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

Dear Parents and Students,  

As we look forward to spring, please 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. The portal system provides real-time information, but students and parents must check it to keep informed. Monitoring grade, discipline, and attendance reports can help alleviate end of year consequences resulting from poor academic performance, accumulated discipline points or excessive absences. Finally, visit the Mount Carmel website to stay up to date with what is going on at Mount Carmel. 

Lent begins on February 18th. As we journey through these 6 weeks of renewal, grounded in fasting, prayer, and alms-giving, let us 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,

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

ACADEMIC UPDATES  
 
Upcoming Dates: 
Late Start (9:05 a.m): 3/11, 3/25
There will be NO Late Start: 2/25, 3/4, and 4/1

School Safety
During the school day all visitors to campus are to use the Prayer Garden entrance, sign in at the Visitor Center/Security Office, and get a Visitor Pass.

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.

Attendance/Parent Phone Calls
Parents are required to call and leave a message on the attendance line (ext 210) by 9:00am every day that their son is not going to be in school. Parents can also leave a message at this extension if your son is running late to school. (Remember, ext 210 is a message-only extension. No staff member will answer this line directly. Emergency calls should be placed to the School Office at ext 200.) Students receive a detention for a “no-call”, so please be sure to call if your son will not be in school. Finally, the parent call does not constitute an “excused” absence. Those are limited to absences with a doctor’s note, family funeral, or college visit. All other absences are unexcused, and once a student exceeds 6 absences in a Trimester, his grades are lowered administratively at the end of the trimester (Handbook, p. 14).

Registration 2015-2016
Registration forms for the 2015-2016 academic year will be mailed home on February 13, 2015; please return by March 13, 2015 to Mrs. Laura Mazurkiewicz in the Main Office.  Upon payment of the $400 Registration Fee and enrollment in the FACTS Tuition Payment Program, parents/guardians with financial need may apply for additional Tuition Assistance through the Private School Aid Service. A link to an online application is available at www.mchs.org/tuition. The deadline to apply for Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year is March 13, 2015.

Current Mount Carmel students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on student responses to essay questions. Please visit www.mchs/scholarships for information. All essays are due March 13, 2015.

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 24, 2015. Seniors who have over 10 discipline points will not be allowed to participate in Graduation 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. 

Trimester Exams
Exams for Trimester 2 will begin at 8:05am on Wednesday, February 25 (Periods A, B, & C).   Exams on Thursday, February 26 (Periods D & E), and Friday, February 27 (Periods F & G) will begin at 9:05am with a late start both days. Exams for students who are part of the McDermott-Doyle Program will begin at 8:05am on all three exam days to allow for extended time. Students will be dismissed by 12:10pm. Morning buses will run at regular times all three days. Tuition must be current in order to sit for exams. Please call Mrs. Nau at ext 248 if you have questions concerning financial matters. 

Junior Ring Ceremony 
Junior parents are invited to attend our annual Junior Ring Ceremony/Mass on Friday, March 6 at 1:00pm in the Cacciatore Athletic Center.  Juniors will receive leadership pins and rings (for those who ordered them).   

History Fair
Students who advanced from our school History Fair will compete in the City High Schools Regional Competition on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Ten projects in each category (exhibits, research papers and documentaries) have qualified to compete.  The most successful competitors advance from the Regional to the Metro Finalists' Competition on April 14, 2015 at the University or Illinois at Chicago.  The Finalists' Awards Ceremony takes place on May 17, 2015 at the Chicago History Museum and the State History Fair follows in May with Nationals in June. 

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

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.

Seniors College Visits
Those seniors still deciding between colleges should be visiting or re-visiting their final choices prior to making your final college decision and sending in your deposit.  Seniors are allowed 3 excused absences to visit colleges.  Parents must call the 773-324-1020 ext. 210 the morning of the visit to inform the Attendance Office of the absence & then student 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.

