Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 29, 2016 Mustang News

The school year is quickly coming to an end.  With three weeks left of the year, please note the different events celebrating our students and their achievements by attending the end of the year events such as the musical, Orchesis, choir & concerts, or one of the may athletic events happening on campus almost every night in May.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!  MHS has a number of events to honor our educators.  Please pass along a kind word to our staff to let them know their hard work is very appreciated.


Free AP Exam Review on Saturday
A free AP exam review is scheduled for Saturday, April 30 from 8:00-11:30 am at Mundelein High School.  AP teachers will lead review sessions to help students prepare for upcoming AP exams.   The scheduled is listed below.  Students should register for AP exam review sessions at this link:

8:00-8:20 am: Breakfast and opening session in the District Meeting Room (outside Media Center)
8:30-9:20 am:  Session 1
9:30-10:20 am:  Session 2
10:30-11:20 am:  Session 3

Last Day to Order A Yearbook!
Today, April 29, is the last day for pre-ordering a 2015-2016 yearbook. If you want to keep alive the memories of your friends, teachers and important events from the year, then buy one! The price for a yearbook is $50, so buy a yearbook at the bookstore or purchase it online through RevTrak at

May 3: See robotics in action at CLC
An evening showcasing robotics in action will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the P.E. Center (Building 7) on the College of Lake County Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St.
Discover the exciting world of robotics with hands-on activities, such as trying your hand at the controls or creating your own robot. In addition, you can watch robots in action made by local teams and learn how robotics technology is used. Robotics Night is designed for people of all ages.
Preregistration at is recommended. For more information, email Professor Jan Edwards at or contact the CLC Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division at (847) 543-2044.

This event is cosponsored by the CLC Engineering department and Biological and Health Sciences division.

Here is the link to Congressman Dold's speech from the floor of the House of Representatives.
On the floor of the Illinois Assembly, Congressman Dold complements MHS for the DOORs Internship program and how the program links students to future careers!  Congressman Dold visited MHS on Monday this week to visit an AP Government class and tour the new building.

New building photo to appear on next year's student planner.

Congressman Dold (left), Dr. Myers, D120 Superintendent, hear about programming features from MHS principal Dr. Kroll.

Student courtyard

Congressman Dold talks with AP Government students.

Cafeteria News
Asiago Crusted Chicken for lunch on Friday, April 29!

Students are reminded to pay any money owed on their student lunch account by the last day of school, May 18.  Check out the breakfast and lunch menus for May-

Calendar Reminders - May 2016
Friday, May 6 - “E” Schedule -  Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Prom)
Thursday, May 12 - “A” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 3:20pm (Senior Finals day)
Monday, May 16 - “E” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Finals study day)
Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 - “D” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 12:45pm (Term 4 Finals)

Class of 2016 Important Dates
Tuesday, May 10 - Cap & Gown, and ticket pick up 11:35am-1:45pm - Outside the Main Office
Tuesday, May 10 - Senior Honors Ceremony - 7:00pm MHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 11 - Graduation practice - during Homeroom
Thursday, May 12 - Senior Finals (Regular “A” Schedule)
Friday, May 13 - Last chance cap & gown, and ticket pick up (time TBA)
Sunday, May 15 - GRADUATION!!  All seniors must report to the Sears Center by 2:00pm


MHS senior earns silver medal award in national competition
Mundelein High School senior, Douglas Alberts, has earned a silver medal in the art portfolio category of The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
National Medalists represent less than one percent of submissions to the 2016 Scholastic Awards. This year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of art and writing. Only 2,400 medals were awarded at the national level.

The award-winner’s work involved eight 60-second short films that combine graphic design with animation.

The award winners have been invited to attend the annual National Events in New York City, with a National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 2. Art and writing from Gold Medalists will be featured in the National Exhibition at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery. The exhibition will be on display June 2-12.
Alberts has earned a scholarship to enroll in the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL.

MHS students pack 132 boxes at FMSC
Students in Current World Issues class spent Friday working at Feed My Starving Children in

Libertyville. They packed 132 boxes of food that will feed hundreds of children. Cynthia Henrichs and Nicole Malham, who both teach the course, accompanied the students.

MHS instructor named nominee for NEAF teaching excellence award
Andrew Hirshman, a social studies instructor at Mundelein High School, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association [IEA] as its nominee for a National Education Association Foundation [NEAF] Award for Teaching Excellence.

Hirshman was recognized for the nomination April 21 in Rosemont at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA. Some 1,200 delegates, guests and state dignitaries attended the event.
“Andrew Hirshman is an educational leader and innovator who is committed to schools and students,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna. “He not only devotes his professional life to education in Mundelein, he creates opportunities for his students to connect with other students and educators here and in other countries. His world view engages his students and expands their horizons.”

