Welcome 6th Graders!

Dear Sixth Grade Students and Parents!

Welcome to MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Middle school is the BEST!  NO STRESS!  We are all here for you during this transition to middle school.

Some student leaders have prepared an introduction video for you to view this summer.  Please be advised some of the information may be subject to change due to the pandemic guidelines set by the State of Illinois.

Our teachers and administrators will send you information regarding sixth-grade orientation this fall to ensure your successful transition to middle school.

In the meantime,  enjoy our students’ WELCOME VIDEO!

Robert J Collins, Principal

Graduation cap with 2020 on tassel

Promotion videos

Attention Hawthorn Eighth Grade Students and Parents/Guardians:

This is another reminder to join us TONIGHT (Wednesday, June 24, 2020) at 6:00 PM via live stream to watch your promotion video. The live stream introduction will start at www.vimeo.com/hawthorn73. After the introduction, please visit the links provided in the email or on the live stream that matches your school. The videos will be unlocked and available to view after the live stream introduction.

Please feel free to share this link with family who may also wish to view the promotion video.

The live stream will promptly start at 6:00 PM. 

Videos have been password protected. The password was shared in an email sent this morning and will be shared during the live stream. If you need the password but did not receive the email or were not able to view the live stream, please reach out to techsupport@hawthorn73.org and a member of our tech department will share the password with you.  

If you share the video links with other family members, please do not share the password openly on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Robert Natale

Principal

Hawthorn Middle South

Robert Collins

Principal

Hawthorn Middle North

Update Letter from Mundelein High School

To All Our MHS Families: 

I hope this communication finds you and your families well. These are certainly trying times and we are all working hard to provide an education and an environment that is positive for our students and staffs. Please read the attached letter for current updates.

Reverse Drive Bye

7th Grade Reverse Parade 6/1

Dear Seventh Grade Parents/Guardians

It is hard to believe this is the last week of school!

MSN is planning a reverse parade for our seventh grade students on Monday, June 01, 2020.  

What is a reverse parade?  Parents come to MSN (see map) drive into the parking lot and wave goodbye to your teachers.  Feel free to decorate your car with Hawthorn spirit  Whoooooop it up! 

You can find the parade route below.

PLEASE follow the following schedule:

SEVENTH GRADE GOLD:  1:00-1:30

SEVENTH GRADE BLUE:  1:30-2:00

Parade route
Reverse Drive Bye

6th Grade MSN Reverse Parade 6/1

Dear Sixth Grade Parents/ Guardians

It is hard to believe this is the last week of school!

MSN is planning a reverse parade for our sixth grade students on Monday, June 01, 2020.  

What is a reverse parade?  Parents come to MSN (see map) drive into the parking lot and wave goodbye to your teachers.  Feel free to decorate your car with Hawthorn spirit  Whoooooop it up!  

See the parade route below.

PLEASE follow the following schedule:

SIXTH GRADE GOLD:  12:00-12:30

SIXTH GRADE BLUE:  12:30-1:00

Parade Routh

May 26 Eighth Grade Happenings!

Dear Eighth Grade Students and Parents:

Since the State of Illinois will be entering phase three of the five-phase reopening plan,  Hawthorn School District 73 will NOT be holding the promotion ceremony at Libertyville High School on Monday, June 29th, 2020. Instead, both of our middle schools have been working with E.D. Clark Productions to create a special video for our eighth-grade promotion and awards ceremony.  We are anticipating the release of the video the week of June 22nd, 2020.  We will also be planning a virtual video unveiling party.  Details will be coming!

Our eighth grade team is planning a REVERSE parade!  See the flier!  June 01, 3:00-5:00. Eight Grade Reverse Parade Information. June 01. 3:00-5:00 PM   PARADE MAP-MSN 

The eighth-grade teams at Middle School North and Middle School South are also planning special remote activities for students during our last week of school. We are looking forward to these fun events!

Additionally, pending any new or changing guidance from the state’s reopening plan, both middle schools are planning a special eighth-grade reunion near the end of summer/Fall.  We will be working with our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to provide a fun experience and yearbook signing.  A huge thank you to our PTO!  Stay tuned!

Sincerely,

Rob Natale – Principal Middle School South

Robert Collins – Principal Middle School North

Natalie Mares – Assistant Principal Middle School South

Charity Trowbridge – Assistant Principal Middle School North

Reverse Drive Bye

HAWTHORN NORTH REVERSE TEACHER AND STAFF “DRIVE BYE” TO OUR 8TH GRADERS!

