The McHenry Messenger

News Briefs: Week of May 11, 2020

Kyla Henige, News Editor

May 11, 2020

Drivers Ed  The first session for Drivers Ed has been postponed due to social distancing guidelines. Come July, if socially distancing restrictions have been lifted, session one students will be joined by session two students in a “mega session” covering both behind the wheel and in-class curr...

Trump announces plan to re-open the U.S. economy

resident Donald J. Trump takes questions from the press during a coronavirus update briefing Sunday, April 19, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

April 27, 2020

Though COVID-19 has put everything on hold in the United States, President Donald Trump called for states to start opening at their own pace. In a press conference on April 16, Trump officially gave governors the right to decide whether or not their state is allowed to be opened, or if they will remain...

District 156 officials decide to end school year May 14

According to an announcement made on April 21, digital learning will continue through May 14, which will be the last day of the school year followed by a four-day remediation period before second semester grades are finalized on May 20.

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

With Illinois officially closing schools for the rest of the school year, MCHS has announced its own ‘End of Digital Learning Plan,’ which includes changing the last day of school to May 14. “The shutting of in-person classroom time also risks a drop in instructional time,” explains Illinois...

Construction continues without delay

Construction workers smooth concrete floors for the first floor of the new extension at West Campus on April 10. Construction remains on schedule despite school being closed for the remainder of the school year.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

With construction and trade still being deemed essential, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed the construction of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry, the new extension at West Campus. It is still scheduled to open in January 2021. “The shell is almost complete with the remaining...

Local bakeries weather the pandemic

Though COVID-19 forced many local businesses to shut down, some restaurants like Riverside Bakery have remained open for curbside pickup. Coronavirus has impacted what was a booming economy in unprecedented ways.

Apryl Hanneman, Contributing Writer

April 20, 2020

Since March 20 when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order, many local bakeries have struggled to stay afloat, including Kiera Confections, Riverside Bakeshop, and Sweet Peas Emporium.    Even the most popular bakeries throughout McHenry County are currently experiencing ...

Trump recommends 30 more days of social distancing

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks during a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, March 30, 2020, in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

April 9, 2020

On March 29, President Donald Trump made the official announcement extending the social distancing guidelines until April 30, as a way of trying to slow, and potentially help put an end, to COVID-19. Just a few days after his announcement about hoping to get the country up and running by Easter, Trump...

COVID-19 leaves Illinois in lock down

With Chicago mayor Laurie Lightfoot at his side, Governor J.B. Pritzker issues a directive to all Illinois residents to stay at home during a Friday press conference.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 21, 2020

On Friday, March 20, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made an announcement issuing a “rule” that residents must remain in their households, as a way of slowing the damaging COVID-19 virus. Pritzker made the official announcement that starting on Saturday at 5 p.m. that residents must stay in their ...

Illinois works to flatten the COVID-19 curve

An employee locks up at Lady Luck Poker on McCullom Lake Road on March 17. Lady Luck was one of several establishments closed by Governor Pritzker due to coronavirus.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 19, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, has made several decisions to help flatten the curve. With the circumstances of COVID-19 changing rapidly, Pritzker has taken to doing daily briefings for the public, giving constant updates on the pandemic. On March...

St. Baldrick’s Community Shave cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Preparing to lose his hair for charity, Mark Winters sits in a barber stool during 2019's St. Baldrick's Community Shave in the West Campus Main Gym on March 21. This year's event, which annually brings the broader McHenry community together, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

With COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, continuing to spread rapidly, MCHS decided to cancel its annual St. Baldrick’s Community Shave scheduled for March 18.  The Community Shave has been an annual event in McHenry for the last 12 years. Over the last 12 years, MCHS’s Community Shave ha...

District 156 cancels classes, activities, athletics due to coronavirus

MCHS District 156 cancelled all classes, extracurriculars, and academics starting March 13 until after spring break. The decision was made with the health of both the school's students and community in mind.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 13, 2020

District 156’s administration and Board of Education made the precautionary decision to close down both East and West Campus due to concerns about COVID-19, also known as human coronavirus on Friday. The decision will go into effect Friday after school. The Digital Learning Plan will be implemen...

Band cancels trip to nationals over COVID-19 concerns

The symphonic band pose prior to their performance at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria on February 1. The band was one of only 16 high school bands in the country selected to perform at National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis this weekend before the trip was cancelled.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday night, students from the symphonic band were hit with the devastating news that their trip to National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis on March 13 was canceled. Due to the widespread disease COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, band director Spencer Hile and District 156 admini...

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

In the process of re-establishing itself in the community, the Hidden Pearl coffee shop partnered with West Campus to serve students and staff. Since it disappeared in December, many have wondered when it will return.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Hidden Pearl’s absence at West Campus has lasted longer than students and staff anticipated. However, they have reopened their shop on Green Street, which has taken over a lot of their time. “Right now Hidden Pearl is kind of swamped because they opened up their brick and mortar,” West assistant...