Entries by Leslie Piotrowski


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 […]


Oklahoma Dress Rehearsal

Monday was a dress rehearsal for Middle School South’s production of “Getting to Know…Oklahoma”. Everyone helped each other as the performers put on makeup and got their hair in the right style. It was all smiles as students brought their characters to life on stage.

Presentation on Internet Safety

At a sixth-grade Advisory Assembly on Friday, Officer Lonergan and Detective Boyd from the Vernon Hills Police Department gave a presentation on internet safety and cyber bullying. They spoke about the ways in which cyberbullying differs from traditional bullying. They warned students that posts can remain present on the web for up to 50 years […]


Sixth Grade Orchestra Sparkles

Directed by Samantha May, Middle School South’s sixth-grade orchestra practiced several pieces including the exhilarating piece, “Crystal Moon”. They sounded great. They will perform at the Middle School South Open House on May 16.

Scholastic Bowl Tournament

Lots of energy and excitement was in the air as Middle School North competed against Middle School South at the April 2 Scholastic Bowl tournament that took place at Middle School North. Teams worked together to answer questions related to science, math, geography, history and more. Middle School North’s A team won, but both schools […]