October 2018
Family Newsletter
Stay current with Marist news and events
Letter from the Head of School 

Dear Marist Families,
I am very sure that most of you have met our new president, Mr. Peter G. Kane .  By attending our many orientations and opening events, Mr. Kane has made a huge imprint on the Marist Family.  If you haven't met him yet, you will soon! He's already endeared himself to the students.   As President, Mr. Kane will be making a huge impact, leading Marist's efforts in building enrollment, marketing, and generating the interest of donors. We welcome him to the Marist Family.
As promised, Marist has launched College NOW!  We have 27 freshmen embarking on their journey toward an Associate's Degree!  We are proud of these pioneers! They already earned one credit this past August and are now taking a three-credit course in computers, to be followed by Speech in the spring semester.  We wish them all the best!
In addition, many juniors and seniors enrolled in multiple Dual Credit courses.  Offered in conjunction with Hudson County Community College, these students will receive high school and college credit for courses in English, Accounting, Business, and Psychology.  The sky's the limit!
We've partnered the Walk-a-thon with our Student Council sponsored Homecoming Events this year!  You can read all about Homecoming later in this newsletter. As far as the Walk-a-thon goes, it's not just a fundraiser.  I personally have many happy memories of the many Marist Walkathons that I have participated in these last 30 years. It's a day filled with fun, school spirit, and memory-making!  Support the Walkathon by ensuring that your son/daughter submits the donation and permission slip by October 10.
By being active participants, you put the "family" in the Marist Family spirit.  I just loved seeing so many of you come out to the Back-to-School Mass and Barbecue!  Did you check out the photos on Facebook? I hope to see many of you at the Homecoming Game on Friday, October 12, and again at our MPA sponsored Haunted School House on the 26th and 27th!  Let's all recommit ourselves to supporting future events and spreading the word about this great school of ours!!
Tell everybody you know that if they missed our September 30th Open House, they can come check us out on Tuesday, October 16th at 7pm.  Get the word out!!

Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Head of School
Academic News
Mr. Christopher Cassaro

PSAT: On Wednesday, October 10, The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Tests (PSAT's) 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 the 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 taking these tests!

College Visiting Day: Wednesday, October 10th will be a school designated college visit day for seniors.  Since all underclassmen will be taking the PSAT, 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 to instructions for arranging 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: Reports will be e-mailed home on Thursday, October 11th.  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 at 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 2nd.

Communication:  C ommunication  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 voice mail message or an e-mail message.  All messages are expected to be returned within 24 hours.  Also, use the Parent Portals as a way 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 9th. All seniors should be present on that day.

Class Ring : Measurements will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd for all junior students. It is not mandatory to buy a class ring to participate in the Junior Leadership Ceremony on Thursday, March 14th. Herff Jones will have an information session for the juniors on Tuesday, October 9th during third period.
Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
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. We enjoyed an outside mass with great weather and great people! Father James Worth from St. Joe's Maplewood was our celebrant. Thank you to all those who made the event so successful!

Freshmen Community Day: Over 60 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.

Senior Retreat: Seniors will have their first overnight retreat of the year in Esopus on November 1st. Mr. Power will visit the Senior Homeroom and Religion classes over the next few weeks to give out permission slips and information about this retreat. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Power at (201)437-4545 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
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger

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, 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:  Senior parents had a wonderful time on September 19th, learning from James T. Anderson, of New Jersey's HESAA organization. He highlighted the changes to the FAFSA and gave invaluable advice on how to work through this tedious process. His PowerPoint presentation will be available on the Marist website in the coming weeks.  

ALL SENIOR PARENTS: don't forget to help your son or daughter sign up at www.fafsa.gov to ensure they get the financial aid, scholarships, or grants they deserve for college.  The form went live today, October 1st.  
Freshmen Peer Counseling:    In the next few weeks, the Freshmen class will be meeting for the first time in their Peer Counseling groups. This program helps ease the transition into Marist. The groups are led by trained Seniors. Freshmen will meet on a weekly basis for five 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, October 6th, Marist will be hosting the SAT. Many seniors will be taking it for the second or third time. If your son or daughter has not yet taken the test, please have them see their counselor IMMEDIATELY to get signed up for the November and/or December sitting.  The deadline for November 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 College Fair on October 23rd at NJCU. Please keep an eye out for permission forms in the coming weeks. We will also be attending the HBCU College Fair in November. More information will go out as we get closer to the date.