In selecting Hirshman for the award, the IEA awards committee cited several of his specific accomplishments. Hirshman engaged his students with educational trips to Asia, Europe and Africa. He set up on-line discussion boards between his students and those in several South African schools. He traveled to Africa to observe and learn about effective teaching practices. In Mundelein, he is a sponsor of extra-curricular activities, and created a student peer jury based on the principles of restorative justice. Hirshman also serves as a trustee of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System.


A Night of Percussion set for May 3
The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will host its third annual Mundelein Night of Percussion Tuesday, May 3, beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium. Students from the band department will showcase their talents with multiple percussive instruments including the marimba, xylophone, drum set and buckets. Ryan Jacobi is the percussion instructor; Jerald Shelato and Andy Sturgeon direct the instrumental program.

MHS choirs to present two concerts in two days
Mundelein High School’s choirs will present concerts on Wednesday, May 4 and Thursday, May 5, both in the MHS Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The concerts are free but donations will be accepted toward a year-long fund drive for #BakerBrave.

The May 4 concert will be the final concert choir performances featuring the Treble Choir, Women’s Choir, Select Women’s Ensemble and Master Singers. Songs on the program include For Good, from Wicked, Let the River Run, Africa and Cups. The concert will close with the choirs’ traditional end of year song, I Carry You in My Heart.

On May 5, the show choirs will perform. These include the award-winning SoundFX, Lights and Sound. They will present material from their competition shows along with new songs And So It Goes, Flight and Pompeii. As part of tradition, alumni will be welcomed onto the stage to join the current students with Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Registration now open for June 5 Mustang Triathlon
Mundelein High School’s Triathlon Club will hold a fundraiser Sunday, June 5, beginning at 7 a.m. on the MHS track. Called the Mustang Triathlon, the event will cost $10 for MHS students and staff and $15 for the general public. Payments/Registration may be made by clicking  RevTrak .

Participants may choose among three different levels of triathlon: Race C will involve a 100-yard swim, a five-mile bike ride and a one mile run; Race B is a 250-yard swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a two-mile run; Race A is the “Sprint Tri” which includes a 500-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a three mile run. Participants will start in waves. Race A will swim first, followed by Race B and then Race C.

A relay is new this year. Athletes may work with two friends and split the three legs among them.
Those who register by May 20 will receive an event t-shirt; registration may also be made beginning at 6:30 a.m. on June 5 but will not include the shirt. For additional information, contact Nancy Toland, club advisor, at

Orchesis Show Honoring Baker Family
The last Orchesis Dance show is dedicated to the Baker Family.  The Orchesis Kids Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 1-2:30.  ALL kids ages 3-8th Grade are invited to attend the clinic and then participate in the show held Monday, May 9.  Avery Baker will be dancing with us and we hope that your kids can join us as well!  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.


Reid Rubio signs with University of Minnesota-Duluth
Reid Rubio has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He
played both baseball and football during his career at Mundelein High School. Rubio plans to major in marketing and pursue a career in that field. He's most looking forward to playing baseball next year.

The Lake County Girls Track Invite at Grayslake North has been rescheduled to Friday, April 29 at 4:30 PM.   There will be 20 teams from the area participating in this invite.

Photos from the Week:

Before their last home meet, the boys track team lines up to honor their seniors on Monday, April 25th. The seniors being honored have been with the team for their full high school career. Avi Lampel '19, said, "This season has been great and I'm sad it was our last home game." Photo by Claire Kim

Reader in progress. Quinn Galindo '16 reads her independent reading book during homeroom on April 27. Galindo usually spends her time working on homework during the 30 minutes. Galindo said, "I like to read when I don't have any homework to do". Photo by Diana Guliyeva

Lexi Roderwald and Zachary Levy sport senior spirit on Opposite (Gender Bender) day. Roderwald said (in a deep male voice), "Yo bro! We just have to keep it realsies boo. Go school spirit and stuff." Photo by Tatyana Sammons

A group of senior guys get together to build a boat just for the fun of it. "Because why not!," said Rygar Carvajal '16. The boys made it a couple month long project and put around $300 into it. Photo by Natale Fiocchi

Mitchell Zaprzalka '17 stands in line with his teammates awaiting to be announced at a volleyball game on April 27th at Mundelein High School. "We played a tough team and although we didn't come up on top, we had a lot of fun playing." said Zaprzalka. Photo by Kyle Eheman

Staff Spot Light

Mary Plucinski, Social Studies Teacher

What are your hobbies/interests? –
Spending time with my family, reading, and DIY-ing just about anything I can get my hands on. And I just realized how boring I am... :)
Insider tip for parents –
I once read that instead of asking your student "What did you learn today?" or "What grade did you get?" you could ask them "Did you ask any good questions at school today?" Most students don't even realize that they are learning, and if they are encouraged to ask questions they get more out of their education.  I've tried it with my 6 year-old daughter and it's amazing how much more she has to say when I ask about HER questions!

