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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...

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...

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...

Opinion: Stop partying and stay safe

With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still having social gatherings and partying like there is no tomorrow, almost as if the pandemic wasn't happening.
Josie Cable, Opinions Editor December 4, 2020

As COVID cases rise rapidly, another lockdown seems to be in the country’s future. Some follow the orders, making do inside their homes, while others can't handle being socially restricted and need an...

Pets of the pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has lead to many people looking for a fur-ever friend, but has also made it more difficult to take care of pets.
MJ Smit, Staff Writer November 23, 2020

Two dogs named Dudley and Chloe play around outside. They get brought in and not long after play with their humans, but Chloe’s too tired to play. Dudley romps around with his human, but only for a little...

District 156 pushes hybrid learning to second semester

The sun rises over West Campus's 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.
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...

Ask Elle: Love sick

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at
Elle Smith, Staff Writer November 20, 2020

Dear Elle: Before the pandemic, my relationship with my girlfriend was very strong. We had only been dating for a couple months when COVID hit. When the schools were shut down, my girlfriend and I weren't...

Lost in translation

An enormous text book sits on an MCHS students desk waiting to be cracked open. Because of remote learning, though, some students haven't had the energy or motivation to participate in their classes.
Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

A student sits with their back slouched in a chair. They stare at the screen blankly as the teacher assigns yet another piece of homework that they have no motivation to do. Running their hands through...

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