MCHS Newsletter

October, 2021


Effective immediately, we are beginning a new process to deliver homework to students so they can meet academic expectations during extended absences. If a student is expected to be absent for more than 2 days, whether COVID related or not, the administration office will email a homework request form to the student’s teachers. The student and their parents/guardians will receive a copy of the completed form within 24-48 hours of their first day of absence. Click here to view a sample copy. For lengthier absences it may take teachers longer to submit all their assignments. Students are also expected to check their email, Google Classrooms, and student portal account so they are aware of their academic expectations when absent for lengthy periods of time. If a student is not expected to be absent for more than two days, they should be checking their Google Classrooms and assignments in their student portal, as well as emailing their teachers. Please contact your student’s teacher(s) if you have any questions regarding homework while your student is on an extended absence.


Parents can have a significant positive role with the school by regularly communicating with their child’s teachers. One of the best ways to facilitate this communication is by attending Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 21st from 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and will be conducted in-person in the high school. MCHS utilizes a walk-in format for the convenience of our parents/guardians during conferences. Each conference should generally last 10 minutes and students are encouraged to attend conferences with their parent/guardian. Per Governor Pritzker’s executive order, all guests must please adhere to the indoor masking and social distancing guidelines. Please note that a dinner break will be provided for MCHS staff on Thursday evening from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Staff with the last name beginning with A-M will take a ½ hour dinner break from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. and staff with the last name beginning with N-Z will take a ½ hour dinner break from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

For your added flexibility, virtual conferences will be available by appointment on Friday, October 22nd from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Directions on how to schedule a 10-minute virtual appointment with each teacher on Friday will be posted on the Parent Teacher Conference page of the MCHS website located here on Wednesday, October 6th.

Should any parent or guardian require special accommodations at conferences (Spanish translation, deaf or hard of hearing translation, etc.) please contact Mrs. Dawn Seemann at or 815-568-6511 x1302 by no later than Tuesday, October 5th to ensure the availability of required special services. We look forward to meeting with you!


Now hiring an assistant cook. Hours are Monday-Friday from 7 or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pay is $12/hour. Please apply at:

We are also in need of substitute school nurses. Hours are on school days when students are in attendance. Pay is $25/hour. Please apply at:


Senior Portraits

Seniors will have their portraits taken for the 2021-2022 yearbook on Friday, October 15, 2021 here at MCHS. There is no fee required from VIP for seniors having their portrait taken and a head shot put in the yearbook. Survey information is being collected to assign students to an appointment during the day on 10/15. About a week or so after the senior portrait is taken you may log onto the VIP website to view portraits, choose a headshot for the yearbook, and/or order a package if you like. Below are directions on how to view, select and order portraits.

Underclass Photos and Retakes

Underclass photos and retakes will be on Friday, October 15, 2021. Underclass students who missed having their picture taken in August may have their picture taken on retake day. Underclass students that had their picture taken and are not happy with their pictures may have their picture retaken. If your student is having their picture retaken please have your student return the first photo package you received to the VIP photographer and in return the VIP photographer will retake their photo. Below are directions on how to view, select and order school photos.

How to order school photos/portraits from VIP

School photos/portraits from your recent picture day will be uploaded to an online gallery for parents to view and order around October 25, 2021. Please follow these easy steps to look up your student's photos:

1. Go to

2. Type in your school (Marengo High School in Marengo, IL.)

3. Click on “School portraits”

4. Enter your student’s information

Even if you are not ordering photos, you have the option to pick your yearbook/composite photo, however, be sure to do so before it is automatically selected for you. Please contact VIP with any questions at

The Digital Design students are busy working to produce the 2022 yearbook. The book is on sale for pre-order now.

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National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes outstanding high school students. All juniors and seniors who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5/4.0 (B+) or above may apply for admission to the Marengo Community High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS). NHS recognizes those who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Servant leadership is about helping others while developing leadership skills through planning and performing acts of service for others. During the year students are required to complete 15 service hours of their choice, such as performance activities (arts), athletics, clubs, scholastic teams, and community service, with one being a NHS sponsored event.

The Marengo Community High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will induct its new members on the evening of Tuesday, October 19th. We look forward to welcoming our new members this year!


Mark your calendars for the HOSA Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from

2:00 - 6:30 p.m.

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On Saturday, September 11th, members of the MCHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl team competed against South Beloit High School in the first round of the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl. Watch them compete and find out if they move on in the competition on October 30-31. The show airs on WTVO / FOX 39 (Rockford).

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The MCHS Theatre Department is proud to announce the cast for our 2021 Fall Play, PETER/WENDY, which will run November 18th-20th.

PETER - Richmond Fredrickson

WENDY - Natalia Rodriguez

LOST BOYS/MERMAIDS- Jordan Susong, Brody Donner, Nelli Quintana-Ayala

THE TIGER LILLY- Josie Buddenbaum

TINKER BELL - Lilly Drolen

MRS. DARLING/HOOK - Grace Durkin

MR. DARLING/SMEE - Lawson Schmidt

PIRATES - Annabella Papstein, Mahala Englehart, Ro Harhen

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Sign up to have a crew of MCHS students come rake your yard between 8am and 11am on Saturday, October 30th. The donation is a minimum of $25 per 30 minutes of work. All proceeds will help to finance our theatre program. To schedule your service, click the linked Google Form CLICK HERE and enter your information. We will contact you to confirm!

Open to Marengo residents only. Homeowner provides yard waste bags— we will fill them and haul them to the curb!

