Entries by Leslie Piotrowski


Looking into the Eye of a Sheep

Ms. Robinson’s eighth grade students ended their “In a New Light” unit by dissecting the eye of a sheep. The students have been doing activities that involve learning something new, how we remember things using our different senses, how we perceive light and objects, and how the structure of our eye affects how we perceive […]


Students Learn About Persuasion through Writing Letters

Should the Vernon Hills Police Department add a canine unit? As part of a unit on persuasion, students in Middle School South’s sixth-grade writing classes wrote letters to the Village of Vernon Hills, describing why they felt such a unit was needed. Vernon Hills Police chief, Patrick Kreis, read all the letters and provided feedback […]


Fifth Graders Learn About Middle School

Fifth-grade students from several elementary schools took a tour of Middle School South yesterday so they could begin to familiarize themselves with the building they will attend in the fall. A select group of Middle School South students provided them with tips about daily life at the middle school and took them on a tour. […]


Making Hawthorn Proud

Congratulations to the Middle School South girls who scored big at the State track meet this weekend. Eighth grader Rose S. won first place in the 800 meter run (time of 2:20) and got second in the mile (5:18)! Seventh grader Emma F. won third place in the mile, despite being in the slower heat […]


Pep Rally Energizes Students

Middle School South’s Pep Rally on Friday featured several wonderful performances, contests and a guessing game involving the three retiring staff, Ms. Burton, Mr. Kleinschmidt and Mr. Gomez. The sixth-grade orchestra delivered a splendid rendition of “Crystal Moon” and the Guitar Club played a number of fast and fun pieces.


A Look Back in Time

Today in Mrs. Byrne, Mrs. Corush, and Miss Eiter’s Language Arts classrooms, students built more schema on how life in the 1940s might be like.  Rotating around various stations, students looked at pictures of fashion of men and women from shirts and dresses to pants, suits, and shoes.  They also listened to Glenn Miller’s Big […]

Giving Back to the Community

Hawthorn Middle School South Student Council’s Executive Board donated their time to Bernie’s Book Bank. To prepare, they hosted a school wide book drive which collected over 1,000 books! These will be donated to kids in the Chicagoland area. Students had a lot of fun sorting donated books into three age groups! A special shout […]


Congratulations to Creative Writing Contest Winners

Cook Library District recently announced the winners of the 13th Annual Creative Writing Contest. This year the contest had over 150 entries. Winning students and their families will attend a special event at the Aspen Drive Library to receive their certificates and copies of the library’s 10th edition of a journal with the winning entries. The winning students at […]


“Oklahoma!” is a Hit

The cast and crew of “Oklahoma” gave amazing performances last Friday and Saturday!  The performers truly brought their characters to life. After 29 successful years, a huge shout out to Mr. Kleinschmidt, as he directed his final musical.  A special thank you to the following staff for their dedication to our students and for providing […]