May/June  2017
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Head of School 
Dear Marist Families:

Congratulations to each and every one of you!!!  This past month will go down in the annals of Marist High School, Hudson County, and the entire Marist Network as the miracle month!  Who would have ever dreamed that out of the ashes of March 21, over $750,000 would be donated . . . that we would discover the true strength of family, students-parents-faculty-alum all working together toward a common goal. . . that our surrounding community would step up in total support . . . that Marist would no longer be the best kept secret in Hudson County????  

This is no time to rest on our laurels!  As I said at last Wednesday's meeting, we've shown we can sprint, but now the marathon begins.  First and foremost, we must stay on budget for this year.  
  • This means selling at least $70,000 in Super 50/50 Raffles by June 18 so that the school profits $35,000.  Where are you selling this weekend?  Sign up in the front office to let us know so that we won't step on one another's toes.  I know I'll be asking my pastor later this month if I can sell after masses.  Can you do the same???
  • "On budget" means that every single family must zero out their FACTS account!  Keeping your tuition up-to-date is so vital to the school's financial health.  Remember that next year.
  • Thirdly, we must make the Carnival absolutely spectacular!!  We hope to garner at least $40,000!  For this we'll need many volunteers!  I'll have that sign-up sheet ready for the Marist Parent Association meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30.  Remember, we'll also be discussing ideas for the plan that will pave the way for the future, so be there, be heard.
  • Help advertise the A+ Summer Program .  This is designed for K-8, July-August.    Click here for more info.
  • Talk up the new Community Education Program to your friends and neighbors.  We hope this will be our newest source of income.   Here's the information .
Secondly, as we look forward to next year, our immediate concern must be strengthening our enrollment .  In order to meet our enrollment projections for next year, we must convince others to invest in the amazing educational experience that Marist offers.   We will be holding an Open House on Thursday, May 11 @ 6:30 for incoming freshmen of course, but also for anyone who might be thinking of transferring.  The current instability at Bayonne High School may have parents looking for a quality alternative.  Start the conversation with your neighbors!

Thirdly, I want to address what happens to the $1.5 million goal.  WE ARE NOT DONE YET!!!
Many possibilities still remain.  A Comedy Night is being sponsored by an alum on May 13. He will be donating half his ticket sales to #savemaristnj.  Local restaurants want to sponsor Dine to Donate, so stay tuned.  Additionally, some donors are attracted by success . . . so expect the BAR to keep accumulating funds.  Wouldn't it be amazing to hit that $1.5million mark by June 30???  Remember, hope doesn't cost us a penny and when coupled with hard work . . . well, you've seen what can happen!!!

I look forward to seeing you all in person at the many end of year events as we celebrate the year's many, many accomplishments.  Our students are our strength; they hold the lantern, showing us the way.  Let their God-given goodness and enthusiasm guide and inspire us.

With an ever grateful heart,


Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School

Academic News

Academic Awards Banquet:   Students who have excelled throughout the year will be invited to the Academic Awards Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, May 4, beginning promptly at 6:30. Tickets will be given out during homeroom.

Progress Reports  for all underclassmen will be e-mailed on Thursday, May 11. If you need to make changes to your e-mail on file, please call Mrs. De Poalo at 201-437-4545 ext. 201. If your child is doing poorly, please encourage them to stay motivated and to finish the year strong.

AP Exams  begin on Monday, May 1 with AP Psychology. Tuesday, May 2 a number of Marist students are slated to take exams in AP Spanish, AP Computer Science which are both at 8am, and AP Physics at 12pm. On May 3 AP English Literature will be at 8am, AP US Government and Politics will be on May 4 at 8am. AP US History will be at 8am on May 5. At 8 am on Tuesday, May 9 23 students will be taken AP Calculus AB/BC. On May 10 AP English Language and Comp. will be at 8am, and AP Macroeconomics will be at 12pm. May 11, at 12pm AP Statistics will be taken. Finally, on Friday, May 12 we will have AP Microeconomics at 8am, and AP European History at 12pm.   We wish these students luck and look forward to their names being added to our AP Hall of Fame outside our LMC when they score a 4 or a 5!

