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Nurses reset injection stations set up at Woodstock North High School on February 12 after a wave of MCHS teachers, staff members, and administrators received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

MCHS teachers and staff receive first COVID dose

Emma Snyder, News Editor February 26, 2021

The teachers and staff of MCHS had the opportunity to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12.  Last Friday, after school, several MCHS personnel headed to Woodstock North High...

Though teachers are ready for hybrid learning, they have also switched roles several times since last spring — transitioning from in-person teaching to mostly asynchronous last year, then by teaching daily on Zoom, and now to a mix of in-person and remote during hybrid learning.

Rising to the challenge

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor January 27, 2021

Walking down that unusually empty hallway during passing periods, teachers wave to students and grin behind their masks, happy to see students back in the building. Knowing that they have a unique responsibility...

West Campus science teacher Mr. Ryan Ellison walks his students through an equation on a whiteboard in his home. Some MCHS teachers work from home part time or full time, and some prefer to teach in their classrooms.

Teaching from home

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor December 18, 2020

The teachers of McHenry High School are no longer sitting behind a desk and grading papers everyday. Instead they hop on a Zoom call and teach students from their homes. Teachers are faced with many difficulties...

Derek Galvicius gives lighting instructions while Alayna Majkrzak and David Henry look over their lines during a rehearsal for

The show must go on

Becky Arendarczyk, Staff Reporter November 6, 2020

With their face masks on, the crew for this year’s fall play prepares for opening night at a distance. As students ran around backstage, the crew and actors expressed ecstatic energy. Most of these students...

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.

MCHS to open back up for hybrid learning

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...

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

MCDH approves hybrid learning

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...

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

MCHS begins to open back up to students

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...

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

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,...

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

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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