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Hawthorn School District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to:

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

El Grupo Folklórico Mexico

Cultural Night with “El Grupo Folkloric Mexico”

Come and enjoy a night of folkloric dance and Mexican culture. “El Grupo Folklorico Mexico” will perform at the School of Dual Language/Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, on Friday, April 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Hawthorn Hosts an Evening with the Board

Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs.  The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.

The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008.  Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.

Childcare will be provided.  Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to:


Spelling Bee

Student Spells “Ricochet” and Wins Spelling Bee

Fifth-grade student Micah G. won the School of Dual Language spelling bee by correctly spelling the word ricochet.  The runner-up was Andrea P. Congratulations to all the students for doing a great job.

Project Change – Bernie’s Book Bank

Por favor si pueden colectar libros para Bernie’s Book Bank!

Dual Language’s Project Change is sponsoring Bernie’s Book Bank.  We are collecting new and gently used books from January 8- January 16th!  All book donations will help children in need of books.  Students can bring any donations to the middle stairwell.  A Bernie’s Book Bank box will be there to place all book donations.   We greatly appreciate your support!!

Project Change – Bernie Books

Student Chorus is Starting!

TL/DL Eagle Chorus will start on Tuesday, January 23rd.  Rehearsal will be Tuesday and Thursday from 7:40-8:20 a.m.
Chorus information will be sent home this week.  Any questions can be directed to  Mrs. Grubb.
library books

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 is why third-grade teacher Laura Rodriguez was so excited to purchase books during her recent visit to Mexico. She and several classmates at a local university were traveling to an international book fair in Guadalajara in connection with a library science course. Mrs. Rodriguez saw the visit to the fair as an opportunity to add more authentic Spanish literature to the School of Dual Language’s library, which lacks books in this category.  Principal James Tohme provided her with a budget and librarian Cathy Gross gave her a list of the kinds of books that were most needed.

Mrs. Rodriguez purchased 70 to 80 books appropriate for a wide range of ages and reading levels. Her classmates carried some of the books in their luggage so Mrs. Rodriguez could avoid paying an extra luggage fee. The books, which represent authors from a variety of countries, are now at the School of Dual Language where they are being catalogued. Once processed, they will be available for students to check out.

“I think the students will learn a lot from the Spanish in these books,” said Dr. Tohme. “Our students will be able to see the authors reflected in themselves.”


Food Drive

Project Change Sponsors DL/TL Food Drive

¡Este año de Colectar Comida fue otro éxito!  ¡GRACIAS por su apoyo y donaciones!  Los estudiantes se divertieron mucho el miércoles en la mañana cargando los alimentos y poniendolos en el camión.  ¡Estamos super orgullosos y definitivamente tenemos MÁS donaciones este año en comparación al año pasado!  Eso es en parte por SU AYUDA y APOYO!

This year’s Food Drive was another success!!!  THANK YOU for all your support and donations!!!  Students had a lot of fun Wednesday morning loading the food drive donations onto the truck!!  Super proud and we definitely had even MORE donations from last year!  That’s all because of YOU and your SUPPORT!!!


Door Contest

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.