The McHenry Messenger

In with the new

In with the new

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

Passion for fashion

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

Opinion: The best teachers use informal teaching styles

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

Opinion: Dress for success

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

Diligent Warriors

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

The long road leads to McHenry

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

Breaking binaries

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

Building a more cohesive classroom

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

Hometown Heroes

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 ...

Back to school

Back to school

Stacy Correra, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Once the bell rings, some students tend not to think much about the teachers in the classroom. The day goes on, and students go through their motions without thinking twice about what they just learned. Being the teacher in that classroom doesn’t seem like an ideal career choice, but this isn’t the ca...