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orchestra performing

Middle School South’s seventh and eighth grade orchestra students are making some beautiful music.


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District 128 invites you to a special screening of Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. The screening will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Vernon Hills High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Reserve your spot:

Geography Bee

On Tuesday, Jan. 29th, Middle South held its annual Geography Bee. Congratulations to eighth grader Jonah H. for his 1st place finish and Ryan C. who placed 2nd in the Geography Bee! Jonah will now take the state level test in the hopes of competing in the State Bee. Congratulations to all students that participated. Good luck Jonah!



students in spelling bee

In a hard fought, back and forth spelling bee at Middle School South, the winner was Jeffrey B. His championship word was “effulgent”. Finishing in second place was Libby Y. Jeffrey and Libby went back and forth for 10 rounds before a champion was crowned. In total their were 26 rounds.


All who attended Wednesday’s concert were treated to beautiful playing by the MSS Chamber Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, and 7/8th Grade Orchestra. Congratulations to all the students who did a wonderful job with their pieces. We’re continually impressed by your dedication and growth as musicians. Thank you to MSS Orchestra Director, Samantha May, for your continual work with students in their music education journey. You coordinated a beautiful concert tonight. Also, a special thanks to Jennifer Greenwell, Pam Stanley, Haemi Lee, MSS staff, and the Orchestra parents for your support this evening.

Winners Standing Together

Sixth graders Neha K. (poetry) and Aanya G. (nonfiction) each placed first at the PageBreak literary festival at Stevenson High School on Saturday! Students that wished to participate in PageBreak submitted a literary work (either poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) and winners were chosen for each grade level. The contest was open to all schools that feed into Stevenson High School.


Choral Fest

Bravissimo to our Middle School North and Middle School South choir students for their performance last night with Vernon Hills High School students at the annual Choral Festival. The students sounded great!

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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 73 has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplemental survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your student’s school and guide improvement. To take the survey, please visit the 5Essentials Survey webpage and select the appropriate survey to begin.

Students in art class

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 take place at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

  • Session 1 (grades 1 – 8) July 8 – July 19 Fee: $280
  • Session 2 (grades 1 – 8) July 22 – August 2 Fee: $280
  • Kindergarten dates: July 8 – August 2 Fee: $560.00
  • Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Hawthorn will be offering before care in the Townline cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Cost: $100 per session

For more information and to view the course descriptions in English and Spanish, visit the HEI page of our website. If you have questions, please call: 847-489-5598 or email:

Students studying Ice cores
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 weeks, with each layer containing a different substance. Students were asked to generate observations and inferences about each layer to determine past climate conditions and environmental features.
students in classroom

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!

students with their 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. On these characters, students used textual evidence from their novel to include a character analysis, a character comparison, a plot diagram, a persuasive summary, the theme of the novel, and an analysis of symbols and allusions incorporated in the novel. Students had a fun time creating and presenting their Life-Size Characters!