Your teachers want to FINALLY cheer you on before sending you off to high school! Join us in a reverse “drive by” through the school parking lot. Please see the map for directions through the parking lot.

Teacher and Staff Drive Bye Letter
Drive Bye Route Map

Parent/Guardian Information

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We hope you are having a wonderful three-day weekend! Also, we hope you and your family are safe and well. Happy Memorial Day!

Here are updates/reminders:

Student Belongings Pick-up & Returning/Drop-off Hawthorn Items Information: 

Tuesday resumes our curbside pick-up schedule (E-J). Please be sure to review this information before your scheduled pick-up day. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility. https://msn.hawthorn73.org/map-for-end-of-year-pick-up-msn-and-en/

  • Please click here for the district-wide information that was shared with you by Dr. Hannigan on 05/13/2020. It is essential to adhere to these procedures.    
  • We are planning to have the following belongings ready for pick-up:
    • Materials from student lockers – Please note, many students cleaned out their lockers before the school closure. 
    • Locks and materials from student physical education lockers.
    • 8th-grade promotion and awards materials (i.e., gown if ordered, tassel, promotion certificate, award certificates/medallions/cords, promotion pictures, etc.).  
    • Medication from the nurse’s office. Please note, there will be a sign-out for medication.  
    • A yearbook if you ordered one.     
  • If you are coming to pick up your student’s belongings, ENTER through the bus lane next to Hawthorn Elementary North. Please write your student’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Ensure it is written large enough for a staff member to read through your vehicle window. You will place this paper in your window for the staff to see. Also, please have your vehicle’s trunk open so staff may place the belongings in your vehicle for a no-touch transfer following social distancing procedures. A staff member will bring out your student’s belongings and put the bag in your trunk for a no-touch transfer following social distancing procedures.   
  • If you are returning/dropping-off Hawthorn issued items (i.e., athletic uniforms, books, etc.), please place the Hawthorn items in a bag marked with your student’s name and grade. Please place this bag in your vehicle’s trunk. A staff member will retrieve the bag from your trunk for a no-touch transfer, following social distancing procedures.
  • If you do not come to pick-up belongings, they will be donated or disposed of.  

Information from our District’s Technology Department:

  • Keeping devices over the summer: With the unique challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hawthorn District 73 recognizes that the summer months may potentially be very different from a typical summer for our students. Because of this, the district will not be requiring students to return electronic devices that have been assigned to them at the conclusion of our current school year. Once the district has received direction regarding the start of school in the fall and any steps that might need to be taken if health concerns continue, we will contact parents with instructions on returning devices to your child’s school. Over the summer months, our monitoring and filtering services — Securly for student internet usage and Gaggle for monitoring email and Google Docs for middle school students — will continue to be used and monitored by the district.
  • Returning devices for those who are moving: If your family is moving out of Hawthorn District 73, please return the electronic device that was assigned to your child (along with any cases or charging cables that were included). You may return these devices on June 4-5 between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Hawthorn Middle School South (600 Aspen Drive). If you are unable to make it on June 4-5, please email cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org and we will arrange a convenient time for you to return the device.
  • Summer Tech support: If issues arise with electronic devices during the summer months and you need to reach out to the Hawthorn District 73 technology team for help, please email cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org with the details of the problem or any questions. A member of the team will follow-up with you.
  • 8th graders to keep devices: As our 8th-grade students prepare to transition from Hawthorn District 73 to their respective high schools, the district wants to ensure continued access to educational and collaborative activities throughout the summer months. In order to make that possible, 8th-grade students are not required to return their Chromebook devices to the district at the end of this school year unless you are currently in possession of a district loaner due to a missing or damaged device. If that is the case, we will coordinate with you for the return of the loaner. Because these devices are also nearing the end of their expected life cycles, this year’s 8th-grade class may choose to keep their device beyond the summer months. Any devices that are kept will no longer be managed, monitored, or content filtered by Hawthorn District 73. Any families who choose not to keep the device should email the technology team at cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org, and we will arrange a time for you to return the device, charger, and case. 

Social-Emotional Information:

  • Please click here for social-emotional information.  

Remote Learning Planning Day

  • As you may remember, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has provided school districts with a limited number of “Remote Learning Planning Days.” These days allow staff members to spend time engaging in structured training and planning sessions focused on remote learning. Our next Remote Learning Planning Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th. While live conferencing and other forms of “real-time” communication will not be available on these dates, teachers will post learning plans to support the continuation of routines and structures that help ensure students are learning and connected to school. 

