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updated: 8/19/2013 4:19 PM

Classes begin at Carmel Catholic High

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  • Video: Coffee for Parents at Carmel

  • Carmel Catholic High School Tab Lab assistant Catalina Guadarrama helps Michael Tortorice with his computer tablet problem during the first day of classes Monday at the Mundelein school. Every Carmel student is given a tablet to work on during the year.

       Carmel Catholic High School Tab Lab assistant Catalina Guadarrama helps Michael Tortorice with his computer tablet problem during the first day of classes Monday at the Mundelein school. Every Carmel student is given a tablet to work on during the year.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel Catholic High School Director of Student Services Kathleen Kuhr delivers coffee to bus driver Cesar Morales as school officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children during the first day of school Monday. The practice started several years ago and it has become a tradition at the Mundelein school.

       Carmel Catholic High School Director of Student Services Kathleen Kuhr delivers coffee to bus driver Cesar Morales as school officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children during the first day of school Monday. The practice started several years ago and it has become a tradition at the Mundelein school.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • New Carmel Catholic High School Principal Mark Ostop hands coffee to a parent Monday. School officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children for the first day of classes in what has become a recent tradition at the Mundelein school.

       New Carmel Catholic High School Principal Mark Ostop hands coffee to a parent Monday. School officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children for the first day of classes in what has become a recent tradition at the Mundelein school.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

When students at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein reported for the first day of classes Monday, they were greeted by a new principal.

Mark Ostap, formerly an assistant superintendent of administrative services in Antioch Elementary District 34, has taken the reins at the school. He replaced Lynn Strutzel this summer.

Part of his first day was spent handing out coffee to parents who dropped off their kids, a Carmel tradition.

A new fine arts center and an information commons area -- otherwise known as a school library -- were completed ahead of the 2013-14 term, too. The projects cost $6.2 million, officials said.

The information commons has particularly impressed students, Carmel spokeswoman Cailtin Monaghan said.

"I've heard a lot of them say this is what their older siblings' colleges are like," she said.

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