Back to School Update

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Welcome to our Back to School page, your source for important information you will need to start the 2020-2021 Marist High School academic year.  You will find everything from class schedules and book lists to dress code changes, athletics and Back to School Nights for Marist parents and guardians.  Check back often to take advantage of this resource for Marist families!

Marist will continue to provide updates on these and other topics in the coming weeks. 



COVID-19 has required us to make necessary changes to some of the ordinary things that we take for granted during the school day.  Some of these changes include:

•             Health self-certification for faculty/students for entry to the building

•             Revision to student entrances and exits

•             Relocation of Health Office

•             New Bathroom Protocols

•             Elimination of Water Fountains/Installation of Water Stations

For a complete list of the COVID-19 non-academic protocols, please go the Health Office page.


The CDC directives for COVID-19 and our own new COVID-19 protocols can be perplexing.  In order to make these directives and protocols clear and to quell any of the misconceptions that may exist, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page on the Health Office page.


There are numerous protocols we will be following related to COVID-19.  The following distills what will happen in our school when a student or faculty member tests positive for COVID-19:


The student will be quarantined in the one of the two quarantine spaces in the Student Health Office until the parent/guardian comes to pick up the student.


School nurse will conduct contact tracing to determine if the student/staff member had close contact with others.  Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who tested positive for more than 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection).


We will track the positive COVID-19 cases in our school community.  We will be in contact with public health officials if we see an upward trend in positive cases to determine if the need would arise to temporarily close the building and transition to e-learning.



In this most uncertain time, we welcome you back to Marist and to your senior year. Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Myers will be emailing you regarding several important events within the next few weeks of the semester, so keep checking your email. Things will look a little different, but everything will work out for you.  In the near future, we will be sending an email about your college application process, how to request transcripts, and how to make appointments with us. Many required forms will now be online in order to keep you safe. There will also be a video to walk you and your parent/guardian through the financial aid process. This video will be available after September 15, 2020, but before the financial aid form (FAFSA) goes live on October 1, 2020.

We anticipate college visits to Marist to halt for the fall semester. Several colleges are working on Zoom visits, or recommending that you visit their websites. We believe this is a great start, but know that we are with you on this journey and are here to help and support you the whole way. This can be a confusing time, but there is a great opportunity coming your way. Beginning on September 14 through October 22, you will have the opportunity to visit a virtual college fair with approximately 200 colleges and universities, as well as hundreds of presentations on a variety of subjects. After the college fairs, all presentations will be available on videos, so you will not miss a thing. Registration begins at the end of August, and we will be sending the link to you when it becomes available. Since so many colleges have changed their testing requirements to optional, please check out the individual school website and for the most current information. Some major athletic divisions may still require a test score.

In the meantime, we are requesting that you begin to fill out the letter of recommendation and game plan forms found on Naviance. Go to your page, select ABOUT ME, hit the tab MY STUFF, then the tab MY SURVEYS, and you will find the LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FORM. To find the GAME PLAN, again, go to ABOUT ME, hit the MY SURVEYS tab, then the SURVEYS IN PROGRESS tab. You will find the GAME PLAN in that section.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Mrs. Peterson (Last names A-L)            Mrs. Myers (Last names M-Z)



We will host sophomore, junior, and senior level class orientations for the 2020-21 school year.  We feel it is extremely important to gather as a school community, even though we are limited in the number of students who can attend each session.  Students in each year level will be broken into three separate sessions.  Four groups of less than 50 students will attend during each time slot – each group in a separate space where they can be socially distant. The schedule for the orientations will be as follows:

Senior Orientation Schedule – Monday, August 24, 2020





Band Room

Session 1
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Last Name

A – Bo

Last Name

Br – Cl

Last Name

Co – Do

Last Name

Dr - Gar

Session 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Last Name

Gas – Hi

Last Name

Ho – Kr

Last Name

Ks – Mar

Last Name

Mas – Ni

Session 3

1:30-3: 30 p.m.

Last Name

No – Ram

Last Name

Re – Sel

Last Name

Shu – Vel

Last Name

Vo - Zo


Junior Orientation Schedule – Tuesday, August 25, 2020





Band Room

Session 1
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Last Name

A – Bud

Last Name

Bul – Cot

Last Name

Cou – El

Last Name

En – Gi

Session 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Last Name

Go – Hi

Last Name

Hu – Kr

Last Name

La – McC

Last Name

McD – Murp

Session 3

1:30 - 3: 30 p.m.

Last Name

Murr – Par

Last Name

Paw – Ry

Last Name

Sa – Su

Last Name

Sw – Zw


Sophomore Orientation Schedule – Wednesday, August 26, 2020





Band Room

Session 1
8:30-10:30 a.m.

