The McHenry Messenger

Unfinished West tennis courts disrupt girls season

Unfinished West tennis courts disrupt girls season

Zach Brown, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

The completion date for the new tennis courts at West Campus remains uncertain as the school year and girls tennis season progresses. The new tennis courts ran into trouble when workers encountered a natural spring. The construction zone filled with water, which slowed the completion down. To account f...

Let’s Hear it for the Spirit

Let’s Hear it for the Spirit

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus

May 1, 2019

 Spirit rallies and pep assemblies have always been the heart and soul of school spirit from middle school all the way through high school. But what do you do when the spirit rallies and pep assemblies die out? At McHenry Community High School, East and West Campus have begun piloting a new competitio...

Students take on College and Career Expo

Students take on College and Career Expo

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus

May 1, 2019

When students enter high school, typically, they do not know what they want to do after they graduate, so many high schools help provide opportunities for students to explore their options. On Thursday, April 18, McHenry West High School hosted its fifth annual College and Career Fair that allows stu...

Bubble Burnout

Bubble Burnout

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus

April 30, 2019

Testing season has reared its ugly head once again and schools across Illinois have been busy administering the SAT and other state-mandated standardized tests.  MCHS is no stranger to standardized testing, which was implemented along with the Common Core curriculum in 2009, but many question its v...

11 Years and Still Going Bald

11 Years and Still Going Bald

Gianna Matassa, Editor/ Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019

At this time in March every year, the halls are painted in a sea of green and white not only for St. Patrick’s Day, but also to draw attention to a cause even more deserving of celebration: McHenry's Annual St. Baldrick's fundraiser.  St. Baldrick's, an event which raises money for cancer research ...

Spanish Students Attend Weekend Field Trip at Art Institute

Spanish Students Attend Weekend Field Trip at Art Institute

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus

April 2, 2019

On Feb. 16, Spanish teachers Jordan Deener, Otto Corzo, and 36 students from the upper-level Spanish classes extended their learning beyond the walls of MCHS by taking a trip down to the Art Institute of Chicago for a day filled with culture, art, food, and fun. In the class, students were learning about S...

Poetry Slam Judges Evaluate Diverse and Entertaining Sophomore Poets

Roan Murray, Staff Writer

March 10, 2019

On Friday, February 7th, a panel of judges consisting of two community members, two students and three teachers, judged and selected winners for East’s school-wide annual sophomore English poetry slam. In assessing the performances, each judge is given an evaluation sheet with the names of all the poet...

East Campus’s Mr. McHenry Cancelled by Supervisor

East Campus’s Mr. McHenry Cancelled by Supervisor

Logan Von Allmen and Meier Glab, Staff Reporters - East Campus

February 27, 2019

Mr. McHenry, the annual winter talent show and pageant, has been canceled at East Campus this year, due to lack of student participation. The show, which historically has run independently at both East and West Campus, features junior and senior level male students exhibiting their talents in a va...

Resisting the Ache to Vape

Resisting the Ache to Vape

Madison Loewe and Jack Lischewski

February 27, 2019

Like many schools across the nation, MCHS is experiencing a vaping epidemic. While the student body has long been aware of the trend, faculty awareness was more limited, allowing a number of students to get away with vaping while in school.  According to an article in Cardiovascular Business, "U.S. Sur...

Superintendent Consults Weather Service, Colleagues In Decision to Cancel School

Superintendent Consults Weather Service, Colleagues In Decision to Cancel School

Aleece Black, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019

Dr. Ryan McTague, Superintendent of District 156, makes the decision to cancel school due to weather based on a variety of factors including consideration of cold temperatures and forecasted severity of precipitation. McTague watches the forecast and looks to the National Weather Service for inf...

Students and Staff Prepare for Upcoming Changes in District

Students and Staff Prepare for Upcoming Changes in District

Chase Creech, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019

With the passage of the referendum in the fall, East Campus will become a freshman-only building and West Campus will house all sophomore through senior level classes in the district.   With these changes, McHenry East High School is projected to see enrollment fall to less than 500 students, while W...

Student Stress on the Rise

Student Stress on the Rise

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus

February 27, 2019

Some say high school is like a pressure cooker. In 2019, many high schoolers are under an immense amount of stress. Many high schoolers must juggle both their school work and a job and struggle to find a balance in their schedules. The journal Frontiers in Psychology recently published a...

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