Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Mundelein Experience

What should a student at MHS experience during his/her four years?  In short, students should learn content and skills and witness how this information is exhibited in the world around them. This can happen through, internships, Advanced Placement course work, dual credit coursework, earning certifications and in the classroom through curriculum which emphasizes concepts in real world examples.  When students make the connection from class content to real usage of the content, students begin to form their future careers and livelihoods.

When I visit classrooms, I often witness many types of creative interactions which show students the real world connection to the course content.  The physics teachers not only make these connections for their students, they often do it in a BIG way...outside on the lawn.

Last week the Physical Science, Physics and Honors Physics classes took part in the Crash Lab!  This is a hands on investigation where students learn about momentum, impulse and transference of energy through the research, construction, and smashing of a bumper they made with the goal of minimizing the force of impact during a collision.  Now that the crash is done, we pick up all the pieces and put them back together by analyzing over 20,000 data points for each collision to determine how effective the bumpers were in accomplishing the task.


The Election
The future of Mundelein High School Theatre can be seen on the MHS stage at the end of October. The Election, by Don Zolidis, will be presented as the school's New Faces Production. The cast of 25 October 30 at 7pm. Tickets are recommended donation of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office prior to each performance.
is made up of freshman and sophomores, as well as junior and seniors who have never appeared on the MHS stage. The show will be performed on

The Election is a hilarious and timely satire on the contemporary political scene. After an embattled student body president resigns in disgrace, Mark figures he will cruise to victory in the special election. After all, his opponent is nerdy Christy, who unlimited budget, thing start to get ugly. Mark must face total annihilation or accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager with questionable ethics and a million-dollar Super PAC of his own.

Winter Clothing Drive
The clothing drive will be held on Friday, November 6 from 5:00-6:30pm in the MHS  cafeteria. The purpose of the clothing drive is to help members of our Mundelein community who may come from warm climates and therefore don't have the winter clothing that they need. Items are sold for .10 (children's items) and .25 (adult items). Any member of the community who is need of winter clothing is encouraged to attend and pick from the donations. Any donations that staff or community members would like to make can be dropped off to the staff workroom.

Show Choirs Spotlight Concert and Dessert Extravaganza
Saturday, November 7 at 7:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets for the concert and dessert extravaganza may be purchased before the event for $20.00 (reserved seating) or $15.00 (general admission). General admission tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20.00.

Mundelein Sound, Mundelein Lights and Sound FX will perform accompanied by the MHS Noise Band.

Click HERE for reservations and information.

MHS Show Choirs are directed by Stevee Bellas and Cory Thompson. MHS Noise Band is directed by Andy Sturgeon.

21st Century Automation Night
Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. This is a chance for students and parents to hear from people in the fields of engineering and automation. There will be three speakers: Jim Nelson, Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA); Zach Ford, Scot Forge; and Derrick Burress, Lake County High Schools Tech Campus. There will also be representatives on hand from MacLean-Fogg, Baxter International, Medline Industries, Larsen Manufacturing, Chicago Tag & Label, Tamarack Products, HM Manufacturing, College of Lake County, 10th Congressional District representatives, Scot Forge, IMA, and Project Lead The Way (PLTW).


The fall sport season is coming to an end. Here are some of the accomplishments the teams have achieved.

Boys Golf – GPA of 3.7. The team qualified for sectionals.  Tyler White won the Sportsmanship Award.

Girls Golf – GPA of 3.6.  The team qualified for sectionals.  Grace Gotlund won the Sportsmanship Award.

Dance – GPA of 3.5.  The Dance team is preparing for winter competitions at this time.

Cheer – GPA of   3.1. The Cheer team is preparing for winter competitions at this time.

Girls Tennis - GPA of 3.7.  Isabel Alviar (class of 2019) was sectional singles champion and qualified for State.  Melissa Tazioli won the Sportsmanship Award.

Football – GPA of 3.0.  Davin Quebrado won the Sportsmanship Award.  Head Coach Larry Calhoun was named the Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” the third week of the season.

Boys Soccer – GPA 3.0.  Elliott Sachnoff won the Sportsmanship Award.  The boys’ soccer team competed in the regional tournament.

Girls Volleyball – GPA 3.7.  Julie Harbison won the Sportsmanship Award.  The girls’ volleyball team competed in the regional tournament.

Girls Swim and Diving – GPA of 3.7.  Margaret Franz set a new school record for 6 dive holder.  Rachel Finerty won the Sportsmanship Award.  The team will be competing this Saturday, October 31 at Stevenson High School in the Prairie/Lake Meet
Boys Cross Country – GPA of 3.5.  Mitchell Alberts won the Sportsmanship Award.  The team came in 4th at conference and will be competing this Saturday, October 31 at sectionals at Busse Woods.

