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arian onnection Marian Central Catholic High School 1001 McHenry Avenue Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-4220 (phone) (815) 338-4253 (fax)

Inside this issue: Information


Mass and Blessing Of Addition


End of Year Information








Volume LII, No. 4

April 13, 2011


is the final edition of our newsletter for the 2010-11 school year. You will find included in this edition information about the events upcoming in the remainder of the school year as well as events scheduled during the summer months. We have also posted on our web site an abbreviated calendar for the 2011-12 school year so that you can begin to plan ahead. We will be sending to parents two mailings in the upcoming months – one in May regarding end of the year used book buy back and participating parish certification for the 2011-12 school year and one in June containing tuition payment information and the tuition contract for 2011-12. The first edition of the newsletter for the 2011-12 school year will be posted on our web site at the beginning of August and will contain information in detail about the new school year. An email notification will be sent to parents when the August edition is posted.

Mass and Blessing of Chapel & Science Wing Addition

Participating Parish 3 Certification Tuition Information 4 Upcoming Events




Parents Assoc


Guidance Dept Newsletter


Golf Outing


On Thursday, April 7th, The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Rockford, celebrated an all school Mass with our students and staff. Two hundred fifty sixth graders from the seven Catholic elementary schools in McHenry County also took part in this Eucharistic celebration. Following the Mass, Bishop Doran, accompanied by pastors from the McHenry Deanery parishes, blessed the new chapel. Several of the senior mentors along with the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Michael Kagan, and his assistant, Mrs. Margo Shiffo, attended the solemn blessing of the new addition. The new chapel and science classrooms/laboratories have been in use by staff and students since the beginning of the second semester.

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Tuition End of the Year Council of Administration policy states, “No student will be allowed to take second semester exams unless his/her tuition and any other fees are paid in full. There are no exceptions to this policy at the end of the second semester.” Tuition statements were sent at the end of March to all families that still had tuition balances due. Statements will be sent again at the end of April to any family whose tuition is in arrears at that time. All financial obligations must be paid prior to the second semester exams scheduled on May 31st rd through June 3 .

End of Year Schedule Change, Early Dismissal & School Vacation There is no school on Good Friday, April 22nd. All students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM on Friday, April 29 th – there is an afternoon teacher institute on that day and the junior/senior prom scheduled that evening. On Monday, May 30th, there will be no school and the office will be closed for Memorial Day. Please Note: There will be a change in the semester exam week schedule due to the inclement weather in early February. On Tuesday, May 31st, only seniors will take semester exams for periods 1 & 2 and will be dismissed at 10:45 AM. All other students will have a full day of classes on that day. On Wednesday, June 1st, semester exams will be administered to all students for periods 3 through 7 with dismissal at 12:05 PM. On Thursday, June 2 nd, semester exams will be administered to all students for periods 8 & 9 with dismissal at 10:45 AM. On Friday, June 3 rd, all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take their semester exams for periods 1 & 2 with dismissal for summer vacation at 10:45 AM. There are no excused absences for family vacations during the week of semester exams. Make your plans for the end of the school year in accordance with our schedule. Also, parents are advised that the school does not sanction, grant, or condone "skip" or "ditch" days of any kind. In the event a student would choose to do so, s/he is recorded as being truant and receives an unexcused absence for the day which results in an "F" grade for each class missed as well as being required to attend Saturday detentions.

Book Buy Back In mid-May, a mailing will be sent containing, among other things, the following information: a) a listing of the books that the school will buy back at the end of the 2010-11 school year; and b) a copy of each student‟s course selections for 2011-12 and a list of the textbooks needed for each course. Book buy back will take place at the time of semester exams. Students who desire to sell textbooks back to the school must turn them in to their classroom

teachers when they take their final exams. Seniors are to put their names on an ENVELOPE and place it inside the book front cover when it is turned in on the day of the final exam. Seniors will have the envelopes returned with the money for the texts when they receive their diplomas following the graduation ceremony. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are to put their names on the 3 x 5 form which will be provided by the

school and place it inside the book front cover when it is turned in on final exam day. The money for books sold back by freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be applied as a tuition credit for the 2011-12 school year. At the end of June, the bookkeeper will mail statements to all families of students who sell back books indicating the amount of credit which will be applied toward the 2011-12 tuition.

