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  • Vernon Hills teacher aide charged with DUI in death of Chicago pedestrian May 4, 2012 3:17 PM
    A 29-year-old former teacher assistant at a Vernon Hills-area school has been charged in an alcohol-related crash that killed a pedestrian on Christmas Eve in Chicago, authorities said. Christine Ahn, of the 2800 block of Sweet Clover Way in Wauconda is charged with aggravated driving under the influence that resulted in death, Chicago Police said.

  • Two girls suffer minor injuries in Vernon Hills crash Apr 27, 2012 11:46 AM
    Two schoolchildren suffered minor injuries after they were struck by a minivan that had lurched out of control following an accident at Route 60 and Aspen Drive, authorities said. The girls were waiting to cross Route 60 near Hawthorn Townline Elementary School at Aspen at 2:20 p.m. Thursday when the accident occured.

  • Dresses sought for fashion show: Apr 12, 2012 4:12 PM
    Hawthorn Middle South again is seeking dresses to be worn by eight grade girls for an upcoming fashion show and promotion dance and ceremony.

  • Schools' pay hikes trigger state penalties Apr 12, 2012 11:07 AM
    At a time when suburban schools are pushing back hard against taking over the states share of teacher retirement costs, many are paying thousands of dollars sometimes hundreds of thousands in penalties to Illinois pension systems for giving big raises to administrators and teachers. Suburban schools charged the highest penalties are Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, West Aurora District 129, Barrington Area Unit District 220, Hawthorn Elementary District 73, Elgin Area School District U-46 and Naperville District 203, a Daily Herald investigation shows.

  • District 73 bullying workshop Mar 21, 2012 6:00 PM
    Hawthorn Elementary District 73 in cooperation with feeder school districts is hosting a bullying workshop for parents on Tuesday April 3.

  • Hawthorn cuts teaching assistants to help balance budget Mar 16, 2012 5:23 PM
    Hawthorn Elementary District 73 in Vernon Hills cut 31 instructional assistants as a key action in balancing its 2012-13 budget. Reducing the number of assistants by about a third will save the district $675,000 and with other recommended actions will eliminate a projected $1 million deficit.

  • Sixth grader raises funds for shelters Feb 29, 2012 2:15 PM
    Like many kids do, Hawthorn Middle North sixth-grader Alyssa Locascio loves animals. However, she has taken her passion to the next level, launching a “Don’t Shop — Adopt” campaign to encourage people to adopt pets from shelters.

  • Welcome for Hawthorn superintendent: Feb 23, 2012 5:50 PM
    Residents of Hawthorn District 73 are invited to an informal reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, to welcome Nick Brown, who will be taking over as the new superintendent beginning July 1.

  • Vampire bats have a long, interesting history Feb 21, 2012 8:06 AM
    Second-graders in Rachel Boehm’s class at Hawthorn Elementary North asked about vampire bats. “Why are vampire bats called vampire bats and what was the largest and smallest bat ever found?” The word vampire often conjures up the misty image of Transylvanian counts with ferocious fangs. The word origins are foggy — scholars think the word could come from Turkish, Greek or Serbian.

  • New Townline principal: Feb 19, 2012 3:06 PM
    Hawthorn Townline Elementary school will welcome Victoria Kieffer as new principal beginning this fall replacing current principal Karen Cencula who is retiring

  • Child care contract extended at Hawthorn Feb 15, 2012 5:30 AM
    As it continues to examine space needs for the future, Vernon Hills-based Hawthorn District 73 will stick with its long term provider for child care service for residents and employees. Continuity as a new superintendent takes over July 1 was cited in the decision to extend the contract with the Afterschool Club for three years.

  • Testing topic of curriculum coffee Feb 9, 2012 6:29 PM
    Hawthorn Elementary District 73 will host a curriculum coffee at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the district office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills.

