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MCHS to open back up for hybrid learning

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.

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 about the MCDHs decision for schools to open, McTague along with the rest of the District 156 a...

MCDH approves hybrid learning

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

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 so following guidelines provided by the MCDH. This announcement makes it clear that schools must begin hybrid ...

MCHS begins to open back up to students

Starting September 21, select classes began meeting in person. This included MCHS's bands, which practiced outside of East Campus on September 22.

Emma Snyder, News Editor

September 25, 2020

After opening the school to sports and extracurricular activities, MCHS will start allowing students to come into both East and West Campuses for in-person learning opportunities starting September 21.  In-person learning is starting for students in hands-on classes, such as choir, band, manufacturing, ...

The Devilish rouse behind TikTok

Rebecca Bodden, Contributing Writer

May 19, 2020

If you asked friends today for a list of apps they use quite frequently, they might say Twitter, Instagram, YouTube maybe even Facebook and of course Tiktok.  Since 2018, Tiktok (formerly known as has been skyrocketing in popularity. The 60 second video sharing app has taken over the nation a...

Fresh ink

Despite their negative associations, many professionals wear their tattoos with pride. At MCHS, getting a tattoo when a person is of age is a sort of right of passage.

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor

February 19, 2020

An MCHS student anxiously waits in the chair at their local tattoo parlor. They had made this appointment ages ago, and today was finally the day — their 18th birthday. The artist shows the student the drawing for approval, who struggles to contain their excitement. They lay the stencil on the des...

After-school program offers students college insight

Seniors and juniors and their families are invited to learn more about MCC and college options in the West auditorium on Wednesday night.

Hayley DuHamel, Staff Reporter

November 11, 2019

MCC Night, a meeting for parents and students about various colleges and degrees, takes place in the West Campus Auditorium on November 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  The event has free admission, there is no RSVP necessary, and there is no application fee required if a student applies to MCC at MCC Nigh...

College life from a college professor

College life from a college professor

Emma Snyder, Staff Reporter

March 7, 2019

Walking through the door and into a new classroom for the first time can be a scary thing, especially when transitioning from high school to college. Luckily for students that attend McHenry County College, MCC aims to create a family atmosphere to help students feel more comfortable and relaxed when wa...

Student stress on the rise

Andy Maye, Eleanor Stolzman, and Autry Hartfield are teaching their AP Physics II class during second hour with creative pictures.

Madison Loewe, Editor - West Campus

February 27, 2019

Some say high school is like a pressure cooker. In 2019, many high schoolers are under an immense amount of stress. Many high schoolers must juggle both their school work and a job and struggle to find a balance in their schedules. The journal Frontiers in Psychology recently published a...

Lack of agendas has little impact on students

Gianna Matassa, Editor - West Campus

January 24, 2019

At the beginning of this school year, District 156 stopped providing agendas for their students. When I originally began this story, I thought losing the school-provided agendas would be a horrible thing, but as I researched the process, I began to rethink my stance on this issue.