Newsletter from the President & Principal

Dear Parents, Guardians, & Students,

Be sure to check the Parent Portal and Schoology for up-to-date information about your son’s performance and address any “NTI” (Not Turned In) grades immediately. Teachers are asked to update grades weekly so that parents and students have up-to-date information. Contact the teacher if grades are not updated. By monitoring grade, discipline, and attendance reports you can help alleviate end of year consequences that result from poor academic performance, accumulated discipline points or excessive absences. Visit the Mount Carmel website for accurate calendar information as well as what is new at Mount Carmel.

As we mark the beginning of Lent on March 1st, we pray that as we journey through these 6 weeks of renewal, grounded in fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, we may be transformed by the grace of Jesus’ Resurrection. We pray that our students will use this holy season to grow as Men of Carmel; marked by faith, character, intelligence, service, and zeal.

In Carmel,

Ned Hughes '70 John Stimler
President Principal


Announcements


Water Testing Program
Mount Carmel has instituted a bi-annual water testing program. We will be testing water samples for lead in the Convocation Center, Graham Center, Main Building and Student Center. The January tests were negative for all areas.

AdvancED (pronounced “Advanced Ed”)
On February 15 and 16 we hosted our visiting accrediting team from AdvancED, a national organization that accredits many parochial and private schools. Thank you to parents who participated in the survey that was sent out last fall and to the parents who served on the panel that met with the team. Based on our self-report and their on-site visit, they are recommending accreditation for the next 5-year period. Thanks to Krishna Millsapp who led the internal review process with the help of Sean Sweany, Jennifer Smola, and Maryhelen Matijevic.

Recognition from the State Board of Education & Carmelite Visit
We received our State recognition status following our February 1 visit, and we will conclude the spring of external reviews with the Carmelite visit in early April. Please look for information about completing a parent survey for the Carmelite review.

2017-2018 Registration and Tuition for Returning Students
Your registration for the following school year will be automatically renewed unless you notify the Principal, John Stimler in writing at jstimler@mchs.org that your student will not be returning. Current tuition payment schedules will be automatically “rolled over” from the prior year. You may request a change in your payment schedule for the 2017-18 school year by contacting Milka Kattan at mkattan@mchs.org before May 15, 2017. For more information about tuition and financial aid, click here.

Senior Grades and Discipline Points
Seniors must pass ALL classes each trimester of senior year to be eligible for graduation. Seniors who fail classes will not be allowed to walk in the Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Seniors who have over 10 discipline points will not receive their diploma unless they have worked their points down. Please check the school reports regularly to make sure your son is staying focused in the 3rd Trimester.

Attendance Policy
Students who exceed 6 absences in any Trimester face a range of academic consequences as outlined on page 3 of the Parent-Student Handbook. At minimum, a student’s grades will be lowered administratively. Excused absences may mitigate the application of these consequences. These absences are limited to a death in the family, serious illness, family emergency, or a college visit (seniors).

Seniors College Visits
Those seniors still deciding between colleges should be visiting or re-visiting their final choices prior to making a final college decision and sending in a deposit. Seniors are allowed 3 excused absences to visit colleges. Parents must send an email to attendance@mchs.org or call the attendance extension (ext. 210) by 9:00am the morning of the visit to inform the Attendance Office of the absence and then students must bring back proof of the visit (itinerary, note from admissions officer, etc.) to the Attendance Office when they return to school the following day for it to be excused.

Study Habits and Grades
Students can face many distractions as they attempt to study: phones, computers, music, texting, TV, etc. It is important for your son to have a quiet setting while he does his homework. On average, he should be studying (reading, reviewing notes, completing assignments) between 90-120 minutes per night. By routinely setting aside this block of quiet study time each night, your son’s academic performance will improve. Depending on your son, you may need to help him develop this discipline of study.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Caravan Speech Team
Congratulations to the Mount Carmel 2016 Group Interpretation Team for finishing fourth in a highly contested sectional. Gabe Nunley, Justin Fekete, Brendan Kelly and Reggie Williams received all-sectional honors for their acting prowess! Congratulations to Justin Fekete for placing 7th in the state contest for Competitive Speech in Impromptu Speaking.