Girls Cross Country – GPA of 3.3.  Abigail Grein won the Sportsmanship Award.  The team will be competing this Saturday, October 31 at sectionals at Busse Woods.

Athletic fees for the 2015-2016 school year:
$75.00 per sport - per season
$225.00 family max per year

Photos from the week:

MHS Staff show their support for Noah Baker. 

Zach Levy as Maverick!

Senior Quarterback, Colten Fisher signals to his receivers as the team is lining up to play on Friday night. (taken by Jay Cox)

Drum Major Jaryd Pacis ('16) conducts the marching band in the chaser "Yeah" by Usher in between plays at Friday's home football game. (taken by Trevor Fox)

The Girls basketball program of MHS gathers to host and serve their annual Pancake Breakfast early Saturday morning. 
Marlen Guadarrama, '18, stuffs candy apples in bags for the Puertas Latinos fundraiser in Ms. Garcia's room. Taken by Laura Kim 

After the game, the underclassmen Marching Mustangs get in a circle around the seniors and play "Build Me Up ." Taken by Cara Schaul

The varsity football team comes to the student section to sing the fight song as a school.. for the last time. Taken by Cara Schaul

Staff SpotLight

Pete Nadler - Special Education Teacher

What are your hobbies/interests? –  I love to run and bike.
Insider tip for parents –  Get involved. Know what your child does and who their friends are.

Best part of working at MHS? – My great colleagues.

You many not know…I try not to wear shoes for the entire summer. Flip-flops only.

What college/university did you attend?  DePaul University

How long have you worked at MHS? –  9th year

Who or what inspires you? – My kids.

What is your favorite part of your job? - The challenge

Good book recommendation? – Blink

Thursday, October 22, 2015

School Rallys for Noah! #Bakerbrave

The Mundelein High School choirs recently raised $564 at their Autumn Concert with the intent of using the funds to make blankets for children at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In just a couple days, the choir students made 16 blankets. A choir parent also made a special blanket for Noah Baker, the son of an MHS staff member who is suffering from a serious illness.

Roughly $240 not used for the blanket supplies was used as a donation to the Matt and Maureen Baker family toward expenses associated with Noah’s illness.

Choir Co-Director Stevee Bellas coordinated the project along with Co-Director Cory Thompson.

MHS Football has organized a number of fundraisers for students and community members. Please consider attending the last regular season game in the Coral this Friday night and support Noah!


Mundelein Band host 8th grade community night. Over 90 students from Mundelein high school feeder schools joined the Marching Mustangs in the stands and on the field at last Friday’s football game.  Great job Future Mustangs!

The Mundelein High School chapter of the National Honor Society [NHS] inducted 78 new members at a ceremony on Monday, October 19.  Eligible juniors and seniors are selected by a faculty council based on the national criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.

Faculty members Jerri Craven and Nancy Toland serve as advisors to the organization which meets regularly and takes part in leadership, tutoring and community service activities. Current officers are President Darin Chaichitatorn, Vice President Julia Harbison, Secretary Vivian Lee, Service Chairs James Syme and Jenni Nguyen, Events Chairs Jake Breitenreiter and Monika Bowser, and Webmaster Anthony Ko.

New inductees include:
Seniors:  Joey Bikus, Nicholas Duncan, Kaci Gray, Zachary Green, Crystal Hernandez, Dylan Horswell, Tyler Marx, Megan Nugent, Lauren Owens, Niki Patel, Caitlin Pieklo, Maximilliano Vidales and Debbie Wood.

Juniors:  Sarah Angelbeck, Jake Antenore, Delaney Appelhans, Anna Balla, Sanika Bljawat, Lexi Brown, Ethan Butler, Brendan Callas, Eleanor Ceisel, Aman Cerny, Dustin Clegg, Dylan Cline, James Corbin, Jasmine Cuasay, Gracie Danciu, Michael del Rosario, Anna Desfor, Paige Eifert, Tristan Empalmado, Joselle Escobar, Linden Ewing, Samantha Faruzzi, Allison Faulkner, Jessica Faulkner, Adriana Feijoo, Thomas Ferro, Alexander Frumkin, Jisel Gomez, Sydney Grace, Carmen Gutierrez, Rachel Hansen, Stephan Hatchett, Jacob Horvat, James Lee, Mackenzie Linane, Alex Loding, Tristan Louria, Emily Love, Julia Loverde, Kalli Majewski, Emily Meister, Angel Montero, Nick Oleinik, Sarah Ouimet, Emily Parduhn, Brett Parola, Hailey Prefontaine, Liza Renz, Lucy Renz, Marco Rosales, Emma Roswick, Maya Seskiewicz, Taylor Shanahan, Tania Silva, Samantha Slaughter, Julie Specht, McKenzie Theis, Rachel Tipperreiter, Kenzie Toland, Joseph Van Belleghem, Steven Van Belleghem, Emily Vastis, Julia Vicik, Kaitlyn Watkins and Tyler White.

