District 73 notes
Updated: January 14, 2013 2:28PM
Hawthorn students are once again the beneficiaries of the local Rotary Club’s generosity. The Mundelein Vernon Hills Rotarians are preparing to give each Hawthorn third grade student their own dictionary – which amount to more than 460 dictionaries this year alone! The dictionaries are more than your typical word lists. The back matter includes helpful resources everything from the periodic table to the list of presidents. Students have been able to use these dictionaries to support their studies not only in third grade, but as they grow through middle school and on into high school. Volunteers from the Mundelein Vernon Hills Rotary Club visited the third grade classrooms on Nov. 13 to hand each child their own dictionary.
Hawthorn Middle South sixth graders decided to share their Halloween candy with the children of Afghanistan. Teacher Maureen Wright mentioned to her students that soldiers serving overseas often hand pieces of candy to the local children. With that in mind, students decided bring in the candy they gathered when trick-or-treating –particularly the non-melting variety. The student’s first batch of candy, which weighed in at more than 66 pounds, has already been shipped to a local soldier who is currently serving his fourth tour of duty.
This year’s Snowflake was another tremendous success. Hundreds of seventh and eighth grade students from Hawthorn Middle North, Hawthorn Middle South and Oak Grove Middle School descended upon Hawthorn Middle South right after school on Nov. 2. With the help of dozens of high school and adult volunteer leaders, the students took part in a variety of fast-paced small- and largegroup activities designed to help middle schoolers break down boundaries, make new friends and express themselves. Parents joined later in the evening to listen to thought-provoking speakers including VHPD Officer Andy Jones, who spoke frankly to parents about ways to keep children safe in this world of social media. The students ended their night with one of the best dances ever, thanks to the DJ skills of Hawthorn Middle South teachers Eileen Duhig and Anthony Dengler. In all, more than 1000 people took part in the event, whether as students, parents or volunteers! Thank you to all of the volunteers from the three participating schools for their efforts to plan and present this important program, especially to the Hawthorn middle school social work team, which includes Cathy Logsdon, Evelina Lasch, John Langelund and Brian Van.
Hawthorn schools are fortunate to work in partnership with the paramedics from the Countryside Fire Protection District. Students in Deb Logan’s health class at Hawthorn Middle School South were recently able to learn CPR, thanks to the training of Paramedic Tony Rodkey. Throughout the year, students learn about everything from fire safety to first aid, thanks to the help of our partners at CFPD.
Academics excellence celebrated
The newest group of Hawthorn Elementary South Principal Pride winners, who were honored for excellent academic achievements are: Max Adkisson, Gabby Arribas, Vidi Bar, Karen Cai, Shane Eres, Jackie Escobar, Angelo Gallardo, Angel Garcia, Ethan Gerken, Katie Goldstone, Madelyn Goss, Noah Grijnsztein, Candice Himley, Matthew Hirschman, Ainika Hou, Kailee Irvin, Will Irvin, Brooke Kading, Tiffany Kang, Nicholas Karedis, Noah Kim, Ashleigh Levy, Hema Mohan, Chris Ramirez, Alex Randall, Preeti Rao, Sadie Sheridan, Cynthia Sifuentes, Brandon Smith, Anthony Smykalov, Yilin Tan, Leah Varghese, Emillee Velazquez, Rithanyaa Venkat and Conor Woolums.
Each month, Hawthorn Elementary South celebrates students who have exhibited excellent behavior and responsibility by presenting them with the Soaring Eagle Award. The most recent group of Soaring Eagles includes Noah Alper, Hetanshi Bar, Nicole Behling, Bobby Belzer, Carly DeLeon, Hanna Dove, Sarah Favour, Daniel Gromov, Marvin Guzman, Adam Jablonski, Pearl Jasso, Annemarie Landis, Carson Lindley, Trey Lindley, Daria Lukinova, Becca Manning, Kayla McNamara, Justin Nie, Isay Nochebuena, Joy Park, Rachel Pattee, Daniel Protus, Katelyn Ralph, Jocelyn Salazar, Bradley Schwartz, Rose Sheridan, Ben Shkap, Isabella Simons, Justin St. Louis, Julia Stefanik, Jack Sweeney, Justin Tinoco, Anthony Viviano and Kate Williams.
Students and staff at Hawthorn Middle South are collecting new and gently used coats in all sizes, which are then provided for students and families in need. If you have coats that you would like included in the distribution, please drop them off at Hawthorn Middle South during the month of November. Middle South is located at 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, across from the Park District Sullivan Center. (Hawthorn is closed for Thanksgiving Break from Nov. 20 to 23.) If you would like more information, please contact student council advisor Mary Castellano at email@example.com or (847) 990-4100. Thank you for your generosity.
Cheerleading team spirit
The Hawthorn Middle North cheerleading team has plenty of Eagle Spirit, which they display at basketball home games. The roster includes Sasha Bogdan, Brianna Bolotin, Giavanna Cianfaglione, Noelle Cruz, Lexi Floom, Julia Gofman, Abby Heinz, Grace Hutson, Masha Korkuchanskiy, Madison Madhani, Hannah Moneith, Tara Moyers, Jessica Nabat, Akvile Petrauskaite, Lexi Smolic, Sharon Song, Lindsey Takaoka and Sheri Vaks. Bonnie Hayes is coach.
The Hawthorn Middle North boys basketball team has had good early-season success. The eighth grade team includes Luke Edwards, Austin Gutzler, Cameron Jobe, Brandon Jones, Nathan Ju, Brad Larsen, Ryan Larsen, Christopher Mariella, Nick Marras, Nicky Mohrdieck, Salvador Roman, Corey Takaoka and Drew Winegardner. The sixth/seventh grade team includes Matt Boyer, Antonia Brown, John Dosemagen, Kyle Fasbinder, Brandon Froman, Jack Himel, Derrick Jones, Ryan Kim, Luke Perlin, Donte Ragland, Joseph Reyes, Johnathan Wallach, Mitchell Whelan, Daniel Wizceb and Jack Petersen. Steve Waples and Andy Jones are the coaches.