McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

Editorial Cartoon: Amingus

Editorial Cartoon: Amingus

Nikki Sisson, Staff Writer September 21, 2022

Though digital apps like My Homework and Minga are designed to help students and staff, many have found the transition confusing and unhelpful — and a possible breach of privacy.

Opinion: Mingapocolypse

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer September 9, 2022

It's the first day back to school at MCHS and students are going into lunch. There are students on a staircase, shoulder to shoulder. It’s stressful, cramped, and loud.  Later, a student in class realizes...

The McHenry Police Department is housed at the McHenry Municipal Center on Green St. The department has partnered with MCHS to send student resource officers to the school.

This is fine

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor May 19, 2022

A McHenry High School student carrying an e-cigarette walks out of the bathroom when he notices a student resource officer staring right at him. Doing his job, the SRO issues a ticket to be resolved in...

Community stakeholders — including students, parents and teachers —  have been invited to complete the Portrait of a Graduate survey in order to define the sort of student who graduates from MCHS.

MCHS develops Portrait of a Graduate

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief May 10, 2022

MCHS is working on a Portrait of a Graduate project that articulates outcome goals for all students who leave MCHS and become active participants in the community in order to reach success after graduation.  A...

The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard round the world

The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard ’round the world

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence April 28, 2022

The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Warrior Games, calorie counting and the slap heard 'round the world (Episode Three)   Part news, part commentary, The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights...

The total numbers of behavior incidents between semester one at East Campus in 2019 and semester one the Freshman Campus in 2022 are comparable, which is notable because the school housed twice as many students before the pandemic.

Missed behavior

Kennedy Tetour and Freedom Tomasello April 7, 2022

Coming off of two years of a pandemic and a chaotic hybrid schedule last year, MCHS Upper Campus has faced some challenges in regards to controlling student behavior and attendance.  This school year...

Mr. Jordan Deener discusses with a student in his office at Upper Campus.

Building a better beginning

Alyssa Thomas, Contributing Writer March 1, 2022

As a young Mr. Jordan Deener walks through the halls of West Campus to his next class, with not much time to spare, he contemplates the gray walls and rows upon rows of lockers, describing the sight as...

Students have spent the school year disrespecting the staff and property of MCHS by leaving huge messes and not picking up after themselves.

Editorial: Bad behavior is escalating

Editorial Board January 11, 2022

The bell rings, students rush out of class, while walking up the stairs they see sticky liquid shining from the sunning glaring in. As they go up the stairs, they and the crowd avoid stepping in it. On...

Instagram accounts, such as @mchs_caught_napping, may seem harmless and funny, but also takes pictures of minors without their knowledge and permission in order to embarrass them, which amounts to a creepy invasion of privacy.

Editorial: @mchs_caught_writing

Editorial Board January 4, 2022

A student scrolls through his Instagram feed when he suddenly stumbles upon a picture of himself sleeping in class. He feels embarrassed as other students laugh at him and angry because he never consented...

Though blended learning has been successful in many ways, MCHS has also struggled with this new class structure.  Blending more frequently and offering blended in different classes might remedy many issues.

Opinion: The solution to blended learning’s problems? Blend more.

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 15, 2021

As blended ends early for this semester, administration is looking into changes to be made to the new system. Increasing how many times students blend a week as well as adding certain courses to the blended...

Though students have been through a lot during the pandemic, staff members at MCHS and throughout the country have also felt burned out by the sudden changes to the field of education.

Spring break tired

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor December 15, 2021

Teachers go home, bag slung over a shoulder and head pounding with everything that went on through the day. Kids misbehaving, school work not being turned in, essays that need to be graded — all of it...

The bathrooms in the Center for Science, Technology and Industry, the new addition at the Upper Campus, looks slick, but are less private and do not promote safety.

Opinion: New bathrooms do not offer privacy

Rose Ramirez, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

A student goes to the bathroom on the fourth floor. They wash their hands, look up, and instead of seeing at themselves, they end up making eye contact with some other student. Everytime a student has...

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