86th Edition: September 28, 2018

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

Today, we ended our Homecoming Week with an All-School Mass, and celebrated this year's Distinguished Alumnus, Mr. Michael Domek! Mr. Domek was gracious in his speech, sharing his career journey with our students- including the lessons he learned along the way. It was inspiring to hear him tell our students to "fail fast" because it provides useful data to work with. He also advised students to know "when to get out of your own way" and have the humility to recognize both your own strengths and weaknesses. Finally, he shared that good leaders build trust with others, first and foremost. We are beyond blessed to have his guidance and support within our IDEA Incubator program. Congratulations Mr. Domek!

We were also extremely thrilled to have welcomed back past Distinguished Alumni award recipients as well as many members of the Class of 1968! We hope you enjoy your reunion weekend! We are honored to have you back!




Sept. 28th (Fri.) -

  • 6:40 pm: HOMECOMING KING/QUEEN ANNOUNCED before game (on the field)

  • 7:00 pm - Homecoming Varsity Football Game vs St. Patrick

  • Hall of Fame Inductions during half-time of Varsity Game

Sept. 29, 7:00 - 10:00 pm - HOMECOMING DANCE in Landers Pavilion

Please note: we will not allow students to ENTER the dance after 8:00pm. Also, Marian Central cannot “hold” students until a designated time; however, if students leave the dance, they are not allowed back in. Please make sure you know your students’ plans for the evening.

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE September 29 - October 5, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

10:00 am: Boys Var Soccer vs Larkin - SENIOR DAY

11:30 am: Boys JV Soccer vs Larkin

Monday, October 1, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

1st pd: Lake Forest College rep in Guidance

2nd pd: Univ. of Alabama rep in Guidance

4th - 6th pds: Confessions during all lunches in Chapel

9th pd: Aquainas College rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

4:30 pm: Boys JV Soccer vs Joliet Catholic Academy

4:30 pm: Girls Var/JV Golf vs Grant

7:00 pm: Fall Production Parent/Participant Meeting in Auditorium

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - LATE START


9:45 am: 1st Hour Class Begins

4th - 6th pds: Adoration during all lunches in Chapel

12:00 pm: Deacon Art Presentation to Elementary Schools in Auditorium

8th pd: Western Illinois Univ rep in Guidance

4:30 pm: Girls JV Tennis vs Prairie Ridge

5:00 pm: Girls So/FA Volleyball vs Benet Academy

6:15 pm: Girls Var/FB Volleyball vs Benet Academy

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

8:55 am Deacon Art All-School Assembly (Bell Schedule 4)

2nd pd: UW Whitewater rep in Guidance

9th pd: Univ of Iowa rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

2:30 pm: Practice ACT Testing for Juniors in Library (prior registration required)

4:30 pm: Boys Var/JV Soccer vs Notre Dame

7:00 pm: Conversations that Matter: Deacon Art - in Auditorium (Please RSVP)

Thursday, October 4 , 2018

7:45 am - Daily Mass in Chapel

8:55 am: All School Mass

1st pd: Marian Univ rep in Guidance

2nd pd: St. Louis Univ rep in Guidance

3rd pd: Holy Cross College rep in Guidance

4th - 6th Pds: Adoration during all lunches in Chapel

7th pd: Butler Univ rep in Guidance

9th pd: Univ of Dubuque rep in Guidance

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

2:30 pm: Practice ACT test session for Juniors in Library (prior registration required)

Friday, October 5, 2018

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

4th - 6th pd: US Marines in all lunches

7:00 pm: Varsity Football vs Carmel - SENIOR NIGHT

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

ALSO - As CLUB begin to launch their school year - all dates/times of those meetings will be updated on our Clubs & Organizations Website!

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As a follow up to Deacon Art speaking to the Deanery middle school (6-8th grade) Tuesday, Oct. 2 and Marian Central Catholic high school students Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, we invite parents to hear more on what Deacon Art has to say about each of us trying to take ownership for how we react to the injustices in the world and what we can do when faced with bullying, racism, and other such mistreatment of others. Deacon Art not only provides us with perspective, but does so utilizing our Catholic lens.

Come join us for this very important Conversations that Matter event on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium. Light refreshments after, in the Cafeteria. ALL FREE OF CHARGE - ALL AGES WELCOME!

Join Principal Novy at the quarterly PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE on MONDAY, OCT. 15th at 8am in Cafeteria

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year, and a special welcome to families new to Marian Central!

Principal's Coffee was designed to invite parents to come and hear about what new things are brewing at Marian. It also allows parents to discuss ideas, concerns, and perspectives with regards to our school.

Please consider attending our first Principal's Coffee of the year, meet other parents, and talk with the Principal directly, all in the hopes of making Marian a stand-out from other high schools; providing the highest academics, spiritual guidance, and social/emotional support possible to our students.


