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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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Library Remodeling Update

Starting August 1, Aspen Drive Library will be reduced to a very small space as they continue their remodeling project. Students and patrons are still welcome, but the library may not be able to accommodate students in large numbers. The library is reminding everyone that Cook Park Library in Libertyville will be open during the project. For more information, please review the library’s letter in English or Spanish.

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Next Board of Education Meeting is June 10, 2019

A regular session of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, June 10. It will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

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Community Invited to Provide Input on Expansion Plans for Hawthorn Middle School North at July 2 Community Forum

Hawthorn School District 73 will hold a community forum for members of the public to provide input for the development of the plans to expand and renovate Hawthorn Middle School North.  The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at the Middle School North gym, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills. 

At the community forum, the public will have the opportunity to review initial design plans and provide input. “Middle School North is here to serve the community,” said Interim Superintendent Mark Friedman. “We want this building to truly feel like home for middle school students, and we feel that community input on its new design is essential.” 

The expansion/renovation of Middle School North is one component of the District’s official Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP). Developed by a core team of community members, staff, administrators and facility leadership, the EFMP is a 10-year plan to support the district’s growing needs and long-term strategic plan. 

In addition to the expansion of Middle School North, the EFMP includes the construction of a kindergarten building adjacent to the Sullivan Community Center, as well as the expansion/renovation of Middle School South and the District’s elementary schools. The passage of a $48.7 million bond referendum in 2018 made it possible for the District to move forward with its EFMP plans.  Approximately $9.8 million has been budgeted for the expansion of Middle School North, a 90,700-square-foot building that was built in 1975. It has not received any new additions since then. 

The Board of Education recently selected Legat Architects, which previously designed the District’s Townline Elementary and worked on other District building renovations, to design the layout of the new Middle School North.  Projected to be completed by July of 2021, the expansion/renovation includes:

  • Seven new classrooms 
  • The addition of a full gym
  • Renovation of locker room and upper gym for fitness
  • Fine arts additions

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving more than 4,200 students. It serves all or portions of the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.


En Garde…Ready…Fence!

Crimson Blades Fencing will open their new club space and class offerings at the Centre Club in Libertyville with a Free Open House on Wednesday, June 5, from 7-9pm. Enjoy a demonstration of fencing, try it yourself, sign up for classes! The Centre Club is located at Advocate Condell Hospital, 200 W Golf Road in Libertyville.

Crimson Blades is part of the LHS-VHHS Fencing Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that supports the Community District 128 Thundercats Fencing Team. Their goal is to promote the Olympic sport of Fencing in our community, and allow any interested student athlete the opportunity to participate, regardless of finances.

For additional information, please contact Centre Club Program Director, Clo Martinez, clodualdo.martinez@midtownhealth.com

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Summer Programs at the Library

Cook Library District is offering many fun programs and activities this summer, including a summer reading program. Everyone is invited to sign for the reading program that starts June 1 to win prizes for reading and doing fun activities.

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Fun Summer Classes Offered by the Center for Gifted

The Center for Gifted–Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity–is offering several
programs in Elmhurst (2 locations), Buffalo Grove, Cary, Lincolnshire
and Glenview for PK-12th grades.


Time to Sign Up for Vernon Hills Boys Cross Country Team

Looking for something to do this summer?!! Vernon hills high school is offering cross country summer camp for eighth graders/ incoming freshman!! 

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Carmel Catholic high School is holding Carmelfest, a one of a kind event for sixth and seventh grade students with games and more on May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Free Boating Safety Class

Countryside Fire Station No. 1 is offering a free boating safety class. It will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 801 S. Midlothian Road in Mundelein. To register, call: 847-918-6145.