Project Change Elections

Enjoy these pictures of three students running for President of Project Change, which is open to 4th and 5th grade students, and Project Change students presenting about dual language to a neighboring school district.

Students Enjoying a Great Day of Learning!

Diego and Maya playing Tic-Tac -Toe Math because numbers are universal!
¡Diego y Maya jugando matemáticas de Tic-Tac -Toe porque los números son universales!DSC_0328
Ready to head home after a good day of learning!
¡Listos para ir a casa después de un buen día de aprender!


Enjoying an Art Adventure lesson

Disfrutando una lección de Arte de Aventura



La Sra. Davis with some of her students on Valentine’s Day.


Ms. Brown and Ms. Romani racing against two fifth grade students.





Reminder: Monday, Feb. 16th – Yes, There is School!

The two days students missed earlier this year due to inclement weather will be made up on Monday, Feb. 16 and Monday, March 2. Students are expected to be in attendance on those days.

Students will make up the Feb. 2 snow day at the end of the school year.

Behavior Assembly

All students of Dual Language learned more about “Respect, Responsible, and Safe” behavior during our Behavior Assembly.  Here, children learned about the new behavior matrix and our way of tabulating behavior  with Class DoJo in the common areas…hallway, cafeteria and the like.  Our hope is that kids will make the community a better place as they strive to be the best version of themselves.



The PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the Mother Daughter Tea on Saturday, March 7th, 2015.  In addition, we are also looking for help the week prior to the Tea, for set up the evening of Friday, March 6th, and for Bakers to donate items to the Tea.  In the SignUp Genius link below, you will see openings for 1-2 hour time slots as well as for “Bakers”!  

This is a great way to learn about the 4th-grade Mother Daughter Tea especially if you are a parent that will be attending in the coming years.  Also, if you have attended the Tea in the past and enjoyed it, this is a great way to show your support for its continued success.  If you are a 4th grade parent, don’t worry about helping this year, as we want you to enjoy the event!

To sign up, please go to:

5 Essentials Survey for Parents

Hawthorn District 73 is joining the Illinois State Board of Education in the third statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From now through March 13, teachers, students in 6th-8th grades, and parents will be asked to take a 20-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.

Hawthorn students will be taking the survey during their regularly scheduled classes between January 20 and March 13.

Parents:  Please click here to take the 5Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

Twenty years of University of Chicago research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to make substantial gains in improving student reading and math than schools that were weak on three or more of the Essentials. Those differences remained true even after controlling for student and school characteristics, including poverty, race, gender, and neighborhood characteristics. Strength on components within the Essentials also correlated with increased teacher retention, student attendance, college enrollment, and high school graduation.

Hawthorn participated in the first statewide 5Essentials Survey and is opting to administer the survey to teachers and students again this year to continue tracking and informing progress.

Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in May 2015. Survey results will also be reported on the 2015 State School Report Card website and the full 5Essentials Reports will also be released in the fall.

On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact is providing Illinois 5Essentials to schools statewide. Teachers, students and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online. For more information visit:

Illinois PARCC Assessment Practice and Vocabulary

Parents!  Want to experience the new state of Illinois PARCC Assessment?
Click HERE to have your child practice at home!  Click on the Practice Tests tab at the top of the page.
Students can become familiar with the PARCC vocabulary also:

DL Spelling Bee Winners!

DL Spelling bee took place in the 4th and 5th grades.  In November we held classroom spelling bees and we had two winners from each class.  Those 12 students competed in the school-wide spelling bee on January 29th.  The runner up was Chloe R. from Ms. Romani’s class and the winner was Charlie F. from Ms. Glickson’s class.  Charlie will compete in the Lake County Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 26th.  You can see all the participants in the photos.



Wear Red on Friday, 2/6 for Heart Health!

Wear RED on Friday to support HEART HEALTH!