Athletic News
Mr. Mauro DeGennaro 

On behalf of the Marist High School Athletic Department, I would like to welcome you back to another year of Marist Athletics. 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 personal family's 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: Head Coach Rich Glover Jr. is working hard and competing at a high level. Please come out and support the team with upcoming games versus Hudson Catholic, Morris Catholic, East Side and Ferris.
Girls' Tennis:   Head Coach John Cabantog and the Lady Knights continue to improve with every match and remain competitive each and every week.

Girls' Volleyball: Head Coach Jeremy Kay and the Lady Knights remain competitive and look to create a solid foundation for future teams.

Boys' Coed Soccer:   With new Head Coach Carlos Carvajal at the helm, our soccer team, plays with heart every time they step on the field.

Marist Parents' Association News
Parents of the MPA
We will be instituting a new program at the Marist Parent Association: the Parental Involvement Reward. Parental involvement will be rewarded in two ways:  First, with the intrinsic value of being invested in your child's school. Secondly, you will be entered to win a meal for 2 at a five-star restaurant in Downtown Jersey City.
Your attendance at meetings = 10 raffle tickets
Your donated time = 10 raffle tickets
Your gifts for any of our events = 10 raffle tickets
The more involved you are, the more the more tickets in the box with your name on it.  Meetings already attended will be rewarded with raffle tickets as long as you signed in. We know everyone has limited time, money and talent, so we want to say "thank you" for participating.
October 9th is our last meeting before Halloween, so please try to make it.
We still need a lot of help. You will be sent a survey to see where you can help. Please fill it out and return to us as soon as possible.
We are also looking for outside sponsors to donate and sponsor purses for Pocketbook Bingo on Sunday, November 18th.  Contact MPA President Rosa Carvajal if you need a sponsor letter at rosa.carvajal@mpa.marist.org.  
If you are able and would like to donate a designer bag, we would appreciate it. We will also be making baskets to raffle off so any gift is appreciated. Examples of gifts are restaurant cards, wine, and gift certificates.  If you own a business and would like to offer a service, we can also include that in a basket. Please note: Pocketbook Bingo will be BYOB and BYOF.

Ms. Tiffany McQueary

Donor Recognition Reception:
Reception honoring our dedicated donors, invitation only.

OCTOBER 4, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Homecoming, Walk-A-Thon, and Alumni Mixer: 
Support Marist by becoming a "Virtual Walker" at the Walk-A-Thon!
5:00 - 7:00 pm
OCTOBER 12, 2018
Open House: 
Open House gives interested families the opportunity to speak with current students, teachers, and administration about Marist High School.
OCTOBER 16, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Alumni Soccer Game: 
In 2015, we surprised Mr. Frank Anderson by honoring him for his continuous work, dedication, and service to Marist High School's soccer program by dedicating his classroom placing a plaque by the door in his honor. We want to keep this event going in his memory, we hope to see you this year at the Frank Anderson Alumni Soccer Game.
OCTOBER 20, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Haunted House: 
The Marist Parent Association and Student Council present the Marist Haunted House!
OCTOBER 26 and 27, 2018
6:00 - 10:00 pm
50th Reunion - Class of 1968: 
We are happy to invite the Class of 1968 back to Marist High School for the 50th Reunion!
OCTOBER 27, 2018
5:30 - 10:00 pm
Annual Fund: 
Please consider making a charitable commitment to support this year's Annual Fund.  This charitable support directly benefits our students, as these funds remain an important component of our school's operating budget to support the student programs and services.

Participation is truly what counts.  No amount is too small; any amount makes a difference.  To make a contribution to the 2018 Annual Fund please visit www.marist.org/annualfund.