Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

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Congratulations to Amanda Bourn

The work of Middle School South teacher Amanda Bourn is in the spotlight this month. MAD-learn named her the MAD-teacher of the month. She is the second teacher from District 73 to receive this recognition. The first was Tanya Stahl, a STEM-lab teacher at Middle School North.  Ms. Bourn began using MAD-learn in May of […]

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Students Honored at Assembly

Today (June 6), sixth and seventh grade students were honored by Middle School South staff in a variety of areas including academic growth, social emotional development, and for helping make Middle South an amazing place for students. It has been a great school year and we are proud of all of our students’ many accomplishments […]

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Pen Pals Meet in Person

Throughout the year, sixth grade students in the classrooms of Ms. Wright and Ms. Corush at Middle School South correspond with third grade students at Aspen Elementary. Last week, the third grade students got a chance to meet their pen pals at Middle School South. The middle school students showed their pen pals around the […]

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3-2-1 Blast Off!

The sixth grade science classes of Ms. Howell, Ms. Humboldt and Ms. Baker designed, tested and launched bottle rockets as part of an engineering design unit. The rockets use pressurized water for propulsion. Students were treated to some very impressive performances this year, and an enjoyable time was had by all.

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Students Extract DNA

DNA is present in every cell of plants and animals. To culminate their study of DNA and genetics, students in Mrs. Reese’s science classes used common everyday household materials and extracted DNA found in the cells of strawberries.

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Looking into the Eye of a Sheep

Ms. Robinson’s eighth grade students ended their “In a New Light” unit by dissecting the eye of a sheep. The students have been doing activities that involve learning something new, how we remember things using our different senses, how we perceive light and objects, and how the structure of our eye affects how we perceive […]

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Students Learn About Persuasion through Writing Letters

Should the Vernon Hills Police Department add a canine unit? As part of a unit on persuasion, students in Middle School South’s sixth-grade writing classes wrote letters to the Village of Vernon Hills, describing why they felt such a unit was needed. Vernon Hills Police chief, Patrick Kreis, read all the letters and provided feedback […]