Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mustang News - January 26, 2018

Calendar Corrections and Updates!!!

Spring Testing
Please note, MHS will host spring testing on April 10, 2018.  11th grade students will take the SAT and 10th grade students will take the PSAT.  9th and 12th grade students will not have school on this day.
Semester 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences 
In order to facilitate the improvements to Parent/Teacher Conferences, the spring conferences have been changed.  MHS will NOT hold conferences on March 6.  March 6 will be a regular attendance day.  Rather, conferences will be moved to March 8 and 9. 

March 8 Thursday
Students are dismissed at 11:25AM.  Teacher work time from 12:30pm til 3:25pm.
P/T conferences will run from 4pm until 7pm.

March 9 Friday
No school for students
P/T conferences will run from 9am - 2pm.
The total number of conferences will increase from 27 to 38 possible conference times.

Special Education Parent Meeting
Parents of students with IEPs, please join us for a special education parent night titled:
“Special Education 101:  Parent and Student Rights”

The parent night will be February 1st:

  • 6 pm English
  • 7 pm Spanish

We will discuss general special education rights, rights of students and self-advocacy.  We will also have time for questions and answers.  The night will take place in the cafeteria of Mundelein High School.

Please RSVP by 1/30/2018: 847.949.2200 x1566

Friday Focus

Senior Final Exam Exemption Reminder
As noted on page 161 in the Student Handbook (Pathfinder), seniors may exempt final exams during semester 2 only. The required form must be handed in to the Dean’s Office the Friday prior to the requested exam. To be eligible to exempt final exams, seniors are required to have:

  • Academic credits necessary to graduate – non graduates need to take final exams 
  • No suspensions during senior year 
  • No athletic or activities code violations during senior year 
  • Semester grade of “C” or better in the class for which the exam exemption is requested 
  • Parent and Teacher approval on exemption form 
  • No unexcused absences during semester 2 
Senior exams have been designated on Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10.  Any senior failures must be reported to the guidance office by the morning of Friday, May 11.  Specific details regarding the execution of senior finals will be coming in April.


Best Buddies
Save the dates! Join us for an afternoon at the movies: Best Buddies will enjoy a matinee show on Saturday, February 10. The highly anticipated, annual Best Buddies Prom will be on Saturday, March 17, at Vernon Hills High School.

Peer Tutor
Last week Peer Tutors trained all week long to get ready for the new semester. Students created new goals and are ready to help others in all subjects!

Chess Team
The MHS Chess Team participated in the North Suburban Chess League conference tournament this past Saturday (1/20), finishing 2-2 in the five-board section. This Saturday (1/27), the team will be playing in an IHSA qualifier for next month's state tournament. We'll be competing with 21 other teams at Palatine High School. Wish our chess players luck as we make our push for an appearance at the state tourney next month in Peoria!

Chess Club students sharpen their skills during 2nd period in the Media Center

Free practice SAT
On Saturday February 24th Princeton Review will be administering a free practice SAT test at Mundelein High School from 9:00 am-1:30 pm for any sophomore or junior MHS student.  Princeton Review will provide students with score reports.  However, since this is only a practice exam, these scores cannot be submitted to colleges or universities.  Additionally, because this practice test is offered by an outside company, we will be unable to offer testing accommodations for students with individualized education plans.  Any sophomore or junior can take the practice test, but we will not be offering individual testing accommodations this day.  Students who would like to take this free SAT practice exam, must go to the link below to register. Registration will close on Friday February 16th at 12:00 am.


MHS Jazz Ensemble takes first place at Purdue Jazz Festival
Mundelein High School’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra participated in the Purdue Jazz Festival Jan. 19-21 in West Lafayette, IN.  The Jazz Ensemble placed first in the Large High School Big Band Division and was named Honor Band at the Festival. Approximately 120 different school bands from five states took part in the weekend festival.

In addition to performances, the jazz bands toured the Conn-Selmer Instrument facility in Elkhart, IN and watched 2017 MHS graduate Paige Eifert perform with the Purdue University’s top jazz band. In addition to the competition, the event included several headliner concerts along with other competitions, clinics and special events.

Featured performers included John Beasley’s MONK’estra; Artist-in-residence, Ryan Cohan, featured in concert with the Purdue Jazz Band; and world-renowned trumpeter, Dan Fornero and composer Victor Goines, director of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University, as the headliners for the Festival Finale Concert with the Purdue Jazz Band. The awards and honors were announced during this concert.

Parola Inducted into Coaching Hall of Fame
Mundelein High School coach and teacher, Todd Parola, will be inducted into the Lake County High
School Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the College of Lake County. He is being recognized for both his athletic career at Grayslake Central High School and for his experience as a coach at Mundelein High School.

The official ceremony will take place during halftime of the CLC Boys Basketball game against Elgin Community College beginning at 7:15 p.m. A reception for family and friends before the ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in a room off the main gym. The meet and greet will continue until the ceremony at halftime.

While at MHS Parola was best known for his coaching of successful baseball and golf teams and he coached a number of other sports during his career. Parola resigned from baseball last summer after a second appearance in a row at state. He continues to serve as head boy’s golf coach.


Competed at the Lake County meet and finished 5th place

Mundelein hosted the IHSA Dance Sectional with 50 schools attending. Mustangs took 2nd place and is headed down state.

Good Luck at State girls!!!!!

Mundelein hosted the NSC Cheer Championship and the Mustangs took 6th place. The conference also recognized the sportsmanship winners from each school.

Coach Todd Parola is being inducted into the Lake County sports hall of fame. Congratulations Coach!

Photos from the Week

MACLEAN-FOGG presents the Mundelein High School Coop Program to Project Lead the Way students. (Eileen Snick and Joe Husnick)

MACLEAN-FOGG presents the Mundelein High School Coop Program to Project Lead the Way students. (Eileen Snick and Joe Husnick)

MACLEAN-FOGG presents the Mundelein High School Coop Program to Project Lead the Way students. (Eileen Snick and Joe Husnick)

Multi physics classes come together to test their bumpers! 

AP Mentors gathered to discuss ways to encourage students to join their study groups. Mentors have completed AP and honors classes and are available to help students needing help in those courses. For more information, contact Mrs. Babowice in the Literacy Center.

MHS students share what they are reading with Carl Sandburg Middle School students during Late Start Wednesday.

MHS students share what they are reading with Carl Sandburg Middle School students during Late Start Wednesday.

Cheer flyers Lindsey Sharp '21, Catie Schneider '20, and Kelsey Hassan '20 perform a stunt at the 2018 Cheer Invite on Jan. 19. Eight high school cheer programs attended the conference, which also recognized seniors and team players from each program. Photo taken by Kendall Job 

Yearbook editors Claire Kim '19 and Myah Strokosch '18 help out future MHS students at the activities fair on Jan. 23. Every year, the school hosts an event for the incoming freshman enabling them to explore the opportunities their future school has to offer. Photo taken by Sophia Fiore 

A day in the life of a TSI worker Adam Kunath 20' helping a new student create an account for MHS to get started on his learning. Photo taken by Lizeth Mora Ramos 

Working intensely, Madigan Franzen '18 and Cara Schaul '18 practice their knee strikes at the Self-defense class offered by the Wellness Club. This class was offered by the Mundelein Police Department on Jan. 23. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar

At the beginning of open presentation for Class of 2022 Night on Jan. 23, 2017, Angelica Diaz '19 and Molly Podraza '19, await to lead the incoming Freshman into rooms to meet other peers and talk with Link Leaders. Photo taken by Cayla Manaligod 

Scenes from Class of 2022 Night!!!