MCHS Newsletter

April, 2022


To reduce the use of paper and cost of mailings, MCHS will no longer be sending academic progress reports home in paper form. Students and parents are asked to log into the Infinite Campus portal website to view student progress. Please log into your portal, select your student at the top of the page drop down. Then on the left hand side menu click on Documents and then select the Mid-Semester Progress Report - March.


MCHS is offering a comprehensive summer school this year to address the needs of our students and many of the constraints we have faced with COVID-19. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. The summer school offerings require students to be in attendance in-person at MCHS, therefore there are options for students to request breakfast and/or lunch, and transportation, as needed. All summer school offerings are subject to change based upon staffing and student enrollment.

MCHS students will have an opportunity to earn credit in any core classes they have failed either this school year, or during previous terms. Any student in grades 9-12 who have failed a core class in Math, Science, Social Studies, or English should consider a MAP Credit Recovery since these are required classes toward graduation. A certified teacher will be available to assist students with the Educere online program during the summer months, therefore student attendance for in-person learning is required. Students who successfully complete any of the available courses will earn 0.5 credits/course. Below is the link to the MAP Credit Recovery flier and relevant information for those courses: Summer School MAP Credit Recovery Summer 2022

MCHS students who have failed semester 1 of their Algebra 2 class this year, or during previous terms, have an opportunity to earn 0.5 credits by taking a “Topics in Algebra 2” class with a certified math instructor. Please note that a MAP Algebra 2 offering will only be available if this class does not run. Algebra 2 Credit Recovery Summer 2022

MCHS will also be offering classes for students to get ahead in their coursework in the Physical Education and Health Department. Eligible students can consider signing up for Driver’s Education Class or Behind-the-Wheel (BTW). The Driver’s Education class is being offered onsite at MCHS via in-person instruction. Sign-up for BTW will not begin until Wednesday, April 6th and will require onsite registration. Below are links to the relevant summer information for those classes: Driver’s Education Classroom Summer School 2022

Behind-the-Wheel Summer 2022

MCHS also offers a transitional Mathematics and English curriculum to incoming freshmen in the Class of 2026 who qualify. Below is the link to the Fresh Start flier and relevant summer information for those classes: Fresh Start Math and/or English Summer 2022


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The Academic Challenge in Engineering and Science (ACES) is a test-based competition hosted by the Engineering Department at Eastern Illinois University. More than 500 high schools in Illinois compete each year in the subjects of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics.

These tests are designed to present a challenge to the brightest high school students and acquaint them with the course content and the level of competition that they will experience upon entering a science or engineering curriculum at the university level.

This year all Academic Challenge Teams competed virtually. The Marengo ACES team finished 2nd place at the Regional Competition in February, and 2nd place at the Vernon Hills North Suburban Sectionals competition in March. This qualifies the MCHS ACES team to compete in the State Competition in early April.

Notable individual efforts were posted at Regionals by:

Michael Ashbaugh (1st place in Engineering Graphics AND Physics)

Pao Montes and Sam Leidig (3rd and 4th, respectively, in Engineering Graphics)

Carter Heimsoth and Devin Moehrlin (3rd and 4th, respectively, in Physics)

Colin Heinz (2nd in Computer Science)

Notable individual efforts were posted at Sectionals by:

Mariah Grindle (3rd place Biology)

John Riedl (3rd place Chemistry)

Colin Heinz (2nd Place Computer Science)

Michael Ashbaugh (1st place Engineering graphics and 3rd place for physics)

Sam Leidig (2nd place (tie) Engineering graphics)

Pao Montes (2nd place (tie) Engineering graphics)

Devin Moehrlin (2nd place Physics)

Omar Timoumi (2nd place English)

Morgan Cetera (3rd place English)

2022 ACES Team Members:

Michael Ashbaugh, Sarah Cedarlund, Wesley Cedarlund, Morgan Cetera, Ryan Clark, Alexis Elqunni, Jessica Elqunni, Mariah Grindle, Carter Heimsoth, Colin Heinz, Sam Leidig, Mia Lulinski, Devin Moehrlin, Pao Montes, Tzitlali Montes, Hir Patel, John Riedl, Patrick Signore, Isabella Simonini, Lawson Schmidt, Omar Timoumi, Zoe Whetham, and Emily White.

