Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

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 […]

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, […]

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.

Author Ann Martin Talks with Students

Fourth and fifth graders at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language received a special treat on January 11. World-renowned children’s book author Ann M. Martin spoke with them about the many books she has written.  Librarian Cathy Gross asked her a series of questions about her writing and what inspired her to become […]

Mexico Trip Brings Rare Books to Library

Authentic Spanish books can be hard to find on a local level, but offer a special treat for students. Unlike books that have been translated from English into Spanish, Spanish literature written by Spanish and Latin American authors provides students with a layer of cultural authenticity and insight into Spanish culture, traditions and history. This […]

Doors Open with Positive Messages about Friendship

Classroom doors at the School of Dual Language are doing much more than opening and closing. They are promoting positive messages about friendship.  Students in 18 classrooms, from kindergarten through fifth grade, decorated their doors as part of a Social Emotional Learning initiative.  Friendship was the theme.