Thursday, March 31, 2016

MHS Hosts IL Representative Carol Sente

This week, Representative Carol Sente visited Mundelein High School to hear from school officials on pressing educational issues such as state testing, financial pressures on schools, school safety, and special education.  Superintendent Dr. Kevin Myers toured the new building with Rep. Sente and discussed how MHS was focusing on authentic real life experiences for students.

Dr. Kevin Myers, D120 Superintendent (right) and IL Representative Carol Sente tour the new STEM building at Mundelein High School.

New STEM lab will foster student directed research.

Daylight harvesting systems will turn off lights in areas with sufficient sunlight.

Cabinets are being added to 3rd floor science labs this week. 


Internet Safety Presentation
An Internet Safety Presentation will be delivered to freshman students by MHS staff the week of April 11th. The presentation will cover topics such as; Cyberbullying, Online Privacy, and Inappropriate Content. The purpose of the presentation is to help students understand how to keep themselves safe online as well as what resources are available. Students will be reminded of their support teams at MHS which includes a guidance counselor, social worker and dean of students as well as our school resource officer. The resource for this presentation is NetSmartz, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Following is the link to the resource utilized for the presentation

If you would like your son or daughter to opt out of the presentation, please contact Samantha Smigielski at 847-949-2200 ext. 1342.

Cafeteria News
A reminder that Quest has opened the panini grill in the snack bar. Check out the menu for April - chocolate milkshakes will be available online on April 6th! Quest menus are made with fresh ingredients, and offer fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Join us in the cafeteria!

Class of 2017 Senior Portrait Information
Representatives from Visual Image Photography (VIP) will be at MHS on Wednesday, April 6 to present senior portrait information to all Juniors during homeroom. A table will be set up outside the Main Office from 11:30am-2:00pm for students to make appointments.


Neukam signs to play football for Coe College

Justin Neukam has signed a letter of intent to play football next year at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his MHS athletic career, played football, ran track, and was a member of Student Athlete Leadership Team [SALT].

Justin plans to major in physical education and to work as a teacher and coach. He’s looking forward to playing football next year at Coe.


Spring Honors Band Concert
Thursday, April 7th, 7:00pm MHS Auditorium. Featuring the Winners of the Mundelein Concerto Competition:  Rolin Blake (Tuba), Katie Lambert (Trombone). Music Performed will include:  Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Zacateca’s March by Genaro Codina, Canzona by Peter Menin, and Commando March by Samuel Barber

Evening of Jazz
Saturday, April 9th, DOORS OPEN @ 6pm and the Concert Begins at 6:30pm. This event will feature all four MHS jazz bands performing in a relaxed environment in the MHS Cafeteria.  There will be a Silent Auction and Raffle with a number of items from area Mundelein Businesses.  Please support the Mundelein Community and hear great jazz music! The event is free.

MHS choirs to perform at St. Mary’s in Fremont
Mundelein High School’s Master Singers and Select Women’s Ensemble will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church at 22333 W. Erhart RD. While the

concert is free, donations will be accepted for #BakerBrave, a charity to help support the medical expenses of an MHS staff member and family. The concert is expected to last about 75 minutes with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall of the church. Some of the pieces to be performed include Until We Sing Again; Hold Me, Rock Me; John Leavitt’s Petite Mass; Praise His Holy Name; Ave Verum; Salmo 150 and others.

Cory Thompson and Stevee Bellas are the vocal directors at Mundelein High School.
“The students began working on this music in January and are extremely excited to present this wonderful night of music at St. Mary’s,” Thompson explained.

Prom 2016
The 2016 Mundelein High School Prom is quickly approaching!  Prom will be held Friday, May 6th, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM at the Marriott Lincolnshire in the Grand Marquee Pavilion.  All Mundelein High School Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend.  This year’s theme is An Enchanted Evening.

