250th ISSUE: December 16, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Benji Winkelman

Christmas Break is finally here! Christmas gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us. As I pause and reflect, I am very proud of our students and the tremendous effort they have put forth and the progress they have made throughout the semester. I am also very thankful for our teachers who spend countless hours preparing lessons, grading papers and making themselves available to assist students before and after school. They are truly the backbone of our institution.

I would like to highlight some wonderful things that have taken place over the last two weeks. First, the Student Council put together a terrific class competition game to raise money for families in need this Christmas season. It made me incredibly proud to see our students come together and raise over $1,500 in just one week! The love and generosity of our students and teachers is one of the many reasons our school is so remarkable.

For those of you who missed out on our Winter Concert last Friday, 12/9, please make sure you attend the next concert because the skills on display were amazing. Vocal arrangements performed by our Madrigals and Concert Choirs were beautifully sung and a wide variety of instrumental musical performances were played to perfection. The evening concluded with three songs performed by students in the Guitar 2 and 3 classes who really had the auditorium rocking! I would especially like to congratulate Mr. Ossler on his continual commitment to building our music programs and to the development of his students. Well done to all of you!

I wish you all the joys and blessings that Christmas brings. The birth of Jesus renews our hope in realizing God’s plan for each of us. It is a special time as family and friends get together.

Best wishes, Merry Christmas and may you have a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

Thank you for your support of Marian Central this semester.


Benjamin Winkelman

Semester 2 Exam Exemptions

Attention Seniors, if you would like to be exempt from Semester 2 exams, the process starts now. Please understand what you will need to accomplish regarding academics, discipline and attendance over the next 2 quarters in order to be exempt from your second semester exams.

Semester 2 Exam Exemption Requirements

Dennis Uniforms

Nothing says Merry Christmas like new school uniforms! All kidding aside, I know that our kids grow really quickly and you may be in the market for some new uniforms, or PE Clothes, whatever it may be, please click on the link below to do a little holiday shopping.

Dennis Uniform

Getting off on the Right Foot

When we return and begin semester 2, we all begin with a clean slate. Think back to things that you did well and continue to do them. Also, recall things that didn’t go well and make plans to change them. It is important to continually evaluate our routines and make subtle changes to improve and continue to grow.

New Drivers

As our Sophomores and Juniors become new drivers, please be careful in our parking lots, especially after school. Remember we do NOT go around buses that have their Stop Sign arm extended.

Parking Permits

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you were one of the lucky people who got a car for Christmas! (one can dream). Remember to place your parking permit on your rearview mirror. If you don’t have one, you will need to purchase one from the office.

Winter Dance

For the first time since Covid, the Winter Dance is back this year! The theme will be Winter Wonderland and the Student Council has decided this will be a turnabout dance where the girls ask their dates!

The Winter Dance will be held in the Aux Gym on Saturday, January 28th from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Tickets will go on sale in the main office following break.

College Information Night - January 24th

Save the date for College Information Night on Tuesday, January 24th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. This evening would be great for freshmen, sophomore, and junior parents and students to attend.

There will be three different presentations, and a closing panel, with nine different admission professionals from around the country. Be sure to hold the evening on your calendars as this is an event you will certainly not want to miss.

Summer Internship Opportunity

Summer 2023 PAID Internships are available in the field of Manufacturing for high school students through the Manufacturing Pathways Consortium. Click below for additional information.

  • $16/hour
  • 29 hours/week
  • 10-week program
  • Must be 16-18 years old and reside in McHenry County
  • Must reside in McHenry County
  • No previous work experience necessary
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