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.

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, 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.

Winter MAP Testing- Grade 5

Hawthorn will conduct limited MAP testing for students in grade 5 and grade 8. The testing window is from December 2 through December 20.
As background, MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is an assessment tool created by educators for educators to provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path. Because student engagement is essential to any testing experience, NWEA (MAP’s developer) works with educators to create test items that interest children and help to capture detail about what they know and what they’re ready to learn. It’s information teachers can use in the classroom to help every child, every day.
The MAP assessment is unique in that it adapts to a student’s responses as they take the test. Answer a question correctly and the test presents a more challenging item. Miss a question, and MAP offers a simpler item. In this way, the test narrows in on a student’s learning level, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.
MAP is not a test for which students can (or should) study. Students should also keep in mind that by design, the test will push the student into content that they may have never encountered. This is a normal part of the “narrowing in” process. So while we encourage students to always do their best, we also remind them that they aren’t expected to know all of the answers.
The best preparation for MAP day (and any day) is to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and get to school on time.
For more information, please check our Learning@Hawthorn webpages for information about MAP.


Character Development- School & Home

Townline Elementary is promoting character development. You can help at home by discussing monthly dinner dilemmas. The focus for October is COOPERATION! Enjoy family discussions and problem solve together. Click the link below to download suggestions for dinner discussions. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Kieffer, Principal.