MHS-8th Grade Placement Testing

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We want to ensure that all students experience a positive transition to high school! As one step in providing MHS with the information needed to make well-informed placement decisions for all incoming students, all 8th grade students will take the STAR exam at Mundelein High School on Saturday November 11thThe STAR assessment is an online test that provides timely feedback on students’ literacy and math skills.  STAR assessments are computer-adaptive, which means the difficulty level of each test is adjusted as students move through the assessment. The STAR test results will serve as one data point among many in the placement process.  Mundelein High School will also consider students’ fall mathematics and reading MAP scores, other standardized tests administered at the middle school level, past course achievement, and eighth grade teacher recommendations. Thank you for your participation in this process!  For more information please contact Jamie DiCarlo (jdicarlo@d120.org) or Kim Goldberg (kgoldberg@d120.org).

Snowflake Encourages Students to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

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This year’s Snowflake event at Middle School South was a great success thanks to the help of 55 adult facilitators, 40 Vernon Hills and Libertyville high school students, 400 parents, and many volunteers. More than 370 seventh and eighth grade students from Middle School South, Middle School North and Oak Grove School attended this annual event, which encourages adolescents to make good choices and lead a healthy lifestyle.

The event was broken up into large group sessions, in which the students watched performances and presentations, and small group sessions, in which they engaged in activities led by high school students and adults. This year, Bizar Entertainment provided a musical production that conveyed positive and inspirational messages. During another large group session, motivational speaker Brad Hutig spoke about the challenges he faced when he lost both of his hands in a work-related accident. He had been a three-sport athlete and was eventually able to return to the football team. He told students that they could do things if they really wanted to do them, and encouraged them to find their way.

Toward the end of the evening, the parents attended a presentation from defense attorney Elliot Pinsel, while the students joined a dance. Mr. Pinsel reminded parents that they are accountable for underage drinking in their homes, he encouraged them to talk with their children and know what they are doing in order to prevent law suits and other negative consequences.

At about 10 p.m., students and parents were all smiles as they celebrated the close of another positive Snowflake experience.

 

Halloween & Costumes

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Costumes need to be school appropriate. Please refrain from wearing costumes that require masks that may restrict visibility, are violent in nature, require imitation weapons or could be deemed offensive to others. We are excited about this day and want everyone to experience an enjoyable time.

Special Schedule 10/20/17

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This Friday, October 20th Middle South will operate on a special schedule for Advisory Day.
Please see the schedule attached. Friday Schedule

Boys Soccer

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Congratulations to Coach Robinson and the Middle South boys soccer team on winning the SMSC Championship for 2017! Daniel P. had the deciding goal in a 1-0 victory for the title.

Their final record for the season was 14-0-1 and they outscored their opponents 56-10.

STEM in Consumer Technology

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Students in Mrs. Bourn’s seventh-grade Consumer Technology class at Middle School South finished their app development projects today!

 

Cross Country Sectionals

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Congratulations to the Hawthorn Middle South girls Cross Country team for taking 1st place out of 14 teams at the sectionals tournament this weekend in Grayslake. Rose S, Rachel A, Emma W, Anna T, Emma F, Amy W, Meagan W, Jori E, Katie C, Clara S, and Christa M will head down to Normal, IL to compete in the State meet this Saturday, the 14th.

 

Supplemental Insurance Deadline Extended for Chromebooks

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The deadline to purchase supplemental insurance for student’s Chromebooks has been extended until Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Please see the attached document for more information. Insurance Document

Important Reminder:

School is in Session on Monday, October 9, 2017

STEAM Project Involves Aliens and Airplanes

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Aliens and airplanes played major roles in a STEAM project implemented in Ms. Howell’s sixth grade IMS class at Middle School South. Students worked together in teams to build paper airplanes that could fly 20 feet while carrying two (paper) aliens. They needed to stay within a specific budget (10 credits) to purchase materials to build their airplanes. The students had great fun testing the distance their airplanes could fly.

Art Work for Permanent Hallway Gallery

Latest work for the permanent collection in the hallway gallery at Hawthorn Middle South.  The two 8th grade girls volunteered their time after school to complete this work of art in order to “leave their legacy and mark in the world.”