McHenry Community High School District 156

Partnering with the Community to Achieve Excellence


  • Welcome to West Campus!  

    We take pride in assuring that our mission statement,  “We are committed to provide all students with the skills they need to be life-long learners and productive citizens” is a visible and important description of our dedication to supporting student success.  With over 1400 students, 100 teachers and numerous support staff, our school community offers many opportunities for our students and families.  Our diverse curriculum includes a variety of electives, twenty advanced placement courses, and dual credit credit options.  We continue to expand our offerings and are adding new courses each year to meet the needs of our students.  In addition, many support programs are incorporated, such as the student resource center, AIM period, peer tutoring, the learning resource center, peer leaders, and a Response to Intervention system.  The dedicated staff who work closely with our students as well as the many interventions provided results in a  92% graduation rate and over 67% of our students enrolling in post-secondary educational programs. Likewise, students are provided the opportunity to participate in 23 athletic teams and over 40 extra-curricular activities designed to engage students beyond the school day.  Our Distinguished Warrior Program is designed to encourage students to excel in the classroom, participate in extra-curricular activities, make positive choices and commit to community services; over 29% of the Class of 2016 earned this distinction at the graduation ceremony.  In short, we strive to provide a quality experience for each student at McHenry West.

Mrs. Marsha Potthoff - Principal

Phone: (815) 385-7077 ext. 5522

Email: potthoffmarsha@dist156.org

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Mrs. Marsha Potthoff - Principal

Marsha Potthoff is in her fourth year as Principal of McHenry West High School.  Mrs. Potthoff began her career in Sycamore as a high school English teacher after graduating from Illinois State University.  While teaching, she earned her counselor education degree and administrative endorsement at Northern Illinois University.  After serving as Director of Guidance in Crystal Lake for several years, she became Principal at Crystal Lake South before moving to her current position.  During her career, Mrs. Potthoff coached volleyball, was student council and key club advisor as well as establishing a leadership club.  She currently hosts a student advisory to gain feedback from the students and to establish open communication with the administration.  She is also a member of the IHSA athletic advisory committee.  Mrs. Potthoff has four children: Lauren, Leesa, Abbey and Jake.  Follow Mrs. Potthoff on twitter @marshapotthoff.

Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 5529

Email: fitzgibbonsterry@dist156.org

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Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons

Terry Fitzgibbons is in his third year as the Associate Principal at West Campus, and seventh year as an Administrator in District 156. This is Mr. Fitzgibbons’ twenty sixth year working with children, nineteen years in the educational field as a teacher and administrator. Prior to becoming an educator Mr. Fitzgibbons was a physical activities director for the Chicago Park District.  Mr. Fitzgibbons earned his Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College where he played on the varsity baseball team . He was voted team captain by his peers and was nominated as a 1st Team All Conference player by the coaches of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Mr. Fitzgibbons was a Physical Education teacher at Woodland Middle School prior to beginning his career as a school administrator. Mr. Fitzgibbons has experience coaching the following sports; girls softball, track and field, boys bowling and baseball.  Mr. Fitzgibbons earned his Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University and has held administrative positions as a Dean, Director of Deans and Assistant Principal.  Mr. Fitzgibbons is married to Erin Fitzgibbons and has two children, Emma and Sean.

Mrs. Amber Bowgren

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 5515

Email: bowgrenamber@dist156.org

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Mrs. Amber Bowgren

Mrs. Bowgren is the Assistant Principal at West Campus. She formerly taught Advanced Spanish for four years at West and worked as the Dean for five years. After graduating with a degree in biology and Spanish at UW-Platteville, she began her career teaching Spanish at Belmont High School in Belmont, Wisconsin. While there she coached volleyball and basketball. She then moved to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and worked for one year at Harvard Middle School as an exploratory Spanish teacher. In 2005 Mrs. Bowgren began teaching at McHenry West, coached volleyball, and earned her master’s degree from Aurora University.  In 2009, she was hired as the Bilingual Dean of Students and was also was very active with the Hispanic families in McHenry. She created and advised a Latino leadership group called L.A.S.O. (Latin American Student Organization), and she directed the Latino parent meetings. In 2012 she completed her second master’s degree in Guanajuato, Mexico, from Southern Oregon University. She is currently enrolled at Western Illinois University pursuing a Superintendent's Endorsement. Mrs. Bowgren is married to Zac who is a heavy equipment operating engineer and has twin, three-year old daughters. Follow Mrs. Bowgren on twitter @AmberBowgren

Quick Links to Mrs. Bowgren's programs:

St. Baldrick's

Student Activities

Distinguished Warrior 

Seal of Biliteracy

 

 

Mr. Barry Burmeister

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 2967

Email: burmeisterbarry@dist156.org

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Mr. Barry Burmeister

Barry Burmeister, CMAA is in his thirtieth year as an educator, coach, and currently serves as the Athletic Administrator at McHenry Community High School. Prior to becoming the Director of Athletics, he taught Government and Citizenship, and Youth and The Law, as well as, serving as the Assistant Athletic Director. He also served as the Head Varsity Men’s Basketball coach, Head Men’s Sophomore Basketball coach, and Assistant Varsity Women’s Basketball Coach. Prior to becoming the Head Men’s Basketball coach, he was the varsity assistant in the Men’s Basketball Program for fourteen years, serving loyally under numerous head coaches. In addition, he coached in the very successful McHenry Football program as a varsity assistant, and was the head coach and later varsity assistant of a perennial powerhouse in softball, during his thirty-year tenure at McHenry Community High School.
He has attained Certified Master Athletic Administrator status, which is the highest level of achievement in his profession.
Barry’s family consists of his wife Karyn, his son TC (18), his daughter Annika (14) and his stepdaughters Kaitlyn (21), Megan (18).

Follow McHenry Sports:

Twitter: @WEAREWARRIORS11

McHenry Sports

 

Mr. Paul Dyer

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 5511

Email: dyerpaul@dist156.org

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Mr. Paul Dyer

Mr. Paul Dyer is the Dean of Students at McHenry West High School.  Mr. Dyer is entering his 35th year in education.  Over the years, Mr. Dyer taught Physical Education and Driver Education.  He has coached football, boys & girls basketball and baseball.  After receiving his Masters from Lewis University, Mr. Dyer has held administrative positions as a Dean, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.  Mr. Dyer is married to Carrie who is a Kindergarten Teacher, and has a daughter Kylie who is a college student.  Mr. Dyer is honored and excited to be a part of the Warrior family.

 Officer Richard Rewiako

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 2997

Email: rewiakorichard@dist156.org

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Officer Richard Rewiako

Officer Richard Rewiako started with the McHenry Police Dept in 2001.  He is in his third year as the school resource officer at McHenry High School - West Campus, as well as being a part of the Investigations Division of the McHenry Police Department.  During his career with the Police Department he has been a Taser Instruction, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Use-of-Force Instructor, Juvenile Officer, former member of NIPAS, Northern Illinois Police Alarm System, mobile field force.  Currently assigned as a McHenry County Gang Officer as well as MCAT - McHenry Critical Accident Team.  In his free time, he coaches youth hockey and varsity lacrosse.  He has been married to his wife Danielle for 16 years and they have one beautiful daughter Alexandria.

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