Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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Marengo Cheerleaders placed 2nd at Warren Township Winter Wonderland Competition this weekend! »


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Keynote speaker Major General John Borling (USAF, Ret) challenged the audience. "Dare to be special. Never quit; on yourself or your country." »


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Support our football team and purchase your playoff apparel during the school day in the district office! We are selling short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and hoodie sweatshirts. Team member and coaches names are on the back. »


Marengo Community High School Volleyball Program and HOSA will host our 10th annual “Volley for the Cure” match against North Boone High School on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. All proceeds collected will be presented to local women who are fighting breast cancer. Last year we raised $7,500 to donate back. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 in honor of our 10th anniversary!

Over 100 raffle and silent auction items have been donated by local community members and bidding on them begins at 4:30 p.m. in the High School Cafeteria. You must be present to win and winners will be announced following the varsity match. »


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Our MCHS Cheerleaders were featured on Star 105.5 on September 25th. »


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Congratulations to Emma Riedl for being named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist! »

Advisory Program

This year we will be implementing an advisory period during the school day. The MCHS Advisory Program aims to give every student and their parents/guardians a primary contact teacher during the student’s four years at MCHS. Benefits of the Advisory Program include:

• A personalized and supported educational experience

• Added time for students to organize, seek extra help, and confer with their advisory teacher about academics

• Time to provide social-emotional supports for students in the areas of relationship building, responsible decision-making, self-management, self-awareness, and social awareness

• Time for required, non-subject specific curriculums outside of academic class time

To facilitate the addition of this advisory period we are implementing a new bell schedule, with the first hour beginning at 7:55 a.m. Students enrolled in zero hour will begin at 7:00 a.m. or at 7:20 a.m. on shortened days. Bell schedules are detailed in the Parent and Student Handbook. »


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Our Fine Arts students participated in the Flying Creatures Project, sponsored by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Reah Scholler's and Ava Simons' sculptures were selected to be displayed on Wabash Avenue in Chicago. Click here for more information on this project. »


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Students in the Marengo Community High School collision program in Marengo, Illinois show off the work uniforms donated through the Collision Repair Education Foundation as well as the $1,000 grant the school received from the Foundation in 2017. »


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Bailey Bertrand, Jordan Parker, and Lillie Simons qualified and competed in the IHSA Class 2A Girls State Track meet . Congratulations to Bailey Bertrand, who placed 4th in discus and earned All-State Honors. Bailey also qualified in the shot put, where she placed 16th. Jordan Parker qualified in the triple jump and Lillie Simons qualified in the triple jump, long jump and 200 meter dash. Congratulations, Lady Indians! »


The MCHS Art show will take place in the commons on May 10th. Judging will conclude at 6:30 pm with awards being presented for drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography for each grade level. Additionally, there are Best of Show awards with three MCHS purchase awards. The show is open to the public.

Afterwards, you are invited to attend the MCHS Music Department’s Spring Concert, featuring music from the Choir, Band, Percussion Ensemble, Solos, and music written by our students. The concert has free admission and will take place in the auditorium at 7:00 pm. We hope to see you there! »


The 2017-2018 Thespian Banquet for MCHS Troupe #6089 will be held in the Commons at 6pm on Tuesday, May 15th for all students who completed either one or two productions this year. The banquet will include a catered dinner and dessert followed by the annual award ceremony in the auditorium. Students have received invitations and must RSVP to Director Kate Griffith in order to be counted for attendance. Students' families are also encouraged to attend. Email for more information or to receive an emailed copy of the invitation. »


If you are interested in a summer cleaning job at MCHS, please ask for an application in Student Services. The hours for this position are 6am – 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Starting pay is $7.75 for students under 18 and $8.25 for students 18 and over. »


The Marengo Community High School Board of Education voted on February 26, 2018, to approve the hiring of Nathan Wright as Athletic & Activities Director/Dean. Nate will begin this administrative position on July 1, 2018.

