MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS
226th ISSUE: April 8, 2022
From the Desk of Rev. Charles Warren
It’s great that my bulletin board has become like a refrigerator in a home, filled with all the articles and achievements of our students! Better than those achievements are the sounds of jokes, laughter, and the students being themselves in the hallways. A Catholic school should help students have good self knowledge and awareness of their gifts. I think this can be seen in our students' comfort in our hallways.
How do we evaluate a year? When do we know we’ve lived out our purpose? What criteria do we use to look at all the important things a Catholic school should be doing?
Perhaps it sounds too clickbaity, but here’s the document that the press ignored. The Vatican released a new instruction called “The Identity of the Catholic School for a Culture of Dialogue”. An instruction is meant to provide clarification on previous laws, which means this document is meant to address current questions that real life people are asking about Catholic education. What’s fascinating is that this document meant for the universal church, speaks so well to our lived reality in our country.
It’s an excellent document to read in our communities and one we certainly will be engaging at Marian Central in order to better fulfill our mission as a Catholic school and provide renewal to all those who are called to be part of this mission.
Making all things new again. God does not create and then head off to another God-project. He’s intimately concerned with us and our happiness. So much so that next week we will recall how He even sent His Son to save us from our sin. This suffering, death, and (spoiler alert) resurrection shows the pattern of what our future holds.
Christian belief radically contradicts the idea that everything is going to heck in a handbasket. Instead, we are moving from darkness to light. On Easter, the day starts the evening before Sunday. It starts in darkness and moves into the light of day.
When we see messiness, when we see problems, when we see obstacles…there’s a temptation to think everything is falling apart. When in fact Christ’s own life was filled with great deeds, changed lives, and eventually his own suffering and death. The final word is resurrection. That human redemption is achieved and the opportunity for eternal happiness is offered to the world.
At Marian, the more we enter into the messiness together, the more we can enter into Christ’s resurrection together. A Catholic school grounded in its Catholic identity is one that is able to dialogue well with anyone, just as Christ did.
Please join me in praying for our school community and for our students to build one another up and better reflect the love of Christ.
Please join us if you can this upcoming Monday as Bishop Malloy celebrates a mass with us and Fr. Twenty comes back to preach on the new mural being installed in Landers Pavilion. It should prove to be a great way of drawing our minds toward the joy we will celebrate soon on Easter!
To the Heights, Together!
- Fr. Warren
Special Mass - Monday, April 11th
On Monday, April 11th, Bishop Malloy and Fr. Twenty will join us for a special All School Mass. During this Mass, we will be blessing a new mural, which has been installed in Landers Pavilion as a backdrop for all future celebrations of the Eucharist.
We are excited for the mural to be blessed by Bishop Malloy and to hear Fr. Twenty share the symbolisms found throughout the mural.
All are invited to join us for this special event. Mass will begin at 9:30 am.
Bidding for the Silent Auction is LIVE!
The silent auction for Marian Central's Dinner Auction is LIVE!
Visit marianauction.givesmart.com to view, bid and buy amazing items and experiences. From a comfy chair in class for a day, to breakfast with the beloved Mario from the cafeteria, to painting a parking spot, the auction has something for everyone! Mobile bidding will close on Saturday, April 9 at 9:30pm.
And the Winners Are...
Freshmen students will not need to attend school on Thursday, April 14th. There will be a noon dismissal for sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Senior students will not need to attend school on Friday, April 29th. There will be a noon dismissal for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors. All juniors planning to attend prom must be in attendance for all classes on Friday, April 29th.
Thank you to all families who participated by purchasing raffle tickets this year!
Senior Exam Exemption Information
Seniors in good standing are afforded the opportunity to opt out of second semester final exams, given that they meet all of the criteria listed on the EXEMPTION APPLICATION FORM. This form must be completed in its entirety and returned to the school office by the end of the day on Friday, April 29, 2022.
The classroom teacher reserves the right to rescind exemption approval if the student’s grade drops below 87% by the date of the final exam. Administration also reserves the right to rescind exemption approval if the student accumulates additional disciplinary or attendance incidents that exclude him/her from the exemption policy outlined below by the date of the final exam.
THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY EXAM EXEMPTIONS.
Tuition and fees must be paid in full by April 1, 2022, according to the official tuition payment schedule.
A few things to consider:
- We DO average 3rd and 4th quarter grades together! So - if a student had a rocky 3rd quarter, but brought up that grade, and that combined grade averages 87% (rounded) - then the exemption is still possible!
- We DO complete additional application reviews, if alerted by marking the "appeal" box. For example, some teachers may have a larger assignment or project due AFTER the exam application is due.
- We DO NOT accept appeals for excessive disciplinary infractions.
- We MATCH all absences with COLLEGE and MEDICAL notes received into the office.
- We MUST have a cut-off date for the appeal process: May 13th. That way, we can finalize those testing lists for our teachers - and all students know exactly what they need to prepare for!
- If in doubt - encourage your student to complete the application! Please know, however, even appealed applications may not result in approvals.
- Remind your student that this exemption program is a PRIVILEGE that must be EARNED.
Upcoming 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. Click here for the Guidance Department website.
Tuesday 4/12: Savannah College of Art & Design - 7th Period
Wednesday 4/13: Western Kentucky University - 1st Period, St. Mary's College (Indiana) - 3rd Period, Valparaiso University - 7th Period, St. Louis University - 9th Period
Thursday 4/14: Iowa State University - 2nd Period