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

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...

For years, MCHS graduates were asked not to decorate their caps for graduation. This year, the rule has changed, allowing students to express themselves during the formal ceremony.

Opinion: Strict graduation attire should retire

Paulina Borowski, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

It’s the final day as a senior, a high schooler. The entire front entrance is decorated with orange and black streamers, balloons and graduation decorations. Through the main gym doors and the view from...

Seniors complain about senioritis all year long, but it gets particularly bad the closer students get to graduation. Senioritis, however, is just an excuse students use when they are suffering from another ailment: laziness.

Opinion: Senioritis is stupid

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor April 29, 2022

Assignment after assignment piles up for seniors. Math, science, English, history, and they just keep coming. Though this is no different than any other year. But this year, as a senior they have a new...

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...

During the week of Feb. 28, Warrior Buddies is leading a special spirit week aimed to End the Word. The R-slur is a word that people should have stopped using long ago.

Opinion: End the word

Bri Quast, Staff Writer March 1, 2022

Teenagers are very familiar with the “R” slur. It is a derogatory term prevalent throughout social media, and everyday conversation. It is safe to bet even if teenagers don’t use the “R” slur...

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.”...

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...

Bathrooms at the Upper Campus have been closed on and off due to vandalism, but this isnt the only place in on campus — and in the community — where vandalism has become a problem.

Opinion: Vandalism has become its own pandemic

Kyla Henige, News Editor November 19, 2021

Recently, there have been multiple cases of vandalism around McHenry by immature students giving MCHS a bad rep. A majority of it is coming from the schools, but it is also being done in businesses and...

TJ South reads in the hallways at the Upper Campus during his blended class on Nov. 8.

Blended Learning faces new challenges as more students cut class

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 12, 2021

Administration is weighing changes to the new blended learning system as a result of a higher number of students not reporting to class.  On Nov. 1 and 2, blended learning was put on pause to allow...

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