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Though teachers at MCHS report that most students are wearing the masks correctly in their classroom, many students report that it has become a problem in the hallways — and data provided by administration seems to verify that student mask use has become worse since spring break.

Is mask use slipping?

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 5, 2021

The halls are crowded as students walk in, seeing their friends from the other half of the alphabet for the first time in almost a year. Spirits are high until they walk into class and see students with...

The mix of remote and hybrid learning models has created new challenges for students who are still stuck at home.

Opinion: Don’t forget remote students

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor February 5, 2021

A senior wakes up for their school day, tired but hopeful. While they never expected they´d be completing out their school days remotely, or even during a pandemic, they have unfortunately found themselves...

Students often use art as a way to express their emotions, so when they create something concerning, adults should be more understanding and less judgemental.

Opinion: Don’t punish artists for expressing themselves

Alayna Trimingham, Staff Writer February 4, 2021

A student sits in class drawing grotesque drawings in their notebook. They suddenly heard their name on the loudspeaker. They go down to the office and are lectured on their art style, and told it isn’t...

Echocardiogram, such as this image of an aortic dissection, has been used to promote heart health. But doctors have also used echocardiograms to help spot the signs of COVID-19.

Echo treatment

Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer February 2, 2021

An echocardiogram, also called an “echo test,” allows a sonographer to look at the heart's structure, movement, and strength. The test spots problems like tumors, or abnormal growth to identify future...

Even as remote learning continued, MCHS's drama club managed to put together a fall play. Carissa Hudson helped direct that play until COVID shut down performances.

Setting the stage

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Reporter December 9, 2020

Applause thunders as Carissa Hudson steps onto the stage to walk between the cast of “The Living,” West Campus’s fall play. A bright smile is under her mask as she bows in front of the audience....

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.

West Campus construction still on schedule

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...

A food service worker helps a driver load lunches to be delivered to MCHS students outside of West Campus on November 20.

Comfort food

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor December 2, 2020

Food—it's both a necessity and a luxury that some cannot afford. The current unemployment rates brought on by the pandemic have left many families struggling to keep up with their living expenses, and...

Derek Galvicius gives lighting instructions while Alayna Majkrzak and David Henry look over their lines during a rehearsal for

The show must go on

Becky Arendarczyk, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020

With their face masks on, the crew for this year’s fall play prepares for opening night at a distance. As students ran around backstage, the crew and actors expressed ecstatic energy. Most of these students...

Hilary Agnello poses with the McHenry High School Warriors logo. Agnello is the Varsity volleyball coach, a math interventionist, and a teacher on special assignment.

Like broccoli

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 23, 2020

The morning is chilly and brisk, and as the leaves start to change color, the reality of autumn sets in. Hillary Agnello puts her car in park and strides up to the front door of a truant student’s house....

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.

MCHS to open back up for hybrid learning

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...

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

MCDH approves hybrid learning

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...

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

MCHS begins to open back up to students

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...

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