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.
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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.
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: HEI@hawthorn73.org.
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.
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.
It may be cold outside, but the Garden Club at Middle School North is still busy with fun projects. On Monday, they learned how to tie-dye shirts. They didn’t use just any colors; they used Hawthorn blue and gold. With the help of Ms. Silvertrust and a volunteer, each student created a one-of-a-kind colorful t-shirt that they can wear with Hawthorn pride.
While studying World War I, students in Mr. McKenzie and Ms. Balmes’ social studies classes at Middle School North enjoyed an experiential learning experience in trench warfare. Students explored trench warfare photographs and diagrams, learned about chemical warfare, and constructed gas masks for the experience. On the day of the event, students were read excerpts from “All Quiet on the Western Front” as they digested the fear, anticipation, and yes, even boredom brought on because of life in the trenches.
Chemist Tanya Lubner-Brumer, Director of Professional Certification and Training with the Water Quality Association, gave presentations on water quality to Middle School North’s eighth-grade classes. She spoke about the point-of-use/point-of-entry water treatment industry, giving important information to students on how water is treated and distributed. One of the things she said is that the water in Vernon Hills comes from Chicago through 118 miles of water mains and six storage reservoirs. It takes many engineers and chemists to ensure the water quality stays at specific standards.
Charity J. Trowbridge, Assistant Principal
Lesley Lazar, Principal's Secretary
Laura Rash, Office Clerk
201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL Office Hours: 7:00AM – 3:30PM
School Hours: 7:40AM – 2:10PM
PH: (847) 990.4400
Fax: (847) 367.8124
Brooke Beltz-White, Nurse
Nurse PH: (847) 990.4415
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