MCCHS FRIDAY FOCUS

234th ISSUE: August 19, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Dear Marian School Families & Students,


As Superintendent of Marian Central Catholic High School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! Everyone at Marian is excited to have the students back in our classrooms and hallways filling our school with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Every new beginning provides each and every one of us with the opportunity to begin again with renewed faith and trust in all that God has in store for us individually and collectively. Together with the administration, teachers and staff, it is our privilege to lead our community and to serve our families and students.


Bishop Malloy has asked all the schools in the diocese to dedicate the next three years to a Eucharistic Renewal. What a wonderful theme as we proceed through this school year, we can remember that He is always with us through the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We call it different names, like “Bread of Life,” “Blessed Sacrament of the Altar” and “Communion.” All good titles, but the fact is The Holy Eucharist is our Lord, Jesus Christ. Knowing this full meaning, The Holy Eucharist will change our lives – if we let it. Our hope is that all of our students, families, faculty and staff will keep the true meaning of the Holy Eucharist in mind during our daily prayers and reflections.


I would like to take a moment and thank our maintenance staff for all their work this summer in getting the school to look its very best. I would also like to thank the office staff for all of their work throughout the summer as they prepared for a smooth start to the school year. The most exciting facility update has been the installation of air conditioning in the second floor of our school building. I have been informed that it should be up and running by Monday of next week. This should be a welcome relief for our students and faculty who have suffered through some very hot days in the past. Please continue to pray for funds to be available to add air conditioning to our first floor classrooms next summer.


As we dedicate this year to the Holy Eucharist and our Lord Jesus Christ, let us pray for His continued blessings on our school and community. We pray for a safe and healthy school year as we seek to do His work.


Mike Shukis

Superintendent

Special Accommodations

If your student needs special accommodations for this school year, please contact Mr. Chris Taylor at ctaylor@marian.com if you have not already done so.

Back to School Night

All parents are invited to attend our annual Back to School Night


Wednesday, August 31st

7:00 - 9:00 pm


Meet Teachers - Learn about expectations - Visit Classrooms


Click here for more information.

Access to Grades

Student grades can be viewed through your Plus Portal Account. Each parent and each student are assigned an account for access. Parents and students new to the school should have recently received a link to set up an account. The Portal is found by going to our website, clicking on "Quick Links" and then "View Grades" or clicking the link below. If you are unable to access your student's account, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio at ldisilvio@marian.com


Click here to view grades through the Plus Portal

Class of 2023 - Meningococcal Vaccination

Seniors - If you have not submitted proof of your student’s second meningococcal shot, please do so as soon as possible. We need all documentation in the office no later than October 14, 2022 to meet requirements set by the State of Illinois. Documentation can be emailed to Mrs. Johnson at kjohnson@marian.com or brought to the office.

Class of 2026 - Immunization Records/Birth Certificates

Freshmen - We need current State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health forms and birth certificates no later than October 14, 2022. We will also need a Proof of School Dental Examination Form no later than May 15, 2023. Documentation can be emailed to Mrs. Johnson at kjohnson@marian.com or brought to the office.

Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

If you plan on applying for a Religious Exemption at the freshman or senior level, there is updated guidance on our website: Religious Exemption Information. All paperwork must be submitted to the office by September 1, 2022.

College Application Night

Seniors and their parents are invited and strongly encouraged to attend our College Application Night on Thursday, August 25th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the Auditorium.


Julie Nelson, Regional Recruitment Director from Xavier University, will share her 25+ years of experience in college admissions. She will discuss strategies to organize your search, make the most of your college visits, find the right fit, essays, Common Application, as well as a host of other topics. We will also discuss Senior Meetings, transcript requests, letters of recommendation, and so much more from the Marian Central perspective! Look forward to seeing you there!

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken at Marian during the school day on:



Tuesday, September 13th (ladies)

Thursday, September 15th (gentlemen)



Please see the attire guidelines below for these portraits. Ordering information and schedules will be provided at a later date.


Senior Ladies:

Appropriate attire on this day includes dress pants or uniform pants and a modest blouse or sweater that covers the shoulders. Dresses/skirts are not allowed. No nose rings/studs, facial piercing, and no more than two earrings per ear will be permitted on girls. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.


Senior Gentlemen:

Gentlemen must wear a white shirt and tie, a sport coat or suit coat, and dress pants or uniform pants. No nose rings/studs, facial hair, facial piercing, and no earrings will be permitted on boys. Hair must conform to Student Handbook guidelines.

Emergency Contact/Medical/Demographic Information

One parent from each family should have received an email requesting updated emergency contact/demographic information. Please make sure to review the information, make changes as necessary and submit the form online. Please submit the form even if there are no changes to be made. Otherwise, you will continue to receive the notification to complete the form.


If one parent did not receive this online form, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio at ldisilvio@marian.com. It is very important that we have the most up-to-date information on file.

Important Dates - College Planning

Wednesday, September 28th - Financial Aid Night - 7:00pm - 8:00pm (Illinois Student Assistance Commission will present changes to FAFSA application and process)

Saturday, October 1st - NACAC National College Fair - 11:00am - 3:00pm at McCormick Place in Chicago

Tuesday, October 4th - College Fair at McHenry County College - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 12th - College Fair at Elgin Community College - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Lunch Money

Please make sure that there are always funds available on your student's lunch account If they plan to purchase food. If a student does not have money on their lunch account, they cannot purchase food. The Cafeteria cannot allow a student to purchase food "on credit".


Money can be added to a student's Mealtime account through the Marian website, bringing money to the office or through mymealtime.com. All families will want to create an account at mymealtime.com to monitor account balances.


Students must have their school issued ID card to purchase food in the Cafeteria. All students received a new ID this year. The Cafeteria staff cannot accept cash and they cannot look up a student's account. The ID card must be scanned.

Athletic Boosters

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Athletic Booster Social Night for the 2022-23 school year! We had a great turnout and can't wait for our next gathering. Please mark your calendars and join us Monday, September 19th at 7pm at Holzlager Brewing Company in Woodstock!