MCHS Newsletter

December, 2020


In March of 2001, the Marengo Community High School Board of Education and Superintendent Jerry L. Trickett began to discuss the need for additional facility space, and a modified facility study was completed by the administration with the assistance of Bradley and Bradley Architects of Rockford. Superintendent Trickett made a recommendation to the Board of Education that they apply for a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education School Construction Program from the Illinois FIRST initiative. The district received notification of entitlement for a grant in the amount of 11 million dollars. This amount would cover one third of the projected 33 million dollar building cost.

The citizens of Marengo and Union agreed to increase their real estate taxes for 20 years so the district could purchase a building bond to cover the remaining balance of the cost of our new building. This state-of-the-art building would not have been completed without the investment of our community through the passing of a building bond referendum. On May 5, 2003, a ground-breaking ceremony took place at the site of the future Marengo Community High School, and the task of building of our new high school was underway.

We opened our doors to students on August 27, 2004, and since that time, many students and community members have attended classes, athletic contests, performances, ceremonies, and countless other events. Thank you to our community, for your faith, trust, and generosity as we have steadily worked toward repaying the bond annually. We are excited to announce that our final building bond payment will be made on December 31, 2020, and taxpayers will see a net decrease from District 154 on their next real estate tax bill! We believe this is something to celebrate!

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We would also like to thank the leadership of our high school at that time, for their vision and planning of “the new high school.” Former Superintendent Jerry L. Trickett and the Board of Education (Roger Volkening, President; Steve Busam, Vice President; Betty Frohling, Secretary; and board members Richard Fischer, Elizabeth Henning, Dixie Pollock, and Art Wisz) worked tirelessly to provide a place where our students could learn and grow. We are forever grateful to them.

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Former Superintendent Trickett (retired in 2005) was recently asked if he felt there was any one thing beyond the grant money that gave the Board motivation to place a 22 million dollar building referendum before the community. He recalled that Board member Dixie Pollack had shared a quote with the Board written in the Yearbook “Reflections” by Irene Eichler, a student of Community High School Marengo in 1925, which read, “The fate of the school is in the balance; a turn one way may deprive both city and country students of the opportunities to be gained by combined effort; a turn the other way may make MCHS an institution so equipped as to meet the needs-yes, and the demands of modern education.” We are grateful to past school boards and administration for their vision that has provided current and future leadership the opportunity to benefit students and community members alike, while continuing the tradition of good stewardship of all resources.


In lieu of our annual Veterans Day Program, this year we created a presentation featuring our past programs, highlights of our hometown heroes, and lessons in Marengo-Union history. Click here to view the presentation.

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In addition, the MCHS Marching Band participated in the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2020.


We want to give a huge thank you to Bag Makers. They have donated thousands of bags to MCHS, which we are using to package our free meals for students. “We package breakfast and lunch for about 50 families each week,” said head cook Liz Molbeck. “Bag Makers has been so generous to us and we are appreciative to have businesses such as these in our community.”

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The annual school report card provides detailed information on how the state’s nearly 2 million students are faring in public schools. This year, the report is missing data on many assessments, which were waived by the U.S. Department of Education after school buildings abruptly closed in March. It is also missing culture and climate surveys and school ratings (schools kept ratings from the previous year). Please bear this in mind when you view our school report card.


Members of the National Honor Society trick or treated for canned goods for the MORE Center. NHS collected 592 pounds of food! Thank you for serving our community!

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The PRIDE committee of Marengo Community High School recognized twenty-two students selected by the faculty as “October 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. The students are: Elizabeth Adams, Fatimah Becovic, Collin Boorsma, Jordan Brogdon, Cory Castaneda, Jade Chavez, Alexis Elqunni, Michael Gochis, Sebastian Hernandez, Drew Johnson, Olivia Kalter, Mia Kuzelka, Kierra Morris, Emily Pedroza, Isabella Riley, Elijah Rivera, Noah Rust, Wyatt Shaw, Eddie Solis, Rayne Staehler, Karter Velasquez, and Ava Zoldos. They were all rewarded with a special MCHS Pride cup filled with delicious candy.


Registration Selection Process For 2021-2022

The counselors have been meeting with students to select courses for the 2021-2022 school year. Parents, please discuss course selections and look over the course descriptions in the curriculum guide with your students. The curriculum guide is available on our school website. College bound student athletes must register with NCAA as soon as possible, preferably sophomore year. Students interested in NAIA college athletics must register as soon as possible as well. The information can also be found on the MCHS Guidance website under College Athletic Eligibility.

Class of 2022 - Will receive course selection sheets on11/30. They will be collected 12/3-12/11.

Class of 2023 and 2024 - Turned in course selection sheets in November.

Class of 2025 (Current eighth grade students) will receive registration packets in January at Orientation Night, date TBD. Course selection sheets will be collected at their respective schools the following week, date TBD.


If you took the PSAT/NMSQT, mark your calendar for Score Week! Students will receive an email stating that scores have been posted between December 7-8. They then need to create a College Board account in order to see the scores. This link leads to a page with a helpful video on getting scores. You may also link your College Board account with your Khan Academy account to share the test score data in order to create a personalized (and free) SAT study for the April 16th assessment. Questions? Reach out to your student's counselor.

Juniors: Please join the Class of 2022 remind group. You will get important reminders from counselors on SAT testing, college visits and fairs, trade schools, scholarships, and soon, graduation information. You can click the link above or text @marengo22 to the number 81010. ALL Juniors should join.

Scholarships are being added to the Scholarship page on the MCHS Guidance Office page.

Please visit the MCHS Guidance Office site on our school’s webpage to locate all scholarships.