Musical Honor

NAFME (National Association for Music Education) has selected a lesson plan submitted by Aspen’s very own Kathleen Manchester to be included in a book they are publishing this summer.  The lesson’s focus is on teaching a piece by the composer Mahler. Mrs. Manchester teaches general education music at Aspen School and previously received a National Board Certification in teaching.


Aspen Art Fair

Check out the annual District 73 Art Show at the Aspen Drive Library. Close to 400 student artists displayed unique forms of art during the art show. Click here to see the many artists and their artwork. Artwork is on display through Friday, April 7.

The art show represents all the schools strongest pieces including drawings, paintings, collages, paper sculptures, Papier-mâché and print-making.

“Strongest to me does not necessarily mean the ‘best’ but rather the students that take the greatest risks with their art or show the most growth during the rotation or from year to year, said Hawthorn Middle School North School Art Teacher Hannah Altshuler.


Author Inspires Reading

Author Brian Gryn shared his love of reading and writing with Aspen children recently when he read the book he penned, The Magic Zoo.

“It’s great having authors speak to students. Students make connections between an author’s book and it encourages reading and writing with students,” said school librarian Beth Groesbeck.

JRFH an all around Success

The Jump Rope for Heart fundraising programs at Aspen’s brought in over $11,200 for the American Heart Association. The top three fundraisers from Aspen School were fifth grader Sara Budziak and kindergarteners Lillian Stenzel and Henry Rabbitt.

Jump Rope For Heart is a national fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). These events engage students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other students with heart-health issues.

The Giving Tree

Aspen staff and parents donated about 100 gifts to local families who had fallen on hard times during the holiday season. Families were given gifts of need like pajamas and coats and gifts of want like toy dinosaurs, monster trucks and art sets. Parents and staff also stock food cupboards to feed children during the day who may come to school without having eaten. PTO Vice President Robyn Kaufman helped organize the activities.

Revised Facilities Plan Revealed

The Board of Education will hold a special Board meeting on Monday, December 5 to receive updated information about the proposed Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).  The Core Team has analyzed data and feedback received from the community and will present two options culminating with a recommendation of one concept to the School Board.  Following the presentation a time for public comment will be held.  A Board decision will take place onDecember 12 during the regularly scheduled Board of Education Business meeting.

Please make arrangements to attend this very important presentation and conversation at Hawthorn Middle School South at 7 p.m. Monday, December 5.  We look forward to seeing you there. For more information on the Educational Facilities Master Plan, please visit the EFMP website.

Aspen Buddies

The cafeteria has become a much calmer place for Aspen Elementary School kindergartners now that fifth graders are assisting them. With the Hawthorn district moving into full day kindergarten, helping kindergarteners through their lunch period has become a focus at Aspen.

“Our lunchroom supervisors noticed that there were more hands in the air than adults to assist children with opening fruit cups, handing out spoons, opening drinks,” said Aspen Principal Bill Fredricksen. Aspen has enlisted fifth grade buddies to help out, he said. “It has become a more calming environment during lunch now. Kindergarteners have older peers to talk to, help them get organized and as a result the cafeteria is a much more organized place,” he said.

Principal Reads

Aspen Principal Bill Fredricksen reads his favorite stories to children during a principal reading event at the Aspen Library.

Aspen Makes Top 10

Congratulations to Aspen School for making it onto the top 10 schools list during Attendance Week for having one of the highest student attendance records in Lake County. Aspen competed against 145 schools in Lake County for the honor. Please click here to see Lake County Facebook posts for area schools.

Missed the Residency Event?

If you missed the residency event, please stop in at the District Office,  841 West End Ct, Vernon Hills, to show proof of residency. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To expedite the residency verification process, District 73 parents should bring copies of ALL documents, including a photo ID, and the original required documents. Copies are required for each child who will attend a District 73 school in the fall. Please click here for details of required documents. If you have questions, please call Registration at 847-990-4217. For parents who do not own or lease the property where their child resides, please fill out this form.

Para que el proceso sea más rápido, por favor haga copias y traiga sus originales también. Para más información vea abajo 847-990-4217.