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Does your student have a library card at the Marengo-Union Public Library? There are many benefits to having a library card, including having access to all forms of digital media! Audiobooks, eBooks, music, and even movies can be checked out using the Hoopla app. The app is free as long as you have a library card number to submit when you sign up. Most of the class novels that teachers use here at MCHS have Audiobooks available on the Hoopla app! There is also an app called Libby that provides access to digital media, and is also free with your library card.

Library cards are free for all residents of the public library district. To get a card, bring your student and your proof of address, such as a driver license, to the public library. So, if your student does not have a library card from the public library, take your child to the library and get them one!


Skyline had a great day at MCC on Thursday March 18th, when we were able to meet the Business Department and staff. We are very thankful to MCC and MCHS for offering us dual credit class options, saving us future college costs. Thank you, MCC and MCHS!

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We are proud to announce that our virtual enterprise company, Skyline Trampolines, has placed in five different national competitions. Thanks to our whole company, and especially to our CEO Preston Bailey, CFO Ty Sierpien, and our COO Bryden Steele, we placed in the top 10 for Sales Materials and Sales Pitch, and in the Social Media competition we placed in the top 8. Currently we are ranked in the top 13 for Quickbooks, and top 18 for Finance. Preston, Ty and Bryden will travel to the Youth Business Summit in New York City, taking place on April 3-6. Good luck at the National Competitions!

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PROM 2022!

The MCHS Class of 2023 will be hosting the 2022 prom “Enchanted Garden” on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at The Château Ritz in Niles, Illinois. Chicago Motor Coach buses will be leaving MCHS at 5:00 p.m. Attendees must be checked in by 4:45 p.m. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. at which time students and parents may mingle and take photos in the atrium. All students are subject to a search. Any student who will need to take or have medicine administered during Prom must fill out the required medical authorization form at least two weeks before Prom. Prom will run from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and buses will be returning to the school around 12:00 a.m. All prom attendees must be in tasteful, formal attire.

MCHS students may purchase prom tickets starting on Monday April 4th through Thursday, April 14th in student services. The cost is $55 per person. Students will sign-up for table placements and dinner selection when they purchase their tickets. MCHS 9th or 10th grade students may attend only if they are an approved guest of an MCHS 11th or 12th grader. MCHS underclassmen must have an approved application on file no less than two weeks prior to the event.

In order to purchase tickets, students must meet eligibility requirements and maintain eligibility through the scheduled date of Prom. Students who do not maintain eligibility will not receive reimbursement for their ticket. The eligibility requirements for students are as follows: must be passing 5 classes, can have no more than 2 days of ISS per semester, can have no more than 1 SCAP per semester, and can have no days of OSS. Additionally, this year, all prom attendees and their parents will need to sign a release form about the potential for exposure to COVID-19.

MCHS attendees to prom must have their prom ticket and a student ID with them. Guests of MCHS students must also have their prom ticket, a state ID or driver’s licenses, and their approved guest registration form at check-in. Guests must be no older than the age of 20 and no younger than a freshman in high school. Guests must have an approved application on file no less than two weeks prior to the event.

Estimated Timetable:

Check-in begins 4:00 p.m.

Buses leave MCHS 5:00 p.m.

Arrive at Chateau Ritz 6:00 p.m.

Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Buses load to leave venue 11:00 p.m.

Buses return to MCHS 12:00 a.m.

Must Bring:

Prom Ticket (MCHS Student & Guest)

Student ID (MCHS Student)

State ID or Driver’s License (Guest)

Approved Guest Registration Form (Guest)

Medical authorization (only if applicable)


CONGRATULATIONS to the following Marengo FFA member on WINNING the District 2 FFA Recordbook interviews in their respective areas:

Jackie Euker - Equine Science Placement

Jackie is in the top 5 individuals in the state and advances to the state contest later this month.

Also Congratulations to the following FFA members competing at the District contest:

Lilli Ghastin - Ag Processing

Ella Logue - Ag Communications

Ashtyn Martin - Dairy Production; Star Farmer

Glenda Mireles - Ag Education

Sam Montgomery - Diversified Ag Placement; Star in Ag Placement

Larry Nichols - Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance

FANTASTIC JOB representing Marengo FFA!