Tickets will be sold the week of Monday April 11th to Friday, April 29th at the MHS Bookstore.  All student accounts must be in good standing in order to purchase tickets. Students are encouraged to purchase Prom tickets as early as possible. Upon purchasing a ticket, students may designate their seating preferences.  Once designated, seating arrangements cannot be changed.  The price per ticket is $75.00.


All necessary forms will be available online, in the Guidance Office and in the Bookstore.
Students who are planning to bring a date that does not attend MHS must complete the Application for Admission to Mundelein High School Dance Form found in the Dean’s Office. This form must be completed and approved by the Dean’s Office before tickets are purchased.  The Deans are requesting students who are bringing an outside guest to have forms in one week before ticket purchase.

Remember, no tickets will be sold after April 29th.
·         There will be no transportation provided to the event.
·         Students will be allowed to leave Prom early, but will not be allowed to re-enter.
·         Students must bring school I.D. cards to be admitted to Prom.
·         No temporary I.D.s will be accepted.
The sponsor of this event is Brittany Bray (; 847-949-2200 ext. 1022)

College and Career Center

CLC Events focus on Careers
College of Lake County to host April information sessions on business and other careers
Careers in fields ranging from business to fire science technology will be the focus of information sessions being offered at the College of Lake County in April. Each session lasts about an hour and includes an overview of duties, a typical day, salary, job outlook and educational requirements. No RSVP is required. Unless noted otherwise, the sessions will take place at the Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. in Grayslake.

Fire Science Technology: Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m. in Room T234
Human Services: April 20, 6-8 p.m. in Room D132
Criminal Justice: April 21, 5 p.m. in Room D132
Computer Information Technology: April 25, 6 p.m. in Room T131
Business: April 25, 6 p.m. in Room T117
Paralegal Studies: April 27, 6 p.m. in Room T130; May 2 at 9 a.m.

View all of CLC’s credit program information sessions by academic division at Registration is now open for CLC’s three-week Intersession (May 17 to June 3) and eight-week Summer Session (June 6 to July 30) as well as the Fall Semester (Aug. 22 to Dec. 16).

To view summer course offerings and learn more about how to become a student, visit Fall Semester information is at


Boys Volleyball Fundraiser for Bear Necessities
The MHS boys volleyball program will host a Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation match vs. Vernon Hills High School on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Gym. This will be a benefit game in memory of Ian Turkula, a 2013 MHS graduate and volleyball player who lost his fight to brain cancer in January 2014. Donations to enter are $3 for children and $5 for adults.

“The donations will represent a remembrance of Ian’s life and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation who supported him and his family during his battle with cancer,” said Head Volleyball Coach George Dressen.

A 50/50 raffle will take place during the evening and Bear Necessities Bears will also be sold for a minimum $20 donation. These Bears are normally given to the children who are fighting cancer.
Donations also may be made any time up to the event date at the MHS bookstore. Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
A memorial for Ian is on display at the volleyball awards display case outside the main gym.

Bob Bohl Gymnastics Invite
On Friday, April 8, Mundelein High School will be hosting the Varsity Bob Bohl Gymnastics Invite. The meet will start at 6:00 PM.  On Saturday, April 9, Mundelein High School will be hosting the Fr/Soph Bob Bohl Gymnastics Invite.  This meet will start at 10:00 AM.

Photos from the week:

Alexandrea Guiritan '16, Adriana Salse '16, and VIvian Lee '16 pose for a group shot before the annual variety show. The girls performed a medley of childhood songs and called their group Destiny Spice, a mashup of Destiny's Child and the Spice Girls. "We tried to get a bunch of really relatable, recognizable songs for the audience," said Guiritan. Photo by Jennimai Nguyen

Rubi Rodriguez '16 and Chase Cranford '16 have lunch and sit in the library working on scholarship applications for financial aid for college. Rodriguez said, "It was stressful but I got a lot done." Photo taken by Niki Patel

Emma Mizialko '16 reads her book, Twelfth Night, for Honors English 4. The English classes are going to see Twelfth Night for English on April 1. Mizialko said, "There was a part of my book that I didn't finish, so I was finishing it up before school." Photo taken by Jordyn Baim