Nate has taught math at MCHS for the past 11 years, has served as a Dean for the past 7 years, and has been a member of the school improvement team. He has coached girls golf and boys basketball, and will continue his role as Varsity Boys Basketball coach. Nate received his Bachelor’s degree from Knox College and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. We welcome Nate to his new administrative role with MCHS. »


The 2018 14th Legislative Semester, our American Government simulation course, is off to a great start. This group of students recently elected their Speaker of the House and Floor Leaders representing each political party. Our Speaker of the House, Emily Euker, is from the Democratic Party and will be overseeing bills that reflect issues that our seniors have been debating all semester. Our seniors are hard at work researching these topics in preparation of creating and defending these bills. Our Full Session is slated for the afternoon of May 3rd and the morning of May 8th - we encourage parents and community members to attend this culminating floor debate. Contact Bob Fecarotta, Social Studies Department Chair at for more details. »


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On January 31, the Math Team finished third at the KRC Math Contest held at MCC. The team brought home 23 medals. Individual medals were awarded to Cole Wzientek for fourth place in Precalculus and Aaron Moehrlin for fifth place in Algebra. Jake Doyle and Aiden Smith placed first in the 2-person Sophomore Team competition. In addition, Austin Leonard, Tyler Markert, Victoria Sandersfeld, and Aaron Shepard brought home third place medals as an Algebra 2 team. Both, the 7-person fresh/soph team and the 8-person junior/senior team were awarded third place medals. Members of those teams included: Thomas Lulinski, Aaron Moehrlin, Aaron Phillips, Jake Doyle, Jordyn Guse, Aiden Smith, Zachary Woodruff, Riley Mitchell, Tyler Markert, Emma Riedl, Aaron Shepard, Arne Johnson, Alex Leonard, Anna Walsweer, and Cole Wzientek. Congratulations to the entire team! »


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On January 26th the MCHS Student Advisory Council had a guest visitor, Adeena the Comfort K9, attend their meeting. Adeena is a Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) K-9 comfort dog whose purpose is to serve in the community, and is dispatched in times of disaster and crisis situations to bring comfort to those in need. Zion Lutheran School and Church will be fortunate to have their very own comfort dog starting next fall. Adeena and her handlers met with the SAC to brainstorm ideas and ways in which the high school can utilize these services in the future. Based upon student recommendations at the meeting, the high school was already fortunate enough to have Adeena at our recent Freshmen Orientation on February 7th, and we are looking forward to having her on site during final exams second semester. »


A huge congratulations to Sarah Butzow, Sarah Chicoine, and Penelope Snodden for auditioning and being selected for the McHenry County Honor Band! They joined top students from other McHenry County Schools in a 132 piece concert band, guest directed by former Wheeling Band Director and current band director at Vandercook School of Music Brian Logan! Excellent job being accepted and representing Marengo! »


The MCHS Art department entered the MCHS team of Kiana Kozin (Captain), Amelia Keller, Nell Machura, and Tatianna Starks, to snow sculpt on January 18h through the 20th in Rockford, Illinois. This was the 32nd annual Illinois Snow Sculpting competition featuring adult snow sculptors competing to represent Illinois in the National competition held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The competition hosts a high school division including 17 area schools. The title of sculpture was Turtles Invade Rockford. The team worked over twenty hours to create the final sculpture. The sculpture features the famous turtles in Rockford. »


A huge thank you to all who donated and all who came out in the weather to support the Slam Dunk for Diabetes basketball game on January 15th. We truly appreciate all involved and raised over $1500 for camp. Special thank you to the MCHS family of parents and athletes for hosting and helping! »


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Congratulations to Beverly Baser, MCHS Business Manager, who retires effective December 31, 2017 after 34 years of dedicated service to the district. Beverly was first employed by MCHS as a classroom aide, and later as the district bookkeeper. After attaining her Chief School Business Official certification, Beverly was promoted to Business Manager. We thank Bev for her commitment and dedication to our district and wish her well in retirement. »


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MCHS would like to congratulate Margaret Dobbertin, Health and Physical Education Teacher, for receiving her National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. The process to become NBPTS certified is lengthy and difficult. »


November is Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Month as well as the start of basketball season. The Belvidere Buc girls basketball program along with the MCHS girls basketball program and our Student Councils, NHS groups and HOSA programs will »


