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Marian Central Catholic High School - August 7, 2020

This newsletter contains several items of importance pertaining to the 2020-21 school year. If you have any questions, please contact the Marian Central Catholic office at 815-338-4220.

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I wanted to inform our families that our Assistant Principal, Mr. Joe Price, has decided to accept a position as a Superintendent in the public school system near Madison, Wisconsin. We all wish him well in his new endeavor.

One of my observations through my first year at Marian Central was to discover or uncover how much talent, potential and leadership that our faculty does indeed possess. It is very important for Marian Central to better utilize the strengths of our faculty and staff and to grow from within. Therefore, I am very proud to announce that Mr. Brad Williams, Mr. Benji Winkelman and Fr. Twenty will all become part-time Deans of Students (yes, I changed the title from Assistant Principal to Dean of Students) while also teaching in their respective areas. These three gentlemen will be in charge of discipline, attendance and school activities.

I have also made a change to Ms. Novy's title and job responsibilities. Ms. Novy will be Marian Central's new Director of Curriculum & Professional Development. This is an area of strength and expertise for Ms. Novy, and I feel our school will greatly benefit by having her focus her efforts and talent in these areas. As you will notice, this leaves vacant the title of Principal. All areas of the school are still covered and we now will have our Administration utilizing their strengths to their fullest.

To better communicate with our families, I have developed a Communication Chain. It shows who best to call depending on the situation and circumstance. For example, Ms. Novy should be called with any questions regarding classroom instruction, grades and tests. Mr. Williams, Mr. Winkelman and Fr. Twenty should be called for discipline and behavior issues. Please look over the Communication Chain as I believe it will help us all to better communicate more effectively with each other.

We are excited to enter into the 2020-2021 school year!

Reopening 2020-2021

Please click the link below to view reopening information that has been previously shared.

Freshmen Orientation

Orientation for freshmen students is Friday, August 14th. Additional information was mailed to each freshman student and our Marian mentors will be reaching out to personally welcome each freshmen. Please note that this is a half day of school, with dismissal at 12:15 pm, and uniforms are required.


Due to our current situation, students will be eating lunch in their 4/5/6 period classroom. Students are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunches and drinks as much as possible. However, our cafeteria will be offering a limited menu of items (sandwiches, salads) for purchase daily. Outside food deliveries will not be accepted.

Ordering lunch - Marian Central Cafeteria

Lunch selections must be placed prior to 7:00 am on the day desired. For example, a student wishing lunch on Tuesday must order between 7:01 am on Monday and 7:00 am on Tuesday to receive lunch on Tuesday. Orders placed after 7:00 am on a given day will be counted for the following school day. Orders should be placed through the Marian Central website. All purchases will still be deducted through the student's Mealtime account.

Outside Vendor Option

We are also exploring opportunities with outside vendor options and will share further information as soon as plans are finalized.

Bell Times

As a reminder, this year's bell times are 8:00 am to 2:40 pm.

Please click here for the daily bell schedules for 2020-2021.

Durham Bus

The Durham bus pickup and drop off times and locations will remain the same for this year. Please click here for the Durham bus schedule.

Please click here for Durham's Customer Update regarding COVID.

Device Distribution

Student devices will be distributed the first week of school during the school day.

Student Schedules

Students schedules were mailed to homes on Tuesday, August 4th for those students who have paid tuition.

New Student Event

We regret to inform you that due to current health guidelines, the new student/parent event scheduled for Thursday, August 13th is cancelled.

ID Cards and Lanyards

All students will be required to wear a Marian issued lanyard containing his/her Marian ID card. All freshmen will be issued ID cards on Freshmen Orientation Day. If your student has misplaced their ID card, please contact Mrs. Gillmeister at to request a new one. There will be no charge for this replacement ID card. However, after August 24th, replacement lanyards and ID cards will be $5 each.

Immunization Documentation Due

Class of 2021

If you have not submitted proof of your student’s second meningococcal shot, please do so as soon as possible. We need all documentation in the office no later than October 15, 2020 to meet requirements set by the State of Illinois.

Class of 2024

We need current State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health forms and birth certificates no later than October 15, 2020. We will also need a Proof of School Dental Examination Form no later than May 15, 2021.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kris Johnson at 815-338-4220 ext 100 or

Book Corrections

The ISBN numbers were listed incorrectly on the book list. Please see below for the correct information:

Algebra 2 – Algebra 2 -- correct ISBN 9780547315263

Government – We the People -- correct ISBN 9780393679700

Emergency Contact Information

It is imperative that we confirm the demographic and emergency information we have on file for each student. This includes up-to-date parent contact information.

In order to accomplish this, an online update form was sent to each family.

The online form presents the information that is currently on file and asks for confirmation of each piece of information. The form also allows for changes and updates as needed. Please check your email for this important information and respond as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or have any difficulty submitting the form, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio at Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to keep our files up to date.

Athletic Registration

Attention all students interested in sports for the 2020- 2021 school year! Registration is open now for ALL sports. Please register your student athlete on Marian's athletic website by Monday, August 17.

*Fall Season: August 10 - October 24, 2020

Boys Golf

Girls Golf

Boys Cross Country

Girls Cross Country

Girls Tennis

Girls Swimming & Diving

*Winter Season: November 16 - February 13, 2021

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball


Boys Swimming & Diving

Competitive Cheer

Competitive Dance

*Spring Season: February 15 - May 1, 2021


Boys Soccer

Girls Volleyball

*Summer Season: May 3 - June 26, 2021



Boys Track & Field

Girls Track & Field

Girls Soccer

Boys Lacrosse

Boys Tennis

Awaiting Season dates



Bass Fishing

*Subject to change

College Planning Events

College Application Night, scheduled for Monday, August 17th at 6:30 PM, will be held as a virtual event. Please watch your E-mails for instructions about how to view the presentation at home on a computer. Again, all seniors and their families are encouraged to participate in this program; we’ll be covering a lot of information about the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of college applications at Marian. Remember that a great deal has changed since I took over in the Fall of 2018! So even if you’ve been through this before with a family member before then, chances are things are very different now.

Mark your calendars for Financial Aid Information Night. This program is taking place on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM. At this point, this program will also be virtual, but stay tuned in case we’re able to switch it over to an in-person event. This event is geared more toward parents than students…so students, you’re off the hook for this one! Our presenter will be Susan Teerink, the Director of Student Financial Services at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Susan does a fantastic job explaining how the FAFSA calculates a family’s need and answers many questions about need-based financial aid.

Volunteer Opportunity - Library

The Marian Central Library is looking for volunteers! Volunteers will help out during the school day with the following tasks:

  • Assist students with book check out procedures
  • Organize books and materials
  • Work with faculty on research materials
  • And more!

To apply for this opportunity, please click here.