ACT Exam
The deadline to sign up for the Saturday, April 18, 2015 ACT exam is Friday, March 13th.  Juniors are highly encouraged to take this exam date and can register at www.actstudent.org/start

ACT Prep Program
We are very pleased to announce that Kaplan will be offering ACT Test Prep Classes on our Campus for the April 18, 2015 National ACT Test.  Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions proudly brings you the very best value and the most flexibility when it comes to test preparation.

The ACT Classes offered by Kaplan will meet at Mount Carmel on Tues/Thurs afternoon's starting at 3:00 pm on March 10, 2015 - April 16, 2015 (no classes during Easter Break).  On instruction days, classes will go from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on practice test days classes meet from 3:00 pm until 6:50 pm.  You may contact Ms. Hamdan at hhamdan@mchs.org to register.   

College/Career Exploration
Recently, the counselors worked with the freshmen and sophomore classes to increase their college/readiness knowledge. The counselors assisted the students in completing the RIASEC interest test and using the website https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ which helps students work on setting realistic and achievable goals. Please visit the links for the RIASEC test and career profiles Sophomore CornerFreshman Corner.

CAMPUS MINISTRY

March Kairos Retreat for Seniors
Please keep the seniors who will be making their Kairos Retreat on March 24-27, 2015 in your prayers.

Junior IMPACT
Junior IMPACT Week will take place from March 3-6.  During this week, the regular junior class schedule will be suspended in favor of an intensive week of education, service, and reflection on the social justice teaching of the Catholic Church.  The week will conclude with a day of recollection on Friday, March 6. Permission forms for the Junior IMPACT Week can be accessed on the MC website as of February 23.

St. Joseph Day
Students are to be in Mass Dress Code on March 19 for the Feast of St. Joseph.

Lenten Outreach Program
This Lent we will ask each floor (consisting of 7 Studiums) to begin a relationship with a Carmelite Mission around the world. The money collected through that floor’s daily mission collection will support the efforts of specific projects in Mexico, India, and two more that have yet to be determined. We look forward to the fruits of standing in solidarity with our Carmelite brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to the January Students of the Month:
Freshman: Luke Ehrenstrom

Sophomores: Justin Fekete 
Juniors: Kevin Breakey

Seniors: Marquise Peggs

Caravan Speech Team
In its inaugural season, the Caravan competitive speech team competed in a very difficult and talented IHSA regional. Three students advanced to the sectional tournament in 4 events. Even more remarkable is that all 9 Mount Carmel students who entered the tournament reached the final round in at least one event. This is even more impressive when it is considered that Mount Carmel was the only school to field a team with any first year competitors.  The speech team defeated the only other Catholic school in the competition by 17 points. Congratulations to the Speech Team and Mr. Brumirski on a great first season. 

Students who participated in the Sectional competition:
Senior Will Maloney: Original Comedy
Sophomore Branimir Ilic: Extemporaneous Speaking
Sophomore Justin Fekete: Radio Speaking and Special Occasion Speaking

Spirit Week is March 16-20
Tuesday 3/17: St. Baldrick's 
Wednesday 3/18: Taste of Mount Carmel
Thursday 3/19: Mass, St. Joseph
Friday 3/20: Just Because Games

St. Baldrick's Fundraiser
Each spring MC participates in the St. Baldrick's fundraiser to raise money for children's cancer research. Students are encouraged to raise a minimum of $50 and shave their head at the March 17 assembly to show their support for this cause. Please contact Mr. Sweany (ssweany@mchs.org) if you would like more information. Donations to the Mount Carmel event can be made at: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mtcarmel2015

U.S. Army Band & Notre Dame Jazz Band
Mount Carmel’s Band Department will host two prominent bands at Mount Carmel in the Cacciatore Athletic Center. “The Volunteers” U.S Army Rock Band will perform on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:00am, and The University of Notre Dame Jazz Band will perform Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11: 00am.  Parents are invited to attend both concerts. Please contact Mr. Keeley, Band Director at bkeeley@mchs.org with any questions. 

