240th ISSUE: September 30, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Cody O'Neill

Marian Central is the place that molded me into the man I am today. You all might not see it yet, but these are the best four years of your lives here at Marian. Being your Athletic Director at Marian Central is more than just a homecoming, it's my family! Seeing familiar faces in teachers and administration still here from the time that I graduated in ’09 has been such a welcoming feeling. Knowing that they feel strongly about the culture and guidance every student gets by coming to Marian is something that I firmly believe in as well. This is the reason that I came home.

On the athletic side of things, I wanted to let you all know that we will be hosting IHSA regionals for both Volleyball and Boys Soccer. These will both be exciting events as we are hoping that both of our teams will win the regional championships on our home turf and courts. I cannot stress enough how important it will be to have the home crowd loud and rowdy at each one of our games. There is nothing better than home field advantage. The other fall sports are carrying on as well and continue to put Marian on the map with each signature win they bring home. Continue to support your athletic teams and classmates and let’s build our teams and programs as strong as we can.

I know most of the athletes faces in school and will continue to try to know every single one of their names. If I do not know you or haven’t said hi, please reach out to me. I appreciate everyone and want everyone here at Marian to know you’ve got a friend in me!

Football boys- tuck in your shirt!

-Coach O’Neill

Quarter 1 Grading Period Ending

As you may be aware, Quarter 1 ends Oct. 14, followed by parent-teacher conferences Oct. 20 & 21. The following are some quick tips to ensure that your student stays on track academically.

  • Make sure that your student organizes their work with an agenda, folders, and their device to connect with each teacher’s learning management system (Google Classroom or Teams).
  • Help your student develop a daily homework/study routine and help them to stick to it.
  • Check the grade portal with your student on a weekly basis. Review the grade details together, determining whether assignments are missing and need to be turned in or if there is an opportunity to remediate on a low summative test grade.

  • Keep the lines of communication open between you and your student’s teachers to ensure that academic progress is maximized. If you have questions about a particular grade, assignment, or curriculum objective, the teacher is your first connection for clarity.

  • If your student is struggling in a subject, reach out to the teacher for additional direction or help. Your student can also go to the Guidance Office to sign up for an NHS tutor; a student tutor who can meet individually with your student at no charge to help them improve their performance in a particular subject.

Please remember…although report cards are only sent at the end of a semester, the quarter grades play an integral part in the overall progress your student is experiencing. Thank you for partnering with Marian Central to ensure the success of your student!

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 20th

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, October 21st
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The scheduling site will be open from
8:00 am on Friday, October 7th through 12:00 noon on Friday, October 14th.

Please click here for the scheduling site and instructions on creating an account

Please click here for additional information

Testing - October 12th



Wednesday, October 12

All Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and all Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT here at Marian Central on Wednesday, October 12 starting at 8:00 a.m. This will be a shortened school day and all buses will run according to the shortened schedule. Students are required to be in uniform for testing. **This is a non-attendance day for Seniors. Seniors are encouraged to use the long weekend (Oct. 8-12) for college visits.

Please be aware that there are several factors that can affect the end time of these tests, so we ask for your patience and understanding. For planning purposes, approximate end time for the PreACT test is 11: 45 a.m. and for the PSAT/NMSQT is Noon.

All students are encouraged to take these tests seriously as the results provide valuable information that can be used to prepare for college admissions tests as well as resources to aid in the career/college planning process. Test results will be distributed to and reviewed with students as soon as they're available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Hilton, the Guidance Director at or 815-338-4220, ext. 121.

What students should bring for testing:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils)
  • An approved calculator: PreACT , PSAT/NMSQT

What students should not bring for testing:

  • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils, mechanical pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

Click here for PreACT Test Information (Freshmen & Sophomores)

Click here for PSAT/NMSQT Test Information (Juniors)

Students will be given a student guide prior to the test that contains additional test information, test-taking advice/tips and an official practice test prior to test day.

Empowering God's Children - Student Training

Bishop Malloy has approved the Virtus Teaching Safety - Empowering God's Children program for the 2022-23 school year. We will be presenting this training during Theology classes on during the week of October 3-7. This program offers a comprehensive approach to keeping our children safe. Lessons are taught at an age appropriate level and repeat over a 3-year cycle.

