Earthquake drill

Aspen students successfully practiced an earthquake drill on Thursday, October 18, which is known as The Great ShakeOut nationwide. Experts all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury during earthquakes. The Great ShakeOut is a good opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes.

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Bus evacuation drill

On Tuesday, October 23, all students will be participating in a bus evacuation drill during their PE classes. All students are required to participate, even those that do not take a bus to or from school, since there could be occasions when they might ride a bus for school sponsored field trips. We feel it is very important to take time to reinforce safety tips and procedures when on a school bus.

Fire Truck

Fireman Tony Coming to Visit Classes

Fireman Tony is coming to visit all K-5th grade class on Monday and Tuesday. He will be teaching all grade levels about fire safety

Student safety

Student safety is our #1 concern. Please be sure to follow these safety rules when dropping off your students: Students should never get in or out of the car on the drivers side when you are pulled to the curb for drop off or pick up. It is not safe! Please be sure your student gets in and out of the car on the passenger’s side whenever you are at curbside.

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Bus responsibility pledge

Parents – Every student has been given a Bus Responsibility Pledge to read and sign.  Parents are asked to read and sign it, too.  This is for ALL students – even those that do not take a bus daily,  but because there could be occasions when students will be taking a bus for a field trip, it is important for everyone to know and understand the bus rules.  Our top priority is keeping our students safe!

Student Safety Update

Today a student discovered graffiti inside a tube slide on the Aspen and Elementary South playground. The student reported it to school staff at Aspen.

Read the full letter here

Alert: Student approached

May 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This afternoon the district Resource Officer received a report that a white male driving a red car approached a student and offered a ride. There was no enticement or encouragement when the student refused. Please have a conversation about safety with your children. Vernon Hills Police Department has been alerted to the situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 847-990-4215 or via email

Sincerely, Nick Brown Superintendent


1 de Mayo 2017

Queridos Padres y Guardianes,

Esta tarde, el Oficial de Recursos del distrito recibió un reporte de que un hombre blanco conduciendo un coche rojo se acercó a un estudiante y ofreció un paseo. No hubo estímulo ni cuando el estudiante se negó. Por favor, tenga una conversación sobre la seguridad con sus hijos sobre personas extraños. El Departamento de Policía de Vernon Hills ha sido alertado de la situación.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, por favor no dude en contactarme al 847-990-4215 o por correo electrónico a

Sinceramente, Nick Brown Superintendente

Notification: fertilizer and weed control application

Dear Hawthorn Family:

This letter is to inform you that a Hawthorn contractor is scheduled to apply fertilizer and weed control to our district lawns on the afternoon of May 10, 2016. A projected backup date is scheduled for May 14, 2016, if needed. Sprayed areas will be posted, and people are encouraged to stay off of the areas for two hours after the application.

Hawthorn takes great care to ensure that we maintain the safest environment possible for our students and the entire community. Projects such as fertilizer application are scheduled during times when students are not present and school is not in session. Whenever possible, we use environmentally friendly “green” products.

Hawthorn School District #73 moved to an online notification request system, which is also explained in the Student/Parent Handbook, as well as on the District website, If you are interested in receiving notification for the coming school year, please review the Handbook information and send your formal request along with your name and mailing address to You must submit yearly if you want to be included on the notification list.


James Staples
District Facilities Manager 847.990.4475

Parent Communication Letter

Please download and review this letter from Superintendent Nick Brown on Parent Communication.

Soft Lockdown in Effect

12/3/15 10:45AM: Hawthorn District 73 is under a soft lockdown due to information from the Mundelein Police department about suspicious activity in the area. Normal activities will occur within the buildings. However we will not allow individuals in or out of our buildings until the lockdown is lifted.  We will update you when the status changes.