Classroom

Former Student Gives Back

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.

families eating

La Kermés: A Taste of Latin America

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.

 

students painting

Students Create Diego Rivera-inspired Mural

Fourth-grade students in Ms. Bautista’s class at the School of Dual Language painted images of their own faces last Friday. The images will be included in a large Diego Rivera-inspired mural that will hang outside of the classroom. Diego Rivera is one of the everyday heroes the class is currently studying.

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.

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)

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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)

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.

school board clip art

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: petersonw@hawthorn73.org.

 

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.

Notice

Clarification About Today’s Drill

As you know, Hawthorn District 73 schedules drills throughout the year to ensure our schools are prepared for emergencies and other events. This morning a drill took place at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language. While a parent posted on Facebook that this was an actual lockdown, this was only a drill. While we encourage community engagement on our Facebook page, please contact the school prior to posting information about events such as drills to ensure the information on our Facebook page is correct.

Como usted sabe, el Distrito Hawthorn #73 programa simulacros durante el año escolar para asegurar que nuestras escuelas estén preparadas para emergencias y otros eventos. Esta mañana se llevó a cabo un simulacro en la Escuela Elemental Townline y en la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual. Un padre publicó en Facebook que se trataba de un cierre de emergencia real, esto fue solo un simulacro. Nosotros alentamos la participación de la comunidad en nuestra página de Facebook, por favor antes de publicar información sobre eventos, comuníquese con la escuela para garantizar que la información en nuestra página de Facebook sea correcta.

STEM project

Students Work on STEM Projects

Fifth-grade students are working on a wide range of  STEM projects.