Best part of working at MHS? –
The students.  I think if you ask most staff here they will agree that we have some really incredible students who make our jobs exciting.

You many not know…
My parents attended MHS and took me to all the basketball games growing up.  I was devastated when I found out that I had to go to the rival school- Libertyville.

What college/university did you attend?
Bradley University and Northern Illinois University, as well as Semester at Sea for my study abroad.

How long have you worked at MHS? – 10 years

Who or what inspires you? –
The teachers I work with.  I would not be the teacher I am if I didn't have a great group of people to work with each day.  We are constantly learning both content and educational philosophy from each other.  Shout out to Social Studies!

What is your favorite part of your job? -
Well I already said the students and teachers, but I really enjoy the fact that I have a job where I am encouraged to try something new.  Each day presents its own challenges or things to get me excited to go to work.

Good book recommendation? –
"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah was recommended to me a few months ago, and I couldn't put it down.  My whole family has since read it and all recommend it as well.  And I always have to recommend my favorite book series of all time- Harry Potter.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Back to the Future - MHS Redefines Logo

For 30-some years the school logo was a Mustang who was looking back over its shoulder while rearing up. At some point, different groups, organizations and teams started to create their own logos which changed the identity of the school. No one knew which logo represented MHS anymore. This year, the administration conducted a survey of students, staff, parents and community members about the idea of creating a new logo that would consistently be used on all MHS clothing, uniforms, documents, etc. The overwhelming message from the survey was not to create a new logo but to go back to TRADITIONS of the unified horse logo and the “M.”

With the work of an administrative committee and the assistance of a professional designer, we are now launching what we expect to be a long-lasting “new” traditional look for Mundelein High School. These are the only symbols that will be used in the future to represent MHS. They include modernized versions of the traditional “M,” the horse rearing up and looking over its shoulder, the head of the horse separately to show its fierceness and a horse inside a shield which can be used alone in many different situations or with graphics to be used as letterhead, business cards, etc.

“We listened to the survey feedback about respect for our traditions and history and appreciate the words of those who walked the halls before us,” Superintendent Kevin Myers explained. “We are looking forward to seeing our new logo everywhere from uniforms to book bags to window decals on cars, etc. From this point on, these symbols will tell the world that we are the Mundelein Mustangs.”

All logos will be available in combinations of red, white and gray.

History of school shield explained
For 45 years, the MHS shield [sometimes called seal or crest] was the same one that was originally designed when the school opened in 1961. In 2005 and again in 2008, the shield was changed. Based on the discussion of the tradition of the logo, the administration has decided to return to the tradition of the original shield.  What is pictured here is what will be used as the school shield—the only change was to add the letters “EST.” before 1961 which means that’s when the school and shield were established.


Special guests to join the stage for Thoroughly Modern Millie at MHS
The year was 1922, the height of the Jazz Age. Modern women were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. Mundelein High School Theatre is bringing this fun-filled era to life this spring with their production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The show runs April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 and 7 p.m.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Tickets can be reserved or purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to curtain for each performance.

As an added treat, there will be a special guest performer for each production.  On Thursday, Social Studies teacher Susan Theotokatos will be joining the cast. On Friday, Coach Larry Calhoun will be onstage.  Saturday afternoon will find Dr. Anthony Kroll, principal, trodding the boards of MHS. And at the final performance Saturday night, Dr. Kevin Myers, District 120 Superintendent, will join the cast for the final run of the show.

Based on the 1967 Academy Award –winning film, the musical written by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek the Musical, Fun Home), Dick Scanlon and Richard Morris, debuted on Broadway in 2002 and ran for more than 900 performances. It is the story of a small town girl, Millie Dilmount, who leaves home for New York City to marry for money instead of love. She soon begins to take delight in the flapper lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China.

“This show has something for everyone,” said Jonathan Meier, the show’s director. “It has a wonderful message about life and love, with lot of laughs, great music, jazzy dance numbers and lots of tap dancing. I don’t think I know anyone who does not love this show.”
Senior Josie David portrays the title character. “I can’t think of a better way to end my high school career than getting to play Millie,” said David. “It is a dream role for those who love doing musical theatre.”  Sophomore Dominic Cappuccilli portrays Jimmie Smith, Millie’s love interest. “The show is extremely high energy and rehearsals have been pretty taxing, but also lots of fun,” Cappuccilli explained.

