Week at a Glance

Marian Central Catholic High School Faculty Newsletter

November 23, 2019

Reflecting on the past week...

This past week was full of amazing talent, pride, and commitment to our school!

Marian's annual Open House Sunday, Nov. 17 saw over 40 families including several families who were new to our databases! We are very appreciative of all staff and students who came to "show off" what Marian Central has to offer prospective students.

The Marian Department Chair Committee met this past Monday, and then again with administration this past Thursday, focused on improving student attendance and clarifying policies and procedures regarding absences. If you have any ideas or suggestions, see you department chair or email administration. Thanks for your continued persistence and support of our school and, specifically, our students!

Tuesday brought our annual Hurricane Days into the forefront... focusing on student assistance, athletics, & Fine Arts. A HUGE shout out to Kaitlin Bordeaux who has done a fabulous job pushing out the message on social media! There were several testimonials from students as well as images of students and Marian staff that are alumni of our school! Sounds like up to this point we have just about reached $10,000 in donations! You can still donate at www.marian.com/hurricaneday

Hopefully you had a chance to see the Theater class workshop production of The Bully Plays. Students (both seasoned and brand new to the stage) presented a variety of vignettes on the various ways bullying rears it's ugly head in today's society. The production was first performed for just over 500 middle school students (both public & private) on Thursday during the school day, concluding in a brief open mic to respond to middle school student questions about bullying, the production, and being at Marian in general. (Great opportunity to "sell" Marian... and our students did great!) The production was then opened up to family, friends, and the general public on Friday night. A big thank you to Mrs. Connell for guiding our students to be role models to those younger than themselves!

Finally, we had a beautiful Thanksgiving mass this past Friday. A big thanks to Father for his relevant and powerful homilies each mass... and thanks to Deacon Robinson for assisting! Please also recognize our servers and musicians.... as they add so much to the ambiance of the mass!

What a powerful week!

What's coming up?

This week will be relatively calm as students and staff look forward to a well-deserved long Thanksgiving weekend. Monday & Tuesday will be regular academic days, but remember that Wednesday will be shortened to a noon dismissal with no lunch service.

Our student council is planning their annual "Adopt-A-Family" event for this Christmas season. All proceeds from the Drive will go to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families in our community.

Students AND faculty and staff can dress down on Monday, December 2nd IF they make at least a $5 donation to the Drive next week.

- Students can donate this Mon. & Tues. Nov. 25 & 26 in the cafeteria at all lunch periods

- Staff can donate Mon. & Tues. by bringing their donation to the Guidance Office


Events coming up the week of Dec. 2nd:

Many juniors will be participating in the Junior Kairos Retreat Wed. Dec. 4 through Fri. Dec. 6. Retreat leaders (a select group of seniors) will be leaving Tuesday after school and be gone through Friday as well. A full student list (both participants and leaders) will be sent out prior to the event.

A couple of things to note about retreats:

- Students (both participants and leaders) are to stay in "retreat mode" during the entire event and therefore should not be expected to do homework or submit work during the retreat days.

- Attendance will be marked as "rt" for retreat for your convenience

- These students should get 1 day make up for each day gone on retreat

**Please pray for these students throughout their retreat

Late Start Wed., Dec. 4 An agenda will be sent out prior to the late start, but please anticipate beginning the meeting promptly at 7:30 am in the cafeteria before breaking out to our PLCs.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) for the Class of 2024~

Saturday, Dec. 7, future Marian students will be coming to our cafeteria to take their HSPT. This test will allow administration to more accurately place these students in their freshmen classes based on their test results, as well as other pertinent data from their middle schools.

Full-length ACT practice test

While prospective freshmen are testing in the cafeteria, our current students will have the opportunity to take a full-length ACT practice test and get their results same day! Thanks to the Guidance department for providing this free opportunity!

We will not be having another Week at a Glance edition until December 7th... so enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend with family & friends!

Big picture

Congratulations Janelle & Siobhan!

Our Cafeteria Staff is So Talented!

Pam Pecoraro, a member of the Marian kitchen staff, made a Marian Central gingerbread house! It will be entered in the Friends of the Old Courthouse Gingerbread Competition where it will be judged between Nov. 25 & 27. There will also be a people's choice award at the Lighting of the Square ceremony on Nov. 29 from 4-9 pm. Come out and vote for Pam's entry!

Catechist Certification Opportunities

DeKalb Deanery Offers:

February 1, 2020

Level 1 Part 2

St. Mary's in DeKalb

Click here for more information


Upcoming Technology PD:

IDEAcon, formerly the ICE Conference

February 24 - 27, 2020

Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Conference Center

Great Ways to use Technology in your classrooms!

E-Learning Day Lesson ideas

Teaching with Google Earth

Smart Ways Devices Can Enhance Learning

Professional Development Opportunities & Resources

Teacher's Teacher : A wide variety of online courses are offered, designed to meet the changing needs of teachers.

Reading & Writing Seminars & Podcasts

ASCD Webinars: A variety of online webinars. Here you can access recent or archived professional learning.

Remember that you have this resource available to you!

Your SchoolShelf URL: http://www.schoolshelf.com/981085-marian

This Week's Schedule

As you work through your plans this week, please note these events. For a more detailed list, check out our school calendar, 8to18 Athletics Calendar or Clubs/Organizations Page

Monday, November 25, 2019

Novy out

All Lunches ~ Adopt-A-Family Collection, Cafeteria (students) & Guidance (staff)

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

All Lunches ~ Adopt-A-Family Collection, Cafeteria (students) & Guidance (staff)

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Noon Dismissal Schedule # 6

Thursday, November 28 - December 1, 2019

Marian Central Closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, December 2, 2019

StuCo Dress Down Day (for those who donated to Adopt-A-Family)

8:30 am ~ Administrative Meeting

9:00 am ~ Facility/Director's Meeting, Rm 145

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

6:30 pm ~ Fine Arts Booster Meeting, Auditorium

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7:30 am ~ First Year Teacher Mentor Meeting, rm 145

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Spring Production Song Learning, Auditorium

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Late Start Day Schedule # 8

Junior Kairos Retreat

7:30 - 9:30 am ~ Teacher PLC Meetings

9:45 am ~ Classes begin

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Spring Production Song Learning, Auditorium

6:30 pm ~ Parent's Association Meeting, Annex

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Junior Kairos Retreat

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

2:45 pm ~ Daily Mass, Chapel

Friday, December 6, 2019

Spirit Dress Down Day

Junior Kairos Retreat

Lunches ~ Parent Association Candy Cane Event

2:35 pm ~ Confessions, Chapel

Saturday, December 7, 2019

8:15 am ~ High School Placement Test, Cafeteria

9:00 am ~ Revolution ACT Practice Test, various classrooms

Happy Birthday to...

Nov. 23 Megan Graf

Dec. 5 Brittany Solomon