Principal's Blog #5

September 15, 2023

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Message from Dr. Taylor

Dear Mustang Families,

Wow, Officer Schuldt and I certainly did not expect to go viral for our homecoming video but I am glad the light-hearted spirit of the video resonated with so many viewers (70K)! For those who missed it, here you go:

Also, today marks the kick-off to Hispanic Heritage Month. To recognize the rich tapestry of culture celebrated at MHS, our Equity Director created a brief video. Check it out here:

Have a great weekend. Go Mustangs!

Dr. Alexandria Rios Taylor

Principal, Mundelein High School

847-949-2200 x1257


Sept 15 Hispanic Heritage Kick-Off & Rosh HaShana

Sept 22 Star Testing - Math

Sept 28 Community Night Cookout

Sept 28 Universidad de Padres

Sept 28 Building Tour

Sept 29 Star Testing - Reading

Oct 6 Late Start

Oct 9 No School

Mustang Pride

The Mustang Pride Award is a special award given to students who have displayed our Profile of a Learner tenets. These tenets challenge students to live and rise to the occasion by demonstrating …

  • Agility… students adapt successfully to a new situation
  • Being Self-Assured… students show up, stand up, or speak-up
  • Being Proactive… students “make something happen
  • Being Information-Seeking… students seek, acquire or evaluate knowledge from a diverse perspective
  • Resilience… students make the most out of a challenge or overcome adversity
  • Empathy… students value the feelings of others

Those receiving awards were Marisol Vargas, Alexis Carreno (not pictured), Avril Ramirez, Nicholas Osorio (nominated by two different staff members), Maria Castro, and Tonni Lumu. Pictured with the group is Dr. Alexandria Rios-Taylor, MHS Principal, and Nicholas Osorio’s younger sister. Congratulations to these students!

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Homecoming Was So Sweet!

Upcoming Events

Theme Thursday

Cultural Awareness Day

Puertas - Hispanic Heritage Month - Dress to show your cultural pride.

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Star Testing September 22nd and 29th

All MHS students will take the reading and math STAR assessments this fall. The STAR assessments are designed to provide valuable insights into your students’ proficiency in these subjects, assisting us in determining the support and enrichment required for their academic success. We will administer the STAR math assessment on Friday, September 22nd, and the STAR reading assessment on Friday, September 28th. We will follow a special schedule on these two Fridays, which includes a 40-minute testing window between first and second periods.

There is no need for your student to prepare for the STAR assessment. These assessments are designed to measure their current skill levels, and there are no specific materials or study guides required. Students will take the STAR reading and math assessments in September and then again in April. This allows us to track their growth and progress in these subjects over the course of the school year.

Computer Adaptive Testing:

The STAR assessments are computer-adaptive, which means that the difficulty level of the questions adjusts based on your student’s responses. This individualized approach ensures a more accurate and personalized assessment experience and results.

STAR Math and Reading

The STAR Math assessment assesses math achievement in five key domains: numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability.

Score Reporting. The STAR Reading assessment evaluates your student’s reading comprehension and skills across various domains, including word knowledge, comprehension strategies, analysis of literary text, analysis of argument, and evaluation of text.

Score Reporting

After the assessments are completed, scores will be emailed to both students and families. It is important to note that these scores are just one data point among many that we use to ensure students have the support and resources they need to succeed at MHS.

Your support in helping us gather valuable data to enhance your student's educational journey is greatly appreciated. Please emphasize the importance of your student's serious effort on these tests, as accurate scores are crucial for us to determine the necessary steps for achieving academic success.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the STAR assessments, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Taylor, Building Principal (, or Mr. Lerner, Math Department Chair (, at any time.

PSAT / NMSQT Testing - October 11

On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, MHS will be participating in PSAT/NMSQT testing or participating in an E-Learning Day.

  • Class of 2027 (Freshman) - participating in an e-learning day (remain at home and follow e-learning instructions)

  • Class of 2026 (Sophomores) -report to campus for practice SAT exam in the morning. Participate in e-learning in the afternoon.

  • Class of 2025 (Juniors) - report to campus for PSAT / NMSQT. Participate in e-learning in the afternoon.