Men of Carmel
Congratulations to the Students of the Month for December:
Freshman – Ola Abraham
Sophomore – Amani Mugadili
Junior – Vince Gallapo
Senior – James Hoey

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for January:
Freshmen – Mike D'Antonio
Sophomore – Marcus Diaz
Junior – Jeremy Cooper
Senior – Bob Pickert

Easter Break Trips
During Easter break MC students will be traveling on educational tours to Europe. Mr. Mota will be leading a group to Spain, while Mr. Sweany will be taking travelers to Central Europe. Check out the MC Facebook page for pictures and updates from the #InternationalCaravan.


Daily Bulletin 

Diversity Dinner
La Caravana will be hosting a Diversity Dinner on May 2nd at 6pm. Join us and learn a little about other cultures, foods and engage in great thought provoking conversation. To RSVP, see Mr Mota in room 311.

ServSafe Certification
Next week, students will have an opportunity to receive training and ServSafe Certification which is necessary to work in the food service industry. A sign up sheet has been sent to every student's MCHS gmail. If interested in taking part in this training/certification (which will make you more employable), please complete the form in that email by this Friday, April 28th.

Blood Drive
The last blood drive of the year will be Monday May 8th.  You must be at least 16 years old to donate.  See Mrs. Chappetto to sign up or sign up in studium.

Rugby
The Caravan Rugby team will take on Brother Rice this Friday, April 28, at 6pm. at Brother Rice.  This game will likely decide the Catholic League Champion.  In addition, it will be a fundraiser for Hope Children's Hospital, so we need as many fans as possible to come out to support the team and help make an impact on kids who need it most.  Make plans to be there!

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World
The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) provides a unique opportunity for high school students interested in learning Arabic. This is a 2-week intensive and immersive program held on the campus of the  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. High school students enrolled in this program will earn 2 hours of college credit and gain foundational skills in the Arabic language. In addition to 4 hours of daily classroom instruction, students will take part in a variety of cultural activities intended to immerse them in the Arabic language. These include conversation tables, movie nights, cooking classes, game nights, field trips, and much more! Furthermore, we offer full and partial scholarships to applicants based on demonstrated academic merit or financial need.
For more information contact http://silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu/. The application deadline is April 30, 2017.

Spring Splash

SPRING SPLASH! Is our one-day program at UChicago’s campus at 1212 E. 59th St. from 9:30-4:30pm Saturday, April 29th.
Splash is where students come to our campus to take courses taught and designed by university students.

This year we have amazing courses lined up such as: How to Succeed, Understanding Conflict, To Infinity and Beyond, Fear and the Brain, Game Theory, and many more. Our program is open to  all high school students. To top it all off we’re serving free Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and free Lou Malnati’s Pizza for lunch.  Our program is entirely FREE.

Please have students register at https://tinyurl.com/n8kcct7.  It should only take students 3 minutes to complete and they will receive a confirmation email with the class schedules and further details.

April Chronicle
Click here for the April Chronicle.

Fight Night
Admission tickets for Fight Night on Saturday, April 29th are available in the Security Office and the Athletic Department. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students/children from any school.  Checks made out to Mount Carmel are accepted.  Avoid the long lines, and get your tickets in advance. Doors open at 6PM. Ticket prices are the same at the door. Come and support your Mount Carmel brothers who have been training hard to make Fight Night an exciting event.

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Calendar of Events

View full school calendar here. 

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

All Juniors to take the ACT on May 3

The junior class will take the full-length ACT during the school day on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The cost for the ACT with the writing exam is $58.50 and will be billed through the student’s FACTS account. The fee will be invoiced through FACTS on March 15 and payment is due May 1, 2017. The test will be given only on May 3rd; there will be no make-up test given for students that are absent or arrive late to school on that day. Juniors will be given an early dismissal following the conclusion of the test, at approximately 12:30pm. Additionally, members of the junior class will be exempt from the 3rd trimester CRS exam on April 4, and students are encouraged to use that day to visit colleges. The scores from the ACT will be used in place of the CRS scores in determining the CRS grade for Trimester 3 classes. Look for additional information regarding the test in the coming weeks.

Students who want to also sit for the ACT on Saturday, April 8, 2017 (which will be held at MC) must register online by Friday, March 3, 2017 at www.actstudent.org/start.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Walkathon
Help the students reach their goal of $72,000 for this year's Walkathon! Visit www.mchs.org/Walkathon for more information. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

41ST ANNUAL FIGHT NIGHT
Join the Fathers' Club for the annual Fight Night! To purchase raffle tickets, click HERE.

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