Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

16th Edition January 13, 2017

Whew! Semester exams are done! We hope the students are able to rest up over the three-day weekend and arrive this coming Tuesday with a renewed energy for their second semester!

Our faculty had a productive in-service this past Friday, advancing their technological skills with Google and other exciting educational apps! Teachers are perpetual students - continually learning new material and exploring meaningful ways to share their knowledge with their students. Every workshop, class, or meeting we attend - the objective will always be the same: provide our students with the absolute BEST educational experience here at Marian Central. The students certainly love the added time off from school, especially after a long week of exams; but we truly appreciate these opportunities to grow professionally!

A special THANK YOU to all who completed the Friday Focus survey last week! We received quite a few responses and are thrilled to learn that this newsletter is making your experience at Marian better! We also appreciate the written feedback too, and we are working to address some wonderful suggestions you shared with us! For example, you'll notice that our Weekly At-A-Glance is a bit longer: we added as many club meetings as possible. We also added a few more sports calendar events - ones that were outside of the typical practice-schedule description. For a full sports practice-schedule, please follow the link to 8to18 below (and on our Marian website!) Also - we are currently working on a better way to manage and share all the clubs/organization news, information, and we hope to have that ready to launch in the coming weeks too!

Week At-A-Glance: January 14 - 20, 2017

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

  • 9:00 am - Spring Musical Set Building in Auditorium

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

  • 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - US Baseball Academy Camp in Aux Gym

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 - No School/Office Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • 8:30 am - Spring Musical rehearsal in Auditorium

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am - Softball Open Gym in Aux Gym
  • 7:30 am - Spanish Honor Society meeting in room 228
  • 7:30 am - WYSE meeting in room 126
  • 2:30 pm - Business Club in room 219
  • 2:30 pm - Soph Boys Basketball dinner in Cafeteria
  • 2:40 pm - Gavel meeting in room 218
  • 2:45 pm - SMART Club meeting in room 147
  • 2:45 pm - Ping Pong in Auditorium Commons
  • 2:45 pm - Spring Musical rehearsal in Auditorium
  • 2:35 pm - Scholastic Bowl meeting in room 218
  • 2:50 pm - Club Moderator Meeting in room 121 (club/organization student-leaders may attend!)
  • 5:00 pm - JV/Varsity Wrestling vs Grant in Aux Gym

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

"Coaches vs Cancer" COIN WARS during all lunches

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am - Baseball Open Gym in Aux Gym
  • 7:30 am - WYSE meeting in room 126
  • 7:30 am - Safe Driver's Club meeting in room 218
  • 2:30 pm - Practice ACT Part 1 in Library (pre-registered session full)
  • 2:30 pm - Art Club meeting in room 110
  • 2:40 pm - Key Club meeting in Cafeteria
  • 2:45 pm - Spring Musical rehearsal in Auditorium

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

"Coaches vs Cancer" COIN WARS during all lunches

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am - Softball Open Gym in Aux Gym
  • 2:30 pm - Practice ACT Part 2 in Library (pre-registered session full)
  • 2:35 pm - Scholastic Bowl meeting in room 218
  • 2:40 pm - FOR Club meeting in Guidance
  • 2:45 pm - MANDATORY Track PreSeason meeting in room 130
  • 2:45 pm - MUN meeting in room 218
  • 2:45 pm - Spring Musical rehearsal in Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 - SPIRIT DRESS DOWN DAY!

"Coaches vs Cancer" COIN WARS during all lunches

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am - Baseball Open Gym in Aux Gym
  • 7:30 am - NHS meeting in Auditorium (Juniors only)
  • 2:30 pm - Soph Boys Basketball dinner in Cafeteria
  • 2:45 pm - Ping Pong in Auditorium Commons
  • 2:45 pm - Spring Musical rehearsal in Auditorium

"Coaches vs Cancer" Charity Basketball Tonight! (partnering with the American Cancer Society)

  • 5:30 pm - Boys Fr Basketball vs Nazareth in Aux Gym
  • 5:30 pm - Boys Soph Basketball vs Nazareth in Landers Pavilion
  • 7:00 pm - Boys Fr Basketball vs Nazareth in Aux Gym
  • 7:00 pm - Boys Var Basketball vs Nazareth in Landers Pavilion

These are just the highlights of the activities happening this week at Marian. For a more detailed calendar, including all away games and practices, please visit our 8to18 Athletics Calendar. Or, click here for a more detailed look at the Marian Central school calendar (non-athletic.)

