197th EDITION: August 20, 2021

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis


Marian Central is privileged to partner with the families of our students in carrying out the educational tradition of our wonderful school. I ask that we all join in prayer to ask for God’s blessings on our school year and hopefully a quick return to a normal life that requires fewer COVID-19 restrictions.

The mission of a Catholic High School will always be to teach Gospel values in an environment of academic excellence according to Catholic tradition and for us at Marian Central, with the spirit of our patron, Mary, Mother of Lord. Marian Central is dedicated to continuing this mission. To succeed we know that we must be surrounded with every possible help in order to form our students with good habits. This vision must continue today even though times and circumstances have certainly changed. What cannot change is our commitment to helping each student become the young women/man that God has created him/her to be. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our students with an educational environment that allows them to know the unconditional love of God, while doing our best to provide an outstanding experience for your son/daughter this school year.

COVID-19 policies and procedures were emailed on August 5th. These policies and procedures were developed by the Diocese of Rockford in conjunction with CDC guidelines, the Illinois Department of Health, and mandates by the State of Illinois. It is critically important that parents understand that all information in that document is subject to change and dependent on circumstances within the school environment, the local community, CDC guidelines, the Illinois Department of Health, the Diocese of Rockford, and the Governor’s Office.

There seems to be little doubt that some of our students may be impacted by the spread of COVID among our population and may be forced to quarantine. For this reason, and because it protects our school community and the health of everyone they encounter, I encourage students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This, however, must be a family decision and one that I am sure will not be taken lightly.

Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” Remember Him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. (Ecclesiastes 12:1-3)

The habits one forms in our younger ages will be the ones we are likely to fall back on. Make this habit one of praising God, honoring God, and sharing Him with every waking soul.

Mike Shukis


Sports-A-Palooza - This Sunday

This is a great opportunity for parents, players, and coaches to interact and get to know the different programs within Marian Central. Games, food, and spirit wear will be available!

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Exciting New Cafeteria Menu Options

We are excited to present new menu items to our students and staff this year! The cafeteria is open for breakfast from 7:30 to 8:00 am serving items such as breakfast sandwiches, donuts, cereal and cookies.

Lunch options include items such as chicken sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, pizza, bosco sticks plus a daily special.

Parents Association Needs You!

The Marian Central Parent's Association (MCPA) is making a fresh, new start! We are looking for parents who would enjoy helping to revamp the MCPA, boost school spirit, and support our students and faculty while getting to know one another. The MCPA is a great way to get involved, help support our school community and get to know other families at Marian Central.

Join us for our first meeting on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm in the Annex (building next to the school).

Back to School Night - Virtual

This year's Back to School Night will be held virtually. There will not be a live event on August 24th but rather we will share a compilation of recorded messages from our teachers within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience as we gather this important information from our faculty. The students will still be dismissed at noon on Tuesday, August 24th.