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Sum elbow grease

Leylah Moreno, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Math teacher Mr. Dan Carr stood at the front of the classroom in McHenry Community High School, gazing into the faces of his new students. His palms were sweating as he introduced himself, and his stomach...

Singing safety

Brianna May, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

McHenry Community High School Choir teacher, Derek Galvicius, walks into the auditorium to greet his students as they walk in. They come in with their masks and music in-hand ready to sing and be safe...

Picking up passions

Talking with students during office hours, Erbach translates his personality into every day on the job teaching.
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

It is the beginning of the school year at McHenry West High School, and Mr. Dane Erbach sees that some of his students from the year before are in his Newspaper class. He is excited to see this because...

A hands-on view of teaching

TJ Haws, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Teaching a high school class can be difficult, but teaching a high school engineering class can be even harder, considering how hands-on of a class that it is. McHenry Community High School engineering...

Changing teaching technique

Prepping for remote learning, Rockweiler translates her teaching style to the virtual world.
Brooke Langfeld, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

One morning, sitting behind her desk in room 338, Mrs. Stacy Rockweiler is watching her computer screen as her English students take their unit three test. Adapting to her new teaching style, Rockweiler...

Beyond biology

Even though she teaches biology, Nagel finds time for her passions outside of the classroom as well.
Madisyn Spencer, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Within a classroom full of life and wonder sits Mrs. Ashley Nagel, returning for her second year as a biology teacher at McHenry High School West Campus. Nagel’s happiest moments are knowing she helped...

The power of one

Czubik's passion and history in teaching biology gives her a leg up in the most difficult moment of teaching ever.
Kiara Kearns, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Whether it's assisting them in the classroom, online, or even out running, biology teacher Ms. Beth Czubik always finds a way to connect with her students. When a student needs help in any way, she is...


Demonstrating her art, Ms. Michele Zimmerman uses motivation and modeling to help her students improve their artistic skills and knowledge.
Leylah Moreno, Staff Writer October 9, 2020

A student sits in the art room after class has ended, frustrated, unsure of what’s missing from their artwork. By their side, McHenry Community High School art teacher Ms. Michele Zimmerman stands, cheering...

The Devilish rouse behind TikTok

Rebecca Bodden, Contributing Writer May 19, 2020

If you asked friends today for a list of apps they use quite frequently, they might say Twitter, Instagram, YouTube maybe even Facebook and of course Tiktok.  Since 2018, Tiktok (formerly known as

Movies together amid crisis

Families gathered at the McHenry Outdoor Theatre on May 8, 2020 to see prehistoric classics.
Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer May 13, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020, during a global pandemic, the McHenry Outdoor Theatre opened for business with strict rules. The movies played were The Flintstones and Jurassic Park.  The gates to The Outdoor...

Senior Spotlight

Waiting to hear the verdict on the rest of her senior year, Senior Gracee Majkrzak draws on her East Campus parking spot.
Alayna Majkrzak, Contributing Writer May 13, 2020

Seniors all over the state have been watching and waiting. Waiting for the news to interrupt their favorite program so they can get an update from the governor or congress. Finally they get it, the news...

Opinion: Teenagers need Prom more than you think

With Prom's status up in the air, students are left to wonder whether their Prom clothes will ever be worn.
Megan Walsh, Contributing Writer April 23, 2020

MCHS juniors and seniors are posting all over Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook wondering about the future of Prom. With everything up in the air due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, they want to have...

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