Erica Peterson '16 stands in the gymnastics gym after orchesis practice in the morning. She has been in the orchesis show throughout her entire high school experience and this term will be her final show. Peterson said, "Waking up in the morning can be difficult but I enjoy practicing with the other girls to perfect our dance." Photo taken by Bridget Smith

Group Interpretation takes 8th place at their sectional competition on Saturday, March 19 at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. The cast includes, Elise Campbell '16, Henry Dumblauskas '18, Joseph Salit '19, Jenna Panos '17, Max Basso '17, Annoha Dasari '19, and Natalie Williams '19. The group was lead and directed by English Teacher, Mark Landuyt. Mr. Landuyt said of the performance, "Although we didn't place in the top 3, it [was] the best performance they ever did. They rocked it." Photo by Jenna Panos

Staff Spot Light

Mark Michalski - Science Teacher

What are your hobbies/interests? – Woodworking, Music, Sports, problem solving and building / fixing things
Insider tip for parents – Encourage your student to have awe and wonder about the world around them, then go find out what makes it work.

Best part of working at MHS? – Co-Workers and Leadership; Support and Freedom to Experiment

What college/university did you attend? Purdue University & National Louis University

How long have you worked at MHS?   4 + .33 + .25

Life before MHS - Abbott - Change Management Group (Lab Procedure Quality Control) & Mark's Precision Carpentry - Residential remodeling and Carpentry (still active)
Who or what inspires you? – The students I teach.

You may not know...I almost dropped out of college.

 What is your favorite part of your job? - Working with people every day and getting the opportunity to learn from students and teachers alike.  Friday Science Lunches are pretty great too!

Good book recommendation? – For the love of Physics

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Break & On Time Arrival To Class

It is hard to believe this is the first week of the Term 4!  The school year is flying by and with Spring Break next week, the end of the year will be upon us before you know it.  Please enjoy the week off from school, relax, sleep in and recharge in order to make the last 8 weeks of school the best possible.

When MHS reconvenes classes after Spring Break, the staff will be focusing on students arriving to class on time.  Students have been reminded of the expectation for them to be on time for each class, every day.  In particular, students are required to follow a pass policy if they would like to receive academic assistance during Homeroom.  Please reinforce this expectation in conversations with your child and express the importance of using every minute of the class period to better themselves.

Mustang News will continue after Spring Break but you can always follow breaking news on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


MHS to Attend American Legion Boys/Girls State
MHS has the unique opportunity to send four representatives to the nationally-recognized leadership/government summer program for juniors sponsored by the American Legion: Boys/Girls State. This  week-long program at Eastern Illinois University is now celebrating its 76th year – many presidents and political leaders took advantage of Boys/Girls State in their home states when they were in high school. The cost is fully underwritten by the Mundelein American Legion/Auxiliary . At Boys/Girls State, MHS representatives will run for offices, take courses in civics and government, attend guest speaker presentations and participate in athletic and music events. Two of the 600 attendees from all corners of the state will be selected to attend Boys/Girls Nation and the group will  meet President Obama. Selection for this prestigious program is considered an honor by universities and service academies. Interested juniors should attend the overview session on Monday, March 14, at the Literacy Center to learn about eligibility and essay submission due dates.

Cafeteria News
Students look for some upcoming changes to the snack bar after spring break: The bread & bowl Concept!   Quest will be offering the paninis in the snack bar and chopped salads made to order.


MHS junior receives summer internship
Mayela Correa, junior AVID student

Mayela Correa, junior AVID student, will be working with a funded University of Illinois-Chicago cancer researcher this summer. She applied, interviewed, and was tapped for the highly selective 8-week  researcHStarts program and will begin hands-on research as an active member of a cancer research group. The acclaimed program, which is jointly sponsored by Uof I, UIC and the University of Chicago, provides a handful of high school students with lab positions and supplements their education with workshops and seminars that offer the critical thinking and presentation skills needed in today’s medical research arena. For her contribution to the team, she’ll be awarded a significant stipend.

