Friday, March 22, 2019

Mustang News - March 22, 2019 Spring Break!


Golden Apple surprises MHS teacher with award for Excellence in Teaching
Golden Apple, a leading Illinois nonprofit committed to recognizing exemplary educators and developing future educators, surprised Sara Blair Winter-Rosenberg, a teacher at Mundelein High School, on Monday, March 18 with the highly respected Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The annual award, which recognizes and honors outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society, was presented in her classroom in front of students and school leadership.

Following a competitive process, the 2019 award recipients were  selected from more than 550 nominations of high school teachers from 71 Illinois counties. The field was narrowed to 32 finalists and from that group 10 were chosen in Illinois.

Winter-Rosenberg has been teaching at Mundelein High School since 2012 in the World  Languages department. She currently teaches Honors Spanish 5, Honors Spanish Heritage Learners 4 and Spanish Heritage Learners 3.

The 2019 award recipients will be featured on a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) one-hour TV program. The livestream of the show taping will air on Golden Apple’s Facebook page on May 18 and the edited PBS broadcast will air on multiple future dates.

As a highly-valued component of this recognition, Northwestern University, Golden Apple’s partner for more than 30 years, provides a Spring Sabbatical to award recipients at no cost. In addition, each Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient receives a $5,000 cash award. They also become Fellows of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, a community of educators who support current and future teachers and deepen the learning of students. An important part of a Fellows’ mission is to share their expertise and mentor Golden Apple Scholars, who are aspiring teachers with a desire to teach in Illinois’ schools-of-need.

“In honoring and developing K-12 teachers, Northwestern University and the Golden Apple Foundation are committed to improving teaching, learning and the lives of kids across the state of Illinois,” said Timothy Dohrer, PhD, Director of the Master of Science in Education Program at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Founded in 1985, Golden Apple innovates teacher preparation and leadership to transform both the careers of teachers as well as the lives of students in Illinois. More than 1,000 Scholars are currently teaching across Illinois.

Congratulations to Blair from the entire MHS Community!

Congratulations to Omar Rivera-Fathallah
Freshman Omar Rivera-Fathallah is one of 48 students nationwide accepted into the USA Swimming’s 13th Annual National Diversity Select Camp. The camp will be held May 2-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Thirty-six different clubs from 21 states will be represented and alumni of the program include Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel.
Omar Rivera-Fathallah

The purpose of the camp is to instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically under-represented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming. Some of USA Swimming’s most diverse talent are brought to the camp for an extended weekend of pool training, leadership development, team-building activities and learning. Athletes’ personal coaches are encouraged to attend the camp as well.

The goal of USA Swimming’s National Diversity Select Camp is to:

  • Empower athletes from ethnically under-represented populations
  • Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming
  • Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport
  • Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming
  • Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming
  • Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate

The camp hosts swimmers between the ages 14 and 16 and selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events. Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided complimentary room and board at the Olympic Training Center, ground transportation and full airfare to Colorado Springs.

MHS senior earns coveted Chick Evans Scholarship
MHS Senior Kimberly Barr was recently notified that she has earned the Chick Evans Scholarship for golf caddies that covers tuition and housing for all four years. She will be attending the University of Missouri and has been accepted into the honors college there.
Senior Kimberly Barr

The Evans Scholars Foundation awards full tuition and housing scholarships to high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. Established in 1930 by the Western Golf Association and celebrated amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., the Foundation administers the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies. Currently, 965 students are enrolled at 19 universities, including 14 where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates Scholarship Houses. More than 10,500 men and women have graduated as Evans Scholars.

“Mundelein high school is amazing at preparing her for her next adventure,” said Cindy Barr, Kimberly’s mother.

March Mustang Pride Awards Names
Ten students were awarded the Mustang Pride award this week for their outstanding character.  Teachers and staff nominated students from all grades who are great examples of character and academic curiosity.

Mustang Pride Winners:  (Left to Right) Nayeli Torres Vazquez, Flavio Morales, Bradley Rossbach, Stephanie Gutierrez, Blianca Hurtado, Christyan Leon Ventura, Zaiden Campos, Anahi Roman Delgado, Meghan Matthys (not pictured: Sinadre Coleman).