The 2017 13th Legislative Semester, our American Government simulation course, is off to a great start. This group of students recently elected their Speaker of the House and Floor Leaders representing each political party. Our Speaker of the House, David Bolanos, is from the Democratic Party and will be overseeing bills such as: Organ Donation Reform, Renewal of DACA, Child Adoption Reform, Increasing Airport Security, and Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients. Our seniors are hard at work researching these topics in preparation of creating and defending these bills. Our Full Session is slated for December 1st and 8th; we encourage parents and community members to attend this culminating floor debate. Contact Bob Fecarotta, Social Studies Department Chair at for more details. »


This year’s Veterans Day Program will take place on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the Marengo Community High School Gymnasium. All veterans and community members are invited to attend. Past and present area veterans will be honored. This year’s keynote speaker is Sergeant Deven Schei, US Army (Ret.). Sgt. Schei served five years with the 101st Airborne Division in the United States Army. While serving in Afghanistan he was wounded by four 80mm rockets and sent home to begin his recovery. Currently, Sgt. Schei is a spokesperson with the Wounded Warrior Project.

If you are unable to attend the program, you can listen to the ceremony live on Marengo Radio WXMR 94.3 FM. Approximately 2,000 community members and veterans are expected to attend. Please come to honor and show your support of our United States Servicemen and women. It truly means a lot to each and every one of them to know how much we appreciate their sacrifices for our country. Hope to see you there! »


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Author Sam Quinones will be at Crystal Lake South High School on Wednesday, November 8th for a presentation and book signing.

Sam Quinones wrote the book Dreamland, which is an investigative journey exploring why opioids have become so popular in America. The book highlights how pharmaceutical production of opioids and Mexican cartel production of heroin created the perfect storm of accessibility to drugs that are leading to overdose rates that our country has never seen before. Approximately 160 people/day die from overdose in the United States, this is comparable to a Boeing 737 crashing every single day. The Chicagoland area is not immune to this epidemic and the McHenry County Coalition is offering this time to have people realize not just the extent of the existing problem but some understanding of how we got here. »


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A huge thank you to Prairie Community Bank, who collected and donated school supplies to our high school. We appreciate the generous donations of our community members in Marengo and Union. Pictured here are Ms. Denise Swanson from Prairie Community Bank and Dr. Fink. »

MCHS Athletic Participation

All Fall Athletes (football, cheer, girls tennis, boys soccer, volleyball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country) are required to attend a Mandatory Coaches Meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

If your student wishes to participate in MCHS Athletics they must register online by clicking on the 8to18 Athletics link on the MCHS website. This online process takes the place of turning in forms to the athletic department as done in previous years. Fall athletes must register prior to their first day of practice/try-outs (August 7th for football and golf, and August 9th for all other fall sports). »


In accordance with our Digital Learning Environment (DLE) initiative, all incoming freshmen will receive a computer, which will be »


The Administration and Board of Education are proud to welcome and introduce new staff members who will be joining MCHS for the 2017-2018 school year.

Michelle Bartula and »


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The Board of Education and Administration of Marengo Community High School District 154 are pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Forsythe as the new Head Football Coach and Physical Education Instructor. He will begin working with our athletes immediately during our summer football and conditioning camps.

“I want to thank David Engelbrecht for this opportunity, and all the Marengo administration and staff involved in the interview process,” Coach Forsythe said. “I also want to thank Matt Lynch for building such a strong foundation here. Coach Lynch and the staff have planted seeds that will bear fruit for years to come.

"As I went through the different phases of interviews it was apparent to me Marengo is good place, and they are about kids here. The feeling I got throughout was they measure success by how kids are impacted. It just felt right for me and my family and I'm excited about the opportunities ahead.”

Coach Forsythe has been the Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Minooka Community High School District #111 since 2012, and prior to that was assistant football coach and PE teacher at Minooka since 2002. He received his MA in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University and his BS in Exercise Physiology from Aurora University. He was a three-year starter at Aurora University, receiving an honorable mention USA Football All-American Team, two-time first team all conference player, team captain and team MVP in 2001.