2013 Alum, Robert Knar, to play in NCAA tournament for Northern  Iowa
MHS 2013 graduate, Robert Knar, will play in the NCAA Tournament for Northern Iowa. His first appearance will be Friday, March 18, when his team will take on Texas. Knar holds the record as the top scorer in MHS basketball history with a career total of 2,003 points scored.

51st Mundelein Invitational
On Saturday, March 12 MHS hosted twenty-six high school and middle school jazz bands for the 51st Annual Mundelein Invitational.  Students came from schools throughout the state of Illinois, including students from Chicago, the Chicago Suburbs, and even students from Champaign.   Each band performed in front of a panel of jazz professionals including:  Bob Lark, Dana Hall, Mark Colby, Chris Madsen, Tim Coffman, Jarrard Harris, Don Shupe, Alex Beltran and Ryan Jacobi.  One of the highlights of the festival was that each band in attendance received an extended 45 minute clinic with one of the jazz professionals.  Chris Madsen’s jazz group, Kings of the Lobby, were the guest artists and performed a highly entertaining hour-long set in front of a packed auditorium around the noon hour.There is a competition aspect to the festival and the Honor Band for the 2016 Mundelein Invitational was the Prospect High School Jazz Ensemble.


Group Interpretation

Rehearsals for MHS’s 2016 Group Interpretation production of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One are underway as they prepare for Sectional competition. The next evening performance showcase will be held on Friday, March 18 at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium. Adult admission $5.00 student and senior

Universidad de Padres
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:30-8 PM, Universidad de Padres will host its last event of the year. This will be an opportunity for Spanish-speaking families of current MHS and future Class of 2020 students to celebrate the great things happening at Mundelein High School, as well as learn more about  what Mundelein High School has to offer. There will be food served and opportunity to win some cool MHS gear. If you have any questions, please contact Jesús M. Tirado at


Mundelein High School will be hosting a Varsity Boys Water Polo Invite on Friday, 3/19 and Saturday, 3/20.   Games start at 4:30pm on Friday and 8:30am on Saturday.  There is no cost to get into this event.  Please come out and support the boys water polo team.  Good luck to Coach Gates and the team.

There are sporting events scheduled during spring break.  Please check the athletic schedules on-line for times and locations.

Summer camps are coming soon.  Camps will be posted on the website starting April 15th.

Check out our newest sport - Girls' Lacrosse!  41 girls have joined in the first year of this long awaited sport!  Go Mustangs!!!
The first ever MHS Girls' Lacrosse Team!

Photographs from the Week:

Angelica Diaz, '19, Anushka Desai, '19, and Emma Aculado, '19, laugh at a picture on Diaz's phone before heading home. "They always make me laugh and feel better if I'm in a bad mood," Desai says. Photo taken by Claire Kim

Substitute teacher Mr. Knowles shows off his school pride in room B102 on the opening day of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Photo taken by Ryan Magee

Reese Dolan '16 finishes his AP psychology homework during homeroom. Dolan usually likes to spend time talking with his friends during homeroom. "Most of the time I have my homework done, I just have days where I need to finish a little more" Dolan says. Photo taken by Diana Gulyeva

Claire Bullington '17 takes notes during Ms. Kluber's third period math class. She was doing some practice problems on polynomials. "Learning something new is hard at first, but Ms. Kluber's one of my favorite teachers, so it isn't as bad." Bullington says. Photo taken by Rosie Gomez

Tania Silva '17 and Daniela Celaya '18 take pictures together at Best Buddies Prom at Vernon Hills High School on March 12, 2016. This is an annual event where surrounding Best Buddies districts attend to have a an eventful time. Silva said, "dancing the night away was a blast with one of my best friends." Photo taken by Jenny Rojo

Counters and cabinets are being installed in the Project Lead the Way Lab in the new building.

Glass is installed on the south facing window of floor 3.

