District 73 school notes
Updated: January 28, 2013 1:57AM
Rotary delivers dictionaries
Third grade students at Hawthorn School would like to thank the Mundelein Vernon Hills Rotary Club for giving each student their own dictionary – which amounted to more than 460 dictionaries this year alone! Rotarian volunteers visited our third grade classrooms on Nov. 13 to hand out the resources, which support the children as they advance through school.
Hawthorn Middle South hosted more than 50 veterans for the annual Veterans Day Breakfast, held on Nov. 9. Veterans were applauded upon their arrival at the program, which featured a few speeches and music, including a beautiful four-part rendition of the National Anthem by the Middle South Chorus as well as a medley of John Philip Sousa marches by the school’s band.
Hawthorn students came up big in the 2012 Design a Bookmark Contest, sponsored by Cook Memorial Library. In all, 21 Hawthorn students were named winners in this year’s contest, which encourages children to read a book, then design a bookmark that captures the essence of that book.
Congratulations to Kindergarten student Raghav Verma (Aspen Elementary); first graders Mac McRae (Townline), Karen Cai (Elementary South), Gwen Murray (Elementary South), and Matthew Hawthorn Lee (Townline); second graders Preeti Rao (Elementary South) and Jaidyn Mays (Dual Language); third graders Leilani Guzman (Dual Language), Anthony Smykalov (Elementary South) and Marianne Abante (Elementary South); fourth grader Taeyun Kwon (Elementary North); fifth graders Catherine Zhao (Elementary South), Lily Blase (Aspen), Alex Lopez (Elementary South), Savannah Miller (Elementary North) and Aishwarya Das (Aspen); sixth graders Jennifer Deng (Middle South), Johnna Geick (Middle North) and Olivia Sheldon (Middle North); seventh grader Priya Rao (Middle South); and eighth grader Karla Carson (Middle North). Cook Library received 832 entries in this year’s contest, and all of those entries will be posted on the Cook Library website (www.cooklib.org). The winning entries from Hawthorn will be on display at the Aspen Drive Library during December.
Cancer research fundraiser
Hawthorn Middle South students and staffers took part in the October Cancer Research Run. Working together, the school raised $3,060. During November, Middle South will collect gently used (or new) winter coats and jackets as well as canned goods. During December, the school’s student council will hold fundraisers for Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Once On a Housetop presentation
The students of Alice Grubb’s Townline/Dual Language fifth grade Eagle Chorus are hard at work preparing for their holiday musical, Once On a Housetop. The show celebrates wonder, joy and diversity by exploring a range of December holidays. The chorus will perform the show for parents on Dec. 11 (7 p.m. at the school), as well as at Hawthorn Lakes Retirement Center and the District Office. Members of the Eagle Chorus include Jaelynn Agosto, Yuli Alcantar, Brianna Baker, Madison Bowen, Caylee Brand, Abby Brown, Kylie Bunning, Brandon Cervantes, Jessica Cherwenka, Emmeline Chung, Jayne Cronin, Savannah Curry, Alyssa Curtis, Eric Dunleavy, Izzy Fraboni, Jackie Fu, Sari Gluck, Maria Gomez, Stephanie Gutierrez, Zoe Handt, Lani Hernandez, Avery Hessel, Aiden Isaacson, Bianka Jordan, Shannon Joyce, Abbie Kim, Ellie Kim, Emily Kim, Wesley Kim, Jordan Krasner, LeAnne Lin, Laine Lutgens, Cesily Machain, Hana Marek, Peyton Newman, Leslie Osorio, Aliie Pappas, Madeleine Paradis, Lily Parikh, Sahil Patel, Olivia Pullin, Riya Rathod, Julieta Rodarte, Victoria Salazar, Cece Schumacher, Jacklyn Self, Emma Stevens, Zak Suchomel, Addie Surber, Carolyn Uhm, Lucie Visick, Dylan Webb, Fei Wu, Giselle Yanez, Justine Yang and Haneen Zain.
Acts kindness rewarded
Students in Maureen Wright’s sixth grade homeroom at Hawthorn Middle South have been catching each other doing good things. When students see somebody doing a good deed, they write it down and place it in the Random Acts of Kindness box. At the end of the first week, the name of Daniel Gonzalez was selected from the box. Daniel won a t-shirt from the PTO Spirit Wear Sale.
Boys basketball underway
The Hawthorn Middle South boys basketball team started the season with a couple of strong wins. The 8th grade team includes Sam Brandl, Tyler Brancato, William Ford, Andrew Kim, Trey Hommer, Kyle Hull, Matt Jung, Brennan Reback, Jeff Rosenstock, Andrew Smith, Kevin Swanson, Steven Tow and player/managers Matt Gramins, Jonathan McGuire and Yaajnavalki Varanasi. The sixth/seventh grade team includes Andrew Adams, Justin Andrea, Logan Coty, Spencer Fortman, Avery Foster, Payton Foster, Ari Helfand, Seth Kessler, Ben Kushnir, Sean Lynch, Noah Reinstein, Trey Resetich, Brandon Stern and Greg Tow. John Langelund and Brian Dahm are the coaches.
Cheer squad shows spirit
The Hawthorn Middle South cheerleading squad has been showing Eagle Spirit during the boys basketball games. The squad includes Jade Dubiel, Jessica Feldman, Brittany Garcia, Brittany Jaimes, Stacie Ko, Allison Kolosick, Julia McGuire, Nicole Mischiara, Morgan Mitchell, Isabella Newman, Diana Oleksyn, Peyton Mosley, Cassidy Raasch, Marissa Rusch, Melissa Schrader, Alexa Siegler, Emily Spence and Sidney Umansky. Megan Kiram is coach.
The Hawthorn Kindergarten Parent Information Night is planned for Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
All parents of students who will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2013 are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Topics will include the enrollment process, the Hawthorn curriculum, and the Kindergarten school day.
This year’s PTO Winter Boutique is planned for Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle South. Dozens of local artisans will be on hand. Cover all of your gift-giving needs and support the students and schools! For information, visit pto.hawthorn73.org.
Winter Break runs from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6. The calendar is available at www.hawthorn73.org and through your school.