Final Exam Schedules:


May 22: 1 st - Mathematics 2 nd - Religion
May 23: 1 st - History/Criminal Justice 2 nd - English
May 24:  1 st - Science/ Psychology 2 nd - Spanish/ Economics
May 25: Conflicts

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

June 12:    1 st - Science 2 nd - English
June 13:    1 st - History 2 nd - Spanish/ Language Arts
June 14:    1 st - Mathematics 2 nd - Religion
June 15:    Conflicts

Please note: No student can take a final exam if tuition or fees are owed.

Graduation , takes place at 2pm on June 3, by invitation only. All Seniors should meet in the café for Graduation practice on Tuesday, May 30 at 1pm. Seniors return to school on Friday, June 9 for the Senior Breakfast to pick up their diplomas, report cards, and yearbooks. At that time, they also officially join the illustrious alumni of Marist High School.

Final Report Cards for underclassmen will be mailed home on Monday, June 19. If you do not receive your son's/daughter's report card by June 21, please contact Mrs. De Poalo at 201-437-4545 ext. 201.

Summer School Registration  takes place on Wednesday, June 21 from 1:00-3:00 for any Marist student.

Campus Ministry News

The Resurrection of Jesus  was observed joyfully on April 27th.  Gospel Choir led us in song and motivated us with their inspirational lyrics. Since Easter was celebrated during our break, we still wanted to come together as a community to celebrate the Easter season together!

Ascension Thursday  which is a holy day, is celebrated on May 25th this year. There is no school for students. Catholic students are reminded that they are obliged to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday. Faculty will meet for a full day of Professional Development and to look back on the many successes of the year!

Marist Youth Retreat , a leadership workshop for underclassmen from Marist schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other Latin American countries, will take place at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY during Memorial Day weekend. Ten of our students have been nominated to attend. They will learn skills to become Marist Leaders in their respective grades.

Encounter Retreat:   Many of our Upperclassmen have made an Encounter Retreat this year. We had over 250 students attend one of many different retreats this year and that number will continue to grow next year!  

Month of Service: Thank you to all of the students and parents who helped us collect items and charitable donations for Refugees, Underserved Children, and the issue of Hunger in the United States. We are so proud of the generosity of our school community and we can all pat ourselves on the back for a job well done!

Baccalaureate Mass: Our Graduation Mass will be held at St. Henry's Church in Bayonne on June 1st at 7pm. This is a special time for Seniors and their parents as they make the transition into college. This Mass will serve to honor the many accomplishments of our Senior Class and also serve as a reminder of the work yet to be done!  

Counseling News
May & June SAT's:    May 9th is the deadline to register for the June 3rd SAT's.  We encourage the Junior class to take the June 3rd test to get a start on the college process.  The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice.  Use the free resources at  or reach out to your counselor for other tools.  If your son or daughter is taking the May 6th SAT, be sure they have their administrative ticket, School ID, several #2 pencils (traditional, not mechanical), and a calculator with them before they leave the house!

Guidance Tips for the Summer: Summer is the perfect time to make strides in the college preparation process-no matter what year your son or daughter has completed.  Colleges are looking for consistency in extra-curricular and volunteer activities, so why not start now?  Encourage your young adult to join a sports league, work at a camp, or volunteer at the local library, church or recreation center.  And don't forget that summer reading!  Junior parents, summer is also a great time to visit those colleges that are farther from home.  

Summer Programs:  Deadlines are coming up to register for Summer Programs. All counselors are working with students interested in applying to programs.  Some programs are competitive to get into and some have costs attached.  Let us know if you have one in mind for your student and need our assistance, or if you need help finding the right one for your student.

