Ven a leer con Dr. Tohme, el miércoles 30 de septiembre – Come Read with Dr. Tohme, Wed. 9/30

Dr. Tohme estará leyendo en la Biblioteca Cook, en la localidad de Aspen este miércoles. Ven y disfruta de unos refrescos y una historia leída con Dr. Tohme empezando a las 6:45 pm. Todos están bienvenidos.

Dr. Tohme will be reading at Cook Library, Aspen location this Wednesday.  Come enjoy refreshments at 6:30 pm, and enjoy a story with Dr. Tohme starting at 6:45 pm.  All are welcome!

Principals Read at Cook Library

Hawthorn Welcomes New Friends

The start of the 2015-16 school year is off and running with a few more smiling faces than predicted.  Hawthorn 73 experienced an unprecedented growth bubble with 176 additional new students enrolled into the district.  There are 22 at the middle school level and the remaining 154 are spread throughout the elementary schools.   Based on the 2012 demographic study, enrollment numbers have far exceeded predictions.  This level of growth has an impact in buildings and bus routes. Please understand the administrative team is working to evaluate the situation for the benefit of all of Hawthorn’s students.  Welcome to Hawthorn 73 to all our new families and welcome back to our returning families!  I wish every student a successful year of joyful learning.
Nick Brown
Hawthorn Superintendent

Statewide PARCC Results Released

In an effort to keep parents updated on education matters at the state level, Hawthorn wanted to inform parents that this week the Illinois State Board of Education released preliminary state-level  results for the PARCC Assessment, which District 73 students participated in last March and May.  At this time, the assessment results only includes data derived from students who were administered the online format of the PARCC test.  The data in this report gives Hawthorn a big picture of how students did across the state. Hawthorn does not have results yet for its students.

Unlike ISAT, PARCC results are communicated on a 5 performance-level system;

  • Level 5: Exceeded Academic Expectations
  • Level 4: Met Academic Expectations
  • Level 3: Approached Academic Expectations (Adequate Command of Grade Level Content)
  • Level 2: Partially Met Academic Expectations
  • Level 1: Did Not Yet Meet Academic Expectations

Based on these performance levels the state of Illinois released the above shown preliminary results.

Again, District 73 has not received data on individual student performance or how the district compared to the State of Illinois.  District 73 staff is anxious to review the results and modify instruction as needed. Teachers and Hawthorn administration expressed that students who left testing sites last spring showed confidence in their knowledge of the testing material.  Whatever the data reports, District 73 will treat this initial administration of PARCC as a benchmark year to assess its curriculum as it shifts toward the new Illinois State Standards. As in years past, Hawthorn anticipates the state to fully release test scores by the end of October, at which time the administration will share those results with the Board of Education and its parents.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to follow up with Dr. Lisa Cerauli, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction. She can be reached at or 847-990-4251. The state also has detailed information on its website.

Principals Read at Library

Each year Hawthorn principals celebrate their love for reading by sharing favorite stories with children during a Cook Memorial Public Library reading event at its Aspen location. Look below for details on when each principal will read. To save the information, click here to download the flyer. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. and story time begins at 6:45 p.m.

  • Dr. Jill Martin, of Elementary South, will read on Monday, Sept. 21.
  • Dr. James Tohme, of the School of Dual Language, will read on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  • Dr. Victoria Kieffer, of Townline School, will read on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
  • Mrs. Katie Waggoner, of Elementary North, will read on Monday, Nov. 16.
  • Mr. Bill Fredricksen, of Aspen School, will read on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Spirit Wear is Here! Order Yours Today

PTO Spirit Wear committee is happy to kick off the Fall Spirit Wear sale with new items with our “Official New Hawthorn District 73 Eagle Mascot”!   Thank you to all that voted!  The voting was close with Eagle #2 getting 39% of the votes.

Like last year we encourage you to order on-line for seamless processing of your order at Spirit Wear on-line ordering.  The Order deadline is September 21st with delivery to the schools the week of October 5th.

A perfect way to show your Hawthorn Spirit will be to wear Spirit Wear!

Remember some things do not change…..we are the Hawthorn Eagles!

Spirit Wear Flyer Fall 2015

Spirit Wear Order Forms Fall 2015

A Plan for Everything

Hawthorn District 73 takes get pride in the quality of education that is provided to its students. The key to District 73’s student success is through the collaborative efforts of its stakeholders. A strategic plan is a prime example of such collaboration. Click here to see the seven Strategic Plan Initiatives, which clearly articulate the district’s values, vision, mission, focus areas, goals and objectives.

Family Social Night was Fun for All!

Enjoy some photos from the DL/TL Family Social Night on 9/4.  It was a great night to see friends and make new ones.

Dual Language Celebrates Back to School

Townline and Dual Language Schools celebrate back to school with an ice cream social and the Bubble Guy.

Curriculum Night / Noche de Currîculo – Grades K, 1, 2 on 9/8

Parents of students in grades K, 1 and 2 are invited to attend Curriculum Night at the School of Dual Language on Tuesday, Sept., 8th at 7:00 pm.

Curriculum Night Grades K-2 English

Curriculum Night Grades K-2 Español

Curriculum Night / Noche de Currîcula – Grades 3, 4, 5 on 9/10

Parents of students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are invited to attend Curriculum Night at the School of Dual Language on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 pm.

Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 English

Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 Español