MCHS Newsletter

November, 2022


Final exams may consist of a written test, project, paper, presentation, etc., depending on the class. The student’s final grade for the semester will be determined by their cumulative grades throughout the course of the entire semester. Students were notified at the beginning of the semester what the Coursework and Final Exam will be weighted for each class. Some courses have a 100% Coursework, 90% Coursework/10% Final Exam, 80% Coursework/20% Final Exam, or 85% Coursework/15% Final Exam designation.

MCHS has transitioned to a three-day final exam schedule to reduce the number of exams a student may have in one day, allowing preparation and study time during the day, a make-up session for those needing it, or extended time for those with accommodations. This also assists with teachers being able to grade exams and post semester grades in IC, so counselors can review and confirm student’s semester 2 schedule, as some semester 1 courses are prerequisites to take the next course in sequence during semester 2. Students staying for the last period of the day for a make-up exam or to have a quiet place to study will be required to request lunch if needed, and transportation if eligible.


Monday, December 19th

Periods 0 - 3 & Make-ups

Zero Hour - 7:00 - 7:45 am

Period 1 - 7:50 - 9:05 am

Period 2 - 9:15 - 10:30 am

Period 3 - 10:40 - 11:55 am (buses at 12:05 pm for students finished for the day)

Lunch - 12:05 - 1:05 pm (please request a lunch if needed)

Make-ups - 1:15 - 2:45 pm (buses at 2:55 pm; please request transportation if eligible)

Tuesday, December 20th

Periods 4 - 7 & Make-ups

Period 4/5 - 7:50 - 9:05 am

Period 6 - 9:15 - 10:30 am

Period 7 - 10:40 - 11:55 am (buses at 12:05 pm for students finished for the day)

Lunch - 12:05 - 1:05 pm (please request a lunch if needed)

Make-ups - 1:15 - 2:45 pm (buses at 2:55 pm; please request transportation if eligible)

Wednesday, December 21st

Period 8 & Make-ups

Period 8 - 7:50 - 9:05 am (buses at 9:10 am for students finished for the day)

Make-ups - 9:15 - 10:50 am (buses at 11:00 am; please request transportation if eligible)


  • Students must arrive at school in time for their first exam for the day.
  • Once on campus, they must stay until they have completed their last exam.
  • Students may not leave an exam until the end of the exam period. Students are not to be in the halls during exams. No hall passes will be issued.
  • Students assigned to Assisted Study Hall or Resource Study Skills are required to attend class except during the 8th hour finals period.
  • Students arriving after 7:50 am should enter the school by the commons at Door #18.
  • There will be quiet study in the commons during the day.
  • Students who need to miss an exam must fill out a prearranged absence form and get administrative approval. Students will not be allowed to take final exams earlier than 12/19. Students can make arrangements to take these during Winter Break, or will be responsible for scheduling these with their teachers the first two days of the second semester in January.
  • Students who have had extended absences prior to any finals, may make arrangements to take finals over Winter Break upon teacher approval, in order to make up missed work during their absence and better prepare for the exam.
  • Buses for eligible students will run as stated in the exam schedule above; eligible students staying for extra time must request transportation in advance.
  • Students are required to be in attendance during the period an exam is scheduled. Students that are not approved to miss an exam will receive a failing mark on the exam.
  • Students out of school suspended will be assigned a make-up time and date through the Administration Office.


This year’s Veterans Day Program will take place on Friday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the Marengo Community High School Gymnasium. All veterans and community members are invited to attend. Past and present area veterans will be honored. Our keynote speaker is United States Army Veteran Command Sergeant Major, John J. Kanaly. He is a graduate of our very own MCHS in the Class of 1998. His deployments include: KFOR3B Kosovo, OEF III, Afghanistan, OIF 08-09, Iraq, OEF 2013, Afghanistan, OIR, Jordan 2019, OAR, & Poland 2021. CSM Kanaly has earned a number of awards, honors, and badges during his time in the Army. We look forward to his keynote speech focusing on leadership.

