131st EDITION: October 18, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Dear Parents and Students,

It is hard to imagine that we have already completed 10 weeks of school. It seems like just yesterday we were holding the Freshmen Orientation where I first met the students and was deeply impressed with the Mentor Program. I was also deeply inspired by Shane Gibson’s rendition of a Patrick Swayze dance routine during the dance off with the freshmen class. At this time I can’t help but think of how important it is for all of us to be involved in our children’s lives. These high school years will pass in the “blink of an eye” and soon they will graduate and be out of the house. Let’s all join in their school activities and find the time to do things with them. They will be gone before we know it.

Personally, I think it is important for all of you to know that I care deeply for our school. Every day I find goodness, mostly in your children’s faces, but also in so many other areas. We do know that we have our work cut out for us and we are busy, but the gospel reading of the parable of the sower should give us all courage:

A sower went out to sow. And, as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matt. 13: 1-9)

This gospel is appropriate given Marian’s recent journey. Just like the seed that is brimming with potential, our students also possess great potential, but they need a rich environment to grow. Marian must become the fertile soil that allows our students to encounter the word of God and understand it so they can grow and prosper. I could not be more excited to team with our parents, our alumni, our leadership team, and our wonderful faculty and staff, to provide the highest quality Catholic Education and to always work to foster an overall environment that allows each and every student to grow in mind, body and spirit. This is our goal.

Mike Shukis

Assistant Superintendent

Required Documentation

Per the State of Illinois, we are required to have up-to-date immunization records/medical forms in our office for all Freshman and Seniors. These are due no later than October 31, 2019 for the student to be able to remain in school after November 1st. We have reached out to the parents/guardians of the students who are missing information. Please submit the necessary paperwork as soon as possible. If you are unsure if your paperwork has been received, please do not hesitate to contact Kris Johnson at 815-338-4220 ext 100. Thank you!

Freshmen/8th Grade Activity Night

Freshmen/8th Grade Activity Night

Calling all Freshmen and 8th graders! Come join the fun this Saturday, October 19 from 6:30-9 pm for the Freshmen/8th Grade Activity Night. Enjoy games, pedestal jousting, volleyball, basketball, DJ, and refreshments! Freshmen will receive extra credit in Theology for attending. We can't wait to see you there!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 24th from 5pm to 8pm AND

Friday, Oct. 25th from 8am to 2pm

Thursday, October 24th is a full day of classes

There are no classes on Friday, October 25th

Sweet Treats, etc. - Donations Needed

The Parent Association is providing dinner for the teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 24. They are requesting supplemental donations for desserts, drinks, etc. Please view their needs and consider supporting. Thank you for your help and support!

Thank you!

This year's Homecoming Dance was a huge success due in part to the generous donations of time and treasure from our Marian community. Thank you to all who donated and volunteered to make it an event to remember for the kids! A special shout out to these families and businesses for their generous support: DeLauter Inc., SweetPea Cakes, The Biasco Family, The Dalton Family, The Pawlak Family, The Piemonte Family, The Tarzian Family, The Taylor Family.

Sweater Season

As we feel the temperature begin to drop, we are reminded that it will be too chilly for the students to wear polos for much longer. "Sweater Season" begins on Monday, November 4th. For a reminder of the Marian uniform policy, click here.

Share the Moments

Do you have an amazing picture from a sport, club, or just a candid shot of student life at Marian? Please share it with the Publications staff!

You can send it to: We are always looking for images to put in our newspaper and yearbook. Contact Ms. Micko if you have any questions.

Winter Sports Registration & Parent Meeting

There will be a meeting for all parents of students interested in winter sports on Monday, October 21st at 7:00 pm.

2019- 2020 Winter Sport Registration is now open. Please register online at

McHenry County College Events

November 13th is MCC Night from 5:30-7:30, where seniors can go in and apply to MCC with no application fee. They will also be giving financial aid, activities and athletics presentations.