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!

Hawthorn PTO Fundraiser: “Family Fun & Fitness Night”

Come join in the Dance Fitness, Yoga & Agility Class for parents and Kids!  All proceeds will benefit the Hawthorn PTO.

Date:  Friday, January 25, 2019

Time:  6:30- 7:30 pm

Location:  Townline Elementary School

You can find all the information and Register at the PTO Store.

2019 PTO Family Fitness

Mundelein High School Class of 2023

On Wednesday January 23rd, we are hosting our Class of 2023 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair at Mundelein High School  This evening is intended for both parents and students.The program will include an overview of our academic programs and an orientation to our course selection process. We will distribute our placement recommendation for your child’s core classes for 2019-2020 school year, the date and time of your child’s course selection appointment, and registration materials.
We ask that parents and students with last names A-L arrive at the MHS auditorium by 6:00 pm for a 40 minute presentation on our curricular programs. Parents and students with last names M-Z should attend the 7:15 pm session in the auditorium. The presentation will be offered in Spanish during both sessions. The Activities and Athletics Fair will be hosted in the Main Gym immediately following the formal presentation.
We look forward to seeing you on January 23rd. Please call 847-949-2200 ext.1303 or email atjness@d120.orgwith any questions regarding Class of 2023 Curriculum Night and Activities/Athletics Fair.


En el Miércoles, 23 de enero, estamos organizando nuestra Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023 y la Feria de Actividades / Atletismo en la Escuela Secundaria
Mundelein. Esta noche es para padres y estudiantes. El programa incluirá una descripción general de nuestros programas académicos y una orientación sobre nuestro proceso de selección de cursos. Distribuiremos nuestra recomendación de ubicación para las clases principales de su estudiante para el año escolar 2019-2020, la fecha y hora de la cita de selección de cursos de su hijo, y los materiales de inscripción.
Pedimos que los padres y estudiantes con apellidos A-L lleguen al auditorio de MHS antes de las 6:00 p.m. para una presentación de 40 minutos sobre nuestros programas curriculares. Los padres y estudiantes con el apellido M-Z deben asistir a la sesión a las 7:15 p.m. en el auditorio. La presentación también se ofrecerá en español durante ambas sesiones. La feria de Actividades y Atletismo se realiza en el gimnasio principal inmediatamente después de la presentación formal.
Esperamos verte el 23 de enero. Llame al 847-949-2200 ext.1303 o envíe un correo electrónico ajness@d120.orgcon cualquier pregunta relacionada con la Noche de Currículo de la Clase del 2023 y la Feria de Actividades / Atletismo.

Cheer Team Takes Fifth at State

Congrats to our Cheer team along with Coach Lardo and Coach Parmley! These girls did an outstanding job in Peoria!  They came in fifth at State! There were 18 teams in their division.


Girls Night of Code Logo

Girls Night of Code is Postponed

Girls Night of Code, originally scheduled for Jan. 18,  will be postponed to February 15th due to logistical issues.

Event Details:

Date: February 15th, 2019

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Vernon Hills High School (145 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061)

Eligibility: Girls from grades 6-8 from Hawthorn Middle School North or South.

FYI: Girls who attended last year are welcome to attend again this year, but they will be put on a wait list if the event reaches capacity to allow girls who haven’t experienced the event to attend.

To sign up, visit:


The purpose of this event is to help close the gender gap in STEM fields by exposing middle school girls to different technical careers. Girls can explore computer science in a constructive learning environment, and learn about the day to day life of STEM professionals. Last year, our guest speakers were Ms. Janice Kapinos, the Vice President of IT from Rust-Oleum, as well as Ms. Lavanya Iyer who is a Vernon Hills High School Alumn. Accompanying Ms. Kapinos was Ms. Lakshmi Thota who is a SAP professional. They spoke about their experiences as women in STEM and how they overcame many difficulties in their professions. Girls can also participate in activities like coding mobile applications, and making their own programs for a small robot. Mr. Lueken also provides information on High School CS Courses to the eighth graders. This event is free to attend, and all girls will receive free swag. Dinner will be served to all attendees.

science experiment

Kinetic Energy in Action

Science Club students weaved craft sticks into a kinetic energy experiment. It was quite a success! Next time they will try to make it even longer.

spelling bee

Spelling Bee Challenges Students

Eight students participated in Middle School North’s annual Spelling Bee on January 10.  These students received top scores on spelling tests given in all sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes. Congratulations to the winner, Ryan D.R., and the runner up, Demetri P. All the participants did a great job.


Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Hawthorn Middle School students will be taking the Illinois 5Essentials Survey during the week of January 28th.  Parents are also invited to take the survey.  Please read a letter from MSN Principal Collins and Asst. Principal Trowbridge:

Illinois 5Essentials Survey Information


The Chemistry of Fire

Firefighter and paramedic Tony Rodkey, with the Countryside Fire Protection District, gave a presentation on the chemistry of fire to the eighth grade science classes at Middle School North.

Students in art class

Hawthorn Enrichment Institute Registration Begins Feb. 1

Hawthorn is excited to bring another year of summer programming designed to expand the education horizon for our students. We are offering many new types of project based learning courses and opportunities in the areas of core academics, the arts and athletics. The program, open to all kindergarten through eighth-grade Hawthorn District 73 students, will take place at Townline Elementary, 810 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.

  • Session 1 (grades 1 – 8) July 8 – July 19 Fee: $280
  • Session 2 (grades 1 – 8) July 22 – August 2 Fee: $280
  • Kindergarten dates: July 8 – August 2 Fee: $560.00
  • Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
  • Hawthorn will be offering before care in the Townline cafeteria from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Cost: $100 per session

For more information and to view the course descriptions in English and Spanish, visit the HEI page of our website. If you have questions, please call: 847-489-5598 or email:

Walk a Marathon participants

Walking a Marathon

Dec. 18 was the final day of the Hawthorn Middle Marathon, in which students were challenged to walk 26.2 miles by holiday break. On specific days from October to December they walked approximately two miles from 2:15 to 3 p.m. either outdoors or in the Middle North hallways. They tracked their miles with a punch card. On Dec. 18, the last day of the walk, students received certificates and prizes. The Hawthorn Middle Marathon is a free program sponsored by Hawthorn schools and the Vernon Hills Park District.


Time to Make Gingerbread Houses

Middle School North’s Garden Club held a special holiday event on Dec. 17.  They invited students from several other programs to make gingerbread houses. Ms. Herman showed the students how to piece together the frames for the houses. Then the students had fun decorating their houses with icing and colorful candy.