239th ISSUE: September 23, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

Come Back Home

We at Marian are filled with excitement as we prepare for our Homecoming on September 23, 2022. Marian has overcome many obstacles in the last few years and now, more than ever, it is time to “come back home”. Together, we will support one another in the classroom and on our sports fields, and we will continue to foster positive relationships infused with our Catholic values and beliefs.

During homecoming we will gladly welcome our graduates back to campus and celebrate all of their accomplishments. Let us all join together to recognize Marian Central's rich traditions and history, as well as our current and former students. Homecoming is such an important event for Marian. Our school spirit is a very important symbol and aspect of our school. We don’t cheer just to cheer. We are making memories that will last a lifetime.

All are welcome to “come back home”.

Mike Shukis


Senior Cap & Gown Orders

A representative from Jostens will be at Marian to meet with our seniors on Tuesday, September 27th regarding ordering their caps and gowns, graduation invitations and more. Below is additional information Jostens has provided to us:

We are privileged to assist with your families’ milestone of graduating from Marian Central Catholic this spring. Seniors will be given an information kit on 9/27 that will help them in submitting their order for the graduation cap and gown unit. Many families choose to add graduation announcements, accessories and apparel at this time as well.

Information link:

Orders may be placed at school on Tuesday, October 4th during lunches or online at by November 15th. The advantage of ordering at school is if you order some of the apparel items, they will be given out at school. Online apparel items are shipped directly home in a few weeks.

Thank you for allowing Jostens to share in this event and we would be happy to answer any questions – 815-477-3588 or

Distinguished Alumnus

We are proud to recognize this year’s Distinguished Alumnus from the class of 1967, William Sullivan. Passionate about ending childhood hunger, Bill has dedicated over 7,000 hours to volunteerism with various organizations. He has shown generosity to others in their time of deepest need, giving back to help better the lives of children in his community and across the world.

Please join me in congratulating Bill Sullivan on this esteemed honor. Listen as Bill shares inspiring words with our students and Marian Central community.

2022-23 Marian Central Distinguished Alumnus, William Sullivan '67

Tuition Reminder

Quarterly and monthly tuition payments are due October 1st. Payments can be made on our website by clicking here (a 4% fee will be added) or sent to the office.

If your student qualifies for the participating parish rate and you have not submitted your signed Participating Parish Form, these are also due October 1st.

Fall Sports Photos - Ordering

Fall sports photos are now available for viewing and ordering from Higher Focus Photography. Please click the link below for ordering information.

Guest Speakers

In a continued effort to keep our students safe and making good decisions, we have invited a speaker from the Illinois Attorney General's Office: Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to come to Marian Central to speak with our students. Parents are invited to attend these events:

Social Media Safety & Cyberbulling

Thursday, October 6th at 2:00

The Dangers of Sexting & How to Avoid Being a Victim of Sextortion

Tuesday, October 25th at 2:00 pm

Please click below for additional details.

Empower Illinois

Did you miss the Empower IL event this week? Join us for a virtual info session on Wednesday, October 4.

Would you like to shift your tax dollars from the state of Illinois to Marian Central Catholic? Would you like to receive a 75% tax credit? Would you like to help more students attend our school? If you answered yes to any of the three questions, join us virtually on Wednesday, October 4 from 7:00-7:30pm on Zoom to learn more! RSVP here:

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Next Week's College Visits in Guidance

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.

Monday 9/26: Lewis University-4th Period

Tuesday 9/27: Western Illinois University-4th Period, University of Iowa-8th Period

Wednesday 9/28: University of Louisville-8th Period

Thursday 9/29: Illinois Wesleyan University-1st Period

Friday 9/30: University of St. Thomas-1st Period, Marian University (Indiana)-4th Period, University of Chicago-10th Period

Important Dates - College Planning

Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, September 28th; 7:00pm - 8:00pm

(Illinois Student Assistance Commission
will present changes to FAFSA application and process)

NACAC National College Fair

Saturday, October 1st; 11:00am - 3:00pm

at McCormick Place in Chicago

College Fair at McHenry County College

Tuesday, October 4th

5:30pm - 7:30pm

College Fair at Elgin Community College

Wednesday, October 12th

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Practice ACT

Juniors will have the opportunity to take a free practice ACT on Thursday, October 20th beginning at 12:30pm. The test will last until approximately 4:30pm. To register for the exam, please visit Revolution Prep's website. For more information, please contact either Mr. Wochner or Mrs. Diamond in the Guidance Office.

St. Thomas the Apostle would like to invite our parents to...