School Board

District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to:

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.

Message Regarding National School Walkouts

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today I reach out to you as a follow-up to my February 27th letter concerning the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We continue to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and prayers.

There is a national social media movement underway for students to protest school violence by walking out of class on March 14th and April 20th.  These walkouts have been advertised for specific times for students to participate. It is our plan for All Hawthorn School District 73 students and staff to remain in school. (Continued)

Estimados padres y guardianes,

Hoy me dirijo a ustedes después de mi carta del 27 de febrero sobre la tragedia en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School en Florida. Continuamos manteniendo a las víctimas y sus familias en nuestros corazones y oraciones.

Se está IIevando a cabo un movimiento nacional de medios sociales para que los estudiantes protesten contra la violencia escolar al salir de la clase el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril.  Estas protestas han sido anunciadas con horarios específicos para que los estudiantes participen.  Es nuestro plan que los estudiantes y todo el personal de Distrito Escolar 73 de Hawthorn permanezcan en la escuela. (Continued)

Pasta for Pennies

Pasta for Pennies Fundraiser

Pasta for Pennies fundraiser will be from March 6-20th!  This fundraiser is supporting local cancer patients beat the Leukemia disease by raising funds needed to support blood cancer research.  We raised over $2,000 last year and hope to match or even surpass those donations!! Throughout the fundraiser there will be ‘themed’ days your child can participate in.  This is not mandatory, but only fun days they can partake in if they wish.  Thanks and bring in those pennies!!!

You’ll find all the information here:

Pasta for Pennies Information pdf

Pasta for Pennies Themed Days pdf

Child Presenting

Joyful Learning Projects

Students in Miss Peterson’s third grade class presented their Joyful Learning Projects. Students got to choose a topic that interests them, learn and practice research skills, and create an informational text book for their classmates. Additionally, they created a visual, such as a poster, to present to the class. The topics selected were very creative, ranging from defunct rides at Great America to sea turtles.

Hawthorn Summer Music Camp 2018 Registration

Summer Music Camp, July 16th through 27th, 2018 is for instrumentalists that reside in Hawthorn District 73 and are entering grades five through nine in the Fall of 2018. They must have at least one year of experience playing in a large ensemble. The students will be divided into grade-level groups by instrument:

5th and 6th Grade Band or Orchestra

7th, 8th and 9th Grade Band or Orchestra

Full information including registration, tuition and schedules can be found here:

Music Camp 2018

Campamento musical de verano en Hawthorn 2018

Register Here


Early Morning Drop Off Protocol

Dear Team Townline Parents-

We are continually making improvement to keep students and staff safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make adjustments to our policies regarding entrance to the school. If we don’t recognize you, our office staff will ask you for your name and reasons why you are entering our school. Do not enter the school without checking into the office for a pass.

In addition, we are addressing our drop off protocols for band, orchestra and chorus. Beginning Friday, March 2, students will NOT be allowed in the school BEFORE 7:30. Students will continue to enter through the Dual Language east side front doors beginning at 7:30 when staff are present. Students need to go through the main office then go directly to practice areas. Do NOT drop off your students before 7:30am. This is for the safety of all of our students.

Thank you!

Dr. Kieffer

School Safety Update

All our thoughts recently have been about school safety and mourning the tragic deaths of the students in Florida. This has created important and difficult conversations surrounding violence in our society, and then the one that has always kept me up at night — keeping our students safe at school. This has always been true for me, not just in light of the most recent tragedy.

Hawthorn has a very good working relationship with the Vernon Hills Police Department. We have a school resource officer on campus every day. The resource officer works with all staff to monitor situations, communicate with the police department as needed and help work with families, staff, community, and students in a constructive manner. (Continued)


Todos nuestros pensamientos recientemente han sido acerca de la seguridad escolar y de luto por la trágica muerte de los estudiantes en Florida. Esto ha creado conversaciones importantes y difíciles acerca de la violencia en nuestra sociedad, y también algo que siempre me ha mantenido despierto en la noche, manteniendo a nuestros estudiantes seguros en la escuela. Esto siempre ha sido cierto para mí, no solo a la luz de la tragedia más reciente.

Hawthorn tiene una muy buena relación de trabajo con el Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills. Tenemos un oficial de recursos escolares en el campus todos los días. El oficial de recursos trabaja con todo el personal para monitorear situaciones, comunicarse con el departamento de policía según sea necesario y ayudar a trabajar con las familias, el personal, la comunidad y los estudiantes de una manera constructiva. (Continue in Spanish)

Growing Together

We Want Your Advice about District 73’s Future

Please join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Evening with the Board to discuss Hawthorn’s space needs for today and tomorrow. At the meeting, we look forward to your advice and guidance as we work together to set the course for our school district’s future. The meeting will take place at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills at 7:00 p.m.

A Message Regarding Events in Florida

In light of recent events in Florida with another tragic school shooting, our sympathy and thoughts go out to the parents, staff, students and community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. (Continued)