Last Name

A – Bl

Last Name

Bu- Ch

Last Name

Ci – Di 

Last Name

Do – Fi 

Session 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Last Name

Fl – Hel

Last Name

Hen – Kl 

Last Name

Ko – Marr

Last Name

Mart – Mur

Session 3

1:30-3: 30 p.m.

Last Name

Na – Pa

Last Name

Pe – Schm 

Last Name

Scho – To 

Last Name

Tr – Zo 


If your orientation is scheduled for the theater, please enter the building through Door #6 by the O’Heir Computer Center.

If your orientation is scheduled for the cafeteria, please enter the building through Door #14, the main gym entrance.

If your orientation is scheduled for the ARC, please enter the building through Door #1, the main office entrance.

If your orientation is in the band room, please enter the building through Door #17, the Hynes Gym entrance.                                                                                                    

The four topics that we will focus on during the orientations are:

  1. Health Office: Protocols, Procedures and Self-Evaluation
  2. School Procedures and Policies
  3. Counseling Health and Wellness Presentation
  4. Academic Presentation (includes topics such as Hawk Halls, Remote Learning, Canvas)

Students should wear their school polo and bring their iPad on these days. Shorts and gym shoes are acceptable. 


We will welcome our freshmen to campus on the following dates:

Thursday, August 27 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, August 28    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, August 31 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (GROUP A)
  12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (GROUP B)


On Thursday and Friday, we will welcome our freshmen and introduce them to the Marist charism.  We will begin building community in the freshman class which will continue throughout the school year with various events and activities.  There will be presentations on:

•             Mission and Faith

•             School Spirit

•             Academics

•             Technology Training (Email, iPads, Naviance)

•             Hawk Halls

•             Q and A Panels

•             Competitions

•             School Policies and Procedures

•             Protocols related to COVID-19

On Monday, we will welcome Group A and Group B in separate sessions for:

•             Schedule run-through (Periods 1 through 7)

•             Student books and resources

•             Technology Information (Class Canvas pages & Zoom Protocols)

Freshmen will receive additional information in the weeks to come regarding the daily schedule for August 27, 28, and 31, including their assigned groups, their starting location in the school building and school entrance to use. Students should wear their school polo and bring their iPad on these days. Shorts and gym shoes are acceptable. 


Please arrive to Marist by 9:15 a.m. on your assigned orientation day for iPad orientation and campus tour before joining the 11 a.m. orientation session. 



We will welcome freshman parents to Marist High School over three evenings:  Monday through Wednesday, August 24, 25, and 26.  While this is not the traditional format of how we welcome our parents, it is traditional in terms of how happy we are to welcome you to the Marist High School community.

Parents will be assigned a date, a time slot, a location and an entrance to utilize for this event. You will receive this information the week of August 17.  We are so excited to meet the parents of the class of 2024.



Marist High School maintains a formal dress code, which contributes to a seriousness of purpose and to a positive learning atmosphere.  The school expects the full support of parents/guardians in implementing all aspects of the dress code.  The school administration, through the Dean’s Office, reserves the right to use discretionary judgment in determining the appropriateness of all items pertaining to the dress code.

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, Tommy Hilfiger will be the exclusive uniform provider for Marist High School.  Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will be allowed to wear the clothing they have purchased from Lands’ End for the 2020-21 school year.  Also, a family may hand down Lands' End clothing to their incoming freshman (Class of 2024).

All new uniform purchases will be made through Tommy Hilfiger and must have the Marist High School logo on it.  The custom Marist uniform ordering link is available here.  You can shop by school name (Marist High School) or by school code (MHSU42).

All students are required to wear face wear masks that cover both the nose and mouth during the school day.  Students may wear cloth masks that are plain and single colored in red, black or white.  Cloth masks may not have words, images, prints or patterns. Medical disposable masks are also permitted.

Girls Dress Code

Senior and junior girls are permitted to wear black skirts/skorts or black pants/shorts (warm weather days) purchased from Tommy Hilfiger. 

Sophomore and freshman girls are permitted to wear khaki skirts/skorts or khaki pants/shorts (warm weather days) purchased from Tommy Hilfiger. 

Black or brown belts must be worn with pants/shorts. 

Polo shirts are available in long-sleeved or short-sleeved styles and may be purchased from the Marist bookstore in (red/white or black/white) or from Tommy Hilfiger in red or black.

OPTIONAL OUTERWEAR:  Girls are permitted to wear v-neck and cardigan sweaters in red or black.   Girls may also wear full zip and half-zip fleeces in red or black.  These items are purchased through Tommy Hilfiger and must have the Marist High School logo.

