Newsletter from the President & Principal

Upcoming events and information for parents and students
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND PRESIDENT

Dear Parents & Students,

Happy Easter! May our faith in Christ’s Resurrection renew our trust and hope in the redeeming love of God, and may the gift of the Spirit enliven our hearts, minds, and actions. We believe that the resurrection gives meaning to the struggles of life. Life sometimes makes it difficult to see this truth, so we rely on our faith and the support of others to carry us through. May we continue to look to the risen Christ and Our Lady of Mount Carmel as sources of inspiration, consolation, and instruction as we face the ups and downs of life.

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Only 7 weeks of class remain when we return from Easter break, and the calendar is filled with activities, sports, and end-of-year events. Please be sure to monitor your son’s performance and challenge him to work hard through the end of exams.

Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. '92
President
Mr. John J Stimler
Principal

ACADEMIC UPDATES  
 
Upcoming Dates: 
Late Start (9:05 a.m): 4/15, 4/29, 5/6, 5/20, and 5/27

Registration 2015-16 
Registration materials were due March 13. If you have not returned your completed Mount Carmel Tuition Contract and paid the $400.00 registration fee, please do so immediately. A $50.00 late fee will be applied after May 1st, 2015.  Families seeking additional tuition assistance can access the PSAS Financial Aid Application this year through the Mount Carmel website (www.mchs.org/tuition).

Bus and Van Fees
If your son takes any of the Mount Carmel buses or vans to or from school, payment is due by the first of each month to Mr. Craig Ferguson in the Advancement Office.

2014-15 Tuition Payments 
All 2014-15 tuition payments should be completed by April 20th. Any unpaid balance after April 20th must be paid directly to Mount Carmel before your son can take his Trimester 3 final exams. Acceptable forms of payments are cash, cashier’s check or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted. We appreciate your attention to this matter. Please contact Mrs. Patricia Nau in the Finance Office at 773-324-1020, ext. 248 if you have any questions regarding your tuition balance.

Course Selection for 2015-16 school year
By Easter all students will have selected their courses for next year. Confirmation of the course selections will be emailed to parents at the end of April. Any changes to the course selections must be submitted to your son’s counselor by June 3rd. Changes made after this date will incur the change of course fee. 

Building for the Future, Building with Character
The next phase of the building campaign continues over Easter with the removal of asbestos from the old boiler. This is being done in preparation for the installation of a new boiler that will heat the main building. Notice of the asbestos removal can be found by clicking here.

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Attendance Policy
Students who exceed 6 absences in any Trimester face a range of academic consequences as outlined on page 15 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).

Studying and Grades
Students are expected to study (complete homework, read, write papers, review notes) for 1½ to 2 hours each night. If your son’s grades are not what you expect, please be sure that he is developing the discipline of studying.  This should be established as a regular routine of his day and should include a quiet place that is free from phone, music, and computer (unless needed for work).

College Readiness Testing 
On April 21, 2015, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the final assessments that are used to measure proficiency in each area of college readiness skills in English, Math, Science, Reading, and Writing. (Seniors will participate in a career day.) These assessments are key ways for students to test and demonstrate their academic skills. Please remember that many colleges begin offering academic scholarships with an ACT composite score of 25. Students should be striving to meet or exceed this score in an effort to make college more affordable. Students who are absent from testing on April 21st for any reason  will be required to make up the test on Saturday, May 2nd and pay a $15 testing fee.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Trimester 3 Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2015, in the Convocation Center from 2:00-6:00 PM. All teachers will be available and this conference setting is designed to accommodate brief (3-5 min) meetings with teachers. If a longer conference is needed, please arrange a separate time with the teacher. 

College Information Night
The Mount Carmel Counseling Department will be hosting a College Information Night specifically for parents of Junior students on Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 PM in the Student Commons.  This presentation will cover: how to conduct an effective search for colleges, responsibilities in the college process, various types of college applications, undergraduate admissions procedures, timelines to follow from the end of Junior year through graduation, and much more.  Because space is limited, we would kindly ask that only families of the Class of 2016 attend this event.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing Junior parents and students on this information night.

