Nick Brown

District 73 Superintendent Nick Brown.

Greetings from Nick Brown

Welcome to Hawthorn Community School District 73 where learning is purposeful, engaging and interactive. Our district offers programming for over 4,200 students from early childhood development through the 8th grade. Students are located in four elementary buildings, two middle schools, a dual-language school and a new consortium facility located in a neighboring school district that houses our Early Childhood and Pre-Kindergarten classes. These programs are housed at the Lincoln building in Mundelein.

Hawthorn 73 has its eye on the future and I am excited to share our vision. Through partnership with the community, Hawthorn District 73 will “inspire all students to embrace learning in an ever-changing world.” With the development of a new strategic plan, district values and core commitments will be placed front and center. Our curriculum is based on 21st century needs encouraging our students to become thinkers and leaders. In 2014, a reorganization plan was announced allowing our resources to be efficiently distributed and to adequately balance classroom sizes across the district. To view the map of boundaries, please go the “Quick Links” section of the website to determine which building your child would attend. This new reorganization plan allows Hawthorn 73 to offer a full day kindergarten program to all students. The 2015-2016 school year will see the first ever district-wide full day Kindergarten, which will provide all children the opportunity to participate in joyful learning during the school day.

Our goal is to keep parents informed and to offer a platform to showcase our talented students. When you have a moment “like” us on Facebook and enjoy the many photos and stories of our active students and staff.

As you view our website, please feel free to send me an e-mail with any suggestions to help Hawthorn District 73 meet the needs of our students. It is always a pleasure to receive a great idea that we can use to improve what we do for our students and community.

Embracing Diversity

Dear Families,

I want to reach out to all of our families, each and every one of you, to let you know that here at Hawthorn 73 we are more committed than ever to maintaining a positive school community that will allow children to learn as much as possible in order to achieve their goals in a safe, caring environment.

The Hawthorn Strategic Plan outlines our District Values. One such value noted is:

We believe our diverse community enhances student learning. A core commitment to this value is to integrate our communitys diversity within educational opportunities.

At Hawthorn 73 we work daily to be a district where students are safe, prepared, respectful and perhaps most importantly, inclusive and accepting of each other. We embrace the vast diversity within our community as a benefit for our children. At Hawthorn, every student and family matters and we work to support you as we strive to help our children reach to new opportunities.

Unfortunately, there is a level of concern that has been expressed across the country and our community recently and I want to be sure all families know we do not tolerate bullying, intimidation or any other actions that perpetuate bigotry, stereotypes or racism. We are here to help students learn how to have productive conversations about worldwide events and to gain the skills necessary for them to become active contributors to a positive community, be it here at school or elsewhere in the country.

In this season of Thanksgiving that often involves special times with families and friends, I ask all of us to reflect on what we might be able to do daily in our lives to create a better community for all of us. It is our respect and care for each other that makes our community and Hawthorn 73 such a wonderful place for children.


Nick Brown


Estimadas familias,

Deseo poder comunicarme con todas las familias, con cada uno de ustedes, para dejarles saber que aquí en Hawthorn 73 nos sentimos más comprometidos que nunca en mantener una comunidad escolar positiva que permitirá aprender a los niños tanto como sea posible y de esta manera puedan ellos alcanzar sus metas en un ambiente seguro y de gran cuidado.

El Plan Estratégico de Hawthorn define nuestros Valores del Distrito. Uno de los valores notados es:

Creemos que nuestra comunidad diversa enriquece el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Un compromiso central de este valor consiste en integrar la diversidad de nuestra comunidad con las oportunidades educativas.

En Hawthorn 73 trabajamos diariamente en ser un distrito en dónde nuestros estudiantes se sientan seguros, preparados, respetuosos y quizás los más importante, demostrar ser inclusivos y aceptación a los demás. Acogemos la amplia diversidad dentro de nuestra comunidad como un beneficio para nuestros niños. En Hawthorn, cada estudiante y familia importa y trabajamos para apoyarle a usted de la misma manera en que tratamos que nuestros niños alcancen nuevas oportunidades.

Desafortunadamente, existe un nivel de inquietud que se ha manifestado a lo largo de todo el país y nuestra comunidad recientemente y deseo asegurar a todas las familias que no toleramos el hostigamiento, intimidación o cualquier otro tipo de acciones que perpetúen intolerancia, estereotipos o racismo. Nos encontramos aquí para ayudar a que los estudiantes aprendan cómo tener conversaciones productivas sobre los eventos a nivel mundial y adquirir las habilidades necesarias para que lleguen a ser contribuidores activos en una comunidad positiva, ya sea aquí en la escuela o en cualquier lugar del país.

En esta época de Acción de Gracias que con frecuencia involucra momentos especiales con la familia y amigos, yo les pido a todos ustedes que reflexionen sobre qué es lo que debemos hacer diariamente en nuestras vidas para formar una mejor comunidad para todos nosotros. Es nuestro respeto y cuidado por cada uno lo que constituye nuestra comunidad de Hawthorn 73 un lugar tan agradable para nuestros niños.


Nick Brown


Strategic Plan 2014 – 2019

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