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Teachers are accustomed to receiving many things, but yesterday they encountered something a little different–pies in their faces. The pies were thrown by sixth-grade students at Middle South who were celebrating their improved MAP scores. They received a certain number of raffle tickets depending on how much their reading and math scores improved. They could choose to put their tickets into jars for prizes to local restaurants as well as for t-shirts and stuffed animals. But some put all their tickets into a jar to pie a particular teacher or District Superintendent Dr. Hannigan. Everyone had fun at this MAP Growth Celebration. 

On behalf of the entire Hawthorn community, thank you for all of your support throughout this school year! We are grateful for the partnership, support, and care you provided to your children, our students. We have leaned on you more than ever this year to help us as we all worked to improve student achievement and social-emotional development for students. We are wishing you a relaxing and fun-filled summer!

Here are upcoming dates:

  • June 04th, 2021 – Last student attendance day for 6th and 7th graders
  • August 23rd, 2021 – First Day of School

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We are wishing you and your family a Happy Memorial Day weekend! The Messenger lists important dates and reminders!

students debating

The debates are on! Sixth-graders in Mrs. Corush’s writing class at Middle South competed against their peers on Tuesday. They provided opening statements, arguments and closing statements. The topics included “Should college be free?” “Should homework be banned?” and “Should animal testing be banned?” They had fun as they built their public speaking and critical thinking skills. 

We are excited to invite you to celebrate with the Hawthorn Class of 2021! Our promotion ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 01st, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at the Vernon Hills High School Cougars Stadium on Rust-Oleum Field.

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Dear future 6th grade families and students:

Congratulations on the upcoming completion of your 5th grade year! We are so excited to welcome you to middle school! In order to welcome you to our school, we are planning the following events:

  • Please click here for a welcome message from some of our current middle school students.
  • Parent/Guardian orientation August of 2021 – Stay tuned!
  • Student orientation August of 2021 – Stay tuned!

As always, if we can be of any assistance, please contact us.

  • Middle School North – 847-990-4400
  • Middle School South – 847-990-4100


Robert Collins – Middle School North Principal
Jenna Stern – Middle School North Assistant Principal

Rob Natale – Middle School South Principal
Natalie Mares – Middle School South Assistant Principal

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Un Taller de Educación para los Padres

Join us and a panel of experts for our in-person, Parent Education Workshop Series and the Stay Out of My Room Display! This is an English and Spanish event open to ALL Community Parents.

Tuesday, May 4th 7PM-9PM

6:30pm Doors Open for Registration and Information Mundelein High School Auditorium

1350 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein, IL 60060

Students on Zoom call

The art of persuasion was the focus of letters sixth-grade writing class students at Middle South wrote to Vernon Hills Mayor Roger Byrne. They wrote these letters as though they were the Vernon Hills Chief of Police asking the mayor for a canine unit. Chief of Police Kreis reviewed the letters and joined Zoom calls with each class.  He praised the students for the important points they made in their letters and explained the benefits and challenges of adding a canine unit to the police department. 

Students playing in a field

Eighth-grade band students at Middle South were very excited about playing outside for the first time this week. They wore special masks that were suited for their particular instruments. The students have not played in person for more than a year! Great to hear them play again.