought hundreds of Hawthorn teachers and staff together under one roof. Superintendent Pete Hannigan presented the District’s goals and priorities for the new school year. Board of Education President Robin Cleek, as well as members of the Hawthorn Education Association and the Hawthorn PTO, also addressed the audience. Dr. Dennis King spoke about building a Professional Learning Community. The event put everyone on the same page — ready to inspire, challenge and motivate students as the new school year begins.