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This year’s Homecoming festivities brought much excitement and fun to our annual Homecoming week. The theme, The Time of the Seasons, was exemplified in our hallways as each class decorated their hallways to represent their assigned season. On Monday afternoon, students had an outdoor assembly and spirit games on the football field. Powderpuff football, bags competitions, a dunk tank, and the annual Tug-O-War showdown were among the activities students and staff participated in. Throughout the week students enjoyed an ice cream social and dress up days to determine the winning class of the coveted spirit stick! On Friday, your Marengo Indians played the Harvard Hornets in the First National Challenge/Homecoming football game. Marengo came out on top, beating Harvard 39-0! We wish to give a huge shout out to our Student Council representatives and sponsors Mrs. Olson and Mrs. Behn for creating such a fun-filled week.

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On October 13th all students in grades 9,10 and 11 will be participating in College Board assessments. This is a change for the students in grade 9 as there will be no testing on October 26th. The College Board suite of assessments allow students, parents and teachers to identify if a student is progressing towards college and career readiness.

Students in grade 9 will take the PSAT 8/9. Here is information on the assessment. Students must bring number 2 pencils and a calculator. Items not allowed in the testing room include: food/beverages, technology (smart watch, phone, computer, etc), and mechanical pencils.

Students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT. Here is information on the assessment. Students must bring number 2 pencils and a calculator. Items not allowed in the testing room include: food/beverages, technology (smart watch, phone, computer, etc), and mechanical pencils.

Students in grade 12 who have not registered to re-take the SAT are required to participate in either a job shadow, community service activity, or college/military visit. This form must be printed, completed, and returned to administration with the appropriate signatures.


Public Act 101-0180 requires that, beginning with the 2020-21 school year, the parent or guardian of each student must (1) file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or an application for state financial aid, or (2) file a waiver form with the school district indicating that the parent or guardian understands what FAFSA and application for state financial aid are and has chosen not to file an application. These same requirements also apply to any student who is at least 18 years old or legally emancipated. This is a prerequisite for a student receiving a diploma from a public high school and is in addition to any other graduation requirements. If choosing to file a waiver of this requirement, students and families must file the following form with the school district: Waiver Form

FAFSA Application Avaliable October 1, 2021

Description: FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Need help filling out your FAFSA? Participants will go line by line through the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by conducting a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets, and other household information. The form is submitted to and processed by a federal processor contracted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The results are electronically transmitted to the financial aid offices of the schools listed on your application. FAFSA is the application used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

Class of 2022:

Complete the FAFSA at OR fill out the Nonparticipation Form.

Apply for a FSA ID (one for the student, one for the parent) at FSA ID link.

Have the following with you. Failure to do so may result in not being able to complete the application.

1. Student’s 2020 U.S. 1040 and W-2 forms

2. Parent’s 2020U.S. 1040 and W-2 forms

3. Student’s driver’s license and social security card

4. Parent’s social security cards

5. Records of total untaxed income for 2020 (i.e. public aid, social security, Veteran's benefits, child support)

6. Student’s alien registration number, if a permanent resident

7. Records of current asset information (i.e. saving account, checking account)

8. Month and year of marriage, separation, divorce or other change in marital status

Records of net worth of investments for both parents and students

Note: Net Worth = Current Value minus Debt

PSAT 8/9 Testing for Freshmen

Freshmen will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on October 13th.

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Counselors will be meeting with all freshmen students individually to discuss the transition to high school. Meetings will begin in October.


Junior students will be taking the SAT this year as a part of the state of Illinois assessment program. In order to provide students opportunities to familiarize themselves with the test, MCHS has scheduled practice tests for Sophomores and Juniors. On October 13th, Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT. This is a national test and may qualify students for scholarships. The results will be online through the students' College Board account.

College Visits at MCHS

Each year college representatives come to our high school to talk with junior and senior students about admission requirements, majors offered, scholarships, and campus life. Please visit our “guidance calendar” by clicking here to see what colleges are scheduled.

McHenry Manufacturing, Trade and Industry Expo

Wednesday, October 6th from 6-8 p.m.

All students are welcome to attend this event to learn more about the wide variety of career pathways in our county. Senior students will be able to apply for $1,000 in post-secondary tech scholarships sponsored by the McHenry Sunrise Rotary Club.

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Meningococcal Vaccine Required

The Meningococcal vaccine is required for students entering 12th grade. The Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring that all students entering 12th grade show proof of two doses of meningococcal vaccine unless the first dose was administered after 16 years of age. In this case, only one dose is required.

October 15th, 2021 is the deadline for Freshmen and Seniors to have met vaccine requirements. Contact your healthcare provider and make your appointment today. #VaxToSchool


Registration for winter sports will open October 12th at Our Winter Sports Parent meeting will take place on October 18th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be online and links to the meeting will be communicated closer to the 18th. This meeting will be for the parents of any students interested in Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Bowling, Competitive Cheer, and Wrestling. There will be a general informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. and a sport-specific meeting at 7:00 p.m. with the head coach of the team.


The annual “Volley For The Cure” match will be played on Wednesday October 20, 2021 against Harvard High School. “Volley For The Cure” is an event hosted by the MCHS Volleyball Program and HOSA. This event is to honor and celebrate the fight against breast cancer with the hopes that this devastating disease will one day be cured. This will be the 12th annual Anniversary at MCHS. Each year, donations are collected from players, families, and local businesses. These donations will be raffled or sold via silent auction immediately following the varsity match. We have had great success with this program in the past years and look forward to great success this year as well. All proceeds will be presented to local individuals that are fighting breast cancer. In 2019, we were able to raise almost $10,000 to donate back. If you wish to make a personal donation or get together with a group of friends or coworkers to donate, please contact the high school 815-568-6511 or send your donation to the Athletic Office or Student Services by Friday October 15, 2021. Thank you in advance for your donations and participation to help make this evening a success!

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The Marengo Park District is now offering a Youth Flag Football League and an ESports League! Click on the links to learn more.