Others in the cast of Millie are Patty Roques (Mrs. Meers), Angela Peterson (Miss Dorothy Brown), Thomas Ferro (Trevor Graydon), Payton Cousins (Muzzy), Oscar Delgado (Ching Ho), Brenden Paul (Bun Foo), Elise Campbell (Miss Flannery), Kaila Saunders (Ruth), Kiley Hernandez (Gloria), Bella Canella (Alice), Marisa Nuzzo (Cora), Annie McGrath (Lucille), and Emily Parduhn (Ethel Peas). Ensemble members are Robbie Iraburo-Cochran, George Stedman, Joshua Saunders, Ginny Zundel, Rygar Carvajal, Maddie Martorana, Sydney Litka, Chinedu Ebube, Halli Carpender, Kimberly Barr, Brianna Moderhack, Emily Saunders, Ryan Story, Hannah Weiss, Mackenzie Haith, Rachel Larson, Abby Smith, Jordan Jurasik and Mitchell Cohen.  Jenna Panos is the Production Stage Manager and Alex Frumkin is the Assistant Director.

AP Exam Review
A free AP exam review is scheduled for Saturday April 30th from 8:00-11:30 am at Mundelein High School.  AP teachers will lead review sessions to help students prepare for upcoming AP exams.   The scheduled is listed below.  Students should register for AP exam review sessions at this link:

8:00-8:20 am: Breakfast and opening session in the District Meeting Room (outside Media Center)
8:30-9:20 am:  Session 1
9:30-10:20 am:  Session 2
10:30-11:20 am:  Session 3

Class of 2016 Graduation Letter
For all the latest news for graduation!

The annual spring LIFT-a-THON Strength Showcase & Fund-Raiser will be in the main gym here at Mundelein High School.  In addition to witnessing the strength gains and results of the hard work of our student-athletes, we will have concessions, lots of great raffle prizes, and all proceeds go directly to Mustang athletic program(s).  It should be a fun time, and your support is greatly appreciated.

Spring Lift-a-Thon – Strength Showcase, Door Prizes, Raffles & Concessions
Saturday, April 23 at 5:30pm  in the MHS Main Gym

Raffle items include:
- Free Pizza for a Year – The winner will receive 1 large 2 topping pizza every week for a year from Jimano’s
- Autographed football from Mike Singletary (Member of NFL Hall of Fame & 85’ Bears Super Bowl Team)
- Cubs tickets – (Cubs v Dodgers on May 31 at 7:05pm)
- Chick-Fil-A certificates; 2 sets with a $50.00 value for each set
- Hitz $25.00 gift certificate
- (2) Maya's $25.00 gift certificates
- Park Street $25.00 gift certificate
- Luke's $20.00 gift certificate
- M&M Cyclery free bike tune up gift card
- Jimano's (8) gift certificates for a free 14" pizza and breadsticks; 4 sets of 2 cards
- Buffalo Wild Wings certificate(s)
- O Salon certificates

You can also donate online at

Spring Concession Stand
The concession stand will be open for business for all Varsity level games and most of the lower levels as well.  We will have outdoor concessions for Girls Soccer, Boys Track and Boys and Girls Lacrosse. The indoor concession stand will be open for Boys Gymnastics and Boys Volleyball. And new this year, is our mobile concession stand, bringing a variety of drinks and snacks out to the Baseball and Softball fields. Just a reminder, we can only accept cash for your concession stand purchases. We are unable to accept debit or credit cards. Hope to see you cheering on our Mustangs this Spring!

Mulch Sale
The Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are having their annual Mulch Sale on April 30 - May 1 and May 7-8 in the West parking lot of Mundelein High School. We will be open for business on those two Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on the Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mulch (Brown, Dark Brown, Red or Natural) will be sold by the bag or you can order bulk mulch in black or any of the 4 previous colors. We offer free local delivery with the purchase of 6 or more bags. The Mustangs would appreciate your support!

Calendar Reminders - May 2016
Friday, May 6 - “E” Schedule -  Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Prom)
Thursday, May 12 - “A” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 3:20pm (Senior Finals day)
Monday, May 16 - “E” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Finals study day)
Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 - “D” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 12:45pm (Term 4 Finals)

Class of 2016 Important Dates
Tuesday, May 10 - Cap & Gown, and ticket pick up 11:35am-1:45pm - Outside the Main Office
Tuesday, May 10 - Senior Honors Ceremony - 7:00pm MHS Auditorium 
Wednesday, May 11 - Graduation practice - during Homeroom
Thursday, May 12 - Senior Finals (Regular “A” Schedule)
Friday, May 13 - Last chance cap & gown, and ticket pick up (time TBA)
Sunday, May 15 - GRADUATION!!  All seniors must report to the Sears Center by 2:00pm


Illinois Fatherhood Initiative/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest
MHS Sophomore Natalie Aranda is a semi-finalist in the 2016 IFI/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest.  The essay contest is just one way to encourage good writing skills and engage dads. Each student was asked to write a 250 word (or less) essay in English on the theme “What My Father Means To Me,” describing their relationship with their father or father figure. They were asked to share their true feelings. Providing examples of joys, frustrations or special memories they have as well as commenting about what they would most like to see in their relationship. Father figures can include: uncles, brothers, coaches, or other persons of influence to the student. Natalie and her father will be honored at the May 22nd White Sox game.

