Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

3rd Edition September 30th, 2016

We began our preparations for Homecoming Week. As part of those preparations, our seniors elected their representatives on the Homecoming Court. Congratulations to all those selected! It was also a joy to see our seniors dress up for their senior pictures. They looked very nice in their outfits!

This past week, the Church celebrated the feast day of the three great archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. We ask these powerful angels for their continued prayers and protection over our students and entire school as we enter into this week of celebration.

We extend our thanks for prayers answered as one of our own students, Ella Tegtman recovers from a car accident that occurred mid-week. The entire Marian community came together in unified prayer for the entire Tegtman family. Mrs. Tetgman is happy to report that Ella is in good spirits and is recovering quickly. She also asked to share with you all the following message: "We are so thankful to the entire Marian family for all your support and appreciate all the prayers and kind words! Hopefully, you'll see her soon!" We wish Ella a speedy recovery, and send all of our prayers and healing thoughts!

Week At-A-Glance: October 3 - 9, 2016

Click here for all Homecoming Activities

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
  • Girls Golf 4pm hosting CL Central at Boone Creek
  • Fall Play Parent/Participant Meeting - 7pm in Auditorium (Fine Arts Booster meeting after has been cancelled.)

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

  • LATE START 9:05 am

Wednesday, Oct. 5,, 2016
  • Homeroom - Voting for Homecoming King & Queen
  • Boys Soccer (JV and Varsity) 4:30pm hosting St. Patrick at Peter Baker Field

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
  • PowderPuff - 6pm at George Harding Field

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
  • All School Mass - 8:45am in Landers Pavilion
  • Pep Assembly - 1:50pm in Landers Pavilion
  • Boys Freshmen Football 5pm hosting Carmel at George Harding Field
  • Homecoming Crowning in between games (approximately 6:45pm)
  • Boys Varsity Football 7:30pm hosting Carmel at George Harding Field
  • Hall of Fame Inductions during Half-Time of Varsity Football game

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

  • Homecoming Dance 7:30pm - 10:30pm in Landers Pavilion

These are just the highlights of the activities happening this week at Marian. For a more detailed calendar, including all away games and practices, please visit our 8to18 Athletics Calendar. Or, click here for a more detailed look at the Marian Central school calendar (non-athletic.)

Our Spiritual Journey...

from the Spiritual Director's corner...

Our freshmen spent today on their yearly retreat. For the freshman level, we like to focus on how the freshmen can continue to grow closer to their classmates and, more importantly, closer to Jesus throughout their time here at Marian Central. We hope that the students had fun and used the opportunity away from their studies to open their hearts to God in a new way.

Speaking of retreats: we have already received one or two inquiries regarding the yearly sophomore retreat option to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. After consultation with Mrs. Littner (the retreat coordinator) and some extended time in prayer, I have decided that Marian will not be hosting a trip to the March this year. With my new duties, a recent foot complication for Mrs. Littner, and yearly worries about weather (how can anyone forget last year's blizzard that stranded many schools on the interstates!), I felt that this year is as good time as any to take a pause on this particular retreat.

However, if sophomore students (and only sophomore students) still wish to go on the March for Life, and do so through their parishes or with the diocesan group, then we would be willing to recognize that trip in place of their retreat for this year. If you decide to explore this option, then please email me and let me know that fact. That way, we will not schedule your student for a day retreat.

You can email Rev. T. Doyle at

Hitting the Books!

Mid-Term Grades:

As you are all aware, Tuesday marked the midterm for quarter 1. Our students are settling in to their classes quite well overall and are back into the routines of homework, studying, and setting goals for themselves. A tool that students often forget, though, is the Gradebook Portal. Please encourage your students to be advocates for themselves and check their grades on a regular basis. When they log in, they will be able to see their current grade and identify any missing assignments/assessments they may still have. By taking ownership of their grades, you will see them grow to become more confident, responsible, and self-sufficient individuals.

Math & Writing Labs Open!

Monday - Friday, during all lunch periods, both our Writing Lab (in room 128) and Math Lab (room 221) are open and ready to help students! Students are welcome to stop by either in the morning to obtain a pass for their lunch period. Students can also purchase to-go food from the cafeteria to bring with them to the lab. We are continually expanding our support services to students, and we hope this additional resource helps your student succeed!

Attention Senior Families!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application opens up for the 2017-2018 school year (your student's first year of college) on OCTOBER 1st! It is extremely important to submit this as soon as possible to maximize your opportunities for need-based aid.

