A Scientific Challenge

About 74 Townline Elementary School students in Grades 4 and 5 are testing powders, studying rocks and minerals, and conducting a variety of other scientific tests in preparation for the upcoming Science Olympiad competition.

Students challenge themselves to design the sleekest paper airplane model that will land closest to a targeted zone. Students will design cars out of a collection of materials with the objective to make their vehicle roll the furthest down a ramp.

In all, there are seven competition categories that test students’ knowledge of geology, chemistry, weather, physics and aerodynamics. Students will compete against other schools on Saturday, May 6 in Arlington Heights. A school sponsored Science Olympiad evening will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2.

“The Science Olympiad is a great way for our students to have a choice in becoming experts in one area,” said Principal Victoria Kieffer.  “Students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in science and compete against each other in fun competitive events.  It’s all about teamwork, collaboration and learning new science concepts.  My hope is that students learn to love science and get interested in participating in future science events,” Dr. Kieffer said.





Personalized Learning

When learning is personalized for students, they become the leaders of their own learning and work at a pace that’s right for each of them. Hawthorn teachers have been working on the Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC) for the last three years, which identifies our desired results for all students. Personalized learning experiences allow students to approach the GVC in a way that will make them successful. To enhance their learning experiences, Hawthorn middle school students will be issued a Chromebook next year. This tool will expand opportunities for personalized learning both within and outside of the classroom to meet their individual needs and inspire a love for learning.

Please click here to read more about the direction in which Hawthorn is heading.

Sixth Grade Orientation

D73 sixth grade orientation takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at MSN and 6 pm. Thursday, April 20 for MSS. This event is intended for the parents of next fall’s sixth graders.

6th Grade Parent Orientation

Attention Parents of Incoming 6th Grade Students for the

2017-2018 School Year:  

Atención Padres de Estudiantes que ingresarán al sexto grado en el año escolar 2017-2018

Están invitados…Orientaciones Para Los Padres

2017 Incoming 6th Grade Parents Invitation

You are invited to attend…

6th GRADE PARENT ORIENTATION at the school your student will be attending in the fall.

Middle School North:  Wednesday, April 19  6:00 pm

Middle School South:  Thursday, April 20  6:00 pm

Hawthorn School District #73 Práctica de Autobús de Kindergarten

Hawthorn School Dist. Practice Bus Ride

Práctica de Autobús de Kindergarten

Friday, August 18, 2017 / Viernes 18 de Agosto de 2017

Just before school begins in August, kindergarten students who will ride the school bus during the year will have an opportunity to a prac8ce bus ride! The prac8ce bus ride will give the kindergartner the experience of what it is really like to get on and off a bus by being picked up, riding the bus to school and returning home.


Kindergarten Bus Ride

Parents of future Hawthorn students entering kindergarten in the fall may sign up now for their child to participate in a practice bus ride. The practice bus ride will give the kindergartner the experience of what it is like to get on and off the bus. The event takes place in mid-August.
Registration Form: http://bit.ly/2nTijHO
Registration Form in Spanish: http://bit.ly/2pagfvl

Principal Scooters for a Cause

Townline’s Pasta for Pennies fundraiser brought in about $2,000 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Project Change members did an amazing job organizing the fundraiser and raising money. Part of the fundraiser included Principal Victoria Kieffer riding a scooter in Bears fan gear. Dr. Kieffer is a Packers fan.

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute – Summer 2017


Open to ALL K-8 Hawthorn Students
July 5-Aug 4, 2017

Two sessions
Session 1- July 5 – July 21, 2017 $375
Session 2 July 24-Aug 4, 2017 $280

Includes four classes
(Classes Are Located on HEI Webpage)

* Before and After Childcare* 
Offered by Vernon Hills Park District



Early Voting Begins this Week for the April 4 Election

Early voting began this week for the April 4, 2017 election. During the election, voters will be asked to consider spending $42 million in school facilities funding to help accommodate for our growth and maintain our commitment to educational excellence, based on the vision set forth in the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).

Learn more about the EFMP Thursday, March 30, when Hawthorn School District 73’s Superintendent Nick Brown will host a “Superintendent’s Coffee – Why the Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed” at the Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills from 10:30-11:30 am. Mr. Brown’s coffee chat will include a short facilities presentation followed by a question/answer session.

The district has prepared information regarding the details and tax impact of the referendum, as well as the STEM resources called for in the EFMP, the funding for which is contingent on the referendum. Learn more about STEM and facilities by clicking on the link here ~ bit.ly/H73EFMP ~.

We welcome the opportunity to answer questions for your civic organization, or any community group. Invite the district to give a presentation by calling Wendy Peterson at 847-990-4215.

Connect with Hawthorn 73 Superintendent Nick Brown for questions regarding the EFMP and the referendum at brownn@hawthorn73.org or 847.990.4215.