252nd ISSUE: January 13, 2023

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

What Can Marian Do?

It certainly can be a rocky road for any young person entering the “real world” in 2023. Yes, young people today have more options than in the past decades. More students than ever before are pursuing college education, and employers are hungry for workers. However, having many options without the knowledge on how to pursue them can be overwhelming. This could be why there is such a low college completion rate.

Many young people seem to enter college without truly being prepared to do college-level work. It is evident today that many students will need to receive more guidance-or more skills- in high school to help them in their path to a satisfying future. This is where Marian shines. The way our teachers teach (college prep), and how hard we all work at developing student leaders helps our students take on the challenges they will face – whether in college or career training, or with their personal interactions.

Most in education will agree that schools need to equip students with skills beyond those needed for traditional school success. According to one expert, “this generation will need more than grades and scores to thrive in an unpredictable new world. Critical thinking, creativity, and social-emotional skills are central to a needed skill set.” Marian will continue to work hard at preparing students for this modern world full of unpredictable and complicated problems. Marian will help our students become more sophisticated, flexible thinkers by integrating into their schoolwork the practice of inquiry, design, evaluation, argumentation, and systems thinking.

As Marian continues on this path and as we recover as a society from the worst effects of the pandemic, we realize that we must be successful at both teaching students essential skills and helping our students by illuminating their path – even if it’s sometimes rocky.

Mike Shukis


Affordability - Empower Illinois (time sensitive!)

If you are seeking tuition assistance for Marian Central Catholic High School for the 2023-2024 school year, we highly encourage all families to complete both the Empower Illinois application (January 18) and Marian's financial aid application.

The first opportunity for tuition assistance at Marian Central for 2023-2024 is to apply for an Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship. The reservation opens on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm and is first come, first served, based off the time in which you submit your reservation. The reservation form will be available at 6:30 pm to give families time to enter their information before submission at 7:00 pm. More information about preparing for reservation night can be found here.

5th-8th Grade Girls Basketball Event - TONIGHT

Calling all 5th-8th grade girls basketball players! Join us for a fun night at the JV and Varsity Girls Basketball games on Friday, January 13. The activities start as early as 4:30pm and continue through 8:30pm! Come meet the players and coaches, be part of a free throw contest and cheering section contest, and watch our record-breaking Hurricanes play against Lakes. Wear your school's spirit wear to get in free!

Winter Dance

Winter Wonderland Turnabout Dance

Saturday, January 28th
7:00 to 9:00pm.

Tickets: $10 each

on sale Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20th

Students who would like to bring a guest that does not attend Marian Central must complete a Date Request Form and turn it in at the time of purchasing tickets.

Red Carpet Event - Auction 2023 - March 11

Marian Central Catholic High School invites you to our Red Carpet Event

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Enjoy a social evening, featuring great food, entertainment, and fun! Help us surpass our goal of raising $125,000 for our students in need of tuition assistance. For more information and to purchase tickets/sponsor the event, visit

Event registration deadline: February 17

ACT - April 15th

Every year, Marian Central Catholic High School serves as a test center for the ACT in April. This year, the test date will be Saturday, April 15th, 2023. The deadline to register for the April test date is Friday, March 10. Please be aware that while we serve as a test center, we are not able to reserve seats solely for our Marian Central students. If you are interested in signing up for the April 15th ACT (or for June 10th or July 15th at other locations), please register on the ACT Registration website. For the April 15th test here at Marian, be sure to use our school code: 144475 and our test center code: 174990.

Another important piece to note is, effective January 1, 2022 Illinois' public institutions will be prohibited from requiring the submission of student test scores as part of the admissions process. Overall, this is positive news and a trend we're seeing at many institutions across the country. One caveat that we want you to be aware of though is that students who wish to be considered as IL State Scholar candidates will still be required by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to take the ACT or SAT during their junior year (between August 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) to be considered for State Scholar designation.

College Information Night - January 24th

Save the date for College Information Night on Tuesday, January 24th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. This evening would be great for freshmen, sophomore, and junior parents and students to attend.

There will be three different presentations, and a closing panel, with nine different admission professionals from around the country. Be sure to hold the evening on your calendars as this is an event you will certainly not want to miss.

Hurricane Football Spring Youth Camps

For the first time ever, we are offering winter/spring football camps! This semester we will be offering 3 camps:

Youth Strength & Conditioning

Elite Youth Linemen Camp

Elite Youth QB & Skills Camp

Registration is now open! Follow the link to sign up!

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