Entries by Leslie Piotrowski

Girls Night of Code is Postponed

Girls Night of Code, originally scheduled for Jan. 18,  will be postponed to February 15th due to logistical issues. Event Details: Date: February 15th, 2019 Time: 6pm-8pm Location: Vernon Hills High School (145 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061) Eligibility: Girls from grades 6-8 from Hawthorn Middle School North or South. FYI: Girls who attended […]

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Take the 5Essentials Parent Survey

Students, parents and teachers across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the seventh annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey between now and Feb. 15.  The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your student’s school and gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Additionally, Hawthorn District […]

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Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Registration Begins Feb. 1

Hawthorn is excited to bring another year of summer programming designed to expand the education horizon for our students. We are offering many new types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. The program, open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students, will […]

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Studying Climate Change

The seventh grade science classes at Middle School South have been studying climate change and performed a lab analyzing ice cores. Ice cores are cylinder-shaped blocks of ice taken from glaciers and ice sheets used by climatologists to compare today’s climate to the past. The class ice cores were created over a period of two […]

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Busy Week for Eighth Graders

Eighth graders at Middle School South have been busy this week! They started by simulating the stock market crash in a competitive game and then participating in a Great Depression themed BreakoutEDU Escape Room to build up their background knowledge for the next unit!

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Students Create Life-Size Characters

Sixth grade advanced language arts students read a novel of their choice with their Literature Circle groups. As they read, they had different roles to prepare for their group discussions. As a culminating project, students created a “Life-Size Character” of the protagonist of their novel by incorporating skills that they’ve learned so far this year. […]

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Congratulations to the Eighth Grade Boys Basketball Team

Middle South’s 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team DOMINATED in the championship game last night, prevailing over Barrington Prairie 54-24. So Friday during homeroom, the boys ran the K with their second championship trophy, as they have earned back-to-back championship trophies in 7th and 8th grade, as well as going undefeated both years.  

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Socratic Seminar Gets Students Thinking

Today, Mrs. Corush, Miss Eiter, and Mrs. Byrne’s Language Arts classes at Middle School South participated in a Socratic Seminar. For two days, students prepared for the open discussion by finding evidence from various texts, videos, and novel excerpts in and out of class. On Thursday, 12/13, all students came ready with their discussion questions […]

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Learning and Teaching WWI’s Legacy

Eighth-grade students in Mrs. Duhig, Mrs. Maier, and Ms. Schiemann’s language arts and social studies classes just completed an interdisciplinary reciprocal teaching unit where they researched poets/poems from WWI in addition to a WWI legacy and then taught it to their peers! They learned a lot from the deeply personal stories of shell shock and […]

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Orchestra Festival

Middle School South seventh-grade students did a fine job performing with Vernon Hills High School students on Tuesday at the Orchestra Festival. The guest conductor was Deborah Peot, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Elmhurst College.  Congratulations students on an excellent performance!

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Key to 73: Thanks for the Fun

Last week, students used logic, ELA and social studies skills to break out of Middle School South for Thanksgiving break with a BreakoutEDU kit from the Key to 73 Foundation! Thank you Key to 73 for providing an engaging and joyful activity for our students.