Growing Together
On Thursday, May 10th, Middle South will operate on an Early Release Schedule.  Lunch will be served that day and students will be dismissed at 11:10am. Please see the attached schedule.
heart monitors

What do you think happens when students exercise prior to math and reading classes? They do better in their classes. A high school in Naperville found that students performing below grade level in reading and math made significant improvements in these classes after they participated in Learning Readiness Physical Education (LRPE). LRPE was designed based on research indicating that students who are physically active are more academically alert and experience growth in brain cells or enhancement in brain development. Data consistently show that since the inception of the program, students who participated in LRPE increased their literacy and math capabilities.

PE instructors have brought the Naperville program to Middle School South. During gym, students are asked to perform up to 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity within their target zones. They wear heart monitors so that the instructors can see where the students are at in terms of meeting their goals.  The students that attend math or reading classes following PE have grown more on standardized tests compared to students without LRPE. The instructors are continuing to track these students and monitor their growth. At risk students are the focus. LRPE scheduling changes for the 2018-2019 year are already in the works.

Growing Together

On Friday, May 4th, Middle South will operate on an Advisory schedule. Please see the attached schedule.

EXTENDED until Thursday, May, 3rd

PTO has a tradition of celebrating our Teachers and Staff during the month of May. This year we will celebrate the week of May 7th. Please see the attached flyer to help donate food items, paper goods or a monetary donation.

PTO Letter



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.

On Tuesday, May 4th, Mrs. Corush and Miss Eiter’s writing class had a silent debate in class to practice creating solid arguments and counter-arguments.  In teams, students had to think of ideas to help support the question asked.  Then, as they switched sides, they had to write a counter-argument under the opposing sides original argument.  We had a blast learning about argumentative writing today! This amazing lesson was inspired be the work of ur writing teacher: Jacqui Ray.

Congratulations to Coach Krippinger and the Middle School South Scholastic Bowl Team for capturing the 2018 IESA Regional Championship!

It was a truly impressive display of wits from our students! The team won all 3 matches in convincing fashion. First, Middle South beat Fremont 240-155. They followed that up with a victory over Wauconda by a margin of 300-50. In the final match, Middle South faced Hawthorn North, dismantling them for the Regional Title 305-130! We couldn’t be more proud!

Best of luck to coach Krippinger and the Scholastic Bowl Team as they advance to the IESA Sectional Competition!
On April 25th members of Student Council and Mr. Sementa’s Social Entrepreneurship IMS class earned their way to attend WE Chicago’s WE Day at the Allstate arena. This event brings together students from all across Illinois to celebrate their work in completing at least 1 local and 1 global service learning project this past year.
Students were inspired by listening to Julia Gillard, Esera Tuaolo, Margaret Trudeau, Lonnie Chavis, Myreanna Smith and Ava Santos-Volpe talk about the power of this generation and its ability affect social change in communities across the globe.

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.

In Mrs. Reese’s science classes, students were able to explore Gregor Mendel’s contributions to their study of genetics by dissecting a daffodil. Mendel worked with pea plants and his scientific research became the basis for the principles of heredity.​

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.

Hawthorn Middle School South is proud to honor two of our 8th grade students as recipients of this years Illinois Principals Association award.
Isabelle P.
Her love of service, combined with her leadership position at Middle South has afforded her a wonderful opportunity to be a leader at Middle South.  As Student Council Secretary, Isabelle and the leadership team worked with the WE organization to lead fundraising efforts and service projects for the school and the community.  Isabelle has also helped pack emergency backpacks for all classrooms in Hawthorn District 73.  For Isabelle, participating in community service projects is a part of who she is and what she believes in.  She hopes to continue her bringing awareness of local and global issues as she moves beyond Middle School.
Mary D.
Mary is a wonderful candidate for an award that honors service to the school and others.  Here at Middle School South, Mary is part of Jazz Band and Pep Club, and she started a Bridge Club at school.  Outside of school, she plays softball for the Cougars travel team, is a part of the Mundelein Luck Ducks 4-H Club, and organizes book drives with the 4-H Ambassador Club.  Mary also volunteers a great deal through her church; she participates in service days , is an assistant teacher for Sunday school classes, and helps set up church retreats.  Mary is an all-around amazing student and peer, and the team of teachers is continually impressed with her passion for learning and sense of citizenship.