Teachers say good-bye to students

Teachers Wave Good-Bye to Their Students

Teachers waved to their students as the school buses pulled out for the last time at Elementary North on the last day of school on June 6. It was a heart-felt scene as teachers wished their students the best for the years to come.

Students receiving awards

Students Receive Awards at Elementary North Year End Assembly

Many students received awards this morning at Elementary North’s End of Year Assembly. Small trophies were presented to all the students in Mrs. Willingmyre’s class in recognition of their work toward the seal of bi-literacy. About 10 students were honored for perfect attendance throughout the year. Their names were put into a raffle. Alan A. won a Tablet and Alexis T. won a new bike. At the end, the fifth graders got “high fives” from their teachers as they left the assembly.

Students running

SOAR Runners Take Their Final Run for the Year

The SOAR runners at Elementary North took their final run this morning as parents cheered them on.

Children playing during Field Day

Students Have a Ball at Field Day

At the end of the year, each Hawthorn elementary school holds a field day in which students can play team-oriented games outdoors. Games that Elementary North students played included:

  • Bucket brigade
  • Cone flip
  • Sponge relay
  • 20 meter dash
  • Tug of war
  • Tire relay
  • Crazy relay

The students had a great time playing with their friends and engaging in fun activities outside of the classroom.

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.