College & Career Resource Center

Upcoming College Rep Visits

Colorado State University     Tiffany Dallas      Fri October 23, 2015       11:30 AM

Boston University                  Lauren Kudisch   Fri October 23, 2015       12:00 PM

Loyola University Chicago   Julie Murphy        Tue October 27, 2015      9:00 AM

Coe College                           Kelsey Tardrew    Wed October 28, 2015    10:00 AM

Robert Morris University, Lake County   Erin Ginn     Thu October 29, 2015    10:30 AM


Temas Latinos
Temas Latinos is an academic club that has variety of activities to offer students, such as field trip to colleges, interest inventories, scholarship information, as well as ongoing discussion about the students’ career choices. We work closely with a liaison from the College of Lake County. This group also Participate in community service. A minimum of 20 community service hours are requested. For more information please contact Aracely Lawrence;

Winter Clothing Drive
The clothing drive will be held on Friday, November 6 from 5:00-6:30 in the MHS  cafeteria. The purpose of the clothing drive is to help members of our Mundelein community who may come from warm climates and therefore don't have the winter clothing that they need. Items are sold for .10 (children's items) and .25 (adult items). Any member of the community who is need of winter clothing is encouraged to attend and choose from the donations. Any donations that staff or community members would like to make can be dropped off to the staff workroom, starting on Monday, October 19.

Book Club
Book Club will begin Wednesday, October 28. We will meet starting at 7:10 in D24. Our first book will be “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs, but students are welcome to attend and  discuss books whether they read it or not.


All winter sport athletes can get their white card in the athletic office at this time.  Students will need to fill out the paperwork, pay the $75.00 athletic fee and have a current physical on file in the athletic office.  If you have any question please see the athletic website or call the athletic office at 847-949-2200 ext. 1340.

Fall sport athletes need to turn in their clean uniform and all equipment issued to them at the end of the season to their coach.  If an athlete does not do this, a uniform/equipment fee will be added to the student’s school account.

Staff Spot Light

Rahul Sethna – Business Education Teacher / Aquatics Director

What are your hobbies/interests? –  Reading, Exercising, Cooking
Insider tip for parents –  Our area is what the highest percentage of kids major in college.  Most parents all have some background in business.  Any of the things we do is current.  Have dinner conversations about things we discuss so kids get other viewpoints.

Best part of working at MHS? – Great group of people to work with.

You many not know…I have taught in 3 different departments here and am certified in 4 areas: Business, PE, English, and Econ.

What college/university did you attend? University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. BS Business Education.  U of Phoneix - MA in Curriculum and Technology

How long have you worked at MHS? –  19 years

Who or what inspires you? – Ubuntu- I am what I am because of who we all are.

What is your favorite part of your job? - I love coaching and helping kids achieve their goals.

Good book recommendation? – Double Down: Game Change 2012- Mark Halperin

Friday, October 16, 2015

Project Lead the Way is Coming...

And it’s a blast. That’s because this engineering program is fueled by imagination, innovation and learning. From hands-on projects,like building and launching a solid fuel rocket, to solving real-world challenges, including designing and modeling alternative energy sources. And you get to do it all using the latest equipment, materials and information covering science, technology, engineering and mathematics. So enroll this fall, and watch your future education and career opportunities soar.

Programming robots. Conducting DNA tests. Designing cutting-edge wind turbines. You’ll find all that and more in a PLTW classroom. Here, you’ll use the latest equipment, materials and information covering science, technology, engineering and mathematics to explore, design, build and put your ideas to the test. At the same time, you’ll be gaining a pathway to future education and career opportunities. So sign up for a PLTW class, and experience a world of imagination, innovation and learning.

It’s rigorous and rewarding. Engaging and expanding. It’s about solving real-world problems – like hunger, housing and healthcare. It’s using the latest equipment, materials and information to explore, design and put your ideas to the test. It’s building a foundation covering science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while creating a pathway to future education and career opportunities. It’s PLTW – a program that’s right at the crossroads of imagination, innovation and learning.

Imagine a class that’s all about using your imagination. Where you can program robots, explore nanotechnology and design alternative energy sources. Where you can put your ideas to the test using the latest equipment, materials and information covering science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Where you can begin to build a pathway to academic success in high school and beyond. You’ll find all that and more in a PLTW class, which you can now sign up for at MHS. Imagine that.

