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Dear Families-

2018-2019 middle school schedules were made available to you in PowerSchool on June 13. If you have not already done so, please log in to your parent portal ( and access this information. We will not be distributing paper copies at the residency event. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the parent portal, please contact the district office at (847) 990 – 4200.

Should you have questions related to your student’s schedule, please access our online course request form no later than August 7th. This form can be accessed by clicking here or on our Middle School South School Webpage. If you have any difficulties accessing the course request form, please contact the Middle School South office at (847) 990 – 4100.

It is crucial that you review this information and submit any inquiries prior to August 7th to ensure that we have time to review your request and contact you with a response prior to the start of the school year.

We look forward to welcoming our students back in just a few weeks.

Mr. Natale & Mrs. Kahn

Promotion Ceremony

Approximately 250 Middle South students proudly took part in the Promotion Ceremony that took place at Vernon Hills High School on May 29. The Middle School South Chorus sang “This Is Me” while the orchestra played “Greensleeves Millennium 2”. Members of the Board of Education and Administration presented certificates. Afterwards, students gathered together with their parents to celebrate.

Persuasive Letter Presentation

Students in the sixth-grade writing classes of Ms. Corush/Eiter, Ms. Malec, Ms. Prahl and Ms. Wright are developing persuasive writing skills. Pretending to be the Vernon Hills Chief of Police, they wrote letters to the Vernon Hills Village President asking him to add a canine unit.  Vernon Hills had a canine unit in the past. The students used logical arguments to drive home their points. On May 29, Vernon Hills Village President Roger Byrne, Chief of Police Patrick Kreis and School Resource Officer Jon Paret came to Middle School South to provide feedback on the letters. Village President Byrne told the students that he would not be adding a canine unit at this time since there are 20 canine units in the county and the Village can borrow a unit when needed. Chief of Police Kreis congratulated the students on their strong writing skills. Having Officer Paret was a real treat since he was one of the first Vernon Hills police officers to have a canine in the police force.

award ceremony

More than 150 students were recognized at the Eighth Grade Awards Program that was held on May 29 at Middle School South. The awards included: academic awards, athletic awards, extracurricular awards, fine arts and music awards, and service awards. Congratulations to all the awardees.

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Superintendent Nick Brown has resigned from Hawthorn School District 73 effective June 30 to accept a new position in Indiana to be closer to family.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hawthorn and appreciate all the work the staff does for all our students,” Brown said.  “We have great parents, students, staff and community.”

The Board of Education is grateful for Mr. Brown’s service to Hawthorn and wishes him well at his new district in Indiana.

The Board of Education will work hard to make this transition as smooth as possible with the help and guidance of the District’s administrative team.  An interim superintendent will be hired to support the District for the next year.  Also, the District will hire a search firm to help find the right superintendent candidate for the district.  The District asks for community patience and support in the coming weeks.  The District will continue to focus on what it does best, ensuring the best learning environment for its students.

El Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 acepta una posición en Indiana

Nick Brown, el Superintendente de el Distrito Escolar Hawthorn #73 ha renunciado a su puesto a partir del 30 de junio para aceptar un nuevo puesto en Indiana para estar más cerca de su familia.

“Realmente disfruté mi tiempo en Hawthorn y aprecié todo el trabajo que hace el personal para todos nuestros estudiantes”, dijo el Sr. Brown. “Tenemos unos excelentes padres, estudiantes, personal y comunidad”.

La Junta de Educación está agradecida por el servicio del Sr. Brown a Hawthorn y le desea lo mejor en su nuevo distrito en Indiana.

La Junta de Educación trabajará arduamente para hacer que esta transición sea fluida con la ayuda y orientación del equipo administrativo del Distrito. Se contratará un superintendente interino para apoyar al Distrito el próximo año escolar. Además, el Distrito contratará una empresa de búsqueda para ayudar a encontrar al candidato adecuado para el superintendente para el distrito. El Distrito pide paciencia y apoyo a la comunidad en las próximas semanas. El Distrito continuará enfocándose en lo que hace mejor, asegurando el mejor ambiente de aprendizaje para sus estudiantes.

Last week, the Middle South Orchestras performed a concert at the school’s Open House.  The piece, Dancing in the Air, was arranged specifically for the Middle South orchestra by the composer Edgar Gabriel (an Elmhurst College violin professor). The students had the unique experience of collaborating with a living composer as he arranged the piece. Through the process, he visited Middle School South to explain how he creates new compositional ideas and works with the students on their “groove.” Dancing in the Air featured eighth graders Sophia K. and Evan S. on electric instrument solos and Jean L. on drums.
Student presents project

Sixth-grade students in Ms. Corush’s language arts classes at Middle School South are learning how to give presentations and build their speaking skills through a multi-genre research project. This assignment focuses on personalized learning so the students could choose whichever topic they wanted as well as how they wanted to present the information researched. Students did not write a traditional research paper, but instead, wrote research using various genres they chose. Each student had up to seven minutes to present his/her topic to the classroom. Some topics include the Titanic, Lyme disease, Ellen Degeneres, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Michael Phelps. Classmates asked good questions, which the presenters answered with ease.


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With MAP testing around the corner and May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Student Council is hosting a Hawthorn Is Healthy Week. Here are the activities for each day:

Monday 5/14: Healthy Tips
Student Council will be posting healthy tips throughout the school.

Tuesday 5/15: Inspirational Posters Day
Homerooms will be making posters showcasing inspirational quotes. The posters will be hung around the building.

  • 6th Grade: Positive Self Image Quotes
  • 7th Grade: Kindness Towards Others Quotes
  • 8th Grade: Finishing the Year Strong

Wednesday 5/16: Relaxation Homeroom
Student Council will be sending out a video promoting relaxation and meditation to be watched during homeroom on this day.

Thursday 5/17: Spreading Positive Words
Student Council will be placing positive messages on each locker.

Friday 5/18: Wear Green for Mental Health Awareness Month


Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors of Mary Poppins Jr., the 2018 Middle School South play. The audience was treated to quite a performance on Friday and Saturday evening.


Under the direction of David Kleinschmidt, Middle School South is presenting Mary Poppins Jr., a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. During an 8 a.m. performance on April 26, the cast showed their awesome acting, dancing and singing talents. Many thanks to all the parents and crew for helping to make this show a success. The musical will also be performed April 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m.

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Please assist the Key to 73 Education Foundation choose an inaugural gift for each Hawthorn school.  The Key to 73 Education Foundation was established to raise private sector funds to support the goals of the District’s Strategic Plan. In its first year, the foundation would like to present each school with a gift to be used by all of the students. Please take a short survey to help select the option most valued by all for each school.

Trigonometry Class

The advanced algebra class at Middle School South has begun their trigonometry unit. As part of understanding angle of elevation and the use of the trigonometric ratios, the students built hypsometers (an instrument for measuring height or elevation). They used a straw attached to a protractor for sighting, and a string and a paper clip as the plumb line to read the angle on the protractor. They then attempted to use the device to calculate the height of the flag-pole and the height of the ceiling in the commons area. Besides achieving a deeper understanding of trigonometry and its uses, they learned how hard it can be to take accurate measurements.