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Hybrid’s happening

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.
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,...

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...

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...

Opinion: Digital schedule 2.0 deserved a chance

The school's decision to extend the digital learning schedule was intended to support struggling students. Instead, it left too many confused and concerned about the disruptions to their routines.
Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 11, 2020

It’s around 8:30 a.m. on a cool November day. You just woke up for school and noticed  an email notification from West Principal Marsha Potthoff. Your eyes skim through the email quickly and you stare...

MCHS announces, postpones new digital learning model

A student submits an assignment through Schoology on her Chromebook. MCHS changed their mind after announcing a new digital schedule that added ten minutes to each class to support struggling students.
Emma Snyder, News Editor December 3, 2020

Less than 24 hours after releasing information about a digital learning schedule change, MCHS decided to continue the existing digital learning schedule for the remainder of the semester.  Marsh Pottohff,...

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...

Point-Counterpoint: Remaining Remote

Point-Counterpoint: Remaining Remote
November 17, 2020

On October 9, District 156 announced that the school would pivot to their hybrid learning plan in November. As the news made its way through the school community, many students expressed excitement about...

Con: Remote learning doesn’t work for most students

Neither students nor teachers were ready for an entirely remote school year, and everyone is still scrambling to make it work.
Kyla Henige, Managing Editor November 17, 2020

High school is a time of getting to be with your friends, experience different things, and do hands-on experiments and learn about things that will help you post secondary school. But what happens when...

Pro: Remote learning gives students more control

Remote learning hasn't been easier, but it has helped some students remain organized and push themselves to succeed.
Ciara Duncan, Features Editor November 17, 2020

Although Illinois’s state-wide quarantine has been received with mixed-emotions, it has turned out to be a chance for students to experience what learning from home is like. As controversial as it may...

Ask Elle: Hoping for hybrid

Elle is MCHS’s advice columnist. Email her at
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...

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