The McHenry Messenger

Changes in recruitment

Posing next to her recruiter, senior Brooke Langfeld had to be recruited in a much different way because of COVID-19.
Brooke Langfeld, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

COVID-19 has affected military protocol in many different ways and military recruiting is no different. During the COVID-19 pandemic, military recruiters had to change their recruiting style from in-person...

Sum elbow grease

Leylah Moreno, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Math teacher Mr. Dan Carr stood at the front of the classroom in McHenry Community High School, gazing into the faces of his new students. His palms were sweating as he introduced himself, and his stomach...

Singing safety

Brianna May, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

McHenry Community High School Choir teacher, Derek Galvicius, walks into the auditorium to greet his students as they walk in. They come in with their masks and music in-hand ready to sing and be safe...

The show must go on

Derek Galvicius gives lighting instructions while Alayna Majkrzak and David Henry look over their lines during a rehearsal for
Becky Arendarczyk, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020

With their face masks on, the crew for this year’s fall play prepares for opening night at a distance. As students ran around backstage, the crew and actors expressed ecstatic energy. Most of these students...

Picking up passions

Talking with students during office hours, Erbach translates his personality into every day on the job teaching.
Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

It is the beginning of the school year at McHenry West High School, and Mr. Dane Erbach sees that some of his students from the year before are in his Newspaper class. He is excited to see this because...

A hands-on view of teaching

TJ Haws, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Teaching a high school class can be difficult, but teaching a high school engineering class can be even harder, considering how hands-on of a class that it is. McHenry Community High School engineering...

Changing teaching technique

Prepping for remote learning, Rockweiler translates her teaching style to the virtual world.
Brooke Langfeld, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

One morning, sitting behind her desk in room 338, Mrs. Stacy Rockweiler is watching her computer screen as her English students take their unit three test. Adapting to her new teaching style, Rockweiler...

Beyond biology

Even though she teaches biology, Nagel finds time for her passions outside of the classroom as well.
Madisyn Spencer, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Within a classroom full of life and wonder sits Mrs. Ashley Nagel, returning for her second year as a biology teacher at McHenry High School West Campus. Nagel’s happiest moments are knowing she helped...

Calculations and compassion

Sitting at his desk, Lukas reinvents what teaching math looks like with the use of digital technology.
Madison Harvey, Contributing Writer November 5, 2020

Mr. Andrew Lukas sits at his desk, ready to log onto Zoom for another day of classes. This day, like any other, will pose new challenges for him. Virtual learning is uncharted territory, and many teachers...

The power of one

Czubik's passion and history in teaching biology gives her a leg up in the most difficult moment of teaching ever.
Kiara Kearns, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Whether it's assisting them in the classroom, online, or even out running, biology teacher Ms. Beth Czubik always finds a way to connect with her students. When a student needs help in any way, she is...


Demonstrating her art, Ms. Michele Zimmerman uses motivation and modeling to help her students improve their artistic skills and knowledge.
Leylah Moreno, Staff Writer October 9, 2020

A student sits in the art room after class has ended, frustrated, unsure of what’s missing from their artwork. By their side, McHenry Community High School art teacher Ms. Michele Zimmerman stands, cheering...

Senior Spotlight

Waiting to hear the verdict on the rest of her senior year, Senior Gracee Majkrzak draws on her East Campus parking spot.
Alayna Majkrzak, Contributing Writer May 13, 2020

Seniors all over the state have been watching and waiting. Waiting for the news to interrupt their favorite program so they can get an update from the governor or congress. Finally they get it, the news...

Load more stories