PARENT & ALUMNI EVENTS 

The Caravan Gala
The Caravan Gala is a celebration that supports the Mount Carmel Educational Foundation. As the price of a Catholic education continues to rise, Mount Carmel remains committed to educating Chicago’s finest young men, and to keeping tuition affordable for our families.   Your help is especially important this year as many families are affected by the current economy.

Please support the Caravan Gala by attending the event on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Marriott Chicago downtown. Current parents receive a 33% discount, which is $150.00 per ticket! Buy your tickets now at www.mchs.org/caravangala or contact Mr. Mike Holland for more information at 773.324.1020, ext. 285 or mholland@mchs.org
 Download the flyer for more information.

Mothers’ Club
Please consider attending the Thursday, March 12, 2015 meeting, along with the home parties, as the mothers host author and journalist Barbara Mahany and prepare for their major event, the Mothers’ Club Fashion Show, on Sunday, March 22, 2015.  Invitations have been mailed for this special event.  To receive reminder emails from the Mothers' Club please email mcmothersclub@gmail.com

Fathers’ Club
The Fathers' Club will host guest speaker Jordan Lynch '09 at their meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 7:00pm in the Student Center. Please come and help the fathers prepare for their annual Fight Night, scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015. Please support the raffle, which is a very important part of this event.

 


You're Invited to the Caravan Gala on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Join us for an evening of exciting live auctions, dinner, and entertainment directly benefiting the Mount Carmel Educational foundation.
Download the flyer for more information. 

The silent auction is now LIVE!
You can start placing your bids on more than 100 auction items including premium tickets to Chicago sporting events, a week in Vegas, and first row seats to graduation.
Click here to start bidding now! 


Upcoming Calendar Dates 

Trimester 2 Exams
February 25-27

2015-2016 Registration
Due February 27

Caravan Gala
February 28

Faculty In-service
March 2

Junior IMPACT
March 3-6

Junior Ring Ceremony
March 6

"The Volunteers" Perform
March 9

ACT Prep Program
March 10-April 16

Late Start
March 11

Fathers' Club Meeting
March 11

Mothers' Club meeting and guest speaker
author Barbara Mahany
March 12

Financial Aid Due
March 13

 Essay Scholarship Applications for Current Students Due
March 13

Registration Forms Due
March 13

Deadline to Sign up for ACT
March 13

History Fair
March 14

Spirit Week
March 16-20

St. Baldricks Assembly
March 17

St. Joseph Day
March 19

Mothers' Club Fashion Show
March 22

Senior Kairos Retreat
March 24-27

Late Start
March 25

University of Notre Dame Band Performance
March 28

Easter Break Begins
April 2

Classes Resume
April 13

National Honors Society Induction Ceremony
April 13

History Fair Finalists' Competition
April 14

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

Spring Musical
April 17-19

ACT Exam
April 18

Fathers' Club Fight Night
April 25

History Fair Finalists' Awards Ceremony
May 17

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

Registration 2015-2016

Please return registration for the 2015-2016 school year by March 13, 2015 to Mrs. Laura Mazurkiewicz in the Main Office. Upon payment of the $400 Registration Fee and enrollment in the FACTS Tuition Payment Program, parents/guardians with financial need may apply for additional Tuition Assistance through the Private School Aid Service. A link to an online application is available at www.mchs.org/tuition. The deadline to apply for Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year is March 13, 2015

Fathers' Club hosts alumnus
Jordan Lynch '09 

 The Fathers' Club will host 2009 Alum, Jordan Lynch, at their meeting on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon

Please join the Mothers' Club on March 22, 2015 for the Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. Tickets are $55 per adult and $35 per child.
Download the invitation for more information.

Mount Carmel Mothers' Club hosts author and journalist
Barbara Mahany 

Barbara Mahany, author of Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside your Kitchen Door, will be speaking about her book, discuss the theme of slowing down and savoring the moment at the Mothers' club meeting on March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Food and refreshments will be provided. Admission is free and open to the public. 
Download the flyer for more information.

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