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Longtime Middle South band director Jim Garbrecht is packing up his classroom at the end of the school year, retiring after more than 35 years of teaching. His band concert last week “A Celebration of Music” culminated an array of music learned from being involved in his band program.

Jim is an incredibly talented compassionate, hard-working teacher. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Carthage College in Kenosha and brought his talents to Hawthorn. His bubbly personality and zeal for music has made a big influence on his students. First and foremost he is a teacher who wants kids to leave his program with the skills that they will need to be successful in life. He instilled the pride of working hard and doing well which has led his band to perform at top levels. He has influenced students’ lives and inspired good work ethics in them. He has had a tremendous impact on kids in life lessons and the discipline learned from being involved in the band program.


Decisions by the board regarding direction to the Reorganization Committee after reflecting on the proposed strategic plan:

  1. Full day kindergarten at all schools.  The Board would like the Reorganization Committee to explore the opportunity to provide a full day kindergarten program for all students.
  2. Grandfather clause.  The community has provided consensus.  They would like current students to be grandfathered into their current school.  The Board of Education would like the Reorganization Committee to determine how to grandfather students into their current schools.  If not possible, the Board wants a compelling rationale why it would not work.
  3. Dual Language.  The School of Dual Language is a curriculum program school as opposed to a choice.  The board has affirmed that any reorganization recommendations include the School of Dual Language as it currently exists (K-5) and has asked for more information to be gathered from the DL community to determine whether there is community interest in expansion of the program to K-8.
  4. School Choice.  The Board of Education has agreed that the current state of school choice is not supported nor in alignment with the newly proposed strategic plan.  They are open to other choice possibilities in the future.  The Board is directing the Reorganization Committee to not maintain the current choice model in the reorganization plan.

Hawthorn PTO offers pre-packed, grade specific school supply kits as a convenient way for families to purchase quality, name brand school supplies. Prepare your child for a successful 2014-15 School Year. Order their school supply kit today from SchoolKitz.

Order Form: PTO Supply Kit

Eagle Award winners in Math, Science, Orchestra, & Band are:

ALGEBRA I: Fernando B., Wooyeong C., Leah D., MinWoo H., Suan L.

MATH: Anthony A., Sabrina A., Yashly A., Gerardo A., Ethan C., Carlos C., Xavier C., James D., Grace D., Marisa E., Nathan E., Christian F., Abigail F., Grayson F., Jie F., Mikaella G., Tatiana G., Jesus G., Grant H., Melissa H., Courtney H., Matthew H., Helena H., Jessica L., Alexandra L., James M., Alexander M., Paige O., Alexander O., Leslie O., Sophia P., Christopher R., Hannah R., Alexis R., Gabriella S., Karla S., Addyson S., Edgar U., Alexander W., Sara W., Brendan W., Danielle W.

 MATH CCSS 7: Allison C., Erica F., Nicholas H., Matthew H., Benjamin K., Ellen S.

 MATH CCSS 8: Sneha A., Spencer R.

 ORCHESTRA: Gabriela A., Chloe C., Crystal D., Krystofer H., Elijah H., Seungah K., Taylor P., Itamar S., Alexandr S.

 SCIENCE: Aidan A., Rebecca A., Aliyah A., Alana B., Nicole B., Carlos C., Kayla C., Esther C., Stephanie C., Andy C., Juan Pablo F., Jacob G., Mikaella G., Nicole G., Hayden G., Krystofer H., Elisa H., Nicole H., Katie H., Jessica J., Joshua J., Sejal K., Micah K., Nathaniel K., Jordan K., Benjamin K., Patryk L., Jessica L., Jenny L., Suan L., Erik L., Raeden M., Daniel P., Juliana P., Kaushik P., Nicole P., Isabella P., Noah P., Alexander R., Christopher R., Maxwell R., Fernando S., Isaias S., Rebecca S., Valerie S., Alexa S., Michael S., Ria S., Het T., Carolyn U., James W., Rachel W., Joseph Z., Jacob Z.

