178th EDITION: January 15, 2021

From the Desk of Mike Shukis


The first thing we think of when we hear the word, attention, is when a teacher has to say something like, “Pay attention,” or “Are you paying attention?”. As educators we know that attention is a key component of learning, but it really is much more than that. Attention is a way for all leaders, parents, students, teachers, and administrators to better focus our energy. Where our attention goes, our energy flows. If we want something to thrive and grow, like our children, students, teachers, and school, we must of course pay attention to it. To begin, we must first look at one of the most important choices we will make and that is to decide what we want to pay attention to. It should be obvious that what we pay attention to will be determined by what we think about, by what we talk about, by what we write about, and by what we do. This also seems to be what the whole notion of being a role model is all about.

So where is Marian Central going to focus its attention? We know that the Bible says where your treasure is, there is your heart also. What we, at Marian, treasure is where we put our heart. Some authors have even said, where your attention is, there too is your soul. I like that, but the difficulty lies in what I call intermittent attention deficit disorder for leaders. This is when the world around us conspires to distract our attention and robs us of our focus. In regard to our attention, the larger environment can and will work against us at times, just like what today’s current events can easily do to our school. This is when we, at Marian, must continue to pay attention to our core values, our purpose, and the impact we have on our students.

Our focus and our attention must always stay positive, and we must continue to be authentic to the standards and core belief of who Marian Central Catholic High School truly is. We will continue to put our full attention to Marian as a College Prep Catholic High School that prepares our students for not only success in college, but also success in their faith for life.

Our focus will continue to be on becoming a school community of true brothers and sisters in Christ. Truth and Grace will walk hand in hand with every faculty/staff member, with every student and administrator at Marian. Grace upon grace will be our focus during these very distracting times.

Mike Shukis


Registration & Tuition 2021-22

Please click here for tuition rates for the 2021-2022 school year The 2021-22 registration fee is $275, however, families of currently enrolled students who pay the registration fee by February 12th will receive a discount and therefore will pay $200. The registration fee can be paid at any time and must be paid by February 12th to take advantage of the discount. The fee may be paid online through our web site using a credit/debit card (3% surcharge added), or to the Business Manager by check, cash or credit card (3% surcharge added for credit/debit cards). The registration fee is non-refundable since the school depends upon the course selections made during the registration process for hiring staff for the next year.

Registration for incoming freshmen will take place on Wednesday, February 17th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and on Sunday, February 21st from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The discounted $200 registration fee for incoming freshmen is paid at the time the student is registered in February along with a $500 tuition deposit ($700 total). Beginning March 1st, the registration fee for Freshmen will be $275 plus $500 tuition deposit ($775). These fees are non-refundable. Further information about the registration of incoming freshmen will be sent in late January to all families of students who took the placement test.

Tuition Assistance Program for 2021-22 – In an effort to provide all families who desire to send their students to Marian Central an opportunity to do so, the school provides a tuition assistance program. As in the past, two forms of assistance will be available next year: 1) the work/job program, and 2) the Fr. Joseph Egan financial aid grant program. Detailed information about the tuition assistance program can be found by clicking here. We invite families that may have difficulty meeting the total tuition costs to apply for assistance beginning January 19th. Tuition Assistance notifications are sent mid-June.

Should you have any questions about any of this information, please feel free to contact Peggy Murwin, Business Manager at

Online Course Registration Process For 2021-22 Beginning Soon

Course selections for the 20-21 school year should be made by our current students between February 1-February 19 on Plus Portals. All of the information you and your student will need to navigate the online process and to make the best course selections is available on our website at:

Key Club Initiatives

Key club held their monthly meeting on Jan 13 via zoom. Students heard about upcoming project plans and had the chance to learn more about a local community organization, 1st Way Life Center, in Johnsburg with a guest speaker. Marian’s Key Club is partnering with this organization to help women and children in need throughout our community. Other current projects include an online opportunity through the “Free Rice” initiative, to help alleviate world hunger. Students can learn more about these opportunities by visiting the Club’s google classroom page. The next club meeting will be held via zoom on Feb 3 at 4pm.

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Testing Day - January 26th



Senior Students will not have school on January 26th to allow for college visits.

Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT in-person at Marian Central (start time 8:00 a.m.) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. This will be a shortened school day and all buses will run according to the shortened schedule. Social Distancing guidelines will be maintained in hallways and testing rooms and all students will be required to wear masks while testing. All safety and cleaning protocols will be observed.

Remote students are strongly encouraged to test and will be assigned to remote-only student testing rooms. Those remote students planning to attend and test should contact the Guidance Director, Mrs. Hilton, via email ( no later than Friday, January 15, 2021 to register for testing.

We encourage our students to take these tests seriously as the results provide valuable information to be used to prepare for future ACT and SAT tests and resources to aid in the career/college planning process. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Hilton, Guidance Director, at 815-338-4220, ext. 121 or

To familiarize yourself with the tests and the benefits for your students, please click on the following links:



Yearbook Photos/Retakes


Students who have not yet been photographed this year or who desire a retake will be photographed on Thursday, February 4th or Friday, February 5th.

Remote student photographs will be taken after school hours on Thursday, February 4th. A specific schedule will be shared at a later date.

Seniors who have not yet been photographed or require retakes will be photographed after school hours on Thursday, February 4th. A specific schedule and additional details will be shared at a later date.


1. Go to, scroll down to the gallery area of the page.

2. Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors should go to the School Pictures area and then click Enter Gallery. Seniors should go to the Class of 2021 Senior Portraits and click Enter Gallery.

3. Type your email address to enter the gallery.

4. Read the instructions that display after you've entered the gallery. (Please scroll to read all of the instructions!) This will include information you'll need to access your student's private album, order digital files and/or professional prints, add White Glove Touch-Up services, and use your Pre-Pay Credit!

If you have any questions about the photos or the ordering process, please contact Vicky at or 815.307.0974

College Information Night - Virtual

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 from 6:30-9:00 PM (Program begins at 6:30 PM)

WHERE: This year’s program will be virtual, with links being sent to participating families no later than Friday, February 5th, 2021

WHAT: An opportunity to learn about starting a college search, how colleges review Marian transcripts, test optional admission policies, and to attend a mock college application review. Students and families will also have the ability to ask the college admission officers who will be presenting on these topics questions.

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this program. We strongly encourage juniors and their parents/guardians to attend College Information Night. We’ve put together a comprehensive program that’ll be slightly different than last year’s program. We’re confident students and their families will leave with insight into some of the most complicated and confusing parts of the college search.

We ask that those planning to attend this program please register online at:

Please direct any questions about College Information Night to Mr. Stamatakos ( or Mrs. Diamond ( We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 9th!

Class of 2021 - Baby Pictures Needed

It’s that time of the year! BABY PICTURE TIME!

1. Bring in an actual photo (size 8x10): please have your FULL NAME and your English teacher’s name marked on back. (Use masking tape to write on if you don’t want to write on the actual photo back!) GIVE TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER! He/She will have a folder to collect photos, and we will return the photo through your English class once we have it scanned and saved.

2. Email a .jpg formatted directly to In the title of the email, please include your full name. Make sure you notify your English teacher, and we will verify with him or her that the image was downloaded successfully.

3. Send in a .jpg copy on a recordable cd. Give to your English teacher, and we will return the disc promptly.

What type of photo works best? The BEST type of baby photo is when you were 6 months – 3 yrs. PLEASE do NOT send in newborn photos (taken in the hospital.) All newborns look the same – and have that same scrunchy-faced angry look. At about 6 months, however, we can see hints of your unique personality! Don’t be left out! We are striving to have 100% of our senior class represented!


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