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!

Hawthorn staff

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.

Students, parents and teachers at Get Acquainted events.

Students Get Acquainted with Their New Teachers/Classrooms

Elementary schools welcomed parents and students attending annual “Get Acquainted” events. These events took place on Tuesday at the School of Dual Language, Elementary South, Elementary North, Townline and Aspen. Families met teachers and dropped off school supplies. Students got a chance to check out their new classrooms before school starts.

School board clip art

Board of Education Meeting Scheduled for August 22

The next Board of Education meeting will take place Thursday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the District Office, 841 West End Court in Vernon Hills, Illinois.


Welcome Back Teachers

While students won’t be heading back to school until Thursday (Aug. 22), teachers are already here. Monday was the first of three Teacher Institute Days, in which teachers are working on school related issues, and getting ready to inspire their students for the new school year.

custodians working

Final Touches Before the New School Year Begins

As the first day of school rapidly approaches, plenty of activity is going on in the schools. Custodians, the tech team and other staff are putting the final touches on projects. Teachers are getting their classrooms ready for the new year. Everyone is excited to welcome students on August 22.

teacher setting up classroom

Setting Up Classrooms for Success

This is a busy time for teachers as August 22, the first day of the new school year draws near. Teachers are hard at work making their classrooms creative and inspiring places for their students. This is not a simple task; each teacher has his/her own unique way of setting up a classroom for success.

New Teacher Orientation

Welcome New Teachers!

Hawthorn’s 42 new teachers received their orientation on Monday morning. The event included presentations by Hawthorn staff, including Dr. Pete Hannigan, the District’s superintendent. The teachers also took a bus ride to become familiar with the diverse communities in Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Mundelein and other areas that make up Hawthorn School District 73.

construction site photo

Kindergarten Building Construction is Moving Forward

Construction is moving forward at the Hawthorn School for Young Learners, the District’s new kindergarten building. The building, which is adjacent to the Sullivan Community Center on Aspen Drive, is scheduled to open by the fall of 2020. Kindergarten students enrolled for the 2020/2021 school year (except for those attending the School of Dual Language) will be attending this new school, which will provide space relief to the District’s elementary schools.