Warrior Family News Update

One School, One Goal - Summer 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Warrior Families!

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am thrilled and honored to work with you all this year as Principal of McHenry High School. For those I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, I offer you a little about myself:

My wife and I live here in McHenry, near McHenry Middle School. We have 8 children (four biological, four adopted), 3 of whom have graduated from MCHS. The four younger ones all attend schools in D15 (MMS, Duker, & Hilltop). For the last four years, I have been principal of East Campus, and I can't tell you how excited and humbled I am to be able to lead alongside you as we usher our district into this new era.

As we open this year, we will see all of our 9th graders enter the bright, clean, exciting atmosphere that is the Freshman Campus! Complete with new flooring and new lockers this summer, and recently having gone through an entirely renovated HVAC and lighting upgrade, the Freshman Campus will provide a first year high school experience like no other. Mrs. Kyle Hobson, the Associate Principal of the Freshman Campus, along with Mr. Pete Byrne (Dean of Students) and their team of dedicated freshman teachers and staff, are ready to welcome you and take of all of your needs this year as you send your 9th graders to high school.

In addition, as most of you know, the Upper Campus will house all of the district's 10th - 12th graders, and boasts of the brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Science, Technology and Industry, as well as new spaces for Art, Chorus, and a Career & Counseling Wing.

Our administrative team here at the Upper Campus is comprised of Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons (Associate Principal of Buildings, Grounds and Operations), Mr. Greg Eiserman (Assistant Principal of Student Life), Mrs. Patrice Frederick (Assistant Principal of Student Services), Ms. Hilary Agnello (Dean of Students), and Mr. Jordan Deener (Dean of Students).

The start of school related to COVID-19 is ever-changing, and as we await additional guidance from the IDPH and the MCDH, we will get that out to our school community just as quickly as we can.

We cannot wait to kick off this new era for McHenry High School, and look forward to serving you! If there is ever anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Jeff Prickett, Ed.D.

Principal, McHenry High School

email: prickettjeff@dist156.org


Monday, Aug. 16th, 7:30am

McHenry High School

Freshman Campus start time - 7:25am

Upper Campus start time - 7:35am

MCHS Bell Schedule

Below, please find the bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year.
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Important Dates & Pertinent Information

Below you will find a list of upcoming important dates:

Friday, August 6th - Materials Pick Up & Open House

Upper Campus

  • 10 AM - 5 PM (open to all grades, 10-12)

Freshman Campus

  • 9:00-11:00am & 1:00-3:00pm (Includes Freshman Rally at either time)

*Freshman parents should have received a separate email containing a link to sign up for one of the two sessions available - either the 9:00am or the 1:00pm*

**If you have not signed up for the Freshman Rally yet, please do as soon as possible!**

Monday, August 9th - Materials Pick Up & Open House

Upper Campus

  • (SOPHOMORES ONLY) From 10 AM - 1 PM, Sophs will have an opportunity to pick up materials, take pictures, walk their schedules, and meet student leaders from our MCHS Connections Crew. Sophs who cannot attend may pick up materials on Friday the 6th from 10 AM - 5 PM or on the 9th from 1:30 PM -6 PM
  • Open Materials Pick Up for grades 10-12, 1:30 PM - 6 PM.
  • Guided building tours will leave every ½ hour from the South entrance beginning at 1:30 PM

Freshman Campus

  • Open House & Materials Pick Up for all Freshman - 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The following details will be important to adhere to in order to make this event run as smoothly as possible for your child:

  • **In order to receive their schedule and materials the online registration process must be complete. This includes proof of residency for all 12th graders. If you are not sure you have completed this process, please contact us.

  • School pictures will be taken. Students should dress appropriately. No money or order form is needed at the time of pictures. Ordering and payment will all be done online through VIP. Details will be sent home regarding this process at a later date.

  • Students will have access to their school assigned locker if they choose to leave some things here at school.

  • Students who received a parking pass (Upper Campus ONLY) must have all school fees, including past due fees paid in full or be on a payment plan in order to receive their pass. Also, students must bring their valid driver's license to show as proof in order to receive their permit.

Students unable to pick up materials on either one of these days will get their items on the first day of school.