Shoes must be worn during the school day.  No sandals or boots are permitted.  Socks/tights in red, white or black must wear worn.  An acceptable shoe pictorial is available here.

Due to school locker use restrictions set forth by the ISBE/IDPH, students will have the option of wearing gym shoes for the 2020-2021 school year.

Girls' hair is to be neat, clean, and well groomed.  Any hair color, hair style or hair accessory that brings undue attention to the student is not permitted.  Dying hair unnatural colors is not permitted.  Bandanas and head scarfs are not permitted.  Headbands must be black, red or white.

Boys Dress Code

Senior and junior boys are permitted to wear black pants/shorts (warm weather days) purchased from Tommy Hilfiger. 

Sophomore and freshman boys are permitted to wear khaki pants/shorts (warm weather days) purchased from Tommy Hilfiger. 

Black or brown belts must be worn with pants/shorts. 

Polo shirts are available in short-sleeved styles and may be purchased from the Marist bookstore in (red/white or black/white) or from Tommy Hilfiger in (red or black).  Polo shirts are worn prior to November 1 and after March 31.

Oxford dress shirts (long sleeved) in white or light blue with the Marist High School logo and tie are worn from November 1 through March 31.  These items are purchased through Tommy Hilfiger. 

OPTIONAL OUTERWEAR:  Boys are permitted to wear v-neck sweater vests or v-neck sweaters in red or black.   Boys may also wear full zip and ½ zip fleeces in red or black.  These items are purchased through Tommy Hilfiger and must have the Marist High School logo.

Shoes must be worn during the school day.  No sandals or boots are permitted.  Socks must be worn.  An acceptable shoe pictorial is available here.

Due to school locker use restrictions set forth by the ISBE/IDPH, students will have the option of wearing gym shoes for the 2020-2021 school year.

Boys' hair is to be neat, clean, and well groomed.  Any hair color, hair style or hair accessory that brings undue attention to the student is not permitted.  Students may be asked by the Dean of Students to get a haircut if their hair is too long.

Facial hair of any kind is not permitted.  Boys' earrings are not allowed.

Detailed dress code information is available in the Marist High School Student Handbook.  A digital copy is available on the Marist website. 

Specific dress code questions can be referred to the year level Dean of your son/daughter.

Mr. Joseph Inzinga Dean of Students, Upperclassmen (Juniors/Seniors) 773.881.5361

Mr. Don Pirkle Dean of Students, Underclassmen (Freshmen/Sophomores) 773.881.5322                           



Our campus traffic flow runs from east to west.  Parents who are dropping off in the morning must enter at the traffic light and will drive east on the frontage road and exit at the “pork chop” exit next to the varsity baseball field.

Freshman parents may pull in front of the main gym entrance to drop off their freshman son/daughter and sophomore parents may pull in front of the main office entrance to drop off their sophomore son/daughter.  If you are driving your upperclassmen son/daughter to school, please drop your senior son/daughter at the Hynes Gym entrance and your juniors at the entrance to the west faculty lot so they can enter at the science wing planetarium entrance.



Students applied for parking in the spring of 2020 for a parking space for the 2020-21 school year.  Parking hang tags will be distributed to upperclassmen students at their class orientations August 24 – 26.  All students who applied for a parking space received a parking spot. 

Because we will be running a hybrid schedule to start the school year there is the possibility that the driver your son/daughter is carpooling with may not be in school on the same day as your son/daughter.  In the event that this would happen, we are suggesting the following:

  • Find another student to carpool with who comes to Marist the same days that you do.
  • Request a parking space for your student for the days he or she is at Marist. The parking application is available here

Please know that since we are in a hybrid schedule as of now for the 2020-21 school year, families will receive a partial refund of the parking fee commensurate with their time in school.  Any questions about parking may be referred to Mr. Joseph Inzinga, the Dean of Students, Upperclassmen at 773.881.5361.



Check back for updates on this topic. 



Students will enter AND exit through four designated school entrances.  Please be cognizant of where you drop off your son/daughter in the morning so they are close to their assigned entrance.

•             Seniors through the Hynes Gym (New Gym) entrance

•             Juniors through the Beeson Science Center planetarium entrance

•             Sophomores through the main office entrance

•             Freshmen through the main gym entrance

At each entrance school staff will be posted to check student cell phone screens to ensure that students completed their daily self-certification on the school’s self-certification app.  Students with a GREEN screen will be able to enter the building; those with a RED screen will not. Students may enter the building at 8:15 a.m.