If you are unable to attend the program, you can listen to the ceremony live on Marengo Radio WXMR 94.3 FM. Approximately 2,000 community members and veterans are expected to attend. Please come to honor and show your support of our United States Servicemen and Servicewomen. It truly means a lot to each and every one of them to know how much we appreciate their sacrifices for our country. Hope to see you there!

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School photos/portraits from your recent picture day are uploaded to an online gallery for parents to view. 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


Thank you to MASEF, who donated $15,425.98 to MCHS for the purchase of indoor and outdoor seating, including benches and tables, where students can sit and work independently or in groups.

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The PRIDE committee at MCHS would like to thank the following companies for their support of the PRIDE program. PRIDE strives to create a positive climate at MCHS by encouraging students to show their Marengo Pride through demonstrating that they are Respectful, Responsible and Engaged. Thank you to the following Proud Sponsors of PRIDE!

Joe's Place

Glo-Bowl Fun Center

Hodges Westside Truck Center Inc.

Flatlander Market

Marengo Insurance Agency

Ray Jones Agency

Randy’s Cycle

Marengo Ridge Golf Course


The PRIDE committee of Marengo Community High School recognized eighteen students selected by the faculty as “September Students of the Month.” They were nominated for many reasons, including positive attitude, hard work, taking a leadership role, and willingness to go the extra mile. These students are: (left to right) Back row: Jonathan Snelgrove (senior), Eddie Solis (senior), Omar Timoumi (senior), Mia Lulinski (senior), Camden Weirich (senior), Luis Lievano (freshman), Braden Minard (freshman), Abigail Paiz (freshman), and Elayna Goode (sophomore). Front row: Nessa Randall (junior), Billy Felks (junior), Madi Grindle (sophomore), Logan Smyk (freshman), and Lincoln Shear (freshman). Not pictured are: Lilly Drolen (junior), Esai Hernandez (senior), Emilia Mendoza (freshman), and Ryen Mirtl (junior). These students were treated to a pizza lunch provided by Joe’s Place restaurant.

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On Sunday, October 9th, MCHS hosted the Annual Settlers' Day Band Competition, in which twelve bands competed. The MCHS Marching Band ended the program performing their show in exhibition entitled, “Rise of the King.” The 50-member Marching Indians participated in five competitions throughout the season. The Music Department invites everyone to attend the Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Attendance is free!


On October 7th, the MCHS Scholastic Bowl Team competed against Stillman Valley High School on the Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl. Watch the Jeopardy-like game show on November 5th and 6th on Rockford Fox39 and WTVO 17.


Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the MCHS National Honor Society on Thursday, October 20th!

JUNIORS: Elizabeth Adams, Sydney Andrews, Grant Aubry, Rune Boyd, Morgan Cetera,

Mahala Engelhart, Anna Kunzer, Mia Kuzelka, Cadence Leucht, Jenny Loyo, Madalyn Mardock,

Ryker Markus, Paola Montes, David Munoz, Hir Patel, Athan Poggas, Alondra Saldana,

Savannah Scholfield, Zoey Vallee, Carson Van Winkle, and Emily White.

SENIORS: Noelle Haas and Emily Pedroza

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It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well….dead. A whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count adds up. Clue is a madcap, dark comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist!! Special appearance by the Nobodys band! Come find out whodunnit with us!!

Show dates

November 17th @7:00p.m.

November 18th @ 7:00 p.m.

November 19th @ 2:00p.m. and 7:00p.m.

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On Sunday, October 16th, the MCHS Reading Club enjoyed the performance of Miss Holmes Returns, inspired by the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was performed at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, and nine members of the Reading Club came on the field trip.

We arrived at the theatre around 2 pm, for the 2:30 matinee. It is a small theatre, so we had to wear masks. The ensemble cast did an excellent job incorporating actual historical events into the mystery, such as opposition to the “Contagious Diseases Act,” which targeted young women in the 1800s, by Josephine Butler, a real woman who was a character in the play. The performance was enjoyed by all who saw it, and many Reading Club members plan on reading some Sherlock Holmes stories now.

