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Marist Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week 2023

Posted by The Marist Staff

Marist High School is excited to join the National Catholic Schools Week celebration, an annual week of events that starts the last Sunday in January and runs for seven days, which in 2023 is January 29 - February 4. Starting with Mass on Monday, January 30, Marist will then provide a week of activities to show what our students are accomplishing and to celebrate the community focused on ensuring our students develop as people by bringing together faith, culture, and life. Be sure to check back on this blog throughout the week as it will be updated with pictures and information each day!

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Catholic Schools Week Events

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Marist Band Grammar School Visits Jan. 31 & Feb. 2

The famous Marist band visited St. Mary Star of the Sea, Hamlin, and St. George to perform for their students. Photos from the awesome visits are below:





Monday, January 30 - All School Mass 

The Marist community gathered on Monday morning to celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. Mr. Kevin Butler '05 kicked mass off with a nice reflection on how catholic schools have impacted his life. Kevin, Meg Dunneback, and Fr. Tom Hurley '85 encouraged students to appreciate and share their gifts with others and to pay it forward. Scroll down to see photos from the mass.

Visit our YouTube channel to watch the 3 speakers:

Click here to view all of the speakers from mass.



Physics and Astronomy teacher Mr. Kevin Butler '05 opens up mass with a reflection encouraging students to appreciate and share their God-given gifts with others.


Mrs. Meg Dunneback shares a reflection for Catholic Schools Week.


Catholic Schools Week mass was presided by Fr. Tom Hurley '85. 

Tuesday, January 31 - Principal for the Day

Congratulations to Phaedra Hisson '26 who was chosen as the Principal for the Day!


Phaedra was welcomed this morning by members of the Admin team: Mr. Joe Inzinga '77, Mrs. Elaine Gaffney, Mrs. Latoya Hayes, Mrs. Meg Dunneback, Mrs. Beth O'Neill, and Mrs. Sarah Kolkmeyer. 


The Principal for the Day with Marist principal Mrs. Meg Dunneback and Marist president Mr. Larry Tucker '79.

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Phaedra joined Mrs. Dunneback on a visit to St. Barnabas where Mrs. Dunneback was a part of panel on a variety of jobs and vocations.

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The Principals collaborated on a very special episode of "Tiny Mic," where they went around the school and asked students what they can do to give back during Catholic Schools Week.

Click here to watch the new episode of Tiny Mic.


On Tuesday night, the Marist boys basketball team traveled to Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL. There was a special guest in the audience in celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Cardinal Cupich! 

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Cardinal Cupich with Marist President Larry Tucker '79.

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Cardinal Cupich with members of the Carmel Catholic and Marist teams.

Wednesday, February 1 - Grammar School T-Shirt Day

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Thursday, February 2 - Faculty Appreciation Day

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Today is all about the faculty and staff! Marist would not be the great place it is without our teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff. We are greatly for all of their hard work every day! Marist celebrated the faculty and staff with a catered lunch and comfortable dress day. Student Council president Nolan Baudo '23 and vice president Annie Shields '23 also went around with a treat cart and hand written thank you notes for each faculty member. Click here to see photos from the day:


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Friday, February 3 - Student Appreciation Day

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Our RedHawks work hard in and out of the classroom every day. Today we show our appreciation for them!

Catholic Schools Week at Marist

The theme of Marist’s celebration coincides with the national theme, which is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service,” and encompasses the core products and values that can be found at Marist and in Catholic schools across the country. Not only is Marist teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, but also the faculty, staff, coaches and administrators are growing with them as well. At Marist, every individual is a learner, servant, and leader. These shared qualities are what make Marist succeed.

The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic and co-curricular activity excellence, and dedication to service. These elements set Marist apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education. 


Why So Many Choose Catholic Education

Marist believes that parents are their child's primary educators. As such, parents have many options in selecting an educational institution for their child. Many schools offer classes in English, math, science, and history. Catholics schools not only provide superior curriculum in these areas, but they do so by integrating faith into every subject. That is the Catholic school difference.

Our goal through the Marist Brothers' tradition is to provide each student with on-going formation in their faith, to develop their God-given gifts, and to prepare them for success in higher education and the global marketplace. We do this through a challenging curriculum, the support of our parents, and in a nurturing environment.

Furthermore, the National Catholic Educational Association, which oversees National Catholic Schools Week provides Catholic School Snaps, which display a series of data that are helpful to parents, the community, and policy leaders about the importance of Catholic schools. 


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Celebrating The Amazing Marist High School Staff

Marist is grateful every day for the teachers, staff, board members, parents and volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the incredible work everyone who makes Marist the fantastic school that it is. Activities that take place during National Catholic Schools Week will be shared on social media and right here on this blog, so be sure to stay tuned for updates.

Learn About National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2022 is January 30 - February 5. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2022 is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. For more information, visit:

Find Out More About Marist High School

Marist High School is a private Catholic, co-ed, college preparatory high school for young men and women of diverse backgrounds. Driven by our mission to make Jesus Christ known and loved in the Marist Brother’s tradition, the Marist community is focused on the complete education of our students in their development as people by bringing together faith, culture, and life. By promoting excellence in education, athletics, activities, spiritual formation, and service to others, we prepare our students for higher education and a meaningful future beyond the classroom.




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