School Safety Update

All our thoughts recently have been about school safety and mourning the tragic deaths of the students in Florida. This has created important and difficult conversations surrounding violence in our society, and then the one that has always kept me up at night — keeping our students safe at school. This has always been true for me, not just in light of the most recent tragedy.

Hawthorn has a very good working relationship with the Vernon Hills Police Department. We have a school resource officer on campus every day. The resource officer works with all staff to monitor situations, communicate with the police department as needed and help work with families, staff, community, and students in a constructive manner. (Continued)


Todos nuestros pensamientos recientemente han sido acerca de la seguridad escolar y de luto por la trágica muerte de los estudiantes en Florida. Esto ha creado conversaciones importantes y difíciles acerca de la violencia en nuestra sociedad, y también algo que siempre me ha mantenido despierto en la noche, manteniendo a nuestros estudiantes seguros en la escuela. Esto siempre ha sido cierto para mí, no solo a la luz de la tragedia más reciente.

Hawthorn tiene una muy buena relación de trabajo con el Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills. Tenemos un oficial de recursos escolares en el campus todos los días. El oficial de recursos trabaja con todo el personal para monitorear situaciones, comunicarse con el departamento de policía según sea necesario y ayudar a trabajar con las familias, el personal, la comunidad y los estudiantes de una manera constructiva. (Continue in Spanish)

Growing Together

We Want Your Advice about District 73’s Future

Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.

A Message Regarding Events in Florida

In light of recent events in Florida with another tragic school shooting, our sympathy and thoughts go out to the parents, staff, students and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. (Continued)

Te quiero

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, kindergarten students in Ms. Gitzinger’s class at the School of Dual Language are singing Te quiero (I love you in Spanish). Ms. Schaefges has taught the class a number of Valentine’s Day songs and the children are not only singing, they are playing instruments and dancing.

Dual and Townline Family Bingo Night 2/16

Join  us for a night of family fun at Family Bingo Night on Friday, Feb.16th.  All families are invited from 6:30-8:00 pm in the school gym.

All For Books!

Scholastic Winter Book Fair is Feb. 16-23.  The PTO is introducing a great new way to get involved in our school and give back!  As our PTO Book Fair approaches, we are collecting money to purchase more books for our school library and classrooms.

Each student brought home a small bag to fill with any loose change or dollars.  We are asking that the money be returned by Thursday, Feb. 15th.

In addition, for every dollar we collect, Scholastic Book Fairs will send a book to one of the following nonprofit organizations: Kids in Distressed Situations Inc., and Kids in Need Foundation.

This is a 3-Way Win!

  • Our school will purchase books with the money collected
  • Our school earns profit from the money collected
  • Students around the country will get books donated by Scholastic Books Fairs

All For Books

NO 5th Grade Chorus on Tuesday, 2/6

There will be no 5th grade chorus tomorrow, Tuesday, 2/6.  

PTO Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The Winter Scholastic Book Fair will take place February 16-23.  We are looking for parent volunteers to help students create wishlists and fill student orders.  Please use the link below to sign-up for 1-hour time slots.  Thank you in advance for your help.