22nd Edition: February 24, 2017

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

We knew it couldn't last - that beautiful glimpse of spring - but our students still kept on smiling this week and settled back into their February routines! After all the excitement and activity of the past week, this was a relatively quiet one; so, we will leave you with our WARMEST wishes for a relaxing weekend and as always, we keep our students, faculty, and families in our prayers.

"Laissez les bons temps rouler!" at this year's Dinner Auction March 11th!

"Let the good times roll!" with friends, food, dancing, and music AND help support our beloved school!

Click HERE to order your Dinner/Dance Tickets

A Night in New Orleans MCCHS Dinner Auction Welcomes Donations!

You can help make it a night to remember by donating special items for the silent and/or live auctions! Check out this idea page for Auction Baskets! Please contact the Marian Central Development Office at (815) 338-4220, ext. 124 or 126, or email for additional assistance! See you all on March 11th for this wonderful celebration that supports our dear school!

March 3, 2017: Join Ms. Novy at the 3rd Quarter PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE!

We are half way through third quarter and it seems like the school year is moving by quickly.

Please take a little time out of your morning and join other parents as we chat about how the school year has been going and what concerns and suggestions you have moving forward. I will share some of the updates on curriculum, technology, and our focus on continuous growth and improvement.

CLICK HERE to view the invite and R.S.V.P.!

Week At-A-Glance: February 25 - March 3 , 2017

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

  • 10:30am - 12:30pm - Freshman Registration (no appointment needed) in Cafeteria
  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm - Moody's Math Challenge in Room 211

Help us celebrate KINDNESS MATTERS Week!

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

Senior T-Shirt orders taken during all lunch periods today! - LAST DAY!

  • 2nd pd - American Academy of Art college rep in Guidance

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

Senior T-Shirt orders taken during all lunch periods today!

  • 1st pd - University of IL-Springfield college rep in Guidance
  • 2nd pd - Arizona State University college rep in Guidance

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Appreciation Station (all lunch periods)

  • 8:55am - All School Mass: Ash Wednesday

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Kindness Party today after school - room 121!

  • 8th pd - University of Alabama college rep in Guidance

Friday, March 3, 2017 - Charity Breakfast/FOR Mass

  • before school - Charity Breakfast in room 121 - a donation of $1 for donuts & coffee!
  • 8:00 am - Principal's Coffee in Cafeteria
  • after school - FOR/Kindness Mass in Chapel (end the week in prayer and gratitude!)

These are just the highlights of the major events happening this week at Marian.

Detailed ATHLETIC CALENDAR (practices/away games): 8to18 Athletics Calendar.

Detailed CLUBS CALENDAR (meetings/events): Clubs/Organizations Page

Grade-Level Jeep Raffle Sales Contest Feb. 21st through Mar. 6th!


WHAT: Winning grade level gets FRIDAY, APRIL 28th OFF! (yes...PROM DAY!)

WHO: Each Grade Level

WHEN: February 21st - March 6th (3pm)

WHY: Ticket sales benefit MC Financial Aid Program

HOW: drop sold ticket stubs & money collected in your grade-level collection box every day of the competition:

MAIN COMMONS - Before School

CAFETERIA - During Lunch Periods

SCHOOL OFFICE - All Other Times

All tickets are marked with the student's grade level to keep track of the competition!

Tickets (envelopes containing 10 tickets per student) will be distributed during 9th period on Tuesday, Feb. 21st. Unsold tickets may be returned to the school office - or PICK UP MORE TO SELL! This is a completely voluntary sales event - and we offer this in the spirit of friendly competition while raising funds to help support our financial aide program here at Marian Central.

Any questions, please contact our wonderful Development Team at (815) 338-4220 ext. 124 or 126, or email Thank you for your support!

News & Announcements:


Our wonderful Friends of Rachel Club is hosting "Kindness Matters" week this coming week! (February 27th - March 3rd) The Friends of Rachel Club stands for kindness, and the power that it has. Our students will be participating in several activities throughout the week not only to promote kindness, but also to recognize and celebrate the kindness that is displayed everyday. We believe that taking a week to help students relax and be aware of their own positive attitude towards others will inspire a student culture in which compassion is a fundamental value.


This March, the Marian Central Catholic H. S. Library is offering a second opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors to take a complete practice ACT test, spread out over two after-school sessions. The testing will take place on March 8th (2:30 - 5:00) and March 9th (2:30 - 4:00). These are official practice tests from ACT, and students will receive scaled scores for each test section and subsection. This is an opportunity for Marian students to get an idea of the types of questions they will be seeing on the real test. They will also experience the ACT testing environment, complete with proctored instructions, ACT rules, and more than one test in one sitting.

Test seating is limited to the first 25 students to register. If you are interested, please print the form linked below, complete the signature block, and return it to the Marian library no later than March 3rd. You will be notified by e-mail once your form has been received. Watch the Marian website for information on the number of seats available.

Practice ACT Test Registration

Marian's Theatre Scene is THRIVING!

What a successful run of our annual Spring Musical! The final bows on Saturday night closed an amazing production of The Pajama Game and we couldn't be more grateful for our cast, crew, orchestra pit, directors, and parent-volunteers for bringing such joy and music to our school. Set strike happened on Sunday afternoon, the students had one day of rest - and then we launched right into auditions for our spring Black Box production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Black Box is a term often used to describe very small theatrical productions that use a minimalist set, and are often presented in a very intimate theatrical setting. We launched this small production last year, and it was a great success. This year, our audience will once again be seated ON THE STAGE and treated to a wonderful, light-hearted musical! The cast list is going up, tech meetings will begin next week (drop in meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!) and rehearsal schedules will be posted!


The Yearbook Staff is collecting your baby photos for inclusion in this year's Memorare. Detailed postcards are mailing out to all seniors, but here's the info:

WHAT: your baby photo (preferred 6 months - 2 years)

HOW: turn in the photo to your English instructor, making sure you have clearly printed your FULL NAME and English instructor's name on the back.

WHEN: all photos must be turned in by March 9th. The staff will carefully scan all photos and return them through your English class soon after that! Questions? Please email s. Gallagher at


Do you have what it takes to play on THIS team? Let's find out...

1. The hypotenuse of a 30-60-90 degree triangle is 14 cm long. Find the perimeter of the triangle. Be sure to include the correct units.

2. Which eleven-letter adjective is used before the word "mark" to refer to any of several notations above or below a letter in word to indicate pronunciation?

3. Theatrical workers, whether production, construction or administrative are often referred to by what four-letter noun that begins with the letter "g"?

Well, our Marian Central Scholastic Bowl defeated several teams, sweeping the preliminary rounds with a perfect 5-0 record to advance to the finals, up against #1 seeded Rockford Auburn. The teams battled back and forth in a very exciting exchange of point-lead with every round. Our team proudly took the 2nd place honor, and are eager to launch their IHSA season (We are actually hosting a tournament here on March 6th!) It's a sport that you can actually play along with (in your mind) or just sit back and marvel at what these kids know!

Want the answers to the questions?

1. 21 + 7 radical 3 cm

2. diacritical (mark)

3. grip

So how'd you do???

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