Week at a Glance

Marian Central Catholic High School Faculty Newsletter

December14, 2019

Reflecting on the past week...

This week has been very exciting (for being the last full week of the semester before exams!). You would think that all focus would be on preparing for exams... and that did happen, for sure... but there were also many instances of celebration! What a great way to remember that life is more than just a grade or a test, but truly the whole experience that high school brings to these young people.

The week started out beautifully as we celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The homily, the music, and every single individual in that gym grounded us and helped us remember what is truly important.

We also recognized our Illinois State Scholars (see picture on the side)

Wednesday evening Mr. Toledo and the music students put on an amazing concert that had the audience in the Christmas spirit.... as well as shedding a few tears of awe. Please enjoy some of the pictures below.

Thursday brought college signings for some of our baseball student athletes! Congratulations to Michael Aragon (Lakeland College), Justin Rohde (Rock Valley College) and Mason Hege (Carroll University) who signed their Letters of Intent this week!

The week ended with an exciting pep rally celebrating our fall state participants as well as recognizing all of the students involved in the winter activities. The MCs did a great job keeping the audience excited and the Marian Central Pep Band added to the spirit! Even Santa showed up! The rally ended with a special recognition of one of our own Marian staff members and his service to the United States as a US Marine. What a great way to help students and staff keep the spirit of Christmas and gratefulness in the forefront of our minds as we move into exam week!

What's coming up?

Welcome to Semester Exam week! I am sure that you are all deep into semester review with your students. Monday and Tuesday will be "business as usual" before we step into Wednesday through Friday and exams. Although the details are laid out on the procedure guidelines below, here are a couple of things to remember...

- Make sure all of your grades are as up to date as possible prior to Tuesday afternoon so students have a chance to see their updated grades going into exams.

- If you have students with ISPs who will be taking exams with Mr. Taylor, make sure he has a copy of the exam for each student prior to Wednesday!

- If you oversee a study hall, we are asking that you be in the cafeteria during that period in order to supervise any students who may be studying in there. This is most crucial during periods 1, 3, 4-6, & 8.

The exam schedule is as follows...

>> Wednesday, Dec. 14: Periods 1 & 2

>> Thursday, Dec. 19: Periods 3, 4-6, & 7

>> Friday, Dec. 20: Periods 8 & 9

The bell schedule is as follows...

Warning Bell: 8:00 a.m.

1st Exam Period: 8:05 - 9:25 a.m.

2nd Exam Period: 9:29 - 10:45 a.m.

3rd Exam Period (day 2 only): 10:49 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

We will also be having our annual Staff Christmas Celebration (luncheon) on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 12:30 pm in the cafeteria. This is a wonderful time to get together and enjoy each other's company and celebrate the beautiful season of Christmas!

This will be the last Week at a Glance until Saturday, January 4, 2020... so I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas and the happiest of New Years. Please enjoy this time with your family and friends... relax and rejuvenate, and I hope we all come back refreshed and ready to serve our students in the New Year!

Semester 1 Exams are Coming!

Please take the time to review the 2019-20 Exam Procedures.

Some key points include the following...

- The grading portal will be closed to view by parents & students by Dec. 17 @ 3pm.

- When coming to your grade meeting make sure you have a copy of each course's grades (including semester, exam, and final grade), make sure the grades are "submitted" and if you have any outstanding exams you must put "I" in both the exam and final grade... providing either Guidance and/or the principal with the exam & key.

** Please note that you may be receiving an email as we approach exams indicating which students are NOT allowed to take exams until their bill is up to date. Unless you receive notification from the office that a student is released, if the student comes to your class for exams you must send them to the office.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Novy.

Christmas Concert... 2019

Pep Rally Fun!

Thank you for Your Service, Mr. Kuiper!

Don't forget that this week is Secret Santa Week!

If you are participating, remember to leave a little gift each day and when leaving your final gift on Friday... don't forget to reveal yourself!

This Week's College Signings!

Big picture

Catechist Certification Opportunities

DeKalb Deanery Offers:

February 1, 2020

Level 1 Part 2

St. Mary's in DeKalb

Click here for more information


Upcoming Technology PD:

IDEAcon, formerly the ICE Conference

February 24 - 27, 2020

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Conference Center

Great Ways to use Technology in your classrooms!

E-Learning Day Lesson ideas

Teaching with Google Earth

Smart Ways Devices Can Enhance Learning

Professional Development Opportunities & Resources

Teacher's Teacher : A wide variety of online courses are offered, designed to meet the changing needs of teachers.

Reading & Writing Seminars & Podcasts

ASCD Webinars: A variety of online webinars. Here you can access recent or archived professional learning.

Remember that you have this resource available to you!

Your SchoolShelf URL: http://www.schoolshelf.com/981085-marian

This Week's Schedule

As you work through your plans this week, please note these events. For a more detailed list, check out our school calendar, 8to18 Athletics Calendar or Clubs/Organizations Page

Monday, December 16, 2019

Ugly Sweater Day!

Staff Secret Santa

9:00 am ~ Directors/Facility Meeting, rm 145

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Spring Production Script Read Through, Auditorium

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Staff Secret Santa

Dress Down Day for Seniors ONLY

Lunches ~ Marines & Cabe Bokowy!

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

4:00 pm ~ Facility Rental

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Staff Secret Santa

Exams Schedule # 7

7:45 am ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

8:05 am ~ Period 1 Exam

9:29 am ~ Period 2 Exam

10:45 am ~ Dismissal

12:00 pm ~ HSPT #2

7:30 pm ~ Athletic Booster Meeting

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Staff Secret Santa

Exams Schedule # 7

7:45 am ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

8:05 am ~ Period 3 Exam

9:29 am ~ Period 4-6 Exam

10:49 am ~ Period 7 Exam

12:05 pm ~ Dismissal

12:30 pm ~ Staff Christmas Luncheon, Cafeteria

Friday, December 20, 2019

Staff Secret Santa

Exams Schedule # 7

7:45 am ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

8:05 am ~ Period 8 Exam

9:29 am ~ Period 9 Exam

10:45 am ~ Dismissal

Christmas Break: Dec. 21, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Office Hours during break:

January 2 & 3, 2020 from 9 am - 1 pm

Monday, January 6, 2020

Classes Resume

Happy Birthday to...

Dec. 22 Bob Glascott

Dec. 26 Melissa Halper & Kelly Jackson

Dec. 31 Brad Williams