Please click here for an overview of the program. If you decide that you would rather have this discussion on your own with your student, please complete the Opt Out Form and the Acknowledgement of Training Form and submit both forms to your student's Theology teacher on Monday, October 3. Your student will then be removed from the classroom during this lesson.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to protect our children. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Warren at

Senior Cap & Gown Orders

A representative from Jostens met with our seniors on Tuesday, September 27th regarding ordering their caps and gowns, graduation invitations and more. Below is additional information Jostens has provided to us:

We are privileged to assist with your families’ milestone of graduating from Marian Central Catholic this spring. Seniors were given an information kit on 9/27 that will help them in submitting their order for the graduation cap and gown unit. Many families choose to add graduation announcements, accessories and apparel at this time as well.

Information link:

Orders may be placed at school on Tuesday, October 4th during lunches or online at by November 15th. The advantage of ordering at school is if you order some of the apparel items, they will be given out at school. Online apparel items are shipped directly home in a few weeks.

Thank you for allowing Jostens to share in this event and we would be happy to answer any questions – 815-477-3588 or

Essay Competition

The Woodstock VFW Post 5040 is seeking entrants for the "Voice of Democracy" Patriotic Audio Essay Competition. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12. This year's theme is "Why is the Veteran Important?". Click the link below for more information and the registration form. Deadline for entries is October 31, 2022. Any questions, please call or email Mrs. Diamond in Guidance. 815-338-4220 ext. 115 or

Fine Arts Booster Club - Meeting

The Fine Arts Boosters are having their first meeting of the year this Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 in the Theatre. Parents who have students in Art, Choir, Band, Fall Play or are planning to participate in the Spring Musical are encouraged to attend.


Marian Central sponsored a booth at the Huntley Fall Fest last weekend. Thank you to the following parents and former parents who represented Marian Central and made this opportunity possible: Denice and Kurt Taylor, Barb Rogers, Colleen Geils, Jan Jablonski, Cathy Gillaspie, Meredith Tom, and Claudine and Tony Cutrona.

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Donate to Hurricane Assistance

A Marian family is organizing donations to bring to those who are dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Ian. If you are able to make a donation of any of the items listed below, it is greatly appreciated. Boxes will be placed in the commons during the week of October 3rd.

Items Needed
Easy to eat food and or non perishable items.
Toilet paper
Flashlights & batteries
Battery chargers
Work Gloves
Advil / Tylenol

Guest Speakers

In a continued effort to keep our students safe and making good decisions, we have invited a speaker from the Illinois Attorney General's Office: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to come to Marian Central to speak with our students. Parents are invited to attend these events:

Social Media Safety & Cyberbulling

Thursday, October 6th at 2:00

The Dangers of Sexting & How to Avoid Being a Victim of Sextortion

Tuesday, October 25th at 2:00 pm

Please click below for additional details.

Lunch Accounts

Please be sure to add money to your student's lunch account if they plan to purchase food in the Cafeteria. The Cafeteria staff cannot allow students to purchase food on credit.

Empower Illinois

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 virtually on Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00-7:30pm to learn more! The Empower Illinois program allows donors to provide direct scholarships for low-income students and receive 75% credit on their Illinois state taxes through the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship program.

To learn more about this program and how it can benefit both donors and Marian Central, RSVP here:

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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.

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.

Monday 10/3: Bradley University-1st Period, Aquinas College (MI)-3rd Period, Loras College-8th Period, Wabash College-9th Period, Northwestern University-10th Period

Tuesday 10/4: Holy Cross College-1st Period, Marquette University-3rd Period, Depauw University-4th Period, Providence College-8th Period, Concordia University Wisconsin-9th Period, University of Oklahoma-10th Period

Wednesday 10/5: Oklahoma State University-1st Period, Blackburn College-3rd Period, St. Louis University-4th Period, Xavier University-8th Period, Carroll University-10th Period

Thursday 10/6: Seton Hall University-1st Period, Utah State University-4th Period, Drake University-10th Period

Friday 10/7: St. Mary's University of MN-4th Period, St. Xavier University-8th Period, Illinois State University-9th Period

Important Dates - College Planning

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

October Calendar

Wednesday, October 5th - Late Start - (9:45 am)
Monday, October 10th - Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, October 11th - Faculty Inservice Day - No School

Wednesday, October 12th - Grades 9-11 testing day; early dismissal; Grade 12 - No School
Thursday, October 20th - Conferences - Noon Dismissal
Friday, October 21st - Conferences - No School