February 2017
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Head of School 
Dear Marist Families:

On January 2, 2017, the Marist Institute celebrated its 200th Anniversary.  I had the great fortune of attending a Prayer Service that day at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  Many of you may be familiar with the story of the founding of the Marist Brothers.  In 1817, a twenty-seven-year-old, newly ordained priest, named Marcellin Champagnat asked two teenage boys to become the first members of a community of teaching Brothers.

His determination was fueled by a recent encounter with a dying boy, who at the age of 16, died knowing nothing about reading, writing, or the love of Jesus Christ.  One dying boy, one young priest, and two teenagers.  Would you have invested in their success? 
I daresay that your answer is a resounding "yes".  

Your decision to send your son/daughter to Marist High School is not only an investment in his/her future, but an affirmation of the legacy that Marist High School represents: the vision of St. Marcellin Champagnat and the amazing 6,000 graduates that once walked the halls of our wonderful school.  Your son/daughter joins that legacy, thrives in its great shadow, celebrates its amazing success, and fulfills Marcellin's dream!  Your investment in Marist is one you will never regret!

Speaking of investments, we'll be trying something a little new with our Spring Student Fundraiser.  We'll be increasing the gains by running a Super 50/50 which will extend beyond the Student Fundraiser and be drawn on the last day of the Marist Carnival, June 18, 2017.  A separate mailing with an introductory letter and a book of raffles should arrive at your home address by Monday, February 6.  That letter will describe the student incentives, due dates, etc.

As you are aware, students and families who receive Marist financial aid are required to fulfill certain obligations:

*      Maintain at least a B average: GPA   83.0;
*      Be involved in at least one activity, sport, or part-time job;
*      Accrue no more than 5 unexcused absences or 5 unexcused tardies per year;
*      Participate in one of the in-house work days at Marist;
*      Parent/Guardian should become an active member of the Marist Parent Association.

At this time, we'd like to review each case for accountability. We'd also like to see how we can help you fulfill those criteria. If you are a recipient of Marist Financial aid during the 2016-2017 school year and plan to reapply for aid next year, please complete the following survey:  Click Here  And just a reminder, you must reapply for Marist Aid and SFIC annually.

Our International Student Program is now in its third year and flourishing. We will be in need of more host families to house our international students next year. If you have an extra room in your house and extra room in your heart, it is an opportunity to consider: the homestay family earns $1200 a month. For more information, please reach out to Sandy Holder at sholder@gphomestay.com or Anicia Ariza at aariza20@yahoo.com.

You'll read in the Campus Ministry section of this newsletter about the nationwide Marist Day of Service scheduled for March 29 and the many events leading up to it which begin this month.  This program is designed not only to help those less fortunate but also to raise awareness about the needs of suffering children around the world.  Be sure to ask your son/daughter all about it! 

Hope to see you soon, perhaps at one of the Marist Parent Association events!
In Marcellin Champagnat,
Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School

Academic News

Report Cards will be mailed home on Thursday, February 2nd. If your son/daughter made our Dean's List the Dean's Breakfast will be at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7th. All of our Honor Roll students will be acknowledged during our year level assemblies that same day.   
Study Hall will begin on Wednesday, February 8th. Study Hall is mandatory for anyone who failed two or more subjects for the second quarter.  Students in Study Hall are academically ineligible for participation in sports and activities. See Mr. Cassaro with any questions .
Activity Period  takes place Wednesday, February 22nd.  Ask your son/daughter what activity they are participating in and how much fun they are having!  
Communicate with your son's/daughter's teachers via e-mail or voice-mail, especially if he/she did not do well in a given subject. Now is the time to devise an improvement plan. Help is available: ask a teacher for extra help, go to the Library Media Center for tutoring after school Monday through Thursday, or go to Study Hall (mandatory for those who fail 2 or more subjects).  
Progress Reports will be emailed home on Thursday, March 10th.  These grades are an assessment of how your son/daughter is doing at the mid-point of this third quarter.  If you do not receive your son's/daughter's progress report, please call Mrs. De Poalo (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 3rd Quarter is April 15th.

Campus Ministry News
Pennies for Patients:  Starting March 1st, We will start our second annual Pennies for Patients Penny War! Each c lass will be assigned a jug that will be placed in front of Campus Ministry. The year level that collects the most will earn points in the year level competition.  

Jersey Cares: This past month we had the Service Organization, Jersey Cares come into school and to give a presentation to each of the Religion classes on finding service opportunities in their own local community. Many of our students signed up to get information from Jersey Cares and become a member on their website which gives them access to many great opportunities.  Ask your son or daughter today about signing up!

Encounter: On the last weekend in January, fourteen of our upperclassmen spent the weekend in Esopus at the Marist Brothers Center learning more about this special  Marist spiritual tradition. This is a time for our students to reflect on their time here at Marist and on new transitions and upcoming journeys in their lives. Please pray for these students as they return to school and work together to continue the mission of Marcellin Champagnat .

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service: On January 18th, as a school we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on his life and our duty as citizens and believers to make the world a better place. We were joined by our Gospel Choir who helped lift our spirits with their wonderful musical selections. We were also joined by Rev. Anthony Biggham who led us in prayer and challenged our students in his passionate homily to do more!

Lent: As we prepare for the season of Lent, Campus Ministry will be hosting a prayer services throughout the day on March 1st, which is Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed from 8:30am-2:30pm. Please come join our students in prayer as they reflect during their religion classes!

Counseling News
FAFSA DAYS: For any Seniors who have yet to fill out their FAFSA for college, please check out the following link http://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJFAFSAGO.aspx for a list of colleges around New Jersey that will be hosting FAFSA Days that help families get free assistance filling out this mandatory document. Regardless of your financial standing, ALL colleges require that you fill out this form. Why not take advantage of this free resource to help you through the process!  Let your counselor know if you have any questions!

