151st EDITION: April 10, 2020

From the Desk of Ms. Debra Novy

Dear Marian Central Family,

I hope your Holy Week has been peaceful, solemn, and full of beautiful reflection and devotion. For those that are sheltering in place, somehow it seems a little easier to do so. For those working essential jobs, we are so thankful for all that you sacrifice as you provide those services to the unique world situation that we are currently in. God bless.

I want to let you know that Administration has been working hard continuing to assess how to best serve our students. As Mr. Shukis shared in last week’s Friday Focus, our teachers participated in online training this week. The training focused on how to ensure that their personality and teaching style still shines through as they continue to pivot from teaching in classrooms to teaching online. More specifically, it focused on how to use the various tools available to truly “connect” with their students and still instruct them so, as we all expect, your children continue to receive the education that you expect from our wonderful Marian Central Catholic High School. We are so thankful to our faculty for all the hard work and time they put into every lesson, assignment, and feedback they provide to our students.

Along with the training, we have developed a more succinct remote learning plan, including an adjustment to not only how teachers deliver instruction, but also when. We have heard from many parents, students, and teachers about the difficulty with having all classes every day, as well as not having a dedicated time for classes, causing occasional conflict when teachers want to connect with their students via online video conferencing. It is from these concerns that we developed our Marian Central Catholic High School Remote Learning Guide. This guide provides an outline of the shift in how we deliver instruction. Effective Monday, April 13th, we will be going to a rotational block schedule for online learning. This provides students with dedicated time with each of their teachers with no conflict with other classes, enough time to receive a variety of lesson deliveries, time to connect with their teacher, and an extended submission time to accommodate the various family and individual situations that many of us our facing at these unprecedented times.

As you read through this document, please note that we have laid out the class schedule rotation through May 8th, even though we do not know if the shelter in place mandate will continue after April 30. As we know more, we will adjust accordingly and communicate out to you. Please also note that since we do not know what will occur yet, we have marked exam week as “TBD.” We are aware of AP testing being shifted to the weeks of May 11th & 18th which would be a conflict with exams… so Administration is currently considering all options for how we deal with final grades, exams, and all of the senior activities that typically occur leading to graduation.

Please read the special section on grading in the Remote Learning Plan. Please know that our teachers are continuing to instruct and therefore we expect students to continue to engage in learning throughout this time, but the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has directed schools on how to deal with grading, which we have spelled out in this section.

Please review the Remote Learning Guide with your students so that they know exactly what they are expected to do beginning Monday, April 13th. Feel free to reach out if you have any clarifying questions and we will do our best to respond. Remember that this is a continuously evolving situation that we have limited control over, so we expect that there will be updates as we move through the rest of the school year. As more policies are developed, questions are answered, and news is received, we will update you via emails and the Marian website. Please use the Marian website as a quick reference for most categories that you may want to know about, as we are also continuously updating it.

Prayers for a blessed Easter… as non-traditional as it may be. No matter where we are and who we are with, we know that God is with us always and His message continues to resonate with all as we navigate this new normal.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

God bless,

Ms. Novy

Spiritual Events

Please join us in the following spiritual events next week:

Daily Mass with Fr. Twenty at 8: 45 am live from the Marian Central Chapel via Facebook Live .

Daily Adoration from 12:15 - 12:45 pm.

Please click here to view memories from our Revival retreat.

Guidance Assistance for Students


Feeling frustrated, confused or just need a listening ear? Missing your teachers, friends and the routine of going to school? Mrs. Hilton and Mr. Kruse are now available for audio/video meetings via GoToMeeting. We've set up daily hours from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Students should feel free to schedule a meeting anytime during those hours with us via Calendly. Please use the following links to schedule appointments:

Mrs. Hilton:

Mr. Kruse:

We are also, as always, available to communicate via email at and We check our emails throughout the day each day. If, for any reason, you're experiencing an emergency and we are not available you must reach out immediately to a trusted family member, or call an emergency helpline such as the McHenry County Crisis Line, 1-800-892-8900. Many more resources for help are also available on our website via this link:

Mentor Applications

Attention all current sophomores or juniors, if you are interested in applying to be a mentor for the 2020-2021 school year, please click here for more information. If you have any questions after you read it, feel free to contact Mrs. Littner at

AP Testing Resources

AP Students and Parents - in order to help our AP students prepare for the newly formatted online AP exams click this link that provides a lot of great info in one handy place such as dates of review sessions, dates of tests, recommendations for study plans, etc.

Additional Scholarship Opportunity

Laura Caldwell Memorial Scholarship...Minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA. Click this link to access the application: The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 17. See application for submission criteria.

