Dear Parents & Students,

This year the transition of trimesters coincided with the beginning of Lent. As we journey through the 6 weeks of Lenten 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.

Pease be sure to check the Parent Portal and stay up to date on your son’s progress. It is important to address missing work, especially any “NTI” (Not Turned In) grades, immediately. The new portal system gives the parents and students more real-time information, but it does require more personal accountability to check the information. To assist parents, we will send a reminder email about updates grades each week. Checking grades and reports becomes more vital in Trimester 3 because some students begin to neglect their school work. Be sure to stay up to date with what is going on at Mount Carmel by visiting the website and checking the calendar. To access a complete listing of school activities and scheduled items follow the “All Events” tab on the website calendar or use the calendar located on Edline. 

In Carmel,

Fr. Tony Mazurkiewicz, O.Carm. '92
Mr. John J Stimler
Late Starts
There will be Late Starts (9:05 a.m.) on 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9.

No School
There will be no classes on Monday, March 24.

Registration 2014-15
Registration materials were sent home in February. If you have not registered, please return the completed John McCarthy form and pay the $400.00 registration fee.  A $50.00 late fee will be applied after May 1, 2014.  

Financial Aid and FACTS 
The deadline for financial aid was March 14. In order to receive financial aid families must register for the 2014-2015 school year and be enrolled with FACTS. As previously noted, to accommodate families, FACTS monthly payments will change to an 11 month cycle for the 2014-15 school year.  

Satisfaction Survey
Please remember to complete your 2014 satisfaction surveys. The surveys will remain open through Wednesday, March 19. Engagement and satisfaction with Mount Carmel are extremely important to the implementation of our five-year strategic plan and the continued success of our mission. Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable feedback with Mount Carmel High School!

ACT Testing
Attention junior parents: the ACT testing is taking place Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 7:30 a.m.  If your son hasn’t registered, please visit  to register.

School Safety
In July, 2013, Illinois passed the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, becoming the final state to permit the concealed carry of firearms.  Under the law, even individuals with a permit to carry concealed weapons cannot carry such weapons into schools.  Accordingly, we posted signage approved by the Illinois State Police to designate that no concealed weapons will be permitted on the premises.  We are required to post these signs. We also remain committed to the safety and security of our families.  Please contact us with any questions.

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 May 25, 2014. 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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Plan to attend conferences on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Cacciatore Athletic Center. With the up-to-date information provided by Parent Portals, grade reports will NOT be printed for the conferences. Please check the Portal before attending (or access grades using a smart phone.) A few computer stations will be available for parents who need to access grades before the conferences. 

College Readiness Testing 
Freshman, sophomores and juniors will take the final CRS testing for this school year on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Students who are absent will be required to make up the test on Saturday, May 3, at 8:00 a.m., and a $15 make up fee will be charged. Seniors will participate in the annual alumni career day.  All students will be dismissed by 12:15 p.m. 

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.   
NHS Induction Ceremony
The Induction Ceremony for the National Honor Society will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Mount Carmel High School, in the Purdy Commons.

History Fair

The History Fair continues following their research in Trimester II, 20 US History students competed in the History Fair Regional competition at IIT on 8 March.  Students who competed successfully have advanced to the City-wide History Fair Finalists’ Competition on Monday, 28 April, at UIC.  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.   

Nick Iosue Outstanding Grammar School Teacher Award

Nominations for the Nick Iosue Outstanding  Grammar School Teacher Award must be submitted to the Mount Carmel School Office no later than Friday, March 28. To submit a nomination, freshmen and/or freshmen parents should complete the nomination form distributed through Freshmen Theology classes and attach an essay (no more than 250 words) detailing how your nominee fits the award criteria.  The award will be presented at Mount Carmel's Honors Banquet on Thursday, May 8.


Junior Kairos Retreat
The Junior Kairos Retreat will be held on Monday, March 31 - Thursday, April 3, 2014.  The fee for the retreat is $280.00. For the juniors who attend the retreat this year, the $280 will be deducted from the $600 Senior Activity Fee that is due August 1, 2014.

Service Hours
Service hours and reflection papers are due Monday, April 15. Check the MC website for all details. Students who have not fulfilled this requirement by April 15 risk losing athletic eligible, ½ day Fridays in May (if the Walkathon goals are met), and may have to pay a fine and attend summer school in June.

Lenten Christian Meditation
On Mondays of Lent, please consider joining the Carmelites in Lenten Christian Meditation in the Chapel from 2:45 to 3:15 PM.

Carmelite Spirituality Series
Parents, Alumni, and Friends are encouraged to attend the last in our three-part series of Caravan Parent Spirituality Nights on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. In this last gathering, Mr. John Haggerty will present on Praying Your Way Through Parenthood. RSVP to Mrs. Denise Carey at

Club News
The Computer Club hosted a video game tournament last month after school. 16 people competed in a NBA 2K13 tournament. The club is excited to be hosting another tournament - for the game Super Smash Brothers - during Spirit Week.

The Mount Carmel Walkathon will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014. The funds raised from the Walkathon help support the education and extracurricular activities for all students. Each student is expected to participate by collecting $75 in pledges from neighbors, family members, and friends. Please encourage your son to collect these pledges over Easter break. 

Spring Musical
The performances of the school musical, Grease, will be held in the Student Center on the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30p.m., Sunday’s performance will be held at 2:00pm. Cost of the tickets is $10 and students are free.

Mandatory Meeting for Senior Prom
There is a mandatory parent / student prom meeting on Wednesday April 30, 2014, at 6:00pm. There will be no exceptions: all seniors who plan to attend the prom must be present, along with at least one parent.  The prom will take place on Saturday, May 10, at the Crystal Ballroom on Navy Pier.     

Fathers’ Club
There will be a Fathers’ Club meeting on Thursday, March 20 & April 10, 2014, at 7:00pm in the Student Center.  Come and help the fathers’ prepare for their annual Fight Night, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014. Please support the raffle, which is a very important part of this event!

Mothers’ Club
Please consider attending the Mothers’ Club Fashion Show, on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  Invitations have been mailed for this special event.  The next Mothers’ Club Bake Sale takes place Tuesday, April 8. To receive reminder emails from the Mothers' Club please email
2013-14 Calendar Dates

Mondays During Lent from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.:
Contemplative Prayer

March 24:
No School

March 26 at 9:05 a.m.:
Late Start

March 30 at Noon:
Mothers' Club Fashion Show

April 2 at 9:05 a.m.:
Late Start

April 7 at 7:00 p.m.:
NHS Induction Ceremony

April 9 at 9:05 a.m.:
Late Start

April 10 at 7:00 p.m.:
Carmelite Spirituality Night: Praying your way through Parenthood

April 11&12 at 7:30 p.m.:
Spring Musical, Grease

April 12:
ACT Testing

April 13 at 2:00 p.m.:
Spring Musical, Grease

April 15:
CRS Testing with 12:15 p.m. dismissal
Parent-Teacher conferences from 2-6 p.m.

April 30 at 6 p.m.:
Mandatory Meeting for Senior Prom

May 2:
Alumni Banquet at 6 p.m.
May 3:
Fathers' Club presents Fight Night

May 8:
Honors Banquet

May 25:
Commencement at Rockerfeller Chapel

2014-2015 Calendar Dates

Tuesday, August 19:
Senior Orientation

Wednesday, August 20:
Freshmen Orientation

Friday, August 22:
Half Day for Freshmen

Monday, August  25:
First Day of Classes

December 20 – January 4:
Christmas Break

April 2 – April 12:
Easter Break

May 24:

June 5:
Last Day of Exams

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