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)

Alert: Student approached

May 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon the district Resource Officer received a report that a white male driving a red car approached a student and offered a ride. There was no enticement or encouragement when the student refused. Please have a conversation about safety with your children. Vernon Hills Police Department has been alerted to the situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 847-990-4215 or via email

Sincerely, Nick Brown Superintendent


1 de Mayo 2017

Queridos Padres y Guardianes,

Esta tarde, el Oficial de Recursos del distrito recibió un reporte de que un hombre blanco conduciendo un coche rojo se acercó a un estudiante y ofreció un paseo. No hubo estímulo ni cuando el estudiante se negó. Por favor, tenga una conversación sobre la seguridad con sus hijos sobre personas extraños. El Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills ha sido alertado de la situación.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor no dude en contactarme al 847-990-4215 o por correo electrónico a

Sinceramente, Nick Brown Superintendente

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