  • Viernes 6 de agosto - Recogida de materiales de 10 a. M. A 6 p. M. (Abierto para todos los grados, 10-12)
  • Lunes, 9 de agosto - Casa Abierta para estudiantes de segundo año de 10 a. M. A 1 p. M. Los estudiantes de segundo año tendrán la oportunidad de recoger materiales, tomar fotografías, recorrer sus horarios y conocer a los líderes estudiantiles de nuestro Equipo de Conexiones de MCHS. Los estudiantes que no pueden asistir pueden recoger los materiales el día 6 de 10 a. M. A 6 p. M. O el día 9 de 1:30 p. M. A 6 p. M.
  • Lunes 9 de agosto - Recogida de materiales abiertos para los grados 10-12, 1:30 PM - 6 PM. Las visitas guiadas al edificio saldrán cada ½ hora desde la entrada sur.

Será importante seguir los siguientes detalles para que este evento se desarrolle de la mejor manera posible para su hijo:

** Para recibir su horario y materiales, el proceso de registro en línea debe estar completo. Esto incluye prueba de residencia para todos los estudiantes del 12º grado. Si no está seguro de haber completado este proceso, comuníquese con nosotros.

Se tomarán fotografías escolares. Los estudiantes deben vestirse apropiadamente. No se necesita dinero ni formulario de pedido en el momento de las imágenes. El pedido y el pago se realizarán en línea a través de VIP. Los detalles se enviarán a casa con respecto a este proceso en una fecha posterior.

Los estudiantes tendrán acceso a su casillero asignado por la escuela si eligen dejar algunas cosas aquí en la escuela.

Los estudiantes que recibieron un pase de estacionamiento deben tener todas las cuotas escolares, incluidas las cuotas atrasadas, pagadas en su totalidad o estar en un plan de pago para poder recibir su pase. Además, los estudiantes deben traer su licencia de conducir válida como prueba para recibir su permiso.

Los estudiantes que no puedan recoger materiales en ninguno de estos días, recibirán sus artículos el primer día de clases.

New Traffic Pattern - Upper Campus

Please pay careful attention to the new AFTERNOON traffic pattern(s) at the Upper Campus this year. We have adjusted the entry and exit routes to accommodate buses and additional car traffic.

Red arrows - Students

Blue arrows - Buses

Green arrows - Parents/Guardians

Purple arrows - Staff & Faculty

Parent/Guardian traffic will enter into the South lot and stage in the "Parent Pickup Queue" as labeled on the map below. This will be a SINGLE FILE line, and cars should line up on the curb closest to the building.

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Numbered Parking Spot Locations - Upper Campus

NEW this year at the Upper Campus - numbered parking spots. If your spot is confirmed, you will receive a number. That spot is yours for the year as long as the parking agreement is adhered to. Please note the numbered sections below, depending upon where your spot is located.
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Student Services Team by Grade Level

9th Grade Team:

Curtis Menke - College & Career Counselor

JR Bocian - Counselor, A-Le

Stephanie Zarinana - Counselor, Lf-Z plus Multi-Lingual

Veronica Eggert - Social Worker

Eric Born - Psychologist, A-Go

Lauren Reif-Niemic - Psychologist, Gr-O

Scott Zwolski - Psychologist, P-Z

Maura Reid - Prevention & Wellness

Kathleen Weber - Nurse

10th Grade Team

Curtis Menke - College & Career Counselor

Nicole Bacigalupo - Counselor, A-Le

Sarah Sadler - Counselor, Lf-Z

Gabriella Garrelts - Social Worker

Scott Zwolski - Psychologist

Maura Reid - Prevention & Wellness

Julie Bishop - Nurse

11th Grade Team

Curtis Menke - College & Career Counselor

David Figueroa - Counselor, A-Le plus Multi-Lingual

Kate Schak - Counselor, Lf-Z

Margaret Mitchell - Social Worker

Eric Born - Psychologist

Maura Reid - Prevention & Wellness

Coleen Pawella - Nurse

12th Grade Team

Curtis Menke - College & Career Counselor

Gary Myers - Counselor, A-Le

Carla Flores - Counselor, Lf-Z plus Multi-Lingual

Katie Murtaugh - Social Worker

Lauren Reif-Niemic - Psychologist

Maura Reid - Prevention & Wellness

Coleen Pawella - Nurse, A-L

Julie Bishop - Nurse, M-Z