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

At the Upper Campus, when the clock hits 1:46 on Wednesdays, students get to leave early. However, the schedule has drawbacks.

Opinion | Early release Wednesdays prevent students from getting work done

Lola Cassidy, Online Managing Editor November 7, 2023

For some students early release Wednesdays are the best part of the week, but for others, it is the dreaded day with no AIM and less time to get the much needed help from teachers. With no AIM, there is...

Sophomores read during the Celebration of Words on Feb. 6 in the Upper Campus auditorium as part of Writers Week.

Gallery: Writer’s Week

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 16, 2023

Last week, students at MCHS celebrated the importance of creative writing and students being able to express themselves through their work.  Writers week consisted of a celebration of words on Monday...

One highlight of Writers Week includes the Celebration of Words during AIM on Monday where students and staff will read their own creative work.

Writers Week events to take place second week of February

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor February 3, 2023

Writers Week will provide opportunities to recognize others’ work and connect through reading and writing from Feb. 6-10 during AIM and lunch at both campuses.  The annual tradition will center around...

Last year, the Warrior Warehouse connected to the cafeteria housed the Hidden Pearl coffeehouse before it was forced to relocate. This fall, Rusty Malts will move into the spot in this most recent partnership with the school and local businesses.

Rusty Malts coffee shop partners with the Upper Campus

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor November 7, 2022

This month, MCHS’s Upper Campus will be welcoming a new coffee shop, Rusty Malts, available to students during the school day.  In previous years, the campus had welcomed Hidden Pearl. Although loved...

Freshman students take part in team building activities during Pride Camp at Camp Duncan in Ingleside on Sep. 24.

Gallery: Freshman Pride Camp

Haley Passarelli, Contributing Writer September 28, 2022

Last week, the freshmen and their senior leaders had their annual Freshman Pride Camp at Camp Duncan in Ingleside. Different staff members helped run different activities and games for the freshmen with...

Since the end of January, students have been asked to remain in class during the first five minutes of AIM at the Upper Campus, which administrators call a “No Fly Zone,” in an effort to crack down on class cuts.

New AIM rules cause confusion and frustration

Freedom Tomasello, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

One month into semester two, administration announced a new set of rules around students’ mandatory AIM period. Through an email sent out on Jan. 31, administration introduced the “No Fly Zone.”...

A table full of cereal, mac and cheese, and other foods waits in the main office at the Freshman Campus on November 19 at the end of the AIM Challenge food drive for Food For Thought.

Freshman Campus raises money for district food pantry

Campbell Bitterman, Contributing Writer November 22, 2021

During the week of Nov. 15, Freshman Campus counselors JR Bocian and Stephanie Zarinana posed a new AIM challenge to collect non-perishable food for Food For Thought. AIM Challenges were created with...

Preparing to dip, dodge, duck, dive, and dodge, freshmen are being rewarded for getting good grades by having the chance to participate in a semester-long dodgeball tournament.

Senior Leaders start AIM dodgeball tournament for freshmen

Josie Cable, Contributing Writer November 20, 2019

During AIM, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is hosting a dodgeball tournament. The tournament is open to all eligible freshmen and started on November 8, continuing every Friday throughout the semester. This...

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