Information Needed When Calling Student in with Illness
At MHS we have students who, for medical reasons, are highly susceptible to infections and are at a significant risk for their lives due to a rare genetic immune deficiency.  We ask for your help in keeping your students home if they have been running a fever with a frequent cough or painful throat.  When calling the attendance line for students who need to stay home, please leave a detailed message that includes the specific symptoms and reason for their absence. Please alert the school nursing staff of any new diagnosis of an illness that can be contagious. The families of these highly susceptible students are then able to get added medical treatment to help boost their ability to avoid getting sick if they are aware of a current infectious process.  We highly recommend students experiencing illness should not return to school until they are 24 hours fever or symptom free.  Students are encouraged to stay in touch with their teachers by email when they are home sick.  Accommodations can be made for missed work due to illness.
Thank you very much for your care and cooperation.

Class of 2020 Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement Announcement
All current 11th grade students are required to have documented proof of receiving the meningoccal vaccine prior to the start of 12th grade year.  We ask that you check your records and/or contact your doctor’s office for this proof to turn into the school as soon as possible. Supplies become depleted in late summer and early fall. Please do not risk having your student excluded from school at the beginning of their senior year. You can turn in your documented proof directly to the school nurse or to the front office.  Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this important matter.

Friday Focus


Navy Visitors
Visitors from the United States Navy did a superb job describing the Navy’s opportunities after high school and the uses of nuclear energy within the Navy.

Approximately  25% of all MHS students rotated through during all class periods with their science teachers. Physical Science and Earth Science were fully represented.

College & Career Center

Are you interested in enlisting in the military? Students interested in any of these military branches are welcome to speak with recruiters during their lunch period.

Seniors, this time of year, you are likely receiving your financial aid award letters and emails from the colleges that you have been admitted to, and it’s time to figure out how affordable your options really are.  These letters are formatted in many different ways, and they can be extremely confusing.  Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Please join us the Tuesday after break, April 2, during either 4th period or 5th period to learn how to decode your financial aid award letters and compare them accurately.  To be best prepared, please bring a copy of each of your award letters with you to the session. Register in Naviance by clicking on the “Colleges” tab → “Home” →  Scroll down to the bottom where it says “College Visits”→ “Show More”→ Click the “Register” button next to the class period they plan to attend.

This event is for students only.  Parents, we invite you to have a conversation with your student after they return home and contact us with any questions. Additionally, we will have an evening presentation called “Managing College Costs” that will occur on Thursday, April 16th at 6pm in Spanish and 7:30pm in English and all are invited.

This year’s Access College Fair, the second annual bilingual college fair for Lake County and the surrounding areas will be hosted by Mundelein High School on Wednesday, April 10th from 6-8pm in the Main Gym. MHS, in collaboration with Round Lake High School and Wauconda High School, will be welcoming over 30 college representatives who are fluently bilingual in English and Spanish.  These representatives will speak with our students and their families about the college application process and help them learn about opportunities to continue their education!

Additionally, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be hosting financial aid sessions. The English presentation will be at 6:30pm followed by the Spanish presentation at 7pm. You can read articles in the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune about this exciting opportunity! All are welcome!


Spring Athletic Fees
Parents and Spring Sport Athletes should have received an email (email addresses were taken from PowerSchool) from Mrs. Olson regarding Spring Athletic fees. Please, parents, pay ASAP. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mrs. Olson at or call 847-949-2200 x 1235

Boys Water Polo
Boys water polo: Mundelein snares title in own tournament
By John Phelps
Daily Herald Correspondent

"I just really like moving around in the water and I have awesome teammates to work with," said Oleinik, the team's leading goal scorer after two weeks of the new season. Oleinik isn't the Mustangs' only weapon offensively. There's terrific senior leadership with Ryan Zentz, Matt Allore, Jake Garcia, Hunter Magee, Jeff Boudreau, Ben Ford and keeper Logan Bradshaw. "We're a lot closer as a team this year and have a bunch of guys stepping up," Oleinik said. "We're continually building the offense up and working on different plays."

Oleinik can hurt you in many ways, whether at close range, a backhand goal, or from 2-meters out.
On Saturday afternoon, he scored in a multitude of ways as the high-flying Mustangs continued their early-season surge. In the title game of their own tourney, Oleinik popped in 6 goals while assisting on two others as the Mustangs toppled Lockport 16-7. Mundelein finished 4-0 in the event and also won the Palatine tournament for the first time last weekend. "He (Oleinik) just knows how to get open and get position," said Mustangs coach Russ Gates, whose team is ranked seventh by and is now 9-1 overall.

"And once he gets position, that provides a good opportunity for a goal or an ejection."
If you key in on him, though, opponents better be ready for a plethora of other weapons like Garcia and Zentz, who each had hat tricks against Lockport. "Last year we had a ton of juniors and I don't think in their mind they achieved everything they wanted to," added Gates, whose team hosts Buffalo Grove Tuesday.

"We're averaging 4-5 more goals on offense and allowing a goal less defensively from last year."
Mundelein has quite a keeper in Logan Bradshaw, who stopped 10 shots against the Porters. "He worked hard in the offseason and is so much stronger with his legs, so he doesn't have to use his hands as much staying up," noted Gates of his keeper, who's allowing just 5 goals a game.

Girls Water Polo
Mundelein’s Varsity took all 3 games over the weekend and the Vernon Hills Quad. Nice job!

Boys Track
Mundelein traveled to the Lake Michigan Invite at Carthage College
From Coaches corner:  Our Mustangs came away with 6th place out of over 30 teams.  Below I've attached the complete results, but I wanted to go over the highlights here.

The meet started off with a bang, as the 4 x 800 relay was a dogfight between our Mustangs and Evanston.  The lead seesawed back and forth as the 2 teams pulled away from the rest of the field.  Evanston pulled out the narrow victory, less than a second ahead of our quartet of Carter Schorr, Aidan Afonso, Trevor Werner, and Mikey Parduhn.  Our time of 8:12.25 is our fastest time of the season by 9 seconds, and one of the fastest times in the State. Another relay performed very well, as the 4 x 400 relay took 4th overall in 3:36.18, with Carter Schorr, Trevor Werner, Mikey Parduhn, and Cody Gehrett doing the honors.  Their time is the fastest ever run indoors by a Mustang team that I can find record of by 2 seconds. The other top performance of the day came from our 3200M runners.  Dillon Blake and Robert St. Clair took 1st and 3rd overall, with Dillon's time of 9:33.02 also puts him among the best runners in the State.

Our other scorers were-
Carter Schorr- 7th in the 800M, 2:04.89
Aidan Afonso- 6th in the 1600M, 4:35.91 (PR) Mateusz Brak- tied for 8th in HJ, 5'8"
Great job, Mustangs!

Aidan Afonso

Alexis Montes

Cody Gehrett

Cole Bradshaw

Deangelo McClellan

Elian Salgado

Girls Track
Mundelein traveled to the Lake Michigan Invite at Carthage College and took 9th place. There were several new records broke: 4x400 4x400 Kaelyn Pirtle, Jordyn Miller, Khari Thompkins and Leslie Rodriguez 4x800 Raina Kratz, Jordyn Miller, Jeanelle Jimenez and Leslie Rodriguez, Khari Thompkins broke the indoor 200 record and Jordan Miller broke the indoor 1600 record. Anna Ambrose tied her indoor record for pole vault. The team placed 9th out of over 30 teams.

Girls track new school record holders in the 4x400

Girls track new school record holders in the 4x800

Top 5 teams and top 20 players from Lake County for the 2019 baseball season
3. Mundelein: The pitching staff includes junior Jonathan Hanscom (7-2 record, 1.12 ERA, 71 strikeouts) and seniors TJ Yakimisky (2.14 ERA) and Rahul Champaneri (4-2, 1.83 ERA, 34 strikeouts). The lineup features junior outfielder Austin Greco, who’s a Miami (Ohio) commit.
Top 20 players: Austin Greco (Jr) Pitcher/Outfielder

Boys Volleyball
MUNDELEIN Coach: George Dressen Jr.
Last season: 17-16
Returning players: Marc Rey (Sr. MB), Martin Carrillo (Sr. RS), Eric Morales (Sr. OH), Tyler Vander Ploeg (Sr. MB), Moises Huerta (Sr. L), Sam Jeon (Jr. OH), Andrei Varanic (Jr. OH), Uvaldo Guzman (Sr. DS)

Newcomers: Andrew Gibbons (So. OH), Ty Braua (So. S), Rickey Osornio (Jr. MB), Talon Clasen (Sr. S), Craig Greene (Jr. OH), Joseph Zakariya (Sr. OH)

Outlook: "We have a strong senior team,'' Dressen said. "With eight players from last year's team, they fast, full of energy and now have experience. No telling what we may be able to accomplish this season."

LAX Photobombing Fun

Girls Soccer
Top 20 teams
#12. Mundelein (11-6-3) Should be a contender in the NSC
Coach: Heather Crawford (first season)

Last season: 11-6-3, lost to Carmel Catholic in Class 3A regional final

Returning players: Morgan Albertsen (Sr. F), Megan Griparis (Sr. MF/F), Stephanie Griparis (D/MF), Kate Hay (Sr. MF), Gigi Sahagun (Milwaukee School of Engineering commit, Sr. MF), Nicole Robb (Sr., MF)- Committed to play next year at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Madigan Franzen (Jr. MF), Kadra Balla (So. D/MF), Becca Nielsen (Jr. MF/F), Lia Perrelli (So. G), Addison Spilman (So. MF/F,) Eva Their (So. D), Carly Zentz (So. D) Newcomers: Abbie Walter (Sr. D/MF), Joanna Noriega (Jr. D), Rylee Oilendick (So. D/MF), Anahi Gonzalez (Fr. F)

Outlook: The defending North Suburban Conference champions bring back a number of quality players, while coach Heather Crawford takes over from Ernie Billittier. "I believe that with a selfless, team-first approach and consistently training at the highest level possible, we will be headed in the right direction," Crawford said. "As long as we continue to grow as a group and settle into roles, I believe we will put ourselves in a good position to be successful."

Photos of the Week

MHS Supported Learning Program students playing Allied Basketball game against Warren.  MHS won the contest.

MHS and Warren Supported Learning Program students!

During their soundcheck, the Honors Wind Ensemble warms up before their performance at Lake Zurich High School. The band attended the concert band invitational along with Barrington and Lake Zurich high schools. Photo taken by Lindsay Nootbaar

During the Staff Variety Show on Wednesday, March 20, Jim Swager, performs an instrumental of "Summertime." He came out to play a flugelhorn, but also busted out his fine singing skills. Photo taken by Cayla Manaligod 

With the school-year coming to an end, AP/ Honors Mentors meet up before school to discuss about upcoming events and improvements to the club at the literacy center. They talk about their field trip to Carl Sandburg and how they want to influence coming freshmen. Photo taken by Julissa Argomaniz 

Setting up decorations, Karina Lopez '19 hangs up a four leaf clover at the annual St. Patrick's Day Dance hosted by NHS on Friday, March 15, at the Dunbar Recreation Center. Lopez has been a part of NHS for two years now and has attended the dance in the past as well. Photo taken by Rosibel Gomez 

Photos from Faculty Variety Show

Various faculty playing Bohemian Rhapsody

Faculty Variety Show Organizer and Elvis Impersonator Mr. Jeff Harding

Photos from Winterfest Assembly

WinterFest Assemby
The WinterFest Assembly was the needed rebound for Polar Vortex and Snowmageddon blahs. Winterguard, Dance Team, Jazz Ensemble and Mundelein Sound energized students with sizzling acts and incredible talent. MHS athletes and artists were recognized for their success on the fields and skill at earning top art prizes and scholarships. “Pie in the Face” sponsored by Strategies and Service class raised $600 for a great cause - St. Jude Children’s Hospital- and provided lucky raffle winners with pies which they landed on the faces of three faculty members. The popular teacher vs. students basketball game closed with teachers in the lead. The grand finale -- Hip Hop club performers topped off their set with a glow stick reveal of the WinterFest King and Queen - Jesus Ramos and Jillian Hoffstadt.

Pie in the Face Winner:  Mr. McCarthy!

Pie in the Face Winner:  Mr. McCarthy!

2nd Place Winner - Officer Balogh

2nd Place Winner - Officer Balogh

Mr. William Russell takes a pie in the face for St. Jude’s Hospital.

Mr. William Russell takes a pie in the face for St. Jude’s Hospital

WinterFest King and Queen Jesus Ramos and Jillian Hoffstadt

WinterFest Court

The WinterFest dance festival, new to MHS, introduced the new King, Queen and court in “glowing” style. Students waved glow sticks as they danced to the dj and silent disco. The party spread across the gym with old school games, a giant video screen, the Eliminator inflatable, an  Art Room and photo booth .A big thank you to all who enjoyed Winterfest.