MCHS Newsletter

April, 2021


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. Next, 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. Many of the summer school offerings require students to be in attendance at MCHS, therefore there are options for students to request breakfast and/or lunch, and transportation, as needed.

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. Below is the link to the MAP Credit Recovery flyer and relevant information for those courses:

Summer School MAP Credit Recovery Summer 2021

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, Behind-the-Wheel (BTW), or Health. The Driver’s Education class is being offered onsite at MCHS for in-person instruction and the Health class is being offered to students in the Class of 2024 who wish to get ahead and open up a spot in their schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. The Health class will be offered as a remote, synchronous option. Sign-up for BTW will not begin until Wednesday, April 7th and will require onsite registration. Below are links to the relevant summer information for those classes:


Health Summer School 2021

Driver’s Education:

Driver’s Education Classroom Summer School 2021

Behind-the-Wheel Summer 2021

MCHS also offers a transitional Mathematics and English curriculum to incoming freshmen in the Class of 2025 who qualify. Below is the link to the Fresh Start flyer and relevant summer information for those classes:

Fresh Start Math and/or English Summer 2021



Big picture


Marengo High School is proud to be marking its 10th year running the senior-level Government/Civics class, the Legislative Semester. This course immerses students in the legislative process of government as they declare their political party, debate critical issues, elect their own leadership, and craft solutions to real-world problems. Students have begun the process of developing their bills in preparation for debate during Committee Hearings in April. Bills that are passed will then be debated and voted on during the full House Session in May. Last month students elected their own party leadership. Pictured below are the students who decorated and ran the election process. Elections Committee and Rules Committee: Jacob Ritter, Connor Ray, Gretchen Casper, Alyssa Volkers, Rachel Barron, and Rebekah Addis. Congratulations to our Speaker of the House: Fatimah Becovic, and our Floor Leaders: Diego Lopez and Justin Lechner.

The Marengo Civics Teachers would like to say how proud they are of this year's participants for not only overcoming political differences but having done so in a partly virtual experience.

Big picture

The following “Newsletter” is written by Katelyn Shambo, along with co-writers Preston Bailey and Dylan Stolz, who are students in the Entrepreneurship Enterprise Class. Katelyn, Preston, and Dylan are in the Human Resources Department of Skyline, their virtual business.


Team Spotlight

Department: Finances

Chief: Kyle Peters

Members: Saul Escorza, Michael Jennett, Riley Pankow, & Chase Stavroplos

The finance team is in charge of payroll, tax forms, and operating the quickback, an online tool to help the business manage its money. The finance team has accomplished some things by setting up payroll and obtaining money to pay the workers at Skyline. The finance department is a hardworking group that comes to the business class prepared and ready to work.

Big picture

Employee of the month

Name: Zach Bittenbender

Zach was nominated by his chief Owen Resenbeck. Owen says that Zach is like “Secondary Chief of Marketing.” He was chosen because he is always there to help his chief out by coming up with new ideas and getting marketing tasks complete. He has helped with a series of tasks and has come up with a marketing game plan for the company. A fun fact about Zach is that he will be graduating this year and plays Varsity soccer.

Big picture

Get To Know Skyline

Name: Erin Amendt

Position: Chief of Tech

Grade: Senior

Advice: "Don't just do good, be good"

Erin Amendt is the Chief of Tech. She has a five-member team in which their job is to manage Skyline’s social media accounts and find ways that would interest the consumers. Her biggest challenge as chief of tech is figuring out content to post on social media that would reach a variety of demographics based on consumer interest. Her time in VE business has been fabulous in which her favorite part is the group of people she gets to work with on a daily basis. Some social media boosts she has helped establish are the raffles, putting together and filming videos, and working together to market Skyline. Looking forward to the future she wants to dive into the business world to connect with many major business people to create connections and gain more knowledge. Overall she says that the Entrepreneurship class “in general, is the closest class to form a business from the ground up even if you don’t want business it is in business it is a good way to get work experience.”

Big picture

Name: Preston Bailey

Position: CHR

Grade: Junior

Advice: "Let's end on a high note this year. "

Preston Bailey is the Chief of HR; his biggest struggle is to try to plan events through this tough Covid-19 year and keep the team motivated. He has two team members who he says are always on top of things and get the job done. Preston states that his favorite part of Skyline is “The teacher, CEO, and atmosphere are all amazing; it is an extremely professional and relaxed work environment and makes you feel like you're at home.” On his journey as chief, he has learned that you need to always be on top of your game and always brainstorming new ideas to keep everyone motivated to work harder. His personal goal is to create a positive and fun work environment. Also, to gain experience for next year's business. At the same time, his business goal is to improve workplace happiness and overall effort. I would like to see more people getting involved and more group activities. Lastly, his mantra states, “Just remember someone's always out there trying to outwork you.”

