Parents Invitation to Google Classroom

Dear Middle School Parents/Guardians,

Within the next few days, you should be receiving an email from Google Classroom inviting you to receive “Email Summaries” for your student. These summaries can be sent to you daily, weekly, or you can opt out of receiving them.

You can learn more about Guardian Email Summaries here:

MSN Google Invitation – ENG

MSN Google Invitation – Español


You will need to make sure you logged into your personal email account, and your account only, when you accept this invitation. Please log out of any other Google/Gmail accounts before accepting the invitation. If you do not take this step, the parent summaries from Google Classroom will be sent to the wrong account.

Items left on the Bus

Any ChromeBooks or electronic devices left on the bus must be picked up at Lakeside Transportation, 2794 Northwestern Avenue, Waukegan, IL   60087. For GPS purposes, please enter 2800 Northwestern Avenue, Waukegan, IL   60087

AWE: Accelerated Weekend Experience

Hawthorn District 73 is offering a unique learning opportunity for academically talented students in grades 3 through 8.  In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects in science, technology and engineering.

The two-day AWE courses will be held at Hawthorn Middle School NORTH, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., both Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th.

See full information here:

AWE Parent Information Letter

coding robotic balls

Coding Sphero Robotic Balls

Eighth grade STEM students have been learning how to code the Sphero robotic balls. After much practice, they are now working on their own projects demonstrating their knowledge of Oval coding language. The boys are coding Sphero to go through a maze, while the girls chose to code Sphero to “release all the animals in their cages” (knock over the cups) so the poachers cannot get them and send them away to zoos!

Welcome to Ellis Island

On September 8, the eighth-grade students in Ms. Balmes’ and Mr. McKenzie’s Social Studies classes learned about the immigrant experience by role playing scenes representing the process that took place on Ellis Island.

Unconfirmed Report About a Male Approaching Students

The District has received an unconfirmed report about a male approaching students and offering them a ride.

Letter to Parents (English)

Letter to Parents (Spanish)

Supply drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Starting Monday, September 11, we will be hosting a supply drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  Items accepted are water, canned food, school supplies, new socks, and new underwear.  We are shipping these to HISD (Houston School District).  The winning grade level will receive a treat during lunch the following week.  We will come around and collect items next Thursday.  Winners will be announced the following Monday.  

MSN Curriculum Night 9/13 6:00 pm

 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:00 pm

Walk your child’s schedule, meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum.  You can see the evening’s schedule, by grade, here:

Curriculum Night 2017

Curriculum Night – Español

MSN 6th Grade Curriculum Night

MSN 7th Grade Curriculum Night

MSN 8th Grade Curriculum Night


8th Grade T-Shirt Design Contest

8th Grade Students: This is your opportunity to create an eagle drawing for the front of this year’s 8th grade t-shirt. The 8th graders will be voting on their top choice after all entries have been submitted. You may stop by the office to check out the winners from past years.  See complete contest details here:

8th Grade T-Shirt Design Contest

8th grade STEM lab students

One project choice 8th grade STEM lab students have is to participate in a Breakout Edu game. Breakout Edu brings “Escape Room” strategy to the classroom. In these games, students use teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and troubleshooting to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box. This is an engaging and memorable experience that the students do not forget! 

STEM 7th Grade

7th graders in STEM lab are busy working on their personalized learning projects.  Students choose what they’d like to work on, and apply their own interests and learning styles to it. Students in the pictures below are building paper rollercoasters, practicing typing, learning to write code, building and printing in 3D, and building video games.