The McHenry Messenger

Above and beyond

Jodi Cone stands in front of an American flag before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance during her video announcements on March 20.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

Each year, a senior does the daily announcements that are broadcasted throughout the school during AIM. This year, that person was Jodie Cone. However, her job has recently become a struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school has been indefinitely shut down, and in-turn most would think that means...

Opinion: Online learning helps students with accommodations

Though it has taken students time to get used to the corona-virus-inspired digital learning days, many students with special education accommodations have found flexibility and freedom by completing assignments online.

Becky Arendarczyk, Social Media Director

April 6, 2020

Waking up for school every day, the average student might be thinking about their presentation second period, or the test they have at the end of the day. However, the thoughts of an individual with a 504 or an Individualized Education Plan, a special education plan known as an IEP, can be quite differe...

IHSA considers extending spring athletics seasons

Assistant coach Ray Currie congratulates last year's varsity softball team between innings during a game on April 6, 2019. Spring sports and other extracurriculars were among cancellations in the wake of coronavirus.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

With the delay of the spring sports seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IHSA is considering the extension of the season, according to a letter from Craig Anderson, the IHSA’s Executive Director.  “We are considering an extension of the spring sports season limitation to provide more participation...

At the frontline of coronavirus

Lauren Horrocks, an ER nurse at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, wears a mask and extra protection as the hospital makes preparations for COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

While her daily routine usually consists of “organized chaos,” as of the past two weeks, ER nurse Lauren Horrocks says things have been “very busy.”  These are the startling words from a person who deals with “injuries and lacerations to severe life threatening problems like heart attacks...

Opinion: Coronavirus ruined my senior year

Though the decision to practice social distancing is the right decision, the consequences for high school students — especially seniors, who may miss prom, spring athletics, Decision Day, or even graduation — is more than unfortunate.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 19, 2020

Imagine spending your whole life dreaming about your senior year of high school -- seniority rules in clubs and sports, the feeling of your last track meet and going as hard as you can to make it all count, picking out the perfect prom dress and making plans to take pictures with your friends one last time...

Illinois works to flatten the COVID-19 curve

An employee locks up at Lady Luck Poker on McCullom Lake Road on March 17. Lady Luck was one of several establishments closed by Governor Pritzker due to coronavirus.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 19, 2020

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, has made several decisions to help flatten the curve. With the circumstances of COVID-19 changing rapidly, Pritzker has taken to doing daily briefings for the public, giving constant updates on the pandemic. On March...

Opinion: Bulk buying is making self-quarantine worse

Shelves in the bath tissue aisle at Meijer in McHenry stand bare on March 17. COVID-19 has sent consumers fearful that staples such as toilet paper and eggs will run out

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

Ever since the news of a possible COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus, citizens have been panicking and canceling all major events and preparing for the possibility of a quarantine. One way people have been preparing for this has been bulk buying, which is when a person buys an item in excessive...

St. Baldrick’s Community Shave cancelled over coronavirus concerns

Preparing to lose his hair for charity, Mark Winters sits in a barber stool during 2019's St. Baldrick's Community Shave in the West Campus Main Gym on March 21. This year's event, which annually brings the broader McHenry community together, has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

With COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, continuing to spread rapidly, MCHS decided to cancel its annual St. Baldrick’s Community Shave scheduled for March 18.  The Community Shave has been an annual event in McHenry for the last 12 years. Over the last 12 years, MCHS’s Community Shave ha...

District 156 cancels classes, activities, athletics due to coronavirus

MCHS District 156 cancelled all classes, extracurriculars, and academics starting March 13 until after spring break. The decision was made with the health of both the school's students and community in mind.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

March 13, 2020

District 156’s administration and Board of Education made the precautionary decision to close down both East and West Campus due to concerns about COVID-19, also known as human coronavirus on Friday. The decision will go into effect Friday after school. The Digital Learning Plan will be implemen...

Band cancels trip to nationals over COVID-19 concerns

The symphonic band pose prior to their performance at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria on February 1. The band was one of only 16 high school bands in the country selected to perform at National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis this weekend before the trip was cancelled.

Kyla Henige, News Editor

March 12, 2020

On Wednesday night, students from the symphonic band were hit with the devastating news that their trip to National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis on March 13 was canceled. Due to the widespread disease COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, band director Spencer Hile and District 156 admini...

Coronavirus expands in Illinois, United States

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Chase Creech, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

The third and fourth case of coronavirus in Illinois was confirmed Monday by the CDC. A married couple in their 70’s was infected by the coronavirus, still waiting to be confirmed by the Center for Disease Control (or CDC).  That same day, two staff members and two students from District 25 in one o...