Today’s STEM Realities

• The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will grow 17 percent by 2018—nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. STEM is where jobs are today and where job growth will be in the future.

• The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (or PCAST) February 2012 report highlighted the problem, stating: “Economic projections point to a need for approximately one million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology. To meet this goal, the United States will need to increase the number of students who receive undergraduate STEM degrees by about 34% annually over current rates.”

• Another struggle continues to be the under representation of women and minorities in STEM-focused studies and careers. Women constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM. Only 1 in 10 STEM professionals is a minority woman.
Project Lead The Way, a K-12 STEM Solution.

• Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy.

• As a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PLTW programs are delivered to more than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW schools can be found in rural, urban, and suburban districts; across all income levels; as well as in public, private, and charter schools.


Picture Re-Take Day

Wednesday, October 21. Visual Image Photography (VIP) will be in the Mundelein Room to take yearbook photos. This is for any Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior who did not already have a photo taken, or if you would like a re-take (maybe the first day was a bad hair day, or your student had braces taken off since then!).  Use this link for the VIP order form.

Seniors may also take a yearbook only. There is a different set-up for seniors, and there is no opportunity to purchase the senior photos taken this day.

MHS offers ACT

MHS will be offering a full ACT exam for all 11th grade students tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2016 at no cost to the family.  Students will arrive at MHS at the usual start time and will be dismissed immediately after the exam.  More information will be sent home as this date approaches.

Attention Class of 2016

There will be an important meeting on Wednesday, October 21 during Homeroom in the Auditorium  to order your graduation cap and gown. The $41.00 cost  includes rental of gown, and purchase of cap, tassel and alumni medal. (Rental gowns must be returned before the graduates leave the Sears Center Arena on graduation day).  No payment is required at this time.

Herff Jones will be at MHS on Wednesday, October 28 and Friday, October 30 during all lunch periods to take orders for class rings, graduation announcements, and many other graduation products including key chain tassels, picture frames, and sweatshirts.


Shout Out to MHS Senior Duncan Black.  Duncan spent last weekend accompanying Korean War veteran Bernard Stern, 87, of Wheeling, on his Honor Flight to Washington, D.C, to visit war monuments.  Air Force Staff Sergeant Bernard Stern, head of a hospital lab in Kimpo, Korea from 1950-54.  The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.


Mundelein Idol

Mundelein Idol will be held on October 17 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Mundelein Idol is based off of the popular TV show, American Idol. Contestants will compete in multiple rounds to win the title of “Mundelein Idol!” The audience vote on the winner in this exciting live performance. Come see great performers and vote for the winner!

Spanish/Diversity Club

From October 19 to October 23, Mundelein High School's Spanish & Diversity Clubs will be selling hand-woven bracelets, or ‘pulseras’ in Spanish, to empower the artists who make them in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Uganda. The sale was organized through the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers and educates young people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales.
Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability, and education, while learning about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.

Book Club

Book Club will begin Wednesday, October 28. We will meet starting at 7:10am in D24. Our first book will be “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs, but students are welcome to attend and  discuss books whether they read it or not.


On Wednesday, October 21 Mundelein High School will be hosting IHSA Boys Soccer Regionals.  Mundelein will be playing the 6:30pm against Waukegan High School, admission  is $4.00 per person.

Senior Night for football, cheer, dance and marching band will be held on Friday, October 23.  Seniors and parents will be asked to line up during the 4th quarter of the sophomore game.  Please come out and support this seniors as they complete their final home game.  Admission to the football game is free for all MHS students with their school I.D.  Adults are $5.00, children 10 and up are $$2.00 and senior citizens and children under 10 are $1.00.

Photos from the Past week:

Paige Chang '16 participates in Feed My Starving Children with FBLA to help pack meals for starving children around the world. Taken by Katie Bauer

Senior Running Back Isac Banuelos watches a play unfold at football practice as he waits to jump back into offense. Taken by James Cox

Katherine Chuma '16 and Briana Ventella '18 leap high into the air during their Orchesis routine at the Orchesis Fall show. Taken by Emma Aculado.

Staff Spot Light

Wes Dawson – Security 

What are your hobbies/interests? –  Fishing, Golf, Reading, Xbox, Anything Outdoors
Insider tip for parents –  The only advice I have is to listen to your kids, they may be trying to tell you something without actually saying it. 

Best part of working at MHS? – Interacting with staff, and students on a daily basis.

