Entries by Margaret Van Duch

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 […]

Veterans Day Celebration

Close to 70 Veterans and their families attended a Breakfast of Appreciation served by Hawthorn Middle School South Student Council Executive Board. Students thanked the local heroes for their dedication to this nation. They interviewed them about their time served in the military. There were also performances from the school’s band, choir and orchestra.