News & Announcements

Registration Fees for 2017-2018 School Year

Registration fees for the 2017-2018 school year can be paid at this time, so be sure to do that as soon as possible! Beginning February 1st, Guidance will be registering current students who have paid the registration fee.

Registration fee is $175 if paid by February 10th

After February 10th, the registration fee is $250

CLICK HERE to pay your fee online. (Select "Registration Fee" from drop-down menu)

McHenry County College to host "Engineering Pathways Program" Info Session

If the field of engineering interests your student, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore the many career/study options! The Info Sessions are scheduled for January 17th and February 8th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at McHenry County College. Have your student see Guidance for more details!

Winter Dance Scheduled for January 28th!

We are pleased to host this year's Winter Dance here in the Lander's Pavilion on Saturday, January 28th from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm! Have your students check out the posters which will be up all next week! This is a "semi-formal" occasion - but more importantly, it is a fun night filled with friends, music, and refreshments!


Even though we are months away from the big event, many of our junior/senior young women are already shopping for that perfect evening gown! We felt it would be helpful to all if you had this PROM GUIDELINE to help determine acceptable dress for this formal event. Most high schools in the area have created very similar guidelines, so this helps create a consistent message across our entire community.

In the coming weeks, we will be visiting the Junior/Senior classrooms to go over these guidelines in detail with our students- but we felt it important to share this with you early enough for the shopping trips!

Do you live in McHenry? Can you help with a carpool next year?

We still are in need of a family to help with a carpool for a family new to Marian! The Admissions Office has an incoming freshman family for the 2017-2018 school year that would like to connect with a carpool to provide a ride to and from school. The family lives just off Rt. 31 in McHenry. Please contact Mike Maloney at (815) 338-4220 ext. 108, or email at if you may be able to help. Thank you!

Athletic Shout Outs!

Cheer and Dance to Compete this Sunday!

This Sunday, our talented cheer team will be heading to Niles West for their IHSA Invitational. Anyone who has seen our team perform can tell you their stunts, gymnastics, and choreography is simply amazing! Our Dance Team will be participating in the Catholic League Dance Championships at Loyola Academy as well! Their competition routine is so high-energy and just a blast to watch! Best of luck to both teams as they represent our beloved school this weekend.

Wrestling heading to the ESCC Mega Duels at St. Viator!

While many of us are enjoying an extra day off, our Wrestling team will be participating at the "Mega Duels" competition at St. Viator. We hope they will all be able to pin down another victory for Marian Central! We are so proud of you!

Basketball Taking Their Games on the Road This Week!

Good luck to our Girls Freshman Basketball team at Crystal Lake South (Tuesday) and Boys Basketball (all levels) at Johnsburg (Wednesday)! With these "away games" not so far away, let's take our Marian spirit on the road and support these two great teams!

New Marian Uniform Options Available on Lands' End!

In addition to running a sales promotion (FREE LOGOS!) for the month of January, there are several uniform items that are currently listed at a REDUCED PRICE for inventory reduction! For example, many sizes of the black jacket, black pull-over, chino khaki pants, and the blue sweater are currently listed at a reduced price!

Because this price reduction is based on inventory, sizes and color selections are limited - but if you combine this price reduction with the free logo embroidery offer, this can be a wonderful savings for you!

To get the logo promotion, use Promo Code: LOGOTIME and Pin# 2744 at checkout.

Please remember to clearly LABEL the jackets/pull-overs as soon as you receive them. It will be very difficult to identify correct ownership if these items are turned in to the front office otherwise!

PURCHASE Dinner Auction & Jeep Raffle Tickets HERE!

Online payment is now available for the Dinner Auction Tickets and Jeep Raffle Tickets! Please click the link above for additional information.

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Winter Months Information

We introduced this information in the last newsletter, but as we face several weeks of winter - we thought it would be good to have the links here for your convenience! Should we have to implement an emergency school closing due to extreme weather, all planned co-curricular activities will also be cancelled for that day.

What's the weather forecast? Click here for Winter Storm Watch information.

Do we have a "Snow Day?" If we do, we will activate our automated phone messaging system, update our school website, and list in the Emergency Closing Center.

What if my student is running late due to the weather? Please call our Attendance Hotline # is (815) 338-4220 ext. 299.

Photo credit: Ken Farver

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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.