Friday, January 24, 2020

Mustang News - January 24, 2020

Friday Focus


For more information and to register for parent presentation, click HERE!

MHS Summer School Dates Set

Session 1 - June 9 to July 2 (15 days) 
Classes will be held on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 2 - July 6 to July 24 (15 days)
Classes will be held on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration begins April 1, 2020.  Click HERE for more information.

MHS Daily Announcements online!
See the daily announcements from the D120 webpage:

State Testing Announcement
The State of Illinois mandated accountability tests for students in grades 9, 10 and 11 include the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9 and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). Students classified in grade 9 will take the PSAT 8/9, students classified in grade 10 will take the PSAT 10, and students classified in grade 11 will take the SAT and the ISA.

Mundelein High School will be assessing students on:

  • Friday, April 3rd - ISA for students with SAT testing accommodations that require 2-days
  • Tuesday, April 14th - SAT, PSAT10 (all students in grades 9-10 with MP3 testing over 2-days)
  • Wednesday, April 15th- ISA, PSAT 8/9, SAT for students with testing accommodations that require 2-days

You will receive additional information regarding testing logistics closer to the test date.  Below you will find the student guides for the SAT and PSAT exams that provide more information on the exams, test taking advice/tips and practice questions.  There is also a link to the Illinois Learning Standards in Science:


MHS Jazz Ensemble, saxophonist earn high marks at Purdue Jazz Festival
Mundelein High School’s Jazz Ensemble was recently recognized as the Honor Band in the large high school big band division at the 30th Annual Purdue Jazz Festival held earlier this month. In addition, Garrett Munz, senior alto saxophonist at MHS, was recognized as Best Soloist in the same class. Munz is planning to continue his studies and performances at the college level next year.
“I really can’t see myself doing anything other than jazz studies. I love the music so much and to go to school and immerse myself in it sounds like a dream,” he said.
Garret Munz

More than 110 jazz bands from middle and high schools from across the Midwest were selected to compete in this event. Throughout the three-day festival, student musicians and the public were able to work with and learn from nationally renowned artists. The international all-star jazz group, ARTEMIS, was the Friday evening headliner concert Jan. 17. Artist-in-residence, Mark Buselli, was featured Jan. 18 in concert with the Purdue Jazz Band which included appearances by Tia Fuller and Aubrey Logan.

Public performances coming up …

The Mundelein High School Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2020 Illinois Music Education Conference that will take place Jan. 29 through Feb. 1 in Peoria, IL.
“This is a great honor only provided to a handful of high school jazz bands in the state of Illinois,” said Andy Sturgeon who directs the instrumental music program at MHS along with Jerald Shelato.

The MHS Jazz Ensemble will give a preview concert of their music Sunday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Calvin Durand Hall at the Mohr Student Center of Lake Forest College. “We encourage people to attend this free evening of music,” Sturgeon advised.

Both the Libertyville High School and Mundelein High School jazz ensembles will perform.

AP Government student takes his interests to Iowa
Ilya Vynnyk
Mundelein High School junior, Ilya Vynnyk, recently traveled to Iowa to take part in the Mikva Challenge, created by Ab Mikva, a high ranking government official who served in all three branches of government. Mikva was an American politician, federal judge, lawyer and law professor.

Along with his wife, Mikva created an organization to empower young adults towards politics that often don’t get the chance to do so.

“High schoolers from all over the country came to Iowa this past weekend to participate in and see first-hand democracy in action,” Vynnyk explained.

Vynnyk was the only student from Mundelein who joined 215 other students in DesMoines. Tom Kuhn is his AP Government teacher at MHS.


Common Ground- Mundelein High School’s Cultural Fair
Friday, February 7th from 7:45 AM to 8:30 PM
More than 16 booths will be set-up to represent the diverse cultures and identities here at Mundelein High School. This student-led event will be open to the community this year from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM with a variety of activities:

  • 5:00 PM- A cultural buffet will open in the cafeteria, tickets will be available for purchase, 50 cents per ticket.
  • 6:00 PM- Workshops will open in classrooms where anyone can learn a skill based on a certain culture.
  • 7:00 PM- Performances will begin in the Auditorium with guest performers: Culture in Motion, an Indian dance group, and Korean Drum performers.

We welcome the community to come and support our fair and learn more about the diverse backgrounds here at Mundelein High School.

College & Career Center

This upcoming February is Career and Tech Education Month, and MHS will be sponsoring a few different events to help get students college and career ready. Students can register via Naviance now! If you have any questions, let me know! Please feel free to share during your classes or to students you believe would benefit from the following workshops. Thanks!
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MHS Foundation Scholarships Are Open!
The Mundelein High School Foundation’s scholarship application packet (google form) for 2020 graduates is now open!  These scholarships offer students the opportunity to win up to $1,000 to help pay for their education and there are many types of scholarships available.  Students may choose to apply for singular scholarships within the packet or for all scholarships which they are eligible by checking the appropriate boxes on the application.

Access a list of our most up-to-date scholarships through the Scholarship Link found under Colleges Home in Naviance.

Additionally, we strongly encourage students to continue checking the MHS Specific Scholarships  document to view which additional scholarships that are guaranteed to go to MHS graduates may be opening soon and begin preparing for these.

If there are any questions, please contact the MHS Foundation via Ms. Lisa Johnson ( or stop by the CCRC.

College Planning Night: Focus on Juniors
Please join us for our annual College Planning Night for Juniors! This event provides information that will help our junior students and families prepare to finalize their search for the best fit colleges and discuss the steps leading up to the fall application process. Though this event specifically targets juniors, families of students of all grade levels are welcome to attend!

En EspaƱol
When: Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7pm
Where: MHS DMR

In English
When: Wednesday, Feb 12th at 7pm
Where: MHS Auditorium

MHS College Planning Guide
The MHS College Planning Guide is a comprehensive guide through the college planning process. It covers where to get started, financial aid options, timelines, college athletics, summer opportunities, the college planning workbook, and more! Check it out at:

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Twitter: @mundycollege


IHSA Sectionals will be held here at MHS on Saturday 1/25. Admission is $6.00. Come and cheer on your Mustangs who perform at 10:40am.

Boys Basketball

Mustangs travel to Warren (Almond Campus) today, 1/24/20, to participate in the North Suburban Conference meet. Admission is $5.00.

Boys Bowling
Congratulations to Owen Jones & Nick Prochnow who advance to the IHSA Sectional hosted by Sycamore (Mardis Gras Lanes-DeKalb) on Saturday at 9am.

1-24-20 Athletic director Troy Parola and varsity girls bowling coach Vanessa Prorok...yes, that is a turkey hat on coach!

Gymnastics senior night

Photos from the Week

Raising money for the senior class, Student Leadership members sell hot chocolate in the hallway before school on Jan. 17 - photo and caption Elizabeth Hearty ‘21

Discussing their monologues, Elyna Mellen '20 and Rebecca Panos '20 wait for Theatre Studio to start on Jan. 22. Theatre Studio is an advanced acting class for upperclassmen which focuses on monologues and scene work. - photo and caption Katelyn Staroszczyk ‘20

Prior to the school day, Alex Wing '21 browses the sports section of the library to grab a new read on Jan. 22.- photo and caption by Cole Kirby ‘21