Freshman Mentors went to Maine Event on Friday, March 11th and had an awesome time playing laser tag!

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Corrected Freshman Mentors List (from March Newsletter)

Robel Addis, Gianna Almeida, Michaela Almeida, Gregory Baker, Alexandra Brackmann, Jordan Brogdon, Jose Herrera, Addie Johnson, Keilee Kimmel, Kayla Klaassens, Joseph Leibrandt, Mia Lulinski, Jessica Minogue, Tzitlali Montes, Valeria Rivera, Patrick Signore, Kalee Skow, Amanda Trotz, Cheyenne Welker


Dylan Stolz and Mike Ashbaugh competed in the Illinois Design Educators Association (IDEA) competition at MCC in March. Dylan placed 1st in Machine CAD and will compete in the state competition at Illinois State University in April.

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March 14-17 was Scholarship Application Week. For those days a table was set up in the lunch room and counselors were available to help students search for personalized scholarship recommendations. Many seniors stopped by for assistance and picked up 10 Scholarship Tips handouts to help their scholarship applications shine! On Tuesday, a representative from MCC was available to work with students on applying to MCC, finding MCC specific scholarships or answer general college questions. On Wednesday, the Resource Management classes were provided an opportunity to find out more about local scholarships. The class of 2022 is now aware of the wide variety of community support via scholarships to fund future goals!

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College Fair at Huntley High School - All students and families are encourage to attend the COLLEGE FAIR at Huntley High School April 13th, 6-8pm. Find out more information to plan for your future. Over 100 colleges will be in attendance. Sign up prior to save yourself some time at the door.

Seniors - If you are awarded a scholarship by an organization or college/university, please drop off or email a copy of the award letter to your counselor. A roster of scholarships awarded is included in the graduation program. No dollar amounts are shared and all details are kept confidential.

Many local scholarships are due in April! At this time, no deadlines have changed. Applications can be found by clicking here. Please print out and share with Mrs. Schultz in guidance or send via email She will ensure that your completed scholarship application is printed and submitted to the organization as long as all your forms are turned in.

Summer Counseling hours: A School Counselor will be available periodically throughout the summer. An appointment must be made in advance. Please call 815-568-6511 x1303 to schedule a meeting or email your counselor directly. Schedule changes can only be made if there is a computer error, scheduling conflict, or level change.


Dental Examination Requirement

Current 9th grade students are required to provide proof of a dental examination performed by a licensed dentist by May 15, 2022. If you have not already submitted this, please provide the required documentation to our school nurse. School dental examinations must have been completed within the 18 months prior to May 15. Click here for a Dental Examination Form.

Meningococcal Vaccine Required

The Meningococcal vaccine is required for students entering 12th grade. The Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring that all student 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.

Asthma Action Plan

A new policy was enacted in 2017 that states we must request an asthma action plan from parents of student who have asthma. This form must be completed by a physician and returned to the school nurse.



Boys Basketball

Congratulations to the following players on being named all-conference: Matthew Volkening was voted Unanimous All Conference, Exzavier Meyer was first team, and Brock Adamson and Josh Holst were Honorable Mentions.

Matthew Volkening won state wide honors as well. He was named to the IBCA 2A All State First Team, AP All State Second Team, and Chicago Sun Times All State Second Team. Matthew was also chosen as a member of the NW Herald All Area First Team

Girls Basketball

Season honors for Girls Basketball include All-Conference selections Bella Frohling and Addie Johnson. Bella Frohling also received All Area Honorable Mention.


Congratulations to our two conference champion bowling teams! For the boys, Justin Fluger and Collin Cassin were chosen as All Conference Bowlers. Bethany Christiansen and Grace Wzientek were named to the girls All Conference Team. In addition, Justin Fluger and Grace Wzientek were named Boys and Girls Conference Bowlers of the Year! Congratulations on an outstanding season!


Congratulations to the following MCHS cheerleaders who were selected as KRC All-Conference team members. They are (L-R), Taylor McGibbon (SR), Ambria Baker (SR), Chloe Gochis (JR), and Katie Polizzi (FR, not pictured)

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