Middle South 6th grade students participated in their second Environmental Field Trip to Ryerson Woods on Thursday, November 6th and Friday November 7th. The students were able to participate in a nature walk to see if the could find camouflaged animals and cut down buckthorns in the forest. They discussed physical and behavior adaptations of animals along with similarities and differences of reptiles and amphibians. The students were able to observe and feel them as well.

The Students of Hawthorn Middle School South greets dozens of local veterans this week during their annual Breakfast of Appreciation. The breakfast offered the students the opportunity to honor Vernon Hills local heroes, thank them for their dedication to this nation, and learn about their history.


Student Council is once again sponsoring their annual canned food drive. It will begin on Wednesday, November 12th and end on Thursday, November 20th. Homerooms will work to collect cans of food which will help stock local pantry shelves.

Any students interested in participating in strength & conditioning, please come to the Middle South Multi beginning November 10th. Sessions will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 6:30AM – 7:20AM and run through November 24th. All Middle South students are invited to attend.  Questions should be directed to Coach Manning @ manningr@hawthorn73.org.

During the annual Pep Assembly on October 31st, students and staff were able to show off their costumes if they wore one and competed in a costume contest.  Students and staff also engaged in several games which included a Mario Cart Race, A Skeleton Puzzle Race, Donut Eating Contest, and a Mummy Wrapping Contest.


During Spanish class, students were learning about Day of the Dead, a Mexican Holiday celebrated around the world. Students made and presented ofrendas in memory of their loved ones. The holiday focuses on remembering and celebrating family and friends that are no longer living.  

Athletes from Northwestern came to Middle South to have breakfast with our students and encourage them to jumpstart their day by eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Students were also encouraged to play games and enter a raffle to win some great prizes.

At the October 27, 2014, Board of Education meeting Superintendent Nick Brown provided the Board of Education and community a revised boundary presentation based on the feedback given to the administrative team at the previous Board meeting on October 14, 2014.

Under the revised proposals existing families will be allowed to attend the same school. See the complete story here.

The Board of Education will review and discuss the new boundary concepts 2A and 3A again at the Board meeting at 7 p.m. November 10, 2014, in the district office, and review any changes made based on the discussion at the October 27 Board meeting.  Another item for discussion will be the issue of siblings at the elementary level.  The Board of Education is expected to make a final decision on school boundaries at a meeting in December.

All Students participated in an obstacle course during their Gym classes and wore pink for Cancer awareness.

Students took part in several experiments during their trip to Independence Grove.


Determining the pH of the water samples we collected.


Recording our results in order to assess lake water quality.


Collecting water samples using the Van Dorn.


On Friday night during a memorable awards ceremony, our very own Mary Benton “officially” accepted the Golden Apple award.  Please join me in congratulating Mary on this amazing professional accomplishment.  Our school, students, and community should be very proud of Mary and the wonderful artwork she and her students have created over the years!  Thank you for positively impacting the lives so many students, Mary!



Students recreate Ellis Island at the turn of the century during a unit on immigration. The arriving immigrants are processed through various stations.