FBLA students headed for national competition
Students of the Mundelein High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] competed at the State Competition in Springfield on April 1 and 2.  Members competed in various events that tested their business leadership skills. Twenty-two Mundelein FBLA students qualified, either as an individual or a team, to continue on to National Competition, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia during the summer.


Junior Adriana Feijoo, also campaigned and was elected to the position of State Reporter for Illinois FBLA. The Mundelein chapter of FBLA also took home the second place award for the largest chapter in the state, having over 200 members.

The following FBLA members placed in the various competitions:
First Place:  Entrepreneurship: Sahana Belagur, Kyra Tessmann, Tejasree Kanala; 
Marketing:  Emily Hay, Ashley Nensel; 
Public Service Announcement:  Monica Bowser, Kelly Vander Ploeg.
Second Place:  Business Law: Alex Frumkin; 
Community Service Project:  McKenzie Thies, Kaitlyn Watkins; 
Computer Problem Solving:  Benjamin Grabski; 
Future Business Leader:  Alex Guiritan; 
Publication Design:  Adriana Feijoo, Ricky Rodriguez; 
Website Design:  Jessica Milam, Julie Specht.
Third Place:  Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure:  Jillian Hoffstadt.
Fourth Place:  Business Financial Plan:  Anthony Ko, Jordan Ader, Zach Green; 
Introduction to Business Procedures:  Natasha Kumar
Fifth Place:  Client Service:  Schuyler McKinley; 
Digital Video Production, Lucy Renz; 
E-Business:  Cindy Garcia, Denise Gonzalez, Zitlally Samano.
Sixth Place:  Accounting I:  Coling Geary; 
Accounting II:  Mitchell Zaprzalka; 
Banking & Financial Systems:  Nick Duncan, James Syme, Jeremiah Lam; 
Economics:  Andrew Hurley; 
Intro to Financial Math:  Tyler Collins.
Seventh Place:  Emerging Business Issues:  Sarah Angelbeck, Sanika Bijawat, Samantha Slaughter.
Eighth Place:  Business Calculations:  Michal Gyrga; 
Computer Applications:  Tyler Vander Ploeg; Graphic Design:  Liam Guiritan, Noah Sioson; 
Sales Presentation:  Yasmeen Fathallah
Ninth Place:  Business Ethics:  Alana Goodson, McKenzie Theis; 
Sports & Entertainment Management:  Houston Tran, Eubin Kim, Jacob Schiro
Tenth Place:  Business Communication:  Jimmy Corbin; 
Intro to Business Presentation:  Matt Olorvida, Ryann Ray, Justin So


Charles Cranford has signed a letter of intent to play Lacrosse at Monmouth College. Charles is a
three-sport athlete at MHS, competing on the soccer and swimming teams in addition to Lacrosse. During his four years he was also active in FBLA, FCA, the Helping Up Foundation and Relay for Life.

Charles plans to major in International Business and Spanish and work as an international consultant or translator. He is looking forward to educational and study abroad opportunities

On Saturday, April 23, the Boys’ Water Polo Team will be hosting a Quad with Homewood Flossmoor, Conant, and Naperville Central.  The first game will start at 9:00 AM with the last game starting at 2:50 PM. Come out and support your boys water polo team.  

Staff Spot Light

Joe Maxwell - ELL/Bilingual, Science, & Math teacher

What are your hobbies/interests? – I play guitar in a rock and roll band. I like archaeology.  
Insider tip for parents –  Read to your children when they are little and get on the floor and play like you are 6.

Best part of working at MHS? – Right now I like preparing for the opening of the new science wing.

You many not know… that the best museum in the universe is in Mexico City. It is the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

What college/university did you attend? Loyola University.

How long have you worked at MHS? – 20.5 years  

Who or what inspires you? – Rock and roll!

What is your favorite part of your job? Teaching in Spanish

Good book recommendation? 1491

Photos from the Week:

Dr. Kroll awards (right to left) Nicole Robb, Madison Parola, Anooha Desari, Jonathan Gibbons and Halli Carpender for their work in poetry in Mr. Drier's 2nd period class.

Latest Construction Video from the Science Department.

