Entries by Margaret Van Duch

Girl Power

Girl power was clearly at work as third through fifth grade girls from Elementary North participated in the “This Girl Can” run at Peterson Park on May 18. Organized by kindergarten teacher Raquel Almora, the girls collectively ran 797.25 miles.

Most Improved Student Award

Twelve students received the David Yomtoob Most Improved Student Award during a Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education meeting. Each year former Hawthorn superintendent Youssef Yomtoob, and his wife, Parichehr, recognize students whose essays were selected for expressing how they improved over a period of time in such areas as academics, social skills, and behavior. […]

On April 26, the Lake County Region Illinois Principals Association hosted its annual breakfast and recognition ceremony at Vernon Hills High School. Principals nominated students in their schools who have shown outstanding achievements in school and community.  They, along with their parents and the building administrators, have breakfast and then are recognized with a certificate from […]

Reading and Fire Safety

Hawthorn Elementary North second graders recently visited Brookdale at Hawthorn Lakes Retirement Community to share what they have learned about Fire Safety from Fireman Tony Rodkey. The residents of Brookdale then read a story to the second graders titled No Dragons for Tea, which is highly recommended by the National Fire Protection Association due to the […]

Aspen Art Fair

Check out the annual District 73 Art Show at the Aspen Drive Library. Close to 400 student artists displayed unique forms of art during the art show. Click here to see the many artists and their artwork. Artwork is on display through Friday, April 7. The art show represents all the schools strongest pieces including drawings, paintings, collages, paper sculptures, Papier-mâché […]

Feed the Children

The Elementary North Student Council volunteered at Feed my Starving Children. The students packed 79 boxes and helped feed 46 children for a year. Additionally, the school raised almost $1,200, which was donated to help feed children and their families. Student council held a “coins wars” week. On Monday students brought in pennies, on Tuesday […]

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters at Elementary North! We have partnered with Horace Mann to provide gift cards to one lucky winner from each grade level each trimester!  These students must have had perfect attendance for the entire trimester!  Here are our winners from Trimester 2! Along with this, we will raffle off a tablet and a bike […]

Jumping Rope for Healthy Hearts

The Elementary North School family is proud to announce that their students raised over $8,700 for the American Heart Association during their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.  Thanks to all the families and friends who kindly donated to this cause. The top fundraiser was first grader Madison Kopin who raised over $1,200. Third grader Jennifer Sim came in second place. Jump […]


Students in grades 1 to 5 at Elementary North enjoy having the option of going to “Choice Time” instead of outdoor recess from December through March.  The students play board games, do puzzles, or can draw/color during indoor Choice Time.