Portrait of a Graduate

McHenry Community High School District 156 Portrait of a Graduate

What does it take to succeed after high school in an ever-changing world? District 156 set out to answer this question through a recent journey to develop a Portrait of a Graduate.

During the 2022-23 school year, a core committee of teachers and students, school board members, school administrators as well as community nonprofit and business leaders – both from the private and public sectors – met to devise a vision of what a successful MCHS graduate would look like. 

Over the course of several months, the committee fine-tuned that vision of what skills and abilities our graduates need to become capable and civic-minded adults. The Portrait of a Graduate was presented and adopted in the spring of 2023.

Read on to learn more about each of the four core values that surround those essential skills and make up our Portrait of a Graduate.

Scroll all the way down to hear from our committee.

McHenry Community High School District 156 Portrait of a Graduate Compass with an M,C,H,S Meaningful Learning. Warriors Value... Purposeful engagement in learning, passion and purpose, motivation and creativity, the ability to make informed decisions, weigh evidence, and arrive at valid conclusions, learning as an exciting and dynamic process, all post secondary options. Service to Others: Warriors Value Practicing empathy for those around you. Helping those around you when you identify needs. Utilizing skills and knowledge gained in the classroom in pursuit of the betterment of their community and their relationships with others. Civic engagement and responsibility, mentoring those who struggle. Courageous Character: Warriors Value...  Determination, adaptability, and Resilience. Dedication to finding passions. Working through failures to discover purpose. Taking risks and moving beyond comfort zone. Willingness to share thoughts. Confidence in thought process whether it's right or wrong. Health and Wellness Warriors Value- physical fitness (strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, endurance) Proper Nutrition, adequate sleep, social skills (listening, empathy, expressing ideas. Mental-emotional health (ex: fitness as a tool in stress response) Be you. Find your passion

McHenry Community High School Retrato de un Graduado      Aprendizaje Significativo  Los Guerreros Valoran... • La participación decidida en el aprendizaje. • La pasión y el propósito. • La motivación y la creatividad. • La capacidad de tomar decisiones informadas, sopresar la evidencia y llegar a conclusiones válidas. • El aprendizaje como un proceso apasionante y dinámico. • Todas las opciones postsecundarias. Carácter Valeroso Los Guerreros Valoran... • La determinación, adaptabilidad, y resiliencia. • La dedicación a encontrar pasiones. • Superar los fracasos para descubrir el propósito. • Tomar riesgos y salir de la zona de confort. • La voluntad de compartir pesamientos. • La confianza en el proceso de pensamiento, ya sea correcto o incorrecto.    Servicio a los Demás Los Guerreros Valoran... • Practicar la empatía. • Ayudar a quienes nos rodean. • Utilizar habilidades y conocimientos adquiridos en el aula, en pos mejo- ramiento de nuestra comunidad y nuestras relaciones con los demás. • Participar en la responsabilidad cívica. • Orientar a quienes batallan. Salud Y Bienestar Los Guerreros Valoran... • La condición física (fuerza, flexibilidad, salud cardiovascular, resistencia). • La nutrición adecuada. • El sueño adecuada. • Las habilidades sociales (escuchar, empatía, expresar ideas). • Las salud mental-emocional (por ejemplo, el fitness como herramienta de respuesta al estrés).                 ❖ SÉ TÚ ENCUENTRA TÚ PASIÓN