246th ISSUE: November 11, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis


I have always agreed with the statement, “The greatest loss in the world is the loss of human potential”. I know firsthand how life altering it can be for someone to believe so strongly in the untapped potential of a student, a parent, a teacher, and even in a school administrator. The ability that we all possess, to know that we can influence others to help them to reach their capacity to improve themselves is truly what it means to be a teacher, a parent, and a friend. Oftentimes it is the people or students we least expect that can change things in the world. Everyone has great potential. The problem is that many of us do not give ourselves enough credit that we could be the ones to encourage, support, or believe in another individual so much so that they are able to reach the stars.

Here is an example that recently took place at Marian Central. I know a teacher at Marian who possess a quiet but deep relationship with Jesus, who prays often and most importantly seeks to be open to the movement of grace in their life. This teacher, like many of us here at Marian, prays for their students every single day. A couple years ago, this teacher noticed one of their students had a special interest in a specific subject. They provided some encouragement and suggested some additional reading. This teacher remained a constant presence in the student’s journey, always encouraging, teaching, challenging, and yes, pushing when needed. While I never heard this teacher say it out loud, I knew they saw something special in the student. The teacher wanted this something special to bless the student, bless the world and to put a smile on God’s face. In simple terms this teacher cared. They knew the student had a gift and that if the student did not develop it, something would be lost. Recently, this student came back to Marian for a visit, and put a smile on the teacher’s face as they talked about the success the student has had in their area of interest/college major, the same interest the teacher encouraged while they attended Marian Central.

In the few years that I have been a part of Marian Central, I have had the privilege of seeing this kind of student-teacher relationship take place on numerous occasions and it reminds me that we all have the ability to encourage and support those around us. We believe in our students and will help them to achieve their full potential. We all possess this power to dramatically impact those around us to a point where the world can change and be a better place. Think of how much joy this brings to God when we help each other grow to our full potential.

Mr. Mike Shukis


Hurricane Day - Show your Hurricane Pride

Hurricane Day is a day to celebrate Marian Central Catholic High School! It’s a day to share Hurricane pride and give back with a gift to benefit our school now and in the future.

Hurricane Day is next Tuesday November 15th and if students would like to participate, we are asking for a very small monetary donation of $2 dollars.

The 2-dollar donation earns you a Marian spirit dress down day. If you chose not to participate, you are required to wear your school uniform.

#Proud to be a Hurricane

Mr. Winkelman (class of ’92)

Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Many students have benefited from the Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship program at Marian Central. Despite its immense success, the Tax Credit Scholarship Program is a pilot program, and has a sunset clause which would end the program in 2023, unless our state lawmakers vote to extend or make the program permanent. We want to keep providing the same opportunities to families through this program, but we need YOUR help! Please scan the QR Code or click this link to send an auto-generated email to your legislator!

Guest Speaker - Substance Abuse

In a continued effort to keep our students safe and making good decisions, we have invited a speaker from the McHenry County Health Department to come to Marian Central Catholic High School to speak with our students on Tuesday, November 15th. Parents are invited to attend. Please click here for additional information.

Open House - Take a Closer Look at Marian Central

Please pass this information along to any prospective students! Discover all that Marian Central Catholic High School has to offer at Open House on Sunday, November 13 from 1:00-3:00pm! Marian Central's Open House takes shape with a new, exciting format, which better shares the innovation in learning, steeped in tradition, that a Marian education offers.

Prospective students and their families can enjoy student-lead campus tours, engaging teachers and coaches, and enthusiastic students and parents. To experience what it means to be a Hurricane, join us for two full hours of fun and register here!

Spirit Wear - Girls Basketball Team & Wrestling Team

The girls' basketball team is offering their spirit wear for purchase through the link below through this Sunday, November 13th.

Click here to purchase Girls Basketball Team Spirit Wear.

The Wrestling Team is also offering their spirit wear for purchase. Please click the link below to order through Sunday, November 13th.

Click here to purchase Wrestling Team spirit wear.

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It's Winter Sports Picture Time!

Higher Focus Photography will be back at Marian Central on Tuesday, November 15 for Winter Sport Pictures! All athletes will have photos taken for use in the team photo and his or her individual pictures. Senior athletes will also have a photo taken for use in their Senior banners. Images will be available online to view and order once all athletes are photographed. There are no order forms or payments required prior to Picture Day unless you'd like a Buddy Photo taken of your athlete with a sibling or teammate. You have the option of purchasing PrePay Credits to save on your picture order. To register for Buddy Photos and/or purchase a PrePay Credit visit and choose the PrePay Offers option in the top menu! Please see the flyer below for additional information. If you have questions or special requests, please email

Next Week's College Visits

Monday 11/14: Aurora University - 10th Period

Class of 2023 - Cap & Gown Orders Due

Thank you to those seniors and families that have placed their graduation cap and gown order. This is a reminder if you have not placed your order, the deadline is Tuesday, November 15th. There is no money due if you are only ordering the cap and gown.

If you would like to order a cap and gown and/or ala carte items, please click here.

If you would like to order a cap and gown and take advantage of one stop shopping with value packages, please click here.

Thank you and enjoy the countdown to graduation!