Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mustang News - October 30, 2020


You Asked, We Listened! The Parent Survey from the week of September 14th asked, “What would you like more information about?” In response, you shared the three topics at the top of your mind: Helping your teen get motivated for remote learning (32%), finding things to do during social distancing (26%), and managing stress and anxiety (21%). 

Below, access a video and slideshow including some of MHS's student support staff as they share expert tips around these topics. There, you will find tips for motivation, creating an effective home learning environment, habits for success, fun ideas for maintaining social-emotional health through creativity & connectedness, and finally, how to manage stress and anxiety.

You do not want to miss this! Access the recordings here:



To access the slideshow and the embedded links to resources, click here: Please reach out to a member of your student's student services team or to Jessica Herrmann at with any questions! 

Social Emotional Check In

Next week, the Student Services department will begin sending out occasional “check-in” emails to students. We will be asking for feedback on how students are coping with remote learning, and if they would like someone to reach out to them to check-in on how they are doing. The staff will reach out to any student that asks for a check-in through email or the student’s cell phone number.


Much Ado about Nothing

Beatrice (Mary McMurray) and Benedick (Matthew Callas), discover that they do indeed love each other, at the end of the Mundelein Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare.

Read more about the Fall Play:

Lake County Journal

Daily Herald

Show Choir
During the fall, Sound has been practicing their dance routines outside.  Here is a glimpse of this year's show!  Thank you to Hector Gonzalez of recording and editing this presentation by Sound.


Girls Swim/Dive
IHSA Sectional recap
Diving: Elle Mishler placed 2nd at sectionals, which qualifies her for state and Jaime Allore placed 9th.
It was a really great day for MHS Diving! Elle came back after hitting her calf on the board on her 2nd dive. Inched from 4th to 2nd! 

Swim: Adry Kasemets won both the 200 IM and 100 Breastroke and qualified for State. Riley Routledge also qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke 5th pl, 100 Free 4th, 200 IM 3rd and 100 Back 5th.

Congratulations to Coach Melissa Sethna co-sectional diving coach of the year!

Girls diver Elle Mishler

Girls swim ready for sectionals

Girls Swim-Dive headed to Sectionals

Girls cross country warming up at MHS before heading to Regionals at Grant high school.

Photos from the Week

Making the best of Halloween this year, Abril Mata '21 and Omar Villanueva '22 dress up at home. Villanueva said, "We dressed up as Nacho and Sister Encanacion from the movie "Nacho Libre" since it's both of our favorite movie. Although Halloween is different this year, we wanted to still have fun at home and take pictures." - April Mata ‘21

To capture the fall season, Alexandra Brimmer '22 has a small photo shoot during the seasonal changes from summer to fall. "This Halloween, I'm staying home, and I might see [a friend]. Since COVID-19, I'm not allowed to be out as much."- Brianna Richards ‘22

With the fall season in full swing, Alaina Merkel '23 enjoys her weekend at the pumpkin patch on Sunday, Oct. 25. Merkel said, "Fall is one of my favorite times of the year because I love going out and enjoying the weather, as well as fall activities."- Ashley Wolverton ‘23

Enjoying the weather, Sarah Page '24 spends her afternoon apple picking on Sept. 6. Page said, "I love doing this in the fall because the apples are so fresh!" - Elizabeth Heraty

With Halloween approaching fast, Giselle Prado 21' decorates her living room to make it more spooky. "It sucks how we won't be able to do normal things in big groups this year," Prado said. "But Facetiming friends while decorating made it so much better." - Giselle Prado ‘21

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Mustang News - October 23, 2020


Calendar update 

Friday, October 23, Parent-Teacher conferences - No School for students

Monday, October 26, Meet the Mustangs - Presentation to 8th grade students and families

Wednesday, October 28Yellow Schedule - professional development for MHS staff postponed

Tuesday, November 3 - Election Day - No School

Wednesday, November 11Yellow Schedule – Virtual Veterans Day Recognition during school day

Results from Hybrid Parent Survey
As of Monday, October 19, the results for parent choice to hybrid or 100% remote learning model is:
  • 926 or 46% for 100% Remote
  • 1092 or 54% for Hybrid
As of Wednesday, October 21, a return to a hybrid learning model has been postponed.  Click HERE to read more.



