241st ISSUE: October 7, 2022

From the Desk of Ms. Debra Novy

Can you believe it is October already! Where does time go? I have a feeling that our students are asking that same question, given that the end of Quarter 1 is already next Friday, October 14! Though report cards only go out at semester’s end, quarter grades play an integral part in the overall progress your student is experiencing. Parent/Teacher conferences is also rapidly approaching (Oct. 20-21). This is a good time to talk with your student’s teachers and see how you can best support their academic growth in each class. I encourage both parents and students to attend, if possible!

One thing to note if your student is struggling in any class… this year, Marian implemented a requirement for all students to have the ability to remediate low summative assessments. I am quite confident that all of the teachers have gone over the procedures for remediation with their students in their classrooms and listed them in their syllabi, but I thought it was important that parents are also aware. Ultimately, it is up to the student to begin the remediation process as soon as they have received the results from an assessment, but there are time limits to taking advantage of this opportunity. Our focus at Marian Central is for students to learn and understand… to master the material, rather than just to “pass the test". Our remediation process is one step towards students realizing mastery.

On another note, our Advisory period seems to be functioning well… offering our students additional insights into being a better student, handling difficult situations, understanding what our Catholic faith means and how to apply it to their lives, and building stronger relationships.

We first had the vision for an Advisory period before Covid appeared in the world. While we were dealing with Covid, we felt that we could not implement something new while navigating the world of uncertainty. Now that we are beyond the “emergency” aspect of Covid, we are starting to see the negative effects it has had on our youth. Students need more support than ever before as they reacclimate themselves to being a student and dealing with the ups and downs of being a teen in today’s world. Advisory period is going to continue growing and changing to meet the needs of our students. Our hope is that Advisory period will help our students do just that, knowing that they have a soft landing place with Marian Central.

I am so thrilled to be part of your student’s high school journey. From saying “hi” in the halls, to stepping into a class to see what they are learning, to being a guest teacher in an Advisory class, it is a privilege to help your student, in whatever way possible, to grow and become the amazing young adults that they are destined to become. Thank you for sharing your students with me!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Novy

Student Laptops - Internet Security

Good afternoon,

I wanted to share with you some information regarding your student's laptop.

Students utilize our school laptops and the WIFI provided by the school. The laptops have filters and a security system, limiting what students can access on the internet while they are in the building. When students leave the school, the filters and security system are no longer active.

Please be aware of this so that you can safely monitor what your children are doing when they are at your home.

Thank you

Benji Winkelman

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 20th

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 21st
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The scheduling site will be open from
8:00 am on Friday, October 7th through 12:00 noon on Friday, October 14th.

Please click here for the scheduling site and instructions on creating an account

Please click here for additional information

Spirit Wear

On Target sales will be at Marian on Thursday evening, October 20th during conferences. Stop by their tables and stock up on your Canes gear!

Deadline Fast Approaching - Immunizations & Birth Certificates

All Freshmen physicals, birth certificates and Senior updated immunization records are due to the Main Office no later than next Friday, October 14, 2022. Please submit this information as soon as possible.

Any questions? Contact

Testing - October 12th



Wednesday, October 12

All Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and all Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT here at Marian Central on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 8:00 a.m. This will be a shortened school day and all buses will run according to the shortened schedule. Students are required to be in uniform for testing. There is no need to pre-register your student for this testing as all students are registered to test. **This is a non-attendance day for Seniors. Seniors are encouraged to use the long weekend (Oct. 8-12) for college visits.

Please be aware that there are several factors that can affect the end time of these tests, so we ask for your patience and understanding. For planning purposes, approximate end time for the PreACT test is 11:45 a.m. and for the PSAT/NMSQT is Noon.

All students are encouraged to take these tests seriously as the results provide valuable information that can be used to prepare for college admissions tests as well as resources to aid in the career/college planning process. Test results will be distributed to and reviewed with students as soon as they're available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Hilton, the Guidance Director at or 815-338-4220, ext. 121.

What students should bring for testing:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils)
  • An approved calculator: PreACT , PSAT/NMSQT

What students should not bring for testing:

  • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils, mechanical pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

Click here for PreACT Test Information (Freshmen & Sophomores)

Click here for PSAT/NMSQT Test Information (Juniors)

Students will be given a student guide prior to the test that contains additional test information, test-taking advice/tips and an official practice test prior to test day.

Guest Speaker

In a continued effort to keep our students safe and making good decisions, we have invited a speaker from the Illinois Attorney General's Office: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to come to Marian Central to speak with our students. Parents are invited to attend this event:

The Dangers of Sexting & How to Avoid Being a Victim of Sextortion

Tuesday, October 25th at 2:00 pm

Please click below for additional details.

Practice ACT

Juniors will have the opportunity to take a free practice ACT on Thursday, October 20th beginning at 12:30pm. The test will last until approximately 4:30pm. To register for the exam, please visit Revolution Prep's website. For more information, please contact either Mr. Wochner or Mrs. Diamond in the Guidance Office.

Next Week's College Visits in Guidance

All juniors and seniors may attend these visits. Students must receive permission from their teachers to attend each visit and must sign up for all visits in SCOIR.

Thursday 10/13: Indiana University Bloomington-3rd Period, Whittier College-8th Period, Truman State University-10th Period

Friday 10/14: Binghamton University-1st Period, UW-Parkside-4th Period

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October Calendar

Monday, October 10th - Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, October 11th - Faculty Inservice Day - No School

Wednesday, October 12th - Grades 9-11 testing day; Early Dismissal; Grade 12 - No School
Thursday, October 20th - Conferences - Noon Dismissal
Friday, October 21st - Conferences - No School