Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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October 2010

Science Department Homework Policy

If a student misses a homework assignment, the student will be assigned mandatory attendance at one session of Homework Haven. Homework Haven is an after-school program that meets in room #2405 from 3:15-4:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is a place where students can get their homework done, and get help from the Homework Haven supervisor if they need to.

"Missing a homework assignment" is defined as one of the following: a) The student did not attempt the assignment; b) The student only did part of the assignment; or c) The student did the assignment, but did not follow the directions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your students' teacher. »


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Pictured left to right are Kaitlyn Banaszewski, Christina Berumen, Henry Larson, and Alysa Grude

The Prostart Culinary Team will be competing on January 27th at Kendall College for scholarship money. In a one hour time period they must complete an appetizer, a chicken dish, vegetable, starch, and a dessert using only two butane burners, no ovens or electricity. »


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MCHS and American Legion Post 192 will host the Third Annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday, November 11th at 9 a.m. Pictured above is Larry Dochterman of the Marengo American Legion Post 192 presenting a $500 check to MCHS Principal Scott Shepard to help cover the costs for the 2010 Veterans Day program and to engage nationally known author Dr. Bridget Cantrell as the keynote speaker. For more information on the Veterans Day program please click on the flyer below. »


Ms. Sager is taking four senior students to Kendall college this year to compete in the Illinois Prostart Culinary competition. This competition allows the four to cook a three course meal in one hour time, competing against other high school Prostart programs in the state of Illinois. »


Welcome to a new year. This is going to be my year of firsts, so bear with me. It is my first year in high school, my first year in FFA, and my first year as an officer. My older brother and cousins have been in FFA so I am familiar with it, and have tagged along to some events…now I am officially in it. I will try to do as well as my predecessor, but I have to admit she did a great job!

I am sure everyone had a busy summer with jobs, work, and FFA activities. Marengo started the summer with the Illinois State Convention in June. Britt Bookwalter, Devynn Ziller, Kevin Sonntag, and Becca Riley attended. July was the Section 6 fair at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Levi Martin and Britt Bookwalter attended. McHenry County Living Magazine came down to the fair and did a nice article on our club. Levi, Britt, and Mrs. Schlesser were featured. Our club also received a gracious donation from Pfizer and Farm Animal Veterinary Service this summer.

We started the school year with a chapter picnic. September 17th was the Section 6 Horse CDE and Marengo sent two teams. Team A consisted of: Devynn Ziller, Rachel Siddons, Jordan Langan, and Jessi White. They placed second overall. Team B consisted of Josh and Coy Szflarski, Randy Rote, and Laura Ganvick. On Sept 23rd the section 6 president and State Vice President visited our school. On September 27th through October 1st we were busy building our homecoming parade float. On October 7th we attended the Section Land Use contest. Marengo had eight participants: Devynn Ziller, Meredith Ziller, David Ziller, Becca Riley, Stephanie Landorf, Donovan Jones, Garrett Helfers, and Dimitri Sideris. We placed 6th overall with Donovan Jones taking 14th and Meredith Ziller taking 18th out of 78 competitors. Upcoming events for October include membership dues need to be paid, Fall Horticulture CDE held by Genoa Kingston and Kaneland, and National Convention (Oct 20-23). For November we have the 2nd annual Dairy Products CDE held here at Marengo. If you have a dairy farm and experience a case of mastitis we are in need of some mastitis milk for the competition. Good luck to all who participate.

Respectfully submitted,

Eric Martin »


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Our first year collision repair students have been very busy working hard on refinishing and metal straightening techniques. Their first refinishing project was their shop locker doors. They started with some old lockers that were salvaged out of the old Ag shop. »


Congratulations to this years club officers: President, Kaitlyn Banaszewski; Vice President, Henry Larson; Secretary, Lexi Werle; Publicist, Alysa Grude; Treasurer, Kate Kasch; Historian, Callie Ebel. The club officers will be attending the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference November 5-6th. Club membership has grown to 19 students this year, dedicated to their chosen vocational education careers, representing Architectural Drafting, Baking and Pastry, Carpentry, Welding, Certified Nursing Assistants, Automotive Refinishing and Culinary Arts.

