Parent–Teacher Conferences: A Tip Sheet for Parents

Parent–teacher conferences are a great way to start talking to your child’s teachers.
This tip sheet suggests ways that you can make the most of parent-teacher conferences so
that everyone wins, especially your child.

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Conference Tips for Parents

November Dinner Discussions

November’s Dinner Discussion for all parents and families to share!

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November Dinner Discussions


Fall Fest at Townline

Learners Who Excel Sign Up Now Open

Hawthorn District 73 is offering a unique learning opportunity for academically talented students in grades 5 through 8. Click here to view the flyer on the AWE program.

In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, The Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth their schoolwork” says Dr. Victoria Kieffer, Townline Elementary School Principal.

“However, with many activities to juggle it can be difficult to commit to out of school programs that may last weeks or longer. The Accelerated Weekend Experience, conducted by the Center for Talent Development, is an excellent option and we are very pleased to make this opportunity available.”

“Students that attend AWE programs describe the experience as genuinely awesome,” says Jamie Guess of the Center for Talent Development. “They are able to immerse themselves in a subject of interest. Our instructors are commonly practitioners who work professionally in the subject area they are teaching. Kids participate in real-life activities they would have little exposure to otherwise.”

Grades 5-6 course description for MIT APP Inventor:
Design, create and distribute mobile applications for the Android platform using the MIT APP Inventor, a coding platform suitable for the creation of real-world apps, games, and socially-useful programs that take advantage of the device’s mobile features, such as GPS, texting, clock, and sensors. Explore foundational programming concepts while developing rich applications in this free, browser based visual coding environment. No Android device is required; projects will be designed, coded and tested within a mobile device emulator. No previous programming experience required.

Grades 7-8 course description for Biotechnology:
Biotechnology is an exciting and rapidly developing area of science. Learn how this field is helping improve society on many levels. Topics that will be covered include: genetic engineering, transgenic organisms, cloning, stem cell research, and DNA fingerprinting. Through labs, debate, and discussions examine the relationships among these topics, along with the economic, social, and medical impact on society.

Tuition and fees for each course are $255 for both days. Students will find specific course information, eligibility guidelines and the online application at

Students in grade 5 through 8 who have scored at or above the 90th percentile on the fall 2015 MAP test in reading or math are invited to participate. Parents whose child(ren) scored in the 90th percentile or higher on any other MAP assessment (spring 2015, winter 2015 or fall 2014) may apply as well.

For additional information about the AWE program contact Dr. Kieffer, Principal, by email or phone ( or call 847-990-4911).


The PTO’s Family Programming Committee cordially invites you to come join us for an evening with the MOUSETRAP MACHINE SHOW!

The Mousetrap Machine Show combines Science, Math and Art to teach students about how the five essential simple machines work!!

Mousetrap Flyer – pdf

Early Release Announcement (Oct. 20)

As a reminder, Hawthorn District 73 will have an Early Release Day on Tuesday, October 20. The purpose of the Early Release Day is to align with the new Strategic Plan allowing teachers to gain valuable professional development on curriculum and instruction.

School schedules will be adjusted and lunch will be served. The early release schedule is as follows:

  • Middle School North and Middle School South: 7:40 to 11:10 a.m.
  • Aspen School: 7:55 to 11:25 a.m.
  • Elementary North and Elementary South: 8:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
  • Townline and Dual Language: 8:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Lincoln A.M. only:  8:15 to 10:45 a.m.
  • En Español

PTO News

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough Sale – The Hawthorn PTO Cookie Dough Sale is underway. Order forms and payment are due to your child’s school by Wednesday, Oct. 14. Please visit the Cookie Dough webpage for more information.

Restaurant Fundraiser – Please join the PTO at Calzone and Macaroni Co. in Vernon Hills for its next restaurant fundraiser from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.  Calzone and Macaroni Co. will donate 20 percent of food purchases back to the Hawthorn PTO when parents and friends show this flyer  – dine in or carry out.

Brain Based Learning Environment

Learn more about Townline K-2 brain based learning environments. This video was presented to the board of education on Monday, September 28th.  If you have any questions about brain based learning environments, please contact Dr. Kieffer, Principal.