Report Cards

  • As a friendly reminder, last year, we expanded our use of the PowerSchool Parent Portal to digitally post report cards for both our middle and elementary school families. Benefits of posting report cards via this secure portal included more timely reporting to parents and easy parent access to both current and past report cards. Online report cards are also environmentally friendly! On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3rd, we will post student report cards for our third trimester (including rotations four and five at the middle school).
  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has continued to release grading and report card guidance to school districts. This guidance is based upon the principle of no educational harm to any child and includes recommendations for PreK-8th grade districts to use pass or incomplete (rather than numerical scores or percentage grades). We are using the codes P (pass) and INC ( incomplete) on our report cards to reflect that guidance. In addition, ISBE has shared that grading should prioritize connectedness and care for students. Our students will receive narrative comments, rather than a letter or numerical scores, for work/study behaviors such as submitting assignments on time. Note that ISBE’s guidance does not provide for the issuing of letter grades; our middle school families will see the code N/G (no grade), followed by a P (pass) or INC (incomplete) for specific skills or concepts assessed in each class. Any student earning an incomplete will participate in an individualized learning plan to successfully pass the course, in partnership with parents/guardians. 

Please reach out to us if we can assist you.

Be safe.

Robert Collins – Principal 

Charity Trowbridge – Assistant Principal 

8th Grade Reminders

Dear 8th Grade Students, Parents, and Guardians:

Estimados estudiantes, padres y tutores de octavo grado:

Below are some friendly reminders about end of year procedures for our eighth graders. 

8th grade materials will be distributed according to our district’s curbside pick-up schedule. Pick-up items include contents from students’ hallway and physical education lockers, musical instruments, medication, promotion pictures, yearbooks (if ordered), awards, promotion certificates, tassels, medillons, gowns (if ordered), and more. 

The District Curbside Pick-Up Schedule and Procedure document is here for your review: https://msn.hawthorn73.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Hawthorn-Community-Letter-from-Superintendent-Hannigan.pdf.8th grade students will keep their Hawthorn issued Chromebook, case, and charger. Please see the message sent to all parents on Sunday, May 17th for additional details.   We are anticipating a release of our 8th grade promotion and awards video the week of June 22nd. We are working with E.D. Clark Productions, and looking forward to celebrating our 8th graders!

As always, if you need help, please reach out to us.

Be safe.

Robert Collins – Principal Middle School North
Rob Natale – Principal Middle School South

Charity Trowbridge – Assistant Principal Middle School North.

Natalie Mares – Assistant Principal Middle School South


Estimados estudiantes, padres y tutores de octavo grado:
A continuación hay algunos recordatorios sobre los procedimientos de fin de año para nuestros alumnos de octavo grado. 

  • Los materiales de octavo grado se distribuirán de acuerdo con el horario de nuestro distrito para recoger cosas en la banqueta. Los artículos para recoger incluyen contenido de los casilleros de los estudiantes y de educación física, instrumentos musicales, medicamentos, fotos de promocion, anuarios (si se solicitaron), premios, certificados de promoción, tassels, medallas, batas (si se solicitaron) y más.

El documento de horario y procedimiento del distrito para recoger las cosas está aquí para su revisión: https://msn.hawthorn73.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Hawthorn-Community-Letter-from-Superintendent-Hannigan.pdf.

  • Los estudiantes de 8º grado se quedaran su Chromebook, estuche y cargador emitidos por Hawthorn. Consulte el mensaje enviado a todos los padres el domingo 17 de Mayo para obtener detalles adicionales.
  • Estamos anticipando el lanzamiento de nuestro video de promoción y premios de octavo grado la semana del 22 de Junio. Estamos trabajando con E.D. Clark Productions, y esperamos celebrar a nuestros alumnos de 8º grado!

Como siempre, si necesita ayuda, comuníquese con nosotros. 

Cuidate.
Rob Natale – Principal Middle School South

Robert Collins – Principal Middle School North

Natalie Mares – Assistant Principal Middle School South

Charity Trowbridge – Assistant Principal Middle School North

A Letter from Mr. Collins

Parents/Guardians:

 We have cleaned out 1400 lockers and are ready for pick-up! Here are some tips! 

Have you read the. schedule?    Read it here:

MSN Parents should enter from Hawthorn Parkway bus lane.  The bus lane is next to Hawthorn Elementary North (map enclosed).  The bus lane entrance will eliminate any traffic jams with Hawthorn Elementary North.  

Pick Up Directions Map

Talk with your child.  Many students have brought their belongings home already.  If this is the case, there is no need to come to school.  MANY lockers were empty.  Please check with your child. Many locks were cut-off.  Why?  If the combination was not correct or not reported, we could not get into the locker.  Again, 1400 lockers were cleaned-out, and many locks needed to be cut-off. 