Seniors considering applying to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must request by no later than Wednesday, October 5th, that their ACT or SAT scores be sent by the testing agency to the University of Illinois. If the test scores are not requested to be sent by this date, they will not arrive in time for consideration for the university's November 1st Early Action (Priority) deadline. It is recommended to apply by November 1st to be considered for any programs with limited space available. Here are the links to ACT and to CollegeBoard (SAT), where you can order scores. We also have these links available on our Guidance web page!

Celebrating Student Academic Achievement!

Congratulations to our Semifinalists and Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program! Jacob Fiedler and Scott Reckamp were officially named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Being among approximately 16,000 semifinalists, these two Marian Central Catholic seniors have an opportunity to continue in the process and hope to be among the finalists who will be pursuing National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million! Best of luck to these outstanding students as they continue in this process!

In addition, we also are proud to announce three Marian Central students, Julia Tompkins, Christian Fernandez, and Jacob Noe, who have achieved Commended Status in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Being among approximately 34, 000 other students nationwide that were also commended, they should certainly be recognized for their outstanding academic achievement!

Finally, we are proud to announce that Jacob Fiedler has also achieved a perfect composite score of 36 on his ACT; a test which consists of an average of scores from math, science, reading, and English tests. Being that there is typically less than a tenth of a percent of students who take the ACT test that earn that score, this is an amazing accomplishment.

We are very proud of these and all our students who continue to raise the standards of excellence in our academic community!

Marian Teacher Recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education annually sponsors the Those Who Excel educational awards program to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our state's public and non-public elementary and secondary schools. Excellence, Meritorious Service, and Special Recognition awards are presented in seven categories. Awards of Excellence winners are finalists for the Illinois Teacher of the Year. We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Christine Connell from Marian Central's English Department is scheduled to receive the Award of Recognition for the 2016-2017 awards program. We are so blessed that she has returned to her teaching roots at Marian Central and is now sharing her extraordinary gifts with our students!

Student Activities and News

Coming to the Homecoming Game on October 7th?

Grab a bite to eat with us! They will have a full spread from Joe's Place offered at the Father's Club pavilion starting at 6pm!

Underclassmen Photos

Although this is a ways off yet on the calendar, please note that the date for underclassmen photos has changed from October 22nd to the new date, November 8th. We will be sending more information as the date approaches!

Uniform Policy

As the weather turns a little chillier, please encourage your students to take advantage of wearing the long-sleeved polos, or a solid-colored long-sleeve t-shirt under their short-sleeved polos. Remember, polo season has been extended through the end of quarter 1 exams. When quarter 2 begins on October 31st, students should switch to the "sweater season" dress code.

Also, we are encouraging our young men to maintain a clean-shaved face. We have had to ask several young men to shave with our one-time-use supplies, but we are sure they will have a more comfortable shave at home using their supplies.

Come Support our Local Law Enforcement!

The city police of McHenry, Wonder Lake, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, McCullom Lake, Spring Grove, Holiday Hills, and Richmond will be honored at an Open House event on Sunday, October 23rd from 1pm - 3pm at Buss Ford Dealership. Click here for more information!

Marian's Future Looks BRIGHT!

Yard Sign Campaign: We have 35 families who have agreed to promote our Open House events by displaying yard signs at their homes or businesses! Our goal is to cover McHenry County with 350 signs from Halloween to November 20th. Please email our Director of Admissions, Mr. Mike Maloney at to reserve your yard sign today!

Calling all Parent Ambassadors!

The admissions office is looking for 5-7 parents to serve as Parent Abassadors for Marian Central Catholic High School. These dedicated volunteers would serve the school community in multiple capacities:

  • Be present at the Open House events to speak with prospective families.
  • Volunteer or identify volunteers to act as Marian Central's representative(s) at McHenry County Deanery Catholic Parish events.
  • Speak on behalf of Marian Central at masses.
  • Serve as general outreach support for the Office of Admissions and Marketing.

Ideally, we would love to have representatives from the various geographical reach of our student population. If you are interested in this inaugural group, please contact Mr. Mike Maloney at, or call (815) 338-4220 ext. 108.

Who Wants a NEW CAR? Back by popular demand, we will be auctioning off another BRAND NEW CAR for this year's auction raffle! will be on sale at the Homecoming Game!

Annual Phone-a-thon: This year's annual Phone-A-Thon will take place October 24th - 27th. Please contact 815-338-4220 ext. 125 if you would like to help with this great event! This is a wonderful way to get involved and work to support our Marian community!

Visit the Marian Central Website!

All announcements, schedules, and forms are published on our Marian website for your convenience! After any new announcements are broadcast via email, we make sure we post a permanent link to the information on our website for your reference.