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

504 plans and IEPs are lists of special accommodations that students with special needs receive in order to level the academic playing field. But many “mainstream” students don’t even know that such plans exist and what they are for.

Equal access

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Manager February 28, 2022

A student takes a deep breath before stepping out of her car and heading into school. She has an anxiety disorder, making everyday things seem extremely taxing. The only reason she’s able to make it...

The Hidden Pearl coffee shop, located on Green Street in downtown McHenry, partnered with West Campus in 2019 to serve students and staff coffee at the beginning of the school day. Though it was closed months later to make room for the booster club, the partnership is set to return on Tuesday.

Hidden Pearl returns to Upper Campus

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor January 31, 2022

Starting tomorrow, Upper Campus students and staff will be able to purchase coffee from Hidden Pearl once again from the concession stand next to the cafeteria. The coffee shop  will open before 7:00...

Though it has taken students time to get used to the corona-virus-inspired digital learning days, many students with special education accommodations have found flexibility and freedom by completing assignments online.

Opinion: Online learning helps students with accommodations

Becky Arendarczyk, Social Media Director April 6, 2020

Waking up for school every day, the average student might be thinking about their presentation second period, or the test they have at the end of the day. However, the thoughts of an individual with a...

Rachel Hanson has taught special education for 14 years, though this is only her second year working at West Campus.

Touching hearts and minds

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer January 27, 2020

Teachers impact their students every day and leave lasting imprints. Oftentimes teachers are in-turn inspired by their students. The same is true for Adjusted Learning Program teacher, Rachel Hanson. She...

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