Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

The Hawthorn Enrichment Institute summer program is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students. It will take place from July 9 – August 10, 2018.  Registration begins February 1, 2018.

Choral Fest

Bravissimo to our Middle School North and Middle School South choir students for their performance last night with Vernon Hills High School students at the annual Choral Festival. The students sounded great!

Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).


100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO!

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $5 per person (with advance registration), $10 at the door. $20 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store: https://services.hawthornpto.org/store


Mundelein High School Class of 2023
Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair
On Wednesday January 23rd, we are hosting our Class of 2023 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair at Mundelein High School. This evening is intended for both parents and students. The program will include an overview of our academic programs and an orientation to our course selection process. We will distribute our placement recommendation for your child’s core classes for 2019-2020 school year, the date and time of your child’s course selection appointment, and registration materials.
We ask that parents and students with last names A-L arrive at the MHS auditorium by 6:00 pm for a 40 minute presentation on our curricular programs. Parents and students with last names M-Z should attend the 7:15 pm session in the auditorium. The presentation will be offered in Spanish during both sessions. The Activities and Athletics Fair will be hosted in the Main Gym immediately following the formal presentation.
We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd. Please call 847-949-2200 ext.1303 or email at jness@d120.org with any questions regarding Class of 2023 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair.
Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023
La Feria de Actividades / Atletismo en la Escuela Secundaria Mundelein
En el Miércoles, 23 de enero, estamos organizando nuestra Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023 y la Feria de Actividades / Atletismo en la Escuela Secundaria Mundelein. Esta noche es para padres y estudiantes. El programa incluirá una descripción general de nuestros programas académicos y una orientación sobre nuestro proceso de selección de cursos. Distribuiremos nuestra recomendación de ubicación para las clases principales de su estudiante para el año escolar 2019-2020, la fecha y hora de la cita de selección de cursos de su hijo, y los materiales de inscripción.
Pedimos que los padres y estudiantes con apellidos A-L lleguen al auditorio de MHS antes de las 6:00 p.m. para una presentación de 40 minutos sobre nuestros programas curriculares. Los padres y estudiantes con el apellido M-Z deben asistir a la sesión a las 7:15 p.m. en el auditorio. La presentación también se ofrecerá en español durante ambas sesiones. La feria de Actividades y Atletismo se realiza en el gimnasio principal inmediatamente después de la presentación formal.
Esperamos verte el 23 de enero. Llame al 847-949-2200 ext.1303 o envíe un correo electrónico  jness@d120.org con cualquier pregunta relacionada con la Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023 y la Feria de Actividades / Atletismo.

Erika’s Lighthouse Depression Awareness

In 7th and 8th grade Advisory sessions today, students learned about depression awareness and mental health empowerment. Among key points of these lessons, students learned that: ~ Depression is common, and it is treatable. ~ There are many things they could do to help a friend with depression. ~ There are various coping skills to get through tough times.

Statistics show that 15 to 20% of young people will struggle with a depressive episode before adulthood. Mental illness accounts for 90 – 98% of all youth suicides, with depression being the most common of all. Roughly 80% of young people with depression will go unrecognized and untreated. There is cultural stigma around having depression and other mental health problems. It is our goal to raise awareness of depression and reduce the stigma that surrounds it. Our message to students is that while depression is not uncommon, there is hope, help is available, and they are not alone.

Volleyball is in full swing at Middle School South

Girls Night Out Logo

Girls Night of Code, originally scheduled for Jan. 18,  will be postponed to February 15th due to logistical issues.

Event Details:

Date: February 15th, 2019

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Vernon Hills High School (145 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061)

Eligibility: Girls from grades 6-8 from Hawthorn Middle School North or South.

FYI: Girls who attended last year are welcome to attend again this year, but they will be put on a wait list if the event reaches capacity to allow girls who haven’t experienced the event to attend.

To sign up, visit: http://bit.ly/gnc2019


The purpose of this event is to help close the gender gap in STEM fields by exposing middle school girls to different technical careers. Girls can explore computer science in a constructive learning environment, and learn about the day to day life of STEM professionals. Last year, our guest speakers were Ms. Janice Kapinos, the Vice President of IT from Rust-Oleum, as well as Ms. Lavanya Iyer who is a Vernon Hills High School Alumn. Accompanying Ms. Kapinos was Ms. Lakshmi Thota who is a SAP professional. They spoke about their experiences as women in STEM and how they overcame many difficulties in their professions. Girls can also participate in activities like coding mobile applications, and making their own programs for a small robot. Mr. Lueken also provides information on High School CS Courses to the eighth graders. This event is free to attend, and all girls will receive free swag. Dinner will be served to all attendees.

Growing Together

8th Grade Promotion/Casual Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 2019. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Picture Flyer


Hawthorn Middle South will be MAP testing Wednesday, January 16th and Friday, January 18th from 7:45-9:45 am.  Please be sure students eat breakfast, are on time and try to keep appointments during testing to after school if possible.

Assessment Schedule

Firemedic Tony Rodkey from the Countryside Fire District spoke to 8th grade science classes at Middle South for their Chemistry unit on chemical properties and chemical reactions. Fireman Tony educated the students on the “Chemistry of Fire” by giving demonstrations of how fuel sources, chemicals, vapor density, and flashpoint relate to a liquids and a gas’s ability to react to a heat source.

8th grade Chemistry of Fire 1/2


Middle School Souths choir will be performing Tuesday January 15th at 7:30 PM at Vernon Hills High School. If you are interested in attending, you can preorder your tickets HERE $3 for adults and $2 for students when purchased in advance or $5 for adults and $4 for students at the door. They will be performing one piece with MSN and three more pieces with the High School.


survey logo

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 15.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Students in art class

Hawthorn is excited to bring another year of summer programming designed to expand the education horizon for our students. We are offering many new types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. The program, open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students, will take place at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

  • Session 1 (grades 1 – 8) July 8 – July 19 Fee: $280
  • Session 2 (grades 1 – 8) July 22 – August 2 Fee: $280
  • Kindergarten dates: July 8 – August 2 Fee: $560.00
  • Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Hawthorn will be offering before care in the Townline cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Cost: $100 per session

For more information and to view the course descriptions in English and Spanish, visit the HEI page of our website. If you have questions, please call: 847-489-5598 or email: HEI@hawthorn73.org.