Entries by Wayne Keen

Chemistry of Fire

Firefighter and Paramedic, Tony Rodkey, from the Countryside Fire District spoke to the 8th grade science classes at Middle South about the “Chemistry of Fire” during the unit on Matter and Chemistry. Fireman Tony educated the students about fire safety and also gave a demonstration of how fuel sources, vapor density, and flashpoint relate to […]

Spelling Bee

Twenty-eight students in grades six through eight competed in Hawthorn Middle School’s South’s spelling bee on Thursday, January 7th.  These students represented class champions and battled it out in the school bee for twelve rounds.  Oskar J, Srikar M, and Elise K. remained as the final three spellers.   After several exciting rounds, Elise K. spelled […]

Inclement Weather Update

Hawthorn takes school closings very seriously. Should schools close due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, the district uses an automated emergency notification system to send a recorded voice message to each student’s home telephone number, as provided during registration. Parents have the option of managing their emergency notifications by logging in to the PowerSchool […]

Aviso para hispanohablantes del grado 8

Aviso para hispanohablantes del grado 8 – Favor de considerar el curso de Español Para Hispanohablantes como una opción el próximo año en VHHS.  Es un curso dedicado a sus necesidades específicas como hispanohablante.  El foco es aumentar las habilidades de escribir y leer en Español bien.  Tambien, hay énfasis en el uso correcto de […]

Chinese Class Placement – 8th graders

Attention Native Speakers of Chinese!  VHHS is now offering incoming freshmen the opportunity to take aChinese placement test that would allow them to register for an upper level Chinese course.  If your 8th grader is interested in this opportunity, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Steffens, International Languages Department Supervisor at VHHS to make an appointment for the […]

2016 Winter MAP Testing

Hawthorn Middle South will be MAP testing from Monday, January 11th through Friday, January 22nd.  Please be sure students are on time and try to keep appointments during testing to after school if possible.

Pep Assembly 12/18/15

On Friday, December 18th Hawthorn Middle South held its annual pep assembly.  The chorus performed for the audience along with the cheer and poms squads.  There was a trivia game along with a puzzle game both teachers vs. students, boys basketball teams were introduced and the students played the teachers in a game of basketball […]

8th Grade Language Arts Class

Mrs. Janisch’s 8th grade LA students, currently under the direction of student teacher , Mr. Katz-Mariani were challenged with the task of creatively and metaphorically representing various plot elements and character traits from the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Many students chose to create 3D projects; 2D projects are being displayed at the end of […]

Wrestling 12/12/15

The Eagles of Middle South had a very successful first meet of the season on Saturday, December 12th. The boys went 2-1 as a team, defeating Highland MS and Round Lake Magee MS. The boys fell just short against Gurnee Viking. This was the first time we have defeated Highland in the previous 5 years. […]

Algebra STEM Activity

On December 18th all the Hawthorn Middle South Algebra 1 classes had a guest speaker who talked to them about preparing now for studying Science & Engineering in college.  His talk, titled “Why Nerd is a Compliment”, focused on the passions of four individuals (Steve Jobs, John Aaron, Chuck Yeager, and Elon Musk) that led […]

Holiday Sing-Along

On Thursday Dec.17th the middle school South choirs performed at the annual holiday sing-along at elementary South. Students from grades K-5 were in attendance and sang along with the traditional carols. It is one of the students’ favorite performances of the year.

Healthy & Helping Hearts for the Holidays

Students in Mr. Rude’s PE Class are participating in a fund raiser for the local Salvation Army.  Students are biking, jump roping and running to raise money for the less fortunate.  It’s a great way to stay healthy and give back to those in need.