No public Veterans Day event for MHS this year; alumna to speak to students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mundelein High School will not hold a public Veterans Day ceremony this year. For the past few years, MHS has hosted an event that draws hundreds of area veterans and their families for a formal ceremony which also included breakfast and lunch for the honorees. Patriotic songs played by MHS bands and sung by the choirs added to the solemnity of the event. MHS has always held school on Veterans Day to help educate the students about the contributions members of our military make to our society.

Zaneta Adams - Class of 1995

An MHS graduate and army veteran will be the keynote speaker this year as the ceremony will go remote. Students will view the recorded speech in their English classes and a video will be available soon after for public viewing. The speaker, Zaneta Adams, is an MHS Class of 1995 alumna and is currently the Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. She was chosen in 2017 as a Distinguished MHS Alumna. Adams was severely injured while preparing to go to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and was told she would never walk again. Her grit and determination allowed her to recover and, after serving in the military, she worked as an attorney and is president and founder of Women Injured in Combat (WINC). She has earned US Army Medals, the US Army Reserve Warrior Citizen Award, Law School Great Deeds Award, Black Women’s Political Caucus member, and recognized in the Fall 2017 edition of Distinguished Attorneys magazine.

Chris Lagioia, social studies/world studies department chair, has organized the event.

College & Career Center

College representatives from across the nation are coming (virtually) to MHS to meet YOU! You can look at a list of upcoming visits by going on Naviance. After you log into Naviance click on the “Colleges” tab at the top of the screen and select “Colleges Home”. Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “College Visits” and click on “Show More”, then find and click on “Register” to attend the visits of your choice. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about college life on multiple schools’ campuses. The more you know about the schools you want to go to, you’ll be able to stand out among the crowd of other college and university applicants.

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Girls Swim/Dive

Mustangs took 3rd place at Saturday’s Conference invite and ended up 4th overall using the regular season and invite formula! New pool and NSC record in the 100 Breast for Adry Kasemets.

Nice job to the Lady Mustangs Diving Team Friday at the Conference Diving Meet.

They brought home some hardware and Thank you to Diving Coach Melissa Sethna

Girls Diving conference medalists_ 1st pl Tori Weaver, 2nd pl Kate Kirby, 6th pl Lillian Scardicchio and 7th pl Kylie Poutre

Girls diving taking home hardware_ Rayna Carreathers and Alison Bogenski

Girls diving_ Coach Sethna, L. Scardicchio, A. Bogenski, J. Allore, E. Mishler, T. Coleman, R. Carreathers, T. Weaver, K. Poutre and K. Kirby

Girls Diving 4th pl Elle Mishler

Girls Cross Country

The Mustangs Girls CC team took 6th at the Varsity level Saturday at the NSC CC Championship. 

7 Lifetime PRs, 4 Season PRs. A great day overall! The Mustangs had 1 All-Conference runner in Jocelyn Gomez finishing 19th in the Varsity race.

Boys Cross Country

Saturday our boys CC team took 6th at the NSC Conference meet.  Missing our #3 and #4 men hurt, but our guys were able to rally enough to beat Zion-Benton.  Nathan Clapp led the way with his 12th place, All-Conference finish.

Girls Tennis

The mustangs competed in IHSA Sectional tennis in some very windy conditions this Saturday. Mustangs did well and had a state qualifying player in Alexis Hyde. Congratulations.

