Save the Dates for the 2018 Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute

The Hawthorn Enrichment Institute summer program is open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students. It will take place from July 9 – August 10, 2018.  Registration begins February 1, 2018.

Caught Being Good Program

Students have been participating in the Caught Being Good Program which helps maintain a positive and productive school climate.  Caught Being Good allows students to earn raffle tickets and win prizes at school when they are “caught” displaying behavior that either respects themselves, respects others, or respects the school.  The first raffle drawing was on October 31st.  The prizes included:  Starbucks gift cards, Dave and Busters play cards, Cold Stone gift cards, JimmyJohns lunch, chew gum for a day pass, phones during lunch for a day pass and ride to school in a cop car.

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VHHS-Student Assistance Program and Cougar Parent Connection Present “Screenagers”

Please join the Student Assistance Program and Cougar Parent Connection at the Vernon Hills High School for a special viewing of “Screenagers”the documentary on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the VHHS Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased at seat ( for $1.
You can watch the trailer here at

Cultural Night with Jasmin Cardenas

Come and enjoy a night of culture with award winning bilingual storyteller, actress, writer, educator and activist Jasmin Cardenas.  Hosted by the Hawthorn School of Dual Language on Friday, November 17th at Townline School from 6:30-8:00 pm.


PTO Book Fair

Stop by the PTO Book Fair at Parent/Teacher Conferences and start shopping for the best books for your kids!
Open during conferences!
Monday, November 20th
Tuesday, November 21st
If you can’t make it to the Book Fair, you can still support our school by shopping online.  All orders ship free to the school!  Available November 15-28.  Check out the Book Fair webpage at:

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  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.

No School-11/21-11/24

Just a reminder that there is No School Tuesday, November 21stWednesday, November 22ndThursday, November 23rd and
Friday, November 24th.

Lost & Found

During conferences please stop by the tables in the hallway.  The Lost & Found is full and waiting for your child to claim their items. Any items not claimed by Monday, November 20th will be donated.

6th Grade Social Studies

Students in sixth-grade social studies classes worked collaboratively on a project where they created their own Paleolithic and Neolithic Stone Age clans. Some portions of the project included: designing tools, building a dwelling, and creating musical instruments that could have been used by their clans during the Stone Age. Students also wrote about the various cultural aspects of their clans, such as the clothing, language, and art. Students enjoyed this hands-on project about ancient men and women adapting to their changing environments.

Operation Care Package

Our generous students and teachers have collected OVER 350 high-needs items for the Midwest Veteran’s Closet during! These items will directly benefit veterans in our own community!

Operation Care Package


Students Thank Veterans for Their Service at Breakfast

Veterans Breakfast

About 60 veterans attended the annual Veterans Day Breakfast sponsored by the Middle School South Student Council on November 9.  Student Council President Kayla L., Middle School South Principal Robert Natale and School Board President Sonali Patil welcomed the veterans.

“Democratic virtues are founding principles of the country,” said Ms. Patil. “But democracy cannot exist without freedom and freedom cannot exist without the selfless service and devotion of all our veterans. Thank you to all our service men who took the time to join us so that our younger generation can see what a hero looks like and hear your stories.”

In addition to breakfast, the veterans enjoyed performances by the school’s chorus, orchestra and band.  Following the performances, Student Council members and social studies students asked the veterans questions to learn more about them.  The veterans, several of whom had served in World War II, were happy to share their stories with the students.



Advisory Schedule 11/17/17

Alarm clock

On Friday, November 17th Middle South will operate on an Advisory Schedule.

Advisory 11/17/17