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2011 Commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 will take place as follows: The Honors Day Assembly is scheduled on Thursday, May 26 th at 9:00 AM. Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of „11 is scheduled on Thursday, June 2 nd at 7:00 PM. The graduation ceremony will take place on Friday evening, June 3 rd at 7:00 PM. These three events will take place in our main gymnasium. With the final days of their high school careers at Marian Central rapidly approaching, the administration, faculty, and staff express best wishes to the members of the Class of 2011!

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begin purchasing any texts the school has available at 5:00 PM on that day; all other families will begin purchasing at 5:30 PM. Regarding the purchase of new texts – the purchase of new textbooks will take place using one of two options: 1) Families can order new textbooks via the internet beginning July 5th from the school‟s official book store, Missouri Book Service (MBS). To access this online bookstore from

Marian‟s web site, click on “Bookstore” under the “Student Life” tab where you will find directions to this site; or 2) you can call your order to MBS with a toll free number (800) 325-3252. Textbooks will be sent directly from MBS to the parents. Parents are encouraged to order new textbooks far enough in advance to be assured of their students receiving their textbooks in August prior to the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

As we indicated in our June mailing, Marian has once again contracted with Durham

Dennis Uniform Purchases The school uniform items for 2011-12 – sweaters, polo shirts, and slacks – will be the same as the current school year and will once again be purchased from Dennis Uniform Company. P.E. Uniforms will also be purchased through Dennis Uniform Company. Representatives from the company will be at Marian in the main gymnasium to as-

sist families with fittings on Wednesday, June 8th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. This is the same day that the sale of used textbooks will take place. The representatives will have a supply of uniform and P.E. items here at Marian that families can purchase and take home. Families of incoming freshmen as well as current families who may

have a need to order replacement uniform items are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity so that you will be prepared for the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. Families can also order uniform and P.E. items from Dennis online using the uniforms link under the “Student Life” tab on Marian‟s web site.

2011-12 Participating Parishioner Certification Each school year families belonging to one of the seventeen Catholic parishes in McHenry County must have their pastor certify their participation at the parish in order to receive the lower tuition rate. As announced previously, 2011-12 tuition rates will be at the same levels as the current year. The Standard Tuition Rate will be $7,450 per student. The Participating Parishioner Tuition Rate will be $5,570 for the first student from a family. The

tuition rate for families belonging to a Rockford Diocesan Catholic parish outside McHenry County will be $6,510 per student. The mailing that will be sent to families in mid-May will include the “Request for Participating Parish Tuition Rate” form. Information regarding qualifications for receiving the Participating Parish Tuition Rate will also be included in that mailing. Initially, the school will charge all students the Standard Tuition Rate. Families

who desire to have their tuition lowered to the Participating Parishioner Tuition Rate for 2011-12 will need to take this form to the Pastor of their McHenry Deanery Catholic parish for his or his designee‟s signature. This signed form is to be returned to our school bookkeeper by the family prior to the beginning of the school year. She will then adjust the family‟s tuition rate to the lower Participating Parishioner Rate.

Press Releases of Marian news and events can be found on our website at

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Tuition Assistance Program Application forms for the 2011-12 tuition assistance program are still available. Families who wish to apply for assistance need to contact Mrs. Peggy Murwin, the bookkeeper, to obtain the application form. The deadline for submitting application forms is May 1, 2011, so time is short. For further information regarding the program, please contact the bookkeeper or Mr. Thomas Landers, Superintendent.

Tuition Payment Options for 2011-12 The June letter sent to parents of students who have paid the 2011-12 registration fee will contain the tuition payment options as well as the Tuition Contract for the 2011-12 school year. Next school year we will continue to offer various payment options and incentives which many families took advantage of during the current year. Prepaying the entire tuition by July 13th will result in a 3% discount. Families will also be able to choose from semester, quarterly, and monthly options and will be able to use certain credit cards to make payments.

Tuition Pre– and Down-Payment Options The school will provide two options for making fees and tuition preor down-payments for the upcoming 2011-12 school year.

