Entries by Leslie Piotrowski


Fireman Tony Talks About Fire Safety

Fireman Tony with the Countryside Fire Department gave a presentation on fire safety to sixth-grade science classes at Middle School South. He spoke about the importance of changing batteries in fire detectors every six months, and installing a fire detector on every level of a home. He also spoke about sprinklers and how they release […]

Middle School South Promotion Ceremony

Approximately 250 Middle South students proudly took part in the Promotion Ceremony that took place at Vernon Hills High School on May 29. The Middle School South Chorus sang “This Is Me” while the orchestra played “Greensleeves Millennium 2”. Members of the Board of Education and Administration presented certificates. Afterwards, students gathered together with their […]

Students Learn About Persuasion

Students in the sixth-grade writing classes of Ms. Corush/Eiter, Ms. Malec, Ms. Prahl and Ms. Wright are developing persuasive writing skills. Pretending to be the Vernon Hills Chief of Police, they wrote letters to the Vernon Hills Village President asking him to add a canine unit.  Vernon Hills had a canine unit in the past. […]

Eighth Grade Awards Program

More than 150 students were recognized at the Eighth Grade Awards Program that was held on May 29 at Middle School South. The awards included: academic awards, athletic awards, extracurricular awards, fine arts and music awards, and service awards. Congratulations to all the awardees.

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Orchestras Perform at Open House

Last week, the Middle South Orchestras performed a concert at the school’s Open House.  The piece, Dancing in the Air, was arranged specifically for the Middle South orchestra by the composer Edgar Gabriel (an Elmhurst College violin professor). The students had the unique experience of collaborating with a living composer as he arranged the piece. Through the process, he […]


Students Present Their Multi-genre Research Projects

Sixth-grade students in Ms. Corush’s language arts classes at Middle School South are learning how to give presentations and build their speaking skills through a multi-genre research project. This assignment focuses on personalized learning so the students could choose whichever topic they wanted as well as how they wanted to present the information researched. Students did […]

“Hawthorn is Healthy Week” Starts May 14

With MAP testing around the corner and May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Student Council is hosting a Hawthorn Is Healthy Week. Here are the activities for each day: Monday 5/14: Healthy Tips Student Council will be posting healthy tips throughout the school. Tuesday 5/15: Inspirational Posters Day Homerooms will be making posters showcasing inspirational […]

Exercise Affects the Brain and the Body

What do you think happens when students exercise prior to math and reading classes? They do better in their classes. A high school in Naperville found that students performing below grade level in reading and math made significant improvements in these classes after they participated in Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE). LRPE was designed based […]


Mary Poppins Jr. Shows Students’ Talent

Under the direction of David Kleinschmidt, Middle School South is presenting Mary Poppins Jr., a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. During an 8 a.m. performance on April 26, the cast showed their awesome acting, dancing and singing talents. Many thanks to all the parents and crew for […]