Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Courses For 2016-2017 School Year!

As the new building addition opens beginning in August of 2016, MHS students will have real world experiences in state-of-the-art 21st century learning spaces equipped with the cutting edge technology that most high school students do not currently have access to.  MHS students will have opportunities to experience real world problem solving in a collaborative environment with up-to-date technology tools that are used by experts in the field.

New Courses: 

Mobile App Creating and Coding:  With the rise of smartphones and mobile devices has come the explosion of mobile applications known as apps.  Students will explore the exciting world of coding and app development for mobile devices. Beginning with the fundamentals, students will be guided through the development of a variety of apps of growing complexity, culminating in the creation of a custom app of their own design.

AP Computer Science Principles:  Students will learn the foundational concepts of computer science and explore how computing and technology can impact their world. This course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, the digital representation of information, cybersecurity concerns, among other computer science topics.  AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Click HERE for additional information!

Introduction to Engineering-Project Lead The Way (PLTW):  PLTW  is a nationally recognized pre-engineering program designed to introduce high school students to various aspects of engineering. Next year we will launch the first course in our PLTW program, Introduction to Engineering.  The students will explore the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering concepts to hands-on projects. They will work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software.  Click HERE for additional information.

STEM Inquiry and Research: The STEM Research Program is designed to provide students with opportunities to perform research techniques that are commonly found in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers in industry and academics. Students design original experiments to help answer their own research questions.  Using state of the art instrumentation, students will learn the technical and theoretical aspects of experimental design.

Nanotechnology and Research:  Students will learn how scientists are working at the nanoscale (atoms and molecules) to create new products, tools, and technologies to address some of the world's biggest problems.  With the use of electron microscopes, students will have an opportunity to design research questions and experiments that help tackle issues such as affordable energy, clean drinking water, medical devices to treat disease, techniques to improve environmental issues, among others. Click HERE for additional information.

Independent STEM Inquiry and Research: Students will apply the research skills developed in STEM Inquiry and Research or Nanotechnology and Research to investigate their own independently developed research questions.  Students will develop their own original questions, design and conduct scientific investigations and experimentation, and analyze the results.  Additionally, they will work with mentors from academic institutions and/or industries and present their work to a panel of experts in the field.

Business Incubator:  Students will learn about becoming true entrepreneurs.  This course will challenge students to develop products or services that meet the needs or wants of a targeted market.  They will research their markets, design the products/services to appeal to their markets, and then develop a prototype and marketing strategies.  Real-world entrepreneurs and business experts will serve as coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research, and business plan development.  Click HERE for additional information.

Industrial Design:  A new art course is going to make its debut in 2017-18.  The course will focus on how industrial designs impact the aesthetics and form of the products that we use and see in our daily lives.

Please encourage your son or daughter to consider these new exciting courses at MHS.  The course registration process for the 2016-2017 school year will begin the first week of December and continue through January.  Please contact the Director of Curriculum, Mrs. Stacey Gorman ( or 847-949-2200 x 1592) or your child’s counselor with any questions.

The 2016-2017 Course Selection Guide will be posted on the D120 Webpage on Monday, November 23.  Click HERE to go the Course Selection Guide.

Interesting Fact

Did you know how many plastic bottles MHS has saved using the water filling stations in just 1 year?
99,800 bottles

  • Avg bottle is 8 inches long
  • Lay them down end to end…
  • 798400 inches
  • 66533 ft
  • 12.6 miles
  • Six Flags is 11.2 miles from MHS, so 1.4 miles to spare

Submitted by Dr. David Greenwood, Science Department Chair


Mundelein High School’s Byte Club took the Top Overall Award at the CodeDay Chicago competition held at the Blue1647 Tech Innovation Center in Chicago. The event is a 24-hour code-a-thon where students pitch project ideas to each other and then work to create an app, game, website or program within a set time limit. The projects are then judged by local and regional technology professionals and some of the projects earn awards.

“Our students created a game called ‘Exit Strategy’ where the player must escape randomly-generated walls closing in on their position by moving quickly off the screen,” said Matt Farmer, MHS instructor and advisor to the group. “The game earned our kids the Top Overall award at the event which is quite an achievement,” he said.

MHS students who participated in person are Rygar Carvajal, William Fitzgerald, Dinyar Kadkhodaian and Kenney Stepney while Pawel Michalski took part remotely from another location.

CodeDay is a series of student programming events held across the world. It's the world's largest series of educational programming marathons.

