The start of the 2015-16 school year is off and running with a few more smiling faces than predicted. Hawthorn 73 experienced an unprecedented growth bubble with 176 additional new students enrolled into the district. There are 22 at the middle school level and the remaining 154 are spread throughout the elementary schools. Based on the 2012 demographic study, enrollment numbers have far exceeded predictions. This level of growth has an impact in buildings and bus routes. Please understand the administrative team is working to evaluate the situation for the benefit of all of Hawthorn’s students. Welcome to Hawthorn 73 to all our new families and welcome back to our returning families! I wish every student a successful year of joyful learning.