91st Edition: November 2, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Superintendent's Corner: A Message from Mr. DeFrisco

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are already into November and Thanksgiving is just “around the corner.” This is the perfect time of the year to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. I feel particularly blessed to be part of the Marian Central family and to be working as your Interim Superintendent.

Starting with this week’s edition of the Friday Focus, and on the first Friday of each month, a section of the Friday Focus will be dedicated to me for a short message to our families. I hope you find the “Superintendent’s Corner” helpful and informative.

One question that I am most asked is how I divide my time between my two offices. I have managed to divide my time between the Catholic education office and my Marian Central office but the majority of my week is spent at Marian. I spend roughly 75% of my work week at Marian and if necessary, I have spent the entire week at Marian. Dividing my time has not been too difficult but I always place Marian’s need at the top of my list. Marian has my undivided attention. It has been a pleasure working with the staff, visiting with the students, and when possible, supervising students in the lunchroom.

Since September, I have been listening and learning more about the day-to-day operation of the school, recognizing what is working well, and considering what adjustments are necessary to improve our programs. Marian is an outstanding school and continues to provide an excellent faith based academic education that includes many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. This year is the first year the students are benefiting from our expanded one to one technology program. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to adjust to these technology upgrades.

Please allow me to provide some additional information on what has been addressed, or currently being addressed. Below is a list of some improvements or changes that have been implemented:

  • Each classroom window, (including the library), on the Rt. 120 side of the building has been fitted with new window treatment. The cost of the shades and installation totaled just over $10,000.
  • One of our cafeteria ovens recently broke down and could not be repaired due to its age and inability to obtain replacement parts – as a result, a new oven was purchased costing us $7,000.
  • We have restructured the Administrative Team to include Fr. Twenty, Ms. Novy, Mrs. Loy, and myself, along with representatives from each of the various departments. Our meetings are held every Monday afternoon. These meetings are helpful and provide valuable communication between the school’s departments.
  • We continue to identify possible candidates to serve as members of the new Marian Board of Consultors. Our goal is to have this board up and running after the holidays.
  • Fr. Twenty is leading the Catholic Identify Team which consists of administration members and faculty representatives.
  • We are continuing our effort to establish an Athletic Booster Club and should have additional information after the holiday season.
  • Ms. Novy and I continue to meet with the Faculty School Improvement Team as required by AdvancED.
  • We have contracted with a local landscaper and you will soon notice some improvement to the landscaping around the school.
  • The last week of November I will be meeting with each of the Academic Department Chairs in an effort to understand the needs of our staff and our academic program and celebrate all the positive things that are happening at school.
  • After meeting with the Department Chairs, I will be meeting with the remaining faculty/staff members in an effort to better understand their needs and assist them in any way I can.

As you can see, a great deal has been accomplished and there is much work ahead of us and as a “servant leader” I am totally committed to the mission, the students, and families of Marian Central Catholic High School. I am confident that together we can accomplish great things. A strong partnership between the parents and the school is the best formula for a successful Catholic educational program.

On behalf of the entire Marian faculty and staff, I thank you for your support and your willingness to partner with us in providing a solid Catholic academic for your children.

May God continue to bless you and your family and Happy Thanksgiving!


Vito C. DeFrisco

Interim Superintendent

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November 2nd - 4th: MUCH ADO ABOUT WILL




These are just a few of the phrases you WILL be saying after you experience our first production of the Fine Arts Season: Much Ado About Will

Our students have dedicated countless hours and gallons of paint to bring you this absolutely original take on the classic words of "The Bard." We promise you a crash-course of all things Shakespeare as we take you on a whirl-wind tour of his greatest hits!

BOX OFFICE OPENS AT 6:15 PM on Friday and Saturday night, and at 1:15 pm on Sunday. Tickets are sold at the Box Office only - and seating is first-come, first-served. The "house" opens 30 minutes prior to curtain!


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WEEK AT-A-GLANCE November 3 - 9 , 2018

Saturday, November 3 2018

12:00 pm: Ryan Jones runs in IHSA 2A Cross Country STATE Competition at Detweiller Park in Peoria, Illinois!

7:00 pm: Fall Production of Much Ado About Will . Tickets $10, Box Office opens at 6:15 pm!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

2:00 pm: Fall Production of Much Ado About Will . Tickets $10, Box Office opens at 1:15 pm! FINAL SHOW!

Monday, November 5, 2018 - Celebrating National KEY CLUB Week!

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: Western Michigan rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: Confessions in Chapel

4:00 pm: Fine Arts Boosters Meeting in Annex - all are welcome!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - LATE START TUESDAY! DO NOT BE LATE for LATE START!

9:25 am: Daily Mass offered in Chapel


9:45 am: 1st Period Begins!

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel


Wednesday, November 7, 2018


7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: Aurora University rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

2:45 pm: Musical Song Learning in Music Room (Room 111)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

1st pd: Pro-Life Group to launch Spiritual Adoption Event in all 1st pd classes

3rd pd: Univ. of Ill (Chicago) rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: Adoration during all lunches in Chapel

8th pd: Central College (Iowa) rep in Guidance

2:45 pm: Musical Song Learning in Music Room (Room 111)

7:00 pm: Tri-M Induction Ceremony in Auditorium

Friday, November 9, 2018 - NO SCHOOL, Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!

Parent-Teacher Conferences NOVEMBER 9th! Sign up OPEN Through November 6th at 3pm

Please click here to schedule your conference.

