Newsletter from the President & Principal


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 9 weeks of Trimester 3 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 push him to work hard through the end of exams.

 

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


UPCOMING DATES

There will be Late Starts (9:05 AM) on 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 5/25, 6/2, 6/3

No Late Starts 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, and 6/1


ACADEMIC UPDATES

Registration 2016-17

Registration materials were due March 11. If you have not returned your completed Mount Carmel Tuition Contract, please do so immediately. The Registration Fee of $400.00 will be posted to your FACTS account in May. Payment may be made on-line or by phone by contacting FACTS at 866.441.4637. Birth certificates and physical records can be uploaded at www.mchs.org/forms

2015-16 Tuition Payments

All 2015-16 tuition payments should be completed by April 20. Any unpaid balance after that date must be paid in full before your son can take his Trimester 3 final exams. If a balance remains after the final scheduled payment in April, it remains the responsibility of the family to continue making payments through FACTS on-line or by contacting FACTS at 866.441.4637. We appreciate your attention to this matter. Please contact Ms. Kattan in the Finance Office at mkattan@mchs.org if you have any questions regarding your tuition balance.

Course Selection for 2016-17 school year

By Easter all students will have selected their courses for next year. Confirmation of the course selections will be emailed to parents Tuesday, April 5th. Any changes to the course selections must be submitted to your son’s counselor by Friday, April 15th. Changes made after this date will incur a change fee.

Building for the Future, Building with Character

Over Easter we will continue work on the upgrading of our electrical and heating systems. The backup boiler will be removed making way for a second new boiler and a new electrical room will be built that will accept the new electrical service this summer. Finally, some ceiling work will be done in the basement to allow for upgrades to the mechanical systems in the main building.

Studying and Grades

Students are expected to study (complete homework, read, write papers, review notes) for 1 1/2 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).

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).


COUNSELING UPDATE

College Readiness Testing

On Thursday, April 21, 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 have the day off.) 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 21 for any reason will be required to make up the test on Saturday, April 30 and pay a $15 testing fee.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Trimester 3 Conferences will be held on Thursday, April 21, 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.

Mount Carmel Counseling Department

All seniors will be given a College Decision Sheet during the first week in May. This form must be completed and turned into Mr. Eisenbraun by Friday, May 20 (the last day of Senior Final Exams) in order to have their final Mount Carmel transcript sent to the college or university they will be attending in the fall.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Junior Leadership Ceremony

Junior parents are invited to attend our annual Junior Leadership Ceremony/Mass on Friday, April 8 at 11:30 AM in the Cacciatore Athletic Center.  Juniors will receive leadership pins and rings (for those who ordered them).

Class Masses

In Trimester 3 each class will celebrate Mass together. The Sophomore Mass was held at the conclusion of IMPACT week, the Junior Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 8, when the members of the class will receive their leadership pins and rings (for those who purchased them). The seniors will celebrate a Kairos 4 Day Mass on Friday, April 22, and the Freshman First Program will host a Mass on Thursday, May 26 for the freshmen as they conclude their first year at Mount Carmel.

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 5, at UIC.

Exhibits: Jacob Jauregui, Joe Peterson and Julian Razo

Research Papers: Justice Delli Bovi, Sean Farrell, Patrick Kaminski, Macauley Kilbane and Nolan Panepinto

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.

Speech & Group Interpretation

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!

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony

The National Honors Society Induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 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.

Walkathon

The Mount Carmel Walkathon will take place on Friday, April 29. 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. This has been made easier this year by adding an online fundraising component. Students will earn 1/2 day Fridays in May once we reach 100% of our goal. The Walk is over by noon and students should arrange rides accordingly. Find more information at www.mchs.org/Walkathon.

Mandatory Meeting for Senior Prom

Prom will be held on Saturday, May 7, at the Crystal Ballroom on Navy Pier from 7:00 PM-12:00 AM. There is a mandatory parent/student prom meeting on Wednesday April 27, at 6:00 PM. All seniors who plan to attend prom must be present, along with at least one parent. Students are not allowed to purchase a prom bid until all outstanding tuition balances are paid. Families can pay financial obligation on line or via phone by contacting FACTS at 866.441.4637. Prom bids ($175.00) must be purchased by Wednesday, April 27.

Junior Kairos Retreat

The Junior Kairos Retreat will be held on Tuesday, April 12 - Friday, April 15, 2016.

Men of Carmel

Congratulations to the February students of the month:

Freshmen: Cristian Sanchez

Sophomore: Zachary Styka

Junior: Lono Gaines

Senior: Michael Vitiritti

Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will take place from Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 13. Please keep our students in your prayers during these weeks.

Honors Banquet

Invitations for the Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 12, for students who are eligible, will be mailed the week of April 4, 2016. 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.

Mothers' Day Mass

The Mothers' Day Mass and Recognition Ceremony will be Monday, May 9. The Recognition Ceremony, beginning at 8:15 AM, will acknowledge students' participation in extracurricular activities. Mass with Archbishop Cupich will begin at 9:00 AM. Academic letters and scholarship recipients will be announced following mass. All mothers and grandmothers are welcome. The day will conclude around 11:00 AM, and students will be able to leave with mothers who attend.

Underclassmen Final Exams

All transportation routes will run at regular times on all exam days.

Wednesday, June 1, at 8:05 AM: Periods A, B, C

Thursday, June 2, Late Start at 9:05 AM: Periods D & E

Friday, June 3, Late Start at 9:05 AM: Periods F & G

Senior Final Exams

Exams in year-long, core classes (Theology, Math, English, Science, World Languages, and AP Social Studies classes) will be held on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. Exam schedules will be posted at school. (Seniors who scored at or above college ready on the Trimester 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). Exams in elective classes will be administered in Wednesday, May 18 during class.

Graduation

Graduation is Sunday, May 29, at 3:00 PM at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel. Information concerning the graduation ceremony will be mailed home to parents/guardian during the week of April 4.

Summer School Registration

Any student who failed a class this year must attend summer school to remediate the failing grade. There will be NO in-person registration for summer school this year. The $210 summer school fee (per failed class) will be posted to your FACTS account. Students who must complete summer school will receive an email indicating what time the class will meet. The first 2-week session of summer school will be held Monday - Thursday, beginning June 13. The second, 2-week session of summer school (for students who failed 2 trimesters of a course) will begin on Monday, June 27.

ACT Testing

Attention junior parents the ACT testing is taking place Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 AM.

If your son hasn't registered please visit www.actstudent.org to register.

Follett Book Buy Back

Our online book company, Follett Books, will host a book buy-back for seniors on Friday, May 20 and for the underclassmen on Friday, June 3. The book buy-backs will take place from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM in the Student Center on both days.



CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Diversity Dinner

The Mount Carmel Mentors Group (ROOTS) and Student Council will co-sponsor a Cultural Diversity Dinner on Wednesday, May 4 at 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.

Festival of Arts

Please join us in the Mount Carmel Cacciatore Center on Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 - 10:00 PM to celebrate the Arts at MC's second annual 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. Tickets are $10.

Spring Play

The performance of You Can't Take It With You, a comedic production, will be held on Friday, May 13, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 PM in the Student Center. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5 for non-Mount Carmel Students. Mount Carmel students are free as part of their Activity Fee. Please support our performing arts program by attending one of these events.

Junior Caravan Day

On Thursday, May 19, 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 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 19. Permission slips will be sent home in early May. Please contact Mr. Sweany for details.


PARENT UPDATE

​Parent Satisfaction Survey

On March 15, you received an email invitation to complete an online survey evaluating your level of satisfaction with Mount Carmel High School. Engagement and satisfaction with Mount Carmel are extremely important to the continued success of our mission. By April 1, please take some time to complete the survey available here. Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable feedback with Mount Carmel High School!

Mothers' Club

Please remember to support the Mother's Club Bake Sale on Tuesday, April 19.

Elections for the 2016-17 school year will be held at the next Mothers' Club general meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 7:00 PM. Please join the Mothers' Club in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Sunday, May 8. Register for the event here.