  • Class of 2024 (Seniors) - participating in an e-learning day (remain at home and follow e-learning instructions)

The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered free of charge. All Class of 2025 students, or the entire junior class, will automatically be registered for this exam. Students will not need to do anything special in order to take this exam. The PSAT/NMSQT will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long.

In addition, ALL Class of 2026, or the entire sophomore class, will take a practice SAT exam on Khan Academy. This exam is to provide students with a practice exam to provide areas of focus for the school year. All students in the Class of 2025 and 2026 are required to attend these exams at MHS during the morning. See tentative schedule below. After the exam, students will be released to go home for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, October 11 Schedule

  • 8:30 am - Room Check in

  • 8:40 am - Exam begins

  • Approximately 11:00 am - Exam ends*

  • 11:15 am - Buses leave

  • Rest of the day - Asynchronous course work to be completed

*Students with testing accommodations will receive a separate letter with accommodations and schedule adjustments.

Lunch will be available for students before they leave after the exam or if the exam is scheduled into the afternoon.

The PSAT/NMSQT exam and Practice SAT exam will be delivered digitally - Class of 2025 & 2026 students MUST bring their fully charged chromebooks to school for this exam. This format will be used for all spring testing in April, so this is a good trail run for students and staff to participate in prior to April.

  • Students may bring a calculator for this exam, however, there is an online calculator for students to use.

  • Students are able to highlight text.

  • Students may eliminate responses when choosing their answer.

  • The digital exam is shorter with only 98 questions total.

Students and parents were sent testing information Thursday morning, August, 24, 2023.

The PSAT/NMSQT is a multiple-choice assessment of verbal, mathematics and writing skills. The digital version is an adaptive test which means the exam will begin to deliver questions based on the students’ responses. There are several benefits to taking this exam. First, this is a great exposure to the SAT exam structure which all 11th grade students will take in April this school year. This will allow MHS to decide what math and English topics should be reviewed prior to the April SAT. In addition, top-performing juniors nationally may be eligible for money through National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic Scholarship funds. This is a great opportunity for students to possibly obtain National Merit recognition and scholarship money.

To learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit For questions, please contact

Universidad de Padres

La primera sesión de La Universidad de Padres se celebrará este próximo 28 de septiembre en la cafetería de la escuela, de 6pm a 8pm. Para más información, puede comunicarse con Hector Gonzalez al (847) 949-2200, ext. 1269 o vea este video.
Invitacion a La Universidad de Padres de Mundelein High School

AVID Fall College Trips

Fall College Field Trips and College Applications are in full swing in AVID. This semester, they are headed to Northwestern, UIC, Marquette, UWM, Loyola University Chicago, and Northeastern. Mundelein High School's AVID program prepares students for success in high school, college, and careers. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and focuses on developing skills in writing, inquiry, organization, reading, and collaboration. The program targets students in the academic middle who have the desire and determination to go to college and the willingness to work hard. AVID students take an AVID elective class that provides them with the support they need to succeed in rigorous high school coursework. They learn strategies for taking notes, managing time, critical thinking, and goal setting. AVID also provides tutoring, college visits, and other enrichment to ensure students are on track for college and career success. The AVID program gives students the tools, encouragement, and support system they need to accomplish their dreams. Stay tuned for updates about our AMAZING senior class and the goals that they accomplish this year!

Choices Fair

A college planning event for students with IEPs and 504 Plans.

Career Pathways

The College of Lake County is pleased to once again offer an opportunity for high school students (grades 9-12) to learn about a Career Pathway through Apprenticeships. Attached are the registration form and photo release form that students need to complete in order to register for one session of the Manufacturing Career Pathways program offered by CLC on October 17-18-19. Follow this LINK for registration and photo release forms.

There are 70 slots available. Students will receive a $50 stipend. Students will need transportation to and from the session site. MHS will assist with transportation if necessary - please contact Mr. Kapotas in the CCRC.

Deadline to register is Thursday, October 6th but space is reserved on a first come-first served basis.

Students can attend only one session, but they can select a second (2) or third (3) choice in case their first choice is filled. Most sessions will have 10-15 students max since they will be in labs.

