108th EDITION: March 15, 2019

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Congratulations to our AMAZING KEY CLUB!

MCKC earned the following Platinum level awards at the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Convention and Leadership Conference:

  • 2nd place In Single Service for Marian Cares,
  • 3rd in Major Emphasis for Spina Bifida Christmas party,
  • 3rd place for overall achievement.

The club was also awarded FIRST PLACE for club shirt and 2nd place for club video. Ellen Sharp won Distinguished President and was honored to receive the I-I District Scholarship. Kevin Kumm received Distinguished Treasurer. Danielle Lattanzio won first in the talent competition for her violin performance of Vivaldi’s “Summer”. Marco Gomez retired as the Lieutenant Governor of Division 11, but newly elected LTG freshman Paris Marshall will lead all the clubs in the division for the 2019-2020 school year.

We are so proud that our MC Key Club has grown to be such a vibrant, involved organization within our community!

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE March 16 - 22, 2019

End of Year calendar for grades 9-11 has been extended to MAY 31st due to use of snow days!

Click on date below for daily Scripture Readings!


Saturday, March 16, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: NHS BICYCLE DRIVE in front of G. Harding Football Field!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

7:45 am Mass Cancelled

Biology Field Trip

3rd pd: Indiana U-Purdue-Indianapolis IUPUI rep in Guidance

9th pd: Florida Atlantic rep in Guidance

7:00 pm: Boys Basketball Awards

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

Extended Homeroom

4th - 6th pds: Adoration in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

4:30 pm: Girls Varsity Softball vs Jacobs

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 19-20 Course Change/AP Fee Deadline Today

7:30 am: 19-20 Marian Mentor Information Meeting in Auditorium

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confession in Chapel

2:30 pm: 19-20 Marian Mentor Information Meeting in Auditorium

Thursday, March 21, 2019

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

2nd pd: Alabama Univ. rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pd: Adoration in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

4:30 pm: Boys JV Lacrosse vs PR

6:00 pm: Boys Var. Lacrosse vs PR

Friday, March 22, 2019 - Spirit Dress Down Day!

7:15 am - 8:00 am: Kindness Matters/FOR "Coffee & Donuts" in Cafeteria (donations encouraged to help Turning Point!)

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!

NHS will be holding a BICYCLE DRIVE!

NHS Bike Drive

Why: To help provide those in need with a mode of transportation

When: Saturday, March 16th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Where: Drop off by George Harding Field

Please consider donating new/used bikes to this cause

Adult bikes preferred but any size is acceptable

SEEKING FUTURE MENTORS! Attention Sophomores & Juniors!

Are you a current Marian Mentor, or would you like to be one next year? If yes, please attend an information meeting on Wednesday, March 20th. We will have two meetings, either at 7:30 am or 2:30 pm, both in the auditorium. Information about applying will be given at that time.

All applications will be due by Friday, April 5th.

If you have questions, email Mrs. Littner at

Course Change/AP Fee Deadline: March 20th

Course registration confirmations were mailed home in early March. A reminder that the deadline for course changes is Wednesday, March 20. If a course change is desired after March 20, there is not guarantee that the change can occur and the change would require a $30 course change fee. March 20 is also the final deadline to pay AP course fees, after which time the additional $30 course change fee will apply.

Please feel free to call the guidance office if you have any questions regarding registration at 815-338-4220, ext. 115.

College Counselor's Corner

Mr. Stamatakos’s Reflection on the “Aunt Becky” College Scandal…


Jim Stamatakos

College Counselor

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Each year, we have been able to provide several families FREE uniforms thanks to the generous donations of our graduating families!

As our seniors celebrate NO MORE SWEATERS EVER - please consider donating any sweaters in good repair back to the school. Not only would you be helping out future students, but you will also help keep our school safe as we prevent our uniforms from general public donation circulation.

Our wonderful NHS students will have collection boxes available in the Social Science wing - or you can send in your sweaters to the front office and we will make sure they are ready for our FREE Used Uniform event at the beginning of the summer!