Brick pavers are installed on the 3rd story balcony.

Staff Spot Light

Jerri Craven - Family Consumer Science Teacher

What are your hobbies/interests? –  I like to cook, hike, and travel.
Insider tip for parents –  My biggest tip would be to listen to your child.  Make eye contact and listen to what they are saying.

Best part of working at MHS? – Best part of working at MHS is the people I work with and the students.

What college/university did you attend? Purdue University

How long have you worked at MHS? –  Been here since 1989.

Who or what inspires you? – My children inspire me to be the best I can be.

What is your favorite part of your job? - Working with the students and learning about them as individuals.

Good book recommendation? – I finally finished the Divergent series of books. I really enjoyed them. They were an entertaining read.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

PARCC & ACT Testing Next Week

Next week, MHS will begin PARCC testing for 9th grade students and ACT for 11th grade students.  Below, a schedule of testing dates have been included.  For more information, click HERE for the MHS testing website.

The best way for a student to prepare for these exams at this time is to have a good night sleep, a healthy breakfast, and hydrate by drinking water.


Click HERE to view a state testing letter from Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Tony Smith letter to parents regarding PARCC Spring 2016 Assessment.

PARCC Day 1 
Monday, March 14 (1st day of Term 4)
All freshmen (English exam) will test during 1st period and HR in the Main and North Gyms.

Algebra students will continue to test through 2nd period. These students will be excused from their 2nd period class.

Tuesday, March 15 (2nd day of Term 4)
This is a testing day, therefore students not testing will not attend school.

ACT: All 3rd year students will take the ACT exam. Regular testing will be from 7:45am-11:30am. Students with accommodations may take longer.

PARCC: All freshmen will take two English exams to complete the English Assessment.

BUSES: Buses will run a normal morning pick-up route. Two bus routes (11:45am and 3:30pm) will run for students when their exams are complete.

PARCC Days 3-4
Thursday, March 17 and Thursday, April 7
The remaining two math exams would be administered for only the Algebra 1 students.
Test administration will start at 7:45am and will be completed during the late-start portion of the day.

Buses will run a normal morning pick-up route in addition to the late start route.

2016-2017 Registration
Online registration for the 2016-2017 school year has begun.  Information and registration codes (Snap codes) have been mailed home to all current students.  View registration information on the D120 website ( and go to the “Registration” link on the left hand side.  Parents and guardians may upload proof of residency documents via the online registration program, mail them in, or have a student bring them into the Main Office. Parents and guardians of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors must complete registration online and provide residency documents by May 27, 2016. Please call 847-949-2200, ext. 1260 with any questions regarding registration.

Payment of 2016-2017 School fees
If parents and guardians submit registration payment by March 30, 2016, they will receive the early rate of $200.00. For any payments received after March 30, 2016, the standard rate of $225.00 will apply.  A mandatory $50.00 technology fee is also assessed in order to support district hardware, and licensing agreements, and the use of a MHS issued Chromebook. Payment of school fees may be done online ( - find the “RevTrak” link), in person at the Bookstore/Payment Center during school hours, or checks may be sent in the mail.  Please call 847-949-2200 ext. 1235 with any questions regarding school fees and payment.

#BakerBrave Fundraiser
Quest Food Services will host a fundraiser in the cafeteria on March 17, 2016.

They will be selling shamrock cookies for $1.00 & Mint shakes for $2.00.

All proceeds will benefit Maureen Baker (MHS Special Education teacher) and family to support two year Noah and his fight against Neuroblastoma.


Mundelein High School earns Districts of Distinction Award
Click HERE to read about why MHS was honored with this award!  Teaser alert:  It has to do with the student run Technology Support Internship program which supports all technology needs at MHS!

MHS junior brings home gold from state art exhibition
Mundelein High School junior, Michael Del Rosario, won the Gold Prize for Photography at the Illinois High School Art Education [IHSAE] General Exhibition held March 6 in Chicago. Each year more than 100 city, suburban, public and private high schools participate from across the Chicagoland area. Schools enter more than 2,500 student works of art in to several categories for adjudication.

