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decorated door

Students are decorating doors throughout Middle School South. The theme is super school. Lots of creativity everywhere as students complete their doors in time for the upcoming contest.


Veterans Day Breakfast

Approximately 60 veterans enjoyed the annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast hosted by the Middle School South Student Council. Student Council President Eric H., Middle School South Principal Robert Natale, and School Board President Sonali Patil all thanked the veterans for their service.

“Without your dedication and willingness to respond to the call of duty, we may not be here today,” said Mr. Natale.

“Thank you for joining us today so our younger generation can see what heroes really look like,” said Ms. Patil.

Following breakfast, the veterans listened to performances by the school’s chorus, orchestra and band. Additionally, student council members and eighth-grade social studies students had the unique opportunity to talk at length with the veterans, some of whom had served in World War II.

Students in art class

Students in Ms. Benton’s art class at Middle School South were busy with different assignments today. Some created bowls on potter’s wheels, some drew with colored pencils, while others painted with acrylics. What a talented group.

art box

Sixth-grade students in art classes at Middle School South are making treasure boxes in the Art Nouveau style using Gustav Klimt, an Austrian artist from the early 20th century, as an influence. The cigar boxes used for this project were donated by Ken and Julie Neumann of Libertyville. The students love the boxes.

Middle School South participated in the Illinois Music Education Association’s Junior Honor Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Schaumburg High School. Fifteen Middle South students from Band, Orchestra, and Chorus worked with guest conductors Chris Gleason (with Patrick Marsh Middle School), Tim Fredstrom (with Illinois State University), and Frank Lestina (with Vernon Hills High School) who is retired. Students rehearsed and performed a concert at the end of the day with students from surrounding schools.

Middle South Orchestra:
8th Graders: Jeffrey B., Evelyn L., Sarah L., David W.
7th Graders: Noah K., Madelyn W.
Middle South Band:
8th Grader: Ryan C.
Middle South Chorus: 
8th Graders: Abby B., Sofia B., Ashley H., Hary J., Ava O.
7th Graders: Amelia F., Amira P., Tyler S., Sarah Z.
Students in Classroom

Students in Mrs. Hill’s social studies class at Middle School South were excited to play Quizlet Live to review for their upcoming test. This is a great study tool and review tool for the kids. This tool allows students to work in collaborative groups to study the information in a fun and engaging way! It is a race to the finish.


Seventh grade students were able to experience “taxation without representation” firsthand in Mrs. Hill’s social studies class.  Mrs. Hill dressed as King George III and taxed the kids throughout their lesson on the Intolerable Acts.

Ellis Island Simulation

What was it like for people immigrating to the United States when they passed through Ellis Island, once the country’s busiest immigration and inspection station? Eighth-grade social studies students at Middle School South got a chance to experience Ellis Island for themselves. They filled out forms, waited in line for health screenings, and answered questions about their background and character. Most got to recite the loyalty oath, but some were deported.

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 15 gallons of water per minute when they are activated.  Using a mobile demonstration unit, he showed how quickly a fire can be stopped by a single sprinkler.

On the evening of Friday, September 7th, the 8th grade band students from Hawthorn Middle South joined the Middle North 8th graders to play a combined performance with the VHHS Pep Band at the football game in Vernon Hills.

This is an annual event, preceded by a barbecue, lots of laughter, and the new experiences that come with joining the high schoolers as they get a taste of Band next year as Freshmen.

Lots of music, lots of smiles, and and wonderful time was had by all!  Thanks to Randy Sundell (director), Drew Russell (asst. director) and all the parents who helped serve dinner and take care of the kids!  Thanks to all the parents who allowed their children to experience a little taste of high school!