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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

Students make progress on their homework during Paul Wilms lunch study in room 331 at the Freshman Campus on Nov. 3.

Go big or go to Lunch Study

Janelle Hernandez, Contributing Writer November 18, 2022

Freshmen students are enjoying their lunch, preparing to study for their next test. Just as they are about to take another bite, one of the lunch supervisors yells out, “Lunch Study kids, time to go!”...

Focusing on the freshmen | Warrior Weekly 10.25.22

Caiden Bunting, T.J. Haws, Tyler Houston, and Jack Lullo October 25, 2022

Becoming acclimated to a new school environment is no easy task. Especially for freshmen starting their first year of high school at their own new campus. To combat this, seniors in Leadership in Action...

Sophomores Luis Adame, Jamison Shea and Jiji Thorne walk through the hallways of the Upper Campus. As sophomores, this is their first year in the building, which makes them feel like freshman for a second year in a row.

Freshman, freshman, junior, senior

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer September 27, 2022

A sophomore walks through the Upper Campus on the first day of school and can't find his class. With two minutes left in the passing period, he asks a teacher to point him in the right direction and is...

Sophomores enjoy eating hot dogs and hamburgers and play games during a special sophomore picnic organized by Connections Crew on Sept 15 outside of the Upper Campus.

Gallery: Sophomore picnic

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer September 19, 2022

The sophomore picnic was held on Thursday, Sept. 15 during third and fourth period to help sophomores feel connected to the Upper Campus and help with the transition. Stefanie Lukas, division chair...

Though it makes logistical sense to separate freshmen from upperclassmen in different buildings, the social impact on freshmen has made the transition to high school more difficult.

Review: Freshman Campus

Campbell Bitterman, Freshman Campus Correspondent May 3, 2022

As a result of being isolated from older students, McHenry Freshman students are in for a rude awakening when they go into their sophomore year and switch to the Upper Campus. New sophomores may go into...

Students watch Staff Infection perform during a sneak peek at the Upper Campus on April 29 in the main gym.

Gallery: Upper Campus sneak peek

Eli Frommes, Freshman Campus Correspondent May 2, 2022

On Friday, all freshmen spent the shortened day at the Upper Campus for a special sneak peek of where they will attend school next year. All students followed their AIM classes from one activity to another,...

Freshmen in Tamara Pitzs Spanish I class make piñatas the week of April 25 to give to students at Edgebrook Elementary School.

Gallery: Spanish I piñatas

Eli Frommes, Freshmen Campus Correspondent April 29, 2022

Freshmen in Tamara Pitz's Spanish I class have been making piñatas throughout the week of April 25 to bring to Edgebrook Elementary School in the first week of May. Piñatas are being made with cardboard,...

Freshmen from Swansons AIM battle in a tug-of-war competition on April 25 in the Freshman Campus main gym. Winners of the competition will compete during the Freshman Rally on Friday.

Freshmen head to Upper Campus for sneak peak

Leah Wickenkamp, Freshman Campus Correspondant April 27, 2022

Freshmen will be spending the day at the Upper Campus for a tour and pep assembly on Friday, April 29 as an introduction to their new campus. Students that ride the bus will be dropped off directly...

Freshman basketball player Caleb Jett and freshman softball player Tatum Kornfeind are two of many freshmen who made varsity teams during this year’s athletic seasons.

Leveling up

Grace Hunt, Freshman Campus Bureau Chief April 6, 2022

A freshman races to see what team they were placed on for the upcoming sports season after the tough tryouts — varsity, it reveals. Their heart begins to beat faster with mixed emotions of fear and overwhelming...

The rise in freshman failures concerns many staff and parents. Given the new campus structure, what will happen when freshmen heading to the Upper Campus fail?

Failing‌ ‌freshmen‌

Grace Hunt, Freshman Correspondant February 25, 2022

A freshman student opens Schoology to countless alerts of missing work. They’ve been trying to raise the failing grade that's been fluctuating all semester, trying to improve it. Balancing all their...

Spanish teacher Natalie Alatorre, who teaching at MCHS during remote learning, has hit her stride now as a second year teacher at both the Freshman Campus and the Upper Campus.

Giving back

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer January 6, 2022

Natalie Alatorre stands in front of her Spanish classes delighted to be in person with them for the first time. Her mind travels back to when she was sitting in the same seats her students are now. Seeing...

Though it makes logistical sense to separate freshmen from upperclassmen in different buildings, the social impact on freshmen has made the transition to high school more difficult.

Opinion: Separate campuses split up student communities

Grace Hunt, Contributing Writer December 8, 2021

A freshman student is failing their classes, uninvolved in school activities, and disrespecting teachers. Without mentors and a constant supporting environment, students can’t discover who they are without...

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