57th Edition: January 5, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Welcome Back to School!

We hope this holiday break was exactly what you hoped it would be! Even without students in the building, the halls were a-buzz with activity over break. From facilities improvement projects and technology enhancements to hosting an amazing Priests vs Seminarian basketball game, we are honored to be so active in our deanery community.

The Priests vs Seminarian game was so much fun - with a great turn-out to support our vocations. We even were treated to a guest-commentator, Fr. Doyle, who supplied us all with colorful play-by-play calls. The Priests' team, the God Squad, dominated the scoreboard and brought some serious game to the court. One of our very own alums, Scotty Girolamo, played on the Seminarian's team! In the end, the Priests won 72-62. It was wonderful, too, to see so many little children gather around both teams after the game, giving high-fives and fist-bumps to their favorite players. We hope this becomes an annual tradition - as it truly was a "can't miss" event for the entire family!

We are looking forward to having our students and faculty back in full swing this Monday! Until then, enjoy these last few days of break!

Week(s) At-A-Glance: January 5 - 12, 2018

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

School resumes - Regular School Schedule

2:30 pm: Theatre Fest Participant meeting in Room 131

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

LATE START - Warning Bell at 9:40 am, Classes Begin at 9:45 am.

4th-6th Pd Lunches: Adoration in Chapel

2:50 pm: Club Moderator Meeting in Annex (all Club leaders/moderators)

7:00 pm: Spring Musical Parent Meeting in Auditorium

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

4th-6th Pd Lunches: Adoration in Chapel

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

4th-6th Pd Lunches: Adoration in Chapel

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

8:55 am: All School Mass in Landers Pavilion

2:30 pm: Campus Ministry Kick Off Event starting in Chapel

5:30 pm: Fr/So Girls Basketball vs Crystal Lake South

7:00 pm: Var. Girls Basketball vs Crystal Lake South - ALS Awareness Night

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

Interested in any Clubs & Organizations? Check out the Clubs/Organizations page for more information and a calendar of meeting times!

Tuesday, January 9th - LATE START 9:45 am!

Please set your alarms and don't be late for our January LATE START! Ironically, this is the one day out of the month when we experience the most tardies to school!

Warning bell rings at 9:40 am

Class Begins promptly at 9:45 am

Senior Semester 2 Exam Exemption Information

At the beginning of the year, we shared with you all (and all seniors during a class assembly) the new exam exemption program we are initiating this year. We wanted to encourage our seniors to finish their high school career strong, reward students who have been working so hard to be a great student in every aspect, and perhaps even ease a little exam anxiety towards the end of the year. Since this is our first year implementing this, we anticipate this to be a "learning" year as we work to fine-tune this program.

Please read through the 2017-2018 S2 Senior Exam Exemption form. Seniors will be responsible for printing, completing, and submitting this form for consideration.

Here are the general criteria that we will be able to measure:



  • Senior students must be passing their course BOTH Quarter 3 and Quarter 4 with a minimum 91% (rounded) B+, in order to waive out of that respective final exam.

  • Senior Students have the option of taking their final exam, if doing so increases the chances of earning a better grade.


  • Senior students must have accumulated NO MORE THAN three (3) detention hours over the course of the entire 2017-2018 school year.


  • Senior students must have a minimum of 94% attendance rate (no more than 5 excused absences) for second semester.

  • Senior students must have no more than 5 excused absences for the class during second semester.

  • Extended medical situations approved by the administration and/or medical emergencies supported by medical documentation will not count towards the excused absences, tardies, or early dismissals.

  • Off-site college visits will not count toward the attendance criteria if the visit is pre-approved by administration (using Student Advanced Leave Notice Form) and is verified upon return with a letter from the college visit

  • School-sponsored absences, such as spiritual retreats, administrative-approved field trips, and school-sports early releases will not count toward the attendance criteria.

Need FREE ACT Test Practice? Check This Out!

