77th Edition: July 6, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Summer Updates from the Principal

Happy Fourth of July and welcome to the heart of summertime! It seems like only a short while ago since our students completed Second Semester Finals and the Class of 2018 graduated! Now here we are, half way through our summer vacation! I hope your family has been taking full advantage of the time off, to decompress, get reconnected, and enjoy God’s gifts!

Just to catch you up on a few things that are going on here at Marian…

  • Our custodial and office staff are busy working to make sure everything is clean, up to date, and in order for the new school year.

  • The building’s entire technology infrastructure has been updated in preparation for our big technology roll out this fall! Please see the section below for more details on what to expect about every student receiving a laptop for their educational use here at Marian!

  • On that same note, we will be notifying everyone when the One-to-One Technology Handbook covering various policies and procedures is completed, as we will need all students and families to be aware of the uses and restrictions concerning technology use here at Marian. Once completed, we will be linking it to the Marian website.

  • We have several new faculty member joining the Marian family for the fall. Once the list is finalized, we will be publishing a little background on each one of them.

  • The new, updated Student Handbook for 2018-19 will be completed within the next few weeks and will be linked to the website. Please make sure that you and your student(s) review it carefully, as there are several much needed updates that you will need to be aware of.

  • Our school is continuing to develop new ways to ensure that we at Marian Central are living our Mission of Welcoming, Proclaiming, Forming, and Sending our students off to become Pilgrims on the Way of Truth. With Father Twenty joining our school community, we are certainly excited to continue being mission-driven in everything that we do.

  • Our school is going full “STREAM” ahead! Not only have our teachers continued their curriculum work, ensuring that we are delivering the best, most relevant and rigorous curriculum possible, but we are also in the process of developing critical cross-curricular connections amongst all departments here at Marian. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math. As educators, we are well aware that none of the subjects that we teach here stands in isolation. Instead, there are clear, interweaving concepts and skills that we at Marian are working to develop so that our students can see clear connections and value within and among all they learn here. For example, with our IDEA/IncubatorEdu program, as our students develop their own product or service, they require writing skills for developing proposals. They use their speaking skills as they “pitch” their ideas. Science, art, engineering, technology, and mathematics are all used as they actually develop prototypes. Finally, all of what the students do… developing a respectable business, creating a product that aligns with our Catholic morals and values, and how they cooperate and collaborate with their business partners… all relate to the religion that our students learn and live as students of Marian Central.

  • We are very excited to not only to develop a solid, faith-filled curriculum, but to continue our collaboration with all of the McHenry Deanery schools to ensure that a solid foundation at the elementary level will become a clear stepping stone to joining our Marian family.

As you can see, we have a lot in store for our students and families, and are looking forward to the new school year! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! The entire Administrative Team is here for our students, faculty, and families.

In Christ,

Debra Novy


Meet Our New Spiritual Director: Father Twenty!

Praised be Jesus Christ!

I’m Father Twenty, the new Spiritual Director here at Marian. I’m very excited to be a part of this wonderful community of faith and learning. I love ministering to the youth and have a passion for Catholic Education, so I was thrilled when Bishop Malloy gave me this assignment!

I’m just about getting settled in. The books are on the shelves, the wifi code is entered, and I think I’ve figured out the copy machine! Things are pretty quiet around the school right now, which has given me the chance to get acquainted. When school starts I can really hit the ground running.

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working here. All of the staff, faculty, and students I have met so far have been very kind and welcoming. I ask that you please pray for me in my new role here, and I assure you of my daily prayers for all of you and your families.

God bless,

Fr. 20

A message from our Interim Superintendent

Dear Marian Parents,

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Vito DeFrisco and I am delighted to accept this very important position as Interim Superintendent. Marian Central Catholic High School is very special to me. Two of my three children attended Marian and were well prepared for college. Both have earned their Master degrees and are currently working in education. I live in Crystal Lake with my wife and son who is working as a welder.

I am a product of Catholic education and I have worked in school administration for over 25 years. As a school administrator, I have been blessed with many opportunities that included two trips to Nsukka, Nigeria to help establish a model school, a Catholic Education system, and to provide professional development for their teachers and administrators.

This is my second employment opportunity in the Rockford Diocese. Prior to my current position, I worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for eleven years as principal of St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates. My first experience in the Rockford Diocese was working here at Marian Central as the first Development Director from 1994 until 1998.

