Thank You to Horace Mann

Hawthorn Middle School North celebrated those students that read over the summer. Every student who read was surprised with a gift. Other lucky winners won iTune gift cards, free books, and gift cards to Barnes and Nobles. Thanks to the donation by Horace Mann, one very lucky winner won a Nook. Thanks Horace Mann!

Cheerleading and Poms Tryouts Information

If you are interested in trying out for the MN Cheerleading or Poms Squads, please see the following information.

Cheerleading tryouts, September 23-26th. In Middle School South Multipurpose room

Poms Tryouts, September 30-October 4th.  In Middle School South Multipurpose room

Clinics (mandatory) are Monday (9/23) 3:30-5, Tuesday & Wednesday (9/24-25) 3:30-5:30.Tryouts are Thursday (9/26) starting at 2:45 Girls must have attended all 3 days of clinics to tryout. They will be assigned a tryout number Wednesday to know their order and must leave the building as soon as they are done trying out. Attire needs to be school and cheer appropriate (shorts, t shirt, gym shoes). No spandex or tank tops. Hair should be pulled up.

Tryout info for poms:
Clinics (mandatory) are Monday (9/30) 3:30-5:30, Tuesday & Wednesday (10/1-10/2) 3:30-5:30. Tryouts are Friday 10/4 at 2:45.  Girls must have attended all 3 days of clinics to tryout. They will be assigned a tryout number Wednesday to know their order and must leave the building as soon as they are done trying out. Attire needs to be school and cheer appropriate (shorts, t shirt, gym shoes). No spandex or tank tops. Hair should be pulled up.

MN Girls Running Club

This club is for any girls interested in getting some exercise in after school along with socializing.  The purpose is to work toward running a 5k in the spring or just feeling good about running the mile in gym.  Everyone will be able to go at their own pace but expect to be pushed some.  We will use the parks around Middle North and Big Bear Lake.  Bring running shoes, workout clothes, and water.  The club will meet after school in the band room at 2:15 on Tuesdays and end at 3:00.  The first date is Tuesday, September 24th.

You can find the form here:

Girls Running Club

If you have any questions please contact

<a href=””> Mrs. Greenwell </a> or

<a href=””>Mrs. Brickman</a>

Health Services Information

MN Nurse, Mrs. Howard, has posted important health information and necessary forms on the Health Services link above.  If you child will not be attending school please be sure to call 847-990-4400 as early as possible.

MN Science Olympiad Team

An informational meeting about Middle North’s Science Olympiad Team will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26th, from 6:00-7:00 pm in Mr. Shearer’s classroom #304.

This meeting is for new 6th, 7th and 8th grade students interest in participating in the 2013-2014 Science Olympiad program.  Parents must also attend the meeting to hear what’s involved for you and your child.

Check out the Science Olympiad website for more information about this year’s events!  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Shearer.

You can find a refrigerator flyer here:

Science Olympiad Flyer

This Week’s Athletic Dept. News

While the new Athletic website is under construction, we want to keep all the current news still available.  Enjoy the following athletic newsletter:

MN Athletic News Week 3

Senator Link Visits Middle North

After PE teacher John Ostrander and several students presented at Tech 2013 in Springfield, Senator Terry Link wanted to see their presentation in action.  MN welcomed Senator Link last week. Mr. Ostrander, with the help of Jackie K., Abby H., and Jonathan W. gave him a tour of the school and showed the use of technology in our classrooms.  Senator Link met with several staff, and answered questions from students in the cafeteria.  You can find pictures of his visit in the Image Galleries.

Pinwheels for Peace

On Monday, September 16th all students participated in Pinwheels for Peace by creating a pinwheel in their advisory group.  On one side the student wrote their thoughts about war and peace/tolerance/living in  harmony with others.  On the other side the students visually expressed their feelings.  These pinwheels will be “planted” on the front lawn of Middle North on Friday, September 20th as a public statement and art exhibit to help celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21st.

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6th Grade Wins Attendance Challenge

Way to go 6th Graders! 6th grade won the Student Council sponsored attendance week contest. They came in first with 97% attendance. They will get to eat lunch outside one day this week, weather permitting.

Snowflake 2013: Oct. 25th

Parents, you and your child will be given the opportunity to take part in an exciting program: Snowflake 2013, held by Oak Grove and Hawthorn Schools.  Snowflake is a prevention program, which addresses a broad range of young adolescent concerns and encourages school, family, and community involvement.  It is based on the belief that providing young people with factual information, as well as opportunities for self-understanding, increases their chances for productive interaction with life.  Snowflake is a “feel good” day and is designed to keep healthy kids healthy.

SNOWFLAKE 2013 is a Friday evening event held this year at Oak Grove School.  It will be held October 25 from 2:15 – 10:00 for students and from 7:15 – 10:00 for parents. Students will be bused to Oak Grove from Hawthorn at 2:30.  Students will need a ride home at the end of the night.  Dinner and snacks will be provided for students.

You will find all the information you need here:

Snowflake Flyer

Snowflake Registration Form

Parent Letter

MN Morning Broadcast is On the Air

Enjoy a few pictures of the MN morning broadcast team in action under the direction of Mrs. Stahl and Mr. Matuch.

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Extracurricular Activities

Hey Middle North students, are you looking for something to do?  Check out the Extracurricular Activities link (under the Student Links above) for all the great clubs and programs you can join throughout the year.

Firefighter Rodkey Presents

Firefighter Tony Rodkey made his annual presentation on the safety benefits of having a home sprinkler system last week.  He presented to Mrs. Henriksen’s and Mrs. Ford’s 6th grade science classes.


Middle North Advisory

This year, Hawthorn Middle School North students will be taking part in an advisory period. Advisory programs help students feel cared for by providing a personal contact for problem solving and are an effective strategy to help students make the transition into the middle school environment.  Further information has been sent home in the following letter.

Advisory Letter


Mrs. Brickman’s Science Class

Team 7 Gold was completing a lab where students had to burn food to calculate the Calories (a measure of energy) found in Fritos & Marshmallows.  You can see wonderful pictures in the Image Galleries