With a meet coming up in a few days the boys track and field has a "pre-meet" where the practice everything they need to get down before the meet. Senior captain Justin Neukam practices hurdles. "I am really ready for the meet and excited to see how we do," said Neukam. Photo by Natale Fiocchi
Miguel Ramirez asks Diana Guliyeva to be his prom date at the Flores residence. The two will be attending prom as friends. "I always wanted to get asked with Jimmy John's subs. I've always loved Jimmy John's" said Guliyeva. Photo by Jenny Rojo
Prom season has arrived! Seniors Natale Fiocchi and Mateo Ramos are going to prom together. Ramos has been eager to ask Fiocchi for a while now. Both are excited to go to prom together. "I'm happy I have someone like Natale as my date, she's a great girl". Said Ramos. Photo by Diana Guliyeva
Peyton Pribyl '18 works on her AP US History packet during class. The class gets a packet every unit to help further understand the material they're learning. "It's a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it. I love Mrs. Theo, she makes the course a lot more enjoyable," said Pribyl. Photo by Sophie Fiore
Varsity baseball players Ryan Fairweather '16, Reid Rubio '16, Will Michalski '17, and Nick Camugnaro '17 relax and talk about their game plan before a series finale vs. Zion-Benton on April 20, 2016 at ZBHS. The team won both games against the Zee-Bees, and have improved to an overall 11-6 record. "We have been struggling the past few games at the plate and with our overall execution, but we have won 3 games in a row and hope to keep getting better everyday and be playing the best baseball we can when it comes playoff time" said Rubio and Fairweather. Photo by Ryan Magee
Before the game, Anushka Desai '19 shows her team spirit after school. Desai is a first year player and always gets pumped before a game. Desai said, "I want to show that Mundelein lacrosse is a strong team." Photo by Claire Kim

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016 Mustang News


AVID Seniors Honored by Illinois Principals Association
On April 13, MHS AVID seniors Victoria Cisneros and Ryan O’Rourke were honored by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) for their excellence in academics, service, and extracurricular participation.  Both students are in the AVID program and are examples of Mustang Pride.

Ryan, Dr. Kroll, Victoria, and Mr. Billittier attend the Illinois Principal Association Lake Region Student Recognition Ceremony.

Victoria spends many hours giving back to her community through Adopt-A-Family, PADS, and Feed by Starving Children, and plans on attending Lake Forest College in the fall.

Ryan plans on advancing towards a degree in nursing by participating in highly selective Penwaciz Medical Internship program through Advocate Condell Medical Center.

Congratulations Ryan and Victoria!

MHS Senior could win new car from Operation Click
MHS senior, Camille Nowicki, became eligible to win a free car after she was chosen from 450 other students who signed contracts in October asking them to follow 12 rules for safe driving. Among them are the use of seat belts and not texting and driving.

“I really don’t remember signing the contract,” Nowicki said. “but I’m glad I did” … “this is really a cool program.”

Operation Click started at MHS in 2009 although the program has been running in other local high schools since 1998.  The organization was formed  to target seat-belt compliance but has expanded to include all traffic-related issues involving teen drivers, said Sean McGrath, president of Operation Click.  The program at MHS also requires students who become eligible to win prizes to keep a 3.0 GPA and have no attendance or discipline problems at the school.

“We’re trying to change bad habits before our new drivers have the chance to create them,” McGrath said. “When dealing with the teenage mindset, they know the laws are out there ... but they need to know ‘what’s in it for me.’ ”

Nowicki will now go with a group of approximately 10 other MHS students to the Operation Click end of the year banquet held at Concord Banquet Halls in Kildeer, IL where she will learn whether or not she wins the car.

National Assistant Principal Appreciation Week
This week is National Assistant Principal Appreciation Week!  As a staff, we thank Mr. Jesus Tirado for his work and energy every day!  Mr. Tirado is passionate about helping all students realize their potential and he demonstrates this every day.   Thank you!

Mundelein Area Art Show
The annual MHS art show started on Wednesday night this week.  The North Gym was filled with beautiful art from MHS students but with a twist this year.  Elementary and middle school students in the Mundelein area were invited to show their work as well.  It was awesome to see a juniors work right next art from a 1st grader!


AP Exam Review
A free AP exam review is scheduled for Saturday April 30th from 8:00-11:30 am at Mundelein High School.  AP teachers will lead review sessions to help students prepare for upcoming AP exams.   The scheduled is listed below.  Students should register for AP exam review sessions at this link:

8:00-8:20 am: Breakfast and opening session in the District Meeting Room (outside Media Center)
8:30-9:20 am:  Session 1
9:30-10:20 am:  Session 2
10:30-11:20 am:  Session 3

Be The Majority
The Mundelein STAND-UP Student Task Force proudly presents: Be The Majority.  A Town Hall Meeting to discuss how YOU can help teens in Mundelein be alcohol and drug free. Thursday, April 21. 6:00pm-7:30pm, Regent Center. 1200 Regent Drive in Mundelein.

Please Join Us!
During the Town Hall Meeting STAND-UP students who attend MHS will lead interactive displays, facilitate a panel discussion with key community stakeholders on teen drug use, and have an opportunity for questions and answers along with stimulating discussion on this important issue.

Did You Know? According to the 2014 Illinois Youth Survey N=1,035 MHS and CCHS students
Most teens in Mundelein make healthy choices and don't drink alcohol or use other drugs?
Learn much more at the upcoming Town Hall Meeting!

