120th EDITION: August 2, 2019

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth


Welcome to August! While some people consider August the "Dog Days of Summer," educators look at it as the month for new beginnings! We have new Marian families and students, new staff members, new classes, and new experiences! We are truly blessed!

Since the upcoming week is the last one before school starts, the halls will be buzzing! We have several student camps going on, including Freshmen Study Skills, College Essay Writing, and a Publications workshop! Our teachers are starting to set up their rooms, reviewing lesson plans, and updating syllabi to prepare to meet their students!

On the flip side, our athletes have already been participating in their sport camps and this coming week will be one of rest and relaxation before the true team practicing begins on August 12. We are all very excited to see their hardwork pay off on the fields and in the gyms this fall!

The office has been busy all summer, of course, but this week they printed student schedules for the new school year which will be sent out in the mail, so we're sure that when you ask your student to go to the end of the driveway to get the mail (and put out the garbage while they're down there) they might actually want to do it!

As mentioned on the last one, our Friday Focus will be delivered to your email address every Friday evening, and we hope that it helps keep you connected to all the events and updates at school.

You'll also notice our social media presence increase as the school year begins - so please be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Instagram: @mariancentralcatholic

Facebook: @MarianCentralCatholic

Twitter: @MarianCentral


Marian Central Administration would like to invite our Class of 2023 Hurricanes, new transfer students, and their parents to our special "Amazing Race" night. Each student should be receiving a personal invitation in the mail from their Marian Mentor. Please click here to view the invitation and let us know if you are able to attend with an RSVP to We hope to see you there!


Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2019: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Aug 12, 2019 regular office hours: Mon - Thurs 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Athletics (Games, Camps, Practices), please see our Athletic Calendar!

Click here for our Main School Calendar!

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE August 5 - 9th, and August 12 - 16th

Sunday, August 4, 2019

12 - 5:30 pm ~ Mentor Training

Monday, August 5, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am & 12 - 2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

9-11 am & 11:30 - 1:30 pm ~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

9-11:30 am ~ Publications Workshop, rm 131

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am & 12 - 2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

9-11 am & 11:30 - 1:30 pm ~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

9-11:30 am ~ Publications Workshop, rm 131

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am & 12 - 2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

9-11 am & 11:30 - 1:30 pm ~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

9-11:30 am ~ Publications Workshop, rm 131

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am & 12 - 2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

9-11 am & 11:30 - 1:30 pm ~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

9-11:30 am ~ Publications Workshop, rm 131

Friday, August 9, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9 am - 12 PM ~ New MCCHS Teacher Orientation Day, Cafeteria

Monday, August 12, 2019 - No School, Teacher In-Service

Tryouts & Practices begin for all Fall Sports... see schedule below

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - New Student/Freshman Orientation Day!

School Day (Freshmen & New Students Only) from 8:05 am - 2:30 pm

Durham buses will be running all posted routes!

8:05 am ~ Freshmen Mass

6:30 pm ~ New Student/Family Picnic

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - First Full Day of Classes!

School Day from 8:05 am - 2:30 pm

2:30 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:40 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

Thursday, August 15, 2019

8:55 am ~ All School Mass, Lander's Pavillion

Bus Evacuation Drills all day (PE, Econ, Gov)

2:30 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

Friday, August 16, 2019

Asst. Principal Class Chats, Auditorium

- P1: Seniors... Class of 2020

- P2: Juniors... Class of 2021

- P3: Sophomores... Class of 2022

- P7: Freshmen... Class of 2023

2:30 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:40 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

5:30 pm ~ Football "Red/White" Exhibition Game (canned food item admission)

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

Important Fall Athletic Information!

Although the parent-coaches meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 31 was cancelled, each team will have a parent-coaches meeting the first week of tryouts/practice. Please watch out for communication about this meeting from your coach.

Tryouts/Practice will start the week of Monday, August 12.

Dance/Poms - 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Volleyball- 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Girls Golf - Monday 3:15 PM- 6:00 PM at Boone Creek Golf Course. (Please bring $15 for green fees.)

Boys Golf- Monday & Wednesday 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM at Crystal Woods Golf Course. (Please bring $15 for green fees each day.)

Boys Soccer- 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM

Football- 4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Cheer- 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Girls Tennis- 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

School Uniform Information

Please review the school's uniform policy in the 2019-20 Student Handbook starting on page 35. You can also click here for a visual guide.