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Financial Aid Information

Please ask your counselor if you have questions about filling out the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the 2023-24 school year is available now by clicking here The FAFSA may be filed by using the 2021 tax information for the students and parents. Our best county resource on financial aid questions is the MCC Financial Aid Office (phone number 815-455-8761). FAFSA is a graduation requirement for the Class of 2023. If you would like to opt out of filling this out please submit this form to your Counselor immediately.

Scholarships will be sent out through Remind (Senior students and parents can sign up by texting @marengo23 to the phone number 81010), posted on the guidance website. Seniors - be sure to apply now to help pay for college tomorrow! Local scholarships will begin to be available starting second semester.

Freshman Meetings Happening Now!

Counselors are meeting with freshman students to review the transition to high school, discuss career ideas, and create a four-year plan within their portal. Be sure to ask your student about his/her meeting.


Postseason Success

The postseason is a fun time of year for our teams. It allows our coaches and athletes to affirm their hard work and time they put forth during the regular season was worthwhile. Congratulations to our boys cross country team for advancing to the sectional meet by placing third in the regional. Our football team secured a playoff spot by reaching the five-win mark during the regular season. Our 20-win volleyball team advanced to the regional championship.

Winter Sports: Meet the Teams Night

Please join us for a new event! On Friday, November 11, 2022, we will be recognizing all the winter athletes who will be competing this season. We will have a few wrestling matches and basketball scrimmages, along with announcing all winter participants. This event is open to the public and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the MCHS gym.

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Key Winter Dates

November 7th: First Home Boys Bowling Match at Glo Bowl @ 4:00 p.m.

November 11th: Meet the Teams Night @ 7:00 p.m.

November 17th: Winter Sports Picture Day

November 22nd: First Home Wrestling Match @ 5:30 p.m.

November 28th: First Home Girls Bowling Match at Glo Bowl @ 4:00 p.m.

November 29th: First Home Girls Basketball Game @ 5:30 p.m.

December 3rd & 5th: Freshman Boys Basketball Marengo Tournament

December 9th: First Home Boys Basketball Game @ 5:30 p.m.

December 18th: Cheerleading Competition at Johnsburg

The most up to date schedules can be found on the 8 to 18 website:

Dwain Nance, Athletic Director, can be reached at (815) 568 - 6511 ext. 1612 or Lisa Ackley, Athletic Office Administrative Assistant, can be reached at (815) 568 - 6511 ext. 1602 or


The MCHS Volleyball Program hosted their 12th annual Volley For The Cure on Wednesday October 5, 2022, along with Richmond Burton High School. There were 86 raffle items along with 28 silent auction items. Items included gift cards, baskets filled with beautiful items, homemade craft items, fire pit set, tailgating set, items made by MCHS students, and more! The money raised this year will be donated to local area women from the Marengo/Union area who have been diagnosed and are seeking treatment for breast cancer. Total money raised is yet to be determined.

During the ceremony, honorees were called down on the floor and were greeted by the Varsity Volleyball players and received pink roses. Former graduate and volleyball player Cindy Brackmann Mecum spoke to the crowd. Her willingness to share her personal story was touching, and appreciated by many. Thank you, Cindy.

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the area businesses and individuals that made this event possible and so successful each year. Special thanks to the 2022 Committee Members: Jeannie Klaassens, Kim Johnson, Renee Andrews, Gena Almeida, Nicole Frohling, Basia Kirchhoff, Julie Miceli, Shannon Heimsoth, Carrie Walters, McKenzie Carlson, Wendi Aubry, Jamie Kunzer, Laurie Jasinski, Allison Jasinski, and Becky Chayer.

The MCHS HOSA organization, lead by Katie Palek, worked along with the committee members in setting up the tables, decorating, and selling raffle tickets and t-shirts.

We truly appreciate ALL who made this event possible.


The Boys Cross Country Team took 3rd out of 11 teams in the regional meet to advance to sectionals. Marcus Ray led the boys, finishing 10th overall in a very tough field. The Indians run Saturday Oct 29th in Oregon for sectionals.

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