Calendar Reminders - May 2016

Friday, May 6 - “E” Schedule -  Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Prom)
Thursday, May 12 - “A” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 3:20pm (Senior Finals day)
Monday, May 16 - “E” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 1:40pm (Finals study day)
Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18 - “D” Schedule - Student Dismissal at 12:45pm (Term 4 Finals)

Class of 2016 Important Dates

Tuesday, May 10 - Cap & Gown, and ticket pick up 11:35am-1:45pm - Outside the Main Office
Tuesday, May 10 - Senior Honors Ceremony - 7:00pm MHS Auditorium
Wednesday, May 11 - Graduation practice - during Homeroom
Thursday, May 12 - Senior Finals (Regular “A” Schedule)
Friday, May 13 - Last chance cap & gown, and ticket pick up (time TBA)
Sunday, May 15 - GRADUATION!!  All seniors must report to the Sears Center by 2:00pm

Reassessment @ MHS

Reassessment at Mundelein High School is defined as providing students with multiple opportunities to show what they know and can do for individual learning goals.  If students do not do well on the assessment the first time, many of our teachers provide another opportunity for students to show what they know.  We would greatly appreciate your input on the reassessment practices used at MHS.  Please take a moment to complete the survey questions below.

En Mundelein High School reevaluación es definida como proveer a los estudiantes con múltiples oportunidades para demostrar lo que saben y pueden hacer para sus metas individuales de aprendizaje. Si los estudiantes no salen bien en las evaluaciones o pruebas la primera vez, muchos de nuestros maestros les dan otra oportunidad para que los estudiantes puedan demostrar lo que saben. Agradeceríamos bastante su información sobre nuestras prácticas de reevaluación utilizadas en MHS. Por favor tómense un momento para contestar las preguntas de la encuesta siguiente.

Illinois Youth Survey to be administered to MHS students
On April 27, 2016 sophomores and seniors will be given the opportunity to participate in the 2015-2016 Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).  The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period (homeroom). The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected.  Students will complete the survey by using their Chromebooks; please make sure your student has their Chromebook ready to complete the survey.  If you do not want your student to participate in the survey, please contact Mr. Thatcher, Dean of Students, at 847-949-2200 ext. 1254.


Taste of College
"Taste of College" was designed to provide 8th grade students an opportunity to visit area college campuses and experience college courses.  Beyond their excitement, this will enlighten and educate both the 8th-grade students as well as their families.  Each year has built a better, more student-centered field trip aimed at planting the seed for post-high school education being a possibility.  MHS is partnering with area middle schools to make this event fruitful for future Mustangs.

Some key points about this event:

  • Dates:  April 13, 20, and 27
  • Third year of partnership between Carl Sandburg Middle School, area colleges, and Mundelein High School
  • Collaboration with West Oak Middle School District #76 and Fremont School District #79
  • Designed by Hilary Ward Schnadt from University Center in collaboration with the College of Lake County
  • Most students will be the first in their families to attend college
  • Colleges students will visit:  College of Lake County, Lake Forest College, University Center
  • Course students will experience: College of Lake County (laser photonics)
  • Number of students requesting to attend has risen from 25 to more than 40
  • Parent information meetings about preparing their child for college (academics and financial planning)
  • Dinner reception at Mundelein High School after third college visit
  • Mundelein Mayor, as well as, local business leaders will be in attendance at dinner reception
  • Guest speaker at dinner reception, Ms. Nora Renteria, author of Today’s Inspired Latina: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity

If you have any questions or would like further information about this event, please contact Jesus Tirado, MHS Assistant Principal, or Gretchen Garza

April 16-23: CLC celebrates Earth Week with free presentations and events
 Learn what the College of Lake County is doing and what you can do at home to help make our world a little more sustainable during 17 Earth Week events at CLC April 16-23. Earth Week events are free and open to the public, and community members are invited to campus to learn about topics ranging from sustainable gardening to beekeeping to resource recovery.

Earth Week programs for adults and children are free and open to the public. Events are organized by Sustainable CLC and the Facilities department and presented by CLC instructors, consulting professionals and other experts. Activities will take place on the Grayslake Campus and last approximately one hour, unless otherwise noted. Below is a cross-section of the events. For a complete list, visit For more information, contact David Husemoller, sustainability manager, at (847) 543-2643 or

April 18: What’s Going on with the Construction at CLC? Noon, Lower C Wing, Room C003. Learn about the exciting CLC construction and remodeling projects opening this summer and in the coming years.

April 19: Sustainable Gardening, 12:30 p.m., Lower C Wing, Room C003. Rory Klick, Horticulture department chair, will explain how basic strategies can make your own home landscape more sustainable. Learn why many traditional landscaping practices aren’t ecologically sound and how to increase the functional value of home landscapes and gardens.

