Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

Students Pie Their Teachers

Teachers are accustomed to receiving many things, but yesterday they encountered something a little different–pies in their faces. The pies were thrown by sixth-grade students at Middle South who were celebrating their improved MAP scores. They received a certain number of raffle tickets depending on how much their reading and math scores improved. They could choose […]

The Great Debate

The debates are on! Sixth-graders in Mrs. Corush’s writing class at Middle South competed against their peers on Tuesday. They provided opening statements, arguments and closing statements. The topics included “Should college be free?” “Should homework be banned?” and “Should animal testing be banned?” They had fun as they built their public speaking and critical […]

Students Write Letters to Vernon Hills Mayor

The art of persuasion was the focus of letters sixth-grade writing class students at Middle South wrote to Vernon Hills Mayor Roger Byrne. They wrote these letters as though they were the Vernon Hills Chief of Police asking the mayor for a canine unit. Chief of Police Kreis reviewed the letters and joined Zoom calls […]

Band Plays Outside

Eighth-grade band students at Middle South were very excited about playing outside for the first time this week. They wore special masks that were suited for their particular instruments. The students have not played in person for more than a year! Great to hear them play again.

Congrats to the Math Team

Congrats to the Middle South Math Team on their performance in the IML (Illinois Math League) contest! The 8th grade team earned 3rd place and the 6th grade team earned 2nd place in the statewide competition. Special mention to 8th graders Caleb (5th place) and Katherine (10th place), 7th grader Shreyan (5th place), and 6th graders Debarghya (3rd place) […]

Science Olympiad Team Has Successful First Year

Big applause goes to Middle South’s Science Olympiad Team, which just completed its first season. Team members participated in six invitationals, in which they placed in 22 events. They also participated in the Illinois Oakton Regionals, where the Varsity team placed 4th and JV placed 2nd. The Varsity team qualified for the State tournament, which was […]

Orchestra Students Play a Waltz

7th/8th grade orchestra students at Middle South fixed their attention on playing a waltz rhythm. They practiced sections of “Merry-Go-Round of Life,” the main musical theme from the anime movie “Howl’s Moving Castle.” They did a great job.

Their Talent Keeps Growing

Sixth-grade orchestra students at Middle South were concentrated and focused as they came together for the first time after Spring Break. Both their mastery and enjoyment of their instruments continue to grow. 

Keeping a Steady Beat

One could imagine stormtroopers marching as sixth-grade band students at Middle South clapped out the rhythm of various Star Wars pieces. They also had an opportunity to try snare drum sticks.

Learning New Words

Students in Mrs. Corush’s sixth-grade class at Middle South learned new vocabulary words today, including infamous, pandemonium, myth and theory. These are all words they are coming across as they read Maniac Magee.

Working on Warm Ups

So great to hear live music coming from the music suites at Middle School South again. Students in 7th/8th Grade Orchestra practiced their warm up exercises. They were entirely concentrated as they focused on agility and tone.