It's time for Showcase Central! I look forward to seeing all of you here tomorrow night to learn more about Central Catholic, meet our faculty and staff, and explore all of our extracurricular opportunities. Whether you already know that you're coming to Central Catholic or you're still deciding, something during the course of Showcase Central will have an impact on you. It might be a comment from a Student Ambassador, the energy and enthusiasm of a teacher, a quote you find while walking through the school, or an interaction with another family, but something will register with you. I say this because this place still impacts me every day. I don't know when or where, but something each day reaffirms that this is where I belong. My prayer is that you feel the same every time you come by.

If you'd like to to talk about why Central Catholic is the right choice for your family, 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

What's New At Central Catholic?
Congratulations and Good Luck to the 8th Grade Boys' Basketball teams from Epiphany and Pontiac St. Mary's! Both teams are playing for third place in State in their respective classes Thursday night. Go Knights and Go Saints!
Showcase Central: February 15!
We look forward to seeing everyone here Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Parents and students meet our faculty, staff, and coaches and learn how your students will progress from Freshman to Senior year and how Central Catholic will prepare them for college and for Heaven. 
Register Your Team Now
Madhatters Trivia Night is Saturday, March 4
Mark your calendar and start putting your team together for our annual Mad Hatters Trivia Night on Saturday, March 4. Teams can be 6 or 8 of your closest (and smartest) friends and you can register here. This is a fun way to meet your Central Catholic Family. 
Upcoming Parent Receptions
Would you like to spend time with other families who are considering Central Catholic AND with families who've chosen Central Catholic?  If so, our Parent Open Houses are for you. Parents, please take the time to gather informally and learn about why Central Catholic is the right choice for your family. Drinks and snacks will be served and Central Catholic faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions Thank you to Bob and Lisa Russell and Nick and Kari Becker for hosting the first two receptions and thank you to the following families for graciously opening their doors:

​Tuesday, February 28
Chris and Ann Godsey
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.​

Thursday, March 2
Brett and Ali Keller
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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?
So far, I've used this space to talk about why Central Catholic is right for me. This time, I'm going to let other parents talk about why they choose to come here . . . 

“Our family’s experience so far has just been outstanding. Everyone has been so inviting, loving and caring. We couldn't be happier with our decision to choose Central Catholic as our home.”
-Jason and Sheila Stephens

Four years ago we chose to send our daughter to Central Catholic primarily because of its strong catholic identity.  Prayer and authentic Catholic teachings are present in both classes and extracurricular activities making the school a wonderful faith-filled environment.  When combined with challenging academics – teachers really expect a lot from the students – and a genuine sense of family there is no better place to send your child than Central Catholic .”
-Rob and Kathy Woyak

One of the things we love best about CCHS is that this high school can go toe to toe with any academic institution anywhere.  Time and time again we shine academically, athletically, and spiritually.  The caliber of teachers is fantastic and many of the teachers go above and beyond to educate not only the mind, but as we have heard before, the heart and soul of their students.  What other school can brag about that?!?”

-Bob and Xandra Lee

We could not be happier with our decision to send our sons to Central Catholic! We had to decide between a local high school five minutes from home or CCHS, 35 minutes from home. After our visit to meet CCHS faculty and staff, our decision was made. We knew our boys would be in great hands both educationally and spiritually. CCHS has made the sacrifices we make in regard to time and travel worth every second of it.  CCHS is a top notch school that is also a tight-knit family! We could not ask for more!”

-Joe and Laurie Murphy
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.
The High School Placement Test
Last week your eighth grader took our High School Placement Test (HSPT). I asked our counselors to put together some information about why we administer the test and what happens with the results. They are also making themselves available in the Student Center from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. during Showcase Central if you have any additional questions. Here is what our counselors had to say about the HSPT:

In the public schools, middle school teachers and high school teachers collaborate to ensure there is a smooth transition from middle to high school curriculum. They do not need a placement test because they are certain all aspects of content is covered and the high school teachers can pick up where the middle school teachers left off. Since we have students coming from different middle schools we do not have this assurance. We use the High School Placement Test, a standardized test, to compare students using a common measure - the same test given at the same time under the same conditions. Along with the 8th grade report card, the results allow us to make better predictions of how students might succeed in our classrooms. Our goal is to find the best academic fit for your child. The test is not used to deny access to admission to our school. We want all students to take classes that fit them best so they have the highest chances for success. The HSPT tests students on verbal, mathematics, quantitative, reading and language skills.
  • Results will be shared with students and parents when they sit down with counselors to discuss course choices on March 6 or March 7
  • Parents will get a copy of the HSPT results
  • Results will help us determine placement in math, English, Biology, and Spanish or Study Skills
  • Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A- Students with scores above the 20th percentile on both the Quantitative Skills and the Mathematics subtests are recommended for Algebra 1.
  • English or Accelerated English - Most students take standard-level English. Students must score at the 70th percentile or higher on the Verbal Skills, Reading, and Language subtest to be considered for Accelerated English.
  • Biology or Biology 1A- Students with scores above the 20th percentile in Language and either Quantitative or Mathematics are recommended for Biology.
  • Study Skills - Students whose scores demonstrate that they are academically at risk will be recommended for Study Skills as freshmen instead of Spanish. Students may take Spanish 1 as sophomores.
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:

Wednesday, February 15 - 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!

Saturday, March 4 - Mad Hatters Trivia Night
Mark your calendar and start putting your team together for our annual trivia night. More information to come.

Monday and Tuesday, 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!