237th ISSUE: September 9, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Brad Williams

It is an honor and privilege to be a contributor to the Marian Central community. This is an opportunity I take seriously, reflect on regularly and a rewarding element of being a teacher and administrator.

With that in mind, I am extremely grateful for us all to be together for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. There is an air of normalcy throughout the building. Students seem happy and healthy. We have a strong faculty in place. Gathering as a school and as individual grades to celebrate mass and engage in sentiments of peace with one another is a true joy. Among the students, there is a sense of comradery and togetherness that has not been possible the past couple years, whether it is in the hallways, cafeteria or after school events. As both a teacher and administrator, this creates joy and gratitude.

That does not mean the start of year is problem free. The experience of being a high school student contains elements of development and growth which can be challenging and anxious. Speaking as a teacher, not every lesson is perfectly executed. Speaking as an administrator, there are tough choices that must be confronted in which the best path forward is not entirely clear. Speaking for myself, these challenges come with the territory. The best one can do in the face of these events is ensure best effort, learn when possible, and work to make decisions with composure and confidence.

In the face of these challenges, I recall the beginning of this essay. It is an honor to be here. It is a joy to see the students together, engaging in the human experience in a way where healthiness and happiness are evident. Sharing time together in events like mass and extra-curriculars is an enriching element of being part of the Marian community, which we should all appreciate.

Mr. Brad Williams

Graduation 2023 Time Change

Due to the Bishop’s schedule, the time of our Graduation ceremony has been changed from 7pm to 2pm on Thursday, May 25th. I hope this advanced notice will be helpful in making any of your own needed arrangements to attend the Graduation ceremony.

Marian is very sorry for any inconvenience this time change may cause. Once again, the 2022-23 graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 25th at 2pm.

Mike Shukis


Senior Portraits

Tuesday, September 13th (ladies)

Thursday, September 15th (gentlemen)

Please see the attire guidelines and ordering information below.

Senior Ladies:

Appropriate attire on this day includes dress pants or uniform pants and a modest blouse or sweater that covers the shoulders. Dresses/skirts are not allowed. No nose rings/studs, facial piercing, and no more than two earrings per ear will be permitted on girls. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.

Senior Gentlemen:

Gentlemen must wear a white shirt and tie, a sport coat or suit coat, and dress pants or uniform pants. No nose rings/studs, facial hair, facial piercing, and no earrings will be permitted on boys. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.

Homecoming Dance Tickets

The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, September 24th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Tickets are $15 each and will be sold during lunches September 12 - September 16.

All students who wish to bring a guest from another school must submit a completed

Date Request Form at the time of purchasing tickets. Please click here for the Date Request Form. Copies are also available in the office.

Homecoming Parade Vehicles Needed

As the final Homecoming parade preparations are being made, we are in search of the following vehicles: convertible cars, pickup trucks, and flatbed trailers. Please contact Mrs. Bordeaux at if you would be willing to drive your vehicle in the parade.

Click here for the parade route.

Empower IL

Would you like to shift your tax dollars from the state of Illinois to Marian Central Catholic? Would you like to receive a 75% tax credit? Would you like to help more students attend our school? If you answered yes to any of the three questions, join us on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30pm at Woodstock Country Club to learn more!

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Does Your Student Need to Leave Early?

If your student needs to leave school early, please contact the office prior to 8:00 am so that he/she can be given a pass to leave class at the designated time. You can contact us by leaving a message on the attendance line, calling the office or sending a note with your student.

We understand that sometimes an unexpected early dismissal is unavoidable. Please feel free to contact us by calling the office directly when this occurs. Thank you.

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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.

Military Services Presentation

Juniors and Seniors who are interested in applying to one of the service academies and pursuing a Congressional nomination are encouraged to attend a virtual event on Sunday September 18th hosted by Representative Underwood.

There will be representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY). Representatives and staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about the application process.

To register for the virtual presentation, please do so here:

During this event, each Academy will host a breakout room, where they will present information specific to their school. Attendees will only be able to attend one service academy information session. If you are interested in learning about more than one service academy, your parent/guardian can RSVP by filling out the form with their information.

As a reminder, students who are interested in attending the Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Naval Academy, or West Point will need a nomination to do so. Applications for nominations from Rep. Underwood are due by Nov. 30 at 5PM. You can find more information and the application here:

University of Notre Dame Presentation

A representative from the University of Notre Dame will be at Marian Central Catholic High School on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00pm. This presentation is open to any Marian Central Catholic student, and their families, who is interested in learning more about the highly selective university. The presentation will take place in our auditorium, and you will enter through doors 7 and 8. Please note that this evening program will be open to area high school students as well, so please plan to arrive a little early to secure your seat.

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.

Tuesday 9/13: University of Denver-3rd Period, University of Valley Forge-4th Period

Wednesday 9/14: Fordham University-1st Period, UW-Oshkosh-3rd Period, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University-8th Period, Dominican University-9th Period

Thursday 9/15: Creighton University-10th Period

Important Dates - College Planning

Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, September 28th; 7:00pm - 8:00pm

(Illinois Student Assistance Commission
will present changes to FAFSA application and process)

NACAC National College Fair

Saturday, October 1st; 11:00am - 3:00pm

at McCormick Place in Chicago

College Fair at McHenry County College

Tuesday, October 4th

5:30pm - 7:30pm

College Fair at Elgin Community College

Wednesday, October 12th

6:00pm - 8:00pm