The goal of our advisory program is to establish a school wide environment of mutual respect of individual differences. Our theme this year is that everyone has a superpower within, meaning that everyone has their own special gifts and talents.

On Friday, November 15th, each grade level participated and shared activities.

6th Grade: Students were asked to draw an “app” that represents something they bring to their homeroom. Students shared with their homeroom the talent/skill/trait that they bring to their team. The “apps” were taped to the iPod background on the homeroom door.

7th Grade: Discussions included creating a safe classroom environment and helping to foster mutual respect.

8th Grade: Discussions were about Bullying and on the definition of Bystander and Upstander


Students, families and staff members at Hawthorn Middle South gather up your gently used (and new) coats in an effort to make sure everyone stays warm this winter. For the past several years, the school has collected and distributed hundreds of coats in all sizes. This year’s Coat Drive takes place during the month of November. If you have something you would like to give, please consider bringing the items into the Middle South office or emailing Student Council Advisor Mary Castellano at


Hawthorn Middle South marked Veteran’s Day by honoring local veterans during a November 8th breakfast at the school. Over sixty veterans and their families took part in the student council sponsored event, which offered breakfast, music, and student interviews. It was an opportunity for all to express their thanks and to learn some of the experiences of our local heroes.

Anthony Morgan is a former professional American Football wide receiver who played six seasons for the Chicago Bears. On Thursday, October 31, Anthony helped Middle South kick off their in-school nutrition campaign, Fuel Up To Play 60. It is a nationwide movement empowering kids to take control of their own health. Schools all over the country are improving their health and wellness environment in fun and engaging ways. Our 8th Grade TRY students are encouraging all of our students to JOIN Fuel up To Play 60.  Schools gain recognition based on their level of involvement with the program. Students also receive rewards and recognition for their efforts.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated around the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends.  Check out student projects.

Student Council is sponsoring its Annual Coat Drive from October 14  – November 30.

Help out with Adopt-A-Family

  • Donate gently used new hats
  • Donate gently used new gloves
  • Donate gently used new jackets

Donate a gift of Warmth this Winter Season.

Drop off your items at the Middle South Office.

Annual coat drive


Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children. Our food service Sodexo, provides a daily breakfast with a variety of foods including fresh fruit, low fat milk, 100% juice and a well balanced nutritious list of healthy grain items.

There is always a hot item and 2 to go breakfast choice options. Students are allowed to come  to the cafeteria before school and enjoy a healthy breakfast. It is clear that there are many benefits to a healthy breakfast, not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but it can make a positive difference in a child’s performance and enhance their learning.


Please Volunteer!  Hawthorn is working with CEC to develop a strategic plan for the District. We are working to gather a group of 50 people representing a variety of experiences and interests. If you are interested in being considered, please return the Strategic Plan Volunteer Application by November 22.

Please Take the Survey!  All community members are encouraged to provide their insight by taking a brief online survey – only six questions and you may remain anonymous.

For more information, check the web article, Hawthorn Joins with Center for Educational Change to Develop Strategic Plan.


The students of Hawthorn Middle South cordially invite local veterans to their annual Breakfast of Appreciation on Friday, November 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The breakfast offers students the opportunity to honor our local heroes, thank them for their dedication to our nation, and learn about their history.  If you know of a local veteran, please share this invitation. For more information please RSVP by Monday, November 4th to 847-990-4121

Vision and Hearing testing for new students, special education students and all 8th grade students will be given by our school nurse.  Testing will begin the week of November 4th. If your child does have glasses, please encourage him/her to wear them during school hours.

On October 25th, over 400 students from Hawthorn Middle North, Middle South and Oak Grove gathered at Oak Grove School for the annual Snowflake celebration.  This is a self esteem program with drug and alcohol related topics.  The 7th and 8th graders began their activities right after school with snacks, small group sessions and a motivational speaker.  After an evening meal, parents joined the function for an outstanding presentation. Thank you to the students and parents who participated in this great evening, to the Oak Grove community for hosting, our social workers, Cathy Logsdon and John Langelund and to all of the volunteers who made this important event possible.

Everybody has Super Powers Within, this culminated our “Black Out Bullying” week.  Everyone has superman T-shirts- different colors for different teams.

Check out the photo.



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