The McHenry Messenger

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, ...

In with the new

Megan Edwards is a FAC educator at MCHS who inspires her students with her kindness every day.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Students were stressed about an upcoming test in Independent living, so Megan Edwards pulled out a box of markers and helped the students make stress balls. As the students worked on their study guides, she put the renowned show Friends on in the background. Then, she walked around answering everybo...

Passion for fashion

When it comes to making prom dresses, teacher Andrew Hillier has his work cut out for him. There is a lot of detailing happening

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

February 11, 2020

Once he finishes meeting with the new client and getting sketches finalized, French teacher and East Campus drama director Andrew Hillier begins his work. After countless hours spent draping cotton and completing the different segments, he can begin to fully piece together the soon-to-be dress and wow th...

Opinion: The best teachers use informal teaching styles

Every staff member at MCHS teaches in their own unique way. English teacher Stacy Rockweiler assists two of her students in her sixth period Rhetorical Analysis of Media class.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

January 22, 2020

While walking to class, a student feels a weight lifted off her shoulders because the teacher in her next period is understanding. They are approachable, and it feels safe to talk about schoolwork that is combining with the overwhelming stress at home.  The student has noticed the different teaching ...

Opinion: Dress for success

The stereotype looks like this: Teachers wear suit coats with ties or long dresses. But when teachers dress down a little bit, it helps students feel more comfortable learning in their classrooms.

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

A shy student opens up to a teacher about their anxiety for an upcoming test. The teacher has her hair in a messy bun and is wearing an MCHS sweatshirt and sweatpants. The way she dresses makes this teacher more approachable and, for this student, having an approachable teacher allows the her to succe...

Diligent Warriors

Director of bands Spencer Hile and West science teacher  Ryan Ellison were nominated and selected as November's staff member of the month at East and West respectively.

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor

November 27, 2019

MCHS's new practice of honoring staff members each month continues in October. During their respective November faculty meetings, West Campus science teacher Ryan Ellison and the director of bands Spencer Hile were announced as this month's Staff Members of the Month.  While Ellison felt the willingness of his st...

The long road leads to McHenry

Grading students' papers, Hokinson constantly reflects on his road to McHenry Community High School.

Olivia Greenwald, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

As he looks around his classroom and at his students, Mr. Kristian Hokinson thinks about his journey that got him to where he is today. Hokinson has always loved math, and he has always been really good at math. That is one of his biggest reasons for becoming a teacher here at McHenry Community High ...

Breaking binaries

Mx Ethan Rosengarten, MCHS's new French teacher, identifies as nonbinary. Rosengarten uses Mx instead of Mr. or Mrs. because the letter X is often used to make words gender neutral and drops the period at the end because a period is only used when it’s an abbreviation.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

According to Webster Dictionary, the term nonbinary means, “being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.” Many nonbinary identifying people state that it is not that they hate their body, but that they feel uncomfortable being a...

Building a more cohesive classroom

Writing on her whiteboard, Ms. Oros is looking for this year to be the stepping stone in a new journey; focusing on relationships with students.

Lauren Curtin, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2019

Just being in the presence of a class taught by Oros shows how involved her students are compared to some other classes. Sure, there are off days, but even students who don’t aspire to be scientists or aren’t excelling in biology participate within her classes. 

Hometown Heroes

Special education teacher Joe Kalisek served in the Army from 1985-2015 with consecutive service in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1990-2015.

Oliver Simpson, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Veterans come from every walk of life and after their service, they have hundreds of paths they can follow. Some of them become teachers.  All of them served, but none of their experiences were the same. Every veteran feels differently about their military experiences. Some are very open about their past ...