212th ISSUE: December 10, 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Benji Winkelman

Friday Focus 12/10

Semester Exam Study Planner

In preparation for semester exams next week, our Mentors provided the study planner linked below to all students. The planner provides practical tips on studying for exams.

1st Semester Study Planner

December Calendar - Exams

Wednesday, December 15th - 1st Semester Exams, periods 1 & 2; 10:40 am dismissal

Thursday, December 16th - 1st Semester Exams, periods 3, 456, & 7; 12:00 pm dismissal

Friday, December 17th - 1st Semester Exams; periods 8 & 9; 10:40 am dismissal

Monday, December 20th through Friday, December 31st - No School - Office Closed

Monday, January 3rd - Return to School

Wednesday, January 5th - Asynchronous Learning - Full Day Teacher Institute

Found - Invisalign Brace

An Invisalign brace was found in the Cafeteria this week and turned in to the office. We have made a few announcements hoping that someone would claim it. However, nobody has come forward. If your student wears Invisalign braces and is missing one, please email Mrs. Johnson at We would like to return it to its owner and save someone the cost of replacement.

Girls Basketball Team Hopes to Raise Money for the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force

TONIGHT! The girls basketball program will be having a fundraiser to support the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Please come out and help support the girls basketball program as they try to help raise awareness of mental health. Click here for more info.
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Empower Illinois

Mark your calendars! Reservations for a 2022-23 tax credit scholarship will open Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 pm.

Like previous years, the reservation will be a two-step process. At 6:30 pm, the reservation form will open, giving families time to enter their information before submission at 7 pm. Once families reserve their time stamp, they will receive an email to log into their EmpowerXChange portal and complete the application when it opens on Friday, January 14.

Apply online at

College Information Night – Save the Date

Freshmen, sophomore, and junior students and their families are asked to save the date for our College Information Night. This year the event will be held on Tuesday January 25th, 2022. The formal program will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm, with check in and a brief “Meet the Reps” beginning at 6:00pm.

College Information Night will include presentations from college admission professionals from various types of colleges and universities around the United States. Sessions include Finding Your Fit, Applying to Colleges 101, as well as Testing and When to Submit. A formal agenda will be posted on our Guidance website soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wochner, College Counselor, at 815-338-4220 x120 or

Junior Students and Parents – ACT Registration

Every year, Marian Central Catholic High School serves as a test center for the ACT in April. This year, the test date will be Saturday April 2nd, 2022. Please note that this date does fall during our spring break. Also know that while we serve as a test center, we are not able to reserve seats for our Marian Central students. If you are interested in signing up for the April 2nd ACT (or the February 12th, June 11th or July 16th at other locations), please register on the ACT Registration website. For the April 2nd test here, be sure to use our test center code: 174990.

Another important piece to note is, effective January 1, 2022 Illinois' public institutions will be prohibited from requiring the submission of student test scores as part of the admissions process. Overall, this is positive news and a trend we're seeing at many institutions across the country. One caveat that we want you to be aware of though is that students who wish to be considered as IL State Scholar candidates will still be required by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to take the ACT or SAT during their third or fourth semester prior to high school graduation (typically August - June of junior year) to be considered for State Scholar designation.

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