The TL Project Change fundraiser has been extended. Students are encouraged to drop their spare change into the collection jars in their classroom. We are raising money to buy filters so the people in Guinea, West Africa have access to clean water. In order to help them we are going to raise money from May 11th-June 4th. Each filter provides clean water to 10 people for 10 years, at a cost of $30 per person.
In addition to raising money to help the people in Africa, we are also trying to ‘save’ Dr. Kieffer!! Every dollar we raise represents a piece of tape that we’ll use to ‘save’ Dr. Kieffer from falling into the pool of dirty water. On June 5th, during field day, Dr. Kieffer will be displayed somewhere in the building and she will be taped to the wall and hopefully not falling into the dirty pool of water!! Help save Dr. Kieffer!
You can read more about the Benkadi Project for Clean Water here:
When Joan Sheldon began her teaching career at Hawthorn School District 73 some 41 years ago, students were taught in a single schoolhouse. Route 60 was two lanes. Cows meandered up to the fence to visit with her physical education classes.
“My legacy to my students is that they strive to lead a healthy lifestyle but it’s okay to eat junk food once in awhile. Life is a balance. Life is a journey,” Mrs. Sheldon told Hawthorn staff who attended a retiree and recognition ceremony. She left staff with this thought, “What gift will you give your students? How will you inspire them?”
Superintendent Nick Brown expressed his gratitude of the retirees. “Thank you for the commitment and the hours and hours you’ve given to the district. Thank you for the standards you’ve set for our district.”
Teachers and support staff totaling more than 775 years of service to Hawthorn schools will retire this year. Below are the names of the Hawthorn retirees. Their titles and schools where they work are attached.
Patti Barclay, Mary Castellano, Maria Delannoy, Michelle DiCarlo, Lynne DiVincenzo, Colette Frazier, Kerry Frischkorn, Becky Hill, Marlene Horan, Sharon Horan, Lisa Lee Kmichik, Gloria Kosatka, Diane Krueger, Tim Kuehl, Chris Kwiatkowski, Carol LaBissoniere, Robin O’Connor, Joe Omiatek, Cheryl Rejc, Carol Richardson, Marilyn Ring, Toni Schramm, Joan Sheldon, Laura Starr, Kim Sue, Elaine Sullivan, Bruce Tossey, Phyllis Townsley, Judi Urbanek, and Kathy Wysong.
Following are some memories shared by a few Hawthorn retirees. Each retiree expressed how much they would miss their colleagues and the children they taught.
Hawthorn Elementary North
Library Media Specialist
“My legacy was creating hundreds of readers by getting the students excited about books, authors, and reading…talking about amazing books with children is what I will miss most. Sometimes the students thought it was funny how excited I became about the books I was sharing, but they loved hearing about them and scrambled to the bookshelves for the books afterward!”
Hawthorn Middle School North
Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher
“My advice to my colleagues is to challenge yourself each and every day finding ways to keep your teaching fresh and new, and your standards high. I will miss the students, staff and the opportunity to watch sixth graders grow to become strong, confident and intelligent eighth graders. “
First Grade Teacher
School of Dual Language
“I had the honor of starting the Dual Language Program in 2001 with Laura Gitzinger and Amanda Larrivee. This was a leap in the Hawthorn curriculum.”
Hawthorn Middle School North
“I started teaching art in the old intermediate building where Townline now stands. It was a small cozy school where a family atmosphere prevailed. The building was old and had many physical problems. The boys’ washroom was located directly over the art room and overflowed often. I had to train the art students to quickly put garbage cans under the leak.”
