MCHS Newsletter

November, 2020


As of today, Marengo Community High School has been open for in-person learning through its hybrid learning plan for 2 ½ months! Students have been able to attend school in person, enjoy a “Spirit Week,” and our student-athletes have participated in a modified fall sports season, competing in tennis, cross country, and golf. We are working hard to make the best of things this year.

You may have seen in the news that the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) recommended that schools consider moving to remote learning. The Marengo-Union Community Schools are confident in the metrics we are using in concert with the MCDH to make determinations of quarantine, isolation, and if need be, temporarily moving to all remote learning for a time. After consulting with the MCDH, we have decided to continue with our hybrid learning platform at this time.

A neighboring school that made the decision to revert back to remote learning due to positivity rates stated, “We have been able to trace cases back to social gatherings amongst students.” It is so critical that our MCHS community remains vigilant and works together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to practice good hand hygiene, wear your masks, and watch your distance. We are relying on your diligence in keeping your students home when they are not feeling well, taking them for testing, and following the protocols prescribed by the CDC, IDPH, and MCDH.

As mentioned previously, there may be the occasion when a “pause” in our hybrid schedule may be deemed necessary, requiring us to pivot to full remote learning for a time. Should a pause occur, we will notify our MCHS community through emails, voicemails, the MCHS website, and Facebook postings.


Current social distancing guidelines do not allow for us to host our annual Veterans Day Program. Instead, we have created a presentation with a commemoration of our past programs, highlights of our hometown heroes, and lessons in Marengo-Union history. The presentation will be posted on our website on November 11, 2020.

In addition, MCHS and WXMR 94.3 are excited to partner together to bring the Marengo Community a radio broadcast of the Veterans Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. Immediately following will be a Roll Call, which will be done on 94.3, and Jason Hertha, USMC, will be in LIVE in studio as the guest speaker!

If you are a Veteran and have not participated in the MCHS Veteran's Day program in the past two years, please contact Julie Amendt at if you would like to be added to the Roll Call.

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The week of October 26th – 30th offered many activities including hallway decorating, dress up days, movies during lunch, bags competitions, and advisory door decorating. Students and staff alike enjoyed showing their school spirit. Thank you to our Student Council, Class Sponsors, and Advisory Teachers for a fun-filled week!

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Congratulations to the following students who were inducted on Thursday, October 15th, into the MCHS National Honor Society for the 2020-2021 school year! A link to the presentation can be found here.

Rachel Barron, Zachary Bittenbender, Logan Chanthalansy, Angelina Cottone, Saul Escorza,

Salvador Garcia, Grant Heinberg, Michael Jennett, Madison Johnstone, Justin Lechner,

Diego Lopez, Tyler Mirtl, Landoin Oine, Sebastian Palka, Bryce Ritter, Samantha Smith, Jake Yeager, Karli Adamson, Michael Ashbaugh, Preston Bailey, Ambria Baker, Alexendra Botzoc, Sarah Cederlund, Ryan Clark, Alexi Elquinni, Jackie Euker, Avery Fashingbauer, Nichole Fitch, Julissa Gonzalez-Montillo, Jack Heinberg, Samantha Hober, Courtney Jasinski, Crystal Lopez, Kylie Miller, Diya Patel, John Riedl, Ty Sierpien, Isabella Simonini, Lauren Snelgrove, and Bryden Steele.


On October 14th, the Latino Outreach Program hosted a virtual workshop for Spanish-speaking Latino parents titled "9 Ways to Reinforce Learning During Quarantine Times" by recognized psychologist Mr. Ferney Ramírez. Parents participated enthusiastically as the presenter Mr. Ferney presented ways to make students work their brain as they get some family time together. He emphasized the need to show interest in students' academic life as well as support and encouragement.


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 2021-22 school is available now at The FAFSA may be filed by using the 2019 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 2021. 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 @marengo21 to the phone number 81010), posted on the guidance website, and placed on the guidance bulletin board. Seniors - be sure to apply now to help pay for college tomorrow! Local scholarships will begin to be available starting second semester.

Freshman Meetings beginning soon! Counselors will be meeting with freshman students to review the transition to high school, begin exploring career ideas, and creating a four-year plan. Be sure to ask your student about his/her meeting and take a look at their four-year plan.

Senior Students and Parents

Do you have questions regarding FAFSA or Financial Aid? Log in to an open FAFSA/FinAid Google Meet on October 9,10,12, or 13 anytime between 10:30-12:30 to speak to Diana, our Illinois Student Assistant Commissions representative that is an expert in this area. She will walk you through anything you need help with. This is for parents or students.

McHenry County Mental Health Board Website

Please visit the McHenry County Mental Health Board’s New Website at, where you can find a Searchable Service Directory, MHB 101 Training, and information about current events, trainings, and resources. Don’t forget to download the MCHELP Mobile App and follow the Mental Health Board on Facebook.



The tentative start date for Girls and Boys Bowling is November 16th.



Congratulations to Bethany Christiansen on her 2nd place finish in the KRC Varsity Conference Tennis Tournament. This is Bethany's third year on the tennis team. She played Varsity #2 and #3 singles this season.

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Congratulations to Marengo’s KRC #1 Doubles Champions Ashtyn Martin and Noelle Haas on an amazing season. These two were seeded #3 in the 2020 IHSA Sectionals and fell short of the semi-finals in a tough match that went to a third set tiebreaker. They will be a powerful force in years to come!

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Cross Country

On Saturday October 17, MCHS senior Luke Chaffin repeated as KRC conference champion in a very windy and very competitive conference meet. Luke finished the course in 16:09, which although not a personal best, was a very good time for the hilly Johnsburg course. He was followed by Zach Secor in 3rd, Tommy Lulinski in 10th, Aaron Moehrlin in 13th, Patrick Signore in 17th, Preston Bailey in 18th, and freshman Marcus Ray in 19th. The boys’ team finished 2nd just behind rival Woodstock. Chaffin, Secor, Lulinski, and Moehrlin earned all-conference honors, and Marcus Ray is ranked as one of the top freshmen in class 2A this season.

On the girls’ side, Ruby Escorza garnered all-conference honors, with a 14th place finish. Savannah Swanson, Lauren Snelgrove, Maggie Simons, Natalie Gonzalez and Katie Barradas rounded out the girls’ field.

Congratulations to the girls XC team on a good showing at regionals with lots of PRs. The boys team also ran a great race, finishing 4th of 10 teams to qualify for Sectionals. They were led by Luke Chaffin's gutsy third place finish and Zach Secor's 7th place finish. The boys will run in the Lakes Sectional this Saturday.

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Boys Golf

The MCHS Boys Golf Team finished 3rd in conference, with senior Tyler Nelsen leading the team. Our three seniors, Tyler Nelsen, Will Fischer, and Josh Bibbings, will be greatly missed. Jack Schirmer had a once in a lifetime moment when he hit a hole in one in his last hole at Chapel Hill Golf course in a victory against Johnsburg. Newcomer Riley Weiss had an excellent season, and returning players Nicholas Walter and Kyle Northcutt made huge improvements.

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Girls Golf

The team shot personal bests at the Regional.

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Boys Golf: Tyler Nelsen and Riley Weiss

Girls Tennis: Ashtyn Martin and Noelle Haas

Boys Cross Country: Luke Chaffin, Zach Secor, Tommy Lulinski, and Aaron Moehrlin