Senior Alexis HydeGirls Tennis participates is IHSA Sectionals at Stevenson

Girls Tennis rainbow

Photos from the Week

Maintaining a smiling face, Brenda Carrillo Ambriz '21 said she remains optimistic after taking her SAT on Oct. 14. "As tired as I may be," Carrillo Ambriz said, "I think I did the best I could on this step toward my college future."

Break in the chaos: Molly Maresh '24 eases her stress with short walks with team mates. Maresh '24 said, "I'm keeping my mental health up by playing sports to socialize and see people."

Finalizing her decisions, Jacqueline Atilano '21 visits St. Xavier University in Chicago. Jacqueline commented, "The school made me feel so welcomed and definitely eased a lot of stress I had towards my college planning.

During these stressful times, Nichole Lomillo '22 takes time to de-stress with music after school on Oct. 14. Lomillo said, "Playing my ukulele always helps me relieve stress. Music calms me."

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Mustang News - October 16, 2020


BSU to host Race Against Violence fundraiser

Mundelein High School’s Black Student Union (BSU) in support of Strides for Peace will host a 5K run/walk on Sunday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The course for the run will start at the MHS athletic field and proceed through nearby Mundelein neighborhoods similar to the Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving.

Strides for Peace is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help decrease gun violence in Chicago. The BSU event, The Mundelein Race Against Gun Violence, will help raise awareness and funds for more than 50 community organizations working for a more peaceful Chicago where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence. The event is also backed by the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) organization launched in 2014 by former president Barack Obama to address persistent opportunity gaps facing young men and women of color and to ensure all youth can reach their full potential.

“Thank you all for your continued love and support,” said Trey Baker, president of the MHS BSU.   “Let’s make this the best event possible for our community.” 

Click HERE to register for the event.    In addition, donations will be accepted through Oct. 31 HERE

MHS Black Student Union

Mundelein Theatre to perform Shakespeare play on athletic field

Live theatre has been hard to come by these past months but the students of Mundelein Theatre decided that it was time to get back on the stage and do what they love to do… create theatre. The administration and the theatre staff at MHS have created a way to have students perform live, in front of an audience, outdoors in the Mundelein High School Stadium.

Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare, will be presented on the athletic field at MHS on Friday, October 16 at 7 pm, Saturday October 17 at 2:30 and 7 pm, and Sunday, October 18 at 2:30 pm. Additionally, the Mundelein Theatre Shakespeare Slam Team will give a special performance. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at, and are ONLY available online. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Seating for the show is on the football field, so patrons should bring their own lawn chairs. In order to comply with state regulations for public gatherings, seating is limited to 150 seats per show.

“Everyone involved agreed that for the sake of the students, staff and community, we needed to make this happen,” said Jonathan Meier, the show’s director. “Performing Shakespeare outdoors has a rich history throughout the world, so it was the natural choice when we decided to go with an outdoor production.” “Playing this role has been a dream of mine for quite a while,” stated senior Mary McMurray, who plays Beatrice in the show. “I have to admit that I never visualized it standing on the 50 yard line on our football field, but that just makes it more exciting.” Senior Matthew Callas plays the role of Benedick. “Everyone is thrilled to be performing for a live audience. It is certainly a challenge to be playing scenes with other actors and staying at least six feet apart. It is an experience that none of us will soon forget.”

“When our staff is willing to go above and beyond to create meaningful opportunities for our students and families, administration is willing to do anything we can to support those efforts,” said Mike Pope, assistant principal of student services. “The theatre team at MHS worked out a plan, was willing to dedicate extra time in order to pull it off, and the direct benefit of those efforts will go to our students. We are very excited that Mundelein Theatre is able to create these opportunities in a safe and secure environment.”

