Map Testing for 8th Graders

Hawthorn will conduct limited MAP testing for students in grade 5 and grade 8. The testing window is from December 2 through December 20. For more information.

Book Fair

Middle South is proud to sponsor the fall book fair! The dates of the fair are November 25 and 26 during conferences. Stop by and check out the new and exciting books! This is a great time to get gifts for holidays for your family, friends and your teachers. Shopping at the book fair not only promotes reading in the home, but helps our school by putting new books in the library as well as in teachers’ classrooms. For convenience, you can shop right out of your home for books and e-books. The on-line book fair will run from November 18 through December 2 and has absolutely free delivery to the school. To access the on-line book fair visit Scholastic provides many e-books using E-Storia, which is a free download. E-Storia works on most electronic devices. Visit to download your free app. If you have any questions, please contact Therese Emil at

Canned Food Drive

Hawthorn Middle South students, families and staff members were especially generous during November, donating a large amount of food items to the school’s annual food drive.  The school was able to brighten the holidays of 30 families.

Canned Food Drive

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parents and guardians are urged to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences which are scheduled for November 25th and November 26th. Check with your student’s teacher to schedule your time. Hawthorn encourages parent involvement all year round.  Watch for letters regarding sign up schedules.  If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please contact your teacher.  All hawthorn staff members have email and voicemail.


The goal of our advisory program is to establish a school wide environment of mutual respect of individual differences. Our theme this year is that everyone has a superpower within, meaning that everyone has their own special gifts and talents.

On Friday, November 15th, each grade level participated and shared activities.

6th Grade: Students were asked to draw an “app” that represents something they bring to their homeroom. Students shared with their homeroom the talent/skill/trait that they bring to their team. The “apps” were taped to the iPod background on the homeroom door.

7th Grade: Discussions included creating a safe classroom environment and helping to foster mutual respect.

8th Grade: Discussions were about Bullying and on the definition of Bystander and Upstander


Cleaning Your Closets? Hawthorn Middle South Coat Drive

Students, families and staff members at Hawthorn Middle South gather up your gently used (and new) coats in an effort to make sure everyone stays warm this winter. For the past several years, the school has collected and distributed hundreds of coats in all sizes. This year’s Coat Drive takes place during the month of November. If you have something you would like to give, please consider bringing the items into the Middle South office or emailing Student Council Advisor Mary Castellano at


Veteran’s Breakfast – A Success

Hawthorn Middle South marked Veteran’s Day by honoring local veterans during a November 8th breakfast at the school. Over sixty veterans and their families took part in the student council sponsored event, which offered breakfast, music, and student interviews. It was an opportunity for all to express their thanks and to learn some of the experiences of our local heroes.

Fuel Up To Play 60

Anthony Morgan is a former professional American Football wide receiver who played six seasons for the Chicago Bears. On Thursday, October 31, Anthony helped Middle South kick off their in-school nutrition campaign, Fuel Up To Play 60. It is a nationwide movement empowering kids to take control of their own health. Schools all over the country are improving their health and wellness environment in fun and engaging ways. Our 8th Grade TRY students are encouraging all of our students to JOIN Fuel up To Play 60.  Schools gain recognition based on their level of involvement with the program. Students also receive rewards and recognition for their efforts.

Day of the Dead Projects.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends.  Check out student projects.

Student Council Annual Coat Drive

Student Council is sponsoring its Annual Coat Drive from October 14  – November 30.

Help out with Adopt-A-Family

  • Donate gently used new hats
  • Donate gently used new gloves
  • Donate gently used new jackets

Donate a gift of Warmth this Winter Season.

Drop off your items at the Middle South Office.

Annual coat drive


Breakfast available at Middle South

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children. Our food service Sodexo, provides a daily breakfast with a variety of foods including fresh fruit, low fat milk, 100% juice and a well balanced nutritious list of healthy grain items.

There is always a hot item and 2 to go breakfast choice options. Students are allowed to come  to the cafeteria before school and enjoy a healthy breakfast. It is clear that there are many benefits to a healthy breakfast, not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but it can make a positive difference in a child’s performance and enhance their learning.


District Strategic Plan Project Update

Please Volunteer!  Hawthorn is working with CEC to develop a strategic plan for the District. We are working to gather a group of 50 people representing a variety of experiences and interests. If you are interested in being considered, please return the Strategic Plan Volunteer Application by November 22.

Please Take the Survey!  All community members are encouraged to provide their insight by taking a brief online survey – only six questions and you may remain anonymous.

For more information, check the web article, Hawthorn Joins with Center for Educational Change to Develop Strategic Plan.