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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...

The learning ledge on the second floor of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry waits for students fill its seats starting the 2021-22 school year — the first year that West Campus will be known as the Upper Campus.

Becoming one

It is fall of 2022. A sophomore wanders the halls of the Upper Campus after coming from the Freshman Campus. As they navigate the school, they find and explore the recent extension — The Center...

School spirit has been one key factor in the perfect high school experience that has been missing from west campus for some time now. Though STU-CO is trying to bring it back, students are still unenthusiastic about school as a whole.

Opinion: We’ve got spirit, how about you?

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 23, 2021

Fluorescent lights glowing, speakers blaring, the cheers of students and staff alike fill the gym with excitement. Cheerleaders cheering and jumping with joy give energy and courage to their team right...

A student looks from the fourth floor to the third floor of the new extension at West Campus on March 22. Called the Center for Science, Technology and Industry, the space accommodates math, science, CTE, and communications classes.

Center for Science, Technology and Industry opens

Emma Snyder, News Editor April 20, 2021

The new Center for Science, Technology, and Industry at West Campus opened on March 22, allowing students and teachers to begin having math and science classes in the extension. “I think [the extension...

West Campuss new extension, called the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry, opened March 22 to students and staff.

Gallery: Center for Science, Technology, and Industry opens

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director March 23, 2021

Two years ago, MCHS announced that West Campus would be adding a new wing onto the north side of the building to house the math, science, and technology courses. The new wing has been under construction...

Though he has played a variety of roles throughout his tenure at MCHS, college prep instructor Kris Hokinson has made a powerful impact on his students.

Hele mai ho’ohiwahiwa

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor February 9, 2021

Many students go through their day at school with teachers who  aren’t as enthusiastic and don’t try to make connections with each individual student. But student who take college prep instructor...

Starting next school year, East Campus will become a freshmen-only campus. Though many have questioned the idea, there are many benefits to the idea that will benefit both students and the district.

Opinion: The benefits of a freshmen center

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director January 6, 2021

Why would a freshman campus be beneficial? What’s the point? These are all questions that come to mind when thinking about the changes for the upcoming school year as East Campus transitions to a freshman...

Signs provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health hang on bulletin boards throughout West Campus. Now that students will not be returning to hybrid, only teachers, staff, and administrators will see them.

District 156 dashboard reports COVID cases

Kyla Henige, Managing Editor October 30, 2020

Six people at MCHS have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a dashboard created by District 156 administration. This dashboard is used to keep the community updated on the McHenry Country metrics...

Hilary Agnello poses with the McHenry High School Warriors logo. Agnello is the Varsity volleyball coach, a math interventionist, and a teacher on special assignment.

Like broccoli

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 23, 2020

The morning is chilly and brisk, and as the leaves start to change color, the reality of autumn sets in. Hillary Agnello puts her car in park and strides up to the front door of a truant student’s house....

Construction workers smooth concrete floors for the first floor of the new extension at West Campus on April 10. Construction remains on schedule despite school being closed for the remainder of the school year.

Construction continues without delay

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer April 21, 2020

With construction and trade still being deemed essential, the COVID-19 pandemic has not delayed the construction of the Center for Science, Technology, and Industry, the new extension at West Campus. It...

In the process of re-establishing itself in the community, the Hidden Pearl coffee shop partnered with West Campus to serve students and staff. Since it disappeared in December, many have wondered when it will return.

Hidden Pearl opens downtown, plans return to West Campus

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer March 11, 2020

Hidden Pearl’s absence at West Campus has lasted longer than students and staff anticipated. However, they have reopened their shop on Green Street, which has taken over a lot of their time. “Right...

Though construction broke ground in September, the structure that will make up West Campuss new wing began taking shape at the beginning of second semester.

West’s new wing one-third complete

Kyla Henige, News Editor February 6, 2020

As the school year reaches its final stride, East and West campus is one step closer to finishing construction for the campus change occurring in the 2021-22 school year. The construction at the west...

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