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.


English Version
Spanish Version

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, to review the information and stay informed.

State Assessment and FAQ (Updated 3-4-2014)

In the spring of 2015, Illinois along with many other states will be assessing our students in a very different way.  Please take a few moments to look at the information below from the National PTA and our State Superintendent on how these changes will affect our students in the coming years.  As always, we thank you for your continued support of your child’s education at Hawthorn.

PARCC Supt_Letter 2014
PARCC Supt_Letter_Spanish

PARCC for Parents (New)

PARCC FAQ 020414
ISBE website

Choral Production Schedule Change to Thursday, Dec 12.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Choral Production has been canceled for December 10th and re-scheduled to Thursday evening December 12 at 7 PM.

Breakfast now available for students

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children. Our food service Sodexo, provides a daily breakfast with a variety of foods including fresh fruit, low fat milk, 100% juice and a well balanced nutritious list of healthy grain items.
There is always one or two hot item breakfast choice options. Students are allowed to come to the cafeteria before school and enjoy a healthy breakfast. It is clear that there are many benefits to a healthy breakfast, not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but it can make a positive difference in a child’s performance and enhance their learning.
Parents can register at to monitor their child’s meal information. Students will use their school IDs for breakfast and lunch purchases.