Week at a Glance

Marian Central Catholic High School Faculty Newsletter

October 5, 2019

Reflecting on the past week...

The hall decorations are down, the costumes stored away for another time, a king and queen crowned, and another great football game is in the books! Are we done? No... at the moment Lander's Pavilion is being transformed into a yacht Party for this year's Homecoming dance tonight. For those of you signed up to supervise the dance, please be there no later than 6:45 pm and stay until 10:30 pm when all students are out, helping with clean up. Many hands make light work!

School Expectations

We would like to express our appreciation to our staffulty who are continuing to help enforce our school's expectations, even in the midst of the Homecoming festivities. Esuring students are held accountable if they are late to class, have food or drinks (besides water) in the classrooms and hallways, and inappropriate dress. We have also noticed more of a presence in the hallways. One thing to note that we have been seeing a spike in, though, are students who have nose piercings... which are not allowed. If you see a student with any piercing (other than girls' ears) please send the students down to see Mr. Price. Having a bandaid over it or having a "clear" piercing is still not acceptable.

Late Start

Though it was Homecoming week, it didn't stop us from our important work as educators. Starting with a brief reminder of our testing center procedures must have paid off because we had over 30 tests completed by the end of the week! As teachers met with their PLCs, continued work on curriculum alignment will certainly help Marian to meet our school curricular goal of completing 50% of all UBDs in courses offered at Marian. THank you for your hard work.

Homecoming Festivities

Friday was a wonderful day, beginning with our all school mass. Our Distinguished Alumni Mr. Cooney, Class of '69 had some wonderful memories and words of wisdom to share and it was wonderful to see a number of alumni and family members attending as well.

Our pep rally was well thought out and seemed to have everyone up out of their seats. Glad to see everyone had such a great time and were ramped up for the game!

Congratulations to Madison Hogel and Marcus Henningfield, Homecoming's Queen and King!

What's coming up?

We are welcoming a relatively quiet and short week that will end with an especially long weekend for our students. Here are a few things to note...


- Since Mrs. Hilton and Mr. Kruse will be out Monday through Wednesday, if there are any guidance concerns that cannot wait, please refer students to either Mr. Stamatakos, Mr. Shukis, or Ms. Novy

- Since Mr. J Price will also be out Monday through Wednesday, immediate discipline needs should be diverted to Ms. Novy

Evacuation Drill Walk Through

- On Thursday at 9am we will be announcing an evacuation drill walk through in order to ensure that our students are clearly aware of the new procedures and evacuation location. It is for this reason that each teacher will need to speak with their second period students PRIOR TO Thursday to make sure they understand these main points...

1) Where ever they are, once the alarm sounds (or in this case, the announcement) the should evacuate with the current teacher/supervisor they are with

2) Once they go outside, they are to look for their homeroom teacher and line up with them. Homeroom teachers are lined up alphabetically. (Please post the parking lot layout by your classroom door so students can see it ...we provided it at the last 1/2 day inservice)

3) Teachers... remember that you are still to take your red & green cards, your name/homeroom sign, and your homeroom rosters. The signs will be given to you early this week.

If you have any questions please contact administration prior to Thursday.

Finally... Friday is the Diocesan inservice day. Complete information is found below under "Professional Development."

Other reminders include...

Student Devices

>>Important reminder: Absolutely NO students are allowed to use their own personal devices during classtime. The only device they should be using is the Marian issued laptop. If you do identify a student using their own, please direct the student to put it away and utilize the Marian device. If you have any problems with students regarding this expectation, feel free to bring it to administrations' attention. Thank you for reinforcing Marian expectations.

Semester 1 Midterm

Wednesday, October 16 is Semester 1 Midterm... yes, already! It is important that grades are as completely up to date in the portal as possible! In addition, make sure that you send out emails for any students who have a D or F about a week prior to midterms... which would be October 9.

Have a wonderful week!

Professional Development Opportunities & Resources

October 11, 2019 All Diocesan Institute Day (Updated Info!)

· The day will start with Mass at 8:30 AM with Bishop Malloy. Mass will be in the Main Gym and there will be limited chair seating. Please sit in the bleachers if you can. This will allow us to reserve floor seating for those that cannot manipulate the bleachers or those that cannot sit without a back rest for any period of time.

· Attire for the day should be business casual. Please no jeans, leggings or shorts. Due to the walking teachers will do throughout the day, comfortable shoes are necessary.

· Please use the two main parking lots (left and right) by the Student Entrance. (Map attached).

