MHS-8th Grade Placement Testing

Students testing

We want to ensure that all students experience a positive transition to high school! As one step in providing MHS with the information needed to make well-informed placement decisions for all incoming students, all 8th grade students will take the STAR exam at Mundelein High School on Saturday November 11thThe STAR assessment is an online test that provides timely feedback on students’ literacy and math skills.  STAR assessments are computer-adaptive, which means the difficulty level of each test is adjusted as students move through the assessment. The STAR test results will serve as one data point among many in the placement process.  Mundelein High School will also consider students’ fall mathematics and reading MAP scores, other standardized tests administered at the middle school level, past course achievement, and eighth grade teacher recommendations. Thank you for your participation in this process!  For more information please contact Jamie DiCarlo ( or Kim Goldberg (

ILMEA Honor Band 11/4/17

On Saturday, November 4th the 2017 ILMEA Honor Band performed in Waudonda, IL at Wauconda High School under guest conductor Dr. Elizabeth Peterson.  After auditioning for the group in September, Jason F. played 1st trumpet on a fabulous concert alongside many of the very best young musicians in ILMEA District 7!  He represented not only himself, but all of Hawthorn Middle South with class, dignity and professionalism.   Congratulations on an outstanding effort and a memorable experience!

6th Graders Donating Halloween Candy

Sixth graders at Middle South brought in extra Halloween candy to send to servicemen and women around the world.  One package is being sent to a former Hawthorn student, Corporal Alex Bolivar, currently serving in the army.

6th Grade Donations


No School-Friday-11/10/17

Just a reminder that there is No SchoolFriday, November 10th.

Hawthorn and VHHS Orchestra Students Make Great Music Together

Three hundred and thirty-three students from Hawthorn Middle School North, Hawthorn Middle School South and Vernon Hills High School spent the day on Wednesday, November 1 rehearsing for the evening Orchestra Festival at Vernon Hills High School. They performed together in a mass orchestra, playing Themes from Romeo and JulietDonegal Fiddles, Allegro Con Brio from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, and Capriol Suite. This is an annual Festival comprised of seventh and eighth grade students from Hawthorn, and ninth through twelfth grade students from Vernon Hills High School performing side-by-side. This year’s guest conductor was Brian Groner, the conductor of the Fox Valley Orchestra and the Birch Creek Music Festival.

Hope & Robinson’s 8th Grade Science Class

Mr. Hope and Ms. Robinson’s 8th grade science classes had a fun day celebrating Halloween. They had the opportunity to play with dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and discuss the many uses of dry ice. The students enjoyed a variety of activities and seeing first hand sublimation occurring right before their eyes.  This was a great introduction to their chemistry unit.

Halloween and Pep Assembly

Students and staff enjoyed celebrating Halloween during the day and the Pep Assembly.  During the Pep Assembly, the Orchestra performed and Halloween jokes entertained the students.  Boys soccer, Girls basketball and Cross country were introduced along with a re-cap of their season.  There was a student costume contest followed by a teacher costume contest and a game of Are you Smarter than a Fifth-Grader?


6th Grade Outdoor Ed-Camp Duncan

field trips keep exploring

On October 18th and 25th, the sixth grade students traveled to Camp Duncan to participate in the first of three Outdoor Education field trips this year.  Students were able to work on goal setting at the climbing wall and continued to work on communication skills by participating in an escape room like activity called “Duncan Detectives,” team building challenges, archery, and canoeing.

Advisory 10/27/17

Hawthorn Middle South had another successful Advisory Day on Friday October 27, 2017. All grade levels participated in team building exercises within their homerooms. Students worked together to successfully achieve a variety of tasks. The time spent team building helps students to get to know those they may not spend time with outside of class.

School Newspaper

Our school has a brand new website for our school newspaper.  Check it out to learn the latest news and what is going on at our awesome school.  Check the link out on our school website or go to:

Remind Sign Up

Parents, you are invited to sign up for the MSS Parents communication tool REMIND.  Remind is a free, safe and simple messaging tool that helps MSS share important updates and reminders with parents and students.  Subscribe by text, email, or using the Remind app.  All personal information is kept private:  we will never see your phone number, nor will you see ours.
Dist. 73 will continue to use SchoolMessenger for emergency situations.  We at Middle South plan to use this simple tool to keep our MSS families informed when building specific events occur, such as bus delays, power outages or any other NON-Emergency situations that parents should be aware of.
Here are the directions for joining:

Early Release Schedule 11/2/17

This Thursday, November 2nd, 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.