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Celebrate Catholic Schools!

Join us in celebrating Catholic Schools as Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  Catholic Schools Week is observed nationwide from Sunday, January 25 through Saturday, January 31.  If you are interested in touring Marian, finding out more about the school, or arranging a shadow day for an 8th Grade student, please contact Mary Kay Dance in the Office of Admissions at or call 574.259.5257.  

Celebrate Spirit Week at Marian!

An important part of Catholic Schools Week in the Marian tradition is the celebration of school spirit. The Student Council is sponsoring activities throughout the week. Students can show their spirit and be creative by participating in the Dress Down Days:
Monday, January 26:  Pajama Day!
Tuesday, January 27:  Twin Day!
Wednesday, January 28:  Dress Code is observed as an All School Mass is celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in the BCAC.
Thursday, January 29: Holidays:Freshmen-Valentine's Day; Sophomores-St. Patrick's Day; Juniors-Christmas; Seniors-4th of July
Friday, January 30: Hero Day! and Pep Assembly from 2:30-3:00
The spirit will continue at the varsity basketball game vs Mishawaka High School on Friday.  Go Knights!

Get Ready for Winter Semi-Formal Dance!

Winter Semi-Formal Dance for Grades 9-12

Sponsored by the Sophomore Class

Saturday, February 14

Location: The Brick

1145 Northside Blvd.

South Bend, IN 46615

Check it out online at

Doors open at 7:30 PM and close at 8:00 PM

Dance ends at 11:00 PM

See Miss Miklius in Room 241 for more information

Scholastic Art Awards Announced!

Marian's Fine Arts students earned a record number of awards in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Award competition: 10 Gold Keys, 27 Silver Keys, and 37 Honorable Mentions!  This prestigious competition accepts artwork in a variety of mediums from several thousand students in the northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan region.  Thirty professional judges select the outstanding work for awards.  All Gold Key artwork is sent to the national competition in New York City. Marian's Gold Key winners are:  Joan Becker, Meg Becker, Marita Chustak (2), Maggie Gibson, Julia Hunckler, Dominic Krizman, Hunter Wieczorek (2), and Elzbieta Woronowicz.

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Scholastic Art Award Winners Honored!

The winners of the Scholastic Art competition and their families will be honored at an awards ceremony in the Bendix Theatre of Century Center in South Bend on Sunday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m.  A reception in the Warner Gallery will follow the ceremony.  All of the award winning artwork will be professionally displayed. The public is invited to attend "Meet Me in the Gallery" on Friday, February 6 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Admission is free for the students who won Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention, as well as members of the South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA).  Admission is $5 per person for everyone else and children under twelve are free.  There will be live music and refreshments served.  

Our Lady of Lourdes Feast

On February 11, 2015 the Marian community will welcome Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades to celebrate the all school Mass on the feast of the school's patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes.  The Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Bishop Crowley Activity Center. Parents are invited to attend.  After Mass, Bishop Rhoades will continue his annual pastoral visit to Marian. He will visit Theology classes, have lunch with student representatives, and speak with teachers and administrators. 

Science Research Grants Awarded!

This year, seven of Marian’s student-researchers have been awarded Indiana Academy of Science Junior Research Grants. Congratulations:
Nick Pingel - $169
Andrea Guzman - $300
Shivali Patel - $300
Matt Rice - $300
Kevin Hunckler - $300
Brady Tuttle - $248.99
Katherine Rice - $300
Marian's total for this year is $1917.99

Research Students Compete at Indiana Junior Academy of Science

Congratulations to senior Gabby Lucchese who was named 3rd Place Outstanding Junior Scientist in the state of Indiana.  The Marian Research Team earned 3rd Place overall at the Indiana Junior Academy of Science at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, November 7.

Santa's Workshop Was a Great Success!

The Art Club under the leadership of Mrs. Kitty Gunty invited the entire Marian community to participate in the 18th annual Santa’s Workshop at the Center for the Homeless on Thursday, December 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.   This event has been well attended and widely praised by guests of all ages at the Center.  The Art Club prepared eleven tables featuring a different craft to create gifts for loved ones.  Tables included: decorating stockings, jewelry making, decorating cookies, making clay ornaments, taking pictures with Santa, face painting, writing letters to Santa, decorating mirrors and frames, making glass bulb ornaments, making reindeer, elf, and angel hats, and gift wrapping. The guests were able to select Christmas gifts for their loved ones from a huge variety of items donated by the Marian community.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus made an appearance as they do every year! This was a great way to experience the true spirit of Christmas!

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 Anniversary Knight
Knights in Need Golf Outing - June 12, 2015
All Class Reunion - June 13, 2015

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

Marian Receives a Grade of "A" for Average Yearly Progress in 2013-2014
Congratulations are in order as Marian High School received a grade of "A" or an "Exemplary" rating on Adequate Yearly Progress (A.Y.P.) and Public Law 221 from the state of Indiana's Department of Education.  Thank you to the students, teachers, and parents for their hard work in earning this distinction.  The A.Y.P. measures the Graduation Rate, the percentage of students passing the End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in Algebra I and English 10, and the number of students earning college credits in A.P., ACP, and dual credit courses while at Marian.  

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.

Youth Leadership Participants for 2014-2015

The St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce has selected the following Marian students to participate in Youth Leadership for 2014-2015:  Jennifer Alwine, Avery Campbell, Sarah Collins, Jonah Davey, Erica Gerstbauer, Michael Kloska, Madeline McTigue, and Michael Wuszke.  They have completed their Orientation and the Opening Retreat, and they will be studying leadership skills, community history, servant leadership, teamwork, and ethics, as well as completing a community project.  

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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Seven Commended Students from Marian's Class of 2015!

Congratulations to the seven Marian seniors who were named Commended by the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Their scores on the PSAT/NMSQE place them in the top 5% of the nation! They are:  Dominic Cataldo, Maggie Feighery, Daniel Herschel, Nicholas Lohr, Sarah Myers, Monte Parker, and David Schena.  

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Prospective Students and Parents!

All interested students and their families are invited to the annual Open House on Sunday, November 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Click here to see an overview of the calendar of events for prospective students and their families. Please contact Mrs. Mary Kay Dance in the Admissions Office if you would like more information.

Outstanding Seniors for the Month of September!

Victoria Slagle and Brendan McNamara were named Outstanding Seniors for the month of September based on their INTEGRITY, COURAGE, COMPASSION, and LEADERSHIP, as well as their academic success and varied co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Congratulations and best wishes to these two members of the Class of 2015!

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Student Council Officers for 2014-2015

The newly elected officers for the Class of 2018 are:  President Dominik Rafinski, Vice President Nicholas Kloska, Secretary Hannah Harry Schade, and Treasurer Dennis Mammolenti. Congratulations!

Eighteen AP and Dual Credit Classes Available for 2014-2015!

Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit Courses to be offered for 2014-2015:
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP World History
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Micro Economics
AP Latin
AP Psychology
AP Calculus-AB
AP Calculus-BC
AP Statistics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics-BC Mechanics
AP Physics-BC Electricity and Magnetism
AP Studio Art-2D

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Academic Calendar for 2014-2015

Preview the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar by clicking here.  

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!

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