Everyone has worked hard to raise money this year for the club by selling “Cooking with Skills” cookbook. We will continue to sell the cookbooks for $10. These make great gifts for the holidays. You can email Ms. Sager at, if you would like to purchase cookbooks, or come to the Student Services at the school. We look forward to this year and having many seniors compete for scholarships and underclassman training early to become the future leaders of SkillsUSA. »


HOSA and AFS have brought back Gourmet's Delight Cheesecakes after popular demand just in time for the holidays. Club members will be selling 7 inch cheesecakes from November 2nd through November 29th and the cakes will be delivered on December 15th. Get your holiday desserts while supporting community involvement and student leadership within these two clubs. »


On Sunday, October 3rd, the MCHS Reading Club enjoyed the performance of the classic novel Wuthering Heights. It was adapted for the stage at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, and eighteen members of the Reading Club were able to attend.

We arrived in Chicago at 2:45 pm, which gave us time for dinner before the show at one of the cafes near the theatre. The weather was sunny but brisk, and we got back to the theatre just in time to be seated and enjoy the performance. The ensemble cast did an excellent job telling the story of passion and revenge; some Reading Club members even got autographs from some of the actors. Everyone enjoyed the performance, and we will be discussing the novel at our next Reading Club meeting. »


HOSA and AFS have brought back Gourmet's Delight Cheesecakes after popular demand just in time for the holidays. Club members will be selling 7 inch cheesecakes from November 2nd through November 29th and the cakes will be delivered on December 15th. Get your holiday desserts while supporting community involvement and student leadership within these two clubs. »


During the week of September 27, MCHS celebrated homecoming masked and dressed in shades of yellow, green, pink and purple. The theme for the week was Mardi Gras and a magical spirit filled the hallways.

The week got off to a quick start as Monday was class color day, which always sparks fierce competition between the classes. But it was the freshmen drenched in yellow, their class color, who won the day with over 80% of the class participating.

Pink ruled the day on Tuesday. Everyone was covered in pink from head to toe to support breast cancer awareness in conjunction with Volley for a Cure. The volleyball team sold t-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Again the freshmen won the dress up competition, but every class had enthusiastic participation. That night the gym was filled to support the volleyball team as they played Hampshire. The crowd was treated to a thrilling game but with a narrow loss by our Indians.

Finally - Wednesday night - SPIRIT GAMES! The football field was the setting for tug of war, pie eating, and several other relays, but the big event was Powder Puff. The senior girls were victorious defeating the juniors 18 – 0.

The pep assembly on Friday was a sea of maroon and white as everyone displayed their school pride. It was a record setting day with over 84% of the student body displaying school colors. The spirit stick - that coveted emblem of pride – was won by the senior class, with the sophomores coming in second.

The dance on Saturday night culminated a great week with over 500 students attending.

Mardi Gras at Marengo Community High School – a week to remember.

Student Council Member

Frank Kaul »

2010-2011 Bowling Schedule

Here is a tentative schedule for this upcoming season. On October 18th, we have a parent-player-coach meeting. 7:00 p.m. for non-fall athletes and 8:00 p.m. for everyone. »

For Parents of Students who are in the Autism Spectrum

Featured Speaker and Topic of discussion:

Dr. Christian Eric Straube, PHD. Counseling Specialist / Psychologist

Interactive presentation/session regarding behavioral issues and strategies helpful for people on the autism spectrum and related disorders.

A great opportunity to receive guidance specific to your situation...parents are encouraged to come with questions!

NICA's "STP" (Speaker presentation/Teen Social/Play Dates)

When: Second Monday of Every Other Month

2010: Oct 11 and Dec 13

6:15 til 7:45

Where: 1095 Pingree Rd. #114

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Cost: $15 per family

NICA Community Members free

NICA's "STP" offers: Speaker presentation with information gathering, Family to family connection and networking, "therapist supported teen social with sit down activities, Open food and beverage option, Play date for younger children, Large motor "play" for people of all ages, Volunteer childcare assistance available, Family, firends and service providers are welcome to join the fun and come lend their support. »


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Principal Scott Shepard, Frank Cusimano and Ms. Griffin

Congratulations to Frank Cusimano for being a commended student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program and as a 2010-2011 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) Scholar. We wish Frank continued success in his future educational endeavors. »

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