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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

Though in-person students will attend classes full-time five days a week, they will still be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing where possible.

MCHS expands in-person learning

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 18, 2021

After spring break, District 156 will expand its in-person learning to five days a week. All students currently participating in the hybrid learning schedule will attend every class each day in-person....

A row of desks sits empty in a West Campus classroom, every other featuring a sticker with a Warrior head that says, Social distancing required. Please dont sit here. Now that ISBE and IDPH have issued new guidance, these stickers may become obsolete

Opinion: Bring students back

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor March 16, 2021

Students all over the country have been waiting for school to go back to normal, where they can see their friends, acquaintances, and teachers, on a regular, normal basis. But, due to COVID and social...

A student sits on her Chromebook during an in-person class at West on January 27., one week after MCHS back from a semester fully remote.

Hybrid continues strong despite challenges

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer February 2, 2021

After starting returning to school January 20, many students and teachers say that hybrid learning is going well, and should continue as planned as they work out problems.  While teachers figure out...

Though teachers are ready for hybrid learning, they have also switched roles several times since last spring — transitioning from in-person teaching to mostly asynchronous last year, then by teaching daily on Zoom, and now to a mix of in-person and remote during hybrid learning.

Rising to the challenge

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor January 27, 2021

Walking down that unusually empty hallway during passing periods, teachers wave to students and grin behind their masks, happy to see students back in the building. Knowing that they have a unique responsibility...

Students return to East and West Campus starting January 20, the start of second semester, to begin hybrid learning. As many things return to “normal,” students will need to adhere to new rules involving mask-wearing and social distancing.

Hybrid’s happening

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director January 20, 2021

Starting second semester, students have the option to remain remote or begin hybrid learning. Regardless of what option a family chooses, students will need to adjust to new schedules, new guidelines,...

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.

District 156 plans hybrid model for second semester

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...

The sun rises over West Campuss south entrance on November 20. As Thanksgiving approaches, the number of COVID cases in McHenry County has reached a new high, causing the district pause all students coming into the building.

District 156 pushes hybrid learning to second semester

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 20, 2020

On Friday, superintendent Ryan McTague announced that the District 156 will move to hybrid starting second semester on January 20, 2021.  The announcement states, “We wanted to provide our school...

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Ask Elle: Hoping for hybrid

Elle Smith, Staff Writer November 5, 2020

Dear Elle: Learning through Zoom has been fine, but it hasn't been easy for me. That's why I was so excited when the district announced the new hybrid schedule. The way last year ended, I was so excited...

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.

Hybrid learning “paused”

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...

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