MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS

145th EDITION: February 14, 2020

From the Desk of Mr. Joe Price

On behalf of the students, staff, and administration, we would like to wish you a Happy Valentines Day. Today is a day that we celebrate and express our love to friends, family, and colleagues. Some refer to it as a “Hallmark Holiday”, but there is much more to it than giving flowers, cards, and treats.


Valentine’s day is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day and it was originated as a church holiday on February 14th to honor the martyrs of our faith. It is believed that the first heart valentine note was sent by Valentine who was in prison for a girl he loved. Valentine notes and letters have been recorded as far back as the Middle Ages. While the meaning has changed over time - its essence has remained and that is simply to love.


The gifts, cards, and flowers are a symbol and a gesture of our love for one another and it is important to take time to acknowledge this. However, it is important to also remember that love is more than a gesture or a word - it is also an action.


1 John 3:18: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."


Our greatest calling as it relates to love is of course clearly spelled out in Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." 38 "This is the first and greatest commandment." 39 And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 40 "All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


So as we celebrate and rejoice on this Valentine’s day, may we also remember that we should practice this every day. Love, after all, is our greatest calling and it is an action that should be practiced every day.


With love, blessings, and prayers,

Mr. Price

Online Course Requests

Student course selections for the 2020-2021 school year should be made online now!

All of the information you need to know is available on our website at https://www.marian.com/academics/curriculum-guide/.


**Please note that in the event that a course fills up, priority for enrollment will be based on the date on which students' registration fee was paid. There is no need to rush the course selection process as course enrollment is not based on the date on which course selections are submitted.

Important Meeting for Parents of Students Taking French & Spanish levels 3 & 4 Next Year!

We will be having a Parent Meeting next Thursday at 7pm in room 222 to discuss the Spring Break trip to Spain & France in 2021.

This trip is open for all students enrolled in Spanish 3 & 4 and French 3 & 4 for the 2020-21 school year.

We will have a member of ACIS travel company here to help answer questions.

ACT National Test Date at Marian -- -- April 4, 2020 - REGISTER NOW

All juniors are currently participating in ACT prep within their classes here at Marian in anticipation of the April test. Marian students are not automatically registered for this test date - they must register individually online at www.actstudent.org. The registration deadline for the April test date is Friday, February 28.


Juniors will be given a Preparing for the ACT Test booklet in the near future which contains: a full-length practice ACT test, info about the multiple-choice and writing tests, test-taking strategies, and what to expect on test day. A copy of this booklet can be found online by clicking here. In addition, they will be given a copy of some helpful hints for registration created by Mrs. Hilton. A copy of the ACT Registration Information sheet can be found here: Registration Hints Letter 2020

Spring Sports Meeting

Parents and student athletes who plan to participate in a spring sport, please join us for our spring sports kickoff meeting!

Monday, February 24th - 6:30 pm

Meet the coaches - Receive valuable information

Super Raffle Ticket - at the bottom of the backpack?

Last week an envelope, containing a Super Raffle ticket and flyer, was sent home with your student. Have you seen it? Or is it still at the bottom of their backpack? If they aren't sure what they did with it, we can send another one home or you can purchase a Super Raffle ticket online. Grand Prize is $7,500 or free tuition for 1 year!


Click the picture below for additional information.

Senior Baby Pictures

It’s that time of the year! BABY PICTURE TIME! Seniors are asked to provide their baby picture in one of the following ways:

1. Bring in an actual photo (size 8x10): please have your FULL NAME and your English teacher’s name marked on the 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 publicationsmc@gmail.com. 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!


ALSO - Since we have an ENTIRE section of the yearbook dedicated to US – we are calling for any great photos taken from our Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years! We are hoping to create a great collage of our entire four years – so please share your favorite photos. Submissions are accepted in the same manner as the baby photos!


ALL PHOTOS ARE DUE TO ENGLISH TEACHERS NO LATER THAN MARCH 1ST!

College Information Night

WHAT: An opportunity to learn about starting a college search, financial aid, the differences between the ACT and the SAT, and to attend a mock college application review. Students and families will also attend a question and answer session about the college admission process with a panel of college admission officers.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30-9:00 PM (Check in begins at 6:00 PM, Program begins at 6:30 PM)

WHERE: Marian Central Catholic Theatre


Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this program. We strongly encourage juniors and their parents/guardians to attend College Information Night. We’ve put together a comprehensive program that’ll be slightly different than last year’s program. We’re confident students and their families will leave with insight into some of the most complicated and confusing parts of the college search.


We ask that those planning to attend this program please register online by clicking here.


Fr. Twenty will also be providing an Ashes Service from 5:30-6:00 PM for any families that wish to observe Ash Wednesday before the evening’s program.


Please direct any questions about College Information Night to Mr. Stamatakos (jstamatakos@marian.com) or Mrs. Diamond (guidance@marian.com). We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, February 26th!

College Check In Meetings

I’m inviting all students in the Class of 2021 to schedule individual “College Check In” meetings with me between Monday, February 17th and Friday, March 13th. In addition to touching base with each student about where she/he is at regarding her/his college search, I’ll also review each student’s course selections with them to discuss how those courses would impact admission to specific colleges and/or more selective academic programs, such as nursing, business majors, or engineering majors.


Each junior will be invited to schedule a meeting with me through Mrs. Diamond in the Guidance Office. Additionally, I’d be happy to schedule a meeting after school (2:30 PM) to accommodate those parents who’d like to join their students at this meeting. Any parents who’d like to schedule a joint student/parent meeting can do that online at: http://bit.ly/31ywpmw.


As always, please call or E-mail with any college-related questions you have! I look forward to working with each of the juniors as they embark on this exciting process!


Mr. Stamatakos

Practice ACT in the Library

February 19th (2:30 - 5:00 pm)

February 20th (2:30 - 4:00 pm)


There are currently 14 seats available.


Marian Central Catholic H. S. Practice ACT Registration


The Marian Central Catholic H. S. Library is offering an opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors to take a complete practice ACT test, spread out over two after-school sessions. These are official practice tests from ACT, and students will receive scaled scores for each test section and subsection. This is an opportunity for Marian students to get an idea of the types of questions they will be seeing on the real test. They will also experience the ACT testing environment, complete with proctored instructions, ACT rules, and more than one test in one sitting.


If you are interested, please print the form linked above, complete the signature block, and return it to the Marian library no later than February 18th. You will be notified by e-mail once your form has been received. Watch the Marian website for up-to-date information on the number of seats available.