Principal's Blog #3

September 1, 2023

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Message from Dr. Taylor

Dear Mustang Families,

Let’s take a moment to enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead. Enjoy your extra long Labor Day weekend before Homecoming begins next week. Go Mustangs!

Dr. Alexandria Rios Taylor

Principal, Mundelein High School

847-949-2200 x1257

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Happy Homecoming Week!!

We will celebrate all week long (9/5-9/9) leading up to the homecoming dance Saturday, 9/9.

Sept 1 Homecoming Hallway Decorating - 3:30-4:30 PM

Sept 5 Mike and Ike Day: Grab a friend and dress like twins!

Sept 6 It's Game Day: Wear a jersey!

Sept 6 Powder Puff Game & Senior Girl’s Night

Sept 7 Sweet Dreams Day: Rock your PJs or coziest clothes!

Sept 8 #MundyPride: Wear your class colors!

Sept 8 Homecoming Assembly (Special Schedule)

Sept 8 Homecoming Parade & Game (Parade Map)

Sept 9 Homecoming Alumni Class Tours (Register)

Sept 9 Homecoming Dance (Flyer)

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Would you like a personal tour of campus for your graduating class on HOCO weekend? We’ve got you covered! Our current National Honor Society students will be hosting Alumni Class Tours at 10am on Saturday, September 9. Please complete this form if you are interested! You will begin in the Auditorium for a Welcome from our Administrative team before going on our student-led tours. Go Mustangs!

Upcoming Events

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

Student Spotlight

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October 15th Deadline!

All 9th-grade students must submit a school physical. All 12th-grade students must submit proof of the second meningococcal vaccination. Students without these requirements will be excluded from school after October 15.

Visit our health office website for more info.

Be Kind to Yourself!

Join with MHS staff members on a journey of self-care.
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College Planning Night

Join us for a virtual event. Applying to College - College Planning Night for Seniors on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, from 7-8 p.m.

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Congressman Brad Schneider's Service Academy Night

Tuesday, September 6th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. We will go over how to apply for military academies and what you need to know throughout the nomination process.

Please pass this message along to any students or parents who may be interested, and please join us if you can!

Click here to register

College of Lake County

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

Coaches Corner - Girls Swim / Dive

Submitted by Coach Melissa Sethna

This past weekend the girls varsity swimming and diving team had their first invite at the Lake Forest Relays. The team placed 6th overall with great performances all around. The divers got the team off to a great start where they improved from their last year’s scores and put points on the scoreboard to help the cause. The swimmers then started their competition where they had many top 3 finishes. The 200 Free Relay of: Lauren Tableman, Gracyn Gigiano, Ruby Puerzer, and Amelia Willis took 1st place. The same relay also took 2nd in the 400 Free Relay. The 400 Medley Relay of Amelia Willis, Gracyn Gigiano,

Lisa Choi and Lauren Tableman placed 2nd as well. Individually, Amelia Willis took 1st in the 100 Free and Lauren Tableman took 2nd in the 50 Free. The team next competes this weekend at the Niles West Varsity Invite.

Coaches Corner - Girls Volleyball

Submitted by Coach Beth Willis

It has been a busy week for MHS volleyball! Varsity went 2-3 at the Crosstown Classic Invitational defeating the teams from Grant and Evanston. The JV, Freshman A, and Freshmen B teams traveled to invitationals as well. All teams played tough, exciting volleyball. This past Monday we had our second dual match against Grayslake Central, where all levels played competitively. Congratulations to the Varsity and Freshman B teams on their decisive wins over the Rams! Our next home games are Tuesday, September 5 against Antioch, and Thursday, September 7 against Zion-Benton. Games are at 5:00 and 6:00pm. Come out and support Mustang Volleyball!

Coaches Corner - Girls Tennis

Girls Tennis - Submitted by Coach Gregg Winter

The Varsity team went 1-1 this week by beating Grant and losing to Grayslake Central. The team is now 4-3 on the season and 22-19 in overall matches . Senior Captain Gabi Lipske is 7-0 at #1 singles and hasn’t lost a set all year.

Seniors Mikaela Sosa has 5 wins along with Junior Stella Moon has 4 and Senior Ashley Strachn 4 as well.

Our Jv program has a record 24 players this year as we will be playing JV1 and JV2 matches and invites and are 2-1 so far. Tennis excitement buzz is here at the school.

Coaches Corner - Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer - Submitted by Coach Heather Crawford

JV1 Boys Soccer has been playing well and taking steps forward every game. We started this extremely tough week out at the Barrington/Jacobs Invite with our first tournament WIN against a strong CLS team. Headed into very competitive GBS and Barrington teams later in the week to hopefully set up a great Saturday finish at the Invite. Enjoying wins together & playing the best programs in the area preparing us for a great conference run!

Boys Soccer - Submitted by Coach Mike Dayton

The Boys Soccer team continues to compete and grow together against some of the toughest competition in northern IL. Their record of 1-1-2 shows a team ready to compete for championships.

Coaches Corner - Girls Golf

Girls Golf - Submitted by Coach Tom Kuhn

The Lady Mustang golfers competed in the D117 Harold Abrahmson Invite on Saturday, taking 10th/15 teams. Senior Kate Niemann led the way, breaking 100 for the first time in her career to tie for 21st out of 84 golfers. Juniors Olivia Williams, Audrey Smith and Noelle Dadian turned in their career 18 low scores as well.

The ladies also worked with Countryside Golf Pro Steve DiNino on Tuesday, doing video analysis of their short game swings and perfecting their wedge shots. The Mustangs play Warren on Tuesday at Countryside to kick off Homecoming Week.

Coaches Corner - Girls Cross Country

Submitted by Coach Carsyn Rodriguez

This season’s first Runner of the Week: FR Heydee Jarillo! Heydee is new to running but has already shown so much growth in her endurance! Heydee is dedicated, kind, supportive of others, and goes above and beyond what we ask of her!

Coaches Corner - Girls Cheerleading

Submitted by Coach Christina Newsom

Our Varsity cheer team traveled to Carthage College this summer to attend the NCA Speed Camp. They spent 3 days of vigorous stunting to prep them for our upcoming competitive season. While Varsity was away, our JV athletes stayed local with Camp Jeff spending 3 days learning and perfecting new stunt skills and game day chants to prepare them for both sideline and competitive season. We look forward to success thanks to these extra efforts.

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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.

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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.