  • Concert for food bank in Vernon Hills Jan 30, 2012 5:26 AM
    HiFi Superstar, one of the area’s hottest rock bands, will perform Friday, Feb. 3 at “My First Rock Concert and Food Drive” hosted by Cub Scouts Pack 273 at Hawthorn Middle School South, 430 North Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

  • Hawthorn District 73 introduces new superintendent Jan 25, 2012 5:30 AM
    Indiana educator Nicholas G. Brown has been selected from among 67 applicants to replace long time administrator Sue Zook, who is retiring at the end of the year from Hawthorn District 73.

  • Suburbia's Got Talent: Hawthorn Dist. 73's Eagle Chorus Jan 24, 2012 5:18 AM
    The Eagle Chorus made up of 48 Hawthorn Elementary District 73 students in Vernon Hills is flying high these days. The fifth-graders from Townline Elementary and the Hawthorn School of Dual Language in Vernon Hills took a global approach to music last month when they performed their “December Round the World.”

  • District 73 considers after-school, day care choices Jan 19, 2012 5:30 AM
    Child care choices for employees and parents has become a sticky issue in Hawthorn Elementary District 73. Officials in the Vernon Hills-based district are considering options for the 2012-13 school year in what could eventually become a choice between a private enterprise that has been providing the service for more than 20 years and the Vernon Hills Park District, a public entity. Administrators have recommended that nothing change in the short term as the district continues to evaluate space needs and welcomes a new superintendent for the next school year. “Our recommendation is to pull back on these proposals and leave things alone,” said Superintendent Sue Zook. At issue is a possible change in who provides after-school and day care programs. Last summer, the district was considering buying or leasing a new building to expand programming and sent out a request for proposals for the services. Afterschool Club based in Grayslake has provided day care for children up to 5 years old whose parents work at District 73, as well as day care for students through fifth grade in three-year contracts since 1990. The company rents space from the district and parents pay for the services. About 200 school-age kids and about 30 up to age 5 use the service on a given day, according to David Lucas, president and owner. The Vernon Hills Park District also responded to the request for proposals. But after it was determined the district would not be securing additional space, Zook said she recommended the status quo to address the big picture. “They (school board) didn’t agree with that. They said, `Contact the two vendors, amend the proposal,’” she said. “Both vendors did a very nice job of addressing all the aspects of the proposal,” Zook said. “This is not something like, `We have a broken mess that needed to be fixed.’“ Discussion of the issue was on the board’s Jan. 9 nonvoting work session. Members of the park district attended the session and at one point were called upon to answer a question. “We were not asked to attend. We just attended on our own,” said Jeff Fougerousse, executive director of the park district. Afterschool was not there and was told if they did show up there wouldn’t be a presentation, according to Lucas. “We started getting emails from parents on the 10th saying, `You better get support,’” he said. Parents have been urged to attend Monday’s school board meeting, where the company and the park district each will be given 10 minutes to make a presentation. Zook said the board is scheduled to vote on her original recommendation to do nothing in the interim, meaning Afterschool would continue as the provider. No vote is scheduled Monday to approve the park district in its place. “If they went with our recommendation, it wouldn’t even be up for discussion,” Zook said.

  • Kindergarten meet for D73: Jan 17, 2012 6:15 PM
    Parents of children who will turn 5 by Sept. 1 are invited to a kindergarten information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 North Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills

  • Vernon Hills poms presents clinic Jan 4, 2012 5:22 PM
    The five-time state champion Vernon Hills High School varsity poms squad will present its annual ‘Junior Cougar Dance Clinic’ open to girls, ages kindergarten through 8th grade on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the high school, 145 Lakeview Parkway.

  • Tips for safe use of space heaters, fireplaces Jan 3, 2012 5:54 AM
    The Countryside Fire Protection District cautions residents regarding the potential hazards of space heaters and fireplaces.

  • Hawthorn may offer modified full-day kindergarten Dec 13, 2011 11:36 AM
    Plans to provide tuition-based full-day kindergarten at all Hawthorn District 73 elementary schools next year is on hold, although a scaled-down version appears likely.

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