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1. Families can choose to make these payments online through the school web site. Families who wish to take advantage of the 3% discount must make their online payment prior to July 13th. Families choosing all other payment options are to make their payment by July 29th. 2. Families who choose to make these payments in person at the school office are to do so according to the following schedule: Those families who wish to take advantage of the 3% discount are to come to the school on Monday or Tuesday, July 11th or 12th to make their tuition and fee payments. Families who choose one of the other payment options are to come to the school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, July 27th, 28th, or 29th to make their fee and one-half or one-quarter tuition down-payment.

Dinner/Dance & Auction Results As you know, we made a number of changes in this year‟s dinner auction, the most significant of which were moving the event to the school and charging a much lower admission cost. We are pleased to inform you that the event was a sellout with over 450 people in attendance. Net proceeds exceeded our financial goal of $75,000 and totaled in excess of $80,000. Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, as well as made donations and/or purchases. Special thanks to all who assisted in the planning and organizing of the event, especially the General Chairpersons Ken & Linda Melchionna and Joe & Kelly Tarzian as well as the Honorary Chairpersons Tom and Gwen Salvi and Ray & Lisa Scarpelli. Based upon feedback we have received, the changes that were made including making the event a more casual affair were very well received. The winners of the raffle drawings were: $5,000 – Mary Jane Mangan; $500 – Paula Young; and $500 – Linda Melchionna. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who purchased tickets. The proceeds from the raffle will be deposited in the school‟s tuition assistance fund to be drawn upon in 2011-12 by families who demonstrate need. The proceeds from the auction will also in part support the tuition assistance program as well as the 2011-12 operational budget. A full report on how Development Department fundraising proceeds will be expended in 2011-12 will be included in the annual report that will be published and distributed in September.

More information can be found in the Spring 2011 issue of the Hurricane Alert.

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Prom/Post Prom The annual Junior/Senior Prom will take place at The Cotillion in Palatine on Friday, April 30 th. All students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM on that day. There is a teacher institute scheduled in the afternoon. Buses will leave the school parking lot at 6:00 PM to transport the students to the prom. The dinner and dance concludes at 12:00 AM. Immediately after prom, buses will transport students to the post prom. This year's post prom will be held at Timber Ridge Water Park in Lake Geneva. Post prom has been a tradition for many years and provides a fun and safe all night party. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night. Post prom concludes at 4:30 AM at which time students will be bused back to Marian. Students attending these events are to arrive at school after 4:30 PM. Parents are invited to come to the school at this time to take photos of your student and his/her friends.

Variety Show The annual Spring Variety Show is scheduled in the auditorium on Friday, May 6th, at 7:00 PM. Come and enjoy the variety of talents of our students that evening. Tickets are $5.00 for all ages and will be sold at the door.

Summer Camps Athletic and Academic There is a link on the front page of our web site for information about the many summer athletic and academic camps our staff will be hosting throughout June and July. We encourage current and future Hurricanes to take part in these camps. Individual camp brochures can be downloaded. Separate checks for each camp registration are to be made payable to Marian Central and sent to the camp director at the school address.

Spring Music Concerts The annual Spring Music Concerts will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24th and 25th at 7:00 PM each evening in our auditorium. Tuesday's event will be the choral concert and the instrumental concert will take place on Wednesday. Come and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment.

Golf Outing The annual golf outing sponsored by the Athletic Boosters will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd at Crystal Woods Golf Course at the intersection of Routes 176 and 47 south of Woodstock. This fun day of golf and companionship is the major fundraiser for the Athletic Boosters. Proceeds from the event benefit the athletic program of the school. All friends of Marian are invited to take part in this fun day. Please join us! See the flyer on pages 10 & 11 for further details.


Calendar of Events To Keep Up-To-Date Check the Calendar Link on Our Web Site Apr

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Fathers‟ Club All Night Bingo All School Mass; 8:55 AM Good Friday – No School; Office Closed School Resumes 12:00 PM Dismissal; Afternoon Teacher Inservice Prom – The Cotillion in Palatine until 12:00 AM Post Prom – Timber Ridge Water Park in Lake Geneva until 4:30 AM