Key changes to note include...

- dates of "Polo Season" and "Sweater Season

- only solid-colored long sleeved shirts are allowed under polos

- more precise shoe specifications

Time to Get That Haircut!

Yes...all good things must come to an end. Just a gentle reminder to our students to make sure you are in full compliance with haircuts and shaving by August 14th (or August 13th, if you are a mentor or freshman!) Also, hair color must be returned to natural shades by this time as well. Take a picture, cherish the "summer look," and start to plan next summer's new 'do!

Marian will be continuing to tighten up the enforcement of our uniform policy because, as our philosophy states...

Dressing up for school reflects a positive image of our uniqueness and lends dignity to our most important task at school - teaching and learning. It also allows us to recognize the demands of society regarding professional dress and makes a distinction between work and recreational activities.

Thank you for supporting the policies and expectations of our school.


The Marian Central Parent Association (MCPA) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers! As you know, it takes many hands behind the scenes to make every school event a success. Whether you can make a regular time commitment or only have an hour or two to spare, you truly can make a positive impact on our beloved school!

We will be meeting on a monthly basis (at a time we all decide works best for the group) and will do most of our planning via email. Please consider being a part of this dynamic group and help us turn a "wish list" into a DONE list!

We are looking forward to a successful school year - and can't wait to make wonderful things happen at Marian Central with you all!



How? By donating household clothes and other items!

Where? Marian Central Catholic HS Auditorium

When? August 17 from 9am - 11am AND September 9-13 before and after school

Click here for more information!

If you have any questions or wish to make other drop off arrangements, please contact Mrs. Connell at

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Fine Arts Boosters.


Parents of any new students needing academic accommodations, please contact Mr. Taylor. All current Individual Service Plans (ISPs) are renewed in the spring. Any parent of a student who has not renewed with Mr. Taylor should also contact him via phone or email.

Mr. Chris Taylor

815-338-4220 ext 209

For Safety's Sake: Please Update Emergency Contact Info!

Prior to the beginning of each school year, it is imperative that we confirm the demographic and emergency information we have on file for each student.

In order to accomplish this, we will be emailing online update forms to each family.

The online form will present the information that is currently on file and ask for confirmation of each piece of information. The form will also allow for changes and updates as needed. Please watch your email after August 1st for this important information.

If you have any questions or have any difficulty submitting the form, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio at 815-338-4220, x107. Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to keep our files up to date.

Important Medical Record Information!

All seniors must provide proof of up-to-date meningitis vaccination. The State of Illinois requires that all public and private school student medical records are in compliance at the beginning of the school year.

Incoming Freshman, please make sure you’ve provided a birth certificate, physical with up to date immunizations, and dental form dated within the required time frames.

Please set some time aside this summer to check this very important item off of your list. Thank you.


Click HERE to view the (updated) 2019-2020 Book List! (corrected link as of 8-3-19!)

As we communicated in the previous newsletter, sometimes we have to make last-minute changes to the book list as publishers announce when books are out-of-print. We try to work with one textbook for as long as possible (either until they are no longer in print, or the content becomes irrelevant) to reduce costs to our families. As you can see from the above announcements about three of our science textbooks - those changes often happen during the early summer months (sometimes after the instructors have left for break!) Science seems to be the content area that frequent change is expected - which is why so many new editions are only available in digital content format! We strive to offer multiple formats to meet the learning needs of our students, and will always try to find print versions as an option.

Here are a few tips:

  • Always check the ISBN of the book to make sure you have the correct edition!
  • If purchasing digital downloads (eBooks, etc.) - wait until the fall when your student has the actual device in hand before you make those digital purchases, as most of them are one-time-only downloads.
  • We try to use the same textbook for at least FIVE years so you can take advantage of hand-me-downs among friends and family, but in some instances, we have no choice but to update to a newer edition.
  • MBS is our official ONLINE BOOKSTORE, which opened as of July 1st.
  • A portion of all MBS sales is donated back to Marian's tuition assistance program
  • Books available through MBS are guaranteed to be in stock, with guaranteed buy-back
  • If choosing to purchase books through Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile, and selecting Marian Central as the beneficiary. Just another way to help fund our tuition assistance program!