Parcc Test Practice Question

Every week until spring PARCC testing begins, the PARCC Online website will post test questions each week for practice.  You can check for these questions or check Townline’s website for the PDF version of the test item.  

PARCC Test Question #1

Townline Makes Connections 

Townline Elementary School is developing leaders through volunteering.

More than 45 students across all grade levels in the kindergarten through grade 5 building selflessly give of their time in a variety of ways. Students become lunch buddies with children who may have difficulty interacting with others on the playground. Teachers use volunteers to read to their classes. Principal Victoria Kiefer engages volunteers in helping younger students unpack their backpacks and hang up their coats at the start of the day. Some students are buddies with special needs children in the school enjoying lunch with them or playing games with them.

“In District 73, the theme this year is Making Connections. When students assist other children or collect products for a local food pantry they are making connections with the community,” Dr. Kieffer said.

There are key “take-aways” that students get from volunteering. A article outlines these elements well.

  • Selfless: Children think about what they can do to help others.
  • Dependable: Students learn that others depend on them and that they need to follow through with commitments.
  • Enthusiasm: Volunteers are enthusiastic because they are freely giving of their time.
  • Respectful: Volunteers show respect for other people and their lifestyles.
  • Cooperative: Volunteers learn to get along with others and work as part of a team.
  • Understanding: Volunteering helps people see things through other people’s lenses and to better understand what others might be going through.
  • Humble: Volunteers typically don’t brag about what they do, they simply feel good about themselves for making a difference in someone else’s life or organization.

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

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Principal For A Day

Lexi Hellmich sat behind the principal’s desk and wrote the Townline Elementary School announcements. Once the 11-year-old was satisfied with her script she began to recite what she would read.

The Vernon Hills fifth grader was recently chosen to serve as Principal for a Day under the guidance of Townline Principal Victoria Kieffer. As part of her role she read the morning announcements, greeted students entering the building, toured the building, read to students, and evaluated teachers.

Lexi was chosen for the honor after her essay on why making connections was important was chosen by a school team. Three times a year students are chosen from the fifth grade class to serve as Principal for a Day.

“I knew being principal would be really cool. You get to go out to lunch, see the teachers’ lounge and observe classrooms,” Lexi said. Of course with the title came the dire consequences of telling her friends she couldn’t give them a longer lunch period or an extra recess for the day.

The Bernstein Artful Learning Team asked principal nominees in 5th grade to write an essay on the theme of connections. Connections is the significant concept this school year in which students are learning about the importance of making positive connections. Townline follows the Leonard Bernstein Model of Artful Learning, which is to incorporate the arts and the artistic process to increase student engagement and improve academic achievement.  To keep artful learning at the forefront of Townline’s school improvement efforts, students in fifth grade may write an essay and interview for the chance of being Principal for a Day.

“Connections are important. If I didn’t have connections, I’d be lost and lonely,” Lexi said.

Townline Yearbooks on sale: 12-1 to 12-12

The student yearbooks for Townline will be on sale Dec. 1st through Dec. 12th. The cost is $12. Checks made out to “Hawthorn School District 73” and enclosed in an envelop will be collected in homerooms.

Weekend Inventor and Forensic Science Classes here at Hawthorn!

AWE thumbnailHawthorn District 73 is offering a unique learning opportunity for academically talented students in grades 5 through 8. In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, The Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects of technology and science.


The two-day AWE courses will be held at Hawthorn Middle School North, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on January 24 and 25, 2015, both Saturday and Sunday.  MIT APP Inventor is for students in grades 5 and 6, and Forensic Science is for grades 7 and 8.

Get the Flyer >>> AWE Flyer VH Jan 24-25 2015

Support PTO at Corner Bakery, 11-24

Take your children to dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 25  at Corner Bakery, Vernon Hills, and help support the PTO with your order. The PTO raised over $1,000 from past restaurant nights. Download the flyer:  Click this to download the flyer.

New Teachers Prepped for Parent Teacher Conferences

New Teachers Prepped for Parent Teacher Conferences

PTConf1600Hawthorn has been preparing its new teachers to make the parent teacher conference experience as seamless as possible. Recently parents and seasoned teachers highlighted what teachers should expect during the 15-minute meetings and how to make sure it is a positive experience for both parents and new staff.

Here are Tips & Tactics suggested by parents and seasoned teachers for Hawthorn’s 38 new staff members:

  • Be prepared for the Meeting. Parents and teachers only have 15 minutes to discuss a child’s progress.
  • Create a Happy Sandwich – Start and end the conversation with positive information about their child.
  • Stay positive throughout the meeting.
  • Keep conversations “student-centered” and “learning-centered.”
  • Parents want to know if there is a problem with their child whether it is social, emotional or academic. Be honest.
  • Parent teacher conferences should not be the first time parents hear of a problem or concern with their child.
  • Parents don’t want teachers to go over everything in a child’s portfolio; give them the highlights and send parents home with their child’s homework and projects.
  • Make sure the classroom teacher and the child’s specials teachers – math, speech, etc. – are sending the same messages to parents.
  • Give parents time to ask questions.
  • If you realize you are running out of time, reschedule the conversation for a later time.
  • If parents get off topic refer them or their child to experts who can help them with matters that are not classroom/school related.
  • Provide resources or takeaways that parents can take away with them regarding concerns you raised.

New TL Phone Number 12-1


Book Fair is Coming!!

The PTO Book Fair is coming!!  Fair dates are November 24th and 25th during conferences.  If you can’t make it to the fair, you can shop the online fair that runs from November 16-December 6.  This is the perfect time to get some great gifts for family and friends or perhaps  your child’s homeroom teacher.  Visit
for more information.
Hope to see you there!