Fine Arts Booster Meeting 7:00 PM Alumni Board Meeting 7:00 PM 3 Tue All School Mass 8:55 AM Parents Association Meeting 7:00 PM 4 Wed Mid-Term Grades Posted 6 Fri Variety Show; Auditorium 7:00 PM 17 Tue Academic Honors Breakfast 7:00 AM 18 Wed Fine Arts Awards 7:00 PM – Auditorium 24 Tue Spring Music Concert – Vocal; 7:00 PM – Auditorium 25 Wed Spring Music Concert – Instrumental; 7:00 PM – Auditorium 26 Thu Honors Day All School Assembly 9:00 AM – Main Gymnasium 27 Fri Senior Breakfast 8:10 AM – Cafeteria 30 Mon Memorial Day – No School; Office Closed 31 Tue Senior Semester Exams Periods 1 & 2; 10:45 AM Dismissal Full Day of Classes – All Other Students 1 2


Wed Semester Exams Periods 3, 4-6, & 7; 12:05 PM Dismissal All Students Thu Semester Exams Periods 8 & 9; 10:45 AM Dismissal All Students Baccalaureate Mass 7:00 p.m. – Main Gymnasium 3 Fri Semester Exams Periods 1 & 2; 10:45 AM Dismissal for Summer Vacation Graduation 7:00 p.m. – Main Gymnasium 8 Wed Dennis Uniform Company Uniform Sales – Main Gymnasium 4:00 – 8:00 PM Used Book Sales – Cafeteria Incoming Freshmen 5:00 PM Upperclassmen 5:30 - 6:30 PM Spring Sports Awards Night 7:00 PM – Auditorium 22 Wed Marian Golf Outing at Crystal Woods Golf Course; 11:00 AM

Greetings from the Marian Central Parent’s Association! It is almost time for school to be out, but before we say goodbye to our 2011 graduates, we have a few more events to handle! PROM AND POST PROM . . . On April 29th and 30th our Junior and Senior Class members will enjoy both Prom and Post Prom at new locations this year. Several Chaperones are needed from the ranks of the Freshman and Sophomore Parents. Chaperones for the Post Prom event ride a team bus to the Timber Ridge Lodge, leaving school at 10:30 p.m. on April 29th and returning to school on buses at 5:30 a.m. on April 30th. Please e-mail us at or call Kelly Koscielniak at (847) 4210818 to volunteer for a fun night!



The Senior class deserves a wonderful sendoff and the Senior Breakfast planning group are well on their way to making the morning event a success. On May 27, 2011, the Seniors will see firsthand that IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE, when they will be treated to a special breakfast, scenery to match the theme and some other surprises! Please contact Maggie Bailey at or 815-814-2236 if you can help with decorations, set up or clean up!



The MCPA plays a key role in providing refreshments for the Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, June 2nd and the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 3rd. Please plan on attending our last meeting of this school year on Tuesday May 3rd at 7:00 in the Annex to see how you can help at those events.



Do you want to get more involved? Then please consider serving as an officer on the MCPA Board. There will be officer nominations and elections at the May 3rd meeting - all are welcome and encouraged to take on a larger role in the Association! The remaining MCPA meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2011, all at 7:00 p.m. in the Annex Building. Please mark your calendars and try to attend the meeting. Your volunteer efforts are appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact Board Members Lisa Waggoner at 815-347-4885, or Meredith Luczak at 815-690-7001,

This is the last newsletter from the Guidance Department for the 2010-2011 school year. The staff of the Guidance Office --- Mrs. Reed, Mr. Cerny, Mrs. Diamond, Mrs. Hilton and Mrs. Nemunaitis --- would like to wish the very best to all of our students and their families for the rest of the current school year and for the coming summer vacation!

Graduation is almost upon us. It's hard to believe that your four years of high school are almost over. Congratulations to you seniors for all of your effort and hard work that will result in your graduation! Congratulations to the parents of our seniors for all of the encouragement and support that they have given their students! Graduates, as you go forward in life after graduation, whether you will be continuing your education, joining the workforce, or entering the military, always believe in yourself and do the very best that you can. May God bless you always. Shortly after May 1st all seniors will be requested to indicate their final college/university choice on a form from Guidance. This information is needed so that the final transcript will be mailed to the college you plan to attend. Every college requires the final transcript before the college articulation process begins in the fall. Seniors who do not plan to attend college will be requested to indicate their plans as well. Once seniors have decided which school they will attend next fall, please be sure to notify those schools to which you have been accepted, but are not planning to attend, that you will not be coming to their school. A brief letter thanking them for their offer of admission but declining it will suffice. This will allow students who may be on waiting lists an opportunity for admission.