2018-2019 Winter Sports Registration is NOW OPEN!

If you haven't registered for the Winter Sports season, please take a few minutes to do so! Visit the 8to18 Athletic page on our school website, or CLICK HERE to find all the necessary forms needed for the season! If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Kelly Jackson ( or Mr. Curtis Price (
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Lands' End SALE Going on NOW!

Looking to add to your MC Uniform collection? Maybe a warm fleece jacket or pull-over (allowed year-round!) This 40% promotion is a WONDERFUL opportunity to stock up!

Sweater Season begins on October 22nd!

Promo dates: 9-17 thru 9-29
Code: BTSNIGHTS Pin: 6786


Receive 40% off full-price styles online or by phone (excludes buy more and save pricing, monogramming, gift boxing, gift cards, shipping, taxes, duties, Lands' End Business Outfitters purchases, and excluded items as marked). Promotions and products may vary in-store. Prices as marked in-store. Excludes clearance in-store. Discount will be applied at checkout. This offer has no cash value. Promotional savings may be deducted from returns. 5-7 business day delivery to most addresses. Offer valid through 11:59 p.m. Central, September 29, 2018. Not valid on previous purchases or when combined with any other promotional offers.
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College Fair at McHenry County College on October 4th!

Get your questions answered from over 100 participating colleges and universities conveniently hosted at McHenry County College!

PreACT Testing (FRESHMEN/SOPHOMORES) and PSAT Testing (JUNIORS) on October 10th!

ON October 10th, all Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT, and all Juniors will take the PSAT here at Marian Central (start time 8:05 am) This is a shortened school day, and all buses will be running according to our schedule.

Seniors - you are encouraged to use this time off to visit colleges!

To familiarize yourself with the testing process, please see the following links! We encourage all students to do their best, as this provides wonderful practice for the ACT/SAT and allows you to see testing strengths and areas of improvement! Any questions, please see your friendly neighborhood Guidance Department!

PSAT (Juniors):

PreACT (Freshman & Sophomores):


October 1st has become a red letter date in the yearly college admission cycle. With the revisions to the process of applying for need-based financial aid that were implemented for the 2017-2018 aid year, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now “opens” for completion beginning each year on October 1st.

As a former college admission counselor and in my years as a high school college counselor, I’m keenly aware that financial aid is always the most confusing and intimidating aspect of the admission process. It’s also the one most susceptible to myth and misinformation. The misinformation surrounding need-based financial aid has many unfortunate consequences, one of them being that many families who’d qualify for need-based financial aid from schools themselves don’t consider applying to them after seeing the “sticker price” of those schools.

A group called Student Loan Hero released the results of a survey that addressed common myths and misperceptions about applying for need-based financial aid using the FAFSA. It’s worth a read to debunk some of these myths!

Also of note, some colleges (primarily highly selective ones) will also require students and families to submit an additional financial aid application called the CSS Profile. Unlike the FAFSA, there is a cost associated with submitting this application to colleges; $25 for one application to be sent to one college and $16 for each additional report sent. The CSS Profile is a much more detailed version of the FAFSA and asks for information that the FAFSA doesn’t (for example, ”Do your parents own or rent their primary residence?” “What was the purchase price of the residence, if owned?” “How much debt remains on the residence?” “What is the fair market value of the residence?”). Colleges that use both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile will determine the type of state or federal aid students can receive by using the results of the FAFSA and how much institutional aid students can receive from the CSS Profile.

Also unlike the FAFSA, the CSS Profile has a “non-custodial parent form” that some schools require. In a situation where two parents are not married, FAFSA only asks for the financial information of the parent with whom the student lives more than 50% of the time or who provides the most financial support to the student. Schools that require the CSS Profile and the non-custodial parent form will ask for the financial information from both parents, regardless of living situation or financial support.

A list of colleges that use the CSS Profile and information on which schools do and don’t require the non-custodial parent form is available online. Colleges may have specific deadlines for submission of the FAFSA and/or the CSS Profile. This information is usually found on the websites of those colleges.

I recommend completing and submitting financial aid applications sooner rather than later to colleges that aren’t mandating submission by specific deadlines. Colleges can’t and won’t process financial aid applications and award financial aid unless a student is offered admission.

As always, I’m here to answer questions about this complex, but actually pretty straightforward process. Don’t forget that every college has financial aid officers who’ve forgotten more about financial aid than I’ll ever know. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them with any questions about applying for need-based aid at their individual schools. They’re usually very happy to lend a hand!


Jim Stamatakos

College Counselor

Notre Dame Information Night - October 16th!

October 16

Notre Dame Information Night with Chris Perkins - Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions

7:00 p.m. - Auditorium

All families welcome


We are proud to partner with On-Target Sales to provide our Marian Central family with all your Hurricane spirit wear! They will be on campus for the Back to School Night on August 28th! Check out the video below to catch a glimpse of the products available!
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