What college/university did you attend? CLC- Associates Criminal Justice, University of Phoenix

How long have you worked at MHS? –  10 months

Who or what inspires you? – I am inspired by my father who despite never attending college became a design engineer and has worked at the same company for over 40 years.

What is your favorite part of your job? - Helping students when they have questions, or if they are having a bad day.

Good book recommendation? – One Shot at Forever - Chris Ballard

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Programs of Study and the Road to Success

As part of the Mundelein Experience, all students should explore and have exposure to their potential post-secondary plans.  This means students should be able to experience how their coursework interacts with the real world careers.  In order to better prepare students for their post-secondary lives, Mundelein High School has organized and aligning our course offerings into a Programs of Study connected to the 16 national career clusters.

The career clusters include:

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Health Science
Hospitality and Tourism
Education and Training
Human Services
Government and Public Administration
Information Technology
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Business Management and Communication
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Arts, Audio Visual Technology and Communication
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

The MHS Programs of Study are described fully in the Course Selection Guide distributed to students in November.  For every pathway, the required and elective coursework are identified.  Next, college majors are identified as options within each pathway.  This is useful information for conversations with college representatives who visit MHS.  Finally, certification and degree programs at the College of Lake County are highlighted within each pathway to assist students in their coursework.  The Programs of Study are designed to help your student make educated decisions about the kinds of courses he/she will take and help them finish high school with college credits in their pocket.

I invite parents to review the Programs of Study section in the Course Selection Guide and have a dinner discussion about their child’s post-secondary plans.  Parents can review the current coursework of their children and what careers and degree programs are available to them.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be deliberate in preparing for the next education and career steps.

If at any time parents need assistance using the Programs of Study, MHS guidance counselors will gladly assist in how to use the tool.  The road to success has been mapped out and a great tool to explore the future self!


Calendar Reminders
Monday, October 12 - No School, Columbus Day
Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16 - Term 1 final exams. Student dismissal at 12:45pm

Pancake Breakfast
The MHS Girls Basketball program will host a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, October 17, from 6:30am until 12:00pm in the high school cafeteria. Cost is $5 for all you can eat.  $4 for residents of Grand Dominion and Glen Gardens.

All funds collected will go towards the Girls Basketball program.

Mundelein High School Raises Awareness and Funds for Artists in Central America
From October 19 to October 23, Mundelein High School's Spanish & Diversity Clubs will be selling hand-woven bracelets, or ‘pulseras’ in Spanish, to empower the artists who make them in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Uganda. The sale was organized through the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers and educates young people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales. Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability, and education, while learning about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.  Contact Caroline Gully at for more information.

Photographs from the week:

IHC construction manager shows Dell Webb residents current science classrooms.
Julia Harbison talks about how she is excited MHS will offer new opportunities through the new STEM building and curriculum.

Claudia Uribe Padilla talks tells audience how new STEM curriculum will help her to achieve her career goal of being an architect.

Ulysses Hagedorn '16 is running in the September 15th Cross Country race versus Stevenson and Lake Zurich.

Freshman Badim Hernandez shares his "family tree" with Dr. Kroll.

Freshman Sam Hutter displays his Family Tree in Mr. Drier's English 1 class.


Illinois Reading Council
MHS science, English, and social studies teachers presented literacy projects at the Illinois Reading Council conference in Peoria last week.  MHS staff members have been incorporating literacy tasks into courses building wide for several years.  These presentations demonstrate some of the excellent work faculty have created.

Science teachers Alyssa Wiltjer, Jamie Brongiel, and Katie Giambeluca present “Building Independence in Science Through Reading and Writing”.  They provided participants with a variety of strategies they can use to enhance literacy in Science.  Participants obtained strategies on creating a solid summary, conducting literature circles, and developing a claim with evidence.

English teachers Diane Covert, Melissa Sethna, Mike Dayton, Ryan Buck, and Beth Willis present, “Let it Go:  Transforming the Traditional English Classroom with Student Choice”.   The group discussed the benefits of allowing students more choice in their reading.  It was amazing to see how many book students have read under this new approach compared to what they were reading in former English classes.  Students are also stretching themselves in what they are choosing to read.  These teachers are incredibly passionate about helping students become lifelong readers. They ARE changing the culture of reading in this building.  Reading is cool!

Social studies teachers Mary Plucinski, Nicole Malham, and Cynthia Henrichs present  “Prove It:  Developing Argumentative Writing Skills in Social Studies”.  Their presentation focused on strategies to enhance students’ argumentative writing.   They provided strategies on how to help students select evidence, provide context for evidence, and develop a warrant.  The participants were highly engaged and asked a lot of great questions.  Their presentation was even referenced in another session we were in!  It was absolutely excellent.