SYMPHONIC BAND: Brandon A., Logan C., Joseph D., Alexander D., Nicole G., Matthew W.


6th and 7th Grade students will be taking a statewide Youth Survey to better understand Illinois youth risk and protective behaviors as they are related to student problems and academic success. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the survey, please complete the attached form, sign it, and return it to the school before April 17, 2014.

Illinois Youth Survey Parent Permission Denial Form

Middle School South Picture Day for 6th and 7th grade students is Tuesday, April 22. See the attached order forms. This is also the make-up day for 8th grade promotion pictures.

School Pic. Day order form Page#1

School Pic. Day order form Page #2

Dear Hawthorn Middle School South Parents: The PTO has a tradition of hosting a special brunch and/or lunch to celebrate Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day and this year we’ll do that on Thursday, May 8th. We use this time to say thanks to our teachers and staff for the incredible job they do for our kids all year long.

We can’t do this without your support! This year we’ll gladly accept food or cash donations from parents so we can make the celebration at Middle South memorable for all. To get involved and help make this a great event for the people who spend so much time with our children, please take a moment to fill out the attached form below.

Should you have any questions please contact me at adnb@comcast.net or 847‑322-7582. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Debbie Reinstein
PTO VP, Middle School South

Congratulations to Mary Benton, Art teacher at Middle School South on being named one 32 finalists for a GOLDEN APPLE Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Golden Apple teaching award finalists named

Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The finalists were selected from a pool of 620 nominations and 272 applicants of fourth through eighth grade teachers in the metropolitan area.

Finalists from the North and West suburbs include:

• Lori Anderson, Grove Avenue Elementary, Barrington, fourth grade.

• Mary Benton, Hawthorn Middle School South, Vernon Hills, sixth through eighth grade art.

• Vita Carnduff, River Trail School, Gurnee, fourth and fifth grade math, language arts, social studies.

• Kimberly Dyer, South Middle School, Arlington Heights, eighth grade general science.

• Alessandra Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Hoffman Estates, fifth grade.

• Jacquelyn Negus, Quest Academy, Palatine, sixth through eighth grade music, kindergarten through eighth grade choir.

• Margot Van Dyke, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, seventh grade general science.

• Joanne Wegscheid, Edison Middle School, Wheaton, sixth through 12th grade orchestra.

The finalists will participate in a final round of review and observations, with 10 named recipients of a tuition-free spring quarter sabbatical at Northwestern University and $5,000. Visit www.goldenapple.org for more information.

Please be informed that at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, the School Board will begin discussion on the proposed strategic plan that has been developed by the Strategic Plan Committee. Included in this conversation will be how this proposed plan provides guidance to the Reorganization Committee on many important issues that face the district.

Each year the 8th grade class has its members design a promotion T-Shirt.  Any member of the class can draw the design.  It can be hand drawn or computer generated.  Please read the attachment for specifications and turn in your design to Mrs. Castellano in Room #241.

Promotion T-Shirt Design Contest

Hawthorn Middle South would like to do something fun for our 8th grade girls that will take into account the state of the current economy and the needs of some families. We will celebrate together on Tuesday, May 13th after school with all involved by putting on our own Middle South Fashion Show of all the dresses donated.  The success of this event will depend on how many dresses are donated and how many girls are in need of a dress.

We are asking that as you go through your closets, please look for any dresses you could donate for an 8th grade girl to wear to the promotion dance and/or promotion ceremony.  Many girls are in need of a dress, and what a great way to give back to your own community.  All 8th grade girls are welcome to participate in this fun and worthy cause so that every family can benefit during these trying times.

Please bring all dresses to Middle South’s office as soon as possible so we can start getting an idea of numbers.

We would also like to have a lottery during the Fashion Show to give the girls some prizes.  We are looking for “pampering” prizes to be raffled off such as; manicures, hair styling certificates, and any other pampering ideas not listed here.  Please check with your local salon to see if they would be willing to donate a service.  We will recognize that they participated in our event.  Please send any donations to the Middle South’s office as well.

If you have any questions, please call Cathy Logsdon at 847-990-4145.