October 2017
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Head of School 
October 2017
 
Dear Marist Families,
 
Our latest, greatest adventure at Marist is  College NOW, the partnership agreemen t we have just signed with Hudson County Community College.  Beginning in Fall of 2018, qualifying students will have the opportunity complete their Associate's Degree while they are still students at Marist High School.
 Marist students have been part of the LEAP program at HCCC for several years, taking dual credit English, and this year, dual credit Accounting.  This new partnership will take dual enrollment to a whole new level.   HCCC will be offering Marist students three meta-majors:  Business, Science and Math, and Liberal Arts.  It is our hope that Marist will be able to absorb the cost of the coursework. While this is an amazing opportunity for the class of 2022, present sophomores, juniors, and seniors will also be able to participate, accruing transferable college credits while still in high school.  Just think of the cost savings to our families!  Eventually, a Marist student, upon graduation, would begin the next phase of his or her education as a junior in college.  Go to Marist . . . Go to College NOW!!!
 
Yankee Candle Sale update:  Only a small portion of the student body has participated either by selling candles or submitting their donation.  Remember that everyone has a responsibility to either sell $250 worth or to donate $100.  If some of us do more than what is required, we'll reach our $30,000 goal by October 13!  Prizes will be given for the highest seller and also for those first second and third place chances pulled from the lottery.  Every student who enters fulfills his/her obligation wins a chance in the lottery.  Here are the prizes .
 
We really want to keep the Marist Momentum going.  To this end, we are initiating a program for parents called, "Each one, reach one".  If every parent of a present student reached out to the family of a prospective student, whether that's an eighth grader or a transfer student, "Each one, reach one" would have a huge impact.  Building enrollment has to be our number one priority.  New programs such as College NOW!, along with improved athletic teams can help, but nothing is as effective as the personal touch.  Just share your Marist experience with a prospective parent.  It's just that simple!  I look forward to hearing your success story and meeting the future Royal Knight that you invited into the Marist Family! 
 
Remember:  Marist is 4REAL; Marist is 4EVER!!
 
As ever,




Ms. Miesnik, Head of School

Academic News
PSAT/TERRANOVA On Wednesday, October 11, The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT's) and the TerraNova tests will be administered to all underclassmen at Marist.  These students will be taking these tests in order to gain the maximum exposure to the types of questions that are on standardized test in an effort to raise student scores.  Be sure your sons/daughters are well-rested and have eaten a nutritious breakfast that day.  Students will be dismissed after the test between 12pm and 1pm.  Good luck to all our students!

College Visiting Day: Wednesday, October 11 will be a school designated college visit day for Seniors.  Since all underclassmen will be taking the PSAT/TerraNova, Seniors will not be attending classes that day.  However, Seniors will be expected to arrange college visits or tours. College tours must be arranged with each college ahead of time.  Visit the college's website and follow the link for instructions on how to arrange a tour.  Group visits are strongly encouraged.

September Challenge:  All September Challenge Tests were administered at the end of September to all Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior students. Mastery of these tests will be indicated on the first progress reports.  The students who have "met the challenge successfully" will receive different awards depending on their grade level!  Those who have not will be scheduled for remediation.

Progress Reports: will be e-mailed home on Thursday, October 12.  These grades are an assessment of how your son/daughter is doing at the mid-point of this first quarter.  If you do not receive your son's/daughter's progress report, please call Mrs. DePoalo (201 437-4545 Ext. 201).  Also, please contact a teacher if your son/daughter did not do as well as expected.  Now is the time to remediate any problem that may exist. The end of the 1st Quarter is November 3.

Communication:  between home and school is very important.  Please don't hesitate to contact a teacher or administrator if you have a concern or question.  You can leave a voicemail or e-mail message.  All messages are expected to be returned within 24 hours.  Also, use the Parent Portals as a means to keep up-to-date on what is going on within the classroom.

Cap and Gown: measurements will take place during Senior lunch periods on Tuesday, October 10. All Seniors should be present on that day.

Class Ring: measurements will take place on Tuesday, October 24 for students whose last name ends between A-M, and on Wednesday, October 25 for students whose last name ends between N-Z. It is not mandatory to buy a class ring to participate in the Junior Leadership Ceremony on Thursday, March 15. Herff-Jones, who sells school rings, will present an information session for the Juniors on Tuesday, October 10 during third period. Juniors will bring an order packet home.  Remember, this is optional.