College Planning

Mr. Stamatakos is available to meet virtually with students to discuss college planning and college selection. He has posted “office hours” (1 hour appointment slots) on SCOIR that students and families can use to book appointments. Office hours are accessible on the right-hand side of the student’s landing page after signing in. Just click “Count Me In” to sign up for an appointment!

If you’d like to meet with Mr. Stamatakos outside his posted office hours, please E-mail him at to arrange another meeting time that works with your schedule.

Golf Outing - Rescheduled

Please note that our annual Golf Outing has been rescheduled to July 20th. Please save the date and plan to join us for this wonderful event!

Reminders From Last Week's Edition

Information Sharing

In an effort to keep students and parents well informed, we have made a few changes to our website. Please click here to access important updates and helpful resources during this e-learning time. Here you will find sections pertaining to spiritual needs, administrative updates, guidance assistance, tech support, e-learning, school spirit and more. Information will be added as it is available so check back often. This information can also be found by clicking "Click for Updates" from our main page of the website or by clicking "News and Announcements".


Please remember that tuition payments can be mailed to the school or paid online by clicking this link: . Mrs. Murwin is retrieving our mail on a regular basis.

AP/Course Change Fees

The deadline to submit course changes and payment for AP classes for the 2020-2021 school year has been extended to Wednesday, April 15th. After that date, any course changes will incur a $30 fee and AP courses will revert to the honors or regular level of that same course.

Financial Assistance Applications

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year is May 1st. Please click here for additional information.

ACT - SAT Test Prep Options

Many companies are offering low-cost, online ACT and SAT prep courses. Please visit our Guidance Department website to view options. Stop back often as additional options will be added as they become available.

ACT Test - June 13th

We have officially received approval from the ACT Board to change our April ACT test date to Saturday, June 13th at Marian Central.

Please click below for information regarding re-registering/changing test dates, etc:

If you need further assistance, contact ACT Customer Service at this link:

AP Testing

Per the CollegeBoard, the decision has been made that traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will alternately take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. Also any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom will be unlocked for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

The CollegeBoard reports that colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

For more information, free remote learning resources and to keep up-to-date on the latest information from the CollegeBoard regarding AP testing, visit In addition, stay in close contact with your AP teachers at Marian who are working hard to support all students.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

We have four scholarship opportunities that are exclusively for only Marian students. Please consider applying for these wonderful scholarships!

Sister Mardelle Scholarship...Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, must have attended Marian all 4 years. Click this link to access the application:

Scholnick Spirit Scholarships: No minimum GPA. Click this link to access the application:

Kay Hansen Memorial Scholarship: Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA and must be attending a Catholic college or university. Click this link to access the application:

All three of the above scholarships (Mardelle, Scholnick and Hansen) are due April 10th. Applicants can simply email their essays to Mrs. Diamond at

LeAnn Golembiewski Memorial Scholarship: Females athletes, minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA. Click this link to apply:

The deadline for the LeAnn Golembiewski Memorial Scholarship has been extended to May 1, 2020. See the application for submission criteria.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Diamond at should you have any questions!

Seniors- Please Report Your College Scholarships

The Guidance Office is in the process of collecting information for this year's Honors Day. We want to be sure that everyone who's received scholarships from colleges and third party sources is recognized during this year's program.

We've created a form that we'd like you all to use when reporting your scholarship information. It can be accessed online at:

Some quick instructions for reporting the information we need:

  1. Report all scholarships awarded by all schools/sources that scholarships were received from…not just the school the student will attend.
  2. Do not report need-based grants you've received. If you have a question about whether a specific award is a scholarship or a grant, please contact Mr. Stamatakos directly.

You'll see in the form that you can report your information one of two ways:

  1. You may upload pictures or scanned copies of your award letters to the form and submit them.
  2. You may list information for each scholarship and source individually.

Please note the instructions in the form regarding Option 1. You may list information for up to 10 awards in the form if you choose to report using Option 2. If you need to list information for more awards, you'll be able to access the form again to submit the information about those additional awards.

Please report your information no later than Monday, April 20 so Mrs. Diamond can put together the Honors Day program. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Diamond at Stay safe and well!

Summer Camps

Marian Central is pleased to offer summer camps again for the summer of 2020. Please click here to view our Summer Camp Brochure.

All summer camp dates are tentative and we will not be collecting fees at this time. On-line registration will open once we get further information from the governor and IHSA.

60th Anniversary Dinner Auction - Postponed

Marian Central Catholic High School has been carefully monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and has made the difficult decision to postpone our 60th Diamond Anniversary event on Saturday, April 18 at the Starline Factory. Our staff, families, alumni, and supporters, along with their health and safety, are our first priority.

Our committee has worked tirelessly on this event, and we look forward to sharing the fruits of their labor with you at a later date. While we don't know exactly when that will be due to the uncertainty of the situation, we are considering dates in late summer or early fall.