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

When parents have access to grades, they can help students stay on track. But constant conversations about grades can also add pressure to students who are doing their best and struggling to keep their grades up.

Full access

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer December 19, 2022

A student falls behind on their homework and they say, “I'll do it later.” Then they start to say that on every assignment or they tell their parents that they finished it. When the parent checks in...

When the highest grade students can receive is a 95%, it discourages those students who are pushing their skills — the opposite effect of what most teachers want from their students.

Opinion: Full effort deserves full credit

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor December 7, 2022

A student sits refreshing the grades tab on her Schoology page. She awaits the input of her latest assignment, hoping to receive a good score. She refreshes a final time and sees that her grade was input...

Though band director Ryan Cabildo was hired only part way through second semester last year, hes done much to re-invigorate MCHSs band program, guiding them to wins at competitions and exciting parade opportunities.

New director, new direction

Lilyonna Kribley, Contributing Writer October 17, 2022

Loud cheering can be heard, filling the sky just like the sunset. Ryan Cabildo guides his marching band out in front of the stands of McCracken Field. In front of hundreds of people, Cabildo starts guiding...

Leah Pelletier, a science instructor who teaches Honors Principles of Biomedical Science, Honors Medical Interventions and Medical Residency, has found that teaching bridges her passion for science and nurturing people.

Changing plans

Vanessa Moreno, Staff Writer October 12, 2022

Before Leah Pelletier was a biomedical science teacher, she was an aspiring pediatrician. That is, until all eight medical schools she applied to rejected her. Or maybe it was seven — one got lost...

The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks

The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks

Bee Myers and Lydia Lawrence March 17, 2022

 The McHenry Messenger · The Scraps: Golden Apple, the Queen and food trucks (Episode One)   The Scraps is a podcast that spotlights past pitches that weren't picked up. To listen to the...

Stools are useful for helping people get to higher places and reach what they could not before. MCHS’s community has students, staff and parents who have helped others reach new heights in a similar way by stepping up during unprecedented times.

Stepping up

Kyla Henige, Features Editor March 4, 2022

Ty Linker Many students have taken on different roles to help school run smoothly, but also to help the community. One of these students is senior Ty Linker.  Linker believes in standing up for others...

A chair sits empty in a Freshman Campus biology lab. During the first month of 2022, around 100 teachers called in sick due to COVID reasons.

COVID-19 versus the education system

Ali Casey, Freshman Correspondant February 11, 2022

After getting a last minute call, a substitute teacher hustles into a classroom, only to see all the students on their phones, not doing their assignments. Unable to grab the class's attention, the substitute...

Though students have been through a lot during the pandemic, staff members at MCHS and throughout the country have also felt burned out by the sudden changes to the field of education.

Spring break tired

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor December 15, 2021

Teachers go home, bag slung over a shoulder and head pounding with everything that went on through the day. Kids misbehaving, school work not being turned in, essays that need to be graded — all of it...

Mr. Jon Niemic sits with his students, working with them one-on-one.

Passing on the passion

Madelyn Roush, Contributing Writer October 12, 2021

Enthusiastically, a young Mr. Jon Niemic participates in a conversation with his high school football coach at Crystal Lake South High School. He listens to his coach intently, wanting to better himself...

Cara Vandermyde embraces differences and encourages growth and acceprance in her classroom and within the MCHS community.

Unafraid to fail

Josie Cable, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

Sitting at her desk, Cara Vandermyde talks with one of her students who has been struggling. While she has much on her plate being an English teacher and activities director, she's always there to help...

On September 11, 2001, many of MCHSs teachers were in the classroom—some as teachers, others as students. Each one of them still remembers that fateful day.

A turning point

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer September 11, 2021

September 11, 2001 was a turning point in history, and continues to be a day of remembrance, mourning, and loss for many. Every year, the U.S. honors the memory of the 2,977 people who died that day by...

Science teacher Derek Poci grades papers in his classroom in the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry at the Upper Campus. A former East teacher, Poci is one of many teachers who switched campuses over the summer.

Making the move

Mackenzie Sroka, Staff Writer September 3, 2021

An East teacher gets an email from administration that she is moving her classroom to West, and that her classes will be held at the Upper Campus the following school year. She is nervous but excited all...

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