203rd EDITION: October 1, 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Dear Friends,

We are now well into this school year and I believe we are off to a very strong start. It is so nice to see our school’s hallways filled with happy students who are excited to begin this new school year together. For all of us at Marian we know that with each new beginning there is great promise for all of our school community. During these crazy and unpredictable times, it is good to know that at Marian we work daily to center our belief in Jesus Christ. This year, let’s all work together for our students, our children, to help bring them closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As we speak, the school is abuzz with homecoming festivities. Our hallways are decorated, and we are preparing for a pep rally, a homecoming football game and our homecoming dance. It is not easy during these difficult times to keep the spirit alive, but with our outstanding faculty and staff, and our incredible students, they constantly show and demonstrate their love for Marian Central. Please feel free to join us as we cheer, pray, and come closer to our Lord, now and during the rest of the school year.

Mike Shukis


Homecoming Dance

Marian Central is excited for our upcoming Homecoming dance, scheduled for this Saturday, October 2nd. Details of the event are listed below:

The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, October 2nd from 6-830pm.

    • The time has changed from previous years in consideration of holding the event outside
The Dance will take place at Harding Field.
    • Main gathering area is the football field
    • Socializing area and refreshments will be organized around the field
Plan for an outdoor event; DJ and dance area will be on the football field.
    • Weather is hard to predict--it may become chilly once the sun sets
    • There will be a coat and shoe check provided by the Marian Central PTO
All attendees must arrive before 7pm and check in at the entrance to Harding Field.
    • No guests will be admitted after 7pm
There is no reentry to the event; once entrants leave Harding Field they will not be permitted to return to the event.
We hope for pleasant weather and no rain on Saturday, October 2nd.
    • In the event of inclement weather, the dance will be moved indoors
    • Once this decision is made, it will be communicated immediately through email to parents and students. Please check your email prior to going to the dance.
      • Our goal is to hold the event outside so we would like to give that as much of a chance as possible
      • Unless conveyed otherwise, anticipate the dance on Harding Field
All protocols/policies regarding Marian Central social events apply to our Homecoming Dance.

Thank you!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We encourage every parent who feels the need to speak with their student’s teachers to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss his or her educational progress; however, you should not feel obligated to schedule a conference if your student is progressing well.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, October 21st (noon dismissal for students)

5:00 - 8:00 pm


Friday, October 22nd (no classes all day)

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

You can schedule your conferences during the following timeframe:

Friday, October 8th beginning at 8:00 am


Friday, October 15th at 3:00 pm

Please click here for additional information and directions on scheduling your conferences.

Tuition Reminder

Monthly and quarterly tuition payments are due today. You are welcome to make your payments online by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murwin at

Standardized Testing for Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors


Wednesday, October 13

All Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and all Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT here at Marian Central (start time 8:00 a.m.) on Wednesday, October 13. Seniors are not in attendance this day and are encouraged to use the day (or long weekend) to visit a college. This will be a shortened school day and all buses will run according to the shortened schedule. Students are required to be in uniform for testing.

Please be aware that there are several factors that can affect the end time of these tests, so we ask for your patience and understanding. For planning purposes, approximate end time for the PreACT test is 11:45 a.m. and for the PSAT/NMSQT is Noon.

We encourage all students to take these tests seriously as the results provide valuable information that can be used to prepare for college admissions tests as well as resources to aid in the career/college planning process. Test results will be distributed to and reviewed with students as soon as they're available in either December or January. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Hilton, the Guidance Director.

What students should bring for testing:

  • Two No. 2 pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils)
  • An approved calculator: PreACT, PSAT/NMSQT
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (e.g., EpiPens) are permitted without the need for accommodations. They must be placed in a clear bag and stored under the student’s desk during testing. For policies on other medications and medical devices, contact Services for Students with Disabilities.

What students should not bring for testing:

  • Any devices, including smartwatches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils, mechanical pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind

PSAT/NMSQT Test Information (Juniors)

The PSAT/NMSQT measures the knowledge and skills students have developed in reading, writing and language, and math. The test focuses on what students have already learned in school and what they will need to succeed in college and career. It measures reasoning and critical thinking skills.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. United States high school students enter the program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT which serves as an initial screen of over 1.5 million entrants each year.

Students will be given a student guide prior to the test that contains additional test information, test-taking advice and tips and an official practice test.

PreACT Test Information (Freshmen and Sophomores)

The PreACT provides students with a realistic ACT test experience and predicts ACT performance. The PreACT also includes a student interest inventory with results reported to the student and school. A total of 4 subject areas are assessed: English, Reading, Math, and Science. PreACT results provide you and your child with information that can help with the selection of the right high school courses, think about ways to target areas for improvement, and even begin discussions about college and career. PreACT helps identify:

  • How a student is doing with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in college and beyond
  • Areas where extra help or additional courses are needed
  • Career possibilities that match the student’s interests.

Your son or daughter also may choose to have their information shared with colleges and scholarship agencies when they take PreACT, which can help them get discovered for college recruitment and scholarship possibilities.

For additional information, click here:


Seniors have the day off from school on Wednesday, October 13th. McHenry County College is offering MCCPALOOZA that day. This is a great opportunity to visit campus for a fun and engaging way to learn more about MCC! See flyer for more information.

Integrative Mental Health Summit

Marian Central Alumnus (Class of 1990) and recent addition to our Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, Mark Hattas, spoke to our Community at our recent Homecoming All School Mass. Mr. Hattas is one of the co-founders of Journey's Dream, an organization that supports individuals in finding their path to optimal health.

Journey's Dream is hosting an Integrative Mental Health Summit October 8-10th. All are invited to attend this virtual event. Please click here for additional information

Chess Team Orientation

Students interested in participating in the Chess Team should attend the Orientation on Thursday, October 7th from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

Click here for additional information.

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Next Week's College Visits in Guidance

All juniors and seniors may attend these visits. Students must receive permission from their teachers to attend each visit and must sign up for all visits in SCOIR.

Monday 10/4: Augustana College-1st Period, University of Kansas-2nd Period, University of Cincinnati-9th Period

Tuesday 10/5: Western Kentucky University-1st Period, University of Akron-2nd Period, Miami University of Ohio-7th Period, Aquina College-8th Period, Ripon College-9th Period

Wednesday 10/6: University of St. Thomas(MN)-1st Period, St. Louis University-3rd Period, Xavier University-8th Period

Thursday 10/7: St. Mary's University of MN-7th Period, Marquette University-8th Period, University of Chicago-9th Period

Friday 10/8: Suffolk University-1st Period

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Show your Hurricane pride...learn the Marian Central fight song!