Students looking at exhibits

What Caused the Dust Bowl?

Middle School North’s eighth-grade social studies classes participated in a gallery walk last week in which they presented their projects on what caused the Dust Bowl. Students moved from one display to the next, asking questions and leaving notes on how they felt about each presentation. There was plenty of interaction and engagement as students discussed the ingredients that came together to cause the Dust Bowl and wondered if something like the Dust Bowl could ever happen again.

Season 4 Activity Bus Letter and Application

Student sign up for Season 4 will begin on Friday, February 15, 2019 and conclude on Monday, February 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM.

●The Activity Bus start date for Season 3 will begin on April 1, 2019 and run through May 3, 2019.  You can find the full information here as well as under Parent Links above.

Activity Bus Season 4 2019 Application Form

Activity Bus Season 4 Letter 2019

District Parent Workshop to Host Two Parent Evenings

The Hawthorn middle school social workers have teamed up again with District 128 and their feeder schools to bring you two wonderful, informative parent evenings.  

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Vernon Hills High School  for a special screening of the indie film Angst; Raising Awareness around Anxiety.  Feel free to bring your adolescent with you to view the film and follow-up panel.  The film is targeted for sixth graders and up. See attached flyer for registration information.
We hope you will also join us for a parent only evening: Up in Smoke: A Vaping Presentation by Andy Duran from LEAD, on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Libertyville High School Studio Theater.  Please see attached flyer for more information and how to register. 

For more information please contact Hawthorn Middle School North social workers, Lori Rockoff ( or Brian Van (

Science Olympiad Team Shines at West Ottawa Invitational

Congratulations to the Hawthorn Middle North Science Olympiad team for winning second place at the West Ottawa Invitational. On Saturday, February 2nd, the team members competed against 35 other teams at West Ottawa High School in 23 science related events. Over 14 individual team medals were received including first place finishes in Experimental Design (Apsara/ Brian / Anika) and Herpetology (Jessica / Ananya) and second place finishes in Disease Detectives (Anika / Ben F), Roller Coaster (Anton/ Jessica) and Solar System (Aleksey / Ben F). Congratulations to all of our Science Olympiad team members and coaches! You make us proud.

8th Grade Snow Tubing Fun

A great group of 8th graders had a fun chilly evening snow tubing at Wilmot. Shout out to Mr. Cantagallo and Ms. McMahon for being great chaperones. We all had a great time!! Also thanks to Ms. Harris and the 8th grade team for setting up this field trip! 

Students acting their parts

The Great Depression Comes to Middle School North

On Tuesday, January 22nd, the students in Mr. McKenzie and Ms. Balmes’ eighth grade social studies classes were once again thrown back into time. During the 1930s, soup kitchens were an extreme necessity for the downtrodden of the Great Depression. The students had an “enjoyable” time reliving the history, commiserating in their Great Depression experiences, and yes, even were able to enjoy a bit of soup and bread.

Vernon Hills Enrollment Process Dates Revised Due to Weather

Hello, 8th Grade Families.
Due to predicted extreme weather conditions and school cancellations, multiple aspects of the Vernon Hills High School enrollment process have been revised:

  • L-Z 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, families with last name L-Z and those unable to come last week will meet in the VHHS Auditorium on Monday, February 4th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please note, this event will no longer include the activity fair.
  • Course recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year will now mailed to families on Monday, February 4th. The pink Course selection forms are now due on Monday, February 18th.
  • Optional counselor appointments on Thursday, February 8th have been cancelled. Appointments are still available on Wednesday, February 13th and Monday, February 18th. To schedule an appointment, please call 847-932-2002.

Snowy Day

After School Activities Are Canceled Tuesday

All after school activities (including the activity bus) are canceled for today – Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.

Tuesday, 1/29 Orchestra Concert is CANCELLED

The Orchestra Concert for tonight Jan. 29th @ 7:00PM is cancelled and rescheduled for February 6th @ 7:00PM. Due to weather conditions.

Incoming Freshman Orientation Postponed

Hello, 8th Grade Families. 
Due to the current and predicted weather conditions, 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, the schedule has been revised as follows: 
Families with last name A-K — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium: Thursday, January 24th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm *Will no longer include activity fairFamilies with last name L-Z — Vernon Hills High School Auditorium: Wednesday, January 30th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  *Will no longer include activity fair

If you are unable to attend your designated night, please feel free to attend the evening that works for your schedule. 
Additional details from initial invite are below: 

The overall purpose of the evening is to introduce incoming students to the educational program at VHHS and to assist families with the freshman enrollment process.  Department supervisors and administrators will be available to answer questions as you prepare for your son’s/daughter’s high school experience.

Eighth grade students are encouraged to attend the evening’s activities. The orientation offers us a chance to share the many opportunities that will be available to you at VHHS. Cougar spirit items will be available to purchase at our school store.

Parking will be available in the school’s west and east parking lots.  Additional parking will be available in the BD corporate lot west of VHHS on Lakeview Parkway.  Entrances on both sides of the school will be open.

PTO Logo

PTO Is Holding Two Events on Jan. 25

The Hawthorn PTO has planned two events this Friday, January 25. They have scheduled a restaurant night from 4 to 8 p.m. at B.Good, 875 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.  25% of sales will be donated to the PTO.

In addition, the PTO is holding a Family Fun & Fitness Night Fundraiser on Jan 25 at 6:30 p.mCome out and join the fun at Townline Elementary School. (Doors open at 6 p.m.). 100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to the PTO! This event is open to all families and schools (k thru 8). The minimum age is 5 to participate. $5 per person (with advance registration), $10 at the door. $20 max per family. Please register through the PTO Store: 

MSN Boys Volleyball Start Off with a W!

Congratulations to the boys volleyball team for taking two wins during their first week of games!


Choral Fest

Choirs Work Together to Give Great Performance at Choral Fest

Bravissimo to our Middle School North and Middle School South choir students for their performance last night with Vernon Hills High School students at the annual Choral Festival. The students sounded great!

Science Olympiad students

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team!

Hawthorn Middle School North’s Science Olympiad team received sixth place out of 40 teams at the Rockford Invitational. Over 42 medals were received by our students. The District is so proud of the results!