211th ISSUE: December 3, 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Brad Williams

The first week after a break feels longer than normal. Energy is a little low as students readjust to school hours. Engagement in class among students can be more challenging than normal.

I for one am happy to report that this was not the case regarding interactions with students this week. Yes, it seemed slower than normal but beyond that, I found students motivated to engage in the learning process by making positive contributions to the academic environment.

As both a teacher and administrator, I’d like to share some of these experiences from the past week:

  • US History students had insightful and tough questions when discussing the Mexican-American War.
  • Economics students made energized comments over the debate of progressive and proportional income taxes.
  • AP Economics students facilitated an interesting discourse about the implications of new leadership at Twitter and the potential effects on the societal marketplace of ideas.

These interactions I share with students are small instances that help me power through the wearing down effects of stresses and frustrations. With that in mind, I think it is accurate to say that we are living in stressful times. Stresses that are internal and external, in and out of our control, but more stressful than normal, nonetheless.

As a student body, faculty, staff, general school community and society in general, we must find healthy methods to navigate through challenging times. One outlet for me is teaching. Another is time with my family. Everyone has their own answers, I’m sure. Find a solution, engage with it, try to come out on the other side in better condition.

I’m reminded of an article about Ralph Waldo Emerson discussed in my US History class before Thanksgiving on the topic of resilience. Emerson talks about a “recuperative force”. That people need buoyancy and resistance to challenges so that “wounds cicatrize, and the fiber is the tougher for the hurt.” The recuperative force may look different among people, but it is necessary to heal the wounds and emerge stronger, Emerson submits.

In times of stress, frustration or negativity, we should all work to find our recuperative forces and engage those activities in a healthy and productive way. As we approach the end of the second semester, exams and the Christmas holiday, I hope everyone finds a healthy recuperative force and navigates both positives and negatives with grace and composure.

Mr. Brad Williams

Senior Exam Exemption Guidelines - REVISED

The grade requirement has been revised on the 2021-22 Senior Exam Exemption Guidelines. Please click the link below to view the details.

Senior Exam Exemption Guidelines 2021-22 - REVISED

December Calendar - Exams

Wednesday, December 15th - 1st Semester Exams, periods 1 & 2; 10:40 am dismissal

Thursday, December 16th - 1st Semester Exams, periods 3, 456, & 7; 12:00 pm dismissal

Friday, December 17th - 1st Semester Exams; periods 8 & 9; 10:40 am dismissal

Monday, December 20th through Friday, December 31st - No School - Office Closed

Monday, January 3rd - Return to School

Freshmen and Sophomore Parents: PreACT Results Have Arrived!

The counseling staff has been busy the last couple of weeks delivering and explaining PreACT results to our 9th and 10th graders. All 9th and 10th grade students who tested in October were given their paper score report and test booklets. We encourage all freshmen and sophomore parents to review their student's PreACT score report. The results help identify where your student is performing academically so far - identifying strengths and areas for improvement, help with starting to make more concrete plans, and help with setting academic goals. The results also give an indication of whether your student is on target for success in college.

The booklets linked below are helpful tools for understanding scores/score reports:

9th Grade

Using Your PreACT 8/9 Results (scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the booklet)

10th Grade

Using Your PreACT Results

In addition, the 9th graders received an informational handout entitled, "What Matters Most", that provides tips for what they can begin working on now to increase their options for college admissions in the future.

Also, the 10th graders received information regarding a leadership opportunity that is available to all Marian Central sophomores called, HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference). All sophomores are welcome to apply for this conference by grabbing an application in the Guidance Office. Marian chooses 3 sophomores to attend the conference and pays for the registration fee. Applications are due no later than Friday, December 17th.

Empower Illinois

Mark your calendars! Reservations for a 2022-23 tax credit scholarship will open Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 pm.

Like previous years, the reservation will be a two-step process. At 6:30 pm, the reservation form will open, giving families time to enter their information before submission at 7 pm. Once families reserve their time stamp, they will receive an email to log into their EmpowerXChange portal and complete the application when it opens on Friday, January 14.

Apply online at

College Information Night – Save the Date

Freshmen, sophomore, and junior students and their families are asked to save the date for our College Information Night. This year the event will be held on Tuesday January 25, 2022. The formal program will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm, with check in and a brief “Meet the Reps” beginning at 6:00pm.

College Information Night will include presentations from college admission professionals from various types of colleges and universities around the United States. Sessions include Finding Your Fit, Applying to Colleges 101, as well as Testing and When to Submit. A formal agenda will be posted on our Guidance website soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wochner, College Counselor, at 815-338-4220 x120 or

Junior Students and Parents – ACT Registration

Every year, Marian Central Catholic High School serves as a test center for the ACT in April. This year, the test date will be Saturday April 2, 2022. Please note that this date does fall during our spring break. Also know that while we serve as a test center, we are not able to reserve seats for our Marian Central students. If you are interested in signing up for the April 2nd ACT (or the February 12th, June 11th or July 16th at other locations), please register on the ACT Registration website. For the April 2nd test here, be sure to use our test center code: 174990.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wochner, College Counselor, at 815-338-4220 x120 or

Marian Central's First Female Wrestler

Congratulations to Junior Vallorie Williams! Vallorie is the first female wrestler in school history in the first year of IHSA recognizing wrestling as a girls sport. She went 3 and 1 on Saturday and finished in 2nd place at the Ted DeRousse Tournament this weekend in Antioch!

Girls Basketball Team Hopes to Raise Money for the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force

On Friday, December 10, 2021, the girls basketball program will be having a fundraiser to support the McHenry County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Please come out and help support the girls basketball program as they try to help raise awareness of mental health. Click here for more info.
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Alumni Spiritwear is HERE!

Nothing shows your HURRICANE pride more than our brand new ALUMNI spirit wear. Start shopping for the holidays with your choice of either a sweatshirt or t-shirt. Hat and quarter-zip coming soon!

Community Scavenger Hunt

Did you know that Claussen pickles are made right here in Woodstock? Join in on the Legend of the Pickle Holiday Scavenger Hunt!

Download your game card here and find 20 pickles at participating businesses. Hint: we are one of the locations! Turn your completed game card in for a chance to win an iPad!