Red Ribbon Week

By Alyssa L. 7th grade
Middle North
October 2012

Last week was Red Ribbon week! The history of Red ribbon week only started with a few people and grew until it became popular for most schools to acknowledge it in the US. It consists of one theme per day in an effort to say "no to drugs". Last Friday the theme was wear red for the red ribbon week kick off! The school looked like a sea of red because everyone was wearing so much red! The following Monday, everyone had to dress up in red, white, and blue- vote to be drug free. American flags, ribbons, and so much red, white, and blue all over the school! In gym, everyone was even wearing their blue gym clothes and their red, white, and/or blue gym shoes! So much pride for our country and our colors! Let’s all be proud to not being using drugs! On Tuesday, it was stick with a friend- don’t do drugs- twin day. The things people came up with were very clever. Not just matching t-shirts but matching customized outfits with several people joining in. From twins to triplets in seconds in the blink of an eye! Matching hair, shoes, accessories, and clothing of course, all over! Including the teachers! Twins dressed so similar you would think they’re REAL twins! This is always a favorite among the students. On Wednesday, you are a “jean-ius”! We don’t do drugs! We had to wear jeans! This one EVERYONE participated in because who doesn’t have a pair of jeans laying in their wardrobe somewhere! Jeans are the gotta-have thing and on Wednesday, it was the PERFECT day to wear them! People went creative with this idea and wore purple, turquoise, or green jeans. Some went cute with jean skirts and jean jackets! And some just went original by wearing classical blue or black jeans! Some even wore some jeggings- comfortable and stylish! Black out! Black out drugs of course! Everyone, on Thursday, found a stylish way to wear all black! Some people matched black jeans with a black shirt. Students may have added a necklace, a scarf, a belt, or maybe even some funky earrings or shoes! Not too colorful though- after all it is black out day! Some even wore black bandanas! I noticed a lot of people wore black leggings underneath jean shorts with a black top and a matching bandana for their head and hair! Stylish, unique, and cute! For the boys, I noticed they loved wearing black sport shoes and black sport t-shirts! For those in chorus, a lot of people wore their just sing it shirts!


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Police Academy for dogs !

By Anya C. 7th grade
Middle North
November 2012

Who would believe that there is a police training academy for dogs! Well, at the Lake County Sheriff's office they really use the dogs. They are used for finding drugs, finding missing people, and sometimes to attack. The dogs are matched with their owners; if the owner is very hyper they will receive a laid back dog. If the owner is very laid back they will receive a very hyper dog. The dog and owner will level each other out. The dogs are male German shepherds.  Now, you may be wondering why they’re only male, or why they’re only German shepherds. Well, they’re only male because female dogs want to look around and explore, while male dogs are very attentive and all they want to do is please their master. The dogs used in Lake County are only German shepherds because they can be used in any weather situation because of their coats.


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Spooky Treats

By Anya C. 7th grade
Middle North
October 2012

Before I get started I would like to give credit to the source of these scary concoctions - A special edition of "Family fun" Halloween edition.
For more information check out this awesome magazine.

Finger food-

Hungry goblins will love getting their hands into these crunchy carrot snacks. You will just have to fill a serving bowl of your choice with ranch or any other veggie dip. Wash then peel 4 long car rots for fingers and 1 medium carrot for a thumb. With a paring knife (adults only), cut a flat, shallow notch in the tip of each carrot, then dab a dip of  softened cream cheese attached to a slice of almond (you may substitute the almond for water chestnuts or anything else) then attach the the finger nails to each notch. Stick the fingers into the dip anyway you like, you may serve with baby carrots for dipping


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Middle North Mania

By Christina S.7th grade
Middle North
November 2012
   
Every year before Halloween, Mania takes place at Hawthorn Middle North. If you can’t tell by the name, Mania is a fun party where you can meet new people and hang out with your friends. This year at Mania, there was a giant blow up obstacle course that you could race your friends in! I think this was a favorite of the students because the lines were as long as the lines at Six Flags! Yummy candy taffy apples were sold, as well as pizza, drinks, and even candy! You could go on the deck in the gym, and play to win candy.


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Vera Bradley vs. Coach

By Christina S. 7th grade
Middle North
November 2012

There are many purse brands competing for more customers. Two popular brands would be Vera Bradley and Coach.
If you don’t know what Vera Bradley is, then you are crazy! Vera Bradley is now a very popular brand name. Vera Bradley started out as purses and wallets, specifically for older women, but then started coming out in ping-pong-paddles, hats, scarves, glasses, and even towels! Because of the new vibrant patterns involving fun colors, girls of all ages are being attracted to Vera


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Candy for teachers

Katie G. 6th grade
Middle North
October 2012

Hey, it's Halloween season! Don't you ever wonder what teacher like what candy? Some of the 6th grade teachers chimed in and gave their vote.
Mrs. Ford- "Well mine isn't really a bar, but it is the Reese's peanut butter cup."
Mrs. Dzhurov- "Oh, that's a hard one. But it is frozen Snickers, Reese's peanut butter cup, and Twix."
Mrs. Serlin- "M&Ms, wait if I'm being quoted change it to peanut M&Ms."


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Fall pep assembly

By Katie G, 6th grade
Middle North
October 2012

The first pep assembly of the year was held Friday Oct. 26th. The girls basketball, boys soccer, and girls and boys cross country teams were all recognized. Next, there was a teacher/student relay, mummy wrapping, a cross country tug of war, and a demonstration of the inflatable obstacle course that was going to be at Mania later that evening. My favorite part was when girls cross country beat the boys cross country in tug of war.


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The 411 on Teachers and Halloween fun !

By Alyssa L. 6th grade
Middle North
October 2012

BOO! Did I scare you because Halloween is right around the corner! Since it is, I asked some of my teachers some questions about Halloween. What are you going to be for halloween? What's your favorite halloween candy? Are you going to scare anyone? If so, who? Trick or treaters? Teachers? Students? Family? Friends? What's your favorite part about Halloween? Is Halloween your favorite holiday? Why? This is what they responded: Mr.Kao: It's a surprise. Tootsie Roll pops, Reese's Pieces, and Butterfingers. No, I don't like wearing scary costumes or scaring people. I like funny costumes. I love dressing up. I have dressed up as Wolverine, Cookie Monster, and Shaggy in the past. Yes, because I love seeing what other people are dressed as.


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Girls Basketball

By Payton M.
6th Grade
October 2012

Hawthorn Middle North girls basketball teams had a wonderful season. One of the main things the girls did well on this was sportsmanship. “The sportsmanship this season fantastic. Every time a girl on our team or the other team would fall, someone from our team would go over to help that person up", states Mr. McKenzie, 6th and 7th grade coach. Overall, the girls won 7 and lost 8. All of the games this year had good defensive and offensive plays executed well by all the talented players. Great job this year girls and good luck next year!


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Ilinois Music Educators Association

By Anya C. and Alyssa L.Grade 7
Middle North
October 2012

Have you ever been to IMEA or have heard of it? Well if not, IMEA is an organization that reaches out to the public but is very exclusive. You have to be accepted into IMEA. By now, I bet you are wondering what IMEA stands for. It stands for Illinois Music Educators Association. From Hawthorn Middle School North, 16 of us are going to IMEA on November 3, 2012.


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