95th Edition: December 7, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

A Message from Mr. DeFrisco

Dear Parents,

Advent is here, and what a beautiful Liturgical season it is, filled with joy and love. Advent (from “ad-venire” or “to come”) is a time of waiting that helps us prepare our hearts and minds for the anniversary of our Lord’s birth on Christmas. It truly is a purposeful time of waiting, and in that waiting, we look forward with hope.

Marian Central is blessed to have incorporated into the curriculum FORMED on Demand which is an Internet-based subscription service offering access to thousands of studies, films, audios, and eBooks. The Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are just a few of the content producers for the materials that are available through this valuable service.

As we continue to celebrate the Advent season, I have included a link from FORMED and invite you to access this reflection as we prepare for the birth of our Savior. I found this short video inspiring and uplifting, I hope you find it inspirational as well.

Marian parents are invited to join FORMED. Simply visit , click on “Register Now” and create your account (email and password). For future visits, enter your sign-in info and choose step 2. Once you create your account, you will be on Marian’s FORMED page. You will be able to explore all of FORMED resources.

Please know of our appreciation for our entire school community and that we include each of you in our daily prayers. On behalf of Marian Central’s faculty and staff, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year.

Sincerely in Christ,

Vito C. DeFrisco

Interim Superintendent

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE December 8 - 14 , 2018

Saturday, December 8, 2018

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Rise Up Leadership Conference (see info below!)

10:00 am: Boys F-A Basketball vs Sandwich

11:30 am: Boys F-B Basketball vs Sandwich

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: IL Army National Guard Rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: Confessions in Chapel

4:30 pm: Boys Wrestling vs Rockford Boylan

6:00 pm: Boys Wrestling vs Aurora Christian

7:00 pm: Parent Association Meeting in Annex

Tuesday, December 11 , 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass offered in Chapel

8:00 am: Principal's Coffee in Cafeteria (see info below!)

1st pd: Extended Mentor Homeroom

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

5:30 pm: Boys Soph & F-A Basketball vs Richmond-Burton

7:00 pm: Boys Var & F-B Basketball vs Richmond-Burton

7:00 pm: Winter Musical Participant/Parent Meeting in Auditorium

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

8:55 am: ALL SCHOOL MASS - All Are Welcome!

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

2:45 pm: Variety Show Emcee Auditions (See Mr. S. Lalor for more info!)

7:00 pm: Christmas Band/Choir Concert in Auditorium

Thursday, December 13, 2018

4th - 6th pds: Adoration during all lunches in Chapel

4th - 6th pds: Portrait Retakes in Main Commons

8th pd (end of class): Locker Clean-Out

2:35 pm - 3:35 pm: Detention in Room 131


5:30 pm: Boys Soph & F-A Basketball vs Nazareth - Christmas Sweater Game

7:00 pm: Boys Var & F-B Basketball vs Nazareth - Christmas Sweater Game

*NEW/USED COAT DRIVE DURING BOTH GAMES! Please bring gently used/new outerwear to our game to help spread the warmth of this holiday season!**

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

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!

Register your 6th - 8th Grader for our 9th Annual RISE UP Leadership Development Conference!

Calling all 6th - 8th Graders!


Unlock your LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL by attending our annual Rise Up! Conference at Marian Central!

WHAT: 9th Annual Rise Up! Leadership Development Conference

WHERE: Marian Central Catholic High School

HOST: MCCHS National Honor Society

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9am - 3pm

DETAILS: Lunch provided

Past participants have gone on to become some of Marian Central's most influential, successful student leaders! Come make new friends who share a passion to make a difference in the world, and learn immediately applicable leadership skills to take back to your middle schools!

LATE REGISTRATION is welcome (t-shirt may not be guaranteed)

$10.00 per student

(checks payable to Marian Central Catholic High, please note "Rise Up!" in memo area!)

Email with registration form, or any questions!

