Spirit Wear Sale until Sept. 21!

The 2014 fall spirit wear sale has begun! We are excited to offer new items and a website for online viewing, ordering, and purchasing that accepts credit card payments. Please visit the vendor website to view all products in color and make purchases. The last date for online ordering is Sunday, September 21st. Please visit the Spirit Wear web page for additional information including order forms that can be printed and returned to school if needed.

Kindy Playdate Canceled!!!

Unfortunately, due to the weather, tonight’s kindergarten play date is cancelled.
Thank you.

Kindy Playdate!

Welcome to Townline!
Join us for a Kindergarten Playdate at the Townline Playground on August 21st from 6:00-7:00PM to meet other Kindergarten students and families. Treats will be provided! Dr. Kieffer, Townline Principal, will be there too!
Come out and have fun before school starts!


Flyer to print: KindyPlaydate

Open House

Download the schedule of activities: Open House Invite

Townline’s Open House
It will be an evening filled with community singing, dancing, and our very own…

Drum Circle!

Performances are scheduled for:
Kindy & 3rd Grade: 6:30-6:50 p.m.
2nd Grade & 4th Grade: 7:00-7:20 p.m.
1st Grade & 5th Grade: 7:30-7:50 p.m.

As an added bonus, come and meet Fode!

Summer Reading for Students Entering Sixth Grade in Fall, 2014

Summer is a great opportunity for your student to continue reading and to catch up on the reading that he/she did not have time for during the school year. Research shows that students typically lose the equivalent of one month of knowledge over the summer. We do not want that to happen! Thus, we have created a Summer Reading Program to motivate every student enrolled at Hawthorn Middle Schools to read over the summer. The purpose of this year’s Summer Reading Program is to encourage our students to want to read. We feel that allowing students to choose what they read will increase their enjoyment and foster life-long readers. A reading log is attached along with more information about summer reading.

2014 Summer Reading Letter

2014 Summer Reading Log

Fourth Grade Receives Perfect Math Score

Townline fourth grader Joel Kim received a perfect math score over a course of five months after answer six challenging questions from the Continental Math League.

KimJoelThe 915 students in Hawthorn District 73’s fourth and fifth grade classes participated in the math league each month as a way to help them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The program runs November through March.

Students across the country take the timed monthly test. Joel was one of 22 perfect scores in fourth grade nationally. There were 303 schools across the country that participated in the contest.

Such questions that Joel, 10, answered included ones like “Dan has bags of candy with 2 pieces of candy in each bag. Bill has bags of candy with 5 pieces of candy in each bag. Bill has 6 more bags of candy than Dan has bags of candy. The total number of pieces of candy the two boys have is 100. How many bags of candy does Bill have?”

“The Continental Math League offers children an opportunity to stretch their reading comprehension and problem solving skills alongside other children across the country in their grade,” said Lisa Cerauli, district assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.  “The problems offered are challenging and complex and often take some creative thinking to come up with a viable solution.  This type of work requires exactly the type of critical thinking and higher order reasoning that is called for in the Common Core.”

Board Determines Direction of Reorganization Committee

Decisions by the board regarding direction to the Reorganization Committee after reflecting on the proposed strategic plan:

  1. Full day kindergarten at all schools. The Board would like the Reorganization Committee to explore the opportunity to provide a full day kindergarten program for all students.
  2. Grandfather clause. The community has provided consensus. They would like current students to be grandfathered into their current school. The Board of Education would like the Reorganization Committee to determine how to grandfather students into their current schools. If not possible, the Board wants a compelling rationale why it would not work.
  3. Dual Language. The School of Dual Language is a curriculum program school as opposed to a choice. The board has affirmed that any reorganization recommendations include the School of Dual Language as it currently exists (K-5) and has asked for more information to be gathered from the DL community to determine whether there is community interest in expansion of the program to K-8.
  4. School Choice. The Board of Education has agreed that the current state of school choice is not supported nor in alignment with the newly proposed strategic plan.  They are open to other choice possibilities in the future. The Board is directing the Reorganization Committee to not maintain the current choice model in the reorganization plan.

Family Fun Night Volunteers Needed!

Thanks for considering to volunteer! Click the link below for more info.

Family Fun Night Volunteers

Important Parking Lot Instructions

Dear Townline and School of Dual Language Parents,
Due to safety concerns and recommendations from the Vernon Hills Police Department, parents who pick up their child after school will no longer be allowed to enter the parking lot using the exit lane after 3:00. Please do not enter the parking lot bypassing the line of cars. The Vernon Hills Police Department will stop cars from going in the exit lane after 3:00PM. This begins Wednesday, March 19th.

Parents have three options:

  • Arrive prior to 3:00 PM to find a legal parking spot. Please do not double park or park behind the school.
  • Wait in line with the other cars if arriving before or after 3:00.
  • If it is after 3:00 and you need your child immediately, park across the street or in the Middle School North parking lot and walk to the school for parent pick up.

If you have any questions please contact your principal or the Vernon Hills Police Department.

Dr. Kieffer

Strategic Planning Committee Survey

The Strategic Planning Committee is looking for your valuable input on important issues. Please take a few moments to click the appropriate link below and complete the survey by Monday, March 10, 2014. We are asking each household to complete the survey only once. You do not need to take it for each child or each school your family attends.


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Background Information:

The Strategic Planning Committee is working to develop a strategic plan with specific goals and activities to reach those goals.  This document will provide a vision of where our district currently stands as well as where we need to go to meet the needs of our students. The Committee’s next step is to look at building an actionable plan that moves us closer to our vision and supports continuous improvement for our students.

Strategic Planning Committee meetings are open to the public, as this is a Board committee working for continuos improvement to meet the needs of our students.
Please visit the Strategic Planning Group website (on Hawthorn’s homepage, www.hawthorn73.org) to review the information and stay informed.