Here are the programs and dates:

  • Automation, Robotics, Mechatronics (ARM) - Thursday, October 19th (Grayslake campus)
  • HVAC - Tuesday, October 17th (Grayslake campus)
  • Precision Machining Technology (PMT), formerly CNC - Thursday, Oct. 19th (Grayslake campus)
  • Industrial Technology (INT), Wednesday, Oct 18th (Advanced Technology Center - Gurnee)
  • Welding (WFT) - Thursday, Oct. 19th (Advanced Technology Center - Gurnee)

All sessions will be offered from 4:30 -5:30 PM.

Please follow the links below for more information about the 5 different areas:

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Interested in space travel or conducting science experiments in space? Here is an opportunity for you!

Higher Orbits is a non-profit with the mission of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); along with leadership, teamwork, and communication through the use of spaceflight. Mankind’s journey into space serves as an ideal launchpad to excite students of all ages about STEM/STEAM and working to fulfill their dreams and ambitions while also building teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.

  • Date: October 7th & 8th

  • Time: 8am – 6pm

  • Where: TMA 1651 Wilkening Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

  • Register/More information/Flyers: HERE

  • Go For Launch delivers a multi-day, in-person, truly out of this world experience to 8th - 12th grade students leveraging spaceflight and space exploration as the launchpad for students to develop and strengthen their skills in STEM, teamwork, communication, research design, and leadership.

  • Go For Launch! students work side-by-side with an astronaut for the entire event -learning, growing, and developing the life-long skills that create a successful, meaningful future.

  • The culminating exercise is an experiment design project. The teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges from the Space & STEM fields, who will then choose a winner from each Go For Launch! event. Depending on the Series, winning experiments will be launched to and conducted aboard the International Space Station or on a suborbital flight!

  • Visit to learn more about this program.

  • Videos to check out for more insights: HERE

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Community Night

Many thanks to our community for showing such great spirit during our Community Night at MHS. It was fun to see and spend time with our future Mustangs!

Coaches Corner - Boys Cross Country

Submitted by Coach Ruiz

On Saturday the Boys' Cross Country Team took 3rd out of 12 teams at the Lee Halberg Springfield Lanphier meet. Tom Russ again led the way, taking 6th out of 86 runners. We had 4 medalists, placing 4 in the top 14. In the freshman race, we took 2nd, losing by 5 points to Springfield. Izic Miller won the individual title by 25 seconds. We had another 4 medalists in this race, placing 4 in the top 8. In the unscored open race, we had another 3 medalists, with Nathaniel Mendez leading our squad in 7th place.

Last night we ran in our first conference meet of the season. If you weren't there tonight you missed a great meet. We beat Waukegan 15-50, Warren 15-49, and Libertyville 21-34. The last time we faced Libertyville was at the County meet, where they beat us by 22 points. Tonight showed us how good we can be.

Tom Russ and Alberto Diaz went 1-2, with Izic Miller, Elijah Mendoza, and Nathan McCreight going 5-6-7. We had a spread of only 33 seconds 1-5. I call that getting it done. Best team race we've run in a few years. I mentioned after County that the Libertyville coach had a big smile on his face. Didn't see him after tonight's meet, but somehow I don't think his smile was as big. Full results are on

Coaches Corner - Girls Tennis

Submitted by Coach Winter

Varsity team beat Waukegan last Thursday and lost to Stevenson Tuesday and now 6-4 overall 2-1 in Conference. Friday all the players participated in the homecoming parade and had a great time. On Saturday at the Grayslake Central invite 4 players medaled including 2 freshmen Alina Ahmed and Brianna Mondragon ,along with junior Sreya Kannappan. Our own Gabi Lipske took home gold with a championship victory over Grayslake in an exciting match .

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Coaches Corner - Boys Soccer

Submitted by Coach Dayton

Senior Adrian Rosiles has been an integral part of the MHS Boys Varsity Soccer team. He played a huge role in the team's first conference 2-1 victory over Waukegan. The boys next game will be against an undefeated Stevenson team where the boys hope to continue their outstanding season.

