I am Scott Vogel, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Central Catholic High School and I'm proud to welcome you to  Central Catholic Connections ! I hope you find this newsletter both informative and entertaining as I try to show you all aspects of life at our school.

Whether you have already decided that your child will attend Central Catholic High School, you are currently undecided about the high school your child will attend, or don't feel that Central Catholic is right or possible for your child, please read these newsletters.  My singular goal is to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision about our school Whenever you have questions or need more information, feel free to call/text me at (309) 533-2200 any time - my phone is always on. If e-mail works better for you, send me your questions at svogel@blmcchs.org

Thank you in advance for your time and input and I look forward to seeing you soon!
What's New At Central Catholic?
It's Nearly Finals Week
Finals Week can be a bit intimidating, especially the first time around - I mean that title, Whoa! The truth is that no one wants to see our students succeed during Finals Week more than our teachers. They will spend the majority of their class time this week reviewing with the students and making sure they have everything they need to be do well. Study groups will form among our students and they will lift each other up as they prepare together.
Our Music Saints Are Putting Everyone in the Christmas Spirit
Looking for something fun to do SATURDAY? Swing by Barnes & Noble and watch our Choir and Band's 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. performances. If there are people on your Christmas List who are avid readers, your purchase will help our Music Program. Use these flyers to shop the store that day and continue to support them by ordering online through December 22. Stop by the gift wrap table and our volunteers will take care of wrapping your purchases. 
Would You Like To Know Everything That's Going On Here?
We send Central Catholic @ A Glance,  a weekly newsletter, to all of our current parents. It's designed to let them know what's ahead in the coming weeks. If you'd like to receive it directly, just reply to this e-mail and let me know OR you can read it online here.
Why Should Your Family Choose
Central Catholic?
We'll have different reasons in this section each week, but this week, I want you to pay attention to the question itself. High school is a family choice. We want students, parents, and siblings to feel welcomed and comfortable with our school. We are your student's last educational and spiritual stop before heading off to college. We teach the values you teach at home and you can feel comfortable that Central Catholic is an extension of your family. Every high school wants to prepare your student for college; at Central Catholic, we will prepare your student for college AND we will prepare your student for Heaven
How Does That Work?
I'm often asked, "Why does Central Catholic do that?" or "How does that work?" Think of this section as a way of getting you and your student a bit more ready for Central Catholic and our traditions. We'll cover different topics each week so stay tuned.
Finals Week
Finals Week is like no other at Central Catholic. Our semester exams are comprehensive and your student's schedule of exams will follow his or her schedule of classes and students take no more than three exams on any given day. Exam Days are open campus days. Students can leave for breaks or for lunch then come back for exams. The traditional schedule follows:

First Day
1st Hour on class schedule: 8:00 to 9:30
2nd Hour: 10:00 to 11:30
3rd Hour: 12:30 to 2:00

Second Day
4th Hour: 8:00 to 9:30
5th Hour: 10:00 to 11:30
8th Hour: 12:30 to 2:00

Third Day
9th Hour: 8:00 to 9:30
Band and Make-Up Finals: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
You Go Girls!
I have had the pleasure of watching several 8th Grade Girls' Basketball games this season and I'm so proud to see girls from all three of our Partner Schools playing at State. I'm even more proud of how they share in each other's success - a timeless message for all of us. Good Luck to Epiphany and Corpus Christi/St. Mary's as they close out tremendous seasons Thursday night!
Go Knights! Go Saints!
Merry Christmas!
I  want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas filled with family, friends, safe travels, and the joyful spirit of Christ's birth!
Important Dates
Please put these dates and events in your calendars. There are great opportunities for you and your student to get to know our school:

Tuesday, January 31 - Great to be a Saint Day
8th grade students will spend the morning with Central Catholic Ambassadors and participate in the morning class schedule. They will stay for lunch and return to their school by 1 p.m.  

February 3 - Pack the Place
All Partner School school students are invited to watch our Boys' Basketball team take on Olympia. Activities are planned during the game for our Future Saints!  

Tuesday, February 7 - 8th Grade High School Placement Test (HSPT)
Students interested in coming to Central Catholic are invited to take the Placement Test to help counselors in finding an appropriate selection of classes. Students need to bring a calculator, two pencils, and a check made out to CCHS for the testing fee of $15. 

Wednesday, February 8 - Showcase Central
Parents of 7th and 8th grade students and any interested families are invited to tour the school in a structured classroom setting to get an overview of the curriculum and meet the faculty and staff of Central Catholic. Students are welcome too! 

March 6 and 7 - New Student Registration 
You and your student register for classes with our counselors. 

Friday, April 21 - Junior High Dance: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All Partner School 6th - 8th Grade Students & all members of the Central Catholic Class of 2021 will have a great time as our Student Ambassadors present this fun, nearly-end-of-the-school-year event!