Get Ready for the Residency Event

Hawthorn District 73 will hold its district-wide residency event on August 2, 3 and 7 at Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills.  For more information, please visit the news section of this site.

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.

The following students received the Most Improved Student Award for the 2016-2017 school year.

Second Grade
Diego Lopez – Aspen
Yareli Solache Cuenca – Dual Language
Yareli Bollas – Elementary North
Sathyendra Kumarasamy – Elementary South
Vira Balbus – Townline

Fifth Grade
Ashley Machorro – Aspen
Jocelyn Guadarrama – Dual Language
Felix Navarrete – Elementary North
Victor Camacho – Elementary South
Dylan Glazer – Townline

Eighth Grade
Michael Lee – Middle School North
Seo-Yeon Lee – Middle School South


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 the IPA.  Nandini Kandamuri, of Elementary North was recognized.

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 fire safety message in the story.  The students enjoyed listening to the story and sharing their own knowledge about fire safety with the residents.

Fireman Tony, as the students know him, of the Countryside Fire Protection District, educates students in grades K-12 about fire and life safety.


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 and print-making.

“Strongest to me does not necessarily mean the ‘best’ but rather the students that take the greatest risks with their art or show the most growth during the rotation or from year to year, said Hawthorn Middle School North School Art Teacher Hannah Altshuler.


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 nickels, Wednesday dimes, and Friday quarters. All money was donated to Feed my Starving Children. The homeroom that had the most money collected won an extra recess.

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 to two winners with perfect attendance for the entire school year on the last day of school!  Thank you to Horace Mann for your generous donations!

Hawthorn’s Summer Band and Orchestra Camp

Save the date for Hawthorn’s Summer Band and Orchestra Camp July 17 through July 28. Registration begins March 1. For details about the camp, please visit the summer camp website page.