Student Council-Food Drive

Student Council recently sponsored a food drive as part of our WE Are Love Campaign in partnership with  The food drive will benefit Vernon Township, which services low-income families in Vernon Hills, and the Midwest Veterans Closet, which services area veterans with a variety of different services, including a food pantry.  Hawthorn Middle South had a great response from students, and the school collected 1,300 items of non-perishable food to donate!  Thank you to everyone who helped!

STEAM-Mousetrap Cars

Mr. Hope and Ms. Robinson’s science classes just completed their Physics unit final project. The students had to create a mouse trap car that was best designed for speed. They had to keep in mind many factors that would impact speed such as the size and weight of the car. This performance assessment was designed and implemented using STEaM which has the students created and designed a car that would be powered by the energy that was stored in a wound up mouse-trap spring.   With the car, the students had to incorporate everything they have learned over the last few months including simple machines. They had to complete three sets of trials at home and figure out ways to change their car to make it the most efficient for speed. The students tested their final cars this week and had a great time not only showing off their cars but to see how their peers created their cars. 


Incoming Freshmen Attending Mundelein HS Fall 2017

Attention incoming MHS students:
If you would like us to re-evaluate your freshmen course placements, please register for the Mundelein High School confirmation exam. The exam is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 at 7:45am at MHS. If you want to change your class level in math, social studies, Spanish, or English, you must take the STAR test on April 8th. Students must arrive at MHS at 7:45 in the morning. Most students will finish by 9:00 am. To register to take this exam, call or email Ms. Jan Ness at 847-949-2200 x1303 or

Atención estudiantes entrantes de MHS,
Si desea que MHS reevalúe su curso de freshmen, por favor regístrese para el examen de confirmación de la Escuela Secundaria Mundelein. El examen está programado para el sábado 8 de abril a las 7:45 en MHS.  Si desea cambiar su nivel de clase en matemáticas, estudios sociales, español, o inglés, debe tomar la prueba de STAR el 8 de abril. Los estudiantes deben llegar a MHS a las 7:45 en la manana. La mayoría de los estudiantes terminarán a las 9:00. Para inscribirse para tomar este examen,  llame o envie un correo electrónico a la Sra. Jan Ness al 847-949-2200 x1303 o

PARCC Testing

Hawthorn Middle South will continue PARCC testing after Spring Break on Monday, April 3rd through Friday, April 28th.  Please be sure students have great attendance, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast during testing.  Also, please try to keep appointments during testing to after school if possible.  If you have any questions regarding the PARCC assessment schedule, please contact your student’s homeroom teacher or the office.

Signs of Suicide & Depression Awareness

The Hawthorn District 73 Special Services Department invites parents to attend an informational session from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 on Signs of Suicide & Depression Awareness (Spanish Version)featuring Heather Bilbrey from Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. The event will take place at the Hawthorn District Office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills.

Aspen Art Show

Congratulations to the following students who’s art work represented Middle South at the District 73 Student Art Show during a reception on

March 16th at the Aspen Library.

Urvi A, Sammy A, Shriya A, Spencer B, Lisa B, Tatyana C, Jeremy C, Luke D, Hanna D, Berlin F, Vanessa F, Celia G, Sofia G, Rubi G, Jacquelyn H, Katie H, Christina H, Gill J, Like J, Lindsey J, Emily K, Allison K, Tessa K, Jill L, Julia L, Jessica L, Ashleigh L, Hannah L, Skylar L, Kayla L, Catherine M, Luke M, Darlene M, So Eun M, Jackie M, Alexandra M, Zosia O, Dani P, Amala P, Jackson P, Tommy R, Sophia S, Kristina S, Samantha S, Sadie S, Jordyn S, Anthony S, Kylie S, Jamie S, Anna T, Maricela U, Kalyn W, Connor W, Kate W, Chris L.

Late Winter Sports Awards

MSS had the opportunity to celebrate all of our athletes who participated in our Late Winter Sports season on Thursday, March 16th. The coaches were proud to honor the tremendous time, effort, and talent of our Girls Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, and Wrestling teams.

Early Voting Begins this Week for the April 4 Election

Early voting began this week for the April 4, 2017 election. During the election, voters will be asked to consider spending $42 million in school facilities funding to help accommodate for our growth and maintain our commitment to educational excellence, based on the vision set forth in the Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).

Learn more about the EFMP Thursday, March 30, when Hawthorn School District 73’s Superintendent Nick Brown will host a “Superintendent’s Coffee – Why the Educational Facilities Master Plan is needed” at the Village of Vernon Hills, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills from 10:30-11:30 am. Mr. Brown’s coffee chat will include a short facilities presentation followed by a question/answer session.

The district has prepared information regarding the details and tax impact of the referendum, as well as the STEM resources called for in the EFMP, the funding for which is contingent on the referendum. Learn more about STEM and facilities by clicking on the link here ~ ~.

We welcome the opportunity to answer questions for your civic organization, or any community group. Invite the district to give a presentation by calling Wendy Peterson at 847-990-4215.

Connect with Hawthorn 73 Superintendent Nick Brown for questions regarding the EFMP and the referendum at or 847.990.4215.

Student Council is Hosting a Water Walk

Hawthorn Middle School South’s Student Council is hosting an Important event on Saturday, April 22nd.
For more information please see the attached flyer.

Pi-Off Winner Announced!

Hawthorn Middle School South finished its Pi-Day celebration with the Final Pi-Off on Friday 3-17-17. Each Math Teacher sent their student that recited the most digits to the Final Pi-Off.  Nine amazing competitors recited an insane number of digits.

Coming out on top was 7th Grader Justin S. reciting 561 digits without a mistake!  In 2nd place was 7th Grader Nirvish K. with 390 digits and in 3rd place, 6th Grader August J. with 375 digits.  Justin will have his name engraved on a plaque that will hang in his math teacher’s classroom (Ms. Marunde) for the next year. Congratulations to all who made it to the finals and thanks for participating!

Dual Language Expands to Middle Schools

The Hawthorn 73 Board of Education voted to expand the dual language program into the middle school beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

The program will expand  into Middle School North and Middle School South initially in sixth grade and then expand into seventh grade in the 2019-20 school year and then into eighth grade in the 2020-21 school year.

At this time the district is planning the Dual Language Middle School Program will consist of a Spanish literacy course and content instruction in Spanish through social studies and science courses. The creation of a Spanish literacy course and the development of two content level courses, like social studies and science would provide a total of 140 minutes of instruction in Spanish at the middle school level. The 2017-18 year is structured to plan units of instruction, provide professional development for the current staff, acquire necessary resources and begin the process of recruiting certified bilingual middle school teachers.

Providing a program as the one outlined above will help dual language students continue to develop both academic and language skills that will transfer to success in the rest of their academic career and lifetime. The Dual Language team is very excited for this new opportunity and very thankful to the Board of Education for their support and guidance as the program expands into the middle school.