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students tie-dye shirts

Time to Tie-Dye T-Shirts

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.

 

Students make holiday cards

Spreading Good Cheer

At last week’s Advisory, sixth-grade students at Middle School North made holiday cards for the residents of Misericordia.

Students in trenches

Life in the Trenches

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 Provides Overview on Water Distribution Systems

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.

Snowflake Event Presentation

SNOWFLAKE 2018 “WAKE UP, BE KIND, AND REPEAT”

On Friday night, Middle School North, Middle School South and Oak Grove welcomed approximately 400 students for Snowflake, a fun retreat focusing on personal and social development, promoting sound decision-making and emphasizing teens helping teens. The event was broken up into large group sessions, in which the students watched performances and presentations, and small group sessions, in which they engaged in activities led by high school students and adults. A special shout out to the 40+ staff members and 40 high school volunteers for facilitating groups and working with the students to focus on ways to “wake up, be kind, and repeat”. Lastly, thank you to all of the parents who allowed their students to attend and/or joined us for the parent piece at the end of the evening.

Camp Duncan

Sixth grade students at Middle School North got a taste of the outdoors on October 15 as they visited Camp Duncan in Ingleside for an outdoor educational experience.

Independence Grove

Hands On Experiences in the Forest Preserves

A trip to Independence Grove gave eighth grade students at Middle School North a chance to experience real life lake ecology situations.

Middle School North Advisory

Building Communications and Teamwork Skills

Middle School North students in the advisories of Ms. Altshuler and Mrs. Stahl completed a Growth Mindset Paper Challenge. The students used communication and social skills to encourage cooperation and teamwork!

Middle School North students and staff

Smooth Sailing at Middle School North

Things are running smoothly at Middle School North, which has been in session for about a week. Everyone has their procedures down, including the students who are new to sixth grade. New teachers, including Ms. Zhang, Ms. Etherton, Ms. Robledo-Zak and Mr. Miranda, are settling in. Returning teachers are setting the tone for another great year. Staff members are busily getting things done. The students are all smiles.

 

 

PowerSchool

2018-2019 Middle School Schedules

Dear Families-

At this time, your child’s 2018-2019 Middle School schedule is ready for viewing in PowerSchool. Please log in to your parent portal (https://ps.hawthorn73.org/public/) and access this information. We will not be sending home paper copies this year. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the parent portal, please contact the district office at (847) 990-4200.
Should you have questions or changes related to your student’s schedule, please access our online course request form no later than July 31, 2018. This form can be accessed by clicking here or on our Middle School North School Webpage. If you have any difficulties accessing the course request form, please contact the Middle School North office at (847) 990 -4400.
It is crucial that you review this information and submit any inquiries prior to June 31st to ensure that we have time to review your request and contact you with a response.
Have a Great Summer!
Robert Collins
Charity Trowbridge
career fair

Students Learn About Career Paths

Eighth-grade students at Middle School North learned about a wide variety of careers at today’s Career Fair. Thanks to volunteers, students learned about careers in advertising/sales, cosmetology, fashion design, firefighting, journalism, law, nursing, the military, aviation, programming and real estate.

Performance

Open House

Families were treated to some wonderful performances at Middle School North’s Open House last week.

Lyric Opera

Field Trip to the Lyric Opera

About 250 band, orchestra and chorus students at Middle School North received a special treat last Friday. They saw the Lyric Opera production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. They had an awesome time.

 

students present information

Students Walk Down Memory Lane at Decades Fair

Eighth-grade students took a walk down memory lane at the Decades Fair hosted by Ms. Balmes and Mr. McKenzie at the Middle School North library. Students were asked to research a decade of American society from the 1950s up to today. In their presentations, the students addressed two objectives: to understand the changes in contemporary American society and to understand how significant events impact society. All students had to research the civil rights movement in their decade, major political policies and key events of the time period. It was clear that the students went the extra mile to present great projects.