If you are coming to pick-up your child’s belongings, please write your child’s name and grade on a piece of paper.  You will place this paper in your window for the staff to see. A staff member will bring out your child’s belongings.  Again, please check with your child if you need to come.  MANY lockers were empty.

YEARBOOKS arrived!   If you purchased a yearbook, parents would be able to pick it up!   Questions about yearbooks? Please contact. Ms. Serlin serlinr@hawthorn73.org or Ms. Hoffman hoffmanl@hawthorn73.org 

If you are dropping off uniforms, books, etc., please place in a bag marked with your child’s name and grade. 

EIGHTH GRADE:  If you are paying for your child’s promotion robe, please make sure the payment is in a marked envelope.  You will give the envelope to a staff member. Eighth-grade awards/diplomas/yearbooks will be placed in bags. 

Information Regarding Purchasing Your Child’s Robe:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSWEJ8PExZ8ee4WvnnEu0mIIb6LzcmKz8nwaKh9xvk24fdig/viewform 

As you may remember, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has provided school districts with a limited number of “Remote Learning Planning Days.” These days allow staff members to spend time engaging in structured training and planning sessions focused on remote learning. Our next Remote Learning Planning Day is scheduled for Friday, May 22nd. While live conferencing and other forms of “real-time” communication will not be available on these dates, teachers will post learning plans to support the continuation of routines and structures that help ensure students are learning and connected to the school.  

May. 17, 2020,  Parent Tips!   

Important Parent Letter

Keeping devices over the summer

With the unique challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, Hawthorn District 73 recognizes that the summer months may potentially be very different from a typical summer for our students. Because of this, the district will not be requiring students to return electronic devices that have been assigned to them at the conclusion of our current school year. Once the district has received direction regarding the start of school in the fall and any steps that might need to be taken in the event that health concerns continue, we will contact parents with instructions on returning devices to your child’s school. Over the summer months, our monitoring and filtering services — Securly for student internet usage and Gaggle for monitoring email and Google Docs for middle school students — will continue to be used and monitored by the district.

Returning devices for those who are moving

If your family is moving out of Hawthorn District 73, please return the electronic device that was assigned to your child (along with any cases or charging cables that were included). You may return these devices on June 4-5 between 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM at Hawthorn Middle School South (600 Aspen Drive). If you are unable to make it on June 4-5, please email cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org and we will arrange a convenient time for you to return the device.

Summer Tech support

If issues arise with electronic devices during the summer months and you need to reach out to the Hawthorn District 73 technology team for help, please email cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org with the details of the problem or any questions. A member of the team will follow-up with you.

8th graders to keep devices

As our 8th-grade students prepare to transition from Hawthorn District 73 to their respective high schools, the district wants to ensure continued access to educational and collaborative activities throughout the summer months. In order to make that possible, 8th-grade students are not required to return their Chromebook devices to the district at the end of this school year unless you are currently in possession of a district loaner due to a missing or damaged device. If that is the case, we will coordinate with you for the return of the loaner. Because these devices are also nearing the end of their expected life cycles, this year’s 8th-grade class may choose to keep their device beyond the summer months. Any devices that are kept will no longer be managed, monitored, or content filtered by Hawthorn District 73. Any families who choose not to keep the device should email the technology team at cbrepairs@hawthorn73.org and we will arrange a time for you to return the device, charger, and case.

Pick Up Directions Map

Map for End of Year Pick-Up: MSN and EN

As per the district plan, in order to keep social distancing and a smooth process, please adhere to this map when coming to Middle School North and Elementary North. Thank you for your patience and assistance in keeping everyone safe.

Pick up and returns will happen via drive-up. Staff will bring your child’s belongings in a bag to your car and collect any items that need to be returned back to the school. This will afford parents/guardians to only need to make one trip to school to both pick up their child’s personal items and return materials. The pick-up/drop-off hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at each school on the following dates:

● Friday, May 22: For students with last names that begin with A – D

●  Tuesday, May 26: For students with last names that begin with E – J

●  Wednesday, May 27: For students with last names that begin with K – M

●  Thursday, May 28: For students with last names that begin with N – R

●  Monday, June 1: For students with last names that begin with S – Z

Two additional days have been scheduled for those who can’t attend the above dates. They will take place on:

●  Tuesday, June 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

●  Wednesday, June 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

8th Grade Information Letter

The middle school administration has been creating a plan of action for our annual 8th grade field trip, awards, and promotion events.