Student Led Conferences

What are Student Led Conferences? This is a conference with parents led by the student.  The role of the teacher is a facilitator in the conference process.  Students lead parents through a discussion of their work and focus on academic and social/emotional action steps.  The process includes the teacher overseeing several conferences at the same time.  

¿Qué es una conferencia dirigida por estudiantes?

Esta es una conferencia con padres dirigida por el estudiante. El papel del maestro es un facilitador en el proceso de la conferencia. Los estudiantes guían a los padres a través de una discusión de su trabajo y se centran en los pasos académicos y de acción social / emocional. El proceso incluye que el maestro supervise varias conferencias al mismo tiempo.

You will find more information about this process here:

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Fall Spirit Wear on Sale Now Thru 10/14

Student and staff Fall Spirit Wear is currently on sale through October 14th. You can order online at the following sites:



Snowflake 2019 Registration is Open

Dear 7th and 8th Grade parents: You and your child will be given the opportunity to take part in an exciting program: Snowflake 2019, hosted by Hawthorn and Oak Grove 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. It is designed to keep healthy kids healthy.

You can find all the information as well as registration info and forms attached below.

VH Skate Park Community Meeting

Calling all interested parties, and especially skaters! Come discuss the planned changes and improvements to the village skate park. Nov. 6-8:00pm at the Sullivan Center.

MSN Mania is Friday, 10/25

Hawthorn North, are you ready for some fun?  MANIA will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 6-8pm.  The cost is $20.  We have giant inflatables, a DJ, hayride, airbrush tattoos, basketball, Giant Hungry Hippo, arts & crafts, etc.  Only Hawthorn North students can attend so don’t miss out on fun with your friends! 
If you sign up before October 24, you will receive a “fast pass” to get you in the door faster as well as be entered to win a variety of gift cards!  We hope to see you at MANIA!!!

6th Grade is Going to Camp Duncan

All 6t​h​ grade students will take part in an all-day field trip to Camp Duncan in Ingleside, IL. Please sign the attached ​Field Trip Permission Slip”​ a​nd return it to school along with $27 (cash or check) no later than​ ​FRIDAY OCTOBER 11, 2019.

Todos los estudiantes de sexto grado participarán en una excursión de un día entero a Camp Duncan en Ingleside, IL. Por favor, firme la hoja de​ “Permiso de Viaje de Campo”​ adjunta y devuélvela a la escuela junto con $27 (efectivo o cheque) antes del ​VIERNES 11 DE OCTUBRE, 2019.

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Incoming Freshmen to Mundelein High School – Transition Event

Current 8th graders who will be attending Mundelein High School (MHS) are invited to attend a transition meeting at the school. You can find all the information here:

Wayne Messmer Talks with Middle School North Students

Wayne Messmer, the long-time public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs, gave a motivational speech to Middle School North students on Friday morning. He talked about his life-long passion for music. “Once you identify the special gifts you have been given, life becomes much more fun,” he told the audience. “You are successful when you do what you love, and love what you do.”

Mr. Messmer enjoyed a successful music career in which he regularly sang for a number of sports teams, including the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Sting. However, in 1994, his career almost ended. He was shot in the throat, a devastating injury for a singer. He survived the incident and after months of therapy continued his career as a singer and announcer. The incident caused him to gain a whole new appreciation of life. “Now, every day is the best day of my life,” he said.

Key to 73 Presents Oktoberfest 2019

Key to 73 – Hawthorn Education Foundation  – presents OKTOBERFEST – 2019

WHAT: Oktoberfest Fundraising Event to fund innovative programs that enrich the existing educational experience at Hawthorn Schools!

ADULTS ONLY –  Please join us for drinks, appetizers, live entertainment, and a silent auction

WHERE: Viper Alley – 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire

WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:30pm – 10:30pm


Get your ticket for a night of fun. The band will be onstage, the silent auction table will be open and all profits go back to D73.

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A Great Day for a Field Trip

 Eighth grade students at Middle School North had a blast testing the water quality of our local watersheds at Independence Grove.

Great Performance!

The Middle School North and Middle School South Eighth Grade Pep Band had a lot of fun playing at the Vernon Hills High School football game on Friday night. The students did a great job and sounded fantastic.

Countryside Video Needs Your Vote Today

The video entry for this contest was created by former Hawthorn Middle School North students James Altschul and Sebastian Domenech (now Seniors at VHHS) . They were two of the hardest working (and talented) digital communications class students I had. It’s awesome seeing them craft their filming/editing skills while  even managing to fit in some  stopmotion animation techniques into this PSA production. A PSA  that could potentially win our Countryside Fire department a lot of money and  more importantly, save lives in the process. Please follow the link and voting instructions below. And please show them your support soon –  the contest voting ends at 6PM tonight!. – Mr. Matuch 

Please help us win $25,000 by going to

and vote for our Countryside Fire video. 

It only allows one IP address one vote from computer networks we learned, so folks may have to use a cellular connection to make the vote and not be connected to wifi.

So please vote and please pass on to all your email contacts and anyone else you can reach out to and affiliates. 

Remember, close before you doze!

MSN Curriculum Night 2019

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It’s All Coming Together

Melody — rhythm — harmony: It’s all coming together at seventh and eighth grade band practice.