Next week Pep club will be sponsoring Spirit Week!

Please NOTE the following Extreme Weather Make-Up Days:

Presidents Day, February 18, 2019 (make up for November 26, 2018)

Casimir Pulaski Day, March 4, 2019 (make up for Monday, January 28, 2019)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (make up for Wednesday, January 30, 2019)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 (make up for Thursday, January 31, 2019)

Geography Bee

On Tuesday, Jan. 29th, Middle South held its annual Geography Bee. Congratulations to eighth grader Jonah H. for his 1st place finish and Ryan C. who placed 2nd in the Geography Bee! Jonah will now take the state level test in the hopes of competing in the State Bee. Congratulations to all students that participated. Good luck Jonah!



Due to predicted extreme weather conditions and school cancellations, multiple aspects of the Vernon Hills High School enrollment process have been revised:
  • L-Z 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, families with last name L-Z and those unable to come last week will meet in the VHHS Auditorium on Monday, February 4th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please note, this event will no longer include the activity fair.
  • Course recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year will now mailed to families on Monday, February 4th. The pink Course selection forms are now due on Monday, February 18th.
  • Optional counselor appointments on Thursday, February 8th have been cancelled. Appointments are still available on Wednesday, February 13th and Monday, February 18th. To schedule an appointment, please call 847-932-2002.

As safety of our students and staff continues to be a priority, please note that all after-school extracurricular activities are canceled today, Tuesday, January 29th.  This includes the after school activity bus.

Due to extreme winter weather conditions, school will not be in session tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th.

students in spelling bee

In a hard fought, back and forth spelling bee at Middle School South, the winner was Jeffrey B. His championship word was “effulgent”. Finishing in second place was Libby Y. Jeffrey and Libby went back and forth for 10 rounds before a champion was crowned. In total their were 26 rounds.


All who attended Wednesday’s concert were treated to beautiful playing by the MSS Chamber Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, and 7/8th Grade Orchestra. Congratulations to all the students who did a wonderful job with their pieces. We’re continually impressed by your dedication and growth as musicians. Thank you to MSS Orchestra Director, Samantha May, for your continual work with students in their music education journey. You coordinated a beautiful concert tonight. Also, a special thanks to Jennifer Greenwell, Pam Stanley, Haemi Lee, MSS staff, and the Orchestra parents for your support this evening.

Mrs. Duhig-Larson’s language arts class enjoyed a presentation about Shakespeare from guest speaker Beverly Seaver.

Winners Standing Together

Sixth graders Neha K. (poetry) and Aanya G. (nonfiction) each placed first at the PageBreak literary festival at Stevenson High School on Saturday! Students that wished to participate in PageBreak submitted a literary work (either poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) and winners were chosen for each grade level. The contest was open to all schools that feed into Stevenson High School.


Hello, 8th Grade Families.

Due to the current and predicted weather conditions, 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, the schedule has been revised as follows:
Families with last name A-K — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium: 
Thursday, January 24th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
*Will no longer include activity fair
Families with last name L-Z — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium:
Wednesday, January 30th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
*Will no longer include activity fair
If you are unable to attend your designated night, please feel free to attend the evening that works for your schedule. 
Additional details from initial invite are below:

The overall purpose of the evening is to introduce incoming students to the educational program at VHHS and to assist families with the freshman enrollment process.  Department supervisors and administrators will be available to answer questions as you prepare for your son’s/daughter’s high school experience.

Eighth grade students are encouraged to attend the evening’s activities. The orientation offers us a chance to share the many opportunities that will be available to you at VHHS. Cougar spirit items will be available to purchase at our school store.

Parking will be available in the school’s west and east parking lots.  Additional parking will be available in the BD corporate lot west of VHHS on Lakeview Parkway.  Entrances on both sides of the school will be open.

Choral Fest

Bravissimo to our Middle School North and Middle School South choir students for their performance last night with Vernon Hills High School students at the annual Choral Festival. The students sounded great!

Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).


100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO!

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $5 per person (with advance registration), $10 at the door. $20 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store: