Friday, May 17, 2019

Mustang News - May 17, 2019 - Year's End Issue!

As final exams approach and the end of the 2018-2019 school year looms, this is a great time to reflect on the awesome experiences the school as a whole has enjoyed.  Take stock of these fond memories, thank that special person, and make plans on what you would like the next year to look like.  Enjoy the days "away" from building but never stop learning!

This is the last principal's blog of the school year.  I've enjoyed sharing the events of the school year with the community at large and look forward to new adventures in 2019-2020!


2018-2019 Yearbook
Happy almost summer!
Time is running out: Don’t miss your last chance to pre-order the 2018-19 yearbook. Orders can be placed at for $55.

Yearbook Distribution Information: The first chance students will have to pick up their 2018-19 yearbook will be Thursday, August 8, from 5-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  After that, students will be able to pick them up in the school bookstore during regular bookstore hours.
Below is more information about our distribution policies.

MHS Yearbook Distribution Policies

  1. Please present a photo ID at time of pick up.  A yearbook may not be distributed without one
  2. Please check your yearbook for any damages before signing off on receipt of it.  If damages are noticed at time of pick up and enough yearbooks remain, the yearbook can be replaced.  Otherwise, there is no guarantee that damaged yearbooks can be exchanged.
  3. Upon receiving a yearbook, please initial next to your name on the distribution list that you received your purchased copy.  
  4. Yearbooks will only be distributed to the student whose name appears on the distribution list, the parent or a sibling.
  5. If your name does not appear on the distribution list, a yearbook will not be distributed without proof of purchase.  
  6. If you believe you have purchased a yearbook but are not on the distribution list, please produce one of the following as proof of purchase:
    1. A school registration receipt
    2. An MHS bookstore receipt
    3. A receipt from Jostens (the publication company)
  7. If there is no proof of purchase, a yearbook may be purchased for the at-the-door price.
  8. If there is no proof of purchase and one is purchased at the door instead but proof of purchase is later found, please present this proof of purchase to the MHS school bookstore and a refund can be issued.
  9. If a yearbook was not pre-ordered, one may be purchased for the at-the-door price if extra copies are available.  A list of who purchased these will be kept for book keeping purposes.
  10. The school orders a limited number of non-pre-ordered yearbooks.  Therefore, these are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved.  Once sold out, no more yearbooks will be available for purchase.
  11. If yearbooks are not picked up or purchased at distribution, they may be acquired at the MHS school bookstore.
  12. Yearbooks will be held for pick up until the next year’s distribution.  If they are not picked up by then, these yearbooks become school property, and the school cannot guarantee that your yearbook will still be available.

Monday, May 20: Early Release. Student dismissal at 1:40pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 21, 22, & 23: Final exam schedule

  • Students must be in attendance for Final Exam periods in which they have a scheduled class.
  • Students in Study Hall or Lunch are not required to attend those periods on their scheduled Final Exam Days.
  • Breakfast will still be offered from 7:00am – 7:45am.
  • Lunch will be offered between the second and third exam periods (11:00am to 11:30am).  Lunch is only offered on Day 1 and Day 2 of finals.
  • Students waiting for transportation will be allowed to remain in the cafeteria only.
  • Students will not be admitted to the classroom after the bell.  Students who arrive late for a final exam will remain in the Cafeteria for the remainder of the final exam period.  Students must remain during the class period in order to be eligible to make up the final exam.
  • An exam make up period will be available each day of final exams.  Students will be held in the cafeteria if they are late and instructed to take the exam at 1:15pm on Day 1 and Day 2 and during the make-up period on Day 3.  All make up exams will be in the Assessment Center or completed with the teacher if the teacher wishes. There is an overflow room to the Assessment Center as needed.  Make up finals will be administered by assigned IAs.

Tech Campus
PM Tech Campus students will continue to attend tech campus on all final exam days. Leaving at their regular time of 12:35 and returning at 3:25 (Cosmo 4:45), there will be no after school transportation.
AM Tech Campus students will attend tech campus as scheduled on Tuesday, May 21 and will be excused from tech with a calendar conflict for Wednesday and Thursday of final exams (no am tech bus).

Athletic Practices
Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22, athletic practices can begin at 1:15 pm.
Thursday, May 23, practice can begin at 11:15 am.
If a student is required to attend the final exam Make-Up period, he/she must do this before attending athletic practices.

Intervention Rooms
The Math Lab, Literacy Center, and Media Center will remain open for students if students are in lunch or study hall during the exam periods.

Activity Bus
An activity bus will run at 3:30pm each day of final exams after the make-up period.

Summer Reading at MHS
Summer reading is about holding a book in your hands. Summer reading is about kicking off shoes, staying up much too late, reading all day with no one caring that’s what you’re doing. It’s about rushing through one to get to the next or lingering as long as you want. It’s about vicarious experiences that let us become a girl in the attic, a boy in the wilderness, a kite runner in a far-away land. And that type of reading begins with personal choice. Kylene Beers, 2014

Incoming freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students are required to read one book of their choice over the summer. Students in Honors and AP classes have additional books they also need to read. Students will participate in a book talk discussion with their peers from other English classes at the beginning of the year.

Students should read their book before the first day of classes in August and be prepared to discuss their books with other students in English class.

All MHS students read one book of their choice.
All students enrolled in honors or Advanced Placement English courses have additional reading requirements.  Click HERE for more honors/AP information.

STEM Scholars Program Connects with Congressman Schneider
Each fall, students that are selected to participate in the STEM Scholars program will have the opportunity to join Congressman Schneider on visits to four STEM-related businesses and facilities during the 2019-2020 school year. On these visits, students will have the chance to participate in discussions with local employees, business owners, and educators, and learn more about the STEM career opportunities in our backyard.

This program is open to all rising Sophomores and Juniors who live in or attend high schools located within Illinois’s Tenth Congressional District. Due to space constraints, we will only be selecting two applicants from each high school for participation in this competitive program.

We are hoping you can help us share this information with your students and encourage them to apply. For more information, please see our press release HERE.

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.

FREE physical exams for school, physical exams for sports and vaccines
Advocate Children’s Hospital will provide free physical exams for school, physical exams for sports and vaccines at Mundelein High School Tuesday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exams are for those who have Medicaid or do not have insurance.

Free vaccines will be available for students from four to 18 years old. Appointments are not needed and students will be seen in the order of their arrival. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and should bring their immunization record if available.

Children who receive a physical exam or vaccinations will receive a free backpack and school supplies courtesy of American Dream Realty of Mundelein. Other sponsors include Mano a Mano, Mundelein Latino Police Academy, Optimize chiropractic and Mundelein High School’s Universidad de Padres.

Management of Student Computer Files
Files on student H: Drives:
Every summer we clear all student files that reside on their H: drives.  Please remind your students that if they wish to keep any of these files, they need to copy them to their own personal flash drives before their last day of school.

Files on student Google Accounts:
Google accounts for those students returning in the fall will NOT be deleted or deactivated. Students will keep their Google accounts (and Chromebooks) including all files & email contained in their Google accounts, until they graduate.

Graduating students will have their network and Google accounts deactivated on August 1st. Those students wishing to take their Google files with them should follow the directions specified at the bottom of our website:

If you want to keep student examples of Google files that graduating students have shared with you, you will need to make copies of each file. Once the student’s account has been deactivated, those files that were shared and not copied will no longer be available to you.

Golf Outing to support football program June 20; early sign-up discounts
Mundelein High School’s Red Zone Club is sponsoring the Second Annual Mustang Golf Scramble to take place at Steeple Chase Golf Club June 20. This is a fundraising event for the MHS football program and new varsity head coach, Vince DeFrancesco, will be on hand to meet the participants.
Individual Golfer/Early Bird cost is $125 which increases to $140 May 1. For foursomes the Early Bird cost is $450 which will increase to $500 on May 1. Non-golfers are welcome to attend the dinner and reception at a cost of $35.

The event will include a four-person scramble format, box lunch and on-course contests. Golf will be followed by the dinner and awards reception, raffle and a silent auction with many items available.
A number of sponsorships are available ranging from $250 to $3,500 which include various benefits. Among them are $1,000 for a Hole in One Contest with a 2019 Ford Mustang convertible as the prize and $750 for a Hole in One contest with two tickets to Super Bowl LIV in Florida.

For more information or to sign up as a golfer or sponsor visit the website at or contact MHS Red Zone Club President Michael Wing at (773) 294-5314.

FREE physical exams for school, physical exams for sports and vaccines
Advocate Children’s Hospital will provide free physical exams for school, physical exams for sports and vaccines at Mundelein High School Tuesday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exams are for those who have Medicaid or do not have insurance.

Free vaccines will be available for students from four to 18 years old. Appointments are not needed and students will be seen in the order of their arrival. All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and should bring their immunization record if available.

Children who receive a physical exam or vaccinations will receive a free backpack and school supplies courtesy of American Dream Realty of Mundelein. Other sponsors include Mano a Mano, Mundelein Latino Police Academy, Optimize chiropractic and Mundelein High School’s Universidad de Padres.


Mentoring Finale
Staff and students who participated in mentoring during the school year celebrated the accomplishments of the school year!

MHS staff members honored for career milestones
 A staff recognition ceremony for Mundelein High School staff members was held Wednesday, May 15 at the Hawthorn Woods Country Club hosted by Superintendent Kevin Myers and Principal Anthony Kroll.

Ten staff members were honored for being granted tenure: Stevee Bellas, Kelli Goodwin, Leah Kolcz, Lauren Morley, Kristina Rizzo, Georgina Mendez, Jesse Piland, Rebecca Plaza, Carsyn Rodriguez and Peter Schrenk.

Recognized for 10 years of service were Arti Bhandari, Mary Bledea, Daniel Crowe, Sheri Drost, Laura Garcia, Katie Giambeluca, George Kaider, Andi McCulloch, Chris Michalides, Ana Ortiz, Jesse Piland, Joe Santora and Brett Wilhelm.

The 15-year group consists of Ryan Buck, Melissa Buenik, Tom Buenik, James Drier, Reed Christensen, Brian Evans, Paul Franzen, Justin Hart, Corey Knigge, Aracely Lawrence, Jonathan Meier, David Mork, Angela Stanisz and David Whitson.

Honored for 20 years of service were Jeff Harding, Andrew Hirshman, Chris Hoster, Kristy Kowalski and Dean Petros.

The 25-year group includes Michael Dayton, Michael Hickey, Todd Parola and Maria Sanchez.
Retirees honored include Caryl Clem, 22 years; Cindy Dean, 17 years; Brian Evans, 15 years; Jennifer Franco, 26 years; and Connie Hauswald, 12 years.

The event also included presentation of The Mustang Star Award which goes to several staff members each year for a variety of reasons. This year’s honorees included Julie Block, math; Ryan Buck, English; Sol Cabachuela, parent liaison; Anna Grig, Literacy Center; Andi McCulloch, math; and Nicole Pomerleau, special education.

Roughly 125 people attended the event.

College & Career Center

College Essay Workshop August 5!

Attention Class of 2020: save the date for Monday, August 5 from 1-3pm in the District Meeting Room (DMR) and work on your college essays! Get tips and feedback from Class of 2019 College Ambassadors and CCRC staff. Students must register on Naviance to secure their spot. Registration is limited.

MHS College Planning Guide
The MHS College Planning Guide is a comprehensive guide through the college planning process. It covers where to get started, financial aid options, scholarships, timelines, college athletics, summer opportunities, the College Planning Workbook, and more! Check it out at:

Connect with us!
Instagram: mhsccrc
Twitter: @mundycollege


End of Year
Thank you to the countless parents for their dedication to their student athletes and Mundelein High School this year. Thank you to all the athletes for representing Mundelein in all your fabulous victories and hard fought losses. We are excited to see you all during summer camps. Rest up and be a kid this summer too.

Boys Volleyball
Wednesday night was Staff Appreciation Night at MHS. We honored 16 Staff members that have made a difference in the education of the Varsity Players.  It was a tough match that we lost 20-25, 23-25. So, close!  Our next match is Regionals vs Lake Zurich at Libertyville at 7:30 pm Monday the 20th.  We would love to see you at the match and appreciate the support from the Mundelein Family.  Go Mustangs!

Boys Track 
Last night our boys out-performed their seed marks, toughing it out in the wind and taking 3rd in the NSC Conference meet. Projections had us taking 4th-5th. We had 4 Conference Champions, starting off with the 4 x 800 Relay of Mikey Parduhn, Robert St. Clair, Dario Carrillo, and Carter Schorr. Cody Gehrett rode a tremendous finish to a win in the 110HH in a PR of 15.90. Dillon Blake was a double winner, taking the 3200m by 14 seconds, then coming back to outkick a Warren runner to win the 1600 in 4:29.

Other highlights

  • The day before Cody tied for 4th in the Pole Vault.
  • Mateusz Brak took 3rd in the 300 Hurdles, and a pair of 4th place finishes in the 110HH and the High Jump.
  • Mat Empalmado took 4th in the Long Jump, with Michael Pipinis taking 6th in the Triple Jump.
  • Aidan Afonso took 5th in the 1600m.
  • The 4 x 200 Relay of Shawn Patrick, Cole Bradshaw, Saul Garcia, and Deangelo McClellan took 6th.
  • Mikey and Carter came back after the 4 x 800 to take 2nd and 3rd in the 800. They then joined up with Robert St. Clair and Cody Gehrett to take 2nd in the 4 x 400 Relay. Their time of 3:30.94 was less than a half second off first, and the fastest relay time we have run in at least 12 years.
  • In the JV meet, we had two Champions, as Luke Pietrusiewicz won the High Jump, and Elian Salgado won the 1600.
  • We had some more great hurdles performances, as Nicholas Tse took 2nd in the 110H in a PR of 18.90. Aaron Hernandez also took 2nd in the 300 Hurdles. Justin Park contributed a 5th in the 300 Hurdles as well as a 6th in the 110HH.
  • Jacob Ko took 6th in the Triple Jump, while Aaron Hernandez took 6th in the High Jump.
  • Caleb Kowalewski took 4th in the 400M.
  • Aaron DeLara took 2nd in the 800M.
  • Michael Keegan took 6th in the 1600.
  • Andrew Brizzell took 5th in the 3200 with another PR, breaking 11 minutes for the 1st time.
  • Isaac Onyeise took 3rd in the Shot Put, throwing 36'2".
  • A great job by all our Mustangs! Next up- Sectionals this Thursday at Buffalo Grove.

2019 Girls Lacrosse


On Sunday, MHS graduated 470 seniors at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.  On behalf of the faculty and staff of District 120, I wish the Class of 2019 the best as they enter the next stage of their lives.  MHS has enjoyed the times shared and memories made over the past four years.  Each of you will remain in our thoughts in the years ahead.

Click HERE for graduation images from the Daily Herald.