253rd ISSUE: January 20, 2023

From the Desk of Mrs. Debra Novy Cunico

As we complete our third week of the second semester, there seems to be quite a buzz going around. Our students are seeing the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”. Knowing that they are on the down-swing of the school year, our seniors are becoming very aware of their grades, discipline, and attendance as they anticipate trying to earn final exam exemptions. Our 9th – 11th AP students are also working hard to ensure that they set themselves up to be exempt from their AP finals, and all of our 9th – 11th graders are thinking about what courses they might want to take next school year.

While these things all sound wonderful and exciting, it comes with a little complacency. The third quarter of school is notorious for bringing on the doldrums of winter and the attitude of just getting by. We want to make sure our students don’t just “get by". Rather, we want them to thrive! Some seniors have already gotten accepted into one or more colleges or universities, and they think that they can just slide through now, until May and graduation. We, at Marian, care too much about our students to let them do that, though. We will be meeting with every grade level in the next couple of weeks to talk to them about where they are, where they want to go, and how they’re going to get themselves there. Our pep talk is not a magic potion though, so as a team, let’s work together to continue supporting our students to be the best they can be all the way through to the end.

Exciting things are happening with regards to next year’s curriculum. Our 2023-2024 Curriculum Guide is now available … just in time for our returning students’ online course selection. This online course selection process will be open from Feb. 6 through Feb. 24. Our Student Mentors will be stepping into our freshmen (2026) homerooms next week to teach them how to navigate the process and understand how to choose courses that best fit their goals. At the same time, Mr. Kruse and Mrs. Hilton will be training the current sophomores (2025) and juniors (2024) to navigate the online selection process, so they are ready to begin choosing their classes.

Focusing on Curriculum, we are excited to announce that there are several new course offerings, including bringing back computer courses, new social science courses and business semester-long offerings. We will also expand our partnership with McHenry County College, now offering Automotive and Culinary classes. Finally, we will be offering the State of Illinois Seal of Biliteracy for all of our students, currently focusing on four different languages, but possibly expanding to more in the future! Click here for more information.

As you can see, there are many growth opportunities at Marian so that students have a variety of paths (regular, honors, AP, Dual-Credit, and PCCS) with which to choose from in order to make their four-year experience at Marian a successful one. As Administration finalizes next year’s calendar and bell schedules to adjust to some of these offerings, please know that we will be communicating these out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for continuing to support all that we do here at Marian, and for supporting and encouraging your students to challenge themselves daily to be the best they can be!

Mrs. Debra Novy Cunico

Honor Roll - Semester 1

Please join us as we recognize our students who have earned honor roll status for the first semester of this school year. Congratulations on your achievement!

Principal's List - 2022-23, Semester 1

High Honors - 2022-23, Semester 1

Honors - 2022-23, Semester 1

Marian Central Day at Chicago Wolves Game - 2/26

Come out and join Marian Central Catholic High School students, families and friends for a day of fun at a Chicago Wolves game. Everyone will be seated together in the same section and will receive a Chicago Wolves hat. The Marian Central band will be performing in the concourse before the game. Let's enjoy this family-friendly hockey game! Purchase tickets for $16.50 each here:

College Information Night

Whether you will be sending your first kid off to college in the next year or two, or you're a seasoned vet with this process, I would like to invite you to attend our College Information Night next Tuesday, January 24th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm in the Marian Central Catholic Auditorium. We will have a meet and greet with college reps from 6:00pm - 6:30pm, and a formal program scheduled for 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Below is a list of sessions and presenters:


Finding Your Fit
Kristen Mueller, New Student Enrollment Coach, McHenry County College *

Dari Pedines, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Marquette University
Kyle Vowell, Associate Director for Regional Admissions, Wabash College

Knowing what you are looking for in a college will help to narrow your search, but what happens when you don’t know what you want? The presenters will discuss various facets of college fit and how you can learn more about everything that colleges have to offer.

Applying to Colleges 101
Kelli Allen, Senior Admissions Counselor, Illinois Regional Representative, Iowa State University
Aaron Boettcher, Associate Director of Admissions, University of Illinois Springfield
Cara Firestein, Assistant Director of Admissions, Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame

The task of applying to colleges can be daunting and overwhelming. Should you use Common App or school apps? Are optional essays really optional? If a school allows for more than one teacher recommendation, should I get more than one? What is the Self-Reported Academic Record? Should I apply to a highly selective college? The presenters will answer all these questions and more during this session.

Testing and When to Submit
Kathryn Hankamp, Program Coordinator, Chicago Regional, Saint Louis University
April Lynch, Associate Director of Admissions, Syracuse University
Scott Siegel, Senior Associate Director, Indiana University

Do colleges look at the ACT and SAT results differently? Is one better than the other? What if I don’t think my test score is a direct reflection of my ability? What if my score is in the middle 50% profile, and what if it’s below? When should I apply Test-Optional and when should I submit my test scores? The presenters will discuss everything related to tests and how they are, or aren’t, utilized in the admission and scholarship processes.


To help with coordination of the evening, we would like to ask that you RSVP for the College Information Night. Please complete this registration form to help us get a head count for the night.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday night!

Mr. Wochner

College Counselor

ACT - April 15th

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 15th, 2023. The deadline to register for the April test date is Friday, March 10. Please be aware that while we serve as a test center, we are not able to reserve seats solely for our Marian Central students. If you are interested in signing up for the April 15th ACT (or for June 10th or July 15th at other locations), please register on the ACT Registration website. For the April 15th test here at Marian, be sure to use our school code: 144475 and our test center code: 174990.

Another important piece to note is, effective January 1, 2022 Illinois' public institutions will be prohibited from requiring the submission of student test scores as part of the admissions process. Overall, this is positive news and a trend we're seeing at many institutions across the country. One caveat that we want you to be aware of though is that students who wish to be considered as IL State Scholar candidates will still be required by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to take the ACT or SAT during their junior year (between August 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) to be considered for State Scholar designation.

Class Auction Baskets - Donations Needed

Marian Central's Red Carpet Event will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Starline Factory in Harvard. We are asking you to consider supporting our event; each class is creating themed baskets for the silent auction.

Freshmen: Click here to view and sign up for requested items.

Sophomores: Click here to view and sign up for requested items.

Juniors: Click here to view and sign up for requested items.

Seniors: Click here to view and sign up for requested items.

Red Carpet Event - Auction 2023 - March 11

Marian Central Catholic High School invites you to our Red Carpet Event

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Enjoy a social evening, featuring great food, entertainment, and fun! Help us surpass our goal of raising $125,000 for our students in need of tuition assistance. For more information and to purchase tickets/sponsor the event, visit

Event registration deadline: February 17