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There are many reasons why it is good for parents to have access to their students grades and progress. But watching too closely doesnt provide students with opportunities to learn from their mistakes before consequences are handed down.

Opinion: Daily grade reminders to parents cause unnecessary stress

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager November 23, 2021

A student comes home from a long day of school, consisting of several quizzes. She feels she did poorly on one quiz, but knows she can fix it with corrections the next day. She decides to wait to tell...

Being a teenager is already stressful enough, and the pressure added by the pandemic has made it so much worse. When parents add to this stress by being too pushy, research shows that it can have a particularly negative effect for a teenager.

Opinion: Parents just don’t understand

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor January 26, 2021

A student wakes up to his alarm at 8:30 a.m., waking him up for his first class of the day starting at 9. While going through the school day, the student stresses about all his homework, helping his parents...

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at mchs.ask.elle@gmail.com.

Ask Elle: Coming out concerned

Elle Smith, Staff Writer January 13, 2021

Dear Elle: I have kind of a really big problem. I recently came out as bi to my family, and they have tried really hard to be accepting about it, but it clearly makes them uncomfortable. My mom has acted...

Its easy to get excited about all the food served during Thanksgiving, but some foods at the feast are better than others. Take cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, which are the seasons best.

Opinion: Don’t forget the cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter November 24, 2020

What are the best foods during Thanksgiving one may ask? Well, we got the answer for you. This is why cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes are the best foods during Thanksgiving. Many people during Thanksgiving...

Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower based on his own childhood in 1998. Chbosky wrote the screenplay and directed the 2012, which strikes the perfect tone as the world eases into the holidays.

Groovy Movies: You’re a wallflower

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 13, 2020

Now that COVID cases are going back up, and the earth is basically at a standstill once again, we are all desperate for some new content to immerse ourselves in so that we can all feel a little less alone....

Signs for local Illinois elections advertise candidates for senate, county board, and other national causes. First time voters around the country cast their ballots in this historical election on November 3.

Voting first, voting historically

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter November 12, 2020

This year has included many firsts, and for many seniors at MCHS, this has included their first time being able to vote in any presidential election. Most Americans considered this year's election as...

Derek Galvicius gives lighting instructions while Alayna Majkrzak and David Henry look over their lines during a rehearsal for The Living on October 20.

The show must go on

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...

With the current state of the pandemic, many are wondering if trick-or-treating is even a good idea, let alone what it would look like this year.

Opinion: Trick-or-treat safely, or don’t trick-or-treat

Josie Cable, Staff Reporter October 26, 2020

With Halloween right around the corner, kids are getting excited about traditional festivities. However with covid numbers still climbing it's hard to depict where lines have to be drawn. Schools, sports,...

As the sun sets on an empty MCHS West Campus, a new beginning is coming in the near future. Soon a Hybrid Learning model will  be bringing life back into the building.

MCHS to open back up for hybrid learning

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor October 5, 2020

On Monday, October 5, superintendent Ryan McTague made the official announcement that students may return back to school for hybrid learning starting on October 28. Two weeks after his original message...

Stefanie Lukas leads students through a math lesson at East Campus before the switch to remote learning in March.

MCDH approves hybrid learning

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor September 30, 2020

On Friday, September 25, the McHenry County Department of Health, or MCDH, released a “McHenry County School Metrics” document, stating that schools may begin opening at their own pace, but must do...

Though digital learning has been stressful for many students, parents have also had a tough job during shelter-in-place. Many parents are balancing a job from home with the demands of parenting, and many have even lost their jobs.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer April 28, 2020

An MCHS parent wakes up early to coordinate a work schedule from home. They have to work around their teenage daughter who has digital learning days. However, they work as a team so that they do not get...

Parents plan to meet with teacher during fall conferences

Kyla Henige, News Editor October 23, 2019

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on October 24 and 25 at both East and West Campus. The conferences will be held in the main gyms at both East and West campus, where all the teachers and staff...

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