Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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November 2009

1st Semester Exam Schedule

Thursday, December 17th

8:05- 9:35 1st Exam

9:45-11:15 2nd Exam

11:15-11:45 4A Lunch

11:50- 1:20 4A Exam

11:25-12:55 4C Exam

12:55- 1:25 4C Lunch

1:30- 3:00 3rd Exam

Friday, December 18th

8:05- 9:35 5th Exam

9:45-11:15 6th Exam

11:25-12:55 7th Exam

Buses will run at 1:03 p.m. »

SkillsUSA Students Thank Board Of Education

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Chef Mary Sager with Kayla Bransky, Rocio Salazar, Valkyrie Melson, Christina Beruman, Eva Beruman and Abigail McHattie

In honor of Board of Education Appreciation Day, students from SkillsUSA prepared a three course meal for school board members prior to their regular meeting on Monday, November 23, 2009. »


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MCHS Student Council President Jessica Williams presents a check on behalf of the Marengo Area Schools to American Legion Post 192 Representative Gene Boxleitner. The students from Riley, Zion, Locust elementary, Marengo Middle and Marengo High School raised $523.27 by selling flag stickers for the Veterans Day Program. The money will be used for phone cards and care packages for Marengo Area military men and women serving our country during the upcoming holiday season. »


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For the sixth year in a row, students in Clothing and Textiles classes at MCHS made a quilt for the recent MASEF silent auction. The 52" x 66" Christmas Quilt is pictured here. »


The last FFA meeting was September 9th, at 6:30 p.m. We had our annual chapter picnic, and chose t-shirt and sweat shirt designs and colors. Our apparel was also ordered. Our chapter has been competitive at the Career Development Events (CDEs) we’ve attended. »


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Let it snow, let it snow. The MCHS art department is sending a snow sculpting team to Geneva, Illinois on January 21st through January 24th, 2010. The snow sculpting competition is hosted by the Geneva Cultural Arts commission. The MCHS team members are Captain Ryan Ehredt, Amy Sticha, Sergio Aguilar, and Chris Hansen. »


Small gas engine students are in the shop working on their projects. Groups of three to four students will completely disassemble and reassemble a small gas engine that they have brought in. All students are excited to finally be demonstrating what they have learned.

Automotive students have just finished a brake unit and performed numerous brake jobs for a few teachers. »


A group of students in the Multicultural Club visited ECC for International Week. We attended a fashion show of clothing worn from many countries represented by ECC professors and students. We also watched dances performed by student dance groups from Mexico, Thailand, Ireland, and Central America. The dance teacher, Cecelia Lopez, taught the willing audience how to dance a number of different Latin dances. She has also agreed to visit Marengo Community High School in the near future to teach us some more Latin dance steps. Stay tuned for this fun event brought to you by the Multicultural Club. »


The SkillsUSA students will be going to Technology Center of DuPage on December 10th to compete at a Regional Competition. This allows the students to practice competing, and get a feel for what the State Competitions are like. »


MCHS will once again offer its ACT Prep Course to help juniors prepare for the ACT test. The course will be taught by MCHS staff members who have been trained in ACT Test Prep strategies and includes an ACT practice test, individualized score reports and instructional materials. Last year’s participants had an average improvement of 1.5 points! The course will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: »


Thanks to all of you who purchased books from the MCHS Reading Club & AFS Book Fair! We earned over $700 worth of books for the Media Center and the Reading Club. We also ran “One for Books,” and raised money for books to send to Children International. MCHS students, parents and staff donated $62, and that amount was matched by Scholastic to purchase a total of $124 worth of books for schools and libraries in the Philippines, Uganda, and other third world countries. Thanks to your efforts, more children will have good books to read! »


HOSA and Multicultural Club opened Marengo Madhouse over Halloween weekend. The two clubs worked together to transform the almost 5,000 square foot bus barn into a haunted house not intended for the weak hearted. From murderous insane asylum patients and bloody nurses, disorienting mazes and ghouls in any hidden corner to shrinking hallways and a real coffin, this event was sure to get your heart pumping. Construction started on Sunday, October 24th and tear-down concluded on Thursday, November 5th. Thank you to all of the students who worked hard and put in many hours to make this event a success. Two hundred visitors attended the

3-day event. »


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The MCHS Choir will make their first "formal" appearance in their new school gowns at the Holiday Concert in December. The Choir Director, Stephanie Keenum, Clothing Teacher, Susan Steffan, Sandy Miceli of Miceli's Drapery Factory and several area seamstresses have worked together to make 31 beautiful new formal dresses for the ladies of the choir. The gentlemen will complement them in black tuxedoes. Sandy Miceli negotiated to get the best price for the materials, while Mrs. Keenum came up with a user-friendly design and tuxedo wholesaler. »


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Marengo Police Officer Sergeant Paul Fritz was a guest speaker in the Driver Education classes. Sergeant Fritz demonstrated impaired vision goggles to Mr. Halverson’s driver education classes. When worn, these goggles provide students with an assimilation of intoxication. Among other things, they make students feel dizzy and cause difficulty walking in a straight line. In addition, Sergeant Fritz spoke about the importance of limiting distractions while driving. »


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A Veterans Day Program, hosted by Marengo High School, was held on Wednesday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. The program began with a presentation of colors by the American Legion Color Guard. Over 125 veterans were in attendance and recognized. Representative Jack Franks introduced keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Don Manzullo. Students from Locust Elementary, Marengo Middle, Riley, Zion Lutheran and Marengo Community High School participated in the program and would like to thank all veterans for their service to our country. »

NHS Trick or Treats For MORE

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Over 20 MCHS National Honor Society members spent part of their Halloween Trick or Treating in Marengo neighborhoods for canned goods. They collected over 200 cans of food that will be donated to the MORE Center for distribution to families in Marengo. Thank you for your support of the NHS and the MORE Center. »

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