The Board hired Coach Forsythe from a slate of 34 candidates after an extensive interview process with administrators and teachers. While he currently resides with his wife and two daughters in Plainfield, Illinois, his family is now actively searching for a new home closer to our area. We would like to welcome Coach Forsythe to MCHS and look forward to his leadership here. »


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The 2017 State-Bound Softball team is on their way to East Peoria! If you can't make the trip there you can watch the IHSA Softball Semifinals & Championship games Friday and Saturday on the NFHS Network. »


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On April 26, 2017, MCHS students shadowed UniCarriers employees to learn #tradesecrets and see what life as an #engineer would be like. »


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MCHS students and staff took a break from their classes today to send support to their classmate. »


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Several MCHS students competed in the Regional IDEA (Illinois Drafting Educators Association) competition at MCC on March 3, 2017. Pictured left to right are the winners: Willy Arriola - 2nd place Intro to Board, Colton Ervin - 1st place Intro to Board, Cole Deller - 3rd place Machine CAD, and Jake Barton - 3rd place 3d modeling. Congratulations to Willy Arriola and Colton Ervin, who will compete in the State competition at ISU April. »


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Mr. Long’s Collision Repair class received several tools through the Collision Repair Education Foundation Grant. The grant funded two torque wrenches, an electronic film thickness gauge, a pinstripe eraser and adhesive removing discs, a mini belt sander, and a terminal disconnect kit. Students holding these tools are (from left to right): Jim Wicker, Christian Resenbeck, Ryan Kengott, Zack Friedman, Randy Bauman, Brayden Quick, David Paar, Sebastian Saucedo, Jordan Montano, and Jeff Schubert. We thank the CREF for their support of our programs. »


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MCHS would like to recognize the following students for earning a composite score of 30 (or higher) on the National ACT. Focusing on a goal and working to achieve it is a powerful example of Indian Pride. A higher ACT score could translate to additional merit scholarship funds awarded by a college or university. Congratulations to Tristan Vance, Sapna Patel, Ryan Kasch, Katie Wojcik, Megan Burns, Haley Spengler, Victoria Martin, Cassidy Bowers, Casey Gara, Grace Mussell, Natalie Gruber, Samantha Koziol, Jake Barton, Keenan DeBoer, Madeline Pellegrino, Parker Mortensen, Eric Guse, Nick Woodhouse and Connor Wascher (not pictured). »


The Marengo Wrestling program had another successful season that ended with a team record of 16-4. The team was anchored by its two Regional and Sectional Champions: Landen Pfeiffer and Joe Mier. Teammates Joe Resendez, Kenny Reed, and James Mier also participated in the Sectional Meet. Four wrestlers qualified for the state meet; Kenny Reed and James Mier as alternates, and Landen Pfeiffer and Joe Mier both earning the right to compete in the State Tournament in Champaign, Illinois.

Landen Pfeiffer, a junior, made his second trip to the State Tournament. He finished the tournament with a 5th place medal and ended his season at an impressive 40-8 record. He is eyeing the opportunity for a return trip his senior year.

Joe Mier, a senior, made his third trip to the State Tournament. Joe competed in the State Championship match, earning a very remarkable 2nd Place medal! Joe ended his season with an outstanding 39-2 record and ended his career at Marengo with 122 total wins!

The Marengo wrestling team’s head coach Tim Keefer and assistant coach Chad Miller continue to build a strong program and develop their wrestlers to put them in the best situation each year. Both are very proud of this year’s team, especially for the special experience Joe and Landen were able to afford them this season. »


Based on the classic movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ in the Rain follows silent film actor Don Lockwood (Philip Meinecke) who with the help of best friend Cosmo (Raina Tynis) tries to convince aspiring actress Kathy (Amanda Tomasi) to fall for him, avoid his manipulative co-star Lina (Elise Brevik), and save Monumental Pictures. Unlike previous productions, this one came with the added challenges of tap dancing as well as attempting to pay homage to the 1952 film and its 1927 setting. Also setting this production apart are all the added effects, including a rain system for the title song, and actual silent film footage shot at the Old Courthouse in Woodstock. Singin’ in the Rain is kid-friendly, and has a little something for everyone, so bring the entire family! Performance dates are March 9 and 10 at 7 pm as well as March 11th at 2 and 7 pm. Early booking at is encouraged, and those interested in updates and previews should check out the Marengo Thespian’s Facebook page. »


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A heartfelt thank you to all who helped make the Slam Dunk for Diabetes night at Belvidere High School a big success. Special thanks to the BHS athletics program and AD Carl Hobbs, the MCHS athletics, MCHS Booster Club, and AD Chad Olson., the NHS programs of both Belvidere and Marengo, and the HOSA group of MCHS.

