235th ISSUE: August 26, 2022

From the Desk of Ms. Debra Novy

I am so happy to be starting another school year here at Marian Central Catholic! We are excited to be welcoming in the Class of 2026, the new exchange and transfer students, as well as seeing our returning students walking through the halls!

The entire faculty is just as excited and ready for a great school year. To prepare, our faculty participated in a full inservice day, August 9, focusing on leadership, policies and procedures, and school goals, and on August 10, the faculty participated in a great team-building activity! All academic departments are continuously working to improve the quality of instruction and student engagement in order to ensure that the education that we deliver is of high-quality and rigor that our community expects. More specifically, our teachers are looking to expand the variety of approaches to student learning so that students are more equipped to construct their own knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and apply that knowledge to solve real world problems.

In addition to our continuous improvement with the existing curriculum, we are very excited to be implementing our new Advisory period. Not only will this period help reduce the interruptions to valuable instructional time, but it serves several other key purposes in our mission to develop the whole student. We know that the last few years have taken a toll on all of us… but especially on our students. This is seen in their academics, mental wellness, spirituality, and even their physical being. The Advisory period is meant to build strong, meaningful relationships, providing strategies for improved academic performance, enriching their spiritual understanding of our Catholic faith, as well as providing more opportunities for school involvement and service. We look forward to the continuous development of this program.

Speaking of academic success, in order to ensure that your student has a successful year here at Marian, here are a couple pieces of valuable information! By now, all parents/guardians should have received an email instructing how you can log into the Parent Portal. When you log in you will find that you have real-time access to your students’ grades and attendance records. If you have concerns or questions about grades or any other classroom issue, please always go to the teacher first, as they have the most direct knowledge about what is going on in the classroom and their specific classroom policies and procedures. You can find teacher contact information and webpages on the Marian website at Students who find themselves struggling in any classes have several resources to assist them. These include utilizing their teachers’ Google Classroom or Teams platform, using Advisory study hall times to meet with teachers for assistance, or signing up for NHS tutors through the Guidance office. The Guidance Counselors, the Academic Resource Department, Father Warren, and the entire Administrative team are also there to assist students with any issues!

Finally, please be sure to read the information below on our annual Back to School Night, coming up this coming Wednesday, August 31 at 7pm. We look forward to actually seeing you in person again at Marian Central Catholic as you walk through your students’ daily schedule, meet the teachers and converse with Administration.

As I said earlier, I am very excited for this school year, stepping into the classrooms to see students grow and learn, and become the self-sufficient individuals we know they can be! Please know that my door is always open for your students and all of you.

Prayers for an amazing school year!

Ms. Debra Novy

815-338-4220 x105

Back to School Night

All parents are invited to attend our annual Back to School Night

Wednesday, August 31st

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Meet Staff - Learn about expectations - Visit Classrooms

Spirit Wear will be available for purchase

Click here for more information.

MCDH Community Alert - Increase in Opioid-Related Overdoses

The McHenry County Department of Health has shared information regarding an increase in opioid-related overdoses within the past 28 days. Please click the link below to view this community alert.

Community Alert - MCDH warns public of increase in opioid-related overdoses

Blessing of Freshmen Bibles

During Advisory on Monday, August 29th, Fr. Warren will be saying a blessing over the freshmen Bibles. Please make sure your freshman student has his/her Bible at school on Monday for this special blessing.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken at Marian during the school day on:

Tuesday, September 13th (ladies)

Thursday, September 15th (gentlemen)

Please see the attire guidelines below for these portraits. Ordering information and schedules will be provided at a later date.

Senior Ladies:

Appropriate attire on this day includes dress pants or uniform pants and a modest blouse or sweater that covers the shoulders. Dresses/skirts are not allowed. No nose rings/studs, facial piercing, and no more than two earrings per ear will be permitted on girls. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.

Senior Gentlemen:

Gentlemen must wear a white shirt and tie, a sport coat or suit coat, and dress pants or uniform pants. No nose rings/studs, facial hair, facial piercing, and no earrings will be permitted on boys. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.

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.

Friday 9/2: Belmont Abbey College-8th Period

Important Dates - College Planning

Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, September 28th; 7:00pm - 8:00pm

(Illinois Student Assistance Commission
will present changes to FAFSA application and process)

NACAC National College Fair

Saturday, October 1st; 11:00am - 3:00pm

at McCormick Place in Chicago

College Fair at McHenry County College

Tuesday, October 4th

5:30pm - 7:30pm

College Fair at Elgin Community College

Wednesday, October 12th

6:00pm - 8:00pm