Industrial Tech-STEM-9/28/17

MSS students working on an electronics soldering STEM project in Industrial Technology.

Brief Alert

This morning there was a suspicious black car we believe to be a Lincoln possibly taking photos of students as they entered school. The car was parked off of school property. Please take extra caution and keep a watchful eye. Inform our Resource Officer Jon Paret or the Vernon Hills Police Department if you see anything out of the ordinary.

Students Earn Prestigious Academic Honor at Northwestern University

Anirudh A. (8th),  Jingjing W. (8th) and Charles C. (6th) of Hawthorn Middle South and Phyllis W. (9th-SHS) formerly of Hawthorn Middle South were honored by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) at its annual award ceremony on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 to celebrate achievement in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).  These three students participated in the Academic Talent Search in January, 2017 by taking the ACT or SAT test.
Only 2 to 3 percent of more than 12,000 students nationwide, who participate in the program each year, qualify for this selective ceremony.  Remarkably, top-scoring NUMATS students in middle school score as well as top-scoring high school seniors nationally.  In addition to being in the top 2-3 percent, Anirudh A. placed 3rd overall for his grade level in Reading on the ACT.

Sprinkler Demonstration

This week 6th grade students at MSS were treated to a fire safety presentation courtesy of Fireman Tony Rodkey, Fireman Amidei and the Countryside Fire Department.  Not only did students learn about safe habits to prevent and respond to fires, they also were able to observe a fire’s rapid proliferation up close with the use of the department’s fire safety trailer.  Students left with a better appreciation of the risk factors involved and what they can do to prevent fires in their own homes.

There’s still time to Help Countryside Fire Protection District Win a Grant

Attention Facebook Friends and Families.  Countryside Fire Protection District is competing for a $3000 grant.  Your nomination is important to CFPD, so please visit our Facebook Page and vote for CFPD’s Step Up and Stand Out video.  The fire department with the most votes by September 30th will earn the grant, which will be used for future Fire and Life Safety Education.

Important 8th Grade Testing Date

This year the PSAT 8/9 (preliminary SAT) will be administered on Saturday, October 14th, 2017, to all 8th grade students who will be attending Vernon Hills High School in the Fall of 2018.  Here are the important details regarding October 14th:
-Please drop off and pick up your student at the West Door-Main entrance of VHHS
-7:45 AM-8:00 AM-Check In
-8:00 AM-11:45 AM-Testing
-Students should bring two No. 2 pencils and a calculator
-All Hawthorn students who live in the choice zone will test at Vernon Hills High School.
Please contact Andrew Young at with additional questions.

MSS Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Please review the pick-up and drop-off procedures for Middle School South. We appreciate your cooperation to ensure a smooth arrival and dismissal for all students. 

MSS Pick Up and Drop Off

Advisory-9/15/17-Blackout Bullying

On Friday, September 15th, Middle South took an all school picture where students were dressed in black to support our stance on standing up against bullying.

Students then paired up in homeroom and analyzed/discussed the meaning of the lyrics related to bullying from their perspective. They discussed:
What strategies do they have if someone were to be rude/mean to them on social media or at
Have they ever helped someone else with this type of problem?
How can you be a role model for others, interms of positive behavior?

Hawthorn Joins Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Hawthorn School District 73 is joining in the effort to collect donations for more than 200,000 students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will collect new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, school supplies, as well as canned food and water. The drive will run from September 18 through September 29. The District will not be collecting money. Each individual Hawthorn school will be collecting the donations.  For more information, please contact your child’s school.

Art Students

Five Hawthorn South 8th graders have been coming early to school in order to turn old dishes into works of art.  Glass garden art flowers are made from used or recycled glass dishes, plates, cups, &  arranged in layers, with the largest plates forming the back of the flower (to appear as petals), and the smallest ones at the front (like the flower pistols).

Cross Country-9/15/17

Congratulations to the Hawthorn South Cross Country team for their phenomenal finish at the Hawthorn Invitational at VHHS on Friday, September  15th!  In competing against 28 teams and over 1,000 runners, the 6th and 8th grade girls teams both took 1st place and the 6th grade boys took 3rd place!!

Google Classroom-Email Summaries

Email Summaries from Google Classroom- You will be receiving an email in the coming days inviting you to receive parent access to Google Classrooms your student is a part of. The attached letter explains important information on accepting this invitation.

Google Classroom-Email Summaries