Thursday, September 17, 2020

Mustang News - September 18, 2020


Virtual Bell Schedule Feedback
In July, MHS decided to implement the current virtual bell schedule for remote learning.  At that time, plans were set to collect feedback about the schedule, form focus groups and assess if an adjustment to the virtual bell schedule was necessary.  As Labor Day passed, my conversations with teachers, students and parents revealed that with only two weeks or 6 class periods complete, everyone was just getting settled with their routines.  Therefore, the schedule review timeline was extended.  Feedback surveys were delayed one week to offer more time.

To begin the schedule review, I am inviting every parent/guardian to complete a brief survey to collect opinions on how the schedule is working.  Next week, administration will review the survey data and begin planning focus groups.

Surveys were created for feedback for students, parents/guardians and every category of staff member.  Please take time this week to complete this short survey with your personal feelings and examples.  Surveys will be open until the end of the day Friday.

Survey Link:

Thank you for your time and effort on this survey,
Dr. Anthony Kroll, Principal
Mundelein High School

Restaurant Week!

Student Leadership is running a week and a half long event to raise funds for our program and support local restaurants. Our goal is to generate support for local businesses who have been impacted by the pandemic and fund-raise so we can run safe and fun events this year at MHS.  Each of these restaurants have generously agreed to donate a portion of their profits to support MHS Student Leadership.  So take a break from the hassles of cooking and have someone else cook for you all while knowing that your money is going to a good cause.  

In all seriousness, we would love to see these restaurants have a huge influx of business.  Carry out is encouraged due to social distancing requirements.  Please stop by these restaurants and encourage your family, friends, and students to do the same! 

This is something new we are trying and I would love to make this an annual tradition where we pack local restaurants in downtown Mundelein during the week of Homecoming.  These fundraisers run all day so you can stop by any of the following restaurants for lunch or dinner.  We reached out to a lot of restaurants and these were the restaurants that agreed to participate:

Luke's - Mon. 9/21

Gregg's Frozen Custard - Tues. 9/22

Hitz - Wed. 9/23

Tina G's - Thurs. 9/24

Lucky Burger Wed. 9/30 

Want to know more?  Watch this amazing video created by one of our awesome Student Leaders, Steffen Brown, or view this flyer for more information!  

SAT State Testing for Class of 2021

Mundelein High School will be giving the state required SAT to all 12th grade students on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  The class of 2021 (12th graders) are required to take this exam to meet graduation requirements.  This exam is also beneficial for college admissions.  All 12th graders should plan to come to school on this date to complete the SAT.  Details about the exam day will be announced in early October.

Please understand that safety is a priority for this exam administration.  Students will be in classrooms of approximately 15 students, be sitting six feet apart, required to wear masks, and required to self-certify that they are symptom free prior to entering the building.

District transportation will be provided for those in need.  Please complete this THIS FORM if you need bus transportation to and from MHS on the testing date.

Students that receive College Board approved testing accommodations will receive a separate communication with details for accommodations testing.  Most students with College Board approved accommodations will test on October 14th (and October 15th if needed).  More details to follow.

If your student will not be participating on this exam day, please fill out THIS FORM by Sunday, September 13, and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.  Please know that if your student does not attend the exam on this date, they will have to take the exam in April of 2021 in order to graduate from MHS.

More information regarding testing and logistics will come out closer to the exam date. In the meantime, if you have questions about the SAT on October 14, 2020 please contact your student’s school counselor.


PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for Class of 2022

We are currently scheduled to offer the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Mundelein High School.  This exam is being offered free of charge.  At this time we can only offer this exam to the first one hundred (100) 11th grade students who sign up.  For those students who want to take this exam but do not get in for this administration, there will be another opportunity on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.  Once registration is complete, you will be notified which administration date you will be assigned.

Safety protocols will be implemented and explained when we get closer to the exam date.  We will be testing in large spaces (North and Main Gyms) with staggered start times unless a student has testing accommodations.

The PSAT/NMSQT is an optional, multiple-choice assessment of verbal, mathematics and writing skills. There are several benefits to taking this exam. Top performing juniors nationally may be eligible for money through National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholarship funds. This is a great opportunity for you to possibly obtain National Merit recognition and scholarship money. 

Because of the limited space, please only sign-up if you are 100% sure you are going to take this assessment.

Register HERE for the PSAT/NMSQT at the Google link below by Monday, September 14, 2020.

To learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit . 


Newspaper staff earns coveted award from Quill and Scroll

The staff of the student-produced school newspaper, The Mustang, received an International First Place Award from the 2020 Quill & Scroll News Media Evaluation.

 “The staff and adviser are to be commended for all the hard work that was put into the publications,” stated the judge’s comments, which also noted, “This was a difficult year for the staff, but the quality of the publication and media site stayed strong.”