Underclassmen Final Exams (All transportation routes will run at regular times on all exam days.)
Monday, June 1st Periods A, B, & C
Tuesday, June 2nd, Late Start at 9:05am: Periods D & E
Wednesday, June 3rd, Late Start at 9:05am: Periods F & G 

Senior Final Exams: Exams will be held on Wednesday, May 13 – Friday, May 15th. Exam schedules will be posted at school. (Seniors who scored at or above college ready on both Trimester 1 and 2 CRS tests AND who maintain a “B” average in Trimester 3, will be exempt from taking the exam in year-long courses – English, Math, Science, Social Studies). 

Graduation
Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 3:00 PM at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel. Information concerning the graduation ceremony was mailed home to parents/guardian on March 25, 2015.

Summer School Registration
Any student who failed a class this year must attend summer school to remediate the failing grade. Registration for summer school will be Thursday, June 11. 2015 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The cost is $210 per class. Students who must complete summer school are required to be at school from 9-noon until the work is completed. Summer school is held Monday – Thursday, beginning June 15. Course must be finished by Thursday, July 2, 2015.

ACT Testing
Attention junior parents the ACT testing is taking place Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 AM.  If your son hasn’t registered please visit http://www.actstudent.org/  to register. 

Advanced Placement Exams
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will take place from Monday, May 4 – Friday, May 15. Please keep our students in your prayers during these weeks.

Follett Book Buy Back
Our online book company, Follett Books, will host a book buy-back for seniors on Thursday, May 14, 2015, following their exams, and for the underclassmen on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.   

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Parent Spirituality Series
The final installment of this year's Adult Spirituality Series, featuring Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 PM in the Kiszka Suite.  The topic will be "A Church to Call Home."RSVP for this free event now at www.mchs.org/spiritualityseries.

Mothers’ Day Mass
The Mother’s Day Mass and Recognition Ceremony will be Monday, May 11, 2015. The Recognition Ceremony, beginning at 8:30am, will acknowledge students’ participation in extracurricular activities. Mass will begin around 9:30 AM. All mothers and grandmothers are welcome. Students will be dismissed following the Mass around 11:00am.

Junior Kairos
Junior Kairos will be held on April 20-23. Applications are available in the Campus Ministry Office.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to the January Students of the Month:
Freshman: Joe Egan
Sophomores: Mickey Thorne 
Juniors: Morgan Mican
Seniors: Dan Rodriguez

Festival of Arts
Please join us in the Mount Carmel Cacciatore Center on Saturday, May 2, 2015  from  5:30 - 9:00 PM or Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:30 PM to celebrate the arts at MC's first ever Spring Arts Festival.  Come enjoy food and drink while you listen to various MC band and choir groups in addition to performances by the MC Speech and Drama department.  You will also have the chance to view visual art in various mediums created by MC students.  The remarkable accomplishments of seniors in each area will be featured as will this year's IHSA state qualifying Group Interpretation. 

Junior Caravan Day
On Thursday, May 14, the Junior Class will head downtown for the annual Junior Caravan Day, a team-building & leadership-driven scavenger hunt in downtown Chicago. The cost is $10 / student, which covers all transportation and fees. Students may bring a lunch or purchase theirs downtown as part of the scavenger hunt. All Juniors are required to be in attendance on May 14. Permission slips will be sent home in early May. Please contact Mr. Sweany for details (ssweany@mchs.org)

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony
The National Honors Society Induction ceremony will be held on Monday, April 13th at 7:00 PM to celebrate those students whose academic, leadership, and extra-curricular accomplishments have stood out from their peers and allowed them admission into the Elysian Chapter of the NHS.

Honors Banquet
In the next few days, some of our students will be receiving an invitation to the Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Georgio’s Banquets in Orland Park.  This event is for students who are receiving class proficiency awards and who have achieved Honor Roll status for both the first and second trimesters of this school year.  Thank you for encouraging your sons to do their best. 

