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District 156 dashboard reports COVID cases

Signs provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health hang on bulletin boards throughout West Campus. Now that students will not be returning to hybrid, only teachers, staff, and administrators will see them.
Kyla Henige, Managing Editor October 30, 2020

Six people at MCHS have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a dashboard created by District 156 administration. This dashboard is used to keep the community updated on the McHenry Country metrics...

Hybrid learning “paused”

A student wears a mask in the hallways at West Campus on October 20, only a couple days before the district announced they would be pausing plans to begin a hybrid schedule.
Emma Snyder, News Editor October 29, 2020

Due to the influx of COVID-19 cases in McHenry County, MCHS will no longer be returning to its hybrid model on November 4.  On October 22, the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) released a...

Illinois sees spike in COVID-19 cases

On October 26, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaks at his regular COVID briefing to tell the general public about the latest rising COVID-19 case numbers.
Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director October 27, 2020

The increase in COVID-19 cases may cause parts of Illinois to go back to Phase 3 restrictions late this week and early next week, including the closing of restaurant dining rooms and restrictions on social...

MCHS begins to open back up to students

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

Opinion: Keep the economy closed

Essential workers are already putting their lives at risk to keep people healthy. Though businesses are excited to reopen their doors, doing so would put public back at risk unnecessarily.
Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer May 14, 2020

A teenager works in a fast food restaurant, considered an “essential worker.” A woman comes to the drive thru, angrily ranting to her husband about how “stupid and unnecessary” it is that the restaurant...

Young professionals

Senior Kaili Wegner sells her handmade earrings locally and donates 50% of the proceeds to local organizations. She is one of a handful of seniors who has started a small business during the shelter-in-place order.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 13, 2020

For seniors, graduation marks the end of high school, an unforgettable period of their lives full of challenges and triumphs. But it also marks the beginning of their professional lives and careers. However,...

Lifting spirits one care package at a time

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor May 12, 2020

A senior stares at their Chromebook, heaving a heavy sigh. These last few months are important to them, with events like prom, and the jump from high school life into their future. But due to the current...

Opinion: It’s time to open up

While many businesses in the state of Illinois remain closed due to Governor Pritzker's shelter-in-place order, others have found a way to remain open by offering delivery or curbside pickup. But how long can the economy wait to re-open?
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor May 8, 2020

There is no denying the huge impact that COVID-19 has made on the world especially in the United States, and even more narrowly on New York. Hundreds of thousands of people have been diagnosed, and millions...

The kindness of coronavirus

The shelter-in-place order has been the source of much bad news — from a crashing economy to cancelled graduations. Despite this, both student and community groups are trying to give back and make the most out of difficult circumstances.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer May 6, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone. Stuck at home, six feet apart, everyone is feeling its effects. With so many cancelations and disappointments, many people are finding it difficult...

Low battery

When students showed up for the first day of the 2019-20 school year, they had no idea they would be asked to learn from home for the last two months of the school year. The transition to digital learning overwhelmed some students, who lost their motivation to learn as an outcome.
Stacy Correra, Copy Editor May 1, 2020

A student wakes up to the alarm they set for 11:30 a.m. to check into their Schoology classes before noon so that they are counted in attendance. After checking in they go right back to sleep and don’t...

How we watch now

Watching movies and shows on Netflix has always been a social activity for teenagers. But shelter-in-place has changed how people consume media together — and how creators release media — possibly forever.
Jared Bysiek, Features Editor April 30, 2020

Two students are getting ready to watch a movie. They’ve both been busy with schoolwork, so it’s a relief to finally be able to wind down. But before they can start, they begin to count down, “Three,...

What now?

Many athletes have spent most of their lives preparing for their varsity season only to have it ripped away by COVID-19. But for these athletes, who  continue to train and stay positive, the game isn’t over yet.
Emma Snyder, Staff Writer April 29, 2020

Athletes look forward to their sports seasons all year long. They train, practice, and prepare, making sure they are at the top of their game in hopes of success. They work with coaches, trainers, and...

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