MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS
198th EDITION: August 27, 2021
From the Desk of Ms. Debra Novy
It has been so wonderful to see all of our students back in person for the start of the 2021-22 school year at Marian Central Catholic! We are excited to be welcoming in the Class of 2025 and new transfer students as well as seeing all of our returning students walking the halls again!
The entire faculty, new and returning, are ready for a great school year. To prepare, our faculty participated in two full inservice days August 11 & 12, focusing on collaboration, policies and procedures, Catholic Identity, and school goals. All academic departments are continuously working to update and improve the quality of instruction and student engagement in order to ensure that the education that we deliver is of high quality and rigor. More specifically, our teachers continue to develop lessons that provide students with a variety of approaches to their learning so that students construct their own knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and become real world problem solvers.
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 www.marian.com. Students who find themselves struggling in any classes have several resources to assist them. These include utilizing their teachers’ Google Classroom, OneNote, or Canvas platform, lunchtime math lab (which will be starting up soon) with student tutors, 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 here to assist students with any issues! We are proud to work as a team to provide your students with what they need to succeed socially, emotionally, spiritually, and academically.
In addition, all of our students should now have a school-issued HP Laptop for use in and out of school for educational purposes. This allows the students to access their teachers’ platforms for communicating information and assignments, complete & submit work online, access the grade portal to monitor their own progress, as well as email teachers for assistance if need be. Here are some simple steps for successful use of these devices that parents can reinforce at home…
- Always charge the computer overnight
- Restart the computer before school so it remains updated
- Keep food and drink away from the computer
- Keep the computer in a safe place when not using it
Students who start to build a routine around the care and use of their computer find that they are less apt to be unprepared when they come to school, and therefore more successful overall.
Finally, a quick reminder that our Back to School Night was moved to a virtual format. We anticipate that we will be providing a specific date and links for our parents to navigate themselves through their students’ schedules virtually to “meet” the teachers and find out a little more about the classes the students are enrolled in.
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!
At times, it can feel as if we are all spending hours trying to keep everyone aware and advised on what has happened and what is currently happening at school. Also, added to this is the ability for conflicts to arise, which are created by various situations where different viewpoints can lead to disagreements. To try and alleviate these disagreements, a chain of communication is found to be very effective and helpful in regards to navigating questions, concerns or suggestions related to a school’s decision or policy. Many questions are easily and completely answered by communication directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. However, each situation must first be addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken with appeals moving on to the next level on the chain of command. Please note that delaying or avoiding communication when a problem arises or skipping people to contact may only add to the frustration and delay everyone’s pursuit of an acceptable resolution.
Emergency Contact/Medical Information
Documentation Requirements Reminders
FRESHMEN: We need to have an original Birth Certificate (which we can copy for you in the office) and a completed State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form in the office no later than October 15, 2021.
SENIORS: If you’ve not turned in documentation of your second Meningococcal vaccine, we need to receive that in the office no later than October 15, 2021.
Please contact Mrs. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or call 815-338-4220 ext. 100.
Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
The Athletic Boosters Club is looking for volunteers to help during our home games! Please check out the available slots and be at the heart of the game!
Sports A Palooza
Thank you to all who attended our first Sports A Palooza! A great time was had by all, enjoying lunch from one of the food trucks, relay races, shopping spirit wear and more. Click the link below to view pictures from this fun event.
Calling all Kindergarten - 8th graders! Show this digital pass at all Marian Central events and receive free admittance.
Feeder School Spotlight
It's almost time for Friday Night Lights! Join us Friday, September 3, for the first home football game. We will be spotlighting St. Mary Catholic School and St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School!
Photo Contest - Win T-Shirt & Pizza Party
Every week during the fall sports season, Marian families and athletes are encouraged to take as many Marian Central pictures as they can. It could be a quick snap before or after a practice, game footage or anything that shouts: School Spirit! Pictures should be sent to email@example.com. Every week a winner will be chosen for Best Photo. Each winner will receive a Marian Central Athletic t-shirt and a free pizza party for all winners at the end of the fall season.
Rockin' the Hill Concert - Almost SOLD OUT!
Marian Central has received an exclusive invitation to be part of a private, invitation-only concert in Woodstock on Saturday, September 18. Jake Owen and Cheap Trick are headlining! It's going to be an unforgettable concert experience. Tickets are almost SOLD OUT! Bunker Hill Charities is granting 50% of ticket proceeds sold through Marian Central DIRECTLY TO US! During the checkout process, please type in Marian Central when you are prompted to answer “How were you invited to Rockin’ the Hill?”.
Purchase tickets here!