Letters to Mom Dinner
Last week, the MHS football players honored their mothers and female mentors.  The Letters to Mom dinner was created to help teach our young men to express their love and appreciation of others, to acknowledge the tremendous support they are blessed with, and to promote a healthy respect for all women.  Football players wrote letters to their mothers and read the letters to the audience.  It was a heart-warming event, and our young men did a wonderful job of honoring their mothers and other important women in their lives.

College and Career Resource Center

College Representative Visits:

University of Arkansas
Tue October 13, 2015
9:00 AM

Northern Michigan University
Tue October 13, 2015
9:30 AM

University of Illinois at Chicago
Wed October 14, 2015
8:00 AM

Rockford University
Wed October 14, 2015
9:15 AM

Millikin University
Wed October 14, 2015
10:00 AM


Autumn Choral Concert
The Mundelein High School Choral Department will present their first concert of the season on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm in the MHS auditorium. The choirs from Fremont Middle School, West Oak Middle School, and Hawthorn North Middle School will be joining the MHS choirs for an afternoon workshop, culminating in their performance at the concert. All of the MHS choirs and show choirs will be performing that night as well. There is a suggested $3 donation for the concert.

Best Buddies 
Informational meeting on Friday, October 9 at 7:25 am in the auditorium on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:25pm in B120. Best Buddies promotes social inclusion, integrated employment, and leadership development for unique individuals and groups. Best Buddies is a great way for students to create lifelong friendships and to get involved with the school and the community. For more information, please contact: Krysta Penuel, Best Buddies Co-Advisor or call 949-2200 x1258.

Mundelein Idol 
Members of the audience will choose the next Mundelein Idol Saturday, October 17 when the MHS show choirs host the annual event beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Cost is $8 to participate in the voting rounds and free to those who prefer to attend but not vote. The audience will vote after each of three rounds to eliminate contestants until the champion is crowned. Voters may purchase extra voting packets for $1 for the first round, $2 for the second and $5 for the third. The box office will open at 6:00pm for the sale of voting packets.

Contestants of all ages will represent Mundelein and many other towns and villages in Lake County. The top three vote-getters will earn cash prizes:  $200 for the winner along with the title, Mundelein Idol 2015; $50 for first runner-up and $25 for second runner-up.

Contact Cory Thompson ( or Stevee Bellas ( with any questions.

September Time-lapse Video of New Building Construction


Mundelein High School Girls Volleyball will host the Breast Cancer Awareness Match on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00pm between Mundelein and Lake Forest. This event supports THE LYNN SAGE CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION located at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.  Last year $2,000 was raised with approximately 94% going straight to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

On the night of the event, there will be raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  A donation of $5 for Adults and $3 for Children is asked for admission to the match.  Annual Breast Cancer Awareness t- shirts with a new design will be on sale in the bookstore starting Thursday, October 8. Short sleeve shirts are $10 and long sleeve shirts are $15. Both are in limited supply. If you have too many t- shirts, you can buy one and give it to a friend or a student or you can make a straight donation to the CAUSE at the bookstore.

If you wish to making a donation, please make checks payable to: LYNN SAGE CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION..

If anyone would like to HELP with this Event please contact Coach Dressen at

Staff Spot Light

Jonathan Mahoney – Social Worker 

Life before MHS – I was at Zion-Benton Twp HS for 6 years as a social worker and 3 years as a football coach as well.

What are your hobbies/interests? –  Sports, activities with my family        

Insider tip for parents –  Be aware, take an interest in your students and be aware of their friends and actions.  Don't be afraid to set limits.

Best part of working at MHS? – The people - students and staff!

You may not know... I was a captain of my college track team.

What college/university did you attend? Carroll University - BS in Psychology, Loyola University Chicago - Master of Social Work

How long have you worked at MHS? –  3rd year

Who or what inspires you? – My family - learn from my parents and my brother, work hard and set a good example for my own children.

What is your favorite part of your job? - It's different every day.

Good book recommendation? – From Jailer to Jailed by Bernard Kerik

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mundelein High School Graduation 2016 Update

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2016:

It’s not too early to starting thinking about graduation! We have compiled some important information about what you should know; including eligibility, dates, times, and costs.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact MHS at 847-949-2200 ext. 1230 for information.

MHS Graduation @ Sears Centre


Date, Time, and Place: Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 pm at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL. Seniors need to report to the Sears Centre by 2:00 pm.  Students may drive to the Sears Centre on their own, however, bus transportation to the Sears Centre and back to MHS will be available for students and their families who need it.  There will be no cost for  bus transportation.  Information regarding transportation services will be released in the spring.

