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Seventh grade students were able to experience “taxation without representation” firsthand in Mrs. Hill’s social studies class.  Mrs. Hill dressed as King George III and taxed the kids throughout their lesson on the Intolerable Acts.

Ellis Island Simulation

What was it like for people immigrating to the United States when they passed through Ellis Island, once the country’s busiest immigration and inspection station? Eighth-grade social studies students at Middle School South got a chance to experience Ellis Island for themselves. They filled out forms, waited in line for health screenings, and answered questions about their background and character. Most got to recite the loyalty oath, but some were deported.

Fireman Tony with the Countryside Fire Department gave a presentation on fire safety to sixth-grade science classes at Middle School South. He spoke about the importance of changing batteries in fire detectors every six months, and installing a fire detector on every level of a home. He also spoke about sprinklers and how they release 15 gallons of water per minute when they are activated.  Using a mobile demonstration unit, he showed how quickly a fire can be stopped by a single sprinkler.

On the evening of Friday, September 7th, the 8th grade band students from Hawthorn Middle South joined the Middle North 8th graders to play a combined performance with the VHHS Pep Band at the football game in Vernon Hills.

This is an annual event, preceded by a barbecue, lots of laughter, and the new experiences that come with joining the high schoolers as they get a taste of Band next year as Freshmen.

Lots of music, lots of smiles, and and wonderful time was had by all!  Thanks to Randy Sundell (director), Drew Russell (asst. director) and all the parents who helped serve dinner and take care of the kids!  Thanks to all the parents who allowed their children to experience a little taste of high school!  


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

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.



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.

Foundation logo

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.