Entries by Leslie Piotrowski


Ellis Island Comes Back to Life

Eighth-grade students were treated to a fun experience last Friday. They experienced what it would have been like for immigrants coming through Ellis Island. They went through several stations where they were asked questions about their health, their background, and vocation. If they passed, they recited a loyalty oath and gained entry to the United […]


Understanding the Writing Process

On Friday, Sept. 27th, Miss Dounis and Mrs. Corush’s sixth grade writing classes at Middle School South got ready to write their own personal narratives.  For the students to fully understand the writing process, they used Model Magic to create their own pencil cases.  Students had to brainstorm their sculpture, redo it and fix it […]


Girls on the Run Are Having Fun

The ten students in the “Girls on the Run” program at Middle School South are working to meet their goals in several ways. On one hand, they are preparing to participate in a 5K in Chicago on Nov. 23. In preparation, they are running together twice a week. On the other hand, they are learning […]


Taking A Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial

Eighth grade students at Middle School South went on a VR trip to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum today via the Google Expeditions app. Students were able to see a wide assortment of areas, including the Memorial Hall, the Center Passage, Foundation Hall, the “In Memoriam” Wall, and the three part September 11, 2001 Exhibit. […]

Gallery Walk

Dual Language Social Studies teacher Ms. Pacillas held a gallery walk in her sixth grade classroom. Students created posters in Spanish that depicted five personal events and five historical events that occurred in the same decade of their lives. On Monday, the students walked around the room observing each other’s posters and writing down their […]

Notice About Expansion of Aspen Drive Library

Exciting changes are coming to the Aspen Drive Library. The library is undergoing expansion. During the fall of 2019, the library will be temporarily reduced to a very small space as the project continues. The library may not be able to accommodate students in the large numbers it currently sees. For more information, please review […]

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 […]

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 […]