DOWNLOAD the 2018 Rise Up Registration Form and bring your friends with you for an amazing, informative day!

St. Nick's Day Contest - SUBMISSIONS DUE 2:30 pm on MONDAY, DEC. 10th

Don't forget to submit your St. Nicholas contest entry to Mrs. Loy: by 2:30 pm on MONDAY, December 10th! Winners will be selected and announced later in the week!

Who is YOUR real-life Santa Claus?


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DECEMBER 11TH 8AM - Next Principal's Coffee!

Click here for more information and to RSVP to this event hosted here at Marian Central!

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Did you miss Picture Day? See you Thursday, December 13th!

DeWane Studios will be back to take underclass portraits (retakes or absences!) These are the photos that will be used in the annual yearbook - so it's very important that we have all students take their portraits!

Should you wish to order photos - download this Photo Package Order Form, and send in with your student with payment (checks payable to DeWane Studio) on December 13th.

All photos will be taken during lunch periods - so students can sign out of the cafeteria to get their portraits done quickly in the Main Commons!

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Important Information for all Juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October

PSAT/NMSQT scores will be released online between December 10-12. To see scores and get test performance feedback, students must either log in to or create a College Board account online by visiting

In addition to access to the full score report, students will also be able to connect with tools such as free, personalized practice for the SAT on Khan Academy, potential for AP coursework, and college and career planning resources at BigFuture™.

Marian will receive a paper score report for each student sometime in December. Mr. Kruse and Mrs. Hilton will be visiting the juniors within their English classrooms sometime in early January to present and give an overview of the paper reports as well as to share additional future planning resources available from the College Board.

Students are encouraged to see their Guidance Counselor, Mr. Kruse, for any questions regarding PSAT results.

NEW Library Student Tech Support Hours

The 1:1 Device integration is going so well - we are able to stream-line our tech assistance sessions for all our students! Should students have any technical issues with their devices, they are welcome to visit Mrs. Varga in the library during the following times:

  • First 20 minutes of first period (8:05 - 8:25)
  • Periods 4/5/6 (10:41 - 11:55)
  • Last 20 minutes of ninth period (2:10 - 2:30)

Back by Popular Demand - Practice ACT

This coming January and March, the Marian Library will offer two more Practice ACT tests for Sophomores and Juniors only. Test seating is limited to the first 25 students to register. The registration link for the January 16/17 test will be sent out in the December 14 Friday Focus. In the spirit of fairness, no one will be allowed to register prior to December 14, or without a completed registration form. Before registering, please check your calendar carefully, to make sure your student can attend both sessions.


REMINDER TO ALL FAMILIES -- all tuition accounts should be at least half paid at this time. Per policy: No student will be allowed to take first semester exams unless his/her tuition is current. Therefore, a minimum of one-half of the family tuition must be paid prior to the first semester exam December 19th. We will be sending emails to outstanding families next week and will talk to students December 18th if the tuition is still unpaid at that time. If you are unsure if your account is half paid and if your student will be eligible to take semester exams, please contract Mrs. Murwin --

College Counselor's Corner



Jim Stamatakos

College Counselor

815-338-4220 x120


Did your student take any awesome photos from the Homecoming DANCE this year? We are putting the call out to anyone who can share their photos with our yearbook staff, as we put the finishing touches on those pages! We would like to include as many student-photos as possible!

Please email your photos to

Thank you!

March for Life! January 16-20, 2019

This year, we are blessed to offer our Sophomores the option to participate in the annual March for Life as an alternate to the planned Sophomore Retreat!

Juniors and Seniors are also welcome to ADD this very important event in addition to their grade-level spiritual retreat!

Please see Father Twenty or CLICK HERE for all the registration information!

Visit the Marian Central Website!

All announcements, schedules, and forms are published on our Marian website for your convenience! After any new announcements are broadcast via email, we make sure we post a permanent link to the information on our website for your reference.