McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

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

PE teacher Tony Swanson addresses his Strength class in the weight room at the Freshman Campus. His research shows that kids perform better in fitness testing when they engage in strength training.

Eye opening research

Afton Ingraffia, Freshman Correspondent April 11, 2024

McHenry High School has been having an issue with student motivation, so they have been trying to come up with ways to “Beat the Blahs”. Anthony Swanson sees this as an opportunity to conduct research...

The state of Illinois requires students to undergo fitness testing in their P.E. classes. Though the idea is to keep students physically healthy, some students may feel it takes a toll on them socially and emotionally.

Opinion: Fitness testing is unnecessary

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor January 31, 2023

The fitnessgram pacer test is a test most students dread, and it's only one of the 4 required assessments in the physical education curriculum. The tests consist of a 60 second curl up test, a pushup test,...

P.E. dance classes performed an end of the semester showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Upper Campus auditorium.

MCHS dance classes perform in winter showcase

Savannah Drost, Staff Writer December 9, 2022

McHenry High School’s P.E. dance classes performed in a showcase on Dec. 7 for the first time since the COVID pandemic began two years ago. Since the beginning of September, third and fifth hour...

MCHS students and staff pulled a United Airlines 737 plane at OHare Airport in Chicago on Saturday for the Law Enforcement Torch Run O’Hare Plane Pull.

Gallery: Law Enforcement Torch Run O’Hare Plane Pull

Krystal Zamudio, Staff Writer October 5, 2022

On Saturday morning MCHS students pulled a plane at O’Hare airport for the 2022 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. The 20 students who participated in this event pulled the United Airlines...

Though fitness testing encourages PE students to set goals and stay healthy, it sometimes seems to serves other purposes, including simply satisfying the state.

Opinion: Is fitness testing it worth it?

Kylie Chisamore, Staff Writer December 13, 2021

Students run back and forth to the dings of the pacer test. Chattering occurs amongst students expressing their feelings towards the schools fitness testing. The students conclude that fitness testing...

Construction of a climbing wall began on the east side of Buckner Gym in early-February. The wall will accommodate the district’s new Adventure Education course.

New projects begin in Buckner Gym

Madison Harvey, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Beginning on Saturday, February 6, construction of a few projects began in Buckner Gym. The gym was previously used primarily for fitness machines and equipment, as well as Strength and Dance classes.  Now,...

Colleen Eddy prepares for Mental Health Friday on February 10 in the dance room at West Campus.

Better help

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor February 12, 2021

A student sits in class, overwhelmed and unsure what to do. They have tons of homework and just need a period to rest. Days are stressful, especially with lots of homework and the current pandemic. Many...

When students register for their courses for the 2021-22 school year, they will be able to choose blended options for many of their core classes.

MCHS offers new classes for 2020-21

Narcizo Mancilla, Staff Writer December 15, 2020

Starting in the fall of 2021, MCHS will have new classes available to the students. There will be many options and opportunities including courses in English, social science, math, science, physical education...

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