Lisa Lee Kmichik
Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher
Hawthorn Middle School South
“I grew up in Wilmette, and my family had never heard of Vernon Hills. When I started teaching there we got out a road atlas to find it. My dad claimed it was where Moses had lost his shoes. I drove up Route 41 to Route 60 to save the 30-cent toll on I-94. There were no stoplights between Milwaukee Avenue and Butterfield Road. You could only turn right onto Aspen Drive and the school was on the left; it was called Hawthorn Intermediate School, but most now would know it as the original Option School or the building that was torn down. New Century Town was such a ground-breaking development. Pictures of it were featured as an example of a state-of-the-art community in a science book the district used. There was no train station and the post office was a tiny branch of the Mundelein Post Office housed in the mall. Gregg’s Landing was known as the Cuneo property. The Cuneos lived in their mansion and there was an exotic breed of deer that grazed on the lawn. We taught students whose families were migrant workers in the area. Route 60 from Milwaukee Avenue to Lakeview Parkway was vacant. Further west on Route 60 was Lester’s Material where the Lester family owned a herd of Buffalo.”
Middle School South
“When I started teaching there were about 90 students at each grade level across the district. Smoking was allowed in the pod teaching areas where there was just one phone. I hope that I enhanced the learning of science by experimentation and hands-on experiences that has been emphasized during my science teaching career at Hawthorn. Pep assemblies included wrestling students attempting ‘Jello’ wrestling. Jan Adelman and Mary Benton had a clay pot throwing contest. My most memorable moment was the time during a science assembly when to demonstrate one of Newton’s laws, Tim Kuehl used a sledge hammer to break a cement block that was on my chest while I was laying on a bed of nails.”
Hawthorn Middle School North
“I taught in the building on the corner of Aspen and Route 60 before it was torn down. We taught P.E. in the cafeteria as well as empty classrooms. I loved my job and I enjoyed coming to work everyday. My biggest memory was a challenge I was given for how many consecutive free throws I could make. It was 138 free throws.”
Chorus/General Music Teacher
Hawthorn Middle School North
“I started at Hawthorn when there were different buildings for every two grades. I taught in the first Hawthorn building and moved rooms because when it rained my classroom flooded. Since that time I have built up the chorus program to over 100 students. The chorus students have received high scores at contests. When teaching music history, the students listened to some Medieval music. I explained to them that the music was rather dry back then. One eighth grade boy said, ‘It’s because when you were our age, this music was just coming out.’”
Twelve students throughout Hawthorn District 73 received the Most Improved Students Award at a recent Board of Education meeting. Former superintendent Dr. Joe Yomtoob and wife, Parichehr, honor students with the award for showing how they’ve made improvements in their life over the past three years. Click here to view the names of the award winners.
Residency verification for all Hawthorn families takes place in August.
- 12 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 5
- 12 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, August 10
Eighteen Hawthorn School District 73 students in grades 4 through 8 will have their writing selections published in the Cook Memorial Public Library after their pieces were chosen from among 111 entries in the 2015 Creative Writing Contest. Winners were chosen based on creative, interesting entries. All of the winning entries will be published in a special library journal. Winners from Hawthorn included:
Evalyn L. of Hawthorn Aspen Elementary School
Preeti R. of Hawthorn Elementary School South
Ariel S. of Hawthorn Aspen Elementary School
Benjamin E. of Hawthorn Elementary School South
Gabrielle R. of Hawthorn School of Dual Language
Fifth Grade Winners
Spencer B. of Hawthorn School of Dual Language
Connor P. of Hawthorn Aspen Elementary School
Kiley B. of Hawthorn Elementary School South
Praneetha P. of Hawthorn Aspen School
Brandon N. of Hawthorn School of Dual Language
Sixth Grade Winners
Ben F. of Hawthorn Middle North
Anjali P. of Hawthorn Middle North
Urvi A. of Hawthorn Middle School South
Bradley A. of Hawthorn Middle School North
Carly S. of Hawthorn Middle School North
Jenny D. of Hawthorn Middle School South
Nicole B. of Hawthorn Middle School South
Katherine M. of Hawthorn Middle School North
- Field Day May 25, 2018
- Hawthorn School District 73 Superintendent Accepts Position in Indiana May 23, 2018
- Fifth-grade Chorus Performs “Rats” May 17, 2018
- Students Perform for Full House May 16, 2018
- Renowned Children’s Author Visits May 15, 2018