Entries by Margaret Van Duch

IPA Recognition

On April 26, the Lake County Region Illinois Principals Association hosted its annual breakfast and recognition ceremony at Vernon Hills High School. Principals nominated students in their schools who have shown outstanding achievements in school and community.  They, along with their parents and the building administrators, have breakfast and then are recognized with a certificate from […]

Walking the Walk

The Hawthorn Middle School South Student Council has been busy this year fundraising. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills, students and other participants will carry on their heads plastic gallon jugs filled with water, symbolizing the difficult task that women and children endure daily […]

Water Jug Fundraiser

In a small way, Hawthorn Middle School South students will re-enact what it’s like for millions of women and children to carry jugs of water on their heads for up to 8 hours from local rivers each day, only to bring their family polluted water.  Many children are unable to attend school, as this is […]

Is Smoking Done Once and for All?

Volume 2- April, 2017 South Side Students Speak Out: Is Smoking Done Once and for All? By Nivi (7th Grade) Could you imagine if we lived in a smoke-free world? With the world expanding with new technologies, it is hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and also be aware of our surroundings. With cigarettes being out there for a […]

Aspen Art Show

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 […]

Wrestling Invitational

MSS wrestlers hit the mat at first invitational. At the 2017 Hawthorn Team Invitational, both Hawthorn schools placed in the top 3 teams. After both teams dropped close meets to Round Lake Magee, the eventual champion, Hawthorn North and Hawthorn South wrestled off for the second place trophy. Hawthorn South emerged victorious after a 60-33 victory […]

MSS Becomes Model for Cardio Fitness

MSS PE teachers have developed a model program that sets the bar that other schools want to follow when it comes to encouraging personal fitness goals for their students. Middle School South’s PE Department presented its heart rate monitor program at a state PE convention. The school now serves as a training site and model school for daily use of such devices. Hawthorn Middle […]

Reaching Out

About 150 students, parents, and staff from the Hawthorn schools volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. They packed 181 boxes, which accounted for just over 39,000 meals or enough food so 107 children will have food for a year.

Personalized Learning 1:1

On November 28 the Board of Education approved a Personalized Learning 1:1 program initiative at the middle school level. All students in grades 6 through 8 will receive a 2900 series Dell Chromebook II at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The Personalized Learning Technology Fee for Grades 6 through 8 will be $75. […]

TRY Conference

The annual TRY (Teens Reaching Youth) leadership conference was a big success. Students from Middle Schools North and South learned about the seven keys to success. Students will use the skills they acquired when working with students at the elementary schools.


In algebra class students measured each other’s height and arm span to collect real bivariate data.  Then they graphed the data and used a graphing calculator to make a prediction equation. The students in Middle School South Tia Alexander’s math class conducted this activity to get comfortable with using TI calculators and to understand how […]