History Fair
Congratulations to the following students who are advancing from the History Fair Regional competition to the City-wide History Fair Finalists’ Competition on Tuesday, April 14, at UIC.
Research Papers: Brendan Kelly, Emmanuel Reid and Vincent Zarate
Documentaries: C. J. Camacho
Exhibits: Michael Baldridge, Curtis Howard, Gabriel LeBlanc and Jordan Richardson
Scholarships, prizes and other recognition will be earned at this level of the competition as well as the chance to advance to the Illinois State History Exposition in May.  

Walkathon
The Mount Carmel Walkathon will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015. The funds raised from the Walkathon help support the education and extracurricular activities for all students. Each student is expected to participate by collecting at least $75 in pledges from neighbors, family members, and friends. Please encourage your son to collect these pledges over Easter break. If we reach 100% of our goal, students will earn ½ days on all Fridays in May.

Mandatory Meeting for Senior Prom
There is a mandatory parent / student prom meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015, at 6:00 PM. There will be no exceptions: all seniors who plan to attend prom must be present, along with at least one parent. Prom will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Crystal Ballroom on Navy Pier, 7:00 PM-12:00 AM. Prom bids (175.00) must be purchased by Wednesday, April 29.


CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Easter Break Trips
During Easter break MC students will be traveling on educational tours to Europe. Mr. Mota and Mr. Nelson will be leading a group to Rome and Barcelona, while Mr. Sweany will be taking travelers to Ireland, England and Paris. Check out the MC Facebook page for pictures & updates from the world travelers!

Diversity Dinner
The Mount Carmel Mentors Group (ROOTS) and Student Council will co-sponsor a Cultural Diversity Dinner on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in the Kiszka Suite.  The dinner and discussion for both students and staff will center on fostering a better respect and understanding of others in our ever increasing diverse society. Watch for more details. 

Speech & Group Interpretation
Congratulations to the Mount Carmel 2015 Group Interpretation Team for advancing to the State Finals. Special recognition goes to Alec Eldorado, Will Maloney, Zac Mirabelli and Mark Buoscio for being named to the 2015 All-Sectional Team for drama and group interpretation. 

KFK Jr. Scholarship Fundraiser
The annual Kevin Kennelly Scholarship fundraiser at U.S. Cellular Field will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015 as the White Sox take on the Houston Astros.  Tickets are only $40 each. Email l_kennelly@sbcglobal.net to purchase tickets.



PARENT & ALUMNI EVENTS

79th Annual Alumni Banquet 
Please join us Friday, May 1, 2015, for the 79th annual Mount Carmel High School Alumni Banquet in Mount Carmel's Cacciatore Athletic Center. Check-in and arrivals will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails at 6:00 p.m, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Please click here to register.

At the 2015 Banquet, we are proud to honor Michael Hughes '58 as Mount Carmel Man of the Year. The banquet is also the venue at which new members of the Mount Carmel Hall of Fame are inducted. This year we will induct Mark Duffy '68, Ray Johnson '73, Ed McQuillan (H), William Nolan '53, Matt O'Shea '87, Alan Riley '53, and Ed Stewart '90. Gary Callahan, Mike Himes, Mark Opyd and John Stimler will become Honorary Alumni. Col. Steven dePyssler '38 and Thomas Kienzie (H) will receive the Fr. Aquinas Colgan,O. Carm. Humanitarian Award.

Fathers’ Club
There will be a Fathers’ Club meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Student Center.  Please come and help the fathers’ prepare for their annual Fight Night, scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Adult tickets are $10.00 and student tickets are $5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door, which will open at 6:00pm.  In conjunction with Fight Night is the Fathers’ Club annual raffle.  This year the grand prize is $12,500.  Each ticket is $100.00, and only 750 tickets will be sold.  Please consider purchasing a ticket.  The Fathers’ Club will have a final meeting of the school year on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 7:00 PM in the Student Center.  

Mothers’ Club
Please remember to support the Mother’s Club Bake Sale Friday, April 17, 2015. 