In addition to McMurray and Callas, the cast consists of Roy Dumblauskas (Don Pedro), Alexis Lee (Leonata), Will Gonzalez (Claudio), Mira Guiritan (Hero), Lance Evans (Dogberry), Austin Knight (Don John), Megan Saunders (Ursula), Amari Liebe (Margaret), Addison Salski (Antonia), Eli Walter (Borachio), Leandro Ocampo (Conrade), Andy Lacroix (Friar Francis), Saedy Kugler (Verges), Brenda Olayo (Sexton), Grace Sciortino (Balthasar & Assistant Director) and Abigail Marquardt (Messenger). Joslyn Gagne and Zoe Trahan are the Stage Managers, as well as appearing at the Watchman. Rosy Castro is an Assistant Director. Meghan Matthys is the Assistant Stage Manager.

MHS Parent/Teacher Conferences Schedule

Thursday, October 22

“Gray” day (periods 2, 4, 6 and 8) for students

Conferences: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm (10 minute sessions)

Friday, October 22

No student attendance

Conferences: 8:30 am - 11:00 am (10 minute sessions)

Conferences: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm (10 minute sessions)

Conferences will be conducted via Zoom.   Zoom links will be provided. 

Conferences can be scheduled from 8:00 am on October 15 to 11:00 pm on October 20 using this link:

Register (new users)

Enter your email address and click "Login/Create Account".

Fill in the required fields and register.

For each child, enter a student ID and birth date (mm/dd/yyyy)

Sign In

If you've previously registered, all you need to do is enter your email and password. The system will recognize you and the children you have added to your account.


Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color, and the times increase as you go down the page. (Note: you will not see all of the teachers at your school, just the set of teachers that your children have classes with.) Click on a square to book that time.

You will optionally have the choice of setting a time when you would like a reminder email delivered.

Click "Create Appointment".

Repeat until you have an appointment with each teacher you'd like to visit with.

At any time you can click on "printable schedule" and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule.

If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time with the email address and password you used to create your account.  

Click on “Your Schedule” to display and hide your appointments. There will be links to change the time, or cancel the appointment.

Please contact the Principal’s Office with any questions about Parent Teacher Conferences. 

847-949-2200, X1230

Questions to ask during Parent/Teacher Conferences

Does my student demonstrate specific strengths in your class?

How is my student doing in your class: Grades, attendance, missing assignments

How can my student improve his/her grade?

Is there some way that I can check my student’s progress in class?

Are there any upcoming projects or assignments my student should be working on?

Yearbook Photos

The yearbook staff continues to appreciate your patience as we figure out ways to bring you a 2020-2021 yearbook, which we are committed to doing. 

To be included in the yearbook, a head-and-shoulder shot needs to be taken by VIP within the time frames provided. There are no sitting fees for a yearbook head-and-shoulder shot.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

When you come to take a portrait at the school, please wear a mask (masks will be removed briefly for the photo when you are being photographed).

A health checklist and temperature check will be required to enter the building. 

Please see specific information for your class portraits below.

  • Seniors (Class of 2021): Please click on this link for specific information regarding senior portraits. 
  • Sophomores & Juniors: VIP will be at the school on the following dates:
    • October 22, 2020 – 3:00 pm- 8:00 pm in the Main Gym 
    • October 23, 2020 – 8:00 am- 6:00 pm in the Main Gym

Register HERE.  Registration will be open from Oct. 1 to Oct. 20.


You should have already had your portrait taken on the freshman Chromebook/textbook pick-up day.

If you did not get your portrait taken that day, then please follow the same steps under the “Sophomores & Juniors” section above.

Retakes for all grades

Currently, retakes are scheduled for Nov. 18 -- 2:00 pm- 8:00 pm 

While retakes will be held at MHS, the location within the school has yet to be determined.

More information will follow about this retake date.

Illinois FAFSA Mandate:

Public Act 101-180 (effective 6/01/20) requires that, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, public high school students must complete the FAFSA or, as eligible, the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. A waiver provision basically allows a parent, guardian, or the student – if 18 or emancipated – to opt out for any reason.

Making FAFSA completion part of an expectation for high school graduation can increase the number of students who are aware of the resources available to help them afford education or training after high school. This information can also help some students decide to attempt college when they might not otherwise have done so, and it may help some students limit student loan debt and take a fuller course load to more quickly complete a degree or credential.

