40th Edition: August 25, 2017

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Starting off STRONG!

Whew! Our first FULL WEEK done! What a wonderful week it was too!

We have been thinking and praying about how we can better support our students and encourage them to build strong habits that will best serve them in college and beyond. Naturally, one thinks of providing safe boundaries, discipline, and responsibilities - but there has to be more to it than that. We have to offer rewards and celebrate wins as well. But what do these rewards look like at the high school level? How do we reward, but yet also encourage students to find intrinsic motivation? In what ways do we celebrate?

That is what we would like to explore this year with the students. To begin - we met with the Student Class Council presidents this week. They have been elected to be the voice of their classmates - so they were the best place to start. It was a wonderful meeting - full of ideas and energy! We plan to have these "Council Coffees" at least once per month to give our students a true voice with our administrative team. In fact, we decided to change things up this year. In our annual "Class Chats," not only did Mrs. Loy speak to each class about the student handbook, each of the class presidents and Executive Council President also presented to open those lines of communication! A HUGE thank-you to our speaking class presidents: Brogan Pivnicka (Sophomore Class), Steve Tarzian, Jr (Junior Class), Sydney Leidig (Senior Class), and our Executive Council President, Gabby Castro!

We also have applications available now (in the front office) for our Freshmen, should they be interested in running for Freshman Class Council positions!

So, to answer the question How do we reward and motivate our students? We begin working with and listening to our students. And they have amazing ideas! In the coming weeks, we are excited to be working on a school-wide recognition program that will be based on three major measurable criteria: academics, discipline, and attendance. Since we want this to be student-driven, we are just beginning to roll up our sleeves and determine what this will look like school wide, but what has been discussed is already very impressive.

We already have rolled out one class-specific reward: the Senior Semester 2 Exam Exemption. In the Class Chats today, Mrs. Loy outlined the specifics of this program for all the seniors to consider. See below for more specifics about this program!

We hope to bring a new energy and excitement to our school through these opportunities to celebrate our students in different ways. And if you, our dear parents and guardians, have ideas for our school - please consider becoming involved in our Parent Association, Fine Arts Boosters, or plan to come to any or all of our Principal's Coffees planned this year! As always, your administrative team is available for you. The teachers are eager to help build relationships with our families! Together, we can accomplish so much!

We hope to see everyone at our annual Back-to-School Night at 7pm on Tuesday, August 29th!

Week At-A-Glance: August 26 - Sept. 1, 2017

DAILY Mass is celebrated in the chapel at 2:40 pm - ALL ARE WELCOME!

Aug. 28, 2017 (Mon):

  • Confessions during Lunch Periods in Chapel
  • 2:30 pm: Smart/Fit Club meeting in Cafeteria
  • 3:00 pm: Fall Play Auditions in Auditorium
  • 4:30 pm: Girls JV & Var. Golf vs Lakes at Crystal Woods

Aug. 29, 2017 (Tues) - HALF-DAY, NOON DISMISSAL (Teacher Institute)

  • 7:00 pm: Back to School Night - starts in Landers Pavilion

Aug. 30, 2017 (Wed):

  • 2nd Period: Seniors College Info Session in Auditorium
  • 3rd Period: Xavier University Rep in Guidance (Juniors and Seniors welcome!)
  • 2:40 pm: Key Club Meeting in Cafeteria
  • 3:00 pm: Fall Play Call-Backs in Auditorium
  • 4:30 pm: Girls Var. Tennis vs Johnsburg
  • 5:00 pm: Girls Fresh A/Soph. Volleyball vs. St. Francis
  • 6:00 pm: Girls Var./Fresh B Volleyball vs St. Francis

Aug. 31, 2017 (Thurs):

  • 2:35 pm: Journalism Club Meeting in room 128
  • 4:30 pm: Girls JV Tennis vs. Rockford Lutheran

Sept. 1, 2017 (Fri):

  • Confessions during Lunch Periods in Chapel

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times and "Away" games for this week!

Senior Semester 2 Exemption Reward Program

So...when does "senioritis" set in? For a few students, it's already a full-blown case. For many, it's after the college acceptance letter is in hand. For the rest, it happens in those last final weeks of school. However, we have seen too many students suffer consequences of this: grades plummet, attendance drops, and discipline-issues begin to creep up. Everyone is antsy! So - we started to think about this issue and brainstormed possible solutions. We continually returned to the idea of Semester 2 Exam exemptions. Once we came up with some preliminary ideas, we discussed it with the faculty and poured over their feedback. We also researched several schools who have implemented similar exemption programs for their seniors. Finally, we drafted the program and had it ready to present to the students.

Click here for the Senior Semester 2 Exam Exemption Form

This form not only details the specifics of the program, but also serves as the actual APPLICATION for the exemptions. These exam exemptions will be something that the students must apply for to be considered. There are three measurable criteria: Academics, Discipline, and Attendance. Academics & Attendance are directly linked to 3rd and 4th Quarters; Discipline is linked to the entire school year.

Our objective for this program is to encourage our seniors to finish strong! We also hope to encourage students to become effective self-advocates before they take that very next step off to college!

Homecoming Theme Announced!

Our Executive Student Council President, Gabby Castro, was thrilled to announce this year's Homecoming theme...DISNEY!

Our students will enter Cinderella's Castle for their Homecoming Dance (no glass slippers required!) and celebrate the best of their childhoods with the various themed days of the week!

Homecoming Week: September 25 - 29, 2017!

Monday: Dress as your favorite Disney Character or Disney Movie!

Tuesday: Dress to match your class hall-theme (Freshmen - Animal Kingdom, Sophomores: Hollywood Studio, Juniors - Epcot, Seniors - Magic Kingdon)

Wednesday: Oldies (Jr/Sr) and Babies (Fr/Soph)

Thursday: tbt Disney! Dress as your favorite Disney show (Hanna Montana, High School Musical, etc.)

Friday: SUPER Spirit Dress Down Day!

We will have a handy Homecoming Facts sheet coming out soon, filled with more details!

MCCHS Theatrical Production Schedule Announced!

It's the week of HUGE REVEALS! This past Wednesday, we announced this year's theatrical production line-up to a packed auditorium of eager students! There will be so many opportunities for students - both on stage, behind the scenes, and even up in the tech booth! We are THRILLED to bring the following wonderful productions to our Marian stage:

The Miracle Worker

November 17th & 18th at 7pm

November 19th at 2pm


February 9th & 10th at 7pm

February 11th at 2pm


April 19th, 20th, 21st at 7pm

April 22nd at 2pm

Audition packets already are available for all of our students, and auditions take place this coming Monday, August 27th! If you are interested in helping support any or all of these productions, please consider joining the Fine Arts Boosters for their first meeting on September 14th! (see below for details!)

First Parent Association Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 5th in Annex!

Come join us! The MCCPA will be having its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm in the Annex. For those new to the Marian family, the Annex is the separate building located next to the school chapel/science wing. Please join us as we discuss the many volunteer opportunities here at Marian! With Homecoming in September, we will need parents to help with those events!

Interested in helping with our August 29th Back-to-School night? Please email our Co-Presidents (Mrs. Hines & Mrs. Lee) at!


Also, click here for the MCCPA Brochure to learn more about who we are and how we can support our wonderful Marian community!

First Fine Arts Boosters Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14th 7pm in Auditorium!

We have a vibrant Fine Arts department here at Marian Central! Art, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Madrigals, Theatre Performance, Technical Theatre - you name it! We support them all! HUNDREDS of our students are involved every year, in various ways - either through the class offerings, clubs, or concerts and productions. Please join us in our first Fine Arts Boosters meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm in the Auditorium!

This year's production schedule is being announced on Wednesday, August 23rd after school! The students LOVE this meeting, as they find out what the fall play, musical, and black-box productions will be for the year! Also - Fall Play auditions are starting on August 28th!

Interested in getting involved? Email our Fine Arts Bosters President, Amy Birkhoff at for more information!

News & Announcements

Anyone Live in the Lakewood/Crystal Lake Area Willing to Carpool?

We have a family who is looking for a carpool arrangement. The proximity is close to Haligus Road (Rt. 47/176 area). If you or your student drives in or near that area, please consider giving us a call to help arrange a carpool! Please contact Mike Maloney at, or call (815) 338-4220 ext. 108 for more information.

Good Luck to ALL our Teams at their AWAY GAMES This Week!

Click HERE to see where our teams are travelling to this week!

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