Marengo Community High School District 154

110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152

Phone 815-568-6511   Fax 815-568-6510

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December 2011


The SkillsUSA group went to the Regional Competition last Friday and brought home the following placements. In Architectural Drafting, Trevor Rogers placed 1st. In Automotive Refinishing, Dustin VonEyser placed 1st, Jordan Herrera placed 3rd, and Jaden McKinley placed 4th! Congratulations for all your hard work!

We have a new Culinary Team formed for the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation competition. Remember, last year the MCHS Culinary Team brought home the 1st Place State Championship. This year, the following students will be competing to keep the championship. They are: Luke Keenum, Chris Felde, Krystal Marshall, and Chris Gigiano. The competition takes place on February 25, 2012. »


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Let it snow, let it snow. The MCHS art department is sending out a team of four students to snow sculpt in January. The event is hosted by the Rockford Park District and the website is It will take place January 19, 2012 through January 21, 2012. The sculptures will be on display from Saturday, January 21st until they are melted by mother nature. This is the Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition held in Rockford. The 2012 team members are Captain Mitch Dauphin, with team members Dominic Gailloreto, Dan Lane, and Faith Dooley. The title of the design is “WTO.”

The students will be sculpting blocks of compressed snow that are six feet tall and four feet wide. The artists may not use any armatures, power tools, or dyes. This competition will be judged by adult sculptors. This will be the school’s fourteenth year snow sculpting. So, let it snow, let it snow. »


The MCHS Reading Club and Media Club had their annual Christmas party on Friday evening, December 9, in the Media Center. Pizza was provided, but members brought some delicious treats, including fudge, Christmas cookies, brownies, and cake pops. Some students had fun playing Clue, while others played Twister. »


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MCHS would like to congratulate Rob Mansfield, MCHS Math Teacher, for receiving his National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. The process to become NBPTS certified is lengthy and difficult. Rob is our first NBPTS certified teacher and will be recognized by the Board of Education at the January 9, 2012 board meeting for his outstanding accomplishment.

National Board Certification is achieved upon successful completion of a voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards based on what teachers should know and be able to accomplish. As part of the certification process, candidates complete ten assessments that are reviewed by trained teachers in their certificate areas. The assessments include four portfolio entries that feature teaching practices, and six constructed response exercises that assess content knowledge. NBPTS recognizes five core propositions:

•Teachers are committed to students and their learning.

•Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.

•Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.

•Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.

•Teachers are members of learning communities.

We are very proud to have Rob Mansfield on our staff. »

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