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December 2009

20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL STATE APPEARANCE

On January 9, 2010, a special evening is planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1989-90 Varsity Boys Basketball Team’s State appearance. The team finished the season with a 22-2 record and champions of the E.C. Nichols tournament and Northwest Suburban Conference, as well as Regional, Sectional and Super Sectional Champions and a trip to the state tournament. A reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. for all coaches, players and cheerleaders. Before the start of the Varsity game there will be a short program, and attendees will be recognized and presented a gift to commemorate the night. »

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR “GOOD CITIZEN FOR THE CLASS OF 2010”

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Several students were nominated by the faculty for the Daughters of the American Revolution award. This award is supported by the Kishwaukee Trail Chapter NSDAR, which recognizes »

MCHS STUDENT EARNS EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Congratulations to Jacob Alexander Mathews for passing his Eagle Board of Review. Jake was pronounced an Eagle Scout on November 9, 2009. His Eagle Project was landscaping and installing a flag pole at his local township building. Jake will be celebrating this event with his Eagle Court of Honor on January 23, 2009. »

FFA November Report

Our last FFA meeting was held November 10th, where the toy show was discussed. Ten students participated in the section 6 dairy products CDE held at MCHS for the first time. Students identified different kinds of cheese, took a written test, rated mastitis in milk, identified off-flavors in milk, and rated milking machine parts. Of the Marengo students that attended, Rebecca Riley placed 2nd, Michael Holmes 9th, Jon Holmes 11th, Devynn Ziller 12th, Austin Knobloch 15th, and Levi Martin 17th. MCHS placed 2nd out of 5 schools. The best five students from Marengo will be attending the state dairy products CDE on December 12th at the University of Illinois. The agronomy CDE, where students identify weeds, insects, and seeds, along with judging crops such hay and silage, was held November 24th at Belvidere High School. Five students attended; Joe Janssen placed 12th and Rebecca Riley 15th. MCHS placed 5th out of 8 schools. An Alumni meeting was held December 1st. Guest speaker, Luke Allen from FCAE, came to talk about the purpose of the alumni and how to get our alumni started. The toy show and greenhouse were also discussed. The public speaking CDE, where students can either speak the creed, or do an extemporaneous or prepared speech, or parliamentary procedure, will be on December 9th at Sycamore High School. On December 10th, the greenhand quiz bowl, where first year FFA members get asked questions about FFA, as well as the holiday party for section 6, will be held at Sycamore High School. The next FFA meeting is scheduled for December 15th at 7:15 p.m. There was not another scheduled meeting for the alumni, but members plan to meet and talk at the toy show. The toy show will be held January 17, 2010, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $3 admission. »

ILLINOIS CONSUMER EDUCATION PROFICIENCY TEST

This test is being offered February 2, 2010 at MCHS. Students who pass the exam will earn 0.5 credits and fulfill the Resource Management class requirement. Registration will begin after the December break. Sign up in the guidance office. Study guides are available in the guidance office. »

INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM FOR FRESHMEN

An Internet Safety Presentation was given to the MCHS Freshmen on December 2, 2009. A representative of the Illinois Attorney General's Office High Tech Crimes division gave students very important information about dangers on the Internet.

The presentation looked at how predators of children use the computer, Internet, online social networking sites (such as MySpace) and instant messaging and chat programs to exploit and victimize children. The presentation covered how predators use the information they find online to locate children.

The dangers of posting personal information and photos on the web were also emphasized. If students have “friends” in Facebook that they do not know personally, they were given a lot to think about in this area. Also, any photos of students at parties, where they might be drinking, etc., can be damaging when potential colleges or employers check the web for information about the student.

The topic of cyber bullying was also discussed. The presentation covered some very important information for all MCHS students, and will help to keep them safe on the web. »

MASTERPIECE OF THE MONTH WINNER

Courtney Winnan, senior art student, was chosen to receive the “Masterpiece of the Month” award for November. Courtney’s work in photography class has been exceptional. »

CONGRATULATIONS RYAN!

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Ryan Spencer won 2nd Place in CAD at the SkillsUSA Regional Contests on December 9, 2009. Others who competed that day were Steven McPeak in CAD, Valkyrie Melson and Christina Berumen in Culinary Arts, and Caleb Noble and Gabe Herrera in Collision Repair. They all had a good time and are looking forward to the SkillsUSA state competitions. »

Accessing Online Textbook Resources for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physical Science Classes

If your student is having trouble with our Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physical Science courses, wants to study ahead of time for a test or quiz, or wants to access the online edition of their textbook, he/she can access many online resources from the Glencoe website. Below are the steps for accessing these resources:

1) Go to the following website: www.glencoe.com

2) In the upper left-hand side of the screen, choose "Illinois" from the state drop-down menu, click on "Student/Parent," and choose "Science" from the subject drop-down menu.

3) Click on "Enter."

4) Choose the appropriate subject for which you want to access the online resources. You will then be given a list of textbooks to choose from. Below is a list of textbooks to choose, depending on what subject your student is in:

For Biology, click on, "Glencoe Biology 2009"

For Chemistry, click on, "Chemistry: Matter and Change 2008"

For Earth Science, click on "Earth Science: Geology, the Environment, and the Universe 2008"

For Physical Science, click on, "Physical Science with Earth Science, 2009"

5) After clicking on the appropriate textbook, a new window will open with a list of resources available for that textbook. NOTE: There is no online edition for the Chemistry textbook.

Below are the software requirements to view the online textbooks:

MAC:

• At least version 3.1.12 of Safari

• At least version 2 of Firefox

• Acrobat Reader 9, depending upon the online text

• Flash Player 10, depending upon the online text

PC:

• Internet Explorer 6 or above

• Acrobat Reader 9, depending upon the online text

• Flash Player 10, depending upon the online text

6) For resources available for a specific chapter or unit in the text, please select the correct unit and/or chapter from the drop-down menus located on the left hand side of the web page.

In order to access the online editions of the textbooks, you will need an access code. This code can be obtained from your student's instructor. You can have your student obtain this code from their instructor directly, or you can e-mail or call your student's instructor. You can e-mail individual instructors through the staff directory on this website. »

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