Scholarships will continue to be available in Guidance until the end of the school year. They are posted on the Guidance web page and on a bulletin board in the Guidance Office. Be sure to check with your intended college/university for any scholarships that they may offer. Sometimes departmental scholarships exist for incoming freshmen that are not well publicized. Seniors are reminded to bring their scholarship offers to the Guidance Office, even if they do not plan to attend the school that offered it. We will make copies of them. The scholarship information is used for Honor's Day and other publications.

The American College Testing (ACT) test was administered on April 9, 2011 here at Marian. The ACT results will be mailed to students' homes in a couple of weeks. Any junior who missed the April 9th test or who wishes to retake the ACT on June 11th can pick up a registration packet from the Guidance Office or register online at The deadline for registering for the June 11th test is May 6th. This test will not be administered at Marian Central. Registration packets for the first ACT test next year on September 10th will be available in early August. The registration deadline for the September 10th test is August 12th. Students can also register online at the ACT web site: SAT tests may be taken on June 4th. The deadline to register for that test is May 10th. Registration information is available in the Guidance Office. Registration packets for the first SAT test next year, which is scheduled for October 1st, will be available in August. Students can also register online at the Collegeboard web site: Students are encouraged to take both the ACT and the SAT tests as the formats are different and some students may do better on one versus the other. Most colleges will accept either test score for admission. Earlier this semester the juniors attended a presentation on Making Your College Search Count. It provided a good overview of the college selection process. Any junior and/or their parents is welcome to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Hilton or Mrs. Reed to assist them in their college selection process. Juniors are reminded that there may still be some college representatives that will schedule visits during the month of April or May. Please check the board in the Guidance Office or the Guidance web page for dates and times.

Please remember that any schedule changes should be made by April 15th in order to avoid a $30 fee. All students should be continuing to focus on their classes to maximize their opportunities later. We would like to remind our students and parents that the Guidance web site is available for use during the summer. There is a lot of information and resources there that hopefully our students and parents will find helpful. The Guidance web site can be found by following the links on Marian’s web site Go to the Student Life tab and click on Guidance Resources.


You are cordially invited to attend

Marian Central Catholic High School’s Athletic Benefit A Day of Golf & Dinner

Wednesday, June 22nd Crystal Woods Golf Club 10 AM – Registration

11 AM – Shotgun Start Grab the clubs and join us for a day of fun!

Registration cost is $125 per golfer Includes green fees, cart, box lunch, awards, dinner and live auction!

Dinner and Auction Only is $30 per person Includes dinner and live auction, 4:30 PM DINNER AND AUCTION WILL FINISH BY 7 PM Golfers must be 21

Register early · Last year sold out · Deadline is June 15th

Proceeds to benefit Marian Athletic Teams

For more information, call 815-338-4220 x125


Name_______________________________________ Email____________________________ Address______________________________________________________________________ City___________________ State_______ Zip_____________ Day Phone__________________ *************************************************************************************************** 50/50 Raffle - Tickets enclosed. $10 each or 6 for $50. Winner does not need to be present. Drawing 6/22/11.


*************************************************************************************************** Sorry I cannot attend the event, but I would still like to support Marian Athletics... Donation: Please accept my donation.


**************************************************************************************************** I am planning on attending the Athletic Benefit ‌ Dinner Ticket Only: _________ dinner tickets: $30 each


Golfers: $125 each(includes dinner)


No. of players ________

My 4-some includes____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Corporate Sponsorship: $1,500 (Includes 4-some, full-page ad, name on banner and hole sponsor sign.)


Hole Sponsors: $175 (Name in program and on hole sign)

$_________ TOTAL AMOUNT DUE:


Enclosed is my check for $_______________ made payable to Marian Central. Please charge $______________to my MasterCard/ Visa/ Discover. Name on card________________________________________ Account #____________________________Exp. Date________ Sec. Code_________ Return to: Marian Central Golf Outing, 1001 McHenry Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098 To register on line, go to and click on alumni & development/athletic benefit

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