Dear MC Parents & Students,

The new school year is always filled with excitement as a new group of students begins their four-year journey at Mount Carmel. Last week we gathered to ask for God’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our school community this year. The freshmen participated in an overnight where they had the opportunity to get to know themselves and others in their class a little better. As we begin anew, we commit to pushing ourselves both in and out of the classroom. In a unique way we commit to building a community grounded in mutual respect for each other, and even more so, striving toward a brotherhood that will forever tie our students to their classmates and to Mount Carmel. As Christians we believe that the Triune God, who exists in perfect unity, calls us to live in unity, peace, and love in our human relationships. As we begin a new year, may Our Lady of Mount Carmel continue to inspire us by her example to live more like Christ. 

In Carmel,

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

Upcoming Dates
There will be Late Starts (9:05am) on 9/10, 9/17, 10/8, 10/22
We will observe the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 20th.  The school will be closed.

College Readiness Skills Testing
On October 9th all students will take the first of three assessments that are used to measure proficiency in each area of college readiness skills in English, Math, Science, Reading, and Writing. These assessments are key ways for students to test and demonstrate their academic skills. 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. Any student who is absent on October 9th will be required to make up the test on Saturday, October 18th and pay a $15 testing fee.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 9th in the Convocation Center from 2-6pm. 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.

Class Ring Orders for Juniors
On October 13th and 14th, our Herff Jones representative, Jim Cranley, will be at school during the lunch periods to take orders for class rings. More information will be given to all juniors on Monday, October 6th during Studium. Class rings will be distributed at the Junior Retreat and Leadership Ceremony on March 6th.   

Eye Exams, Physicals, and Birth Certificates

Students who are enrolled in Illinois schools for the first time are required to have an eye exam. Please provide proof of the exam if your son is in this category. All freshmen physical and fall sports physical are due and copies of birth certificates are to be on file in the Records Office.

Assignments and Class Information
Parents can access grades via the Parent Portal. Parents who have not activated their accounts have received activation email. Be sure to set up your account and check grades on a regular basis. Grades of “NTI” (not turned in) are serious matters, and parents should address missed assignments with their son. Some teachers are using the Portal system to post class assignments and others are using Schoology (need a separate account), but grades will only be accessible via the Portals.  (For returning parents, our use of Edline has been discontinued.)

Senior Pictures
Beginning on Monday, September 15th, each senior will be assigned a sitting time for senior pictures. He should be aware of his date and time and come to school dressed accordingly.

After School
A student should be picked up by 6:00pm unless he is involved in a supervised activity. While students wait for rides, they are to be in the Student Commons.  

Asbestos Compliance
Mount Carmel High School is in compliance with all regulations concerning the knowledge, care, and removal of asbestos containing material in our buildings. You can find a complete copy of our compliance letter online.


Homecoming Week (September 22-27)
Students are encouraged to join in themed-dress days and enjoy the Taste of Mount Carmel on Wednesday during lunches (clubs and organizations either sell food or host an activity to raise funds for their club). Our Fall Sports Pep Rally will be held on Friday, and the week will conclude with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night in the Student Commons from 7-11pm. Bids for the dance are $30 /couple if purchased in advance or $40 at the door. Students must be at the dance by 7:30pm and they cannot leave before 10:30pm.

School Choice Rally

If you are able please join the voices calling for greater school choice. A rally will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:30am in front of State of Illinois Center (Corner of Clark and Randolph). Mount Camel will be represented at this rally that is anticipated to last 45 minutes.

Fall Play – The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
The fall production, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), will have public performances on Friday, October 10th and Saturday, October 11th at 7:00pm and Sunday, October 12th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and students are free as part of their Activity Fee. Please support our performing arts program by attending one of these events.

Swimming Lessons/Water Safety
Coaches Tina and Austin will be offering 6-week swimming lessons for students and adults ($25 for adults and $15 for students). There are 5 different sessions (3 on Tuesday –beginning on 9/16/14 and 2 on Thursday beginning on 9/18/14). Tuesday sessions will be offered at 4:00pm - 4:45pm (1), 5:00pm-5:45pm (2), 6:00pm-6:45pm (3), and Thursday sessions will be offered at 4:00pm - 4:45pm (4), and 5:00pm-5:45pm (5).
To register, contact Coach Tina at or Mrs. Sue Doheny in the Athletic Office.  

