Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

Save the Dates for the 2018 Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

The Hawthorn Enrichment Institute summer program is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students. It will take place from July 9 – August 10, 2018.  Registration begins February 1, 2018.

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute (HEI) Registration is Open

Summer 2016 HEI Registration and information is available here.

Registration is Open!

Inclement Weather Update

Hawthorn takes school closings very seriously. Should schools close due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, the district uses an automated emergency notification system to send a recorded voice message to each student’s home telephone number, as provided during registration. Parents have the option of managing their emergency notifications by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to change telephone numbers, request text messaging, and request email messaging. For more information on how Hawthorn determines school closings, please click here.

Nicole Rodrigo

Hawthorn Welcomes New School of Dual Language Principal

Dear Dual Language Community,

As you know, Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Fabrizio are serving in the role of co-interim principals at the School of Dual Language throughout our 2020-2021 school year. We have conducted a comprehensive search for a Dual Language principal to begin on July 1, 2021, and I am pleased to announce that Ms. Nicole Rodrigo has been approved by the Board of Education to serve in this role. 

Ms. Rodrigo is currently a fifth-grade dual language teacher leader at Barrington Community Unit School District 220, where she has taught at both Grove Avenue and Arnett C. Lines Elementary Schools. Prior to that, she taught fourth and fifth grade dual language classes at Channing Elementary in School District U46. Ms. Rodrigo received a Bachelor of Science in Education – Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Western Illinois University, where she also minored in Spanish. She received a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.

Ms. Rodrigo has shown an ability to lead effectively, with student needs as the top priority. She has created and aligned dual language curriculum maps, mentored new teachers, planned and supervised after school enrichment programs, and organized an in-school math lab. Ms. Rodrigo also brings an excellent reputation as a skilled instructor to the principalship, and has provided high quality professional development in dual language learning to educators in the field.

I will work diligently with Ms. Rodrigo to transition her to Hawthorn School District #73. In addition, Dr. Gordon and Mrs. Fabrizio will help familiarize her with our School of Dual Language students, teachers, and community. Because of our supportive community and wonderful staff, I am very confident that the students of Dual Language will be in the best possible hands.     

I would like to thank the teachers, parents, and administrators who participated in our principal selection process over the past several months, and hope you will join me in welcoming Ms. Rodrigo to our Hawthorn community.


Dr. Peter Hannigan

Students in classroom

Comparing Different Cultures

Monday was the first of what Mrs. Naughton’s 2nd grade class at the School of Dual Language would normally do as a culture rotation. After defining and sharing examples of what makes up different cultures, they used three examples (arts and crafts—weaving vs. quilting; libraries—buildings vs. books delivered by burros; and games—bingo vs. lotería) from three different countries to compare and contrast them with those cultural aspects in the U.S.

Student Picture Day

Hawthorn Dist. Letter to Parents – School Pictures Day

Zoom screen of Dr. Haack

Families Enjoy a Night of Hawaiian Flair at Virtual Winter Luaus

Students and their families learned all about Hawaii during Virtual Winter Luau events at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language on Monday evening. They learned about the history and culture of the Aloha State. A highlight of the night was a hula dancing lesson. Students wore colorful leis they had received during the last student supply pick up and danced along with a video. Everyone had great fun. The schools are planning another fun event in February. 

Mrs. Stanley with her cello

Connecting Through Music

Mrs. Stanley reviewed bowing techniques with her fourth-grade beginning cello students at the School of Dual Language. Although classes are virtual, music teachers continue to inspire and connect with students through music.

Purposeful Parenting: Building Resiliency Using a Strength Based Approach with Jackie Rhew!

Dear Parents, We hope to see you this Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 PM for Purposeful Parenting: Building Resiliency Using a Strength Based Approach with Jackie Rhew!
We are pleased to welcome Jackie Rhew, LCPC, as a guest speaker to Hawthorn District 73.  Join Jackie as she focuses on building resiliency, emotional wellness, and using a strength based approach to parenting. She’ll cover strategies for parents, how to model healthy coping, and much more! Gain valuable and practical tools to help build resilience in your children.  This presentation is open to all parents/guardians of students in preK-8th grade.
The presentation will be recorded and posted on the District 73 Student Services Website after the event.
About the Presenter:
JACQUELINE (JACKIE) RHEW, LCPC, CADC has co-authored Successful Parenting Workbook: create your custom plan for raising independent children into adulthood, along with several other publications in her over 25 years of treating the whole person. Jacqueline’s expertise lies in a multitude of areas such as school refusal, eating disorders, self-injury, grief issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. As the co-founder of the Center for Emotional Wellness of the Northwest Suburbs, she is an expert in her field and is called upon by hundreds of school districts both locally and internationally for consulting staff in order to better serve their youth. Jacqueline serves as a clinical liaison for AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. She continues to be a sought after keynote speaker due to her expertise in her field. She has been featured on Chicago ABC and CBS for her exemplary work and insight.

Date: January 7th, 2021 via Zoom

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Meeting ID: 872 0958 6711

Passcode: 275452
For Spanish: Dial: (425) 436-6379Access Code: 1198757#