Halloween at Dual Language

Enjoy some photos of the fun at school today.  Thank you to all the room parents who helped make this so much fun!

School of Dual Language Photo Gallery

Special Education Presentation

On October 25, the Department of Special Services presented information on Special Education for parents, A Journey through the IEP process.  The information was well received and parents found the information informative.  Additional sessions will be held at 7 p.m. January 26 and March 15, 2017.  Parents only need to attend one session.  Sessions will be held at the District Office located at 841 West End Court.

Phone Polling of Dist. 73 Residents Has Begun

A professional phone polling company has begun contacting residents to collect additional feedback on the facilities options presented by DLR Group, district architect, on Oct 19.  The polling company will be identified as Promark Research or Call Research on caller ID.  Phone polling will be conducted through Nov. 1.

Tell Us What You Think about Hawthorn Schools

During the Board of Education meeting, Jason Lembke, architect with the DLR Group, shared that the online survey distributed after the October 19 Special Board meeting continues to receive responses on a daily basis.  The survey will remain open for community input until Nov. 1.  A professional phone polling company has also begun contacting residents to collect additional feedback.

The Core Team which consists of parents, staff, community members, administration and the DLR Group will reconvene to analyze the data, focus on priorities provided by the School Board and refine concepts based on community ideas and input.  A second community meeting will be held on a date to be determined in order to present hybrid concepts to residents.  A final recommendation will be made to the Board of Education in December.  The Board will make a decision in January 2017 regarding a comprehensive plan to address the growth needs for Hawthorn.  If the Board decides to place a referendum question on the ballot regarding this facilities plan, a vote would occur on April 4, 2017.

Please click here for additional information on the Educational Facilities Master Plan.

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Halloween School Guidelines

Estimados Padres del Programa Dual:

¡Ya hay frio en el aire y calabazas en el campo! Todos estamos anticipando las festividades de Halloween en la escuela Hawthorn para el Lenguaje Dual el 31 de octubret.   A continuación del almuerzo/ recreo, los estudiantes usarán sus disfraces para el desfile de Halloween a lo largo de toda la escuela.   Después del desfile, los estudiantes regresarán a los salones de clase para tener sus fiestas de salones patrocinada por su PTO durante el resto de la tarde.


Dear Dual Language Parents,

There’s a chill in the air and there are pumpkins in the patch!  We are looking forward to the Halloween festivities at Hawthorn School of Dual Language School on October 31st.  Following lunch/recess, students will dress in costume for a school-wide Halloween parade.  After the parade, students will return to homerooms for their PTO sponsored room parties for the remainder of the afternoon.



Red Ribbon Week: Respect Yourself – Be Drug Free

Our school community will be taking a stand against drugs.  Red Ribbon Week will be held October 24-28.  Join in the fun!


10/24:  Wake up drug free – P.J. Day!

10/25:  Proud to be drug free – School Spirity Day!

10/26:  Crazy about being drug free – Crazy Hair Day!

10/27:  It’s no sweat to be drug free – Workout Clothes Day!

10/28:  Drug free pledge day – Wear RED!

Principal Appreciation

It is National Principal Appreciation month. Take a moment to thank your children’s principal(s) for being a great leader in their school(s).

Fire Safety Poster Winners

Congratulations to two School of Dual Language students who submitted their entries in the Countryside Fire Safety Poster Contest.   Cal S., 4th grade is the 3rd prize winner and Andrea P.,  3rd grade was the 1st prize winner!  We are so proud of you both!

Don’t Miss the Facilities Meeting

You are invited to a very special Board meeting on Wednesday, October 19 to receive important information about Hawthorn District 73 building improvements under its Educational Facility Master Plan (EFMP).  District 73 has experienced growth over the past few years and the master plan will provide a long-term solution for both the district’s urgent facility needs now as well as planning for continued growth and academic excellence into the future.

The Hawthorn Board of Education hired DLR Group of Chicago in March to evaluate its current facility conditions and to facilitate a Core Team made up of community members, staff, administrators and facility leadership to discuss and create solutions that address the district’s needs.  Wednesday’s presentation will be the community’s first opportunity to give feedback to the Core Team regarding a master plan solution prior to Board of Education consideration later this fall.

Please make arrangements to attend this very important presentation and conversation at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 19.  Childcare will be provided along with a light snack.  For childcare, please RSVP Wendy Peterson at petersonw@hawthorn73.org or call her at 847-990-4215.  

Background Information

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Goal Setting

This fall the Hawthorn Planning Council rolled out an exciting new initiative for our students.  In keeping aligned with the strategic plan, students in Kindergarten through eighth grade will develop individualized learning goals that will be implemented throughout the year.  Teachers all across the district are working with students to identify and write goals that are challenging, yet attainable.

Why is it important for students to set goals?  The process of goal setting will support student responsibility for their learning.  With the shift over the past several years to include formative assessment, student goal setting has been found to be highly effective in supporting students in academic achievement.

Elementary students will develop individualized learning goals with the support of their teacher.  Student and teacher will brainstorm strategies that will set the path toward meeting their goal.  Goals will be shared with parents at the November Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Middle School students will utilize a common goal setting form and work with core academic staff to establish goals based off of the fall MAP benchmark.  Students will conference with staff in the winter and spring.  In the spring, students will decide if they have met their goals.  Students must successfully meet 3 out of 5 established goals.

Parents play a key role in the success their child achieves.  At home review the student’s goals and develop a plan to guide them.   Ask your student what they find interesting and challenging.  Create an atmosphere of creative learning where the child has an opportunity to achieve new heights.  But most importantly, build a collaborative engaging relationship with your child to encourage communication.