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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.

Spelling Bee Today!

Our  DL Spelling Bee was won by 5th grade student Micah G. The winning word was:  RICOCHET.  Runner-up was Andrea P.  Congratulations to all students who participated!

Order Your DL T-Shirts Today!

¡Gracias a todos que mandaron sus diseños para la playera!  Escogimos 3 diseños y los usamos para crear este diseño. La playera es azul celeste con el diseño en azul oscuro. Si quieren comprar playeras, favor de marcar los tamaños que quieren y mandar este papel con el dinero a la escuela antes del miércoles, 24 de enero. Damos una donación al programa “Aprendiendo Jugando” con cada playera que vendemos.

Thank you to all of the students who turned in designs for our t-shirts! We chose 3 designs that we combined to create this t-shirt.  The t-shirt will be light blue with navy blue print. If you would like to buy Dual Language t-shirts, please mark the size(s) and send this paper with the money to school by Wednesday, January 24th. We are donating the proceeds from each shirt sold to our after school program AJ (Aprendiendo Jugando).

DL T-shirt Order Form

Giving is Living

Here are pictures from our January 12th, Second Step All School Assembly.  Students enjoyed the activities and the message of Giving is Living!

Giving Pictures

Ann Martin

Author Ann Martin Talks with Students

Fourth and fifth graders at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language received a special treat on January 11. World-renowned children’s book author Ann M. Martin spoke with them about the many books she has written.  Librarian Cathy Gross asked her a series of questions about her writing and what inspired her to become an author. The students also asked questions. Ms. Martin is known for “The Baby-Sitters Club” series and other books for children and young adults.

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.”