Fathers' Club

There will be a Fathers' Club meeting on Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 PM in the Student Center. Please come and help the fathers prepare for their annual Fight Night, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 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 6:00 PM. 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 Father' Club will have a final meeting of the school year on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM in the Student Center.

Adult Spirituality Series

The third and final installment of this year's Adult Spirituality Series will take place on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 PM in the Kiszka Suite. Mr. Robert Kolatorowicz will focus on the responsibility of Catholics to take action on behalf of social justice in a presentation entitled "It's 3:23 in the morning, and I'm awake." The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion, with refreshments provided by Mount Carmel's Mothers' Club.

Alumni Banquet

Please join us Friday, May 6, 2016, for the 80th annual Mount Carmel High School Alumni Banquet in Mount Carmel's Cacciatore Athletic Center.

Come gather with classmates and friends as we honor a number of classes celebrating special anniversaries. These include the Class of 1966 (50th), 1976 (40th), 1986 (30th), 1991 (25th), 1996 (20th), and 2006 (10th). At the 2016 Banquet, we are proud to honor James Finn (H) 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 Jim Deering '86, Bill Guide '89, Marty Hughes '66, Jack Keane '60, Melvin McCants '85, and Phil O'Reilly '44. Jon Berry, John Mucha, Ron Spork, and Mary Stamler will become Honorary Alumni. Tom Dart '80 will receive the Fr. Aquinas Colgan,O. Carm. Humanitarian Award.

Check-in and arrivals will begin at 5:30 PM with cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM.   Please register now to order tickets to the Alumni Banquet and/or to buy an ad in the banquet program book.

 

Upcoming Calendar Dates

History Fair Finalists' Competition
April 5

Caravan Spirituality Series
April 5

Late Start
April 6

Junior Ring Ceremony
April 8

Junior Mass
April 8

ACT Exam
April 9

Late Start
April 13

Fathers' Club Meeting
April 14

2016-2017 Course Selection Confirmation Due
April 15

Mothers' Club Bake Sale
April 19

Late Start
April 20

2015-16 Tuition Payments Due
April 20

College Readiness Testing
April 21

Parent Teacher Conferences
April 21

Mothers' Club Meeting
April 21

Kairos 4th Day Mass
April 22

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony
April 26

Mandatory Prom Meeting
April 27

Walk-a-thon
April 29

Fight Night
April 30

Advanced Placement Exams
May 2-13

Diversity Dinner
May 4

Alumni Banquet
May 6

Senior Prom
May 7

Mothers' Day Mass
May 9

Honors Banquet
May 12

Spring Play
May 13 & 15

Festival of Arts
May 14

Junior Caravan Day
May 19

Fathers' Club Final Meeting
May 19

Senior Final Exams
May 19-20

College Decision Sheet Due
May 20

Late Start
May 25

Freshman First Program Mass
May 26

Graduation
May 29

Underclassmen Final Exams
June 1

Late Start
June 2

Late Start
June 3

ACT Testing
June 11

Summer School Session 1
June 13-16

Summer School Session 2
June 27-30

Click here to view the Full School Calendar.

 

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For more than 40 years, the Walk-a-thon has encouraged students to invest in Mount Carmel and celebrated their hard work with a run-walk along the nearby lakefront.

This year, the Caravan is celebrating the history of the Walk-a-thon by partnering studiums with past alumni classes who have participated in this tradition; a tradition that has helped fund the education of students and keep the doors of 6410 open for future generations.

You can support the Walk-a-thon by clicking here.

 



The 80th Annual Alumni Banquet will be held on May 6, 2016 in Mount Carmel's Cacciatore Athletic Center. We are proud to honor James Finn (H) as Mount Carmel Man of the Year, current Mount Carmel Latin teacher Dr. Jon Berry as an Honorary Alumni, as well as a number of other Hall of Fame Inductees. Please click here for more information and to register.

 


2016-2017 Dates 

Senior Orientation
August 16, 5:00 pm

Freshman Orientation
August 17, 5:00 pm

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

Graduation
May 28, 2017, 3 pm

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