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

In January, a new school policy limiting late work suprised many students — and teachers. But the policy gets in the way of students who need the support the most.

Opinion: The new late work policy is flawed

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor February 16, 2023

At MCHS, the amount of late work turned in by students has steadily increased over the years. In an attempt to combat this problem, the administration has implemented a policy that requires students to...

Though many found the transition to digital IDs and passes confusing, students and teachers at both campuses are getting used to Minga and My Homework.

A digital upgrade?

Tati Rubi, Staff Writer September 26, 2022

A student is sitting on the 4th floor of MCHS’ new edition as a security guard approaches them. The student automatically pulls up their Minga ID proving that they are allowed out for flex learning....

Though digital apps like My Homework and Minga are designed to help students and staff, many have found the transition confusing and unhelpful — and a possible breach of privacy.

Opinion: Mingapocolypse

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer September 9, 2022

It's the first day back to school at MCHS and students are going into lunch. There are students on a staircase, shoulder to shoulder. It’s stressful, cramped, and loud.  Later, a student in class realizes...

Freshman Jazmine Argueta dons her mask while working on an assignment during AIM on Feb. 7 in room 413 at the Freshmen Campus. Starting today, Students are not required to wear masks in the building for the first time since the spring of 2020.

Masks recommended, no longer required at MCHS

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 7, 2022

As of Feb. 7, masks are optional at Illinois schools, including the Upper and Freshman Campuses. An email from District 156 Superintendent Ryan McTague states, “On Friday, a court ruling in Springfield...

When teachers take phones, it embarrasses students and severs what may be an important social connection.

Opinion: MCHS’s electronic device policy needs reconsideration

Alayna Trimingham, Opinions Editor October 3, 2019

A quiet student sits in the back of the class. Other students treat them cold but, on their phone, many warm online friends wait for them. Cell phones give students a safe social space that they otherwise...

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