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Student Resources and Support

Educational Links

Here is a selection of resources that students and families may find helpful. Please note that inclusion on this list is not an endorsement. Further, links sometimes change. As with all internet usage, please use care in visiting sites.

Find a Book

Lexile Book Finder:  Parents can use this resource to identify books that will appropriately challenge your child’s skills and spark their interest. For students in grades 1 through 7, your Lexile score will appear on your MAP report, which will be included with your end-of-year report card. Parents can also complete a brief online survey to help identify reading options. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Find a Book” to begin your search. If you have questions, please email

International Reading Association Recommendations:  Lists of books recommended by teachers as well as young readers themselves.


Tech Tips for Parents

Setting Time Limits

  1. Create Family Guidelines: It's beneficial to establish a family media plan that outlines specific time limits for daily technology use, ensuring your child enjoys a healthy balance between screen time and other activities.

  2. Utilize Device Features: Take advantage of the parental controls available on most devices. These tools can help you set time limits on usage across smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles.

  3. Establish Tech-Free Zones: Designate tech-free zones or times, such as during family meals or before bedtime, to encourage your child to disconnect and engage in other enriching activities.

Monitoring the Apps Your Child Uses

  1. Have Regular Discussions: Make it a habit to talk about and review the apps your child is using. Understanding their interests in certain apps can offer valuable insights.

  2. Adjust Privacy and Safety Settings: Learn how to check and modify the privacy settings on your child's apps to maximize their security and ensure content appropriateness.

  3. Focus on Educational Content: Sites like Common Sense Media contain lists of recommended apps that are not only educational but also suitable for your child's age, enhancing their learning experience.

Keeping Up with Tech Trends

  1. Follow Parental Guidance Resources: Consider subscribing to newsletters or following websites dedicated to digital parenting and the latest technology trends that might affect your children. Common Sense Media is a fantastic starting point for reviews and advice.

  2. Participate in Workshops or Webinars: Look out for local or online events designed to equip parents with the knowledge to understand and navigate current tech trends and their impact on children.

  3. Connect with Other Parents: Consider joining parent groups, either in person or online, where you can share experiences and strategies for managing your children's technology use effectively.

Helpful Resources for You

Student Assistance Program

Bully Form

Hawthorn’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides a comprehensive model for the delivery of K-8 prevention, intervention, and support services.  SAP is designed to reduce student risk factors, promote protective factors and increase asset development. This site includes resources to support parents and students, including the Report a Bully form, which allows students and parents to anonymously report situations. has released a bullying and cyberbullying guide to provide information and resources to schools, parents, and students to better understand and help prevent bullying in schools and online.

Student Assistance - Crisis Resources

  • Dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline 

  • Text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line 

  • Contact Safe2Help Illinois: Dial 844-4-SAFEIL, Text SAFE2 (72332), email 

  • Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center - 847.872.7799 (