7th/8th Grade Choir at Cops & Kids Event

Students from the 7th/8th grade Middle South choir sang carols at the 2nd annual Cops & Kids event on Saturday, December 2nd at the Vernon Hills Police Department.

7th Grade Science

Mrs. Reese’s Science classes have been learning about the effects of climate change on the environment. Students were able to explore the consequences of ocean acidification by examining changes made to seashells when submerged in vinegar, saltwater, and tap water.

Access to View Report Cards

Parents and students now have access to report cards via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Note that report cards will not be available via the mobile app, only through a web browser. Please follow the attached document to assist with viewing report cards.

Report Card AccessReport Card Letter

Advisory Schedule 12/15/17

Alarm clock
On Friday, December 15th Middle South will operate on an Advisory Schedule.
Please see attached schedule.

Early Release Schedule 12/13/17

Wednesday, December 13th, Middle South will operate on an Early Release schedule.  Lunch will be served that day and students will be dismissed at 11:10am.
Please see the schedule attached.

Winter MAP Assessment

The Winter MAP assessment will be administered as follows:
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018-Reading (7:40 a.m.-9:45 a.m.)
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018-Mathematics (7:40 a.m.-9:45 a.m.)
Middle South will operate on an Assessment schedule both Tuesday & Wednesday, please see the attached schedule for more information.
Please be sure students are on time, get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast during testing and try to keep appointments during testing to after school if possible.

Midterms, Report Cards and Grades Online

Parents and Guardians, in an effort to go paperless and streamline communication, your student’s Midterms and Report Cards will not be sent home on paper this year.  Since grades are readily available online and updated throughout the Trimester, starting with Trimester 1 Midterms, we are asking that you utilize our Power School Parent Portal to login and view both your student’s grades and comments from his or her teachers.
The Power School Parent Portal can be accessed from our Middle School South webpage under Links tab, or directly at  https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public/.  You will need your username and password for the Parent Portal, which was created at the time of your registration.  Should you have trouble logging in, please contact our office at 847-990-4100.
For more information, please see the attached letter.

Clarification About Today’s Drill


As you know, Hawthorn District 73 schedules drills throughout the year to ensure our schools are prepared for emergencies and other events. This morning a drill took place at Townline Elementary and the School of Dual Language. While a parent posted on Facebook that this was an actual lockdown, this was only a drill. While we encourage community engagement on our Facebook page, please contact the school prior to posting information about events such as drills to ensure the information on our Facebook page is correct.

Como usted sabe, el Distrito Hawthorn #73 programa simulacros durante el año escolar para asegurar que nuestras escuelas estén preparadas para emergencias y otros eventos. Esta mañana se llevó a cabo un simulacro en la Escuela Elemental Townline y en la Escuela de Lenguaje Dual. Un padre publicó en Facebook que se trataba de un cierre de emergencia real, esto fue solo un simulacro. Nosotros alentamos la participación de la comunidad en nuestra página de Facebook, por favor antes de publicar información sobre eventos, comuníquese con la escuela para garantizar que la información en nuestra página de Facebook sea correcta.

Mrs. Mats’ LA Class

Ms. Mats’ Language Arts classes had Mr. Thom Koch (a retired SS teacher) come in as Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge to discuss characterization and what it’s like being one of the most complex, round, and dynamic characters in literature.


Advisory 11/17/17

In an effort to celebrate Middle School South’s awesome climate and culture, Student Council & Pep Club have teamed up to sponsor an all-school Door Decorating Contest. The students have picked the theme Disney Positivity!  During Advisory, 6th & 8th grades worked on their door decorations.

Reggie Bates, a Motivational Outreach Speaker from WE spent time with the 7th grade students during Advisory today.  Reggie held everyone’s attention discussing world issues, local issues, and how the students themselves could bring about positive change within the school setting as well as within the world.  Hawthorn Middle School South participates in various WE initiatives.


Supplemental Insurance for Chromebooks

Chromebook insurance
For new parents to the district and any stranglers, we are re-opening enrollment period for insurance at a prorated rate for the remainder of the year.  The window to reopen will be 11/27 through 12/10 for a 2nd enrollment with coverage beginning 11/27 and the prorated premium of $17 per device.
Please see the attached document for more information. Insurance Document