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PROM 2019: Some Early Info!

Before you know it, PROM SEASON will be upon us all! Soon, all Junior and Senior families will be receiving (via email) the official PROM 2019 Information Sheet - that will contain everything you ever wanted or needed to know about our annual Prom event!

Just to give you a sneak-peek, below find two snippets that will help you as you plan that event!

Prom 2019 Itinerary

5:00 - 5:35 pm - DeWane professional photos in Landers Pavilion

5:40 pm - Start Promenade

5:45 - 6:15 pm - Load Buses

7:00 pm - Arrive at The Cotillion

7:15 palm - Dinner Begins

8:15 pm - Dancing Begins

10:00 pm - Coronation

11:45 pm - 12:00 midnight - Load Buses

12:45 am - Arrive at Marian Central


Have a dress you're not quite sure about? Snap a pic and email it over to Mrs. Loy! She tries to respond very quickly!


As our own kids graduate, we find ourselves planning our own graduation of sorts! Most of our Parent Association officer positions will be in need of dynamic, caring new leadership!

Interested? Please contact our current MCCPA Presidents Mrs. Lori Lee or Mrs. Dawn Hines! We would be thrilled to tell you all about the various positions open for next year, and how you can make a difference!

The more parents we have that help lead this wonderful organization, the more impactful we can be for Marian Central and all the teachers and students who call it home.


Mrs. Lori Lee at or (847) 309-0702

Mrs. Dawn Hines at


Incoming Freshman Study Skills Camp registration is now open! Attached is a copy of the registration form. This camp fills up fast so sign up soon. Follow the directions on the form to guarantee your spot.


Please be sure to indicate on the form if your child will be playing a fall sport. If you have questions feel free to email Laura Littner at


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…sometimes other people are just better at giving advice than I am.

This is one of those cases. On the heels of my post in last week’s Friday Focus, I offer thoughts/advice from The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Heubeck on helping students deal with college rejection. Heubeck’s defining “rejection” in this sense as “not being admitted to a top choice school”, but I’ll expand the definition to include “realizing that a top choice school isn’t affordable”; in other words, financial rejection.

Heubeck’s advice seems like one of those things someone would read and say “Easier said than done!” But really and truly, the advice she provides is good and intended to help students learn and grow from the rejection experience. Heaven knows they’ll face it many more times in the future.

Here's the link to Heubeck’s article. As always, I hope you’ll find it helpful:


Jim Stamatakos

College Counselor

2019 Annual Dinner Auction: CASINO NIGHT - April 13th!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 13 @ 5-11pm

Join us for Marian Central's largest fundraising event to support tuition assistance! The evening will feature dinner, live entertainment, drinks, and silent and live auctions. There will also be professional gaming tables for Poker, Roulette, and Blackjack. Tickets are $50/person or $500/reserved table of 10, and can be purchased at Admission is FREE with purchase of a Super Raffle ticket. Formal invitation to follow (see below!)

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STUDENTS: Earn a DAY OFF OF SCHOOL (Juniors & Seniors) or a DRESS-DOWN WEEK (Freshmen & Sophomores)


Super Raffle Current Standings:

Week of dress down days: Tied!

Freshmen: 10

Sophomores: 10

Prom half day off school: Seniors

Juniors: 7

Seniors: 19

The competitions are very close and it is still anyone's game! Super Raffle tickets can be purchased online or in the Development Office.

Student Super Raffle Sales

As part of the fundraising for the auction, Marian Central is holding a Super Raffle! Students are encouraged to sell tickets, but are NOT required. The competition will be between Juniors/Seniors and Freshmen/Sophomores.

Tickets are now available for pick up in the Development Office or at, and must be returned with money by April 5th.


Juniors and Seniors - excused from school the day of Prom (Friday, April 26)

Freshmen and Sophomores - dress down the entire last week (May 28-31)

Highest Individual Seller (of all classes) - Apple AirPods

FORMED on Demand

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