147th EDITION: February 28, 2020

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

The Power of Intention

Almost everything we do starts with an intention. Intention always starts with an idea in our mind. This happens to us all, students, parents, teachers or administrators. An intention includes not just what we want to do but the why behind what we want to do. For the purpose of this letter I will focus on intention and how it relates to school leaders, teachers and administrators, although we all should be considered leaders. As a school leader, for example, I may intend to raise our achievement scores of our students – but why?

  • So I’ll look good as the new Superintendent?
  • So my staff will feel successful and feel good about what they do?
  • So I can feel successful as a leader?
  • So I can have some evidence that the programs I’ve initiated actually work?
  • So I have some evidence that our students have learned what they need to be successful?

All five are possible, however, each is distinguishable by its focus. For the school leader, the primary focus must be on benefiting others. At Marian, our sense of purpose and our growth will depend on if our underlying motivation is to help others. Our strength of intention should be on display by those who observe what we think, what we say, what we envision, and what we write. We, as school leaders, should always keep in mind the biblical scripture that says, “As a man thinks, so shall he be.” It should be clear that what we think can and will create the reality of what is Marian. There is no question that our thoughts have power. How does the

world interact: When you put out hostility, you will get hostility back. When we, at Marian, give hope to our students, we lose nothing, but gain better students, better people.

Intention is one of the most powerful tools any educator can have. Our intention will bring about all the positive changes we envision. Please join us in the power of intention as we chart the future of Marian Central. A place where Christ Lives.

Marian Central Theater Presents...


Friday, March 13th; 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 14th; 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 15th; 2:00 pm

Reserved seating tickets on sale now!

Call the Marian Central Office

815-338-4220 x109

Adults: $10 each

Students/Seniors: $5 each

Tuition Reminder

A couple of reminders about tuition:
  • If you pay tuition on a monthly basis, payments are due March 1st.
  • All tuition must be paid in full by April 1, 2020.
  • Payments can be made online by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the Marian Central Office.

Financial Assistance/Work Program

Financial Assistance and Work Program Applications are available now on the school website.

The deadline to apply is May 1st. Award notifications will be sent in early June. If you currently receive Financial Assistance or are in the Work Program, you need to complete the application forms each year.

Late Start - Upcoming Dates

Reminder: there are two late start days in March.

Wednesday, March 4th

This is the first day of our all-school, two-day retreat

Wednesday, March 11th
Regularly scheduled late start day

Warning Bell: 9:40 am; Beginning of the day: 9:45 am

Athletic News - Spring Sports

Looking for something to do this spring? Marian Central is looking for you to fill our Spring Sport rosters. Register today for Boys Baseball, Girls Softball, Girls Soccer, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, Boys and Girls Track and Field and back by popular demand Bass Fishing; Coached by Mr. Widzisz. Register on Marian's 8 to 18 athletic website before the first day of tryouts on Monday, March 2nd.

Baseball: March 2

freshmen and sophomores:

4:30 - 6:30 pm (Auxillary Gym)

Softball: March 2

2:45 - 4:15 pm (Auxillary Gym)

Girls Soccer: March 2

3:00 - 4:30 pm (Landers Pavillion)

Track and Field: March 2

4:30 - 6:00 pm (Landers Pavillion)

Lacrosse: March 2

6:00 - 7:30 pm (Landers Pavillion)

Boys Tennis: March 3

Huntley Health and Fitness Center Tennis Courts

3:30 - 5:00 pm

60th Anniversary Dinner Auction

Purchase your tickets for our upcoming celebration by clicking the 60th Anniversary image below.

Save the Date - Golf Outing

Monday, June 15, 2020

Bull Valley Golf Club

Additional details to follow

Senior Baby Photos - DUE NOW!

It’s that time of the year! BABY PICTURE TIME! Seniors are asked to provide their baby picture in one of the following ways:

1. Bring in an actual photo (size 8x10): please have your FULL NAME and your English teacher’s name marked on the 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!

ALSO - Since we have an ENTIRE section of the yearbook dedicated to US – we are calling for any great photos taken from our Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years! We are hoping to create a great collage of our entire four years – so please share your favorite photos. Submissions are accepted in the same manner as the baby photos!


College Check In Meetings

I’m inviting all students in the Class of 2021 to schedule individual “College Check In” meetings with me between Monday, February 17th and Friday, March 13th. In addition to touching base with each student about where she/he is at regarding her/his college search, I’ll also review each student’s course selections with them to discuss how those courses would impact admission to specific colleges and/or more selective academic programs, such as nursing, business majors, or engineering majors.

Each junior will be invited to schedule a meeting with me through Mrs. Diamond in the Guidance Office. Additionally, I’d be happy to schedule a meeting after school (2:30 PM) to accommodate those parents who’d like to join their students at this meeting. Any parents who’d like to schedule a joint student/parent meeting can do that online at:

As always, please call or E-mail with any college-related questions you have! I look forward to working with each of the juniors as they embark on this exciting process!

Mr. Stamatakos