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Key to 73 Education Foundation Wants Your Input

Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

Robert Collins

Middle School North Principal is Honored

Horace Mann and the Illinois Principals Association are pleased to announce that Robert Collins, Principal of Middle School North, has been named the 2018 Lake Region Middle School Principal of the Year. The award recognizes middle school principals in 21 Illinois regions who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community.

Mr. Collins, whose hometown is Buffalo Grove, has served as principal at Hawthorn Middle School North for six years. He earned degrees from Millikin University in Education and Music and a master’s degree in administration from Concordia University.

Last month, Mr. Collins and the staff at Hawthorn Middle School North received the ASCD “Whole Child Award.” This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

Mr. Collins recently served as guest speaker at the Illinois Music Educators District VII Festival on “Differentiation and the Arts.” He also recently spoke at two national conferences hosted by the National Association of Middle Level Education. He has been invited to speak on meeting the needs of the whole child in Orlando, Florida in October.

Mr. Collins has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Education” and was the recipient of the National Honor Roll of Exceptional Teachers. His professional affiliations include the Illinois Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Gifted Students, and the International Reading Association.

Hawthorn Middle North 6th & 7th Grade Parents

This is for 6th and 7th Grade Only
 Good Afternoon,
Your child’s picture day is right around the corner.  You are now able to pre-order your child’s photo by clicking on the link below.
     As a special BONUS to you.. if you pre-order online BEFORE picture day, you will receive
FREE personalization.
(Just make sure that you select it when ordering.)
 E.D. Clark Photography
Phone:  847-231-4444

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Hello Middle School North Parents,

The week of May 7th is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week in our schools. The PTO would like to thank the teachers and staff for all the hard work they put forth for our children every day. We do this in the form of a special lunch and other fun treats throughout the week. We cannot do this without your support! We will gladly accept cash or check (made out to Hawthorn PTO) donations from parents so that we can make the celebration memorable for all. Additionally, donations can be made online by visiting the PTO Store We would like to collect all donations by April 16th, 2018. We thank you in advance for allowing us to recognize our outstanding staff at MSN. If you have any questions, please contact me at


Thank you for your support,

Mary Bowers

PTO Vice President, Middle School North

PTO Family Fun & Fitness Night Friday, April 20th

Come out and join in the Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School, Friday, April 20th at 6:30 pm. (Doors open at 6:00pm.)
This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $10 per person (with advance registration), $15 at the door. $25 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store:


Choose one the following classes:

  • • ZUMBA & HIP-HOP (dance fitness)
  • • YOGA ( bring a yoga mat, if possible)
  • • AGILITY (obstacle course & open gym)
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO!
All those registered will be automatically entered into a FREE raffle to win a Leap Frog Epic Academy Edition Device


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Criteria for Awards

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Ms. Rohlfing

English Teacher is Named Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Middle School North English teacher Ms. Rohlfing. The SHE 100.3 and Jewel Osco selected her as the SHE Teacher of the Month for April. She was nominated by a former student who remembered what an impact she had made many years ago. As Teacher of the Month, Ms. Rohlfing won a three night trip for two to Mexico.

School Board

District 73 Schedules Community Engagement Meetings

The Hawthorn School District 73 Board of Education is inviting the public to a series of community engagement meetings to discuss how to resolve the District’s space challenges. Currently, District 73 is at capacity and it is growing.

The six meetings will include presentations by the Board of Education and opportunities for community members to provide their feedback and advice. The first two meetings will focus on prioritizing solutions. The April 30 meeting will be a working meeting. The later meetings will focus on communicating solutions. The meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, April 5, Elementary North, 301 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Tuesday, April 17, Elementary South, 430 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Monday, April 30, Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway in Vernon Hills
  • Thursday, May 10, Aspen Elementary, 500 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills (this meeting is tentative)
  • Monday, May 21, Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills
  • Wednesday, May 30, Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills

Spanish translators will be present. Childcare will be provided on April 5, May 21 and May 30. If you need childcare, please register at least one week prior to the date of the meeting you wish to attend. Send an email with the number of children attending to:

Hawthorn School District 73 is a preschool through eighth-grade public school district serving approximately 4,300 students. It serves the communities of Vernon Hills, Mundelein, Libertyville, Indian Creek and unincorporated areas of Lake County, Illinois.


Order Your 2017-2018 Yearbook Today!

Have you ordered your 2017-2018 yearbook yet?  The last day to order is March 23rd.  Don’t miss out on your MSN memories!

Message Regarding National School Walkouts

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today I reach out to you as a follow-up to my February 27th letter concerning the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. We continue to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and prayers.

There is a national social media movement underway for students to protest school violence by walking out of class on March 14th and April 20th.  These walkouts have been advertised for specific times for students to participate. It is our plan for All Hawthorn School District 73 students and staff to remain in school. (Continued)

Estimados padres y guardianes,

Hoy me dirijo a ustedes después de mi carta del 27 de febrero sobre la tragedia en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School en Florida. Continuamos manteniendo a las víctimas y sus familias en nuestros corazones y oraciones.

Se está IIevando a cabo un movimiento nacional de medios sociales para que los estudiantes protesten contra la violencia escolar al salir de la clase el 14 de marzo y el 20 de abril.  Estas protestas han sido anunciadas con horarios específicos para que los estudiantes participen.  Es nuestro plan que los estudiantes y todo el personal de Distrito Escolar 73 de Hawthorn permanezcan en la escuela. (Continued)