The Marist High School Student Handbook will be available online as of August 31. The Student Handbook contains important information about Marist High School’s policies on student discipline, dress code, academic dishonesty, athletics, and academic requirements. Please take the time to review this handbook with your student as the school year gets underway. 

The Dean of Students for your son or daughter’s year level will be collecting a signed Student/Parent Contract.  This contract indicates that you have read and reviewed the handbook, that you agree with the provisions and the policies, that you understand that it is a binding contract, and that these are the expectations for your son/daughter for the 2020-21 school year.



The Marist High School Health Office has been relocated to a larger space in the athletic wing of the school.  This will allow for maximum social distancing of students who may present with any signs of illness.  Additionally, there is a school entrance/exit (main gym entrance) very close to the relocated Health Office.  The Health Office has a restroom, running water, windows, ventilation, and two quarantine areas.  The Health Office is staffed by Mrs. Amanda Gaida, a licensed school nurse.  She can be reached at 773.881.5352.  Please visit the Health Office page for additional information regarding health physicals, medication authorization forms, COVID-19 protocols, and FAQ's regarding COVID-19.



The Student/Parent Handbook will be online for the 2020 -21 school year. You can find this document on the Marist website beginning August 31. Please review with your son or daughter the specific policies related to iPad and cell phone usage. We have high expectations for our students in the way they communicate with their peers, classmates and school staff. These expectations are grounded in our mission as a Catholic school community, treating others as we wish to be treated.


Student IDs will be distributed to all of our students during the year level orientations.  All students will wear their photo IDs and Marist lanyard throughout the course of the school day. Please be advised that the lanyard is part of a Marist student’s dress code and that the photo ID and lanyard must be worn at all times while on the Marist campus. Deacon Andy Neu oversees the creation of student IDs and also replaces IDs at a cost of $5.00. Deacon Neu’s office has been relocated to the Student Life Office which is located in our school cafeteria.


Families should purchase their student iPad about two weeks prior to the start of school.  This will allow for each student to connect their iPad to their home Wi-Fi and create their personal Apple ID with a personal email account.

Purchases must be made through outside vendors such as the Apple store or an authorized Apple reseller; iPads will not be available for resale through Marist High School. To maximize capacity, we recommend 128GB or higher; Wi-Fi only; NO cellular option; along with AppleCare+ coverage.  All iPads MUST be at iOS 12.4 or higher. It is highly recommended that your iPad be current at the iOS 13.x level for security reasons.  Today’s retail market sells various iPad models, each compatible with the Apple Pencil.  The 128GB 10.2” iPad is perfectly adequate for educational use.  Please visit the Apple website for specifics, i.e.  Smart Keyboards, Apple Pencil, etc.  We strongly encourage you to purchase a case for the iPad that protects the corner edges. 

Please note that a detailed FAQ document is on our website should you need further information.


2020-2021 TEXTBOOKS

Marist High School is a one-to-one iPad school.  Each student is required to purchase his/her personal iPad.  Nearly all textbooks used at Marist are in a digital format.  Many may be downloaded to the iPad, while others are housed in a “cloud bookshelf” accessible through the internet.

With the continuation of Marist’s one-to-one iPad program, we anticipate textbook costs to range from $250 to $375 per student excluding any material fees (i.e. lab fees and art supplies). Exact costs are dependent upon the student’s grade level and class schedule.

Teachers have selected the best textbook for the curriculum in their subject.  In some cases, no text will be required.  In courses requiring a textbook, students will be directed by their teacher on how to access their texts.  This will mainly take place via one of the following methods:

  1. Marist purchased eBooks:  To facilitate the purchase of books for our families, Marist has purchased licenses or “seats” from several publishers, where available.  Students will be provided access codes for these texts from their teachers during the first few days of school.  Families will be billed for these individual texts through the Marist business office.
  2. Student purchased eBooks:  In cases where Marist was not able to work directly with a publisher, students will be directed by their teacher how to purchase their eBook and other virtual materials.  This may include purchase or rentals through, or other publishers. ISBN numbers will be provided.  Students will be responsible for ordering and purchasing on their own.
  3. iBooks:  In cases where teachers have selected an iBook as the text, students will be directed to the iBook app and will purchase the book using their Apple ID.  Students will be responsible for ordering and purchasing on their own.
  4. Traditional Textbooks:  In most English classes, and some other courses, students may need to buy novels, scripts, or other hard copy books.  Teachers will provide directions on these titles and students will be responsible for ordering and purchasing on their own.
  5. Textbook List: Please follow the links below to be taken to the 2020-2021 textbook lists.  To ensure that you are ordering the correct book(s), please verify both the Course Name AND Course Number on your schedule before ordering books. A full textbook list by department is also available along with a list of art and technology fees that apply to some courses. 





