A New Communication Tool Designed to Hear Your Questions, Concerns, Suggestions 

We are fortunate to have such a committed and involved community at Hawthorn 73.  We welcome your feedback at any time and want to ensure you that your voice matters.

That’s why we are launching Let’s Talk!, an innovative communications solution that enables parents, employees, and community members to participate in critical school and district discussions.  With Let’s Talk!, you can ask questions or submit comments whenever it is convenient for you – 24 hours a day seven days a week.

If you have something to share, click the Let’s Talk! button on the district website, www.hawthorn73.org, building website, or click here, and select the topic of your choice.  We want to hear what’s on your mind.

If you provide your contact information, you will receive a personal response.  If you prefer, you may also choose to remain anonymous.

Let’s make our district the best it can be – one conversation at a time!

Please note that Let’s Talk will not replace email, phone, or in-person communication. It is simply a supplement our district will use to ensure our parents and staff are heard.

Nick Brown
Superintendent of Hawthorn Schools

AJ Holiday Party Pictures

Aprendiendo Jugando (Learning while playing) is a program at the School of Dual Language which offers homework help, a snack and activities to approximately 70 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  We are lucky to have current teachers and middle school students to help run the program on a weekly basis. On Monday, December 14th students enjoyed their annual holiday party.  They were excited to see Santa visit and surprise them with presents, which were generously donated by Hawthorn families and local businesses.

Aprendiendo Jugando es un programa en la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual que ofrece ayuda con la tarea, una merienda, y actividades divertidas a aproximadamente 70 estudiantes de kinder a quinto grado.  Afortunadamente tenemos maestras y estudiantes de las escuelas intermedias (Norte y Sur) que ayudan a facilitar este programa cada semana.  El lunes, 14 de diciembre los estudiantes disfrutaron la fiesta anual.  Estuvieron emocionados que Santa visitó y les trajo regalos, que fueron donados por unas familias de Hawthorn y unos negocios locales.

Possible outages

Due to a planned power outage tomorrow December 19th, 2015 between the hours of 7am and 3pm you may see some sporadic outages when visiting our websites or with some of our phone lines. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Presentación de la evaluación del programa del Lenguaje Dual a la Junta de Educación del Distrito / Hawthorn 73 Dual Language program evaluation presentation to the Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education.

Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para ver la presentación.

Click on link below to view presentation.

Board Presention on DL evaluation


Presentación de la evaluación del programa del Lenguaje Dual a la Junta de Educación del Distrito Hawthorn 73

Durante la primavera del año pasado, la Escuela del Lenguaje Dual fue sometida a una exhaustiva y completa evaluación de nuestro programa.  La evaluación fue completada por el Dr. Julie Sugarman del Centro de Lingüística Aplicada (CAL) de  Washington DC.  CAL es una de las organizaciones líder en el país, que apoya escuelas y distritos a nivel local, estatal, y federal en aspectos relacionados al lenguaje y cultura.


Esta presentación en PowerPoint fue presentada a la Junta de Educación el 24 de Agosto, 2015 por Art Abrego, Director de Educación Bilingüe y Adquisición del Lenguaje y por James Tohme, Director de la Escuela del Lenguaje Dual.  La presentación proveyó un resumen  de los resultados de la evaluación al igual que las recomendaciones y las medidas de acción que actualmente estamos realizando para mejorar el programa del Lenguaje Dual.


Esperamos poder llegar a compartir  con ustedes información actualizada sobre el progreso de nuestro trabajo tanto a nivel de la escuela como a nivel del programa.   Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con el Sr. Abrego en abregoa@hawthorn73.org o con el Dr. Tohme  en tohmej@hawthorn73.org



Dual Language program evaluation presentation to the Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education.

Last spring, the School of Dual Language underwent a comprehensive evaluation of our program. The evaluation was completed by Dr. Julie Sugarman from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) out of Washington DC.  CAL is one of the leading organizations in the country, which supports schools and districts at the local, state and federal level on issues related to language and culture.


This powerpoint was presented to the Board of Education on August 24, 2015 by Art Abrego, the Director of Bilingual Education and Language Acquisition and James Tohme, Principal at the School of Dual Language.  The presentation provided an overview of the findings of the evaluation as well as recommendations and current action steps we are taking to enhance our Dual Language program.


We look forward to sharing future updates with you on the progress of our work as a school and program.   If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Abrego at abregoa@hawthorn73.org or Dr. Tohme at tohmej@hawthorn73.org

Parent Communication Letter

Please download and review this letter from Superintendent Nick Brown on Parent Communication.

Our Students Are the Best!

Hawthorn students make up about 95 percent of the student body at Vernon Hills High School. The Vernon Hills High School District 128 continues to be recognized as one of the top districts in the state and nation.

Niche, a national college and school ranking service, has ranked Community High School District 128 the 17th best school district in the United States (out of approximately 10,500) and the 3rd best in Illinois (out of approximately 860). In addition, District 128 earned an “A+” overall district grade.
According to Niche, the 2016 Best School Districts ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall experience of a school district. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the district.

District 128 Superintendent Prentiss Lea noted, “District 128 is excited to be recognized as one of the top school districts in the nation. Our Board, administrators, faculty and staff, parents and communities, and of course, our amazing students, continue to work together to ensure and demonstrate consistent student growth and increased student achievement. We are very proud of their collective efforts to provide every opportunity for student success at Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools.”

Seal of Biliteracy Presentations

In November the Dual Language students attended presentations about the Seal of Biliteracy.  This is an award the students work towards from Kindergarten through Eighth grade.  Any student who speaks, reads and writes in two languages can earn the Seal of Biliteracy at graduation.

En noviembre los estudiantes del lenguaje dual asistieron a presentaciones sobre Seal Biliteracy.  Este es un premio que los estudiantes trabajan desde el kindergarten hasta el octavo grado.  Cualquier estudiante que habla, lee, y escribe en dos idiomas pueden ganar el premio Seal of Biliteracy al momento de la graduación.

Soft Lockdown lifted

As of 11:33AM The Soft lockdown is no longer in effect.

12/3/15 10:45AM: Hawthorn District 73 is under a soft lockdown due to information from the Mundelein Police department about suspicious activity in the area. Normal activities will occur within the buildings. However we will not allow individuals in or out of our buildings until the lockdown is lifted.  We will update you when the status changes.

Holiday Boutique

Stop in at the annual PTO Winter Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Dr.  The Boutique features handcrafted items from local artisans and crafters. In addition to the craft fair, we will have a bake sale, raffle, and drum circle!  This has become an annual go to destination for unique holiday gifts.

The PTO Family Programming invites you to participate in the Drum Circle. The Drum Circle participation times are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 5. Please click here for more details and to sign up.

2015 Dual Language InsighteX Results