European Trips during Easter Break

There will be two European trips over Easter Break. Mr. Antonio Mota ( will be traveling to Italy and Spain. Mr. Sean Sweany ( will traveling to Ireland, England, Wales and Paris. Contact these teachers for more information.

DUI/Distracted Driving Presentation
On September 30th all Juniors will participate in this presentation which is conducted by Law Enforcement Agencies. Permission waivers will be sent home through theology classes.


Tips for Test Days

A growing body of research suggests the following tips for studying. 1) Review the hardest material before going to bed. 2) Turn off music, text messaging, TV and email while studying. 3) Test yourself repeatedly. 4) Eat oatmeal (or other slow-digesting food) for breakfast.
For Seniors:
The fall of senior year should have an emphasis on trying to finalize to which college students are going to apply.  All students should check the different colleges’ admissions websites to be aware of their various deadlines (both for admission and scholarships).  Using Naviance or Big Future by College Board can also assist in acquiring this information.  We suggest keeping a list of all those dates somewhere prominent in the home (on the fridge, door, or desk) to be a consistent reminder. This hopefully will result in our students not trying to apply to 5 different colleges the night before the deadline!

National Testing Day/PSAT Exam
All sophomores and juniors will be taking standardized tests on Wednesday, October 15th from 8:05am until noon.  Freshmen will have a re-orientation to some of our policies and procedures. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be dismissed at 12:15pm. Seniors will have the day off. This is a great day to schedule a college visit.

Eight Tips for Standardized Testing

First, take the test seriously so that you can practice how to manage anxiety, pacing, and testing format for future tests like the ACT or SAT. 2) Students should come prepared with two sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. 3) Find a quick way to relax and refocus. (Take 30 seconds to take 5 deep breaths.) 4) If you finish with time remaining, go back and check your answers. 5) Answer the easiest questions first and come back to ones that were skipped - be sure to mark skipped questions. 6) Be mindful of the time and pace yourself. For example, if you have 30 minutes to answer 30 questions in a given section, you should not spend more than a minute or two on any one question. 7) If struggling with a question, try to eliminate any answers you are certain are incorrect. 8) Read all answers before marking one down.

College Fair
The Mount Carmel Counseling Center has organized a College Fair for Thursday, October 16th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Convocation Center. All students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the 50 colleges and university representatives that will be present at Mount Carmel for this event.


Mass for St. Therese of Lisieux
On October 1st, an all school liturgy will be celebrated in honor of St. Therese.  Mass Dress code is required.

Freshmen IMPACT Week
Freshman IMPACT Week focuses on the gift of God’s creation and our responsibility to care for and maintain the integrity of that gift.  Students will learn about the earth and the need to take responsibility for the resources we have been given, while engaged in a variety of environmental-related service projects and learning experiences. The IMPACT Week will begin on Monday, October 6 and will conclude on Friday, October 10 with a day of reflection and a class liturgy.

October Kairos Retreat for Seniors

The first of three senior Kairos Retreats will be October 14-17. Students have been scheduled for a retreat date and the lists are posted outside of the Campus Ministry Office (002) and in senior theology classes.

Colleen Crowley


Upcoming Calendar Dates

Late Start:
September 17

Late Start:
October 8

Parent-Teacher Conferences:
October 9, 2-6pm

Shadow Day:
October 13, 8am - 2:40pm

Mothers' Club Wine Tasting:
October 16 at 7pm

Columbus Day Observed
October 20

Fathers' Club Father/Son Dinner
October 22 at 6pm

Trimester I Exams:
November 12, 13 & 14


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The President’s Caravan Council invites all alumni to join them for a Homecoming Game tailgate at Mount Carmel.  Tickets will include transportation to Gately Stadium and back to Mount Carmel, a game ticket, and food and drink at school.


Mark your calendar:
Wine Tasting: Thursday, October 16th at 7:00pm. Order your special wines and receive them in time for holiday gifts or entertaining.  Download the flyer and order form here.


The annual Father-Son Night will be on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:00pm in the Cacciatore Center. Tickets are $30.00 for 2 Tickets in Advance. Tickets purchased after Friday, October 10 will be $25.00 per person.  Please return your reservation to the School Office.

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