219th ISSUE: February 11, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Curtis Price

Marian Central is proud to offer a variety of extracurriculars that help foster student involvement. I am honored to have this opportunity to introduce our Fine Arts Department to highlight their productions over the year and preview upcoming performances! Good afternoon and welcome to the Friday Focus for February 11, 2022.

We appreciate being able to focus on Marian Theater! Mrs. Christine Connell and Mr. Andrew Ossler led a fabulous fall production of All Together Now! - a celebration of schools welcoming live theater back to schools across the country.

Our theater and music students are keeping quite busy! Mr. Ossler, Srta. Christi DeWispelaere, and Mr. Austin Book (our student teacher) are excited to be practicing for our spring musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Performances will be March 18- 20, 2022, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. We feel the enthusiasm of the students every day as we prepare our production of an average day in the life of the loveable Charlie Brown and his Peanuts friends. The musical is based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz and the book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. We are so proud of everyone involved in the show!

Not only are the students working on the musical, but a handful of them have also started planning for the annual variety show, which is currently scheduled for late April. The emcees for the show are already planning their skits and will be announcing auditions for the various acts soon. We anticipate that auditions will take place at the end of February or the beginning of March, so if you have a talent to share, start practicing now!

The Fine Arts Boosters support our Art, Music, and Theater departments. The arts allow our students to develop and share their creative talents with each other as well as the school and the surrounding community. You can witness these talents at sporting events where the pep band livens up the crowd and choir students sing the national anthem. The plays and musicals foster new friendships between actors, crew, and set designers while bringing enjoyment to the whole community. We hope you’ll come support the Fine Arts Boosters and the students!

Marian Central Hosts Regional Basketball Events

Marian Central is hosting Girls & Boys Basketball Regionals this year. As a reminder, Marian passes will not be accepted at these games. Admission, set by the IHSA, is $5.

Monday, 2/14: Girls Semifinals - 6:00 & 7:30pm

Thursday, 2/17: Girls Finals - 7:00pm

Wednesday, 2/23: Boys Semifinals - 6:00 & 7:30pm

Friday, 2/25: Boys Finals - 7:00pm

Course Selection & Registration Fee - 2022-23

Course Selection

Current students will register for next year’s courses between February 7th – February 25th in Plus Portals. All of the information you and your student will need to navigate the online process and to make the best course selections is available on our website at:

Registration Fee

The 2022-23 registration fee is $300, however, families of currently enrolled students who pay the registration fee prior to Monday, February 14th, will receive a discount and therefore will pay $225. The registration fee can be paid at any time but must be paid prior to Monday, February 14th to take advantage of the discount. The fee may be paid by clicking here using a credit/debit card (3% surcharge added), or to the Business Manager by check, cash or credit card (3% surcharge added for credit/debit cards). The registration fee is non-refundable since the school depends upon the course selections made during the registration process for hiring staff for the next year.

Spring Sports Meeting

Mark your calendars!

The Spring Sports meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 16th.

Everyone will meet briefly in Landers Pavilion before separating to designated rooms where parents & student-athletes will meet with team coaches for a quick overview on what to expect in the upcoming season and touch on any important reminders (getting updated physicals, completing registration, etc).

Free Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

The State of Illinois is partnering with the McHenry County Department of Health and McHenry County College to host a free Covid-19 vaccine clinic. The clinic will take place on February 12th and March 12th at McHenry County College.

If you are interested, appointments can be scheduled by clicking here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Next Week's College Visits

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.

Tuesday 2/15: UW-Platteville-3rd Period, University of Valley Forge-9th Period

Wednesday 2/16: University of Arizona-2nd Period

Thursday 2/17: East Carolina University-7th Period, Winona State University-9th Period

Friday 2/18: Marquette University-8th Period

Junior Students and Parents – ACT Test Prep

Every year, Marian Central Catholic High School serves as a test center for the ACT in April. This year, the test date will be Saturday, April 2nd, 2022. Please note that this date does fall during our spring break. Also know that while we serve as a test center, we are not able to reserve seats for our Marian Central students. If you are interested in signing up for the April 2nd ACT (or the February 12th, June 11th or July 16th at other locations), please register on the ACT Registration website. For the April 2nd test here, be sure to use our test center code: 174990. And our school code is: 144475.

As our junior class prepares to take the ACT this spring, I wanted to share two opportunities with you that are free and could provide some additional assistance in preparing for the exam.

  • We will be providing a free practice ACT here at Marian Central Catholic on Friday, March 11th. This is a half day for students, so the practice exam will be from 12:30pm – 4:00pm in the library. Space is limited to the first 30 students who sign up.

  • Revolution Prep, a test prep and academic success company, will be offering a free two-hour virtual presentation exclusively for our students called ACT 101 Strategy Session. This will be held on Sunday, March 6th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Students can sign up for one or both opportunities through the Revolution Prep website. The Revolution Prep website will have links to additional free practice tests as well as some group test prep sessions, which come with a fee.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wochner, College Counselor, at 815-338-4220 x120 or

College Information Night

Freshmen, sophomore, and junior students and their families are asked to save the date for our College Information Night. This year the event will be held on Thursday, February 24th. The formal program will run from 6:30 – 8:30pm, with check in and a brief “Meet the Reps” beginning at 6:00pm.

College Information Night will include presentations from college admission professionals from various types of colleges and universities around the United States. Sessions include Finding Your Fit, Applying to Colleges 101, as well as Testing and When to Submit. A formal agenda will be posted on our Guidance website soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wochner, College Counselor, at 815-338-4220 x120 or