171st EDITION: November 6, 2020

From the Desk of Mr. Curtis Price

“When people are determined, they can overcome anything,” Nelson Mandela once said. This phrase epitomized what our coaches and student-athletes have gone through during the fall season. With all the changes to schedules, our student-athletes and coaches still had many accomplishments during the fall season.

The girls tennis team made significant progress throughout the season. The team competed at the Antioch Sectional, where our #2 doubles team, Tess Meisner and Bethany Noonan, made it to the quarterfinals. Also, the girls JV team won the Grant Invitational.

The girls golf team came in second place at the Johnsburg Regional. With the help of three senior student-athletes, who would have otherwise been playing volleyball, the team earned a trip to the Seneca Sectional. The team was led by Lauren McNulty who received all-conference and all-state honors. I would like to thank our girls golf coach, Erin Carver, who is retiring from coaching after 30 years at Marian Central. Words cannot express how much I appreciate the job Coach Carver has done for Marian Central Athletics.

In boys golf, Owen Jager advanced to the Freeport Sectional.

Marian Central’s only swimmer, Tessa Jones, had an impressive showing during the Highland Park Sectional, where she finished top 10 in three events.

The boys cross country team had two student-athletes, Cohen Musschoot (frosh/soph) and Peter Walsdorf (varsity), take first place at the East Suburban Catholic Conference Championship. Peter blew away the competition at the Lakes Sectional, winning by more than 40 seconds. He is the first undefeated boys cross country runner in Marian Central’s history.

From the girls cross-country team, Caroline Binotti persevered throughout the season, competed at the Lakes Sectional, and made the ESCC All-Conference Team.

It was enjoyable to watch our coaches and student-athletes compete during the fall season. Thank you to our coaches and student-athletes for providing us a glimpse of normalcy during the fall season.

We also need to recognize our off-season coaches and student-athletes, who continue to prepare for their seasons. They followed every protocol and were diligent in providing a safe environment for our student-athletes.

I would like to thank all the senior student-athletes who competed during the fall season. Your hard work and dedication to Marian Central Athletics is truly appreciated. I wish you all nothing but the best as you continue on to the next phase of your journey.

Mr. Curtis Price
Athletic Director

Temporary Move to Remote: January 4 - January 15

As stated in the recent letter from the Diocese of Rockford:

"All Rockford Diocesan schools will pivot to virtual learning for two full weeks beginning January 4th, 2021. Schools will return to in-class instruction on Tuesday, January 19th (after the Martin Luther King Holiday).

Moving to virtual learning for two weeks will allow families who choose to travel or attend family gatherings over the holidays to quarantine without the loss of instructional time and, in that way, helping to preserve the health of all students and staff members.

If we experience a significant increase in COVID cases after January 19th, additional remote learning periods may be implemented for our students' and staff members' health and safety."

Click here for the full letter.

Spirit Week

Show your Hurricane pride!

Students and staff are invited to participate in Spirit Week on the dates below. Additional details will be shared on Monday.

Thursday, November 12th (red)

Monday, November 16th (blue)

Tuesday, November 17th (red)

Wednesday, November 18th (blue)

Thursday, November 19th (red)

Friday, November 20th (blue)

Picture Days

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10th and 11th are school picture days! Please click here for details including ordering information, times, attire and more!

Winter Sports - Registration Due Today

Registration must be completed no later than today for those interested in participating in Fencing, Chess, Competitive Dance and Competitive Cheer.

Coach Price will arrange Zoom meetings with each team once registration is complete.

Applying to College?

With the next college Early Action December 1 deadline approaching quickly, I’d like to ask that any students applying to colleges that require a counselor letter of recommendation submit their transcript request forms for only those schools to Mrs. Diamond no later than Friday, November 20. If you're applying to a college with an Early Action deadline of December 1 that does NOT require a counselor recommendation feel free to turn your transcript request forms any time prior to 12/1.

Transcript request forms can be picked up in the Guidance Office or found online on the Guidance Department’s Website:

Students should also complete their Counselor Letter of Recommendation Questionnaires in SCOIR no later than Friday, November 20. When completing these, students should provide 1-2 solid paragraph responses to Questions 2-8 (and 9, only if applicable).

If you don’t know if a college that you’re applying to requires a counselor recommendation, please see/contact Mrs. Diamond so she can give you that info!

Note: Students do not need to have applied to these schools before submitting transcript request forms. Their applications can still be “in progress” and can be submitted on or before the schools’ application deadlines. Any questions, please see me or Mrs. Diamond!

Mr. Stamatakos

Super Raffle


One raffle ticket was sent home with each student, and students are encouraged to sell the ticket, but are NOT required. Additional tickets are available for pickup in the Development Office or can be purchased at

The class that sells the most tickets will be given the DAY OFF from school on Wednesday, November 25. Below are the standings as of today:

Seniors - 26

Sophomores - 24

Freshmen -17

Juniors - 15

Class of 2021 - Cap and Gown Orders

Seniors and Parents - it's time to order caps and gowns! Please watch the video below provided by our Jostens representative, Mr. Crandall, and follow the instructions provided. Jostens Ordering Instructions Video

Important Notes:

  • All orders must be placed by Friday, November 13th
  • Seniors received an ordering kit containing additional details.
  • All seniors MUST order a cap and gown. Please click here to enter your height and weight
  • All seniors receive a cap, gown and basic tassel as part of the graduation fee that was paid at registration time. There is no money due unless you are ordering items in addition to the cap, gown and basic tassel.
  • Jostens is also offering various optional items for sale such as additional tassels, announcements, clothing, jewelry, photo cards and more!

If you have questions, please contact the Marian Central office at 815-338-4220 or email Mrs. DiSilvio at

Next Week's College Visits

All juniors and seniors may attend these virtual visits. Students must receive permission from their teachers to attend each visit and must sign up for all visits in SCOIR. Students learning remotely on the day(s) of any visits will be sent links to access the presentations through their Marian Central email accounts.

College Visits for week of 11/9 - 11/13

Tuesday, Nov. 10: Florida Institute of Technology

Chapel Schedule

Fr. Twenty welcomes everyone to join him in the Marian Central Chapel daily during the times listed below.

Adoration: Daily during lunch periods

Confession: Daily at 2:40 pm

Mass: Daily at 3:00 pm

November Red/Blue Days

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Order lunch from the Marian Central Cafeteria or from Napoli by clicking here.