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Hawthorn Hosts an Evening with the Board

Hawthorn School District 73 is inviting the community to attend an Evening with the Board on Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL. The event will focus on how to solve the District’s present and future space needs.  The event will include a presentation and an opportunity for community members to provide their feedback and advice to the Board of Education.

The school district is growing. Over the next 10 years, it is projected to welcome approximately 700 more students. By 2026, its enrollment will reach more than 5,000 students, representing a more than 30 percent increase since 2008.  Hawthorn’s facilities have either been at capacity or above capacity for the past six years. Administrators have made numerous adaptations to manage space, including adding a portable containing two classrooms at Elementary South, and conducting gym in the cafeteria and hallways of the middle schools.

Childcare will be provided.  Spanish translators will be present. If you need childcare, please register by February 19. Send an email to:


soup kitchen

Hundreds Visit Soup Kitchen

Desperately poor people found their way into the Robert Collins Soup Kitchen, hoping for a free meal and a helping hand. They were hungry, their clothes were tattered and soiled, and some lacked shoes for their feet. This is the scene that eighth-grade students at Middle School North helped create as part of an interactive project in which students learned about soup kitchens in the time of the Great Depression. Many of the 200 students who participated immersed themselves in their roles. They told stories of how fate forced them to visit a soup kitchen. They wore dungarees and carried hobo sticks.

“I have two kids and no money,” said Victoria L.  “I was once a doctor, but I lost my job.  We now eat food out of the trash. My kids sell apples on the street for 3 cents.”

Eighth-grade teacher Kathryn Balmes led the students through the exercise.  She served cups of broth and pieces of bread. “This is an opportunity for students to understand what it is like to stand in line for food because they have nothing,” she said.


Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad Team Shines at Invitational

The Middle School North Science Olympiad team had a long, but fantastic day at the Rockford Christian Invitational.  They participated in 22 different events.  They won first place in Meteorology and Wright Stuff in Varsity, second place in Rocks and Minerals, and third place in Thermodynamics along with other medal placements.  Junior Varsity won first place in Anatomy Mystery Architecture, Rocks and Minerals, Wright Stuff and Thermodynamics, second place in Ecology, Experimental Design, Wright Stuff and Meteorology, and third place in Dynamic Planet and Roller Coaster, plus many other placements.


Guest Speaker Inspires Students and Staff

Eighth grade students at Middle School North listened to a presentation by Chris, who sustained a traumatic brain injury about 4 ½ years ago. He had intensive surgery and was in an induced coma for eight days. It was unclear if Chris would survive. After years of dedication and hard work, he graduated from high school and is now a junior at Columbia College. He provided words of wisdom to the eighth-grade class, encouraging them not to give up, and to do what makes them happy in life. His story was inspirational for the students and staff.

Holiday Concert

Holiday Concert Showcases Talent at Middle School North

The sixth, seventh and eighth grade band, orchestra and choir performed at Middle School North’s Music Assembly on December 19. Principal Robert Collins kicked off the event by reminding the audience about the dedication that goes into students reaching their personal best on their instruments. Among the pieces the orchestra performed was “Ludwig’s Tango.”

Geography Bee

Geography Bee Tests Students’ Knowledge About Places

Six students participated in the National Geographic Bee held at Middle School North on December 6 sponsored by the National Geographic Society.  Moderator Jason Kao asked tough questions that not only related to the United States, but the world.  The participants were Grant B., Parker E., Charlie F., Jackie L., Rishi R., and Maddy Z.  Congratulations to the winner Rishi R. and runner up Jackie L. All participants did a great job.

Trench Warfare

Students Learn about Trench Warfare

As the alarm bell sounded, you could hear the students yelling “Gas! Gas! Gas!” as the students in Mr. McKenzie and Ms. Balmes’ eighth-grade social studies classes learned about life in the trenches during World War I. The students were filled with high anticipation as they entered a mock Trench Warfare Simulation. Some students, armed with their homemade gas masks, were very prepared after reading selections of the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Remarque. They learned about the turmoil endured by the soldiers and left class that day with a greater appreciation for those who served our nation during that time.


Mania Event Draws Large Crowd

Middle School North’s “Mania” was an evening of fun hosted by the Student Council. Students enjoyed a DJ, inflatable obstacle course, hayride in the Townline Elementary parking lot, open  gym, photo booth, airbrush tattoos, and much more. This year’s Mania drew approximately 230 students, the largest attendance in the school’s history.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week “Color Wars”

Breast Cancer Awareness

Students Observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Middle School North had a “pink out” on Wednesday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Staff and students were dressed in pink from head to toe!

STAR exam at Mundelein High School on Saturday November 11th

We want to ensure that all students experience a positive transition to high school! As one step in providing MHS with the information needed to make well-informed placement decisions for all incoming students, all 8th grade students will take the STAR exam at Mundelein High School on Saturday November 11th. The STAR assessment is an online test that provides timely feedback on students’ literacy and math skills.  STAR assessments are computer-adaptive, which means the difficulty level of each test is adjusted as students move through the assessment. The STAR test results will serve as one data point among many in the placement process.  Mundelein High School will also consider students’ fall mathematics and reading MAP scores, other standardized tests administered at the middle school level, past course achievement, and eighth grade teacher recommendations. Thank you for your participation in this process!

Red Ribbon Week

Students Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Middle School North students kicked off Red Ribbon Week with the theme “Drugs are a nightmare”. Staff and students had fun wearing their pajamas to school. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October.

Whole Child Award

Middle School North Receives Award for Educating the Whole Child

Middle School North was selected as a winner of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s 2017 Whole Child Awards in the area of Engagement. The school will receive the award at a ceremony in March.

The ASCD Whole Child Award is designed to recognize schools that have gone beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. This award acknowledges those schools that have changed the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of the whole child: a child who is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

8th Grade 2018 T-Shirt Order Form

Students: This is your ONLY opportunity to order your 8th grade t-shirt. We will have special days throughout the year when 8th graders will show their pride and wear their dark grey, short sleeve ($13.00), long sleeve ($16), hoodie ($24.00) or crew neck sweatshirt ($19.00). The back of the shirt has an “18” with all the graduates signatures on it.

Order forms with cash or check must be turned into Mrs. Stahl by Tuesday, November 7th. Checks should be made out to Hawthorn School.

You can find the information and order form HERE:

8th Grade T-Shirt Order Form 2018

Alena R. won this year’s design contest:

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Great Time at Snowflake

Thank you to all students, parents and staff who participated in 1027 Snowflake.  Want to know what happens at Snowflake?  Here is an overview of all the wonderful activities.

Snowflake 2017/18