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Ellis Island Simulation

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 States.

model magic figures

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 multiple times, start over, discuss ideas, create rough drafts, edit, revise, and be proud of a final product.  While working, students were able to understand that this process is exactly like writing a story.  These sixth graders were super excited and proud of their final products.

Girls running

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 social skills, gaining new friends and developing confidence through fun activities, which is also a focus of the program.

“Due to the program, I feel less lonely,” said one student. “It has helped me socially. I have gotten to know more people and I am less shy.”

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strengths. Coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, participants develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with a celebratory event in which Girls on the Run teams throughout the Chicago area come together for a 5K.

band performing

The Middle School North and Middle School South Eighth Grade Pep Band had a lot of fun playing at the Vernon Hills High School football game on Friday night. The students did a great job and sounded fantastic.

Students in Spanish class

Students in Ms. Romanoff’s Spanish class at Middle School South are learning food, drink and restaurant vocabulary. They got to test their Spanish skills at a mock Spanish restaurant in their classroom. What fun!

Students using Google Viewers

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. The Google Viewers were made possible through a grant from the Key to 73 Foundation.

students in classroom

Mrs. Humboldt’s science students are applying the scientific method in class activities.

Students study bottle rocket launches

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.

Heart & Sole poster

Heart & Sole is coming to Middle School South. Each week, training and activities will help build endurance for a celebratory 5K.

Students extracting 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.

Students receiving awards

On Tuesday, May 28, Hawthorn Middle School South hosted its annual Eighth Grade Awards event. Congratulations to these eighth graders who truly went the extra mile.


Looking for something to do this summer? Vernon hills High School is offering cross country summer camp for eighth graders/ incoming freshman!