“The IHSAE General Exhibition is a ‘Best of the Best’ high school art competition developed to recognize students for their artistic excellence [akin to State Finals for Art],” said Jonathan Pruc, MHS art instructor.

Del Rosario is among the 500 student artists selected will now have the opportunity to compete against each other for IHSAE awards and scholarships.

SoundFX earns first runner-up in Chicagoland Showcase
Mundelein High School's all-male show choir, SoundFX, was named first runner-up in the Chicagoland Showcase held March 5 at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. SoundFX and Lights performed in the unisex division while Sound sang in the open class division. SoundFX earned their first runner-up position in a field of seven top show choirs from the Midwest. Six MHS students also competed in the solo competition at the event where Dominic Cappuccilli earned second place in the men's division.

The MHS show choirs will wrap up their competitive season March 18-20 at the LaCrosse Central Grand River Show Choir Invitational.


Group Interpretation
Rehearsals for MHS’s 2016 Group Interpretation production of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One are underway. Performaces will be March 16 and Friday, March 18 at 7pm in the MHS Auditorium. Adult admission $5.00, student and senior $3.00.

Music Invite
The Mundelein High School Music Department will host its the 51st. Mundelein Invitational on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Twenty six  bands will be playing for some of the best Jazz Educators in the Chicago Area. You can find a list of performance time on the following link click here for schedule of events. Performance times from 8:15am -5:30pm in the Auditorium and Band Room. Please come and listen to some great area jazz bands. For more information please click here.

MHS staff hosted Variety Show to benefit one of their own families
The staff of Mundelein High School rallied around the needs of one of their own to present a staff talent show Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. The event raised upwards of $1300. which will go directly to ‪#‎BakerBrave. "You have all left me speechless! Matt, Avery and I were so happy that we were able to be there tonight witness the unbelievable show," said Maureen Baker, MHS faculty member whose son, Noah is dealing with difficult medical issues. "I am so honored to work with the best 'village' there is out there!"

The show included a number of varied acts and staff members from almost every department in the high school.

"Our performers were amazing, all the behind the scenes people were incredible, and what great support from those of you that not only attended but encouraged our students to attend," said Jeff Harding, math instructor and organizer of the event. "It was absolutely a magical evening. It sure made me proud to be a Mustang!"

MHS Student Variety Show set for Thursday, March 17.
Following last week’s Staff Variety Show, the students at Mundelein High School are holding their own show Thursday, March 17, beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. The admission is a suggested donation of $2 and all proceeds will go to the same charity to help the family of an MHS staff member. Prizes will be raffled from local businesses and will also include a free Prom ticket.
Variety will be the theme as a number of different acts will perform during the show. Some of those will include a jazz band ensemble, juggler, beatboxer, singing groups and solos, a DJ, a rapper, an Indian Dancer and a ballet dance, among others.

Orchesis Show set for Monday, March 14.
Mundelein High School’s Orchesis Club will present its dance show Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Cost of the show is $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

The show will feature solos, duets and small group dances choreographed and performed by MHS Orchesis members. The MHS PE Dance class will also perform their Term 3 class dances. In addition, young dancers from the community will showcase their dance alongside Orchesis members based on their participation in a youth dance clinic held March 6.

Free STEM Career Expo at Fermilab
Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois is hosting a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Career Expo for Chicagoland high school students on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fermilab's Wilson Hall in Batavia.

Career representatives may include: Acoustics Engineer, Actuary, Analytical Chemist, Astrophysicist, Biologist, Biotechnologist, Chemical Engineer, Chemist, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Environmental Scientist, Food Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Geologist, Mechanical Engineer, Nuclear Engineer, Optical Engineer, Physicist, Software Engineer, Statistician, and more!

No pre-registration is required.  Parking is free and available on the west side of Wilson Hall.  Overflow parking is available at the Lederman Science Center.  Enter Wilson Hall on the ground or first floor.