While acting as your Interim Superintendent, I will also be maintaining my office at the Diocesan Administrative Building in Rockford as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Rockford Diocese.

I am looking forward to developing a strong partnership with each of you as we work together to move Marian’s mission forward. Marian Central Catholic High School is an excellent school and will continue to provide an outstanding faith-based academic program preparing students for the next chapter in their educational journey.

I look forward to working with each of you.

Sincerely in Christ,

Vito C. DeFrisco

Interim Superintendent

Marian Central Catholic High School


July school office schedule (closed on Fridays)

July 9 - 12th: Office Hours 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

July 16 - 19th: Office Hours 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

July 23 - 26th: Office Hours 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

August school office schedule (open Monday - Friday)

July 30th - August 3rd: Office Hours 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

August 6 - August 10th: Office Hours 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Beginning August 13th: Standard school office hours 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

August 15th: Freshman Orientation Day (8:05 am - 2:30 pm)

August 15th, 6:00 pm: Freshman Parent Picnic in Cafeteria

August 16th: 8:05 am - 2:30 pm - First Day of School - All Grade Levels

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

New One-To-One Technology Program Comes to Marian

Starting the 2018-19 school year, each student at Marian Central Catholic High School (grades 9th through 12th) will be issued an HP ProBook x360 Notebook PC for daily educational use. This will be replacing the “Bring your own Technology” policy that Marian had in place for the past several years.

This new initiative fulfills Marian’s Technology mission and vision including…

  • To offer students an avenue to practice digital Catholic citizenship

  • To encourage meaningful, individualized exploration of deeper knowledge

  • To inspire cooperative learning while providing opportunities for effective communication

  • To address multiple learning styles

  • To measure student learning and provide timely feedback to better inform instruction

  • To foster skills for an authentic and relevant education that will prepare students for post high school graduation experiences

Watch the Marian website for more information on the rollout and distribution of the devices. We will soon be having a “Frequently Asked Questions” section for your convenience that will answer many of the questions you may be having about this exciting new initiative!

MBS Online Bookstore NOW OPEN! + FREE SHIPPING 7/9 - 7/15

Our online bookstore has officially opened! This is a wonderful way to shop for all your student's textbooks from the comfort of your home - and a % of the sales is donated back to Marian Central's tuition assistance program! Click HERE to go directly to the MBS Online Bookstore, or click on the "Order Your Textbooks" image! Order soon to take advantage of MBS Free Shipping for orders over $99 between 7/9 and 7/15!

Here is the 2018-2019 Book List (listed by course title) Please review this handy list - there are some courses that provide the textbook in class (at no charge to you) - and are noted as such on this list, as well as on MBS online.

A few things to consider as you shop for the school textbooks:

  1. Have your student's course list handy, so you select the correct courses in the bookstore.
  2. For many books, you will have the options of purchasing new, used, or eBook. If you are choosing the eBook - it's ok to go ahead and purchase the eBook access code - but WAIT until your student has the device to actually activate the access. If it is a downloadable book, you'll want to use the one-time download to place it on the student's device. Devices will be distributed within the first weeks of school this fall.
  3. Course/Instructor notes are posted within MBS. For example - if instructor welcomes eBook versions of books, that note will appear when you are viewing that course through MBS!
  4. MBS is very similar to Amazon in pricing. The advantage of MBS is that they offer guaranteed book buy-back and have a great buy-back guide for you to follow at the end of the school year.
  5. MBS has been provided with class enrollment numbers to ensure that books listed will be available - and not on back-order!



Used Books are still available to purchase through the school office. We are discounting the books 25% off the listed prices. A list of books available is on the website under News and Announcements. Please note - this was our FINAL year offering the Used Book Sale program.

Quarterly Tuition Payment Due July 18th

If you are choosing to pay your student's tuition on a QUARTERLY schedule, your first payment and fees will be due JULY 18th.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a course fee of $30 for any students taking English 9th through 11th grade that will be added to the existing fee schedule. This fee covers all online access for Grammar and Vocabulary - and completely replaces the need to purchase a vocabulary workbook!

School Uniform Information

Please check out our School Uniform visual guide. We hope you find it useful as you build your student's uniform wardrobe! Throughout the year, we will post sales and promotions offered through Lands End. The company has offered excellent customer service, and has a wonderful return policy. The sizing chart and ordering guide online is very helpful - but if you are unsure of your child's sizes, please check out this in-person fitting information offered at the Lombard Sears store.

