174th EDITION: December 4, 2020

From the Desk of Debra Novy

As we enter the Advent Season while our students are simultaneously wrapping up the first semester and exams, the one word that jumps out in my mind is HOPE.


  • HOPE that they will complete their second quarter successfully,
  • HOPE that they will study enough to show what they have learned in each of their classes through their semester 1 exams, and
  • HOPE they get to spend their winter break with family and friends.


  • HOPE that their children do well this semester,
  • HOPE that their children feel happy, healthy, and loved,
  • HOPE that their whole family is healthy, prosperous, and safe, and
  • HOPE that the world finds a sense of peace amid the difficulties it faces.

Faculty and Staff…

  • HOPE that teaching strategies and lessons have resonated with their students, shown in their semester performance,
  • HOPE that students are engaged in their lessons and enjoy what they are learning, and
  • HOPE that the Marian Community continues to grow and thrive, even in these uncertain times.

When we have hope, one of the three Theological Virtues, we have an immeasurable trust in God and His will for us. As we find our path through this life, our faith reminds us that we need to trust in God’s will for us. No doubt, it is not as easy to read as a text or email that pops up on a screen. No, instead, it requires work on our part. We need to recognize and use all the tools that God puts in our path. Prayer, wisdom, and our love of God are driving forces in helping us discern His will.

Now I am not saying that all that our students need to do is hope, and everything will work out fine, but hope does provide us all with the strength and stamina to get through any challenges we may encounter, but without it… hopelessness.

So as we complete this first week of Advent and prepare for Christmas, instead of feeling helpless I choose HOPE.

Best of luck to our students on their upcoming exams, and my prayers that we all embrace the hope that is God in every situation we encounter.

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matt. 19:26).


Ms. Novy

Remote Learning - January 4 - 15

Per the Diocese of Rockford, all students will be learning remote for the first two weeks in January. All students will follow Bell Schedule 1 for all days during these two weeks. Students will return to the red/blue hybrid schedule beginning Tuesday, January 19th. Please click here for details.

Exams - Schedule

First Semester exams will take place Thursday, December 10th through Thursday, December 17th. There will be no classes on Friday, December 18th. The grades portal will close at 3:00 pm December 9th to allow teachers to enter and finalize 1st semester grades.

Please click here for the 1st Semester Exam Schedule

Exams - Tuition

Please remember that tuition must be half paid in order for students to take their 1st semester final exams beginning December 9th. Please contact Mrs. Murwin with questions at

Exams - Uniforms

All students are required to be in full uniform for all exam days.

College Applications

Attention Seniors:

The Guidance Office will be closed during Christmas break, beginning December 18 through January 4.

If you are applying to any colleges with January 1st deadlines that require a counselor letter of recommendation, please submit your transcript request forms for only those schools to Mrs. Diamond no later than Friday, December 11. If you're applying to a college that does NOT require a counselor recommendation feel free to turn your transcript request forms in any time prior to 12/17.

Transcript request forms can be picked up in the Guidance Office or found online on the Guidance Department’s Website. Students should also complete their Counselor Letter of Recommendation Questionnaires in SCOIR no later than Friday, December 11. When completing these, students should provide 1-2 solid paragraph responses to Questions 2-8 (and 9, only if applicable). If you don’t know if a college that you’re applying to requires a counselor recommendation, please see/contact Mrs. Diamond so she can give you that info!

Note: Students do not need to have applied to these schools before submitting transcript request forms. Their applications can still be “in progress” and can be submitted on or before the schools’ application deadlines. Any questions, please see me or Mrs. Diamond!

Mr. Stamatakos

Christmas Giving

Alumnus Cody O’Neill ‘09 was a football player, wrestler, mentor, and everyone's friend during his time at Marian Central. Recently, he just underwent a heart transplant and has a long road to recovery. His wife, Kelsey (Harding) ‘11, is currently 8 months pregnant, caring for their 2-year-old daughter, 3 dogs, and her husband in the hospital, while being 12 hours from home with next to none of their belongings. For this year's Christmas Drive, Student Council has chosen to adopt the O'Neill/Harding family. We will collect cash and gift card donations to purchase some of the items they are asking for. The collection will be next week, December 7-11, in all 1st period classes. Please consider lending a hand to this family and providing them a Christmas during this difficult time.

Yearbook Photos

We are excited to share the Marian School Picture Gallery with you! Here's what you will need to know to access your student's photo:

1. Go to, scroll down to the gallery area of the page.

2. Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors should go to the School Pictures area and then click Enter Gallery. Seniors should go to the Class of 2021 Senior Portraits and click Enter Gallery.

3. Type your email address to enter the gallery.

4. Read the instructions that display after you've entered the gallery. (Please scroll to read all of the instructions!) This will inlcude information you'll need to access your student's private album, order digital files and/or professional prints, add White Glove Touch-Up services, and use your Pre-Pay Credit!

Students that have not been photographed or that require or request retakes will be scheduled on a retake date in early 2021. If you would like to request a retake, please contact Vicky at the email list below by December 15, 2020.

If you have any questions about the photos or the ordering process, please contact Vicky at or 815.307.0974

Picture Retakes - RESCHEDULED

Please note that retakes will NOT take place on December 8th and 9th as previous planned. The new date will be shared as soon as that is available.

Class of 2021 - Baby Pictures Needed

It’s that time of the year! BABY PICTURE TIME!

1. Bring in an actual photo (size 8x10): please have your FULL NAME and your English teacher’s name marked on back. (Use masking tape to write on if you don’t want to write on the actual photo back!) GIVE TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER! He/She will have a folder to collect photos, and we will return the photo through your English class once we have it scanned and saved.

2. Email a .jpg formatted directly to In the title of the email, please include your full name. Make sure you notify your English teacher, and we will verify with him or her that the image was downloaded successfully.

3. Send in a .jpg copy on a recordable cd. Give to your English teacher, and we will return the disc promptly.

What type of photo works best? The BEST type of baby photo is when you were 6 months – 3 yrs. PLEASE do NOT send in newborn photos (taken in the hospital.) All newborns look the same – and have that same scrunchy-faced angry look. At about 6 months, however, we can see hints of your unique personality! Don’t be left out! We are striving to have 100% of our senior class represented!


EMPOWER ILLINOIS Reservation Night 2021

The State of Illinois has created a new way to fund scholarships for children who choose to attend Catholic schools through the “Invest in Kids Act.” Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year at Marian Central Catholic High School.

The Empower Illinois Scholarship Granting Organization website ( will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

The Empower Illinois scholarship is first come first served, based off the time in which you submit reservation. Your timestamp matters and may impact your chances of receiving a scholarship.

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Testing Day - January 26th



Senior Students will not have school on January 26th to allow for college visits.

Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT in-person at Marian Central (start time 8:00 a.m.) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. This will be a shortened school day and all buses will run according to the shortened schedule. Social Distancing guidelines will be maintained in hallways and testing rooms and all students will be required to wear masks while testing. All safety and cleaning protocols will be observed.

Remote students are strongly encouraged to test and will be assigned to remote-only student testing rooms. Those remote students planning to attend and test should contact the Guidance Director, Mrs. Hilton, via email ( no later than Friday, January 15, 2021 to register for testing.

We encourage our students to take these tests seriously as the results provide valuable information to be used to prepare for future ACT and SAT tests and resources to aid in the career/college planning process. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Mrs. Hilton, Guidance Director, at 815-338-4220, ext. 121 or

To familiarize yourself with the tests and the benefits for your students, please click on the following links:



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