Beginning in October, Hawthorn will be working with Single Path, a technology management and enhancement company, to assess the state of our District’s technology and make suggestions for improving our resources to better serve students and staff. Part of Single Path’s efforts will incorporate physically assessing our existing technology resources and how they are used in the classroom.  Please read the following backpack letter from Superintendent, Nick Brown:

Backpack Letter October 8, 2013

Due to technical problems with the new NWEA MAP testing system, Hawthorn will not administer MAP tests to our students this fall. Please read on for more information. See the district web site for more information.

Hawthorn students will bring home Midterm Reports on October 10. (Note that this is a date change from earlier calendars.) Please sign and return the envelope as soon as possible.


As you may be aware, Mundelein police are investigating an alleged abduction attempt in the Deepwoods Drive neighborhood. While there is no known imminent danger for our students, we urge students, parents and the wider community to be alert and to review several important safety tips. (Please note that because students are bringing up this topic, as appropriate, teachers have acknowledged student concerns by discussing basic safety tips, such as those that follow.)

Please review the information provided on the October 1 Security Alert1 Oct 2013, which is being distributed to students today.

Health forms must be turned in to the school nurse as soon as possible.  State law requires that students who have not provided documentation be excluded from school beginning October 15th. New enrollees, students entering Kindergarten and 6th grade, and middle school athletes must provide health forms signed by a doctor.  New enrollees and students in grades K, 2 and 6 need dental exams.

Kindergarten (or first grade) students and those coming from out of state need vision exams.  Forms are available from the nurse or


Middle Schools North and South provide a seasonal After School Activity Bus for students that participate in an athletic or club activity or prearranged academic help. For more information and an application continue reading.

Students currently participating as a Season 1 After School Activity Bus rider MUST complete a Season 2 application to be eligible for a seat on the Season 2 After School Activity Bus. Applications DO NOT carryover from season to season.

If you are interested in signing up for a seat on the Activity Bus Season 2, please read the letter below, complete the application and return it to your school office on or before 8:00 AM on Friday, October 10.

Season 2 Letter & Application

Season 2 Letter & Application [Espanol]


Check out Students Celebrating “World School Milk Day”.

Fuel Up To Play 60 is a nationwide movement empowering kids to take control of their own health. Schools all over the country are improving their health and wellness environment in fun and engaging ways. Middle South 8th Grade TRY students are encouraging all of our students to JOIN Fuel up Play 60 which is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Schools gain recognition based on their level of involvement with the program. Students also receive rewards and recognition for their efforts.


Have you heard!  The 8th book in the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Hard Knocks is being released November 5.  Why wait until then!  Preorder your copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Knocks today.  Presale will run through October 29 and books will be handed out November 4.  For more information or to download an order form, visit

This year Snowflake will be held at Oak Grove School on Friday, October 25th. Snowflake is an event that focuses on students making healthy choices.  This program brings together middle school youth, community, professionals, and other caring adults to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework of understanding of oneself and of others.  Topics to be covered include self-esteem, decision-making, communication, alcohol and drugs, relationships, peer pressure and family. This year our theme is “ I’ve Got Your 6.”

Student Council held their 6th grade elections last week and are happy to announce the results of the representatives elected from their class.
Senator: Kylie B., Rachel H.    Secretary: Payton N.    Treasurer: Noah A.