190th EDITION: April 16, 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

We all face periods of uncertainty in our lives, especially during this pandemic. Far too often we find ourselves face to face with fears as well as situations that can make us feel uncomfortable. Courage is a word that can help us through this difficult time. Courage is something that we all want and is often thought of as an attribute of good character that is worthy of respect. When we put some thought behind it, we are aware that our culture is rich with wonderful tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good. From the Bible to fairy tales, ancient myths to Hollywood movies, we all have been raised on a diet of heroic and inspirational tales. Yet, it is important to note that courage is not just about physical bravery. History books tell colorful tales of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. People like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney took financial risks to follow their dreams and innovate, while demonstrating the rewards and public accolades that courage can bring.

During this pandemic, people have demonstrated many different types of courage, ranging from physical strength and endurance to mental stamina and innovation. Here is a brief prayer that may help some of us find the courage in our daily lives as we continue to suffer as a community, as a nation, and as a world. When things are at their most difficult, give this prayer a try.

Loving Creator,

We asked for strength, and you gave us difficulties

to make us strong.

We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to


We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and

brains to use.

We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to


We asked for patience, and you gave us situations

where we were forced to wait.

We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to


We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and

lead with integrity.

Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or


And yet, we receive everything that we needed.

For this we give thanks.

-By Colleen Hanycz, PhD incoming President at Xavier University

Return to In-Person

As of April 14th, we are prepared to welcome all of our students back in the building on Monday, April 19th. We are currently monitoring the virus numbers in our community, county, and in other states. All of these numbers must be watched very closely and carefully as we all know too well, things may change. However, the numbers do not indicate at this time that we continue with our current hybrid system. Marian Central will move forward with bringing all of our students back into our building on Monday, April 19th with the goal of ending our school year together, as one student body.

Please keep in mind that any students who are currently learning in the full remote model may continue to do so, and conclude the school year as a remote learner. Also, any family with health/safety concerns in regard to students being back in school for full in-person instruction may end the school year fully remote, after filling out the Request for Remote Online Learning at Home form.


Due to a change in diocesan policy, Marian Central can now go back to our original plan to have our 2021 graduation ceremony on the George Harding Football Field on Friday, May 28th at 6pm. We are asking that each family limit visitors to four per graduate to stay within the safe social distancing protocols required by the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Rockford.

Baccalaureate Mass

Marian Central will have our Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 27th in Landers Pavilion at 7pm. Visitors are welcome as we do not expect to reach our limit of people for this activity in Landers Pavilion.

Honors Day

Honors Day will take place in Landers Pavilion on Wednesday, May 19th if we are in hybrid or on Friday, May 21st if we are fully in-person. For each schedule, students will need to arrive by 8am. Parents/visitors may arrive any time before the start of the program (9am). Once again, we are not expected to reach our limit of people for Honors day.

Honors day is a senior only day of attendance at Marian. Grades 9-11 are to utilize this day as a day of study for finals.

Sophomores Earn a Day Off

Our Sophomore class sold the most tickets for our SUPER RAFFLE drawing in the fall and won a day off school. Congratulations, Sophomores and thank you for all your hard work! The Sophomore class will have the day off from school on Friday, April 30th. Freshmen, Juniors and Seniors will be dismissed at noon.

Semester 2 Exam Schedule

Device Return Procedures

All students must return their Marian issued laptops at the end of each school year. Every summer the school performs updates and maintenance on all devices. The devices will be redistributed to all students registered for the 2021-22 school year.

Please click here for additional details and the schedule for device collection.

Financial Assistance 2021-22

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for the 2021-22 school year is May 1st. Please click here for additional information.

Win BIG at the next Car Race!

Does your spirit wear collection need a revamp? Need a new grill or Yeti cooler as the weather gets warmer? Roomba to clean your house while at work? Gift card for a graduate? Check out the 8 items that only have a few chances left! Just $15 could win you these awesome items! View the items and purchase your chances here.

Paint and Sip - Thank you!

Thank you to all who attended the Paint and Sip and to all who participated in the auction! We were so happy to host our first in-person fundraising event since the pandemic. A special shout out to Dr. Pinnau and his wife, Joy, for being the artist and brains behind the event!

Biking for Babies - Right to Life McHenry County Event

Lucca Kenyon, a Marian Central graduate ('18), has been working with us at Right to Life McHenry County to host a family friendly local Biking for Babies event. Last year, Lucca and her teammates participated in the national B4B ride where they rode over 600 miles in about 5 days! The purpose was to raise awareness and funds for pregnancy resource centers. This year, B4B and RLMC are teaming up together to host a morning of different level rides to bring awareness of our local pregnancy resource centers.

The B4B local ride will be Saturday, June 5th, at 7:15-10:30AM in Emricson Park- Woodstock. After a brief talk from PRC representatives, there will be a 15 mile, 9 mile, and 3 mile options depending on riders' abilities. The 3 mile is for ages 12 and under and very cool, but purposeful decorations for the kids will be provided; handlebar tassels w precious feet charms for the girls and defender of life badge/grill for the boys and tons of cards and pipe cleaners to stick on their spokes. This hopes to be a fun and memorable event for the kiddos, determined teens and adults as they take on the 9 and 15 mile treks!

Volunteers are needed to assist with decorating the bikes, and providing water and encouragement for the longer rides. Please click here for additional information.


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