Summer Opportunities: Please make sure your son or daughter has been checking their email for Summer Program opportunities. The counselors forward any opportunities that come through their email. If you are at a loss of where to begin, and would like to know more about a program in a specific career field, or academic setting, please let your counselor know, and she'd be happy to help you! 

This is a wonderful way to set yourself apart when it comes to college and scholarship applications. So, think seriously about applying to such a program. We also encourage students to spend the summer volunteering--be it at a camp, through their local Boys and Girls club or local Y, at a sports camp, local church, or hospital--as there are many ways for students to gain valuable experience in an area that interests them.

College Acceptances and Scholarships: We are so proud of the hard work this year's Senior class has put in to get their college applications done early. They have already earned $ 3.1 million in scholarship and grants, and are well on their way to financing their college education.  All 94 Seniors have applied to at least one college--many applying to 4 or more--and a good majority have already heard back with positive results. If your son or daughter has an acceptance letter gathering dust at home, please remind them to bring it in, so that we are able to celebrate their accomplishment with them!  We are incredibly proud of this group of young men and women--they are a true testament to your continued support!

New Addition!!!  We are happy to celebrate the birth of Annalisa Pagano, to Mrs. Pagano on January 25th!  While Mrs. Pagano is out on maternity leave, Ms. E and Ms. Heymer will be sharing her caseload. A letter from Mrs. Pagano will be sent home with Report Cards indicating which counselor parents may contact with questions or concerns until she returns in April.  

Student Council News

Valentine's Day Semi-Formal: On Wednesday, February 15th, the Student Council will be hosting their annual Valentine's Semi-Formal Dance. Tickets will be $7, and can be bought in advance.  Dress up and celebrate love!!  In light of it being a school night for other schools in the area, Mr. Carbone has asked that students from the outside not attend, as it would be in their best interest to be rested for the next school day.

Other News

Freshmen Registration takes place on Thursday, February 2, from 3PM to 7PM as well as Saturday, February 4 from 9AM to 12 noon.  If a family misses these dates, they should call Ms. Verdonck immediately at 201-437-4545 ext. 225.  We cannot guarantee a place in next year's freshmen class unles the prospective student registers by February, 4.

School Closings:   In the event of inclement weather, you will receive an automated phone call from the school. Please listen to the message carefully and completely. You can also find out if school is closed or if there is a delayed opening by logging into our website at  www.marist.org . School closing or delays will be placed at the top of the Marist home page. The Marist App will also send out an alert.

Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7. Students will be dismissed at 1:00pm and will be required to leave the building. Be sure you plan ahead and know what your child's plans are after an early dismissal. Hold them accountable for their time and location!

Dress Down will be held on Wednesday, February 8. Students who choose to dress down will contribute $1.00 which will be used to support activities run by the National Honor Society.

Winter Break: No classes will be held on February 16, 17 and 20, giving the faculty and students a five-day weekend. Enjoy it!

Safety and Security Reminder:  We remind you that the Knight Club and the Library Media Center are open every day after school and there are other activities and club meetings at that time. However, the school closes at 4:00pm. Students are not allowed to be in the building after this time unless they are supervised by a faculty member or a coach. In addition, after a home basketball game the building will be closed within a half hour. Please keep this in mind as you make arrangements to pick up your son/daughter if he/she is attending these games.

Marist Parents' Association News
MPA Monthly MeetingTuesday, February 7th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Come join us and support our kids.

Paint n' Pinot Night:
is on Saturday, February 11th at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $35.00 with a cash bar. There will be refreshments served.  Please come and join us for a night of laughs, pinot, and the painting is an added bonus!  Hope to see you all soon!  Please contact a board member for tickets or call the main office.

Comedy Night:  
Ready for a night of LAUGHS......We'll reserve your night out for our First Comedy Night!!!  Saturday, March 11th. Dinner will be served at 6:45pm with a cash bar, the show will start at 7:30pm.  Come join us for a fun night!!  Please contact the office to reserve your table for you and your friends. $35.00 per person.

Athletic News
A Message from the Athletic Director:

With the Spring Season approaching both our student-athletes and coaches are gearing up for competition.  If you are interested in playing a Spring Sport, please refer to our website www.marist.org and click on the athletics tab to find the Student-Athlete Packet which needs to be submitted before starting to compete.

Athletic Department Shout Out: Congratulations to our Girls Basketball Team who are currently undefeated with a 14-0 record.  Head Coach Reggie Quinn has kept the Lady Knights perfect thus far in the 2016-2017 campaign.  Up next the Lady Knights will face Dickinson, Bayonne, Kearny and North Bergen before entering the H.C.I.A.L. Tournament and NJSIAA State Tournament.

Gatorade: On March 7, 2017 at 2:45pm a Gatorade Rep will be talking to our Student-Athletes on the importance of hydrating before games.  I look forward to seeing all student - athletes there!

Are you ready for college?

Take advantage of resources that are provided to student-athletes.  Visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes for information geared towards prospective student-athletes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. 

All Year's Skybox Mixer
Thursday, February 2nd from 6pm - 7pm

Join the Advancement Department before the game for an exclusive pregame tailgate in the Skybox Lounge. Wings will be served along with beer, wine and soda. Space is limited. 
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Tiffany McQueary '03 at:
After the Mixer stay and watch The Marist Men's Varsity Basketball team will take on rival Bayonne High School at 7pm on Thursday, February 2. All Alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.
  Alumni Reception at Rod's in Sea Girt, NJ
Thursday, February 23rd starting at 6pm
If you plan to attend, please RSVP by contacting Tiffany McQueary '03 at
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