MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS
192nd EDITION: April 30, 2021
From the Desk of Ms. Debra Novy
As we enter the last month of this school year, there are so many things to reflect on, but there are also so many things yet to do! Plans still need to be solidified for end of the year activities, our faculty and staff are working diligently to ensure that students have mastered the material that has been taught over the semester, and students are preparing for prom, AP and semester exams, Honors Day, and ultimately, Graduation. No doubt, there is still work to be done… but good things come from hard work, and our students will eventually be able to reap the benefits of their hard work through their grades, scholarships, future endeavors, and especially the pride they have for a job well done!
During this busy and potentially stressful end of the year, it was the perfect time to step back and experience personal reflection and introspection as our entire school participated in our annual all-school retreat, Revival, this past Wednesday and Thursday. Though it certainly looked different than past retreats, there was no question that the opportunities to listen, reflect, and embrace gratitude were many. Our students listened to student retreat leaders share witness talks and learned more about prayer, grace, and the importance of thanksgiving. Students participated in adoration, reconciliation, and Mass. They laughed; they played; they reflected; they prayed. Our entire Marian family was, if just for a couple of days, able to let go of all the stress and worries of the week and became one in the presence of God, remembering the theme of this year, “Grace upon Grace.”
As we resume the end of the year classes, sports, and activities, I hope that the students and staff remember the unique and special experiences they had during Revival 2021… and that it will help them know that they will get through the end of the year…
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” ~ Luke 1:37
Blessings for a wonderful end of the 2020-21 school year!
Temporary Remote Learning Option Discontinued
Now that most of our students have been attending class in person, we have officially moved away from our hybrid schedule. This means that we no longer have students alternating between in person and remote learning days.
As a result, many of our teachers no longer need to teach both online and in person simultaneously. This has already enhanced our student engagement and allows us the opportunity to complete the curriculum efficiently through the rest of the school year.
As we resume a more typical school schedule moving forward, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- If a student is sick (non-covid) and needs to stay home, they will no longer have the opportunity to log in remotely. This will just be considered a regular absence.
- If a student has an appointment during the school day, we will be treating those as early dismissals or late arrivals, with the student being expected to be in school when not at the appointment.
- If a student is to be absent for any other reason (ie: college visit, etc.) there will NOT be a remote option, and it will be treated as a regular absence.
- There are no more "temporary remote" options, as students should either be fully in person or fully remote. If it is necessary that the student be out of school for two or more days, please notify the Deans' office by email or phone, and they will have the student fill out the Advance Leave form so the student is fully aware of what s/he will be missing and the expectations for submitting that missed work.
- If a student has been confirmed by the school as needing to be quarantined/isolated due to Covid, we will, however, make sure the teachers provide a remote link for their extended absence.
AP Exams - May 3 Thru May 17
Many of our students will be taking Advanced Placement exams starting this Monday, May 3 – Monday, May 17. Please see the 2021 AP Exam Calendar (Administration 1) for your students' specific AP exam date(s) and time(s). All exams will be administered in Landers Pavilion and COVID safety protocols will be enforced throughout testing.
Students with morning exams should arrive at Landers Pavilion by 7:45 a.m. They should bring their own lunch and will likely be eating during 6th or 7th period. After lunch, they will report to their afternoon classes.
Students with noon exams will attend their morning classes and eat during their regularly scheduled lunch periods. They will report for testing after the 6th period bell. Noon exams will end after the final 2:40 bell and end times will vary based on exam length.
Please be aware that all AP students are required by the College Board to be present for the entire testing period, whether or not they use the entire allotted testing time. Students will not be dismissed early for athletic events, appointments, work, etc.
Students have been given a memo listing what to and what not to bring to exams, as well as information regarding receiving scores.
Good luck to all our AP students!
Your son/daughter selected his/her required, elective and 2 backup courses for the 2021-22 school year in February. Inevitably, each year, there will be some courses that may not fit into the student’s schedule.
In the event this happens, the counselors will look at the backup electives that were chosen. If a backup elective fits into the schedule for the student, that course will be chosen, and the updated course list will be sent home to the families. If the backup electives do not fit into the student’s schedule, one of the counselors will reach out to your son/daughter to determine a fit for his/her schedule.
Should your son/daughter want to discuss other options for their courses for the 2021-22 school year, please have them make an appointment with Mrs. Hilton (rising Juniors and incoming Freshmen) or Mr. Kruse (rising Seniors and Sophomores).
Mrs. Hilton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.338.4220 *121.
Mr. Kruse can be reached at email@example.com or 815.338.4220 *122
Senior Class Composite Photo Orders
Senior Families - if you are interested in purchasing a copy of the senior class composite, please click the link below and place your order no later than Friday, May 7th for delivery prior to the end of the school year. Don't miss this opportunity to preserve your Marian memories!
We've had a great race season! Thank you to all who participated in the Virtual Car Race. We hope you had fun and won some great prizes along the way! We truly appreciate your continued support of our school.
Biking for Babies
St. Mary parishioner, Lucca Kenyon, invites all parishioners and the Marian community to participate in this year’s FIRST local Biking for Babies ride! Biking for Babies is a national nonprofit that works with pregnancy resource centers around the nation. Our mission is to transform the culture by sharing the life-saving stories from pregnancy resource centers, raising financial and spiritual support for these centers and forming pro-life missionaries.
Every year, young adults participate in a six-day National Ride with starting points in Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Mississippi. All routes meet in St. Louis, forming a cross which stretches throughout the nation, making for a total of roughly 2,600 miles.
This summer the local ride will take place Saturday, June 5th, 7:15-10:30 A.M. at Emricson Park Main Pavilion. This is the first-ever Woodstock Local Ride! This event is a ride, not a race, meaning it will not be timed and it is a family-friendly event. The event will consist of three routes: 3 miles, 9 miles, and 15 miles. These routes have been designed with the help of The Bike Haven, for which we are very appreciative.
Come out and bike for the babies! If you have any questions, please contact Lucca Kenyon, firstname.lastname@example.org.