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The following Hawthorn District 73 certified staff were applauded by their peers for achieving their master degree.
Pictured from the bottom row left to right are Marc Infante, Townline fifth grade teacher; Mollie Ruback, Middle South Spanish teacher; Estee Brin, Elementary North first grade teacher; Maria Villalobos, Elementary North first grade teacher; and Raquel Almora, Elementary North kindergarten teacher.
On the top row from left to right are Shailee Patel, Townline ELL teacher; Meghan Caby, Aspen first grade teacher; Heather Porter, Townline third grade teacher; Jackie Weinstein, Elementary South second grade teacher; Nicole Marunde, Middle South seventh grade math and science teacher; and Maripili Ortiz, Dual Language second grade teacher. Not shown is Shauna Krysa, Elementary South art teacher.
The Board of Education is aligning its efforts with the Hawthorn Strategic Plan by building a stronger connection with the community through improved volunteer opportunities, helping families with early intervention programs, and strengthening the district’s relationship with its business community.
While still in their infancy stages the Hawthorn District 73 programs include parenting and education classes for parents who have children under the age of 4-years-old headed by Principal Kathryn Waggoner, creating a formal volunteer program headed by Principal Victoria Kieffer, and developing an educational foundation headed by Principal Jill Martin. Look for news of these initiatives in the late summer or early fall.
The Hawthorn School District 73 Administrative Team would like to thank the members of each School Leadership Team (SLT) for the 2015-2016 school year. The SLTs provide critical leadership concerning all areas of Hawthorn schools. The members of these teams dedicate a tremendous amount of time to plan, implement and monitor school improvement efforts. Oftentimes the teachers participating in these groups represent their buildings in other leadership roles around the district.
The Countryside Fire Department is seeking school participation in its food drive to help replenish the local food bank. Look for red bins in the schools in which to place nonperishable food items. For more information on the food drive, please click here.
Architect DLR Group, of Chicago, has begun working with the Hawthorn School District 73 administrative team and Board of Education to determine space needs for student learning.
DLR Group’s goal is to “address capacity to house the students in an educationally effective manner, to identify and create opportunities to enhance the learning environments in support of District 73’s Vision, and to address capital improvements.”
The Board of Education and the DLR Group are meeting to discuss the process that they will use to develop a Master Facility Plan for Hawthorn. The firm’s experts will analyze and measure the current school buildings as they relate to current enrollment and future enrollment needs. This process will outline how to gain valuable input from members of the Board of Education, parents, staff, students, and community members.
Hawthorn has been experiencing space capacity challenges in its school buildings for several years. Hawthorn’s current enrollment of 4,264 in grades kindergarten through eighth jumped dramatically over last year’s number. This increase in enrollment puts additional stress on the space available in the buildings. The Board recognizes that class sizes are at or nearing capacity in some schools. Additionally, the Board recognizes that several of the schools are nearing enrollment capacity.
Over the last 30 years, the district’s enrollment has doubled to its current number. The district is expected to grow between 400 students and 800 students over the next 10 years, according to John D. Kasarda, Ph.D., Consulting Demographer.