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students at biography museum

Biography Museum Brings Famous Characters to Life

Famous people such as Neil Armstrong, Ben Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney and Albert Einstein gathered under one roof at Elementary North’s Biography Museum on Thursday. Behind the costumes and make-up were fourth-grade students who effectively portrayed some of the world’s most remarkable individuals. At the press of a button, students talked about the people they portrayed. It was a great experience for the fourth graders and the third grade students who visited the “museum.”

Students learning about art

Students Go On an Art Adventure in the Classroom

Students in Ms. Kaiser’s third-grade class learned all about perspective in today’s “Art Adventure.” They learned what techniques artists use to make things appear close up and far away. They learned about overlapping objects, texture, color, and size. They studied “St. George Killing the Dragon,” which is currently hanging at the Art Institute of Chicago, and several other works in which these techniques have been used. Then they drew their own pieces using what they had learned. The Hawthorn PTO’s Art Adventure program is an exploration of the visual arts that begins in kindergarten and culminates with a fifth Grade field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. The goal is for the children to understand that art is fun, accessible and a very individual means of expression.

Cohort members studying

Cohort Members are on Their Way to Board Certification

A group of 10 teachers (including eight from Elementary North) met as a cohort for the last time before they submit their work on May 15. They have been working for several years to earn their National Board certification, which is recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification. Only 3 percent of the nation’s teachers are National Board certified.

students at book tasting

Students Sample Different Genres at “Book Tasting”

Third-grade students at Elementary North were treated to a “Book Tasting” on Tuesday that was organized by students with the assistance of Ms. Karolczak, the school’s library specialist. The event included tables with “menus” where students learned about many different genres, including realistic fiction, poetry, historical fiction, informational, fantasy, mystery and biography. Students learned from other students, and had fun moving from table to table, sampling the wide variety of books.

Teacher Appreciation Week sign

Teacher Appreciation Week

For the first day of “Teacher Appreciation Week,” PTO members walked around Elementary North with a coffee cart, offering teachers snacks, coffee and tea. Each day this week, teachers will be receiving all kinds of treats thanks to the Hawthorn PTO.

Students holding pots

Time for Spring Planting

Libertyville High School students dropped off gardening kits, which included biodegradable pots, soil, seeds, shovels and watering cans, to all Elementary North first grade classes last week. This was in connection with We Week activities, in which participating schools conducted volunteer projects related to the environment. The first grade students had fun planting the seeds and look forward to watching their plants grow.

Miss Wolf

Celebrating Earth Day

Miss Wolf’s kindergarten class engaged in numerous activities in celebration of Earth Day on Monday. Students learned all kinds of easy things they could do to help the environment. They wrote short sentences about what they would do and made smiling images of the planet earth using colorful crepe paper and paper plates.

Children in classroom

Hour of Code

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Hunwick’s class at Elementary North enjoyed their “Hour of Code” last week.

students perform text feature surgery.

Time for Text Feature Surgery

Second grade classrooms at Elementary North looked like hospital rooms as students and staff dressed as surgeons, with face masks, hairnets and gloves. They were “surgically removing” all the text features, such as maps, captions and charts, they could find in magazines to better understand their functions.

Students in art class

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Registration Begins Feb. 1

Hawthorn is excited to bring another year of summer programming designed to expand the education horizon for our students. We are offering many new types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. The program, open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students, will take place at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. 

  • Session 1 (grades 1 – 8) July 8 – July 19 Fee: $280
  • Session 2 (grades 1 – 8) July 22 – August 2 Fee: $280
  • Kindergarten dates: July 8 – August 2 Fee: $560.00
  • Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Hawthorn will be offering before care in the Townline cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Cost: $100 per session

For more information and to view the course descriptions in English and Spanish, visit the HEI page of our website. If you have questions, please call: 847-489-5598 or email: HEI@hawthorn73.org.