We would also like to recognize the following groups for their contribution: Brandt’s Pharmacy, Marengo Ridge Golf Course, Fusion Studios in Rockford, the Richardson family, the Ryan family, the Slam Dunk coordinators and the Byron Lion’s club. Lots of love to the girls of both teams who were so willing to help their diabetic peers! »


On Tuesday, February 7th, the Class of 2017 Illinois State Scholars will be recognized during half-time at the MCHS boys varsity basketball game. Join us to recognize the students who were awarded this honor. The Illinois State Scholar Program is administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. The award is based on ACT or SAT test scores, sixth semester class rank, class size, and un-weighted GPA. »


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On January 12, 2017, the first “Nurture Your Potential” Student Conference was held for Latino students at MCHS. Approximately 70 students participated in the event and various staff members participated as presenters. This was a great opportunity for teachers to have conversations about minority students and their backgrounds, and for students to learn of the opportunities and support in our school community. Thank you to all who helped to make this a very successful event. »


As students look forward to this year’s Prom, scheduled for April 22, 2017, please remember the academic and behavioral expectations associated with attending all high school dances. Students must:

• Be passing at least 5 classes

• Have no more than 3 days of ISS per semester

• Have no more than one SCAP per semester

• Have no days of OSS

More information regarding 2017 Prom will be released at the end of February. »


Congratulations to the 28 members (14%) of the Class of 2017, who earned the honor of being recognized as Illinois State Scholars. These outstanding students are: Emily Atchison, Jake Barton, Cassidy Bowers, Megan Burns, Brittany Cass, Keenan Deboer, Casey Gara, Natalie Gruber, Eric Guse, Katlyn Haeflinger, Ryan Kasch, Samantha Koziol, Daniel Larson, Victoria Martin, Joseph Mier, Parker Mortensen, Grace Mussell, Carter Olson, Mansi Patel, Sapna Patel, Madeline Pellegrino, Haley Spengler, Tristan Vance, Cameron Vanderlinden, Michael Volkening, Connor Wascher, Kaitlyn Wojcik, and Nicholas Woodhouse. They will be recognized at an award ceremony during halftime of a basketball game in February. »


The Belvidere Buc girls basketball program along with the MCHS girls basketball program and our NHS and HOSA programs will host a Slam Dunk for a Cure game on Monday, January 16, 2017. Slam Dunk for a Cure are basketball camps around northern Illinois that are free for all type 1 diabetic children and not only teach basketball skills but also help these children learn to better manage this chronic disease and meet other children who are also diabetic. There are approximately 40,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes in the United States every year, the majority of whom are children.

The two schools will be raffling themed blankets as well as collecting donations from individuals and local community businesses to be raffled during or immediately after the varsity basketball game on January 16th. All profits collected from the raffle will be donated to the Slam Dunk for a Cure camps. Anyone wishing to make a donation to this cause, please contact one of the people listed below, or the athletic departments of either school, and arrangements will be made to collect your donation. Donations will be accepted through January 8th. »


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The Indians were undefeated in the 2016 Dean Riley Shootin' The Rock Thanksgiving Tournament. Marengo defeated Ottawa, Oak Forest, CICS Longwood and Yorkville to win the tournament. »

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Every 16 months United States consumers retire an estimated 130 million cell phones and only 2% of those are recycled. There are probably tons of phones in junk drawers across America and others that may be improperly discarded polluting our natural resources.

Marengo Community High School, in conjunction with State Representative Mr. Jack Franks' office have partnered in the 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' project this year as part of our Annual Veterans Day Program. 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' is a national, non-profit program dedicated to serving our troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding.