April 20: Green Roofs – Form and Function, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Southlake Campus Conference Center Rooms V336-V340, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Jason Cashmore, biology instructor, will explain how green roofs are constructed and their benefits to both the building and the environment.

April 21: Resource Recovery (Recycling), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lakeshore Campus, Student Life Center, Room N015, 111 N. Genesee St. Are you confused about what is recyclable or what you can do to reduce waste? Join Facilities staff and representatives from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County to talk about resource recovery.

‘Refuge,’ a Holocaust survivor film, to be shown at CLC April 25
 “Refuge,” a film that provides eyewitness testimonies and explores the strength, character, perseverance and resiliency of the last generation of victims of Nazi persecution, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on April 25 at the College of Lake County. It is presented by CLC and Honorable Keith S. Brin, Lake County Circuit Clerk, in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A panel discussion featuring the filmmaker, Ethan Bensinger, and other experts will follow the free showing in Room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) at the Grayslake Campus.

Other panelists will include Honorable Keith S. Brin, Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court, a joint presenter of the film and grandchild of two Holocaust survivors; Polly Levinson, a social worker at Selfhelp Home, a not-for-profit senior living community for elderly Jewish residents in the Chicago area; Larry Leck, CLC adjunct humanities instructor; and an Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center staff member.

For more information, visit

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
See what the FBLA chapter of MHS is all about:

Photos from the Week:

The MHS Black Student Union hosted a career panel of 5 professionals to talk with MHS students about careers and pathways after high school.

Girls Lacrosse wins their first home game ever in the Mustang Coral against Warren!  Here the team thanked their fans for braving the cold weather to watch them play.

Determined to get her homework done, Christine So '18 finishes her chemical equations during chemistry class on Wednesday. Her teacher gives her extra time at the end of class on most days to get her homework done. So said, "In this class you must be self-motivated. I love getting extra class time to get some homework done. It enables me to lighten up my work load." Photo by Sophie Fiore

After lunch ends, Sidney Hagglund '19 waits outside Ms. Kluber's classroom in the hallway. He was waiting for Ms. Kluber to open up the door so he could get back to work. Hagglund says, "I usually come after lunch and just sit until Ms. Kluber comes back. I get to relax a little." Photo by Rosie Gomez

The MHS Girls Soccer program at Luke's helping raise money for the three teams. On Wednesday, if you mentioned the Girls Soccer Program at MHS, 15% of the cost went to the three teams. Stephanie Girparis said, "It worked out really great because we don't only get to eat food after practice, but we also get money that we can use for the soccer program next year." Photo by Morgan Albertsen

On an assignment from their AP Literature class, Trevor Fox '16, Ashley Nensel '16, and Jason Hiegal '16 pose in front of an art piece in the annual MHS Art Show. The Art Show was held in the North Gym during the school day. "We were supposed to find an art piece that represented the book we're reading, so we posed as characters from the book in front of a castle, where the story takes place," said Fox. Photo by Jennimai Nguyen

Jordan Ader '16 works on the pommel horse at the Bob Bohl Invitational. The event is held every year at Mundelein High School. Ader said, "My favorite event is the pommel horse." Photo by Ashley Nensel


Mundelein High School will be hosting a Varsity Quad Girls Water Polo Tournament this Saturday, April 16.  The following teams will be competing in the tournament - Fremd, Lincoln-Way Central, and Oak Park- River Forest.  The tournament starts at 9:00 AM and it is free.  So come out and support the Lady Mustangs in the tournament.

Staff Spot Light

Stacey Gorman - Director of Curriculum and Instruction

What are your hobbies/interests? –  Reading books about education, spending time with my husband, children, and friends
Insider tip for parents –  Encourage a growth mindset in your children.  Praise their hard work, dedication, and perseverance over their intellect and talent.  As researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck states in her book Mindset : “If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.”

Best part of working at MHS? – I love working with the students, staff, and parents.  We have a strong sense of community and collaboration at MHS.

You man not know… As part of a teacher exchange program,  I traveled to four countries in Easter Europe visiting schools and presenting on the importance of providing students with opportunities to engage in discussion and debate on important civics based controversial issues in the classroom.

What college/university did you attend?  Northern IL University.  I loved NIU so much I attended three times:  Bachelor degree in history education, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a master’s degree in educational leadership

How long have you worked at MHS? –  15 years

Who or what inspires you? – The MHS English department’s commitment to developing students into lifelong readers inspires me. Through their new instructional approach, English teachers have changed the way many of our students view reading.  They have successfully created a culture where reading is definitely “cool”.   I am inspired by those individuals such as these teachers who pursue what is best for students even when it is difficult.

What is your favorite part of your job? – I love working with teachers to create opportunities for students to discover the ways they can made an impact on the world.  We can make a remarkable difference in the lives of students by providing them with opportunities to discover their passions and pathway that result in a lifetime of fulfillment.

Good book recommendation? – Mindset by Carol Dweck