Campus Ministry News
Celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit:    The Marist Family gathered together for the Mass of the Holy Spirit last week before our Back To School BBQ. We asked the blessing of the Holy Spirit to unite us as a family in service to one another and to our larger community.  Father Jim Worth from St. Joe's Maplewood was our celebrant.
 
Freshmen Community Day:   Over 40 freshmen attended the first retreat of the year! We were very excited with the success and numbers of this retreat! The freshmen were welcomed into their new "family" and enjoyed every aspect of it, including the River Walk, silly games and much more!   If money is ever an issue, please see Campus Ministry.  Never let finances be the reason a student does not go to Esopus.

Sophomore Retreat:  Sophomores will have their first overnight retreat in Esopus October 26-27.  Mr. Power will visit the Sophomore Homerooms over the next few weeks to give out permission slips and info about this retreat. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Power at ext. 220.
 
LaValla Weekend:   Some of our Upperclassmen will spend an upcoming weekend giving service to the Marist Brothers Center of Esopus. They will be learning about issues that concern us all around the world while giving back to the local community. We look forward to hearing about this experience when they return! 

Counseling News
Counseling Overview:   For those new to Marist, the School Counseling Department would like to welcome you to the family! It is the goal of our department to provide a holistic approach to working alongside your son or daughter throughout his/her time at Marist. We provide individual, group, and classroom sessions for all year levels, starting with Freshmen Orientation and continuing through the distribution of the diploma at the Senior Breakfast.  We monitor both academic growth and personal and social well-being, all the while facilitating college and career planning.  Our department consists of three full-time counselors. We look forward to working with parents, so please, do not hesitate to reach out to your counselor at any time via phone or email. We would be happy to meet with you face-to-face, but please schedule an appointment first to ensure that we can give you the full attention you deserve. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Financial Aid Night:  On Thursday, October 26th , our department will be hosting our annual College Financial Planning Night at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. A representative from New Jersey's HESAA organization will be going through the changes to the FAFSA and giving invaluable advice on how to work through this tedious process. Please join us for this important night, even if you might be late. It has proven helpful to many Marist families in the past.
 
Freshmen Peer Counseling:   On October 12th, the Freshmen class will be meeting for the first time in their Peer Counseling groups. This program has helped to ease the transition into Marist for many years. The groups are led by trained Seniors. Freshmen will meet on a weekly basis for 5 weeks, and will focus on a variety of topics-providing insight into the ins-and-outs of Marist life. Parents of Freshmen, please check in with your son or daughter about their Peer Counseling group to discover what they've been learning.
 
SAT:   On Saturday, November 4th, Marist will be hosting the SAT. If your son or daughter has not yet taken the test, please have them see their counselor IMMEDIATELY to get signed up.  The deadline to register is October 5th. Fee waivers are still available if you are eligible.  Contact your counselor today if you have any questions or concerns.  We have free practice books in the Student Counseling Center. But, if you're looking for more free help and practice, check out this exciting new FREE resource.

  College Admissions Process:  The counselors have started their weekly workshops in the Senior Religion classes, focusing on the college admission process. Many Seniors have already started the process, and we look forward to a smooth experience this Fall. Please encourage your son or daughter to maintain open lines of communication with their counselor throughout this year, and to turn in all Transcript Request forms, and any acceptances that they receive in a timely fashion. Take advantage of the upcoming days off to visit colleges and get a feel for what is out there. Monitor application deadlines, and make sure to get request forms in early.  Please note, that colleges have begun their on-site Lunch Visits, and we look forward to taking the Seniors to another Open House on October 24th at NJCU. Please keep an eye out for permission forms in the coming weeks. 

Other News
Open House:  The annual fall Open Houses are scheduled for Sunday, October 1 from 1PM to 4PM, and Tuesday, October 17 from 7PM to 9PM.  This marks the recruiting season for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Spread the word! Since so many of us, faculty and teachers put in a full day for that event, there will be no classes on Monday, October 2.
 
Activity Fair:  Activity Period is a unique feature of Marist Life.  Once a month, the school stops so that students can attend an activity of their choosing .  The Activity Fair, was held on Wednesday, September 27.  We marketed activities, both new and old, that students could join.  Students are encouraged to include all activities on their college applications.  Activity Period is an important component of "Mind, Body, Spirit" but also of "Go to Marist...Go to College".
 