Jazz Band plays at Fitzgeralds!
The Mundelein Jazz Ensemble performed at Fitzgerald’s Night Club in Berwyn this past Sunday.  During the Jazz Ensemble’s class period today, we discussed the entire experience and the students were still buzzing with excitement.

Senior Alto Saxophonist Gabe Martinez reflected, “It was an incredible experience overall.  It was really nice performing at an authentic venue that isn’t our own auditorium.  As always, it was awesome seeing such a tight band!”

Patricia Roques, a three-year member of Jazz Ensemble, said “This was one of my favorite performances with the jazz band.  Having the audience that close to us in such an intimate setting allowed us to feed off the energy of the audience.  For those of us looking to continue music later in life, this experience is essential, for both professional and non-professional musicians.  It gives you a good appreciation for the jazz scene in Chicago.

If you want to see a video of the performance, click HERE!

Mundelein’s performance starts at 8:09 in the video and ends around 49:30.  The band that performs after MHS is the Chicago Skyliner’s Big Band.

College & Career Resource Center

College Representative visits are winding down for the year. Don’t miss your opportunity to stop by the CCRC to visit with a college rep.!

                       College                                    Representative                      Date                   Time
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale       Michara Lane              Thu November 19      1:00 PM

College of Lake County                                  Miguel Mireles            Fri November 20       9:00 AM

College of Lake County - Engineering Pathways   Rob Twardock    Fri November 20     10:00 AM

United States Military Academy - Army        Ian O'Connor               Mon November 23  10:45 AM

Auburn University                                          Jessica Goodson          Wed December 2     11:00 AM

University of Wisconsin, Parkside                 Karen Wislocky           Tue December 8        2:00 PM

University of Pittsburgh Betsy Bates                  Wed December 9     10:00 AM


Fall Play
Mundelein High School Theatre will present Moliere’s Tartuffe Nov. 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. An additional performance will take place Nov. 19 at 3:45 p.m. which is free for all MHS students. Tickets for the show are a recommended donation of $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults. Tickets may be reserved by calling 847.949.2200, Extension 1407, or at

Students Against Destructive Decisions
Mundelein High School's SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will oversee Toys for Tots again this year.  Students, staff, and community members can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the marked boxes.  MHS student groups will be competing with each other to see who can donate the most toys.  The US Marine Corps, SADD, and Mundelein High School appreciate your generosity during this holiday season.   Our community can make a big difference in the lives of young children during the holidays!

The drop-site at MHS will continue through Friday, Dec. 18, the last day of school before the winter break.  “It’s all for a great cause,” said Ryan Buck, SADD advisor. “Every kid deserves a toy for the holidays and Toys for Tots works to make that happen.”

Girls Dance Team 
The Mundelein High School Girls Dance Team will host its fourth annual “We Came To Dance” Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Performances will begin at 10 a.m. and will include 48 performances by more than 30 dance teams from across the state.
competition Sunday,

Cost for admission is $5 for the day and the groups will perform in the main gymnasium.
MHS will host and compete on both the junior varsity and varsity levels. MHS Dance Team Coaches are Melissa Schaefer, Nancy Toland and Carol Lemerand.

MHS 1st Annual Run for the Paws
Last month, students in the Wellness Leadership course hosted the first ever Run for the Paws.  The event was well attended.  Here is a student produced video of the event.



Mundelein High School Girls Cross Country 2015 DVD Yearbook Story.
Created by Lizzie Meister

Photographs and Videos from the 2 Weeks:

Congressman Dold's welcome to participants at the 21st Century Automation Night held at MHS!

Members of the MHS drumline march through the hallways of the school before class on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.

Mitchell Alberts and Douglas Alberts ‘16 get together with FCA -Fellowship of Christian Athletes- on Tuesday morning.

Staff Spotlight

Peter Schrenk - Art Teacher

Life Before MHS:  I have taught art for the past 11 years. I have taught everything from Kindergarten to high school art.

What are your hobbies/interests? –  gardening, jewerly/fine metalwork
Insider tip for parents –   Just show an interest in the things they create in art class. Ask them how they did things or what was challenging/rewarding about their work.

Best part of working at MHS? – I work with some very talented and smart teachers. I am excited about the future of the Art Department at MHS.

You many not know… I love reading history books.

What college/university did you attend?  University of Illinois - BFA Industrial Design; Northern Illinois University - MS Art Education, MS Educational Administration

How long have you worked at MHS? – This is my first year!

Who or what inspires you? – My wife has inspired me to work harder and be a better person than I would have otherwise been.

Good book recommendation? –  REAMDE by Neal Stephenson