Approximately half of the phones collected will end up being reused as functional phones and may be re-conditioned and re-programmed before being sold to wholesalers from more than 40 countries. Phones that cannot be resold and reused are dismantled and properly recycled. This project will serve to protect our planet and our environment by simply collecting obsolete cell phones and recycling them. More importantly, it will assist in providing our soldiers free talk time and calling cards so they may be in communication with their loved ones while serving our country. Since 2004, 'Cell Phones For Soldiers' has provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time, provided more than 3 million calling cards, has assisted more than 2,800 veterans with emergency funds, has mailed approximately 1,500 calling cards a week, and prevented more than 11.7 million phones from ending up in landfills.

MCHS will be a designated community drop-off site for recyclable cell phones, chargers, and batteries. Drop off hours are Monday through Friday during normal business hours at the following four locations in the building: in the commons outside the gym, in the Student Services Office, the Administration Office, and the District Office. For more information, please see »


The Marengo Community High School Volleyball Program and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will host a “Volley for the Cure” match against North Boone High School on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Volley for the Cure was created as a way to honor and celebrate the fight against breast cancer with the hopes that this devastating disease will one day be cured.

Each year, MCHS volleyball teams donate themed baskets and collect donations from individuals and local community businesses to be raffled or sold via silent auction immediately following the Volley for the Cure match. All proceeds collected from the raffle/auction will be presented to three local women that are fighting breast cancer. These three women are alumni of MCHS and participated in the volleyball program.

We are hoping to get several local businesses to donate gift certificates or goods/services to be raffled that evening. If you wish to make a donation to this cause, please contact Meg Dobbertin at Donations will be accepted through October 17th.

Thank you for helping the MCHS and North Boone volleyball programs along with HOSA raise money for the fight against breast cancer. »


According to Section 26.2A of the Illinois School Code, the only legal reasons why a child may be absent from school are: 1. Illness 2. Funeral 3. Observance of a religious holiday 4. Family emergency 5. Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent or guardian for the safety or health of the student. 6. Other situations beyond the control of the student, as approved by the superintendent, principal or designee. The Illinois School Code does NOT grant parents the authority to excuse their child from attending a class or the entire school day. The school is responsible for determining whether or not an absence is excused or unexcused.

Our attendance policy has not changed from previous years as the language in the handbook has remained the same; however, we are now implementing consequences for students with unexcused absences. Reasons such as “Parent Request” will result in the day of absence being unexcused according to the state regulations. It is our desire to record proper attendance for several reasons, including the fact that students who are absent from school do not achieve as well as their peers who are in class. In addition, state funding for the district is based in part on our average attendance, and when students are unexcused this costs the district funds from the state. »



Date: Monday, September 19 at 6:30 pm

Where: Marengo Community High School auditorium.

Cost: Free

Who: Any parent/guardian and students wishing to gain more knowledge on Financial Aid

Topics: Federal and state grants, the work-study program, student loans, scholarship application process, financial literacy, financial aid advocacy, and FAFSA tips! FAFSA filing begins October 1, 2016! Contact your counselor with more questions. »


The Marengo Tackles Cancer for a Cure is sponsored by the Marengo Community High School Football Program and the Marengo Community High School National Honor Society chapter. Throughout the 2016 football season, we will be raising money to help benefit the Caskey family and the American Cancer Society.

How can you help? You may purchase a luminaire in “Memory of” or “Honor of” a loved one who has battled cancer. You may purchase a football sign to be displayed during home football games. Help us create a paper chain from field goal to field goal to represent how ‘together we stand’ by our loved ones and families that has been affected by cancer. We will collect dimes to “Destroy Cancer” on senior night October 14th. Or, you may purchase a Marengo Tackles Cancer for a cure t-shirt (click here for order form).

Your support can make a world of difference. Please join us to help show that we are united in the support of our friends and families who have been diagnosed with cancer. Together we can strengthen our community by helping those in need. Terri Clark once said, “when someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves that family has cancer too.”