Homecoming:  Homecoming celebrations will kick off with a Dance from 7:30-11pm on Thursday, October 19th.  Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the door.  If you would like to bring a friend from outside of Marist, you can get a deal by getting 2 tickets for $10--just make sure to get a Guest Permission Form signed beforehand.
 
Homecoming Spirit Day:  Friday , October 20th will be our first annual Spirit Day, and will start at 9am, so follow the 9am bus schedule if your son or daughter takes the bus. Marist Busses pick up a half-hour later for a 9am opening. It will be a day of school spirit events hosted by the Student Council, and include a tailgate style lunch in the Quad, and a Football Pep Rally. 
 
The main event will be our Homecoming Game against Manville at 7pm.
 
To help support our Royal Knights, and to find out who is part of our Homecoming Court, join us for the game, and be sure to wear this year's Homecoming shirt! Shirts will be on sale for $7 during lunches throughout Homecoming week. 
 
Consider taking advantage of the Homecoming Package Deal: Ticket to the Dance, Homecoming Shirt, and Ticket to the Game for $12.

Athletics News
Let's GO Knights!
A Message from the Athletic Director:  On behalf of the Marist High School Athletic Department, I would like to welcome you and introduce myself. My name is Mauro "Mo" DeGennaro and it my pleasure to serve the student/athletes of Marist High School. As a member of the Marist athletic family, my expectations are similar to your own family's personal expectations. Act responsibly, study, practice hard and do your best to excel. Take pride in the opportunity to represent yourself, your family, and Marist High School.
 
Football: The Football Team under the direction of Head Coach is working hard and competing at a high level. Please come out and support the team with upcoming games versus Hudson Catholic, Immaculate Conception, Manville, Ferris and Montclair Kimberly.
 
Girls' Tennis: The Lady Knights are off to another impressive season under the direction of Head Coach Elmer Cajes. The girls hold an impressive 5-2 record in the county are a heavy threat to win the championship.
 
Girls' Volleyball: Under the direction of Head Coach Jeremy Kay the Lady Knights remain competitive and look to create a solid foundation for future teams.
 
Coed Soccer:   With New Head Coach Juan Carlos Carvajal at the helm, our soccer team plays with heart every time they step on the field.
 
Cross-Country Track: Head Coach Matt Shipe has his team ready and prepared to run for the gold.
 
Cheerleading: Coach Jones brings a new excitement to the program and the girls are working harder than ever with new routines.
 
The Winter Season is quickly approaching. Athletic Physicals will be needed for all students wishing to participate. A new format has been put in place for obtaining the new athletic physical packet. Each Head Coach will distribute this packet and no student will be eligible to participate unless all forms are completed.
Marist Parents' Assciation News
Marist Parents' Association:  Our parent group is in its seventh year. Last year's extraordinary Tricky Tray has set the bar high for this year.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 10, @ 6:30.  If you'd like to join the association or become a volunteer, please contact the officers.  There is no cost to join!
 
We are happy to announce this year's MPA Leadership Committee and their contact information. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the members below.

President - Sandra Allen -  sandra.allen@mpa.marist.org
Vice-President - Suzanne O'Brien -  suzanne.obrien@mpa.marist.org
Treasurer - John O'Brien -  john.obrien@mpa.marist.org
Recording Secretary - Rosa Carvajal-  rosa.carvajal@mpa.marist.org
Corresponding Secretary - Michele Gray-  michele.grey@mpa.marist.org

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in school cafeteria.
ALL ARE WELCOME
The MPA Color Run:  was a huge success.  It was great fun and put Marist out into the community at 16th Street Park in Bayonne.

MPA Paint 'n Pinot:   Set for Saturday, November 4th @ 6:30 pm.  Contact an MPA officer for details.
Advancement News
Here's a preview of what's happening in October and will continue to happen throughout the year:
  • Sunday, Oct. 1 Open House 1 pm - 4 pm  Learn how to apply  Spread the word!
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 Class of '67 celebrates their 50th Reunion at Da'Noi Restaurant.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 Alumni Soccer Game Marist High School @ 11 am Register Today!  Help us continue this event in honor of Mr. Frank Anderson. This Event costs $20 which includes refreshments and helps support the Advancement of the school.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 Open House. Encourage all prospective students to come and check us out!  Learn how to apply.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 Dine to Donate at Hendrickson's in Bayonne.
Donate a Brick!   Leave a tangible impression at Marist High School. We will be creating a landmark on our campus.   Click here to donate your brick(s) today.
 
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