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After-school program offers students college insight

After-school program offers students college insight

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Reporter

November 11, 2019

MCC Night, a meeting for parents and students about various colleges and degrees, takes place in the West Campus Auditorium on November 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The event has free admission, there is no RSVP necessary, and there is no application fee required if a student applies to MCC at MCC Nigh...

Key Club breaks record for feeding hungry children

Key Club breaks record for feeding hungry children

Kyla Henige, News Editor

November 1, 2019

West Campus’s Key Club packed 355 boxes at Feed My Starving Children, otherwise known as FMSC, breaking their own record for the third time. This is a big deal not only to the school but to the organization of FMSC because records were broken, meaning that more kids and families have access to foods ...

Students can register to vote until primaries

Students can register to vote until primaries

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 1, 2019

Students who will be 18 by November 3 are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.  With the primaries quickly approaching, students still have the opportunity to register to vote and research potential candidates before primaries and the general election.  Voter turnout has decl...

Gallery: West possessed by the Halloween spirit

Gallery: West possessed by the Halloween spirit

Messenger Staff

October 31, 2019

MCHS students celebrated Halloween on Halloween 31 by dressing up in a wide variety of costumes. Though district rules limited what kind of costumes they could wear—for example, students were to allowed to wear masks or reveal too much skin—students at both East and West found creative ways to celebrate...

“Hidden In Plain Sight” gives parents new perspectives

“Hidden In Plain Sight” gives parents new perspectives

Kyla Henige, News Editor

October 31, 2019

Parent-teacher conferences took place on Thursday and Friday last week. Parents and students stopped in to the cafeteria between conferences to see the new teen room model called “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Designed to be a teenagers bedroom, the purpose in "Hidden in Plain Sight"  was to sho...

LASO celebrates cultural diversity during Day of the Dead

LASO celebrates cultural diversity during Day of the Dead

Oliver Simpson, Staff Reporter

October 30, 2019

The Latin American Student Association, also known as LASO, will celebrate the Day of the Dead by hosting a special showing of "The Book of Life" on November 1 from 7-9 p.m in the West Campus auditorium. Day of The Dead, known in Spanish as Día De Los Muertos, is a two-day holiday for people of Mexic...

Homecoming dance breaks attendance record

Homecoming dance breaks attendance record

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

October 25, 2019

MCHS's 2019 Homecoming dance set new attendance records with over 1,500 tickets sold.  The dance, which took place on October 12, brought plenty of students into West’s gym—so many, in fact, that tickets sold out, according West student council vice president Grace Markovitz.  Student Council s...

Parents plan to meet with teacher during fall conferences

Kyla Henige, News Editor

October 23, 2019

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on October 24 and 25 at both East and West Campus. The conferences will be held in the main gyms at both East and West campus, where all the teachers and staff will  touch base with parents or guardians about their student’s development.  These yearly co...

Juniors tackle PSAT

Juniors tackle PSAT

Kyla Henige, News Editor

October 23, 2019

On October 16, East and West juniors took the Preliminary SAT exam in the libraries and main gym at the respective campuses. The PSAT exam is given to juniors in the fall prior to taking the official SAT in the spring. Students can use their score on the PSAT to gauge their readiness and prepare f...

School board approves new classes for 20-21 school year

School board approves new classes for 20-21 school year

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

October 22, 2019

Board members approved new courses and pathways for the next school year at the MCHS school board meeting on October 21 at the Robert O. Swartzloff Center for Educational Services. Some of these new classes include AP Seminar, Stagecraft and Introduction to Technical to Theater, Honors Percussion...

Dance team boogies with boys during Homecoming game performance

Dance team boogies with boys during Homecoming game performance

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2019

The MCHS dance team combined with a group of guys to perform for the halftime show at the Homecoming football game.  The dance is put together by the dance team and the coaches. Each girl on the team gets to choose a guy to be their dance partner, with the exception of Laine Hanson. Hanson’s pa...

New extracurricular in danger of being cut

New extracurricular in danger of being cut

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

October 16, 2019

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a new pilot extracurricular offered by MCHS, runs the risk of not fully establishing, due to lack of student interest. The club, better known as FCCLA, had its first meeting in September, but only one person showed. West Campus has been introducing...