This past week, Mr. Richard Viviano has respectfully submitted his resignation as Hawthorn Middle North Athletic Director.

Mr. Viviano’s resignation is effective Friday, March 24, 2017.

I am absolutely thankful for the service Rich has provided Hawthorn Middle North.

At this time, I would like to provide clarity on the MSN athletic director position.

For the reminder of the 2016-2017 academic year, Mr. Victor Garcia will act as interim athletic director.  Victor will be collaborating with our current assistant director, Jared Reardon, and the office of the Hawthorn Middle North principal.

In the spring of 2017, the position of athletic director will be posted for 2017-2018.  I have asked James Cieciwa to facilitate the interview process and recommend candidates to the office of the principal and assistant athletic director.

Robert J. Collins


Hawthorn Middle School North

201 Hawthorn Parkway

Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061


847-367-8124 Fax

“Inspire all students to embrace learning in an ever-changing world”

Attention incoming MHS students/Atención estudiantes entrantes de MHS,

Attention incoming MHS students:

If you would like us to re-evaluate your freshmen course placements, please register for the Mundelein High School confirmation exam. The exam is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 7:45am at MHS. If you want to change your class level in math, social studies, Spanish, or English, you must take the STAR test on April 8th. Students must arrive at MHS at 7:45 in the morning. Most students will finish by 9:00 am. To register to take this exam, call or email Ms. Jan Ness at 847-949-2200 x1303 or

Atención estudiantes entrantes de MHS,

Si desea que MHS reevalúe su curso de freshmen, por favor regístrese para el examen de confirmación de la Escuela Secundaria Mundelein. El examen está programado para el sábado 8 de abril a las 7:45 en MHS.  Si desea cambiar su nivel de clase en matemáticas, estudios sociales, español, o inglés, debe tomar la prueba de STAR el 8 de abril. Los estudiantes deben llegar a MHS a las 7:45 en la manana. La mayoría de los estudiantes terminarán a las 9:00. Para inscribirse para tomar este examen,  llame o envie un correo electrónico a la Sra. Jan Ness al 847-949-2200 x1303 o

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 ~ ~.

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 or 847.990.4215.

Dual Language Expands to Middle Schools

The Hawthorn 73 Board of Education voted to expand the dual language program into the middle school beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The program will expand  into Middle School North and Middle School South initially in sixth grade and then expand into seventh grade in the 2019-20 school year and then into eighth grade in the 2020-21 school year.

At this time the district is planning the Dual Language Middle School Program will consist of a Spanish literacy course and content instruction in Spanish through social studies and science courses. The creation of a Spanish literacy course and the development of two content level courses, like social studies and science would provide a total of 140 minutes of instruction in Spanish at the middle school level. The 2017-18 year is structured to plan units of instruction, provide professional development for the current staff, acquire necessary resources and begin the process of recruiting certified bilingual middle school teachers.

Providing a program as the one outlined above will help dual language students continue to develop both academic and language skills that will transfer to success in the rest of their academic career and lifetime. The Dual Language team is very excited for this new opportunity and very thankful to the Board of Education for their support and guidance as the program expands into the middle school.

Education Foundation Launched

The Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education warmly greeted the newly appointed Hawthorn Education Foundation inaugural board at its recent meeting.

The seven-member foundation board collectively has extensive background in fundraising. grant writing and capital projects for schools.  Helping to create non-governmental financial support for District 73 is one of the most important and effective methods for fostering sustained academic excellence. The purpose of the Education Foundation is to raise private sector funds to support the goals of our Strategic Plan.  Jill Martin, principal of Elementary South School, will facilitate the foundation. Please click here to meet the inaugural board.

Register Now for D73 Summer Classes

Mid-way through summer students get excited about returning to school with Hawthorn’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.

Registration is now open for Hawthorn’s summer music camp. Hawthorn’s Summer Music Camp runs July 17 through July 28. Check out the summer school catalog with Hawthorn’s Enrichment Institute and register now for classes. Band classes combine nicely with enrichment classes.

Aspen Art Show

Check out the annual District 73 Art Show at the Aspen Drive Library. Close to 400 student artists displayed unique forms of art during the art show. Click here to see the many artists and their artwork. Artwork is on display through Friday, April 7.

The art show represents all the schools strongest pieces including drawings, paintings, collages, paper sculptures, Papier-mâché and print-making.

“Strongest to me does not necessarily mean the ‘best’ but rather the students that take the greatest risks with their art or show the most growth during the rotation or from year to year, said Hawthorn Middle School North School Art Teacher Hannah Altshuler.


Meetings Set on Hawthorn School Construction Plans

Two meetings are scheduled by Hawthorn School District 73’s superintendent, Nick Brown, to inform parents of why additions and renovations are needed for the district’s six school buildings.

Superintendent Brown will host a “Superintendent’s Coffee – Why the Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed”

  • From 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills and;

    From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Vernon Hills Park District Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

    Mr. Brown’s coffee chat will include a short facilities presentation followed by a question/answer session. Click here to learn more about the EFMP and the April 4 referendum.

Letter to Parents Regarding Required Accountability Assessments

Good morning,


Schools and districts throughout the state have begun to administer the SY 2016-2017 federally required accountability assessments. In order to help support you, ISBE has provided the following letter to parents about required testing. You are free to utilize this letter in whatever way is most appropriate for your school and district, without changing its text. This letter will also be posted to the assessment website along with a Spanish version when available. If you have questions, please contact the Assessments and Accountability Division at


We thank you for your dedication to supporting and serving all Illinois students.

Letter to Parents Regarding Required Accountability Assessments

Bookmark Contest Winners!

Emma A (1st place 7th grade Bookmark Contest Winner)

                                     Ming N. (2nd place – 7th grade)

HEA Candidate Night

There is a Candidate Night hosted by the Hawthorn Education Association (HEA) on Tuesday, March 14th at 7 pm.  The event will be held at Middle School South.  You will have an opportunity learn about candidates for the Hawthorn School Board of Education.  This is not a District sponsored event.  All candidates have been invited to attend.