249th ISSUE: December 9, 2022

From the Desk of Mr. Brad Williams

The end of the academic semester and calendar year is a time, for me, of mixed thoughts and emotions. It has been a good start to the 2022-2023 school year. Routines have set in, expectations have been understood and a sense of normalcy has helped foster a healthy learning environment. With that, this time is also one of change and for many creates a degree of stress or busyness associated with exams and the Christmas season.

As a teacher, I’ve seen wonderful growth in the classroom and in an odd way somewhat sad to end my time teaching those students who are in my class for only semester one. At the same time, I am proud of the growth and knowledge that has occurred in the classroom, and hope they feel the same way.

As an administrator, my thoughts tend to center on the overall condition of the school instead of a particular classroom. As I said, the sense of routine, expectations and normalcy have led to growth and a quality learning environment in the school. It is an honor to contribute and support this environment however I can.

I think everyone, even when considering these positives, also feels a sense of pressure when it comes to this time of year. Whether it’s exams, Christmas planning, or personal matters, people can feel overworked and spread thin during the month of December.

In this regard, I have two suggestions: 1) Finish the year strong by preparing in a composed and thoughtful way and 2) Take time to feel good about the positive events around you. In other words, prepare for what you can to take some control of the situation but at the same time also be appreciative of your accomplishments and the quality elements of your life.

On that last thought, I think mostly of our students who I know at times become stressed about exams and end of year grading. Academic performance is important, so I encourage them to take it seriously. It’s also important to feel good about the work you’ve done up to this point, and taking time to sense that will, I hope, help respond to the pressure some of them are under right now.

I recall the book of James, which reads: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Mr. Brad Williams

Final Exams

Our Mentors have shared their "secrets" to getting through semester exams. Please see the document below that provides tips on how to study for exams as well as how semester grades are calculated. We hope that this helps students (and parents) at all grade levels.

Remember... you got this!

Yearbook and Sports Photos - Important Information

School Picture Make-Ups & Retakes are Online!

Students that were photographed on Make-Up & Retake Picture Day last week, should have received an email on Thursday from Higher Focus Photography with details on viewing and ordering these photos. If you did not receive this email or have questions, please contact them at to request an access code. Note that these codes are also available on the QR codes provided to your student on Picture Day. If you email them, please let them know that your student attends Marian and also provide your student's name and grade.

Winter Sport Team Picture Update

We have a few teams still to be photographed on Friday, 12/9. As soon as all teams and athletes have an opportunity to be photographed, the Winter Team & Individual photos - including Class of 2023 Senior Banners - can be processed! We expect to have these photographs available to view and order online before Christmas Break.

Hurricanes in Action Sport Photos - LAST CALL for FALL and New Code for Winter!

Don't miss your Hurricanes in Action photos to benefit the Marian Central Athletic Booster Club. Fall Action albums will be archived on December 15 to make room for Winter Sport Action Photos! To view Fall Sports action go to and enter access code MCFALL22. We've also started the Winter Action Album. To view Winter Sports action use access code MCWNTR22.

Volunteers Needed - Athletic Events

Our Athletic Program needs volunteers to sell tickets, 50/50 raffles and other various duties at home basketball games. Please consider helping out at a game and click the link below to view the positions needed. Thank you!

College Information Night for Juniors - January 24th

Junior parents, please save the date for the annual Junior College Information Night. This in-person program will take place on Tuesday, January 24th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, with a meet and greet with college reps from 6:00pm - 6:30pm. More information will be available after the first of the year.

NCAA Eligibility Center Webinar - December 14th


Do you want to compete in college sports? Join the NCAA Eligibility Center on Wednesday, December 14 from 6-7 p.m. Eastern time for a webinar for college-bound student-athletes and your families. The discussion will include review of the most recent COVID-19 automatic waiver relief. We’ll also go over requirements you must meet to pursue your dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I, II or II school. We’ll also go over requirements you must meet to pursue your dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I, II or III school.

Click here to register.