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Students Give Splendid Performance at Orchestra Festival

MSN and MSS eighth grade orchestras put on a truly splendid performance Nov. 21 at the Vernon Hills High School Eighth Grade Orchestra Festival! Former VHHS Orchestra Director, Frank Lestina, was featured as a guest conductor and led the students through impressive pieces, such as Symphony No. 5 by Schubert. Thank you so much to Samantha May and Jennifer Greenwell for their hard work and for making this possible!

Fireman Tony presenting to students

Learning About Fire Safety

Fireman Tony, with the Countryside Fire Protection District, gave a fire safety presentation to sixth grade students at Middle School North. He emphasized the importance of testing smoke alarms monthly, replacing smoke alarm batteries every six months, and never throwing ashes in the trash. He also provided a demonstration on how quickly a sprinkler system can put out flames.

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Beautiful Music

Words of Encouragement

Words Of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement
Students in Hallway

Welcome Back!

Students performing

“Aladdin” is all Magic

Genie, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the rest of the people of Agrabah came to life as Middle School North performed the musical “Aladdin, Jr.” It was clear that the cast and crew went the extra mile to make their production an amazing success. The show will be performed for the community on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.

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Ancient Cultures Day Brings Cultures of the World to Students

Ancient Cultures Day at Middle School North was packed with engaging learning activities. Sixth grade students learned about Egyptian story telling, African drum songs, Ancient Maya writing, Indian dancing, Roman numerals and Henna, a form of body art. Students even got a chance to look at constellations in the context of Greek mythology in a Starlab that was set up in the library.

Science Olympiad Team Members

Congratulations to Science Olympiad Team

Congratulations to the Hawthorn Middle North Science Olympiad team that received 7th place out of 50 teams competing at the Illinois State Science Olympiad competition on Saturday, April 13th. This was an amazing achievement in a tough competition field.  They had individual medals in seven events including two NUMBER ONE finishes in the events Battery Buggy (Luke/Rishi) and Pentathlon (Apsara/Iris/Dylan/Holly).  Other individual medal achievements: Anatomy 4th place (Anika/Christian), Herpetology (Ananya/Jessica), Water Quality (Iris/Christian), Indoor Bottle Rocket 5th place (Nitya/Adarsh) and Geocaching 4th place (Holly/Shivam).   Also, amazing top 11 performances were received by 13 students including an almost medal of 6th place in Solar System (Aleksey/Ben) and the following other results: 9th place Boomilever (Jessica/Anton), 11th place Circuit Lab (Aleksey/Brian), 11th place Crimebusters (Snigdha/Christian), 9th place Dynamic Planet (Sonia/Luke), 10th place Fossils (Anton/Hailey), 8th place Game on (Luke/Sonia), 10th place Heredity (Anika/Snigdha), 11th place Potions (Snigdha/Aleksey), 11th place Road Scholar (Rishi/Ben), 9th Place Write It Do It (Dylan/Hailey) and 10th Chemistry Clues (Lily/Aishi).  The district is so proud of these student achievements.

orchestra performance

Orchestra Students Give Stellar Performance

Middle School North’s orchestra and symphony orchestra gave a smooth performance on the evening of March 19. Their many hours of practicing paid off. Great job Ms. Greenwell and students.

Students competing

Sixth Grade Team Scores Big in Battle of the Books

Middle School North held its Battle of the Books last week. This is a reading incentive program in which students read specific books and then must answer questions correctly during a competition to gain points. Three teams (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) competed for first place. The sixth grade team won first place!  They will compete against Middle School South in April.

spelling bee participants

Congrats to Spelling Bee Participants

Congratulations to Middle School North students Ryan D. and Wesley E. who participated in the SMSC spelling bee at Wauconda Middle School. They did their best against more than 40 great spellers.

Science Olympiad Team

Science Olympiad Team Qualifies for State

Bravo to our Science Olympiad team! These scientists won the regional and qualified for state. Thanks to coaches Frayman and Hartnett and to the 20-plus volunteers. The team will be heading to the University of Illinois in April! 


Congratulations and Good Luck to Our Wrestlers

Last Saturday, Hawthorn Middle School North hosted IESA Regional Wrestling where Middle North took 2nd place overall! We had 4-1st place finishers, 4-2nd place finishers, 5 – 3rd place finishers, and 1-4th place finisher. The team displayed excellent sportsmanship and wrestled well! The following athletes will be wrestling this weekend at the IESA Sectional Meet and hopefully advancing to state: Luke B., Miguel D., Matt D., Jackson G., Abisai H., Fidel J., Alex L., Jack M., Derek O., Collin S., Jordan S., Giacomo U. and Paulius V. Congratulations and good luck to our wrestlers!

Students performing

Combined Band Concert is Splendid Event

The bands at Middle School North came together for a concert on Feb. 19. Bravissimo to the students and Maestro Cantagallo.

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.