Tickets, and Seating: Each graduate will be issued 15 tickets for guest seating. Tickets will be available for pick up outside the Main Office Tuesday, May 10 and Friday, May 13 during all lunch periods at the same time as cap and gown pick up.  The ticket table will be next to the cap and gown tables.   No additional tickets will be available. General seating will begin at 2:00 pm.


Students must meet all graduation requirements in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students are encouraged to check with their guidance counselors if they are uncertain of their eligibility status. Students who have outstanding fee balances on their school accounts will not be allowed to participate in end-of-year activities, including Prom, Senior Honors Ceremony, All Night Graduation Party, and Graduation. Fee balances are printed on the bottom of all progress reports and report cards. Please contact Mrs. Olson at extension 1235 with all fee questions.


Seniors will attend a Homeroom assembly on Wednesday, October 21 to receive information and order the graduation cap/tassel/alumni medal and rental gown. Graduates rent a custom gown and purchase the cap, tassel, and alumni medal. The cost is $41.00. These will be available for pick up on Tuesday, May 10 and Friday, May 13.

Graduation gowns are returned after the ceremony but before the student meets with parents upstairs at the Sears Centre.  We recommend taking cap and gown photographs with your student BEFORE the graduation ceremony.


If your student has not taken a senior yearbook photo, there will be one more chance. VIP (Visual Image Photography) will be at Mundelein High School to take underclass re-takes, and senior yearbook photos on Wednesday, October 21. VIP will be in the Mundelein Room from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm. There is no cost for this sitting, and there will be no opportunity for purchase. This is a yearbook only photo shoot for seniors.


Herff Jones will be at Mundelein High School on Wednesday, October 28, and Friday, October 30 to take orders for class rings, graduation announcements and other graduation products; including key chain tassels, picture frames, and sweatshirts.


Seniors will attend the annual Senior Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00 am in the MHS Auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.   It is not necessary to wear graduation gowns for Senior Honors Ceremony.


Graduation rehearsal will be held during Homeroom on Wednesday, May 11 in the North Gym.  It is not necessary to wear graduation gowns for rehearsal.


Please mark this date on your calendar: Friday, February 26 at 7:00 pm. Mr. Mustang will feature some of our own amazing Mundelein Senior Boys.

In order to promote a safe graduation season, parents and communities across the country join forces to provide alcohol-free and drug-free “All Night Parties” for their students.  These parties are a safe alternative to the drinking and driving from party to party that often takes place.

Mundelein High School’s Mustang Parent Club is proud to sponsor its 13th annual all night Graduation Party and Senior Memories Night on Friday, May 13, 2016.  Our previous graduating seniors have enjoyed this party and appreciated the chance to spend this time together.  The Mustang Parent Club is eager to provide this opportunity for our students again, this time for the Class of 2016.

We are in the planning phase, and we are asking any interested parents to attend a meeting at the high school on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 pm. Please contact Lisa Johnson at 847-370-6548 if you have any questions.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of the 2015 Senior Graduation Party.

Amour de Hair
Culver’s (Mundelein)
Jimano’s Pizza
On The Road Classics
Car Club
Beelow’s Steak House
Jimmy John’s
Philly G’s
Bill’s Pizza (Mundelein)
Einstein Bros Bagels
Lakeside Lanes
Bucke, Inc.
Elly’s Pancake House
Lou Malnatti’s
Starbucks (Mundelein)
Buffalo Wild Wings (VH)
Emil’s Pizza
Starbucks (Target-Vernon Hills)
Campus Colors
Epic Salon (Buffalo Grove)
Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre
Tavern on 60
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Franks for the Memories
McDonald’s (Mundelein)
Chicago White Sox
Gino’s East Pizza
Men’s Wearhouse
Crossroads of Ivanhoe
Hitz Pizza
Mundelein Community Center

Thursday, October 1, 2015

21st Century Automation Night

21st Century Automation Night
On Tuesday, November 3, MHS is hosting the “21st Century Automation Night.”  It is a chance to hear from people in the fields of engineering and automation (A.K.A: manufacturing).  Come and hear about the exciting new careers in these plants that are all around Lake County.  Many of them are looking for sharp people who are willing to be trained for a career that can last decades, with lots of great benefits and competitive pay.  Many of these companies will also pay for certifications…and possibly college degrees.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Mork, Fine & Applied Arts Department Chair.  (847) 949-2200 x1081, or:

ACT Bootcamp
The Literacy Center will be having an ACT Bootcamp (Click HERE for more INFO) for the English, reading, and writing portions of the ACT on October 8 at 7:30am and October 21 at 3:25pm.  If you have any students in your classes who would possibly be interested (from any grade level) please let them know they can find out more information and sign up for one of the sessions in the Literacy Center!