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Coaches Corner - Girls Volleyball

Submitted by Coach Willis

With huge wins over Antioch and Zion-Benton last week during Homecoming week, the MHS Varsity volleyball team took on Grayslake North on Tuesday and won in 2 sets, bringing our win streak to 7! The Daily Herald has acknowledged this winning streak by ranking our Mustangs in the Top 20 in their circulation range! Congratulations!! Our Mustangs play again at Wauconda on Monday and at Stevenson on Wednesday. Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for Varsity’s Staff Appreciation Night, which will be held on Tuesday, October 3 at our home match against Lakes. And our Cancer Awareness Night on October 11 at home against Lake Zurich. We would love to pack the gym for both events. See you there!

Coaches Corner - Girls Cross Country

Submitted by Coach Rodriguez

PR explosion at the Wauconda invite last Saturday! 17/19 ran a lifetime (12!) or season (5) best! Every returning runner had a course PR as well! Varsity, led by medalists Brooklyn D’Ambrosio & Vivi Gonzalez, placed 6th out of 12 teams. JV placed 7th out of 14 teams. Great job by all!

2 wins at our first Conference quad meet on Tuesday, as we beat both Warren and Waukegan! We also had almost every athlete run some sort of personal best, even on our tough and hilly home course! These PRs included 2 lifetime bests, 3 season bests, and 11 course bests! Great first home meet of the season!
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This week’s Runner of the Week: SO Azlynn Balman. Azlynn has been extremely hard working and dedicated so far in her first season of XC! She goes beyond what is asked of her and has improved so much already, including running a 7 minute PR today!
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Fun last week from Theme Thursday Barbie Day and Friday Funday Homecoming Parade

Student Spotlight - We Are MHS!

Each week we will feature a student, staff member or department at our school (Or all three at once), to give Mustang Nation a closer look at these wonderful folks! “We are MHS”! To nominate yourself or others for this feature, please email Mr. Gonzalez –
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The Mundelein Foundation is seeking new members! Do you have one night a month to make a difference? Contact Jennifer for more information on how you can have some fun helping the next generation: 847-987-7955 or

About Mundelein High School

The 2023-24 MHS School Profile is now available. This document is utilized by colleges as they review our students’ applications, so the information is specifically directed to that audience.

English | Spanish


Our MHS Portrait of a Learner tenets affirm student identity through schoolwide values, expectations and practices.

District Communications

We have created a new Facebook page for Mundelein High School District 120 - please visit us on our new page. Please be sure to follow us on our new page, share the page with friends and “like” our page as well. We’re so glad to have you as part of our Mustang community.

Student Supports

MHS has many supports to offer students. Students can access a quick-reference guide of all supports available on this page. Available is everything from social-emotional support, to financial support. Check it out!

Click here to see all the student support areas we have to offer.

Monthly Building Tours

We are proud to host visitors to learn more about our programming and facilities. In order to minimize the impact on the educational environment, we have chosen to host visitors on select days throughout the school year.

Therefore, to secure a visitation time, please select from the following options so we are able to provide the necessary information and personnel during your visit.

Click here to schedule your tour.



Regular school attendance is required and necessary to develop the academic and intrapersonal skills needed for success. Students are expected to attend each class and be on time. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance.

If your student is going to be absent from school, please call the Attendance Line 847-949-2200 ext. 1998 (Spanish) ext. 1999 (English) by 10:00 am.

Bus Notifications

Would you like to know when your student’s bus is going to be late? For Mundelein bus routes, Lakeside Transportation is using the Bus Bulletin notification system to notify parents and students when there are bus delays and schedule changes. For more information, or to sign-up and start receiving notifications, please visit: (Find Mundelein Area Schools when prompted for a district) *Note - This is managed by Lakeside Bus Company and not MHS.

Dress Code

Although we take great pride in a dress code that encourages self-expression, we do want to remind students of our student dress code policy as found in our student handbook.

  • Clothing must cover all undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded).
  • Fabric covering all private parts must not be seen through.
  • Clothing that depicts, advertises or advocates the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances is prohibited.
  • Clothing that depicts pornography, nudity or sexual acts is prohibited.


With the increased enrollment in recent years, we have been unable to provide a locker for every student at MHS. Since many students do not use a locker, we are assigning lockers to students upon request. Please click here to request a locker.

Technology Use

Students will utilize technology to support their learning in class. Students are reminded to use their Chromebooks and cell phones appropriately at all times. For further information about technology use, please refer to the student handbook located on the District web page.