Cancer has impacted the lives of many members of our school, community and many families across the United States. Recently, Derek Caskey, a 2015 Marengo Community High School graduate and a former member of the Marengo Community High School football program was diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer in adolescents is the focus of the Marengo Tackles Cancer for a Cure Campaign. In 2014, there were over 5,000 new cases of cancer in teenagers across the country. The most common cancers include: Hodgkins lymphoma, thyroid carcinoma, and brain cancer. 610 adolescents died due to their cancer diagnoses. This number is equal to 83% of the Marengo Community High School’s current student population. »

IPA- Leadership Award Winners

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Congratulations to Abbie Varble and Annie Schirmer who were the recipients of the MCHS- Principals Leadership Award. They were honored at a breakfast/awards program at the Radisson Convention Center in Rockford on April 20th hosted by the Kishwaukee Region of the Illinois Principals Association. They were selected for their outstanding leadership by Principal Dr. Angela Fink. »


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At the regional Operation Click Banquet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, several student council members and one student finalist attended the luncheon, which featured two local dealerships giving away one car each. Marengo finalist Cassidy Bowers signed a safe driving contract at the start of the school year and has maintained these driving principles throughout. Because of this, she was randomly selected and entered in as a finalist. After all the other finalists failed to select the winning key, Cassidy chose the remaining key which was also the winner. She won a Ford Fiesta donated by the Courtesy dealership. »


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On March 7th, at home, the Scholastic Bowl team defeated Hampshire 430-50, Belvidere 340-140, and Burlington Central 320-230 for the regional championship. Hope LaSota led the team with 12 tossups, Jakob Mitchell had 10 correct tossups, Ryan Kasch with 8 tossups and Ben Mussell going 5 for 5 in the final match. The team's overall record is 21-2. Special thanks to Mr. Wright, Ms. O'Young and Mr. Holton for assisting as moderators, and Mr. Olson for running the tournament. »

Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees who were honored at a dinner, induction ceremony and at half-time of the basketball game on Feb. 13th. Inductees were: Bob Tirk, Bob Botts, Ed Reeves (daughter Amy), Matt Dunker, Ken Dunek and Dorothy Kittaka. »

Girls Bowling Advances to Sectional

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Marengo was host to the Girl's Regional Bowling Tournament on Saturday, Feb 6th at GloBowl and it ended up being a battle to the end! Marengo had trailed behind Dundee Crown all day. But the last game we were able to overcome a 98 pin deficit and win the tournament. Rachel Baumann received the individual 2nd place medal for her 6 game series of 1212.

Marengo advances to the Round Lake Sectional to be held at Lakes Bowl in Round Lake. Bowling will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, Feb 13th. The address for Lakes Bowl is 601 Railroad Avenue, Round Lake, IL 60073. »

2016 Wrestling Conference Champs!

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The Indians earned their first BNC East Title with their 34-30 victory over conference rival Harvard. The Indians also set a school record for the most victories in a season with a record of 17-4. »


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The Marengo Community High School District #154 Board of Education has hired David Engelbrecht to assume the position of superintendent for the district effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Engelbrecht will be replacing Dr. Dan Bertrand who will be retiring effective June 30, 2016 after serving the district as superintendent for the past eleven years. David Engelbrecht has served the district for the past three years as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations. Prior to his current role, Engelbrecht was an Assistant Administrator of Technology, Transportation and Building and Grounds for eight years in the district. His professional education career began as a teacher of Industrial Technology/Agriculture for eleven years at Kirkland-Hiawatha High School then at Marengo Community High School. Engelbrecht has a Chief School Business Official and Superintendent’s certification and a Masters degree in Education Administration. He is a candidate for a doctorate in Education Administration through Aurora University. He and his wife, Terie, who is employed by Johnsburg CUSD #12 as the Director of Curriculum will be relocating to the district.

Board President Elizabeth Henning stated that she and the entire board of education are pleased to announce the selection of David Engelbrecht as the district's next superintendent. Input was received from staff and community members before the board made its decision, and Engelbrecht was overwhelmingly agreed upon by all involved. The board of education looks forward to working with him and has awarded him a three year contract. »

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