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.

Growing Together

8th Grade Science Assessment

All 8th graders at Hawthorn Middle School South will be taking the 8th Grade Science Assessment on Monday, April 23rd from 8:25 to 9:25am.  Please be sure students eat a healthy breakfast, are on time, and try to keep appointments to after testing time if possible.

Donations Needed for 8th Grade Dance. The 8th Grade Dance Committee is seeking donations for snack and paper good items for the 8th Grade Dance on May 11th.

Please read the attached letter for information on how to sign up to donate. Questions can be directed towards Silvia Robles (

Dance Donations
On Thursday, April 19th, 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.
Growing Together
On Friday, April 20th, Middle South will operate on an Advisory schedule.
Please see the attached schedule.
8th Grade Students: Here is a great opportunity to get acquainted with  VHHS and even get to know one of the teachers: Take a “Just for Fun” Summer Math Course.
Recreational Mathematics will cover branches of mathematics that are not discussed in a typical high school curriculum. Specifically, we will study the mathematics behind magic squares, logic puzzles, Rubik’s cubes, origami, topology, game theory, and much more. The only prerequisite is to have natural curiosity.
You need to register by next Friday 4/20/18
Grades: 9-12


Date:  6/5/2018 – 6/14/2018
Days:  Mo, Tu, We, Th
Time:  7:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Location:  Libertyville High School:
Price:  $125.00
Congratulations Coaches Malec and Wilgus on a phenomenal Bowling season! They have brought  excitement for bowling back to Middle School South.
This past Saturday, our top bowlers competed in the IESA Sectional in Dixon. Of our 8 competing bowlers, we had 4 qualify for the IESA State Bowling Tournament!!!  A special shout out and thank you to Glennah McMahon for driving all the way to Dixon to assist with our bowlers. We are truly appreciative!
The IESA State Bowling tournament will take place this Friday and Saturday in Joliet.  Good luck to all the bowlers headed to State!
Come out & join us for a Fun Family Fitness Night at Townline Elementary School – Friday, April 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm (doors open @ 6 pm).
100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! 

This event is open to all families & schools (k thru 8), the minimum age is 5 to participate. $10 per person (with advance registration), $15 at the door. $25 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store: 

All those registered will be automatically entered into a FREE raffle to win a Leap Frog Epic Academy Edition Device

Fun was had by both students and faculty at the Spring Break Assembly on Friday, March 23rd.  Chorus and Jazz band entertained both students and staff. There was an engaging volleyball game between staff and students with the staff winning 19-11, along with a fun game of musical chairs featuring select teachers.  The Wrestling, Girls Volleyball, and Boys Volleyball were all introduced.  Last but not least, the raffle for Caught Being Good names were pulled.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Students in Ms. McMahon’s 6th grade science class used Google virtual reality cardboard to view the August 2017, Great American Solar Eclipse. This experiences was tied to their astronomy science curriculum.


Tommy Diesen

Congratulations to Hawthorn Middle School South eighth-grade student Tommy Diesen. Tommy wrote an argumentative essay about whether or not schools should have the right to monitor student social media accounts for the Bill of Rights Institute’s annual “We the Students” Essay Contest. Tommy’s entry earned an honorable mention, which was accompanied by a $500 prize! He is also featured on the essay contest website.