Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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January 2017


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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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