119th EDITION: JULY 2019

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth


As August approaches, the count-down to the new school year really begins! We hope your family is able to spend some wonderful familytime and made some great memories before the school year is upon us!

For those Marian families that are loading up vans and traveling to colleges across the nation we wish our recent graduates best of luck on new and exciting adventures!!

We also welcome all the new families to our Marian Central family! Whether you have an incoming freshman - or you have transferred schools - we appreciate you and cannot wait to see you in our halls, and at our games and events!

Our Friday Focus will be delivered to your email address every Friday evening, and we hope that it helps keep you connected to all the events and updates at school. We realize you juggle so many things, so we hope you find this to be your "one-stop-shop" to help plan the following week.

You'll also notice our social media presence increase as the school year begins - so please be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Instagram: @mariancentralcatholic

Facebook: @MarianCentralCatholic

Twitter: @MarianCentral


July 29 - Aug 1, 2019: Mon - Thurs 8:00 am - 1:00 pm, Closed on Friday

Aug 5 - Aug 9, 2019: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Aug 12, 2019 regular office hours: Mon - Thurs 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Athletics (Games, Camps, Practices), please see our Athletic Calendar!

Click here for our Main School Calendar!

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE August 5 - 9th, and August 12 - 16th

Sunday, August 4, 2019

12 - 5:30 pm ~ Mentor Training

Monday, August 5, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

12-2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp, Cafeteria

~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

12-2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

12-2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9-11 am ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

12-2 pm ~ Freshman/Transfer/international Study Skills Camp

~ College Essay Writing Camp, rm 146

Friday, August 9, 2019

Office Hours M - F 9 am - 3 pm

9 am - 12 PM ~ New MCCHS Teacher Orientation Day, Cafeteria

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Retreat Leaders Retreat

Monday, August 12, 2019 - No School, Teacher In-Service

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - New Student/Freshman Orientation Day!

School Day (Freshmen & New Students Only) from 8:05 am - 2:30 pm

Durham buses will be running all posted routes!

8:05 am ~ Freshmen Mass

6:30 pm ~ New Student/Family Picnic

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - First Full Day of Classes!

School Day from 8:05 am - 2:30 pm

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bus Evacuation Drills all day (PE, Econ, Gov)

Friday, August 16, 2019

5:30 pm ~ Football "Red/White" Exhibition Game (canned food item admission)

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!


Parents of any new students needing academic accommodations, please contact Mr. Taylor. All current Individual Service Plans (ISPs) are renewed in the spring. Any parent of a student who has not renewed with Mr. Taylor should also contact him via phone or email.

Mr. Chris Taylor

815-338-4220 ext 209

Playing a SPORT this fall? Registration is open NOW!

The fall sports parent-coaches meeting is on July 31, 2019, at 7 pm, at Marian Central. We encourage all parents whose student is participating in a fall sport to attend the meeting.

The first day of the fall season begins on August 12, 2019.

Marian's Kickoff Exhibition Football Game is on Friday, August 23, 2019! Come support our team!

If you are planning to play a fall sport for the 2019-2020 school year and have yet to register, please register on Marian's athletic website



Boys Soccer

Girls Tennis

Boys and Girls Golf

Boys and Girls Cross Country


Pom Pon/Dance

Athletic fees are $200 for 1 sport/ $275 for 2 or more sports per student.

Click HERE for directions how to register online!

if you have any questions please contact Mr. Price at or 815-338-4220, Ext 119

For Safety's Sake: Please Update Emergency Contact Info!

Prior to the beginning of each school year, it is imperative that we confirm the demographic and emergency information we have on file for each student.

In order to accomplish this, we will be emailing online update forms to each family.

The online form will present the information that is currently on file and ask for confirmation of each piece of information. The form will also allow for changes and updates as needed. Please watch your email after August 1st for this important information.

If you have any questions or have any difficulty submitting the form, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio at 815-338-4220, x107. Thank you for your cooperation in our efforts to keep our files up to date.

Important Medical Record Information!

All seniors must provide proof of up-to-date meningitis vaccination. The State of Illinois requires that all public and private school student medical records are in compliance at the beginning of the school year.

Incoming Freshman, please make sure you’ve provided a birth certificate, physical with up to date immunizations, and dental form dated within the required time frames.

Please set some time aside this summer to check this very important item off of your list. Thank you.


Click HERE to view the (updated) 2019-2020 Book List! (corrected link!)

As we communicated in the previous newsletter, sometimes we have to make last-minute changes to the book list as publishers announce when books are out-of-print. We try to work with one textbook for as long as possible (either until they are no longer in print, or the content becomes irrelevant) to reduce costs to our families. As you can see from the above announcements about three of our science textbooks - those changes often happen during the early summer months (sometimes after the instructors have left for break!) Science seems to be the content area that frequent change is expected - which is why so many new editions are only available in digital content format! We strive to offer multiple formats to meet the learning needs of our students, and will always try to find print versions as an option.

Here are a few tips:

  • Always check the ISBN of the book to make sure you have the correct edition!
  • If purchasing digital downloads (eBooks, etc.) - wait until the fall when your student has the actual device in hand before you make those digital purchases, as most of them are one-time-only downloads.
  • We try to use the same textbook for at least FIVE years so you can take advantage of hand-me-downs among friends and family, but in some instances, we have no choice but to update to a newer edition.
  • MBS is our official ONLINE BOOKSTORE, which opened as of July 1st.
  • A portion of all MBS sales is donated back to Marian's tuition assistance program
  • Books available through MBS are guaranteed to be in stock, with guaranteed buy-back
  • If choosing to purchase books through Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile, and selecting Marian Central as the beneficiary. Just another way to help fund our tuition assistance program!