224th ISSUE: March 18, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Benji Winkelman

This week began with an all-school retreat. I believe a genuine retreat is needed from time to time—and more important than ever—for the development of a healthy, spiritual self. It is encouraged by Jesus when he says to the Apostles, “Come aside and rest awhile.” (Mk 6:30-34). I am thankful for Father Warren and the opportunity he provided our school. His guidance through self–reflection, understanding gratitude, all-school masses, and adoration, helped every one of us strengthen our faith. I especially like to thank the 9 seniors who showed great courage and strong conviction in themselves and in God by sharing their personal faith journeys. These seniors shared personal moments in their lives where their faith was shaken, when they witnessed great love, and through their struggles and observations they were able to grow and become closer to God. It is fair to say that it is difficult to get teenagers to open and share their thoughts and feelings about anything, so having these students share their very personal faith journeys was very inspiring.

As we look ahead, I am happy to announce that Marian will be preforming “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Students and Directors have been working extremely hard, putting in long hours to prepare for this performance. I encourage you to come out and support our talented students and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Opening night is tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

Finally, as we enter our last academic quarter, we come to that bittersweet time of the year where our seniors are competing in spring sports for the last time, looking forward to Prom (finally!), Honors Day, a senior cookout, and of course Graduation. Let us all remember to finish strong and leave a positive legacy.


We will be sharing information about our upcoming prom “Enchanted Forest.” Please look for announcements in next week’s Friday Focus.


I would like to remind everyone that ‘sweater’ season is ending and when we return from spring break, we will be back in our school polos. I understand that Spring weather can be very up and down so if we do experience colder weather, please feel free to wear your school fleece over your polo to stay warm.

Advanced Leave Notice

I wanted to point out something that is already in our student handbook, and that is what needs to be done if you’re going to be missing school and you know in advance. Students who need to miss school for a college visit, (non-school sponsored) athletic event or field trip, funeral, vacation, or other pre-arranged absence MUST obtain their assignments before their departure. Students must present a signed note from the parent/legal guardian detailing the nature of the absence to the Dean of Students. Students will be given an Advanced Leave Notice form to complete and return. Parents may also email the Dean of Students (or leave a message on the attendance line) to begin the process as well. This must be in advance of the planned absence. Advanced Leave will not be granted during the weeks of semester exams.

Mr. Benji Winkelman

Auction Registration deadline extended!

LAST chance to purchase tickets for the Marian Central Dinner Auction, celebrating the school's 60th Diamond Anniversary on Saturday, April 9 at the Starline Factory in Harvard! The registration deadline has been extended to Monday. Since the event is off-site, we need to provide a head count to the venue. All tickets must be purchased by Monday, March 21 by the end of the day. For more event details and to purchase tickets, visit our event website at

Raffle Ticket Sales Update

Below is the total tickets sold by class as of today. As you can see, the freshmen are leading the sophomores and the juniors are leading the seniors in the race to win a day off of school.

Freshmen: 37

Sophomore: 28

Junior: 43

Senior: 31

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open

Marian Central is excited to offer a variety of summer camps this year!

Please click here to view the full Summer Camp Brochure

Next Week's 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.

Tuesday 3/22: Iowa State University - 7th Period

Wednesday 3/23: UW-Milwaukee - 9th Period

Thursday 3/24: University of Massachusetts (Amherst) - 7th period

Class Rings

Sophomores will receive a ring design kit on March 21st and orders may be placed at school on Thursday, March 24th during lunches or parents will have the opportunity to view options from 5:00 until 6:30pm. The advantages of ordering at school are that you can see the ring samples and stone displays, as well as get a free practice ring to wear until your ring comes in Fall. Click here for additional information.

Seniors - Baby Pictures Needed

Seniors - Please bring in a baby picture for the yearbook. Pictures should be turned in to your English teacher by March 22nd. Thank you!
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Bull Valley Golf Club - Caddy Training Program

The Bull Valley Golf Club would like to share information about their Caddy Training Program.

Please click here for the details.

Marian Poms

The Marian Poms Team will be hosting a dance workshop on Saturday, May 14th. If you are interested in joining the poms team for next year, you won't want to miss this event.

Please click here for additional information