Newsletter from the President & Principal

Upcoming events and information for parents and students

Dear MC Parents, Guardians, & Students, 

Summer is a great time for relaxing and vacations, but it is also a time to foster learning outside of the classroom. Please encourage your son to be an active learner this summer. Take advantage of what our city has to offer by visiting museums and parks. Stay engaged, read, explore, and take advantage of Carmel Cruises for extra credit.

Be sure to take care of school items before school begins: order books, buy clothing, pay, line up transportation, work on summer assignments, read assigned books.

By taking care of these items early, you will be ready for the new school year. If you have questions, please call the school office at 773.324.1020 ext 200.

We hope your summer is filled with learning and opportunity, and may Our Lady of Mount Carmel bless and protect you and your family this summer.

In Carmel,

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

Registration Fees for 2016-17

The $400 Registration Fee for 16-17 was posted on your FACTS account last month and was due by May 31. This fee is NOT processed automatically. If you have not made the payment, log into your FACTS account or contact FACTS at 866/441-4637 to make this payment by phone.

Summer Hours for School Offices

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm.

Regular School Hours

Beginning Monday, August 22, 2016 our regular school hours will be 8:05am - 2:40pm. The building opens at 7:00am and school offices are open from 7:30am - 3:30pm.

Summer Construction Projects

Over the summer the classrooms on the 3rd floor of the main building will be renovated. This project will include installing a new hot water boiler that will service the new heating system on the 3rd floor as well as updating electrical service. Lockers on the 3rd floor will be updated as well. Part of the renovation project will require the abatement of asbestos that is sealed behind walls, ceilings, and flooring. The notice of our abatement plan can be accessed here.

Vaccination Requirement for Seniors

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires all students entering the 12th grade to show proof of recent meningococcal conjugate vaccination. There are two ways to meet this mandate: Students may have 2 doses, one after their 11th birthday and one prior to senior year, or one dose after age 16. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A letter/note signed by your health care provider identifying the date the MCV was administered.
  • Printout from your provider's electronic medical record that indicates the vaccine was administered.
  • Current Certificate of Child Health Examination form, specifying the date the MCV was administered.
  • Records can be sent to Mount Carmel in the following ways:

  • Mailed to Mount Carmel High School, Attention Records.
  • Uploaded on the Mount Carmel High School website by clicking on the Parents section and then selecting Selecting Records Upload on the right side options.
  • Email the scanned records to
  • Fax to 773-359-0517.
  • Read more about vaccination requirements here.

    All students can upload vaccination records and birth certificates by visiting the student records upload form on the website. 

    Spirit Shop

    Uniform items and other essential Mount Carmel Spirit wear can be purchased online at, or you can purchase items in person during the summer on the following days: June 7, 14, 21, 24 & 28. The Spirit Store hours will be from 8:00am to Noon. Please call 773.324.1020 ext 258 if you have questions. Visit the spirit shop online to find out when we will release limited time only "Team Shops" for uniforms and athletics.

    Fall Courses & Ordering Books

    A list of your son’s courses for the fall will be emailed in mid-June. Course requests for the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 were originally emailed in early April so that changes could be made and avoids the schedule change fee). Please refer to the course number when ordering his books. After July 3 you will be able to order books from our online book service, Follett. Books may be ordered from other sites as well using the ISBN.

    Dress Code Requirements

    Students should have the necessary items for each of the three MC dress codes. At the discretion of the administration, students are allowed to be in warm weather dress code, which includes khaki shorts (no cargo/jean shorts or shorts with pockets on the sides), a brown or black leather belt, a brown, white, or gray MC t-shirt or MC polo, and tennis shoes and socks. Regular dress code is khaki pants (pants with pockets sown on the outside are NOT allowed), a brown or black leather belt, an MC polo or MC dress shirt, and solid dark brown or solid black shoes and socks. Mass Dress Code is worn on days when all-school liturgies are held and it is a solid blue or white dress shirt (no striped or other color shirts are permitted), tie, pants and sports coat. Students may also wear a suit. Please note that jeans, sandals, earrings/other piercings/jewelry, and facial hair are never allowed. Hair length is to be under 2 inches.

    Transportation Information

    If your son plans to use Mount Carmel buses as a way to commute, please complete the Transportation Registration Form at The deadline is Friday, June 24, 2016. Routes and pick up times will be available at Orientation and emailed in August.

    Keep Up with School Information

    To receive the latest school news please check the school website and keep your email address current. Vital information concerning grades, schedules, discipline, and school events will be emailed to the address that you provide. Please keep in mind that most communication is sent via email. 

    Bring Your Own Device

    As part of Mount Carmel’s commitment to providing a premiere college-prep education for boys throughout Chicago, all Mount Carmel students are required to have access to a device that fits the student’s and family’s need. This “bring your own device" (BYOD) will support our college prep program that demands that students have both content experiences and skills that simulate the college setting. The BYOD program mirrors the learning environment and expectations that students will see in college, where they will have unlimited digital access to course materials, be required to demonstrate learning using the technology of their choice, and be responsible for problem solving their own device. Modeling what students will see in college, Mount Carmel teachers will focus on teaching content and skills and making materials digitally available to students, but the student will be responsible for engaging, learning, and demonstrating mastery of the course material using a device that best fits his needs.