Despite ending the year producing two newspaper issues during the COVID-19 pandemic in remote learning, the staff received superior ratings in four out of the five evaluation categories for general practices, coverage, writing & editing and digital media. The staff received an excellent in the fifth category for visuals.

“This was the first year we requested an evaluation of our online presence, so we were pleasantly surprised to see the staff is headed in the right direction with its online news site,” Michelle Didzbalis, adviser of The Mustang, said. “That online presence is going to be more important than ever given our remote learning environment this year.”

The staff’s online publication can be viewed at

The 2019-2020 newspaper staff was led by Editor-in-chief Kylie Carrier and Assistant Editor-in-chief Hannah Stanley. Other editors included Sarah Parduhn,

MacKenzie Stewart, Ashley Cline and Tress Dorfler. Dylan DeBord, Isabella Marotti and Ryan Wilson worked for the paper as staff reporters.

For 92 years, Quill and Scroll has been honoring the best work done by student journalists around the world. The organization provides students and their advisers with resources to do great work and to have it evaluated. Whether it’s through stories, contests, evaluation service, scholarships or pins and graduation paraphernalia, Quill and Scroll salutes great scholastic journalism at their charter schools.

College & Career Center

College Representative Visits

College representatives from across the nation are coming (virtually) to MHS to meet YOU! You can look at a list of upcoming visits by going on Naviance. After you log into Naviance click on the “Colleges” tab at the top of the screen and select “Colleges Home”. Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “College Visits” and click on “Show More”, then find and click on “Register” to attend the visits of your choice. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about college life on multiple schools’ campuses. The more you know about the schools you want to go to, you’ll be able to stand out among the crowd of other college and university applicants.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

This is the first of many virtual college fairs sponsored by the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling). Among the schools being represented are:

Hawaii Pacific University

Universidad de Navarra - Study in Spain

Carthage College

plus many others!

Log in HERE to register.

IACAC Virtual College Exploration Program

This virtual exploration for all Illinois students will run from Sept.14 through Oct. 22, 2020 and will offer students and families 375 virtual sessions on college planning, career information, financial aid & scholarships, skilled trades, non-college training programs and more! Use the beloe registration links and the QR code  for more information.

Registration HERE  

Watch a short video about the IACAC Virtual College Exploration Program here: 


or  download the QR code

Keep an eye out for upcoming college planning events!


Alexis Alvarez

ISACorps Member: College of Lake county District

Illinois Student Assistance Commission



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Explore Engineering Zoom Webinar

Sept 24th 4-6 pm

Explore Engineering is hosted by the CLC Engineering Transfer department in order for high school students to learn what it is like to be an Engineering Student in college.  Online sessions will include a college student panel consisting of CLC students and students in their junior or senior year at other universities. The second panel will be a practicing engineers panel sharing how they became interested in their field and a typical work day. You will also learn about the Engineering transfer program at CLC, some information on the robotics competition and a virtual tour of the Baxter Innovation Lab.  It is a great opportunity to learn about the various engineering professions such as civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, computer science, aerospace, etc.   

The webinar will run from 4 to 6pm. More details will be provided after you register. 

Register HERE!


Email Jan Edwards at, call (847) 543-2044 or visit

Sponsored by the CLC Engineering Department (


Girls Golf

Senior Day - Shout out the MHS senior golfers in their final home match. Tess McKay, Emma Umdenstock & 4 year Varsity golfer Olivia Szalinski. Thank you for contributions to the Golf Program and best of luck in your future endeavors. 

Lake County Hall of Fame

Athletics wanted to share that the 2020-2021 Lake County Hall of Fame Inductee for Mundelein High School is former staff member Frank Giannamore.

F. Giannamore

Frank was a teacher, guidance counselor, advisor and coach at Mundelein for 47 and a half years.  His tenure as a head football coach led him to be selected to the IHSFCA Hall of Fame in 2005.  He also was selected to the IWCOA Hall of Fame in 2015 after serving 38 years as an assistant wrestling coach for the Mustangs.  Frank was also active in community service projects during his time as an educator at MHS.

We hope to have an event at a home boys basketball game where we are able to honor Frank (If the Pandemic restrictions are lifted). If not we will honor Frank in another way.

Photos from the Week

Andrew Hall '21 shared some positives for remote learning at his house. Hall said, "My computer is a million times faster than a Chromebook." He added, "I like my set-up because I rarely have connection issues, and my computer can handle doing everything I need to do for remote learning at home." - April Mataa

Sitting in her desk chair, Ashley Cline '22 shares her personalized workspace where she does most of her eLearning on Sept. 10 while working on homework. Cline said, "I've got a little frame with my schedule on my desk to help me remember the start and end time of every class. I also have all my notebooks and pens in a organizer ready to go!" -Avery Refka

For band rehearsal on Sept. 16, Timothy Yavorskiy '21 uses his basement to practice the saxophone. Yavorskiy said, "I just made it simple, my laptop, textbooks, and my saxophone." - Elizabeth Heraty