The community is invited to attend the final Referendum Community Information Sessions. One will take place Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library. The final meeting will take place Friday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Vernon Hills Village Hall. The district will share information and answer the community’s questions about the referendum at these meetings.
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When Sammy Escobar was in fifth grade, he had a teacher who deeply inspired him. That teacher was Mrs. Guadalupe Roznowski, who is now a first grade teacher at the School of Dual Language. Years later, Mr. Escobar learned that Mrs. Roznowski needed tablets for her classroom, and he was quick to respond. His company, Escobar Moving Services, donated 10 tablets that will enable students to better work together on projects. Mr. Escobar delivered the tablets on Tuesday. The students were very excited to receive new mobile devices.
The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of information meetings on the two referenda questions that will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The dates are as follows:
- Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Elementary North Gym, 301 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
- Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Middle School North Gym, 201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
- Thursday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
- Friday, October 26, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Vernon Hills Village Hall, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL
Spanish translators will be present at the Elementary North presentation on October 9 and the Middle School North presentation on October 17.
For more information, visit the District’s referendum website at: referendum.hawthorn73.org. If you have questions, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young adult and children’s fiction writer Katherine Applegate visited Townline and the School of Dual Language today. All fourth and fifth grade students listened to her talk about her books, which include Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld and other book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her 2012 children’s novel The One and Only Ivan. At one point, she gave the students 10 seconds to use their imagination to invent their own fiction species. Then she asked students to talk about what they imagined. One student said his species was a turtle that had the power to slow everything down around him. She also encouraged students to not be afraid to make mistakes and to follow their passion.
There was something for everyone at last Friday’s La Kermés, a Latin American carnival that the School of Dual Language has hosted for the past 15 years. Family members could sample a wide selection of dishes and desserts from Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The food choices included empanadas, elote (Mexican grilled corn), pozole, tacos de carne, flautas, pollo frito and horchata. While families enjoyed their dinners, a Mariachi band strolled around the gym. Many sang along with the music. After dinner, children took part in a wide variety of games, including a hula hoop contest. While there was no dunk tank this year (due to the weather), everyone had a great time.
The School of Dual Language’s Aprendiendo Jugando (AJ) program welcomed some special guests yesterday, including Maureen Fishback and Rudy Albsmeyer from the Museum of Science and Industry and Justine Grosvenor from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. The guests watched the students as they conducted tests with rocks and minerals, and wrote down their findings in journals. The science portion of the AJ program is provided through a partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, which supports a number of after school programs to help students achieve their full potential in science.
The vejigante is a fantastic, colorful character introduced into carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico hundreds of years ago. It is still an important part of Puerto Rican culture today. Third-grade students in Ms. Watts class at the School of Dual Language are studying the Puerto Rican carnival. They, as well as other third-grade classes, crafted their own colorful vejigante masks, which will be displayed in hallways next week.