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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.
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.
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.
Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs. The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.
The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008. Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.
Childcare will be provided. Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Corush’s sixth-grade Language Arts class was the scene of a great debate. Teams debated whether an individual female committed a murder or a crime of passion. Mr. Stubenvoll, Ms. Mats and Mr. Reid served as the judges. Rebuttals will take place on Thursday.
Sixth-grade students in Ms. Klein’s music class at Middle School South learned to play African Djembe drums. They created drum rhythms for each of their names and composed a piece made up of the rhythms of their names.
About 60 veterans attended the annual Veterans Day Breakfast sponsored by the Middle School South Student Council on November 9. Student Council President Kayla L., Middle School South Principal Robert Natale and School Board President Sonali Patil welcomed the veterans.
“Democratic virtues are founding principles of the country,” said Ms. Patil. “But democracy cannot exist without freedom and freedom cannot exist without the selfless service and devotion of all our veterans. Thank you to all our service men who took the time to join us so that our younger generation can see what a hero looks like and hear your stories.”
In addition to breakfast, the veterans enjoyed performances by the school’s chorus, orchestra and band. Following the performances, Student Council members and social studies students asked the veterans questions to learn more about them. The veterans, several of whom had served in World War II, were happy to share their stories with the students.
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