December 1, 2020 marks the start of the

1st Annual Hawthorn North vs. Hawthorn South Winter Olympic Games 

There are a series of challenges for the students to compete and earn points for their respective school.  The school with the most points at the end will earn bragging rights and the traveling trophy!  – Feel free to pop into a PE teacher Zoom room and join the daily challenge.

Visit our OLYMPIC WEBSITE for updates in scoring!  

Check out our…….Opening Ceremonies video!  

Let the games begin!

Incoming Adlai E. Stevenson High School students interested in taking a World Language course beyond Level 1 MUST complete an online placement exam. Students with no previous class instruction or exposure to the language of interest will not need to take an exam. Students with previous language instruction or heritage language learners must complete the benchmark exam. Language assessments are offered for Chinese, German, French, and Spanish via the AAPPL online exam. Students interested in Hebrew or Latin will test in the following modes: Reading, Listening and Writing. Exam structure to be determined.

The deadline to test is Thursday, December 17th. Begin registration here:

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Back by popular demand, the Hawthorn PTO is offering an encore Spirit Wear Sale that goes from now until Sunday, Nov. 22. For more information, visit this website. If you have questions, please send an email to:

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During the Board of Education meeting on November 12th, the hybrid model was approved for students that participate in third through eighth grade self-contained special education and students in kindergarten through eighth grade general education. Hybrid learning provides students with both in-person and remote instruction. Specific details related to our district’s hybrid learning model for students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade general education and third through eighth grade self-contained special education is available in English and Español. Although there is not a  definitive timeline for a return to in-person instruction, the district sent this letter to all families on November 16 requesting that parents fill out a learning option form by November 30. Please log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and fill out one form per child, indicating your enrollment choice, hybrid or remote. 

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Students in the classes of Ms. Delaney, Ms. Humboldt and Ms. Flanagan at Middle School South had a real treat last week as Marine Biologist Justin Greenman discussed his work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that helps guide the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources. Through Zoom, he showed videos of how he and his colleagues had saved sea lions and whales who were entangled in fish nets and other debris. He discussed what everyone can do to help keep trash from rivers and oceans. Students were so captivated that they asked dozens of questions.


For their fall play this year, Stevenson HS is excited to have teamed up with the Stevenson Foundation to produce the small-scale musical – OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist.

OLIVÉRio is a modern retelling of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, set in present-day Rio de Janeiro during a vibrant New Year’s Eve and Carnaval. The musical projects a message of hope and highlights the themes of child poverty throughout the world. It runs 70 minutes.

The FREE viewing of this production is this Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

The attached materials include a flyer that communicates how to obtain a free access code for the show and a parent & teacher guide that helps to navigate the context and themes.