    Devices must have at least a 7-inch screen, a physical keyboard, the ability to cut and paste, and a 3-hour battery life. Students must complete a technology training session before being eligible to register one device on the school’s network. There will be training sessions offered in August during the week of orientation (August 15-19) for students to attend. Mount Carmel expects students to be responsible for their personal property and will not investigate or replace personal devices. Click here to read more about Bring Your Own Device.

    Required Summer Reading

    The specific assignments for each grade level can be found on the Mount Carmel website here.

    are to read and complete the assignment for The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and What All Men Can Do to Help by Jackson Katz.

    are to read and complete the assignment for There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz.

    are to read and complete the assignment for one of the following books: 
    Mexican Whiteboy, Matt De La Pena
    Inexcusable, Chris Lynch
    Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers, Tanya Lee Stone
    The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season With Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty, Adrian Wojnarowski
    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai

    Freshmen are to read and complete the assignment for A Teen’s Game Plan for Life by Lou Holtz. (Students enrolled in Honors English I are also required to read and complete the assignment for The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.)

    Summer Work for Honors Students

    Summer assignments are to be completed before the first day of school or by the posted deadline. Check the details for your classes, and plan your work accordingly. Find detailed information at

    Summer Learning: Carmel Cruises

    Every student has the ability to raise each of his Trimester 1 grades by 1/3 of a grade by engaging in summer learning experiences. Learn more about these “Carmel Cruises” by visiting the MC website at Students can complete one Carmel Cruise for each course.

    Travel Opportunities over Easter break, 2017

    Two teachers will be sponsoring European travel opportunities over Easter Break next spring. Mr. Sweany will be traveling to Greece, and Mr. Mota will be traveling to Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain. If interested, please contact these teachers for more information.

    Getting Involved

    All students are expected to get involved in a sport or activity. It is a great way to meet new friends, build relationships, and make the most of the high school experience. Fall sports begin before school begins, so be sure to mark the start dates.

    Freshmen Football: Monday, July 18-22 & Monday, July 25-29 4:00pm-8:00pm (arrive, 3:30pm),
    First practice Monday, August 8, 3:30pm
    Golf: Wednesday, August 10 & Thursday, August 11, Tryouts at Glenwoodie Country Club, 6:00am
    Soccer: Wednesday, August 10, Practice, 10:00am - Noon (Haggerty Field)
    Cross Country: Wednesday, August 10, Practice, 9:00am (Student Commons)

    August Orientation Nights

    Parents and students are required to attend the designated Orientation Night in August.
    Seniors: Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 5:00pm.
    Freshmen & Transfer Students: Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 5:00pm. To reduce time standing in lines, make plans to take care of financial, and transportation matters during the summer office hours (Monday-Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm). 

    For Sophomores and Juniors:

    There is NO formal orientation program for sophomores and juniors. Please take care of school items over the summer: order clothing, arrange transportation, buy books. Class schedules will be emailed.


    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    Thank you for your commitment to our mission here at Mount Carmel High School. It is because of loyal, hard-working, faithful families like yours that our 116 year-old mission continues to thrive. It has been a blessing to serve you during your time at Mount Carmel. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to walk with you and your sons during your journey here. I am confident that you will provide the same support to our next president, Ned Hughes ’70, when he formally begins his tenure on July 1st. Know that I will continue to pray for you and your sons and may Our Lady of Mount Carmel always bless and guide our entire school community.

    In Carmel,

    Fr. Tony

    Upcoming Calendar Dates

    ACT Testing
    June 11

    Summer School Session 1
    June 13-16

    Spirit Store Open
    June 14

    Spirit Store Open
    June 21

    Transportation Registration Due
    June 24

    Spirit Store Open
    June 24

    Summer School Session 2
    June 27-30

    Spirit Store Open
    June 28

    Frank Kiszka Memorial Golf Outing
    July 8

    Freshman Football
    July 18-22, 25-29

    First Football Practice
    August 8

    Golf Begins
    August 10

    Soccer Begins
    August 10

    Cross Country Begins
    August 10

    BYOD Training
    August 15-19

    Senior Orientation
    August 16

    Freshman and Transfer Orientation
    August 17

    Regular School Hours Begin
    August 22

    Click here to view the Full School Calendar.



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    2016-2017 Dates 

    Senior Orientation
    August 16, 5:00 PM

    Freshman Orientation
    August 17, 5:00 PM

    Freshmen 1/2 Day
    August 19, 8:00 AM-noon

    First Day of Classes
    August 22, 8:05 AM

    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    September 29, 2-6 PM

     Trimester 1 Exams
    November 9,10,11

    Christmas Break begins
    December 23, 12:15 dismissal

    Classes Resume
    January 9, 2017, 8:05 AM

    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    January 12, 2017, 2-6 PM

    Trimester 2 Exams
    February 22, 23, 24, 2017

    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    April 4, 2017, 2-6 PM

    Easter Break
    April 13, 2017

    Classes Resume
    April 24, 2017, 8:05 AM

    May 28, 2017, 3 PM

    Trimester 3 Exams
    May 31, June 1, 2, 2017

    View all dates by visiting the calendar on the website. You can now download the calendar to your personal Google Calendar. Visit for instructions.

    Our academic year runs on a trimester system consisting of three, 12-week grading periods. Therefore, exams are given three times during the school year. Please do not schedule events that will conflict with these important tests that will count as 20% of your son’s trimester grades.