179th EDITION: January 22, 2021

From the Desk of Curtis Price

In our last Friday Focus, Mr. Shukis wrote that we need to decide what we want to pay attention to. One of the things I want to pay attention to is the work that is being done to make sure we are all safe at Marian Central Catholic High School. I also would like to recognize the work that is being done by members of the Marian Central family.

First, our maintenance team deserves to be recognized. They are the first to arrive at school and the last to leave on most days, and the work they are doing is nothing short of phenomenal. The pandemic has added so much more work for the maintenance team, but they have not missed a beat on keeping our school clean and safe. They sanitize our building before the day starts and between every class. The extra work by our maintenance department does not go unnoticed. They keep our school functioning and for that I am thankful.

Another group that I would like to recognize is our teachers. A lot of adjustments have been made since March 2020, and they continue to provide an excellent learning environment for our students. I can only imagine how difficult it is to teach two different groups (remote and in-person) at the same time, but our teachers have adapted and done a great job. Thank you, teachers, for always being there for us.

The last group I would like to mention is our students. My heart goes out to the students for all they have missed: walking the halls together, club meetings, gossip in the cafeteria, sports, full classrooms, and so much more. The students at Marian Central have continued to thrive under these tough circumstances. Thank you for continuing to show what it means to be a Marian Central student.

This quote sums up how I feel about my Marian Central family: “My life is so blessed with some of the most amazing people. Thank you for being a part of my journey.” – author unknown.

Curtis Price
Athletic Director

January Calendar - PLEASE NOTE

Please note the following:

Monday, January 25th - Blue Day

Tuesday, January 26th - All freshmen, sophomores and juniors - Testing Day; Seniors no school (see below for additional details)

Wednesday, January 27th - Red Day

Testing Day - January 26th



Senior Students will not have school on January 26th to allow for college visits.

Freshmen and Sophomores will be taking the PreACT test, and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT in-person at Marian Central (start time 8:00 a.m.) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The school day will begin as usual at 8:00 a.m. and students are required to be in uniform, wearing masks. All students should bring two, sharpened #2 pencils (NO mechanical pencils) and calculators.

Posters listing student room assignments will be posted in the Landers Pavilion commons where all students will enter. Students should report directly to their assigned room after having their temperature checked.

PreACT tests for freshmen and sophomores will be completed at approximately 11:45 a.m. and the PSAT test for juniors will be completed at approximately noon. Freshmen and sophomores will not be allowed to access the second floor until the PSAT test is completed at noon. Durham buses will be at Marian at noon and the PACE bus will be on its regular schedule. ​

If you have any questions about testing, please contact Mrs. Hilton at 815-338-4220, ext. 121 or


Tuition is due February 1st. Payment can be made online by clicking here or sent to the office. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Murwin.

Online Course Registration For 2021-22 Beginning Soon

Course selections for the 2021-22 school year should be made by our current students between February 1-February 19 on 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:

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Are you sick of the pandemic and looking for something fun to do? Join us for a family-friendly Virtual Scavenger Hunt on Friday, February 19, at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Event will include raffle and silent auction baskets. Registration is now open at

Practice ACT Test

Friday, March 12th

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

at Marian Central

Please click here for additional information

School Pictures & Senior Portraits - Update

Make-Ups & Retakes - Thursday, February 4 & Friday, February 5

· This applies to students that have not previously been photographed and students that have requested or require a retake of their original school picture session.

· Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors will be photographed on their designated Red & Blue day during their lunch hour in the Auditorium.

· Seniors will be photographed on Thursday, 2/4, between 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

· Remote Students will be photographed on Thursday, 2/4 between 4:00-4:30 p.m.

· Make-Up & Retake Photos will be available to view and order online at by Friday, February 12.

Picture Order Deadline - February 23

· Please place all orders by Tuesday, 2/23. This is important for yearbook deadlines and the Senior class composite!

· Orders placed after this date will incur a $10 late-processing fee. Also, note that any White Glove Touch-Ups performed on orders after this date will not be reflected in yearbook photos or in the Senior class composites.

SENIORS ONLY - Select Your Yearbook Photo - February 23

  • If you have not already 'Favorited' the image in your private album that you'd like to include in the yearbook - or if you would like to change your selection - please do so by 2/23.
  • This selection is also the image that will be included in the Class of 2021 composite photo displayed at Marian Central.
  • If we do not have a designated image within this timeframe, we will choose one for you!

If you have any questions about scheduling or whether your student is included in these sessions, please contact Mrs. DiSilvio in the school office. If you have any questions about photo orders, online viewing, or other photography-related questions, please contact Vicky or Kellie at or 815.353.1577.

For additional information on the health and safety precautions and protocols followed during these photo sessions, please visit

Drivers Education - Spring

Top Driver will be offering a Secretary of State-approved On Demand WEBCAST instead of in-person classes at Marian. This class will allow students to login to their class whenever they wish and work at their own pace. Visit Top Driver's website to enroll,

College Information Night - Virtual

WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 from 6:30-9:00 PM (Program begins at 6:30 PM)

WHERE: This year’s program will be virtual, with links being sent to participating families no later than Friday, February 5th, 2021.

WHAT: An opportunity to learn about starting a college search, how colleges review Marian transcripts, test optional admission policies, and to attend a mock college application review. Students and families will also have the ability to ask the college admission officers who will be presenting on these topics questions.

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this program. We strongly encourage juniors and their parents/guardians to attend College Information Night. We’ve put together a comprehensive program that’ll be slightly different than last year’s program. We’re confident students and their families will leave with insight into some of the most complicated and confusing parts of the college search.

We ask that those planning to attend this program please register online at:

Please direct any questions about College Information Night to Mr. Stamatakos ( or Mrs. Diamond ( We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 9th!

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