MCHS Newsletter

January, 2022


Marengo Community High School would like to thank MASEF for their generous donation of $15,016.20. These funds will be used to purchase new tables and chairs for our cafeteria, as well as purchase picnic tables for outdoor dining as the weather permits. Pictured below left to right: Sue Pollnow, MASEF President, Superintendent David Engelbrecht, and Laura Powers, MASEF Treasurer.

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Winter is here and with it comes cold, snow, and possible school cancellations. At their December Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to approve a revised eLearning Plan. eLearning, as opposed to remote/hybrid learning, gives us the ability to hold classes remotely on days in which our school would have otherwise been closed due to emergency circumstances or extreme weather. Please note that we still may choose to take an emergency day, but administration will now have another option and more flexibility.

The decision to have a remote learning day, where students will be in attendance remotely, or take an emergency day, where school is cancelled and the day will be made up at the end of the school year, will be communicated to parents in a variety of ways:

• An automated phone call will be made to all parent/guardian phone numbers listed in the parent portal. Please click More and then Family Information in your portal to check/update your phone numbers as needed.

• Radio stations will be notified and will make public service announcements.

• Notifications will be posted on the MCHS homepage at and the MCHS Facebook page. Parents: Please DO NOT rely on “pictures” of the websites through texts or other forms of media; verify announcements on the actual website yourself.

PE students participated in an archery obstacle course set up by the Army National Guard


For their final project, students in the floral design course created arrangements around a theme. They then presented their projects to staff, who voted on them for a variety of categories.

BEST OF SHOW - Michaela Almeida 1st Hour

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BEST OF SHOW - Sam Montgomery 7th Hour

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MOST CREATIVE - Michaela Almeida 1st Hour

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MOST CREATIVE - Kalee Skow 7th Hour

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FAVORITE DESIGN - Michaela Almeida 1st Hour

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FAVORITE DESIGN - Sam Montgomery 7th Hour

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Many thanks to the NHS students who helped with this year’s Angel Tree Project! There were 71 families and 168 kids who benefited from the generous gifts of clothing from our community this year. This would not be possible without everyone’s involvement - including those who cut angels, took trees out, picked up gifts, sorted gifts, purchase needed gifts and for working the distribution.

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Schedule changes for 2nd semester

Student initiated schedule changes may only be made the first five days of the semester. The last day to initiate changes is January 7th. Schedule changes can only be made for specific reasons:

· Drop a class to add a study hall (only one study hall per day)

· Drop study hall to add a class

· Level changes (ex: general to honors)

· Add late start/early release to schedule (must meet gpa requirement)

Reminder from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in regard to student information. According to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) all military recruiters have equal access to student directory (name, address and telephone) information unless a parent/guardian and student submit a written statement requesting exclusion to the registrar. This information is regularly requested by recruiters for students in grades 11 and 12. All requests to be excluded (opt out) must be written and signed by all parties.

Senior students - Local scholarships are beginning to be posted on the Guidance Web Site. Go to our school website then select the Guidance section or click here. Scholarships are continuously added so check back regularly.

Sophomores & Juniors only:

The scores from the September PSAT/NMSQT are now available online. You will need to create a College Board account to access the scores. A how-to video is here. Not sure what the PSAT/NMSQT scores mean? This CollegeBoard video goes through the report step by step, here. You can link your College Board account with Khan Academy to create a personalized test prep for the SAT. The how-to video is here. The PSAT/NMSQT scores can:

· be a helpful tool to find out if you are on track for college & career readiness

· provide an opportunity to be awarded a scholarship (when taken Junior year)

· gives an indicator of future SAT performance

· can connect with the official SAT practice on Khan Academy for personalized preparation

· discover what AP courses you may be academically ready to take



The Boys Basketball team finished up the first half of the year with a 3rd Place Finish in the 71st Annual EC Nichols Holiday Tournament at Marengo High School. They lost in the semifinals to Wauconda High School, who went on to win the championship. They defeated Rockford Christian in the 3rd place game. The team is currently 5-7 and comes back this week with a game in Stillman Valley on Wednesday, January 5th. Friday, January 7th is the culmination of the First National Challenge against Harvard High School. The boys play at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night following wrestling and girls basketball.


Marengo Boy's Bowling finished 4th at the ERAB Holiday Bowl on December 18th at Don Carter Lanes. Marengo had a 5373 grand total pin fall and was lead by Justin Fluger with a game high 233 and Hunter Pankow with a series high 1174. Great job, boys!

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Your Marengo Wrestlers have been very busy this season! They are 5-3 overall, and 1-0 in conference.

On December 11th, the team placed 2nd at the Richmond Burton tournament, which was a 16-team tournament. Results for this tournament are as follows:

120#- Robel Addis took 4th

126#- Matthew Rose took 3rd

132#- Ethan Struck took 1st

138#- Logan Miller took 2nd

195#- Eddie Solis took 3rd

285#- Michael Macias took 1st

Maverick Quatroke and Mason Lampe also scored points for the team.

On December 18th, the team placed 4th at the Stillman Valley tournament. Results were:

113#- Gavin Prudlick took 2nd

120#- Robel Addis took 5th

126#- Matthew Rose took 2nd

132#- Ethan Struck took 1st

145#- Mason Lampe took 5th

170#- Maverick Quatroke took 5th

195#- Eddie Solis took 2nd

285#- Michael Macias took 1st.

On December 29-30, the team placed 7th out of 24 teams at the Lincoln Tournament. Results were:

120#- Robel Addis took 9th

126#- Matthew Rose took 6th

132#- Ethan Struck took 2nd

138#- Logan Miller took 5th

145#- Mason Lampe took 5th

170#- Maverick Quatroke took 9th

195#- Eddie Solis took 5th

285#- Michael Macias took 3rd

Camden Weirich also competed

Please remember to check our schedule on the website and come out and support your


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