Vernon Hills Enrollment Process Dates Revised Due to Weather

Hello, 8th Grade Families.
Due to predicted extreme weather conditions and school cancellations, multiple aspects of the Vernon Hills High School enrollment process have been revised:

  • L-Z 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, families with last name L-Z and those unable to come last week will meet in the VHHS Auditorium on Monday, February 4th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please note, this event will no longer include the activity fair.
  • Course recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year will now mailed to families on Monday, February 4th. The pink Course selection forms are now due on Monday, February 18th.
  • Optional counselor appointments on Thursday, February 8th have been cancelled. Appointments are still available on Wednesday, February 13th and Monday, February 18th. To schedule an appointment, please call 847-932-2002.

Snowy Day

After School Activities Are Canceled Tuesday

All after school activities (including the activity bus) are canceled for today – Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.

Tuesday, 1/29 Orchestra Concert is CANCELLED

The Orchestra Concert for tonight Jan. 29th @ 7:00PM is cancelled and rescheduled for February 6th @ 7:00PM. Due to weather conditions.

Incoming Freshman Orientation Postponed

Hello, 8th Grade Families. 
Due to the current and predicted weather conditions, 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, the schedule has been revised as follows: 
Families with last name A-K — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium: Thursday, January 24th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm *Will no longer include activity fairFamilies with last name L-Z — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium: Wednesday, January 30th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  *Will no longer include activity fair

If you are unable to attend your designated night, please feel free to attend the evening that works for your schedule. 
Additional details from initial invite are below: 

The overall purpose of the evening is to introduce incoming students to the educational program at VHHS and to assist families with the freshman enrollment process.  Department supervisors and administrators will be available to answer questions as you prepare for your son’s/daughter’s high school experience.

Eighth grade students are encouraged to attend the evening’s activities. The orientation offers us a chance to share the many opportunities that will be available to you at VHHS. Cougar spirit items will be available to purchase at our school store.

Parking will be available in the school’s west and east parking lots.  Additional parking will be available in the BD corporate lot west of VHHS on Lakeview Parkway.  Entrances on both sides of the school will be open.

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PTO Is Holding Two Events on Jan. 25

The Hawthorn PTO has planned two events this Friday, January 25. They have scheduled a restaurant night from 4 to 8 p.m. at B.Good, 875 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.  25% of sales will be donated to the PTO.

In addition, the PTO is holding a Family Fun & Fitness Night Fundraiser on Jan 25 at 6:30 p.mCome out and join the fun at Townline Elementary School. (Doors open at 6 p.m.). 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! This event is open to all families and 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: 

MSN Boys Volleyball Start Off with a W!

Congratulations to the boys volleyball team for taking two wins during their first week of games!


Choral Fest

Choirs Work Together to Give Great Performance at 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!

Science Olympiad students

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team!

Hawthorn Middle School North’s Science Olympiad team received sixth place out of 40 teams at the Rockford Invitational. Over 42 medals were received by our students. The District is so proud of the results!

Hawthorn PTO Fundraiser: “Family Fun & Fitness Night”

Come join in the Dance Fitness, Yoga & Agility Class for parents and Kids!  All proceeds will benefit the Hawthorn PTO.

Date:  Friday, January 25, 2019

Time:  6:30- 7:30 pm

Location:  Townline Elementary School

You can find all the information and Register at the PTO Store.

2019 PTO Family Fitness

Mundelein High School Class of 2023

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 atjness@d120.orgwith any questions regarding Class of 2023 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair.


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 ajness@d120.orgcon cualquier pregunta relacionada con la Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023 y la Feria de Actividades / Atletismo.

Cheer Team Takes Fifth at State

Congrats to our Cheer team along with Coach Lardo and Coach Parmley! These girls did an outstanding job in Peoria!  They came in fifth at State! There were 18 teams in their division.


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Girls Night of Code is Postponed

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:


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.

science experiment

Kinetic Energy in Action

Science Club students weaved craft sticks into a kinetic energy experiment. It was quite a success! Next time they will try to make it even longer.

spelling bee

Spelling Bee Challenges Students

Eight students participated in Middle School North’s annual Spelling Bee on January 10.  These students received top scores on spelling tests given in all sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes. Congratulations to the winner, Ryan D.R., and the runner up, Demetri P. All the participants did a great job.