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Freshmen, new students invited to tour campuses

East and West Campuses will open its doors to freshmen and transfer students on January 13 and 14 from 6-8 in preparation for hybrid learning.
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer January 12, 2021

Before students go back into the building to begin hybrid learning, East and West Campuses will hold an open house for freshman, transfer, and new students at the school on Wednesday and Thursday from...

Opinion: Don’t punish local businesses

Right now, Illinois restaurants and bars are supposed to be closed to indoor dining. Though this helps stop the spread of COVID-19, it unfairly punishes the small business who should not have to bear the brunt of the pandemic.
Ciara Duncan, Features Editor January 12, 2021

Humans have witnessed countless horrible, traumatic events — events that have left them seeking out any form of solidarity they can find, begging on their knees for better days, and wondering how they'd...

Opinion: The forgotten early grads

The date for early graduates shifted from December to January 15th. With students still in remote learning, the last day for these grads feels different.
Becky Arendarczyk, Artistic Director January 11, 2021

The pandemic has created several academic challenges. The challenges that hit December graduates at East and West Campues, however, went completely under the radar for many. These seniors, who worked hard...

Teaching from home

West Campus science teacher Mr. Ryan Ellison walks his students through an equation on a whiteboard in his home. Some MCHS teachers work from home part time or full time, and some prefer to teach in their classrooms.
Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor December 18, 2020

The teachers of McHenry High School are no longer sitting behind a desk and grading papers everyday. Instead they hop on a Zoom call and teach students from their homes. Teachers are faced with many difficulties...

District 156 plans hybrid model for second semester

Students at East and West Campus will be able to opt-in to a hybrid learning plan, which will begin at the beginning of second semester. Students who choose to remain remote can opt-in later in the semester if they wish.
Emma Snyder, News Editor December 18, 2020

District 156 hopes to begin their “MCHS Orange/Black Hybrid Model” starting January 20, the first day of second semester, if the metrics allow. “I am cautiously optimistic about transitioning...

Opinion: Digital schedule 2.0 deserved a chance

The school's decision to extend the digital learning schedule was intended to support struggling students. Instead, it left too many confused and concerned about the disruptions to their routines.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 11, 2020

It’s around 8:30 a.m. on a cool November day. You just woke up for school and noticed  an email notification from West Principal Marsha Potthoff. Your eyes skim through the email quickly and you stare...

Opinion: Shop safe this holiday season

From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, people flood stores looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year has been the opposite of normal, though, so shoppers shouldn't shop as they normally do.
Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

What do you get when you cross a global pandemic and Thanksgiving weekend? A super spreading event that causes more transmissions in a state where numbers are still steadily rising. Black Friday shopping...

COVID-19 cases at a new high post-Thanksgiving

As the country approaches the holiday season, health officials warn of a surge in cases following Thanksgiving. Case in McHenry County and Illinois have risen steadily in the past month.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 10, 2020

Following Thanksgiving, coronavirus deaths and cases have been reaching new highs, specialists believe that COVID-19 surges are in the country's future while people continue socializing. Though these...

Setting the stage

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.
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....

Outpacing the pandemic

Sophomore Mara Torres plays with her travel game during a soccer tournament this summer despite concerns about COVID-19. With IHSA sports paused or changed, athletes and their have to carefully consider whether to continue travel sport
Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director December 8, 2020

A travel soccer player dribbles her way down the field, using her skills that she’s practiced for so long, she makes it past the other teams defense, then kicks the ball past the goalkeeper and scores....

West Campus construction still on schedule

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.
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...

Acing the test

As cases surges in McHenry County, more and more people are taking COVID-19 tests and learning that the process isn't as difficult or scary as it seems.
Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

COVID-19 has shifted the way citizens of the United States have had to lead in daily life, but this is the process to find out if you have the virus or not. The process to find out whether you are positive...

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