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MCHS to open back up for hybrid learning

As the sun sets on an empty MCHS West Campus, a new beginning is coming in the near future. Soon a Hybrid Learning model will  be bringing life back into the building.

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor

October 5, 2020

On Monday, October 5, superintendent Ryan McTague made the official announcement that students may return back to school for hybrid learning starting on October 28. Two weeks after his original message about the MCDHs decision for schools to open, McTague along with the rest of the District 156 a...

MCDH approves hybrid learning

Stefanie Lukas leads students through a math lesson at East Campus before the switch to remote learning in March.

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor

September 30, 2020

On Friday, September 25, the McHenry County Department of Health, or MCDH, released a “McHenry County School Metrics” document, stating that schools may begin opening at their own pace, but must do so following guidelines provided by the MCDH. This announcement makes it clear that schools must begin hybrid ...

MCHS begins to open back up to students

Starting September 21, select classes began meeting in person. This included MCHS's bands, which practiced outside of East Campus on September 22.

Emma Snyder, News Editor

September 25, 2020

After opening the school to sports and extracurricular activities, MCHS will start allowing students to come into both East and West Campuses for in-person learning opportunities starting September 21.  In-person learning is starting for students in hands-on classes, such as choir, band, manufacturing, ...

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...