· The day will go until 3:15pm. There will be two groups for the day (so we can comfortably seat teachers in the auditorium for Rick Wormeli’s presentation). Teachers are being divided into groups and not all teachers from the same school will be in the same group. They will get their schedules when they arrive. Every effort is being put into getting teachers from different groups (i.e. Art, Music, etc.) together to be able to have time to discuss important topics for their discipline.

Please click here for the flyer!

ALL STAFF (teachers, guidance, & administration) ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND

Teacher's Teacher : A wide variety of online courses are offered, designed to meet the changing needs of teachers.

Reading & Writing Seminars & Podcasts

ASCD Webinars: A variety of online webinars. Here you can access recent or archived professional learning.

The WE Teachers program

Walgreens is funding the development of WE Teachers. This new program will be available to educators nationwide at no cost, equipping them with the tools and resources to address critical social issues in their classrooms.

The WE Teachers program includes:

  • Online modules and curriculum to address critical social issues
  • Training sessions and professional learning
  • Online teacher platform and social community
  • WE Teachers Awards, which help to supplement the cost teachers spend on classroom supplies
Learn more or register at weteachers.org ›


This is just a little reminder about the new Diocesan policy on timesheets.

All hourly and salaried employees are required to fill out timesheets.

- Turn them in to Mrs. Murwin on the 15th and 30th/31st of each month.

- put your start time and end time.

- If you are out for a conference put the time and put conference in reason.

- If you are gone late for coaching, etc. put the time and put FB coach, VB coach, etc.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Mr. Shukis or Mrs. Murwin.


As you may be aware, the news has highlighted more and more the dangers of teen vaping. As educators, we are all responsible for the safety and well-being of all of our students. We need to have a hightened sense of awareness about what these devices look like and its effects on the human body. ISBE shared a simple guide from the Illinois Department of Health that will help you stay informed, with links to more information, if you choose to learn more.
Please click here for this useful information.

Catechist Certification Opportunities

DeKalb Deanery Offers:

All Prerequisites

Level 1 Parts 1 & 2

All held at St. Mary's in DeKalb

Click here for more information


Upcoming Technology PD:

The Learning Technology Center is hosting the 2019 Illinois Education and Technology Conference on Nov. 13-15 in Springfield. Educators, administrators, and IT leaders gather to explore digital age teaching and learning, technology integration strategies, modern instructional practices, digital tools and resources, and emerging trends. Register and find additional information about the conference.


Remember that you have this resource available to you!

Your SchoolShelf URL: http://www.schoolshelf.com/981085-marian

This Week's Schedule

As you work through your plans this week, please note these events. For a more detailed list, check out our school calendar, 8to18 Athletics Calendar or Clubs/Organizations Page

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:00 am - 1:00 pm ~ StuCo Dance Decorating

9:30 am ~ Fall Play Set Building, Auditorium

7:00 - 10:00 pm ~ Homecoming Dance, Lander's Pavilion

**Please note that there will be NO Chapel services this week, as Father Twenty will be attending a Priest's Retreat

Monday, October 7, 2019

Hilton, Kruse, & J Price @ Mustard Seed Conference

9:00 am ~ Facility Meeting, rm 145

9:30 am ~ Director's Meeting, rm 145

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hilton, Kruse, & J Price @ Mustard Seed Conference

7:30 am ~ First Year Teacher Mentor Meeting, rm 145

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsals, Auditorium

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hilton, Kruse, & J Price @ Mustard Seed Conference

2:30 pm ~ Practice ACT Session, Library

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

Thursday, October 10, 2019

9:00 am ~ Evacuation Drill walk through

Lunches ~ Jostens Collecting Senior Orders, Cafeteria

2:30 pm ~ Practice ACT Session, Library

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

7:00 pm ~ Powder Puff Football Game (rescheduled from last week) **Personal Care item or $2 entry

Friday, October 11, 2019

8:30 am - 3:15 pm ~ Diocesan Teacher Inservice, Boylan HS

Saturday, October 12, 2019

9:30 am ~ Fall Play Set Building, Auditorium

Monday, October 14, 2019


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Marian Inservice Day

7:30 am ~ Continental Breakfast

8:00 am ~ Inservice begins

11:30 am ~ staff lunch

12:30 pm ~ Inservice continues

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Marian Testing Day/Half-Day Inservice Day

8:00 am - 12:00 pm ~ PreACT 8/9 & PSAT 11

12:30pm ~ Staff Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 pm ~ Staff Inservice

Happy Birthday to...

Oct. 15 Ashley Kudla & Brooke Poci

Oct. 16 Vito DeFrisco