This We Believe – Keys to Educating Young Adolescents

The following chart will explain 16 characteristics for successfully educating our students.

This We Believe – Color Chart of Essential Attributes and 16 Characteristics.

Differentiation in Middle Grades

Did you ever wonder what Differentiation really means and how it is used in the middle school?  Here is a great explanation.

Middle Level Differentiation

Middle North Participates in Illinois Solar Schools Program

Middle School North, under the direction of teacher Doug Shearer is chosen to participate in the Solar Schools Program.  The Illinois Solar Schools and Illinois Wind Schools Program, sponsored by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, teaches the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency to K-12 students. By turning school buildings into hands-on science experiments, this program makes science fun and teaches students how their everyday actions can positively impact the environment.

You can read the story of our program Energy Seeds from Mr. Paul Wallace, Com Ed Senior Lead.

Follow along with us HERE as we create and study energy created from the panels installed on the roof of our school.  Click on the Show Solar Data for up to the minute information, just as our students will be doing.  The link Solar School Data is also available under the Student Links for easy access.

Student Online Meal Payment
Hawthorn students are part of the online meal prepayment/management system from Meals Plus called Lunch Pre Pay. This a a secure and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student’s meal account using a credit or debit card. Parents can easily check the account balance and review student purchases through a simple-to-use 90 day history report. You may also sign up to receive a low balance email notification.

Families are urged to begin using To register for the program you will need to first go online and setup an account for each student. The account requires your child’s student ID number, which each family receives in early September. (If you do not receive your child’s ID after school begins, please contact the Middle North Office at 947-990-4400 and they will assist you.) There is no membership fee for Hawthorn parents to use this system, however there is a $1.95 transaction fee to cover bank/credit card processing fees.
Please register today:

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Summer Reading List

Time is passing quickly.  Have you read your summer books yet?  Check out the Summer Reading List and also the Reading Log.

PE Uniforms and Locks

PE uniforms and locks will no longer be able to be purchased at school.  New students will need 2 locks, one for their classroom locker and one for their PE locker.

Beginning July 5th, you can purchase all student’s PE uniforms and locks at

 Sports 11
838 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville IL
847 680-1511


Important Information: Middle North and South and VHHS Athletics

Hawthorn Middle Schools North and South and Vernon Hills High School will only be allowing a student athlete to join an athletic program if the student athlete has a physical that will be valid for the entire season.

Clarification: the sports physical does not cover the comprehensive needed for entry to 6th or 9th grade.  Students who take the comprehensive exam will be covered athletically, if the doctor checks the participation box on that comprehensive form.  The students would not need both physicals.

To help families get on the “right” physical cycle, we are partnering with Accelerated Rehabilitation Services to offer $20 (Please make checks Payable to Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers) Sports Physicals on the following dates:

● Wednesday June 5 – 12pm-3pm – Vernon Hills HS First come – First Served at VHHS

●Monday June 10 – 2pm-7pm – Hawthorn Middle North

Sign up HERE


If you have questions, please call:
VHHS Athletics – 847-932-2023 or 847-932-2022

Hawthorn Athletics – 847-990-4482

Parent/Guardians of Incoming Sixth Graders and Incoming Freshman – the Sports Physical your child will receive will allow them to participate in sports, but you will still need to get a comprehensive physical examination to enter Middle School or High School. 

You can print the informational flyer here:  Summer Physicals Flyer

Middle North Photo Albums

MN has so many exciting things happening daily.  You can see photos

in the Photo Albums.  Come back often for updated photos.