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College GO! Week 2014

The goal of College GO! Week is simple: to help students plan for college!   This year, the official kick off week is September 22-26.  The Marian Counseling Office has planned special announcements and activities throughout the week. All students are encouraged to stop by the Counseling Office to learn more!

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County will hold its annual College Fair from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st at Century Center in South Bend.  Representatives from over 80 colleges will be present.  A financial aid seminar will begin at 5:45 p.m. for those who are interested.

NO CLASSES for students on Tuesday, September 23

All diocesan teachers will be attending Catholic School Mission Day at Marian High School on Tuesday, September 23 from 8:00-3:00.  Students do NOT report to classes on Tuesday, September 23.  

Six National Merit Semifinalists!

Principal Mark Kirzeder is honored to announce that six Marian seniors have earned the status of semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  They are:  Jack Alexander, Anna Barnard, Joan Becker, Emma Gettinger, Lauren Jankowski, and Merisa Middlestadt.  These six members of the Marian Class of 2015 are among top 16,000 seniors in the nation based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT taken at juniors.  Finalists will be announced in February.  Congratulations and best wishes as these seniors compete for college scholarships.

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Hunger Bowl Competition Sponsored by Student Council

Each student is asked to bring in cans of food or cash to purchase cans of food to feed families in the area who are in great need.  Each can of food and each $1 donated counts as 1 point for the Marian community in a competition against St. Joseph’s High School.  Students should begin collecting now but must bring the cans or the cash on Friday, September 26.  Parents, members of the community, and local businesses may also drop off donations at Marian on September 26. All of the food items and money will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Marian has won the Hunger Bowl for the last two years and is going for a three-peat!  The trophy will be presented to the winning school at halftime of the Marian/St. Joseph’s varsity football game on September 26. 

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

Two of Marian's Science Research students, Gabby Lucchese and Kevin Hunckler, have been chosen to participate in the Indiana Science Talent Search for 2014. They are among only twelve chosen from throughout the entire state!

Order More School Uniforms at Bulk Rate Now

Be prepared for the long winter!  Superior Business Solutions is offering Marian uniforms (shirts, sweaters, and fleece) at bulk rate from September 13 through October 11.  You can order online at the Marian website by clicking on "School Uniforms" under the Students or Parents drop down menu.  You can order through the Marian Bookstore anytime during school hours.  Uniform pick up will be at Marian on November 10 from 9:00-1:30 p.m.  

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Homework Help!

Students who are interested are welcome to attend Homework Help! available Monday thru Thursday from 3:10-4:00 in Mrs. Rutherford’s Room 102.  National Honor Society members are present to help with homework assignments or to tutor in a specific subject area.

50th Jubilee Celebration for Entire Marian Community!

In September of 1964 Marian High School opened its doors for a freshman class of 239 students. That first year, Marian could have been viewed as two separate schools, one for boys and one for girls. Interior door colors identified whether it was a classroom for boys or girls.  Fifty years later, it is time to celebrate our past, present and future! Throughout the 2014-2015 school year we will pay tribute to the staff, students, and alumni with the following events:
All School Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades with members of the Class of 1968 as special guests - September 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 
Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming - September 19, 2014
Vegas Knight - September 20, 2014
Service Day: Knights Give Thanks - October 16, 2014
Grandparents Day - November 25, 2014

Marian Annual Auction - March 28, 2015 (New Date)
Knights in Need Golf Outing - June 12, 2015
All Class Reunion - June 13, 2015
Marian Family Day - June 14, 2015

To volunteer, please contact Chris Grossnickle in the Development Office at 574.258.7676. Watch this space for more information and updates.

Welcome New Faculty!

Principal Mark Kirzeder is privileged to announce the new faculty members for the 2014-2015 academic year:
Michael Davidson is rejoining the Mathematics Department.
Virginia Germann is teaching all of the classes in the Family and Consumer Science Department.
Megan Kelley is joining the Mathematics Department.
Victoria Malooley is teaching in the English Department.
Lauren Meyers is the new Campus Minister.

Rebecca Nicolini is now a Physical Education and Health instructor.
Kristin Padgett is teaching Spanish in the World Language Department.
Rebekah Randall is the Physics instructor in the Science Department.  
Mary Moore-Bowers is the new full time member of the School Counseling Department.  
Marian is truly blessed to add these new members to the family!

Three National Art Award Winners from Marian!

Congratulations to Joan Becker ‘15, Brenda Cuevas ‘14 and Alex Mroz ’16 for first winning regional Gold Keys and then national Silver Medals!   Joan received a Silver Medal for her AP sketch book portrait titled “Cecilia.   Brenda received a Silver Medal for her Pen and Ink drawing titled “I am a Paper Tiger and my Weakness Burns Me up.”  Alex won a Silver Medal for his Photography work titled “Gone Fish’n.”  All three students were invited to the National Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June to receive their medals. 

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Academic Calendar for 2014-2015

Preview the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar by clicking here.  

School Board Awards Excellence in Teaching

School Board President Dave Thomas presented the Excellence in Teaching Award to Sister Marie Morgan, O.S.F., at Commencement on May 30, 2014. This award has been a Marian tradition since 1985!  Sister Marie has been teaching in the Theology Department at Marian for ten years.  She is now serving as Theology Department Chairperson.  This year’s winner received many votes from students, colleagues, and parents with the most frequently used descriptors being:  Awesome, caring, influential, energetic, cheerful, great sense of humor, and best teacher ever!

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Marian Earns Exemplary Grade of "A" from State of Indiana

Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff for earning a grade of "A" for the third year in a row on the school accountability report card.  The report card from the Indiana Department of Education is based on:
1.  Student Performance on End of Course Assessments
2.  Student Improvement on those tests
3.  The on time Graduation Rate
4.  College and Career Readiness
Click here to view a copy of Marian's latest Report Card!

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Marian Honored as Four Star School!

Congratulations to the Marian students, teachers, and staff for being named an Indiana Four Star School for 2012-2013.  This is the highest distinction established by the Indiana Department of Education for those schools who score in the top 25th percentile in the combined passing percentages on the End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the percent of students passing for all grades tested.  Marian's score included a 98.7% Graduation Rate which is the highest in the area!

Eighteen AP and Dual Credits Classes Available!

There are 18 different AP or dual credit classes available for 2014-2015.

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Science Researchers Compete and Win! Two Advance to Internationals!

Each of the five outstanding science research students who participated in Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair won at least one special award at the competition in April!  Shannon Hendricks and Alex Frank were chosen to advance to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles in May. For anyone keeping count, that makes a grand total of 32 Marian students competing at the International Science Fair since 1990!  

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