College Acceptance Statistics:

*    Total Number of Seniors:   94

*    Number of students who have been accepted by one or more colleges/universities to date:   64

*    Total amount of scholarship/awards, grants, financial aid offered so far:  $4,770,712

This year's seniors have already been accepted to such schools as Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, Sarah Lawrence, Smith College, Tuskegee, American University, The US Naval Academy, Boston University, Boston College, Fordham University, Rutgers University, and many others.

Please note, these numbers are contingent upon students' submitting their acceptance and reward letters to the Guidance Department.  If your Senior has not yet turned in their information, please have them do so ASAP.  We 
would like to publically congratulate them on the morning announcements for this great accomplishment!

Other News

Registration postdated checks : The checks that were postdated for May 1 will be deposited on Friday, May 5.

Early dismissal  will occur on Friday, May 5 at 1:00pm and Friday, June 2 at 1:00PM.

The Senior Prom  will be held on Thursday, May 25.  The "toast off" will begin at 4:45pm in the Marist High School gym.  All are welcome to attend the "toast off".  Please be aware that students with outstanding tuition balances are not permitted to attend the prom.

No classes  for students on Friday, May 26 after prom and on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

Ice Cream Social:  Underclassmen receive their yearbooks at the annual ice cream social which takes place on Monday, June 9.  Seniors are also welcome back to take part in the yearbook signing in the gym.  The social begins at 1:45pm.  Dismissal will be at regular time.

A+ Summer Camp:   The summer camp is designed for students entering K-9. There are 2 sessions offered: 1 st is from July 5 to July 28 and 2 nd is from July 31 st to August 25 th from 8AM to 4PM.  Cost is $575 per child per session. If register for both sessions the cost is $1100 which gives you $100 in savings. If interested, after care and before care is available for additional costs. Inquire within. Camp costs include: breakfast, lunch, snack, and weekly field trip.  There is a non-refundable $50 per child registration fee. You can sign up online or if you need more information visit: or call Ms. Jocelyn Small '03 at ext. 200.

Important Dates
Final In-Person Registration Day - Monday, May 15 from 5PM to 7PM
All Registered Campers Orientation Day - Wednesday, June 21 st
Camp Fees Due - Friday, June 30, 2017

Marist Parents' Association News

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  Please enter through the side door. Hope to see you there. Nominations for next year's officers will be taken. And we will begin gathering ideas for our long-range plan. 

Athletic News
A Message from the Athletic Director:

Save the Date:   Athletic Awards Banquet will be held on June 6, 2017 at 6:00pm. Athletes will attend for free. Tickets for guests will be $25.00.  Please stay tuned for further information.

Are you ready for college?
Take advantage of resources that are provided to student-athletes.  Visit for information geared towards prospective student-athletes.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Save Marist NJ Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone for helping to support the #Savemaristnj Campaign! Together we raised over $750,000 in a month!

Milestone Reunion
Saturday, May 13 starting at 6:00 pm

The classes of 1 962, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012
are invited to celebrate their Milestone Reunions at Marist High School on May 13. This is a great opportunity for nine Marist classes to reconnect with classmates, their high school, and celebrate being a Royal Knight! 

Marist Family Carnival  
June 15-June 18th
Get Ready for our Second Annual Carnival! Something for the whole family to do. Great rides, fun games and good food! For more information or to sign up to volunteer call: 201-437-4545.

Comedy Night
Save the date - Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Come join the Marist Community for some good laughs . Click here to buy tickets
Tickets are only $40

As you know Marist High School needs community support to keep tuition affordable we count of your support! Our fiscal year ends June 30th there is still time to support Marist this fiscal year! Make a Donation Today   . When you're done making your donation online, start a givealanche and share on social media and encourage others to help Marist reach our goal!

Community Giving

  • Do you know of other community givebacks? Let us know!!!

For information on how you can help to advance the school please contact Ms. McQueary 201-437-4545 ext. 202 or email   .

Click here to view the May/June Calendar