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

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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. 

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Encore Spirit Wear Sale

Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:


Large Demand for Books Makes Librarians Smile

Under their masks, Library Assistant Pam Heidner and Library Media Specialist Cathy Gross are smiling. They are happy because in just four days they received 300 requests from Dual Language and Townline students to check out library books for the next Supply Bag Pick Up on Oct. 29. The deadline to request books to be included in this pick up is Oct. 22.

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4th Grade Band & Orchestra Orientation Night – October 12th

We look forward to seeing you at Band Orientation Night!  This is an event for students and parents to attend together.  At 7:00 pm click on the link for your student’s school.  At 7:30 pm click on the link for your student’s instrument.  You will need your instrument for the 7:30 meeting, but please do not assemble your instrument until you are asked to do so.   

Townline & Dual Language Band
Aspen & Elementary South Band & Orchestra
Elementary North Band
Townline/Dual Language/Elementary North Orchestra
7:30Band Instruments
TL, DL, and Elem. North Percussion
Aspen & Elementary South Percussion
7:30Orchestra Instruments
North Violin/Viola
Aspen & Elementary South Violin/Viola
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Heartfelt Messages

Here are just a few of the uplifting messages that School of Dual Language teachers made for their students.

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All Students Read Together on Read Across America Day

In celebration of Read Across America Day, all students at Townline and the School of Dual Language dropped everything and read for half an hour beginning at 9:05 a.m. on Friday, March 6. For the kindergarten and first grade classrooms, fourth and fifth grade students read to the students. Read Across America Day is an annual observance inaugurated by the NEA (National Education Association). It is held in recognition of Dr Seuss’ birthday.

Students on a gallery walk

Students Go Back in Time Through Gallery Walk

Fourth grade students at the School of Dual Language participated in a fun gallery walk between the classrooms of Mrs. Brandt, Mrs. Velazquez and Miss Mejia. They observed a wide variety of objects/artifacts and imagined how Native Americans might have used these items hundreds of years ago. This was part of a social studies segment on the history of Illinois. The objects were on loan from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Students tracing an image.

Learning About Civil Rights Heroes

Mrs. Korn’s second-grade students at the School of Dual Language learned about important figures in the civil rights movement, such as Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Jackie Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They researched and wrote paragraphs in Spanish about these figures. They also traced their images to create large posters, which will be displayed in the hallways.

Students making cards.

Doing Something Special for Others

During Kindness Week at the School of Dual Language, fourth grade students wanted to do something that would brighten the lives of others. They made colorful Valentine’s Day cards for Brookdale residents.