Exciting Changes Happening in Your Guidance Department!

First, we are pleased to announce the addition of a dedicated College Counselor, Jim Stamatakos, to serve our students and families. He comes to Marian with a plethora of experience and knowledge on both sides of admissions-college and high school. He worked for eight years as an Admissions Counselor at Rockford College and St. Norbert College and has served four years as College Counselor at a private high school in WI.

In addition, Mrs. Kelly Hilton is honored to be starting in the position of Guidance Director for the 2018-2019 school year. She has been a member of the Guidance team for the past eleven school years, working closely with the recently retired director, Mrs. Rebecca Reed.

To best serve our students, the following counselling distribution will be followed:

Mr. Tom Kruse

Class of 2020

Class of 2022

Mrs. Kelly Hilton

Class of 2019

Class of 2021

Mr. Stamatakos will be the College Counselor for all students!

The new team, Mrs. Hilton, Mr. Kruse, and Mr. Stamatakos, and of course our beloved Mrs. Diamond will be working hard to serve all student and family needs as we work together to support our students and help plan for successful futures for all.

Attention SENIOR Students (18-19 School Year!)

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

Click here for more information about the meningitis vaccination through Walgreens, which also offers vaccines at certain locations without an appointment!

A few Reminders from the Athletic Program!

If your student is planning to participate in a sport for the 18-19 school year, please register your student-athlete on the Marian Central Athletic website (takes approximately 3 minutes!)

  • The fall season parent-coaches meeting is on Monday, August 6th.
  • First day of practice for Football, Girls Golf and Boys Golf is on Monday, August 6th.
  • First day of practice for Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country , and Volleyball is on Wednesday, August 8th.

Practice schedules will be posted by the end of July! Any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our Assistant AD, Mrs. Kelly Jackson x 111 ( or our Athletic Director, Mr. Curtis Price x119 (

Annual Golf Outing a HUGE Success!

Thank you to all who attended and supported the 46th Annual Athletic Benefit Golf Outing! The 140 golfers enjoyed a fun, beautiful day at Crystal Woods Golf Club. We truly appreciate all the hard work and dedication of our Marian family to help make this event successful, as we raised over $40,000 to benefit the Athletic Department.

2016-2017 MCCHS Annual Report

From the academic accolades, sports success and service to others, our students' accomplishments are a source of pride for the entire Marian community. Please see the attached 2016-2017 Annual Report. ​

Hurricane Alert coming soon to all MC Alumni! Sign up to receive yours!

The next issue of the Hurricane Alert is coming soon and will be distributed electronically to alumni! If you or your children are alumni of Marian Central, make sure we have your updated contact information here.

2nd Annual Alumni Food Fight - JULY 14th!

WE NEED YOU to help us beat Carmel and St. Viator in a friendly competition to fight hunger! Bring your family and friends for a fun, charitable day while we pack food to feed starving children around the world. To register, visit We hope to see you there!

Taste of Nigeria Event at St. Patrick - McHenry on July 29th from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On July 29th, please join us at St. Patrick- McHenry to participate in Taste of Nigeria! All proceeds benefit ImaBridge Africa, which was founded by Fr. Godwin Asuquo, and endorsed by Bishop Malloy. Enjoy a great day with your family, playing games, eating wonderful food, listening to beautiful music - and helping build strong, faith-filled communities across the globe!

Click HERE for more information!

Rockin' the Hill concert..and 100% ticket proceeds help our school?! YES PLEASE!

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to a private concert with Old Dominion and Scott Stapp of Creed! Students must be 16 or older to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited so make sure to purchase your tickets ASAP!

Date: July 27th

Location: Woodstock, IL

Time: Doors Open at 5pm

Opener: 8pm

Headliner: 9:30pm

Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets!. Please make sure when asked “How did you hear about us?”, you type in Marian Central so the school receives 100% of the proceeds from each ticket.

*Please note this is a private event and we ask that you not share this broadly with your network or social media, but rather with key people who you feel will support Marian Central Catholic High School and enjoy this exclusive event.*

The Friday Focus will return on August 3rd! Enjoy your summer!

Visit the Marian Central Website!

All announcements, schedules, and forms are published on our Marian website for your convenience! After any new announcements are broadcast via email, we make sure we post a permanent link to the information on our website for your reference.