Calendar Reminder

Tuesday, October 6 - Schedule “C”. Student dismissal at 11:00am.


National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students
Congratulations to our National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students; Elise Campbell, Kevin Fung, Abigail Grein, Minh Le, and Angela Peterson. Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 PSAT/NMSQT. “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. Elise, Kevin, Abigail, Minh, and Angela will be recognized at the Senior Honors Assembly in May.

Photographs from the week

Brittany Vilanueva ‘18 laughs outside of the school in the evening after her cheer practice.

The MHS Varsity volleyball team sings the national anthem together on their teacher appreciation night against Deerfield.

Mr. Hirshman addresses the second Model UN meeting on September 30th.

College & Career Resource Center

College Rep Visits scheduled for next week:
Marquette University (Katie Hennicke)    Monday, October 5 - 9:00 am


Monday, October 5, MHS Orchesis club will present their first performance of the 2015-16 school year. Performance will include various styles of dance choreographed and performed by Orchesis club members and the Dance PE class. The club members will host a youth  dance clinic on Sunday, October 4th from 1-2:30. Kids Pre-school - 8th grade will work on dance technique and learn a dance to perform in the Monday night show. Cost of the clinic is $15 and includes a Tshirt. Admission to the show is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students.

Universidad de Padres
Spanish Speaking Parents: Universidad de Padres will have its first meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 6-8 PM. Please visit the Universidad de Padres page for more information. Hope to see you there. Jesús M. Tirado, Assistant Principal;, 847-949-2200, extension 1402.

Indoor Marching Band Concert
Mundelein High School’s Marching Mustangs will perform an indoor concert Thursday, October 8, 2015 beginning at 7pm in the MHS main gym. There is no admission charge for the concert.


VIP delivered athletic team and individual picture this week.  Coaches will be handing out the picture in the next few days.  If you have any question about your picture order, please contact VIP’s customer service representatives at 1-800-577-9570, M-F, 8am - 5pm.

Staff Spot Light

Jesus Tirado – Assistant Principal

Life before MHS – Teacher, Dean, Assistant Principal from K-12

What are your hobbies/interests? – My hobbies and interest revolve around sports. I am either watching or playing a sport on a daily basis. The two sports I still play are golf (during warm weather) and basketball (picking it up again playing once a week with other MHS staff members). When it comes to sports I watch on TV or in person, baseball is my favorite by far (GO CUBS GO!!). I also enjoy watching the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and NIU Football – GO HUSKIES!!! If none of my favorite teams are on television, I watch all sports - tennis, soccer, golf, rugby, and even curling.            

Insider tip for parents – Consistency and routine are crucial for bringing up well-rounded kids. My children go to bed at the same time every single day no matter where we are – it helps with their health as they get their necessary hours of sleep, but also it limits grumpiness.

Best part of working at MHS? – I believe I came to MHS at a time where we are reflecting on how to make the Mundelein High School Experience the best one in Lake County (ultimately, the world). I enjoy discussing best practices and new ideas to ensure ALL our students leave MHS prepared to succeed in the college and personal careers.

You may not know... I am happily married to my wife, Maribel, who supports everything I do in my career. The decision to join MHS was a family decision, so much that we are moving to Grayslake, so I may be able to be the best assistant principal and Papi (father) to our 4 sons.

What college/university did you attend? I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University; Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University; presently attending Western Illinois University working on a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with Superintendent Endorsement.
How long have you worked at MHS? – As of October 1, it has been 3 months that I have been an MHS staff member.

Who or what inspires you? – Born in Cotuí, San Germán, Puerto Rico, a small mountain town where my family still does not have hot water and electricity did not arrive at my abuelo’s (grandparents’) home until the early 90’s, I have experienced poverty at its lowest aside from being a foster child,  growing up in a single-parent home, and a first-generation student, During my life, I have had many people who have inspired me (other than my mother), with all happening to also be educators – Mr. Vega (1st grade), Mrs. and Dr. Dailey (foster parents), Mrs. Henry (6th-7th), Mr. Brydie, and Mr. Milkie. I am inspired by having the opportunity to be a role model for my sons and students. The one way I feel I can best inspire is by sharing my story as it will connect with anyone and everyone I come in contact with on a daily basis.

What is your favorite part of your job? - My favorite part of my job is working with such amazing people who are wanting the best for all our students. A special thank you to Mrs. Amanda Parola for making the transition a lot smoother by helping me learning the Mundelein Way.

Good book recommendation – A great book for both educators and parents is Yardsticks, a book that gives insight into the development of children at different ages. I first read it as an educator, but I also use it as a parent.