220th ISSUE: February 18, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Mike Shukis

As a school administrator, husband, and father I have come to the understanding that Trust is the foundation on which everything else is built. Who doesn’t want trust? We all want to be trusted and to be trustworthy, not only because it says something about who we are but also because it says something about the way others see us. On a personal level, what can you trust yourself to do or not do, say or not say? On an interpersonal level can we trust our spouse, our children, friends, who we work for, the government, our nation and can we trust the Divine?

As a leader, I do not believe we can be effective without trust – which means learning to trust yourself and trust others. I have read where trust is found to be a little bit like love. When you give it, you receive it. The more you engender it, the more it grows and comes back to you. One of my goals at Marian was to have the level of trust begin to grow as a by-product of the time that we have spent together, to start to begin to appreciate one another as human beings. Even though this type of relationship is for sure a gradual process, in the end it will only benefit our school.

I believe the first step in building trust is to believe that everyone has a divine spark and to trust that it is there. Embedded in that divine spark is an innate quality of goodness that I look to see in all those around me. The very act of trusting people can unleash a powerful force that will bring out the best in others. Trust then must be the recognition of the Divine in someone else.

Think of the quote which is widely attributed to Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

The whole thrust of the quote is that you have a choice. Bad things may happen, but do the good thing anyway. People may disappoint you, but choose the higher road anyway. It is a powerful quote and exactly right because the choice is always ours. We have a choice to make about how we approach things. Do we choose to trust or not to trust? This is difficult at best in the world today. Maybe we should try anyway.

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Blood Drive at Marian Central - February 25th

Our nation is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade, to put it plainly, someone needs blood every three seconds. To help support this growing need for blood, Marian will be hosting a blood drive next Friday, Feb. 25th. Your support will help save lives. Please consider donating next Friday.

This drive will be open to students 16 and older, teachers and parents. If you are interested in donating, please see the information below, login in and sign up for a time, or you can pick up a hard copy of the forms in either the guidance or main office.

All students who wish to donate are required to have a signed permission slip signed in INK by a parent or guardian and turned in at the main office.

The blood drive will take place in Landers Pavilion on February 25th from 9:00-1:00 pm.

Class Auction Baskets - Donations Needed

Marian Central Catholic High School's 60th Anniversary event will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Starline Factory in Harvard. We are asking you to consider supporting our event.

As we celebrate a milestone anniversary, we are looking to grow our silent auction so that we can surpass our $100,000 goal. In order to do that, each class is creating two themed baskets.


Class Coordinator: Maureen Leonard,

Themes: Bonfire and Happy Hour. Click here to view and sign up for requested items.


Class Coordinators: Gina Kenyon,; Carol Iden,

Themes: Coffee and Lottery. Click here to view and sign up for requested items.


Class Coordinator: Jen Kratochvil

Themes: Yeti and Dog. Click here to view and sign up for requested items.


Class Coordinator: Colleen Geils,

Themes: Party On and Off to College. Click here to view and sign up for requested items.

All donations can be dropped off in the Development Office with your name attached. For more information about the event, visit Thank you for your continued support of Marian Central and our students!

Marian Central Auction Committee

Super Raffle Ticket

As part of the fundraising for the 60th Anniversary event, Marian Central is holding a Super Raffle! The Grand Prize is choice of $7,500 or free tuition for 1 year. Students are encouraged to sell tickets but are not required.

The competition will be between the Freshmen/Sophomores for the day off on Friday, April 14 and Juniors/Seniors for the day off Prom (Friday, April 29). One ticket was sent home with every student today. More tickets can be picked up in the Advancement Office or purchased online at All ticket stubs and money must be turned in by Friday, April 1 to be included in the student competition.

Click on the Anniversary image below for more information on this year's Auction.

Course Selection & Registration Fee - 2022-23

Course Selection

Current students can register for next year's courses through February 25th in 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:

Registration Fee

The 2022-23 registration fee is $300 and can be paid by clicking here 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.

College Information Night

College Information Night will take place next Thursday, February 24th, beginning at 6:30pm. We will begin check-in and our Admissions Meet and Greet at 6:00pm outside the Auditorium, with the formal program kicking off sharply at 6:30pm.

We will have nine amazing admissions professionals on-hand to share their insight and knowledge on the college process, from their perspective. Families will attend two different break-out sessions of their choice, either: Finding Your Fit, Applying to Colleges 101, and/or Testing and When to Submit. We will conclude the evening with a 40-minute Q&A with a select panel of presenters.

We look forward to seeing you next week. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Shawn Wochner, College Counselor,