Students Shine at Concert

The orchestra concert performed by students at Townline, the School of Dual Language and Elementary North on February 7 was fabulous. The fourth and fifth graders showed their music skills.

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:

students in classroom

Welcome Back Students

Elementary North welcomed back students on January 7. Lots of smiling faces as teachers greeted their students and resumed their classroom routines.

Students singing

Spreading Holiday Cheer

The Elementary North After School Choir Club gave a cheerful holiday presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 11th. They sang a number of well-known songs such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Chanukah, oh Chanukah” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The presentation was led by Ms. O’Connor, General Music/Vocal Music Director at Middle School North.

One Book, One School Program

“One School, One Book”

Elementary North started its first “One School, One Book” reading program last week. This program encourages reading together at home. On Friday, the school held assemblies to announce what book was selected for all students to read. The book is the “Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” Fourth-grade teacher Shellie McConnell jumped out of a box as the main character in the book. At parent-teacher conferences, parents will be given the book and a family reading guide. Students will have a chance to win SOAR dollars each day by answering trivia questions about the book. A school assembly will be held on Dec. 20 to celebrate the school’s completion of the book.

Art Adventure presentation

Art Adventure at Elementary North

Ms. Reynoso gave an Art Adventure presentation to Ms. Lasko’s kindergarten students. She talked about primary colors and how they make secondary colors when they are mixed together. Students got a chance to mix their own colors using red, blue and yellow finger paint.

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. Its goal is for children to understand that art is fun, accessible and a very individual means of expression.