College & Career Center

College Representative Visits

College representatives from across the nation are coming (virtually) to MHS to meet YOU! You can look at a list of upcoming visits by going on Naviance. After you log into Naviance click on the “Colleges” tab at the top of the screen and select “Colleges Home”. Scroll to the bottom of the page where it says “College Visits” and click on “Show More”, then find and click on “Register” to attend the visits of your choice. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about college life on multiple schools’ campuses. The more you know about the schools you want to go to, you’ll be able to stand out among the crowd of other college and university applicants.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

This is the first of many virtual college fairs sponsored by the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling). Among the schools being represented are:

Hawaii Pacific University

Universidad de Navarra - Study in Spain

Carthage College

plus many others!

Log in HERE to register.

IACAC Virtual College Exploration Program

This virtual exploration for all Illinois students will run from Sept.14 through Oct. 22, 2020 and will offer students and families 375 virtual sessions on college planning, career information, financial aid & scholarships, skilled trades, non-college training programs and more! Use the beloe registration links and the QR code  for more information.

Registration HERE  

Watch a short video about the IACAC Virtual College Exploration Program here: 


or  download the QR code

Keep an eye out for upcoming college planning events!


Alexis Alvarez

ISACorps Member: College of Lake county District

Illinois Student Assistance Commission



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Happy Coaches day! MHS is so proud to have you all on staff as you do such wonderful things for our student athletes in and out of the classroom. We hope you are all enjoying your new jackets. Thank you HC!

Girls Cross Country
Saw some competitive races tonight at our last dual of the season. Despite some girls battling some ongoing aches & pains, we managed to score w/in 1 point of a super strong @BeeLinked team! Also exciting was how many beat their times from this meet last year! Great job, ladies!
>>insert GCC pic here.
Boys Golf
Congratulations to Varsity boys golf for advancing to the IHSA Sectionals at Rockford Mauh-Nan-Tee-See Club
Boys Golf advances to IHSA Sectionals

Girls Golf
Congratulations to Varsity girls for advancing to the IHSA Sectionals at Dundee-Crown Randall Oaks GC
Girls Golf advances to IHSA Sectionals

Boys Volleyball finishes up their contact days

Girls Cross Country enjoyed their last dual meet at Zion

Girls Volleyball enjoying their last contact day

Photos from the Week

Bringing the classroom to the kitchen, Elizabeth Heraty '21 practices chopping vegetables in Foods and Nutrition class on Friday, October 2. Heraty said, "It's fun to still be able to cook with the class while being remote. It's a unique experience, and we're making the most of it!" - Elizabeth Heraty

After playing three rounds in a mix of matches against Carmel High School and a scrimmage on Saturday. Oct. 3, the JV girls tennis team snaps a group picture while wearing masks. "This season has been all over the place," Brianna Richards '22 said. "With the new COVID rules, it just changes the dynamics of the sportsmanship."- Brianna Richards

Staying creative during quarantine, Sam Tolentino '23 works on a project for Art Club on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Tolentino said, "Despite the circumstances, I love having the freedom to express myself and explore my passions in Art Club. Not being able to go outside has been tough, but I've been using my love for travelling and the outdoors as an inspiration for my art."- Sam Tolentino

Keeping up with MHS spirit during remote learning, Ashley Wolverton '23 leaves home to attend a softball contact day on Monday, Oct 5 at the school. Wolverton said, "It is so great to see my team and coaches again."- Ashley Wolverton

Trying to stay positive during virtual learning, Giselle Prado 21' keeps a smile on her face during her favorite subject, Math, on Tuesday, Oct. 6. "I miss being in an actual classroom setting. I'm one of the few people who actually like going to school," Prado said. "Hopefully, I'll get to step into the building for hybrid learning soon."- Giselle Parado