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Freshmen, new students invited to tour campuses

East and West Campuses will open its doors to freshmen and transfer students on January 13 and 14 from 6-8 in preparation for hybrid learning.
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer January 12, 2021

Before students go back into the building to begin hybrid learning, East and West Campuses will hold an open house for freshman, transfer, and new students at the school on Wednesday and Thursday from...

What to expect on Inauguration Day

January 20, 2021 President Elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated at Capitol Hill as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor January 11, 2021

On January 20, president elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. And although traditional events are already in place for Inauguration Day, things are going to look...

Pro-Trump extremists break into Capitol Hill

Pro-Trump rioters break into Capitol Hill, destroying and looting the property during the Electoral College Certification Wednesday, January 6.
Becky Arendarczyk, Artistic Director January 7, 2021

A large pro-Trump mob pushed their way into the United States Capitol on Wednesday, stopping the Electoral College certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and putting the building into a...

District 156 plans hybrid model for second semester

Students at East and West Campus will be able to opt-in to a hybrid learning plan, which will begin at the beginning of second semester. Students who choose to remain remote can opt-in later in the semester if they wish.
Emma Snyder, News Editor December 18, 2020

District 156 hopes to begin their “MCHS Orange/Black Hybrid Model” starting January 20, the first day of second semester, if the metrics allow. “I am cautiously optimistic about transitioning...

Gas station fuels uproar in ‘historic’ downtown district

Despite the complaints and protests from residents, McHenry still has plans to demolish a
Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter December 17, 2020

The city of McHenry plans to remove the vacated bank downtown on the corner of Green Street, Route 120, and Route 31 and build a gas station in its place. This plan has angered many residents of McHenry...

MCHS offers new classes for 2020-21

When students register for their courses for the 2021-22 school year, they will be able to choose blended options for many of their core classes.
Narcizo Mancilla, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

Starting in the fall of 2021, MCHS will have new classes available to the students. There will be many options and opportunities including courses in English, social science, math, science, physical education...

COVID-19 cases at a new high post-Thanksgiving

As the country approaches the holiday season, health officials warn of a surge in cases following Thanksgiving. Case in McHenry County and Illinois have risen steadily in the past month.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 10, 2020

Following Thanksgiving, coronavirus deaths and cases have been reaching new highs, specialists believe that COVID-19 surges are in the country's future while people continue socializing. Though these...

West Campus construction still on schedule

The interior of the Center for Science, Technology and Industry sits empty after a day of work. Construction is on scheduled to be complete by January of 2021.
Joe Ndu, Staff Reporter December 7, 2020

The new extension to West Campus is entering its final stages of construction. It is currently on schedule to be completed in January 2021. “Most of the building will be finished and furnished by...

MCHS announces, postpones new digital learning model

A student submits an assignment through Schoology on her Chromebook. MCHS changed their mind after announcing a new digital schedule that added ten minutes to each class to support struggling students.
Emma Snyder, News Editor December 3, 2020

Less than 24 hours after releasing information about a digital learning schedule change, MCHS decided to continue the existing digital learning schedule for the remainder of the semester.  Marsh Pottohff,...

District 156 pushes hybrid learning to second semester

The sun rises over West Campus's south entrance on November 20. As Thanksgiving approaches, the number of COVID cases in McHenry County has reached a new high, causing the district pause all students coming into the building.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 20, 2020

On Friday, superintendent Ryan McTague announced that the District 156 will move to hybrid starting second semester on January 20, 2021.  The announcement states, “We wanted to provide our school...

President-elect Biden begins transition

President-elect Joe Biden celebrates his election victory in a speech on November 9 to the American public. During his transition, Biden has continued to preach unity between political parties—a key campaign message.
Emma Snyder, News Editor November 17, 2020

President-elect, Joe Biden, wasted not time taking action. Only hours after winning the election on November 7, Biden gave a speech calling for peace between Democrats and Republicans.  “Refusal...

2020 Presidential race still uncertain

The course of the 2020 Presidential Election has been full of twists and turns, all leading to a close race between President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Emma Snyder, News Editor November 5, 2020

Election night is over and it is still unclear as to who the 46th president of the United States will be. With votes being counted and key states left to win, it could be a week before Americans know the...

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