Week at a Glance

Marian Central Catholic High School Faculty Newsletter

October 26, 2019

Reflecting on the past week...

A big thanks to Mrs. DiSilvio who has been sharing information on our guest teachers (substitutes) in the building on a daily basis. Thanks to all of you who have been welcoming and supportive as they step into the various classrooms to ensure continuity of our students' education!

Last Monday we held our monthly Department Chair Meeting. It was during that meeting that we solidified Nov. 15 as our "practice" E-Learning Day (which will also compensate for some lost time from the lightning strike). Please make sure you review the expectations of the E-Learning process here to prepare. In addition, please know that because this is a planned E-Learning day, it is completely acceptable and even advisable to give your students a heads up as to what they may need to take home in order to complete their assignment for Nov. 15.

Our student mentors did an outstanding job working with our freshmen as they tackled the tough subject of bullying. The video and small assessment provided a great jumping-off point for conversations that we hope will resonate with our students.

The end of the week brought our annual parent/teacher conferences. It seemed like the conferences went smoothly, and that is primarily because our teachers' professionalism continues to shine through. Thank you for being active partners with Marian parents in order to continuously support student achievement. (our PTO dinner and McAllister's lunch added to the positive feel... right?!)

It was a good week!

What's coming up?

This week we look forward to a full five days of instruction with only minor interruptions.

Evacuation Drill

One interruption will be the Evacuation Drill on Thursday. Now that we have the new process in place, it's time to test it... so although we will not be announcing the exact time of day, know that it will most likely be during a passing period. (Not during lunches because we do not want to have to readjust times to make up for lost lunch time for kids). Suggestions are as follows...

1) Make sure that you re-review the new procedures with your first period students some time between Monday and Wednesday...

2) Make sure that the emergency diagram is posted in your classroom

3) Print an updated Homeroom roster if there are any changes, and make sure the list is with your red/green signs & your homeroom name sign, ready to take with you

4) If you have a planned sub for that day, make sure that your sub notes indicate expectations for the evacuation drill (and if you happen to have a sub in a classroom near you, check in with the sub to make sure they are aware!)

5) Don't forget to turn of flights and close your classroom doors!

When the alarm rings, staff should be ushering students from hallways and classrooms out of the building and towards the exits as quickly as possible. As you are exiting, if you see any open classrooms, please check to ensure all are out.

If you have any questions, please reach out to administration prior to Thursday.


Although Thursday is Halloween, students do not get dressed up, and should be in the regular Marian uniform. Thank you.

All School Mass: All Saints Day

As we welcome the holiday season, it is always important to remember all those who have entered Heaven, specifically the saints. It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics. November 2 is All Souls Day, which commemorates those who have passed. These special days help us to re-focus on friends and family; those who are with us as well as those who have passed.

Dear God, thank you for the example of the Saints. I desire to join in their company, worshiping you forever in Heaven. Please help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus Christ. Please help me to conform myself to Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of my neighbors. Amen.

Have a wonderful week!

Sweater Season is coming!

Starting November 4, students will be out of their polos and are expected to wear their Marian Sweaters. Please be aware of the following expectations...

- Girls are required to wear either solid white or solid blue dress blouses with collars, long or short sleeves. Blouses must always be of a length to be worn tucked into the slacks. Only solid colored undershirts are to be worn. All buttons except for the top button are to be fastened.

- Boys are required to wear either solid white or solid blue dress shirts. Shirts must always be of a length to be worn tucked into the slacks. Only solid color undershirts are to be worn. All buttons including the top button are to be fastened when wearing a tie. Conventional ties must be worn to cover the top button of the dress shirt. No bow ties are allowed. Ties may not be distracting or disrespectful.

In addition, dress expectations for faculty during this time include the following...

- Acceptable women's attire includes dresses, dress blouses, knit tops, sweaters, blazers, business suits, dress skirts, dress pants, pant suits, socks, and other hosiery, dress shoes, and conservative dress boots.

- Acceptable men's attire includes suits, sport coats, dress shirts and ties, dress slacks, dress socks, dress shoes, and conservative dress boots.

Thank you for both adhering to the professional expectations of faculty attire as well as supporting and enforcing student dress code.


November 5th, Mr. DeWane will be here to take pictures of our underclassmen.

Pictures will be taken during all Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior PE classes.

Students that are not in PE, but in government or economics first semester will also need to be photographed, so all of these classes must come down to the Gym Commons during their class period as well.


Attention Staff!

Do you have an amazing picture from a club, sport, or even an activity in your classroom? Please share it with the Publications staff through the Replay it app on your phone. Simply download the app, sign-in to our school, and upload your pictures. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Micko.

Catechist Certification Opportunities

DeKalb Deanery Offers:

All Prerequisites

Level 1 Parts 1 & 2

All held at St. Mary's in DeKalb

Click here for more information

(**NEW) McHenry Deanery Catechist Classes:

Level 1 Classes offered at St. Joseph's in Richmond

Click here for the topics & dates!

Professional Development Opportunities & Resources

Teacher's Teacher : A wide variety of online courses are offered, designed to meet the changing needs of teachers.

Reading & Writing Seminars & Podcasts

ASCD Webinars: A variety of online webinars. Here you can access recent or archived professional learning.

The WE Teachers program

Walgreens is funding the development of WE Teachers. This new program will be available to educators nationwide at no cost, equipping them with the tools and resources to address critical social issues in their classrooms.

The WE Teachers program includes:

  • Online modules and curriculum to address critical social issues
  • Training sessions and professional learning
  • Online teacher platform and social community
  • WE Teachers Awards, which help to supplement the cost teachers spend on classroom supplies
Learn more or register at weteachers.org ›


Upcoming Technology PD:

The Learning Technology Center is hosting the 2019 Illinois Education and Technology Conference on Nov. 13-15 in Springfield. Educators, administrators, and IT leaders gather to explore digital age teaching and learning, technology integration strategies, modern instructional practices, digital tools and resources, and emerging trends. Register and find additional information about the conference.


Remember that you have this resource available to you!

Your SchoolShelf URL: http://www.schoolshelf.com/981085-marian

This Week's Schedule

As you work through your plans this week, please note these events. For a more detailed list, check out our school calendar, 8to18 Athletics Calendar or Clubs/Organizations Page

Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:00 pm ~ NHS Inductions, Auditorium

Monday, October 28, 2019

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

5:30 pm ~ Girls Volleyball Regionals, All Gyms

6:30 pm ~ March For Life Meeting, Auditorium

6:30 pm ~ Girls Tennis Senior Night

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

5:30 pm ~ Girls Volleyball Regionals, All Gyms

6:30 pm ~ Board of Consultors Meeting, Cafeteria

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Evacuation Drill (unannounced time)

Lunches ~ Adoration, Chapel

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

5:30 pm ~ Girls Volleyball Regionals, All Gyms

Friday, November 1, 2019

All School Mass (All Saints Day) Schedule # 4

3:00 pm ~ Fall Production Rehearsal, Auditorium

Sunday, November 3, 2019

8:30 am ~ Rise Up Conference, Cafeteria & Auditorium

Happy Birthday to...

Oct. 28 Joe White

Nov. 3 Ephraim Lee

Sunday, Nov. 3 is also Daylight Savings Time... so don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour!