orchestra students

Special Guest Visits Eighth-grade Orchestra

Dr. Allan Dennis, founder and musical director of Midwest Young Artists, worked with the Middle School North eighth grade orchestra today. 

The Middle Years: Respect-The 4th R

Treating people with respect can help your tween form strong relationships. Here is the March edition of The Middle Years for your reading pleasure.


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!

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Our students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR).

You can find full information on this assessment in the following document. If you have any questions about this IAR please reach out to Hawthorn Middle School North office.

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.

8th Grade Promotion Pictures 2/19

8th Graders reminder: 8th grade promotion pictures will be taken on Tuesday, February 19th. All students must be photographed for the 2019 class composite picture. Dress code: Boys need to wear a shirt with a collar and tie for the gown picture. No jeans please. Girls wear appropriate dress clothes. No jeans please.

Students looking at exhibits

What Caused the Dust Bowl?

Middle School North’s eighth-grade social studies classes participated in a gallery walk last week in which they presented their projects on what caused the Dust Bowl. Students moved from one display to the next, asking questions and leaving notes on how they felt about each presentation. There was plenty of interaction and engagement as students discussed the ingredients that came together to cause the Dust Bowl and wondered if something like the Dust Bowl could ever happen again.

Season 4 Activity Bus Letter and Application

Student sign up for Season 4 will begin on Friday, February 15, 2019 and conclude on Monday, February 27, 2019 at 8:00 AM.

●The Activity Bus start date for Season 3 will begin on April 1, 2019 and run through May 3, 2019.  You can find the full information here as well as under Parent Links above.

Activity Bus Season 4 2019 Application Form

Activity Bus Season 4 Letter 2019

District Parent Workshop to Host Two Parent Evenings

The Hawthorn middle school social workers have teamed up again with District 128 and their feeder schools to bring you two wonderful, informative parent evenings.  

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Vernon Hills High School  for a special screening of the indie film Angst; Raising Awareness around Anxiety.  Feel free to bring your adolescent with you to view the film and follow-up panel.  The film is targeted for sixth graders and up. See attached flyer for registration information.
We hope you will also join us for a parent only evening: Up in Smoke: A Vaping Presentation by Andy Duran from LEAD, on Wednesday, March 6 from 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Libertyville High School Studio Theater.  Please see attached flyer for more information and how to register. 

For more information please contact Hawthorn Middle School North social workers, Lori Rockoff (rockoffl@hawthorn73.org) or Brian Van (vanb@hawthorn73.org).

Science Olympiad Team Shines at West Ottawa Invitational

Congratulations to the Hawthorn Middle North Science Olympiad team for winning second place at the West Ottawa Invitational. On Saturday, February 2nd, the team members competed against 35 other teams at West Ottawa High School in 23 science related events. Over 14 individual team medals were received including first place finishes in Experimental Design (Apsara/ Brian / Anika) and Herpetology (Jessica / Ananya) and second place finishes in Disease Detectives (Anika / Ben F), Roller Coaster (Anton/ Jessica) and Solar System (Aleksey / Ben F). Congratulations to all of our Science Olympiad team members and coaches! You make us proud.

8th Grade Snow Tubing Fun

A great group of 8th graders had a fun chilly evening snow tubing at Wilmot. Shout out to Mr. Cantagallo and Ms. McMahon for being great chaperones. We all had a great time!! Also thanks to Ms. Harris and the 8th grade team for setting up this field trip! 

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.

Vernon Hills Enrollment Process Dates Revised Due to Weather

Hello, 8th Grade Families.
Due to predicted extreme weather conditions and school cancellations, multiple aspects of the Vernon Hills High School enrollment process have been revised:

  • L-Z 8th grade orientation for the Class of 2023 has been postponed. As a result, families with last name L-Z and those unable to come last week will meet in the VHHS Auditorium on Monday, February 4th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please note, this event will no longer include the activity fair.
  • Course recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year will now mailed to families on Monday, February 4th. The pink Course selection forms are now due on Monday, February 18th.
  • Optional counselor appointments on Thursday, February 8th have been cancelled. Appointments are still available on Wednesday, February 13th and Monday, February 18th. To schedule an appointment, please call 847-932-2002.

Snowy Day

After School Activities Are Canceled Tuesday

All after school activities (including the activity bus) are canceled for today – Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.