Firefighter Rodkey Visits with 6th Graders

Firefighter Tony Rodkey visited our 6th grade science classes to teach the students about the benefits of having a home sprinkler system.  He also reviewed fire safety with the students and introduced a fire saftey and burn prevention video contest.  Visit for more information.  Top prize is $500 in American Express gift cards!

Notification: fertilizer and weed control application

Dear Hawthorn Family:

This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply fertilizer and weed control to our district lawns on the afternoon of May 10, 2016. A projected backup date is scheduled for May 14, 2016, if needed. Sprayed areas will be posted, and people are encouraged to stay off of the areas for two hours after the application.

Hawthorn takes great care to ensure that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students and the entire community. Projects such as fertilizer application are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.

Hawthorn School District #73 moved to an online notification request system, which is also explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, as well as on the District website, If you are interested in receiving notification for the coming school year, please review the Handbook information and send your formal request along with your name and mailing address to You must submit yearly if you want to be included on the notification list.


James Staples
District Facilities Manager 847.990.4475

Keeping Children Safe

Hawthorn parents are invited to attend a school safety class to learn what they can do to help keep their children safe in and out of school.

With smartphones as common as bubble gum, children at Hawthorn School District 73, similar to students across the nation, are exposed to violence more than any generation before them. To weed out real threats from ignorant behavior, Hawthorn is offering parents an opportunity to learn how they can be proactive at home, at school and in their work environment.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 at Hawthorn Middle School South.

While District 73 schools have never been the target of serious violence, neither was Sandy Hook Elementary School before its shooting spree two years ago. District 73 has extensive safety precautions in place. But so did Sandy Hook at the time of the shooting.

“Hawthorn teachers and administrative staff are well trained on what to watch for and what to do to prevent and/or minimize violence in the schools,” said School Resource Officer Andy Jones.

The key, Officer Jones said, is for everyone to contribute to the puzzle so that the police department has a complete picture of what is transpiring in any potential threat situation. For instance, a teacher may see a picture of a gun on a student’s computer. A parent may overhear a neighbor child threatening to kill another child. A classmate may receive a Snapchat from a fellow student threatening to do harm to another child.

“Middle schoolers are trying to find their place in the circle of life – how and where they belong,” Officer Jones said. “With social media, kids are growing up too fast. Some children lead a secret life on the Internet. This could lead to harm of others.”

Officer Jones will train parents on how they can play a role in helping to keep their children safe and what they can do with the information they gather around them.

“Parents should never feel that they are overreacting. The police department uses the information to put the puzzle together to see if there is a serious threat that officials need to deal with,” Officer Jones said.

Officer Jones recommends parents contact him if they have concerns. He can be reached at either of the Hawthorn middle schools. His email is