Elections for the 2015-16 school year will be held at the next Mothers’ Club general meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please join the Mothers’ Club in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  Register for the Mount Carmel team by clicking here. 

 

 
Upcoming Calendar Dates

Classes Resume
April 13

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony
April 13

History Fair Finalists' Competition
April 14

Late Start
April 15

Adult Spirituality Night with Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson
April 15

Fathers' Club Meeting
April 16

Mothers' Club Bake Sale
April 17
           
ACT Exam
April 18

Junior Kairos
April 20-23

2014-2015 Tuition Payment Deadline
April 20

College Readiness Testing
April 21

Parent Teacher Conferences
April 21

Walkathon
April 24

Fathers' Club Fight Night
April 25

Late Start
April 29

Senior Prom Meeting
April 29

Mothers' Club Meeting
April 30

Alumni Banquet
May 1

Festival of Arts
May 2-3

AP Exams
May 4-15

Late Start
May 6

Senior Prom
May 9

Mothers' Club Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
May 10

Mothers' Day Mass
May 11

Diversity Dinner
May 13

Junior Caravan Day
May 14

Follett Book Buy Back
May 14

College Information Night
May 14

History Fair Finalists' Awards Ceremony
May 17

Late Start
May 20

Fathers' Club Meeting
May 20

Commencement
May 24

Late Start
May 27

Underclassman Final Exams
June 1-3

Follett Book Buy Back
June 3

Course Selection Deadline
June 3

KFK Jr. Scholarship Fundraiser
June 10

Summer School Registration
June 11

ACT Testing
June 13


INSTAGRAM

Mount Carmel is now on Instagram. Follow us at instagram.com/Mount_Carmel_HS

Remember to hashtag your photos with #WeAreMC

MONTHLY ACADEMIC CALENDAR
Find it here and click on the printer icon to print.

Connect with the Caravan 


The #Caravan is taking over Twitter! Here are just a few of the #MountCarmel accounts you'll want to follow this fall:

Mount Carmel:
@MountCarmelHS

Marketing & Admissions:
@MrsTessaBurke

Caravan Athletics:
@MCCaravan

CBN:
@CBNCaravan

Caravan Cross Country:
@MountCarmelXC

Caravan Football:
@CaravanFootball

Caravan Volleyball:
@MountCarmelVB

Walkathon

The Mount Carmel Walkathon will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015. The funds raised from the Walkathon help support the education and extracurricular activities for all students. Each student is expected to participate by collecting at least $75 in pledges from neighbors, family members, and friends. Please encourage your son to collect these pledges over Easter break. If we reach 100% of our goal, students will earn ½ days on all Fridays in May.

79th Annual Alumni Banquet

The 79th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on May 1, 2015 in Mount Carmel's Cacciatore Athletic Center. We are proud to honor Michael Highes '58 as Mount Carmel Man of the Year as well as a number of other Hall of Fame Inductees. Please click here for more information and to register.


Mothers' Club Breast Cancer Walk

Please join the Mothers’ Club in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  Register for the Mount Carmel team by clicking here. 

Parent Spirituality Series 

The final installment of this year's Adult Spirituality Series, featuring Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00 PM in the Kiszka Suite.  The topic will be "A Church to Call Home.

RSVP for this free event now at www.mchs.org/spiritualityseries.

2015 - 2016 Calendar Dates

Senior Orientation 
August 18 at 5:00 pm

Freshman Orientation
August 19 at 5:00 pm

Freshman Half Day
August 21 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Day of Classes
August 24 at 8:05 am

Parent-Teacher Conferences
October 8 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Trimester 1 Exams
November 11, 12, 13

Christmas Break Begins
December 19

Classes Resume
January 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

Parent-Teacher Conferences
January 21, 2016 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Trimester 2 Exams
February 24 - 26, 2016

Easter Break
March 24, 2016

Classes Resume
April 3. 2016 at 8:05 am

Parent Teacher Conferences
April 21, 2016 at 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Graduation
May 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Trimester 3 Exams
June 1 - 3, 2016