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Snowflake Event

Hundreds of Students Attend Snowflake Retreat

On Friday night, Middle School North, Middle School South and Oak Grove welcomed approximately 400 students for Snowflake, a fun retreat focusing on personal and social development, promoting sound decision-making and emphasizing teens helping teens. The event was broken up into large group sessions, in which the students watched performances and presentations, and small group sessions, in which they engaged in activities led by high school students and adults. A special shout out to the 40+ staff members and 40 high school volunteers for facilitating groups and working with the students to focus on ways to “wake up, be kind, and repeat”. Lastly, thank you to all of the parents who allowed their students to attend and/or joined us for the parent piece at the end of the evening.
Instrument Fair at Elementary North

Finding the Best Match

Fourth-grade students have an opportunity this week to learn what instrument best suits them and to join Hawthorn’s band or orchestra. Each elementary school is hosting an instruments fair in which students get to try out a variety of instruments, such as the snare drum, xylophone, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet and saxophone under the guidance of professionals. In many cases, this is the first time the students have played these instruments. At Elementary North’s Instrument Fair today, it was great to see how excited the students were to try the instruments.

Teachers setting up classrooms

Welcome Back Teachers!

If you walk through the halls of Hawthorn schools today, you will find many teachers setting up their classrooms. Their friends and family members are helping to make each classroom a very special place for students.

Students painting

The Creative Spirit is at Work at HEI

The creative spirit is at work as Hawthorn Enrichment Institute students draw, paint, build and collaborate on colorful projects.

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It’s Time to Register Returning Students for 2018-19

Deadline for Returning Online Registration is this Friday, May 18th

Parents should complete online registration through the PowerSchool parent portal https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public/home.html using the information that the district provided you in a Returning Student Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year Letter.

It is important for you to register your child as soon as possible. Students will not be assigned a teacher or a bus route until online registration is complete. Failure to do so will result in your child being dropped from enrollment. If your student(s) are not returning for the next school year, please send the enrollment letter back to your school before May 18.

*Friendly Reminder: Residency Verification documents will not be accepted prior to our district-wide residency event in August.

If you have questions about registration, please contact the District Office at 847-990-4217 or 4280, or email registration@hawthorn73.org

Ms. Lasare reads to students

It’s a Jungle in There

There’s a jungle at Elementary North thanks to speech therapist Kim Lasare. She is one of 30 teachers participating in a professional development program that utilizes a book club format. The teachers are now on their second book entitled “Wild Card: Seven Steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough.” Inspired by the book, she transformed a classroom into a prehistoric rainforest, replete with a river, cave and lava flow. Dressed as an explorer, she guided students through the treacherous terrain until they reached safety, where they used flashlights to read “Dinosaurs Before Dark.”

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Fifth-Graders Show Their Talent

As a little treat prior to spring break, Townline, Dual Language and Elementary North fifth-grade orchestra students performed at Elementary North. They played “Red Lion,” Rhythm and Blues” and “Goin’ to Boston”.

A Beautiful Evening of Music

A beautiful evening of music was shared amongst Middle North and Middle South students as well as the Vernon Hills High School String Project. The audience was serenaded by Samantha May’s Chamber Orchestra, followed by Jennifer Greenwell’s Symphony Orchestra. After two pieces by the high school students, the evening was rounded out with a combined performance from MSS and MSN sixth grade Orchestra. Congratulations to all the students who played beautifully and to our orchestra directors.

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Girls Night of Code

Students at Vernon Hills High School have organized Girls Night of Code 2018. Girls at Hawthorn Middle School North and South are invited. It is an opportunity to have fun with friends and explore coding in a pressure free learning environment. It will take place Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Vernon Hills High School.