For more information, visit

If you have specific questions about the STEM Career Expo, feel free to contact Susan Dahl below.

Susan Dahl, Lederman Science Center, Education Office
P.O. Box 777, Batavia, IL 60510-0500
(630) 840-3094,

CLC hosts Science Olympiad March 12
About 1,000 middle and high school science students will gather at the College of Lake County on Saturday, March 12 for the Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad Competition.

With event titles such as “Bottle Rocket,” “Forensics,” “Wind Power” and “Robot Arm,” the events allow students to do cool science experiments and participate in heated competitions. The 2016 Science Olympiad runs from 7:40 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The competitions will be held at locations throughout the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.

Some of the most popular and spectator-friendly events involve robots, bridge building, wheeled vehicles and elastic launch gliders, and visitors are invited to watch the events. CLC faculty members will serve as event supervisors.

The top five middle school teams and the top four high school teams advance to the state competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For information on the competition, visit

College and Career Center

Registration for summer and fall classes begins March 10
Registration begins March 10 for the College of Lake County’s three-week Intersession (May 17 to June 3) and eight-week Summer Session (June 6 to July 30) as well as the Fall Semester (Aug. 22 to Dec. 16). To view summer course offerings and learn more about how to become a student, visit

Unsure about what career to pursue? 
Learn more at free information sessions. Each session lasts about an hour and includes an overview of the career field, salary, job outlook and educational requirements. No RSVP is required. View a schedule of information sessions by academic division at Or if you want to complete short-term training to become a truck driver, real estate agent, pharmacy technician or veterinary technician, view a list of Continuing Professional Development programs and information sessions at

CLC also offers an array of noncredit personal enrichment courses and camps, on topics ranging from astronomy to cooking to computers, for students of all ages, from children through retirees. To learn more, call (847) 543-2615 or visit


College Signing
Zachary Zagula has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Adrian College in Michigan.

During his high school career he was on the baseball team, a member of Student Athletes Leadership Team [SALT] and was part of the NSC Leadership. Zach plans to major in advertising.

LZMW Hockey
Sunday, March 13 at 12:40pm at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. LZMW Varsity will play Mt. Carmel in a quarterfinal game of the State Championships in the Varsity White division. The State Championships are hosted by AHAI, the state's governing body. AHAI is charging an admission fee of $3.00.

LZMW and Mt. Carmel have similar seeds, so even though we have no common opponents, on paper it looks like a good match.

Our LZMW coaches and players will give everything they have to bring home a WIN.

Dance Team
The varsity  Dance team this winter had a team GPA of 3.852 with all 13 members having a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  Congratulation ladies!

Picture Day
Spring sport picture day will be Tuesday, March 15th after school.  Please see your coach for time and place.

Photos from the Week

Happy MHS students!
Lights competing at the Chicagoland Showcase at Hersey High School.

Sound FX competing at the Chicagoland Showcase at Hersey High School.

Counters and cabinets for the Project Lead the Way room being installed.

Workers install paver bricks on 3rd story balcony.

Touring Hawthorn Woods Administrative Team through the new building.

Second floor of the new building...drywall and painting this week.

Touring Hawthorn Woods Administrative Team through the new building.

View of varsity baseball field from the new building.

Staff Spotlight

Chad Oldham - Math Instructor

What are your hobbies/interests? –  traveling, cooking, the outdoors, spending time with family.
Insider tip for parents –  Your students need your positive influences in their lives a lot more than they need ours.

Best part of working at MHS? – The whole community.  I really enjoy the relationships I have with both my colleagues and the students I teach/coach.

You may not know…  I was a ski bum in Jackson, WY for a year after college.

What college/university did you attend? Taylor University.

How long have you worked at MHS? –  This is my 9th year.

Who or what inspires you? – My 5-month old baby girl is such a blessing and has given me a renewed excitement in life.

 What is your favorite part of your job? Seeing students get excited about learning.

Good book recommendation? – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.