HSAP Makes Children’s Lives Better

Teachers know first hand that when children are struggling with personal matters they can often find it difficult to concentrate in school. HSAP offers a forum for students and staff to problem-solve together and share ideas about how to improve the educational experience of the whole child.

In a world of illness, pending divorce, bullying and poverty, the Hawthorn Student Assistance Program (HSAP) is in place to make students’ learning socially and emotionally a better place.

“The Hawthorn Student Assistance Program was formed to help promote a healthy lifestyle for all students at Hawthorn,” said Megan Goldman, who facilitates the group. HSAP is comprised of principals, social workers, students and parents who share strategies that have found success in District 73’s seven schools. “Our goal is to improve students’ physical, mental, and emotional health,” Mrs. Goldman said.

This year at Elementary North School, staff introduced the Buddy Bench for the playground. When children don’t have a playmate they sit on the bench and other children reach out to them. Other Hawthorn schools are looking at introducing this concept on their playground.

Elementary South participates in The Great Kindness Challenge each year. Students enacted a “pay it forward” act of kindness at the school where they share acts of kindness with one another. Elementary North learned about this at an HSAP meeting and decided to bring it to their school as well.

“We’re all trying to deliver the same services. It makes it easier to plan together,” said Debbie Dubin, social worker at Elementary North.

STEM

Another happy group of 7th graders!  This group built some very useful informational apps!

Middle North students and staff having fun at a pep assembly.

Middle North students and staff having fun at a pep assembly.

PTO Scholastic Book Fair!

Come to our PTO Scholastic Book Fair!  The Book Fair will be located in MSN Library.

Hours:

Thursday – 2/16 – Set -Up day – noon to 3:30 p.m.

Friday – 2/17 – 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Monday – 2/20 – No School 

Tuesday and Wednesday – 2/21 and 2/22 – 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday – 2/23 – 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

                                     

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Friday – 2/24 – NO SCHOOL

Gearing Up for State

Eighth graders Diego Corrales and Sathvik Vuppunuthula worked on the design of their car making adjustments in preparation of the upcoming Science Olympiad competition.

The Hawthorn Middle School North students are preparing hard for the Science Olympiad competition. There are two teams – junior varsity and varsity with 15 students in grades 6 to 8 on each team. The competition consists of 23 events. Some of the events include Crime Busters, Wind Power, Scrambler, Anatomy and Physiology, Wright Stuff and Write It Do It. These events are coached by parent volunteers and the team’s head coach Sangita Parande and assistant coach Nicole Long.

Illinois Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines. Students can choose to compete in two to four events.

The idea behind the scrambler, for instance, is to get a car to move forward a certain distance but also navigate around a barrier in the middle of the track.

“It is very challenging to get the car to make the turn. The car is not motorized. It uses kinetic energy,” said Diego.

Added Jessica Leff, a sixth grader, “Being on this team is fun because you get to build stuff and use different chemicals. You have to keep trying. You don’t go anywhere if you get frustrated.”

Coach Carlos Corrales, a mechanical engineer at Baxter, sees Science Olympiad as very valuable for students. “It pushes students to solve problems on their own, to think about the unexpected.”

Another event requires students to write instructions on how to build a product. Coach Veronica Lucuy said it requires students to understand how to build a model, pay attention to detail, and describe how to build the model. This is the style of writing students must use to write instructions for building IKEA furniture or to explain how to use an inhaler, she said.

The Hawthorn Middle School North Science Olympiad team will compete on Saturday Feb. 11 at the Grayslake Invitationals held at Grayslake Middle School. They will then be competing at the Regional Competition on March 18 at Oakton Community College. The ultimate goal is to qualify for state and then nationals. Toshiba Medical Systems, of Vernon Hills, is sponsoring the MSN team.

Cards for Fill A Heart 4 Kids

8th grade advisories were making valentine cards for the Fill A Heart 4 Kids organization.  This organization will deliver their cards, along with some goodies, to kids living in group homes in Lake County.

Register Now for Summer School

Mid-way through summer get students excited about returning to school with Hawthorn School District 73’s summer classes that include kindergarten readiness, discovering the world of dinosaurs, mastering the math monsters, exploring furry, feathery, scaly friends and more! Register and view the 2017 class catalog here in English and Spanish ~ http://bit.ly/1oF7x8h ~.

Even more 3D printing!

Jessica C, an 8th grader, designed and printed this bridle holder for her barn. 

Important Notice for Parents Regarding Medication in School

This is a reminder of the school policy that under no circumstances should a student possess or self-adminster any prescription or non-perscription medicine at school.  In addition, students with School Medication Authorization Forms cannot transport the medication to school.  It must be delivered by a parent or guardian to the school nurse.  Please refer to the policy from the Student/Parent Handbook below.

No School District employee shall administer to any student, or supervise a student’s self-administration of, any prescription or non-prescription medication until a completed and signed School Medication Authorization Form is submitted by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). No student shall possess or consume any prescription or non- prescription medication on school grounds or at a school-related function other than as provided for in this policy and its implementing procedures.

Students found in possession of unauthorized medication will be subject to disciplinary consequences. 

More STEM

If you need an SD card holder, then build one!  8th grader Sophia M. made this beauty.

7th grade STEM students are excited to begin their mobile app design unit.  They are currently in the research and development stage

STEM

Here is the engineering design process in action.  A student designed an iPad stand which unfortunately proved to be unstable.  She went back to rethink, revise, and reconstruct a new one to address the stability issues.