Teachers will be available for 10-minute conferences on:

8:00 am – 11:00 am
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please note there are a limited number of time slots available for conferences.
Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Passwords were mailed to each home on October 19th. If you did not receive the mailing, please call the office.

For assistance with conference scheduling, please call the conference helpline at

847-964-5035 during weekday business hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

For conferences regarding academics/personal-social concerns:

Current freshmen and juniors: Call Tom Kruse at extension 122 or email at
Current sophomores and seniors:
Call Kelly Hilton at extension 121 or email

For conferences regarding future planning (career/college info):
Call Jim Stamatakos at extension 120 or email at

PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Stamatakos' auto-scheduler is not working properly at this time! Please email or call him directly to set up a time to meet with him!

For general questions regarding conferences, please call the school office at 815-338-4220.

Parent Association looking for DESSERTS or SALADS for Parent-Teacher Conferences Nov. 9th!

Do you have a delicious recipe for a dessert or salad? We would love to spoil our teachers at the dinner we have planned on November 9th (4:00 - 5:00 pm) and your food donation will make this a very special event for them!

The teachers will be spending 12 hours at Marian Central on Friday, November 9th. We want to make sure that our teachers are well-fed throughout their day!

If you have a dish to pass, please contact Mrs. Lori Lee at so we can help fill out the menu for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you!

MCCPA: Parent Association Meeting Nov. 14th! Come Join Us!

Join this dynamic group to support our beloved school! Our next Parent Association meeting will be on Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 pm in the Annex!

We have so many more events that help support our students and faculty - such as the up-coming Open House on November 18th, where we host a refreshment table - and can use a few parent-volunteers to greet prospective families!

We are there for every school event to make sure our students never go without refreshments, support, and encouragement! Our involvement, too, provides immediate support to the wonderful faculty here at Marian Central as most coach sports, advise after-school clubs, chaperone field trips and retreats in addition to all their teaching responsibilities.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other Marian Central families, make life-long friends, and be a continual positive presence in our children's lives. We'd love to see you at this November 14th meeting!

MC Pro-Life Awareness Club Launches Spiritual Adoption Project!

On Thursday, November 8, members of the Pro Life Awareness Club will visit all first hour classes, explaining the Spiritual Adoption project we will be sponsoring at Marian Central this year. This outstanding group of students will introduce the project, lead the students in prayer, and leave the class with a poster to hang reminding the class of their region and intention.

The Spiritual Adoption project is a way for Marian Central to actively support and remember the importance of supporting life at all stages. Each 1st hour classroom will be given a different geographical region of the world and will be asked to pray for all unborn babies in this particular place. Then, as a whole, Marian Central will be praying for all unborn children throughout the world. Each first hour class will be lead in prayer as the project is introduced and will be encouraged to pray for the intention of these unborn children weekly or even daily throughout the school year. Throughout the school year, members of the Pro Life Club will lead the morning prayer with a focus on our Spiritual Adoption project.

Please pray for our wonderful MC Pro-Life Awareness Club as they launch and continue this project throughout the rest of this school year!

Winter Sports Teams Photos: November 12th

All Winter Sports Teams will have their team photos taken on November 12th! Please see the schedule pictured below. Please make sure your athlete brings his or her complete uniform for these photos!

For your convenience, we have linked the information and order form here for you! Please bring a completed form with you to the photo session, along with payment (via check)

Photo Package Descriptions

Photo ORDER FORM with Pricing

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Lands End Scholarship Opportunity!


Lands' End is now accepting applications! Up to seven scholarships will be awarded to eligible students in grades 6 – 12 who display exceptional leadership skills and show a passion for learning and education.

Students must be enrolled in a Lands' End Preferred School during the 2018-2019 school year (which Marian Central is!)

They are limited to just 3,000 applicants. So don’t wait – apply now!


Technology Updates & Important Information

After finishing up first quarter, it seems that things have settled in quite nicely with regards to our One-To-One device roll-out. Here are some fast facts…

  • - 592 devices were distributed to students by the end of the second week of school
  • - Staffulty have participated in a variety of technology-focused professional development opportunities
  • - Departments are developing technology goals
  • - Teachers are utilizing the devices to varying levels and in varying ways within their classrooms
  • - Students are experiencing a wider variety of exposure to academic-based software and activities that enhance their understanding of content material

As expected, there are always some “bugs” that need to be worked out whenever you implement something new. Most device problems identified have been centered around students familiarizing themselves with general operation and maintenance of their device.

Here are some guidelines to ensure that these problems are minimized…

Students should…

  • - Always plug in their device overnight so it is fully charged for the day.
  • - Restart their device daily to pick up any updates. (This will minimize updates occurring when students are trying to use their device during class time.)
  • - If their device seems “stuck in hibernation,” student should reboot system by restarting. If the students cannot get to the restart due to a black screen, then press the power button down until the device turns off, then restart the device.

We have also determined that there have been many instances of students breaking their stylus tips. We are initiating a policy whereby the first tip replacement for a student is free, but all subsequent tips issued will be subject to a charge. Please refer to our updated fee chart.

Problem.... Fee

Stylus Tip Replacement.... $2.00 each (new)

Stylus Battery Replacement.... $2.00 each (new)

Stylus Replacement.... $40.00

Charger Replacement.... $40.00

Thank you for your help in guiding your students to continue to take care of their devices, as well as your support in making this device roll out successful.

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