This January, the Marian Central Catholic H. S. Library is offering an opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors to take a complete practice ACT test, spread out over two after-school sessions. The testing will take place on January 17 (2:30 - 5:00) and January 18 (2:30 - 4:00). These are official practice tests from ACT, and students will receive scaled scores for each test section and subsection. This is an opportunity for Marian students to get an idea of the types of questions they will be seeing on the real test. They will also experience the ACT testing environment, complete with proctored instructions, ACT rules, and more than one test in one sitting. Test seating is limited to the first 25 students to register. If you are interested, please print the form linked below, complete the signature block, and return it to the Marian library no later than January 16. You will be notified by e-mail once your form has been received. Watch the Marian website for information on the number of seats available.

Practice ACT Test Registration

Additional practice ACT tests will be offered in January and March, open to both Sophomores and Juniors.


As we flip the page on the calendar, it's only natural to begin thinking about all the wonderful events that we have to look forward to in the second semester! Two such events are our WINTER FORMAL and, of course, PROM.

WINTER SEMI-FORMAL (Jan. 27th) Our young ladies typically wear cocktail length dresses. PLEASE help your daughter select a length that is appropriate! It's very important that the hemline is no higher than mid-thigh. Young men wear suit/tie - but often forego the suit-coat.

PROM -FORMAL (April 27th - Juniors and Seniors only) Gowns and Tuxedos are the typical attire for this event. Again, with dresses, since there are so many selections out there - it is important that our school's conservative attire is respected.

Society (and the media) may be tempting our young men and women to dress and behave far beyond their age - but we have to do our best to protect the age they actually are. Thank you for always partnering with us in this effort to prepare them for adulthood, while still honoring and protecting their age.

We hope you find this Semi/Formal Dress Guideline helpful!

Do you have NEW or LIKE-NEW Children's Books Available for Donation?

If you find yourself wanting to clear some shelves in your house, please consider putting aside any NEW or LIKE-NEW children's books for a wonderful book drive we will be conducting mid-January through our Writing Lab/Writers' Society! Jan. 16-19th, they will be collecting books to donate to local hospitals and support organizations to stock their library selections! More information will be coming soon, but we wanted to put the word out there early for you!

Rockford IceHogs Celebrate Catholic Schools Week!

The Rockford IceHogs and BMO Harris Bank Center would like to welcome Marian Central to their 4th Annual Catholic Schools Night on February 2nd at 7:00 pm to help celebrate the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week! Tickets can only be purchased through Juliana at the IceHogs office and purchasing tickets early is strongly recommended.

The first 2,500 fans will receive a Jake Smolinski (Boylan graduate) bobblehead!

Click HERE for an order form, or call Juliana at 815-847-6389 or email Tickets must be ordered by January 31st. Tickets are $10 each (upper level).

Illinois Tax Scholarship Information Now Online!

On August 31, 2017 the Illinois Legislature approved the Invest in Kids Act, which created an income based tax scholarship program to allow low income students more choices in education. These K-12 scholarships are based on financial need, not how well a child does in school. With this new legislation, families are able to choose to enroll in a non-public (private) school with scholarship money available for tuition and necessary fees starting on January 24, 2018, which marks the opening of the scholarship application process.

Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100% of tuition and eligible fees for next school year for families that qualify.

This program will be funded completely by donors who wish to help low income families have a choice in education. If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing so! Since individuals will be able to direct their donations to a school or group of schools, you can help ensure that families have access to a great Catholic education. Empower Illinois is the scholarship granting partner of the Diocese of Rockford. Applications for donor tax credits begin on January 2nd.

Rockford Diocese Department of Educational Services has created a very comprehensive, user-friendly online resource for both families interested in scholarship application and individuals/corporations interested in making donations to support this wonderful initiative.

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Tickets for this event are $22 each - but because we feel SO STRONGLY in the importance of Chris's message of taking the beauty and genius of the gospel and applying it to one's every day life, Marian Central is underwriting a portion of the ticket price for ALL Marian students! The price for any Marian Central student is now only $10.00! Tickets are available for purchase in the Guidance Office - so come get yours today and join us on January 24th for this life-changing event in Landers Pavilion!

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