Math Awards Night 5/16/17

Prior to Open House on Tuesday, May 16, Hawthorn Middle South celebrated with Math Awards Night.  As a school we participate in the American Mathematics Competition(AMC8), Continental Math League(CML), Illinois Math League(IML), and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics(ICTM) competitions in our advanced math classes.  On this night we present  certificates, medals, and plaques to individual students. Additionally, we announce grade level achievements our school received.  At this Awards Night we also recognize out Math Team.  Our Regional competitors and Carmel High School competitors receive their awards, and the medals for the school competition are presented.  We congratulated all the students that take the time to pursue math above and beyond their normal classwork!

Student Council-Farwell to Mr. T.

On May 17, the 2016/17 Student Council Executive Board members had their last regular meeting together.  Mr. T., who has been a Student Council Sponsor over the past 12 years, was honored with a beautiful award, which reads, “In honor of your many years of dedicated service to Hawthorn Middle School South Student Council” – Ray Tamasauskas May 2017”.  Everyone will miss “Mr. T”, who has helped guide the students in such a positive way.


6th Grade Writing Pen Pals

All year long, 6th grade students in Mrs. Corush’s 4th period writing class from Middle South have had the pleasure of being pen pals with 3rd grade Aspen students from Ms. Zurek’s class.  Students learned the proper format for letter writing and quickly became pen pal friends throughout the school year.  Each student wrote and received around 5 letters throughout the year.  This past Tuesday, May 16th, was a very exciting day for Mrs. Corush’s writing class.  Our 3rd grade pen pals came to Middle South to finally meet and visit with their pen pal.  Middle South students gave a personal tour of the building by showing students where everything is located and then had a chance to sit down and chat a bit.  It was a wonderful, unforgettable experience for all!

Open House 5/16/17

On Tuesday, May 16th Middle South hosted it’s annual Open House.  During Open House, Chorus, Orchestra and Band performed and parents were invited to visit their child’s classrooms and view all their work that they have accomplished during the year.

State Bound

Boys and Girls track are off to Peoria for State.  Good luck to all the State Qualifiers!

Returning Registration-2017-2018 School Year

Returning Registration for 2017-18 school year is due this Friday, 5/19. Students will not be assigned a teacher or a bus route until online registration is complete.

Social Entrepreneurism Class sells bracelets

On Saturday, May 13th, several 8th grade students sold paracord bracelets at Artist @ Heart in Libertyville.  The bracelets were hand-made in Mr. Sementa’s IMS/Social Entrepreneurship class.  All proceeds go to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which focuses on cancer research.

Spring Fling 5/12/17

On May 12, the Student Council members sponsored “Spring Fling”, where participants were able to rotate through various fun activities, such as Bubble Soccer, Toxic Meltdown Challenge, volleyball, basketball, Kan Jam and Bags.  We were lucky to enjoy a beautiful, sunny day, and pleased with the good sportsmanship displayed amongst all of our students.

Track & Field

MSS is so proud of their girls and boys track squads who competed recently at sectionals in North Chicago.

The girls ended the meet with an overall third place finish by the eighth grade team and a fifth place finish by the sixth/seventh grade team out of 12 schools.

“Every one of our relay teams set a new personal record and there were many personal bests across the board!” said girls coach Laura Gess.

A special congratulations to the following girl athletes for qualifying for the state competition: Erica Bunning (7th in pole vault, discus), Brooke Donaldson (8th in 100 meter hurdles), Taylor Proft (8th in 400 meter day), and Rose Sheridan (6th in 800 meter run).

The MSS boys gave it their best shot at their sectional meet hosted at North Chicago High School. Seventh graders Luke Lutgens and Chase Bonder secured their spots for state. Luke launched himself into qualifying for the long jump, while Chase had a personal best at the high jump where he soared like an eagle.  At lightening speed, eighth grader Oskar Jedynak gave an impressive performance qualifying for both the 1600-meter and the 800-meter. Oskar leads the boys track team by example. Also, heading down state is the boys 4X400m relay team. Eighth graders John Lee, Syam Atade, Oskar, and Alex Utsis had a great race taking third place and qualifying for state! John was subbing for eighth grader Shane Moncayo who will join the team for state. Cameron Simes, seventh grader, rocked it in the 200 meter taking second and qualifying for state.


Undefeated Season

MSS girls soccer team celebrates undefeated season!

6th Grade Writing Classes

On May 10, 2017, Mrs. Corush’s and Mrs. Wright’s writing classes had a special visit from Mayor Roger Byrne, Police Chief Mark Fleischhauer, and Resource School Officer Jon Paret.
These past few weeks, students in the 6th grade writing classes learned how to effectively write persuasive letters by using evidence from articles as well as using appropriate persuasive language techniques.  Pretending to be the Police Chief of Vernon Hills, students wrote letters to Mayor Byrne persuading him to reinstate a canine unit for the Village of Vernon Hills.
After sending our persuasive letters to the mayor and police chief, we were fortunate enough to have them come speak to us about the canine unit experience.  Officer Paret, our school’s resource officer, was the first police officer in Vernon Hills to have his K9 dog in the police force.
This was such a great experience as we got to hear lots of information on how wonderful it was to have a canine unit in Vernon Hills but also why we do not have one currently.  Students were very persuasive and had a wonderful experience.

Softball Team

The Middle School South Girls Softball team had a great season with a 5-4 record and the #3 seed heading into the conference tournament! The girls look forward to playing ball in next weeks tournament!

The young Eagles showed progress all season and look forward to the playoffs. The  Eagles scored more than 15 runs in several of their victories and their defense improved each game.  Both coaches Michael Barber and Glennah McMahon were pleased with the development and play of the team as well as the sportsmanship reflected by all of the girls.