Big picture

What has Skyline Accomplished

The marketing and sales team were able to shoot their commercial last week with the completion of the trade booth. We also submitted business card designs and many other items to be judged for the national trade show which is right around the corner.

  • Sales Pitch
  • Commercial
  • Business Cards
  • Email Campaign
  • 1 on 1 Sales
    • With Limitless
    • With Juke Box

Trade Show Recap

The national trade show is coming up on the eighteenth and nineteenth of this month. All members of Skyline will be participating in this trade show by helping with sales. We are to have a very busy two days and are looking forward to it.


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 on this document. LINK The forms will be shared as Google documents rather than pdfs. This will allow you to make a copy of the document to save in your Google drive. Then fill out the scholarship application. If there is any additional paperwork needed (letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays) please share them electronically. When you are ready to submit it - just share it with She will ensure that your complete scholarship application is printed and submitted to the organization as long as all your forms are turned in to me.

Summer Counseling hours: A guidance 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, 2021. 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

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.



We regret to inform you that Prom, originally scheduled for May 1st, has been cancelled. We have secured the Chateau Ritz for next year on April 30, 2022.


Please congratulate the following students on qualifying for the State Competition for SkillsUSA: Michael Ashbaugh, David Chewning, Saul Escorza, Mason Feldt, Ethan Gieseke, Jack Heinberg, Nathanael Kouris, Samuel Leidig, Thomas Lulinski, Jack McMenamy, Morgan Sebring, Benjamin Taylor, Zachary Winter, and Grace Wzientek.

Big picture


In a team effort during the IHSA Regional Tournament, the Varsity Scholastic Bowl team defeated Harvard 630-140, Belvidere North 400 - 340, and Crystal Lake Central 360-200. Congratulations to the REGIONAL CHAMPIONS! On Monday, March 15, 2021 the Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team remained undefeated in the KRC by winning the conference tournament. Congratulations on an outstanding season.

Big picture


Big picture
Big picture


This year's theme was DECADE-DEMIC. Students participated in hallway decorating, dress up days, tug of war competitions, Family Feud, and ice cream sandwich sales. The week culminated with our first home football game on Friday night. It was a fun-filled Spirit Week for everyone.

Big picture


Due to current recommendations and restrictions, there will be no General Admission to football games at this time. Admission is by invitation only. We hope to be able to welcome additional fans as restrictions ease. Click here and create an account to view the game for free. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Congratulations to Matthew Volkening who surpassed 1,000 points at the Marengo versus Harvard basketball game.

Big picture


The Varsity Girls Basketball Team completed a perfect 10-0 season in the KRC! The team made a bit of history in the process, earning their third straight conference championship. That is a feat only accomplished one other time in the history of girls basketball at MCHS nearly 40 years ago! This group was led by three special senior captains: Jennifer Heinberg, Lilly Johnson, and Alexis Kunde. They left their mark on the program in big ways!


The Boys Basketball season ended Friday, March 12th with a 57-51 victory over Woodstock North. The win sealed the KRC Championship for the second straight year. The team finished 9-2 overall with a conference record of 9-1. We will graduate five seniors: Cole Davis, Josh Bibbings, Michael Jennett, Jonah Pace, and Mitch Kunde. While the season was shorter than normal, it was an exciting one!

Big picture
Big picture


Congratulations to the “unofficial” 2021 KRC Boys Bowling Champions. The boys bowling team finished their KRC season with a perfect 4-0 record. Overall the boys finished with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses (both losses to Huntley). One of the more exciting matches of the season came when the Indians defeated Sycamore by 1 pin. Senior Tim Scholl sealed the victory by sparing and then throwing a strike in the 10th frame. Tim Scholl bowled the high game of the season with a 280, followed by Justin Lechner’s and Collin Cassin’s 265 games. Senior Alex Wigman was the high average earner by finishing the 10-match season with a 198. We will be graduating nine seniors: Tim Scholl, Alex Wigman, Chase Vogt, Aaron Phillips, Justin Lechner, Cristian Gomez, Kyle Peters, Tommy Lulinski, and Zach Winter.

Big picture


Thank you to VIP for creating a composite of our “team” picture from individual photos.
Big picture


The cold March evening did not deter our Marengo Varsity Football team, as they boasted a 40-0 win over the Johnsburg Skyhawks for their first game of the 2021 season. Congratulations!