Sophomore, junior, and senior students will all be able to login to their student Skyward accounts to view their 2020-2021 course schedules. The link to Skyward can be found at under the ‘Parent’ or ‘Student’ tabs. Log on to Skyward and click on the ‘Scheduling’ tile to view your schedule. This is also accessible from your Parent’s account(s).

Freshman students have not yet received Skyward login information (this will come at orientation). Freshman parents received emailed instructions to activate their Skyward accounts and can login to view their student’s schedule.

To determine which ‘group’ your student(s) fall under within our hybrid schedule, from Skyward, click on the ‘Activity’ tile. Group A indicates that the student will be in the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Group B indicates that the student will be in the building on Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you experience difficulty logging on or navigating the system or you find an error in your schedule, please email Ms. Colleen Connolly or call 773.881.5370.

Schedules may not be changed to accommodate student preferences for specific teachers, class periods, free periods, or A/B grouping.


An add/drop period was offered to students in the Spring of 2020 to make requests to change courses for the upcoming school year.  Due to our hybrid e-learning model this year, many class sections are filled and there is little to no room for movement.  Therefore, we will not be offering an additional add/drop period before the start of school this year.  Upon accessing your schedule, should you have any urgent placement issues, please email  



Print or download the schedule here



Freshman students who are enrolled in the Marcellin program will be present in the building for their classes Tuesday through Friday.  Freshmen students who take Marcellin Math only will report to school on their assigned A or B days, as well as both days their math course takes place. These freshmen will be in the building 3 days a week.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are taking Marcellin courses will only report to school on their assigned A or B days.



This year, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will provide our parents the opportunity to meet their children’s teachers, learn about their classes, and understand course expectations by sharing welcome videos from each of our faculty member’s courses that will be posted on each course’s Canvas page on September 1.  Parents of freshmen and transfer students can expect to receive Canvas account information during the first week of school. Any questions regarding obtaining a parent access code to Canvas can be directed to Ms. Colleen Connolly.  Any questions regarding the virtual welcome experience for parents can be directed to Mrs. Sarah Kolkmeyer, Assistant Principal of Academics.



The Marist Counseling department is committed to supporting student growth in the following areas: academic success, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness.

It is our goal to help prepare students for higher education and life beyond high school.

Students will remain with the same counselor throughout their four years.  This allows for the student and counselor to develop a long term and meaningful relationship.

Although the structure of the student’s academic day may have changed, parents can be assured that the counselors will remain available and accessible to meet the needs of students.  Counselors will still meet with students individually and/or in small, socially distanced groups, as well as continue to provide important resources, information and updates.  More information on how to remain connected with counselors will be available in the coming weeks.

We understand that the times we are all experiencing right now may affect everyone differently. 

Students and parents are encouraged to notify the counselor of any external factors that may be negatively impacting academic performance.

Counselor Assignment:

Patrick Ryan (Last Names A-L) and Heather Olsson (Last Names M-Z) - Class of 2024 (Freshmen)

Maggie Reif - Class of 2023 (Sophomores)

Erik Christensen - Class of 2022 (Juniors)

Tasia Buford-Howell (Last Names A-L) and Robyn McNaughton (Last Names M-Z) - Class of 2021 (Seniors)

Holly Cox - Marcellin Program Counselor (All year levels)

College Counselors:

Nicki Peterson, A-L

Kim Myers, M-Z

Social Worker

Cathaleen Novak

Questions? Please email Joy Lewis, Director of Counseling. 



The Marist band has long been a hallmark of Marist High School.  With over 50 years of experience, the famed Marist band has performed and toured all over North America.  This year, the band will be touring overseas for the first time and will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland in 2021.

1733 Band Honors ..................Honors level ■ Two semesters ■ 1.0 credit ■ Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: Approval of Director and at least one year of experience with private lessons and/or band or orchestra instruction.

Note: This course may be repeated for credit each academic year.

This elective course is designed to develop instrumental proficiency through the performance of all types of band literature from classical to contemporary. Due to COVID-19 regulations, to start the school year, the 100+ band will be split into three separate groups.  There will be two groups of wind players only and one class for percussionists only.  Each class will be starting the year working on concert music repertoire and ensemble music.  While in class, students will be required to follow all COVID-19 protocols mandated by Marist High School.  Once we are able to combine the three ensembles into one group, we will begin preparing for marching band and the upcoming Ireland tour.  This is a performance course and required performance events are scheduled throughout the year.

*Physical Education requirement is waived for students in Band.

For more information relating to band, please email Band Director Andrew Creagh or call (773) 881-5362.



About the Parents Club – We are FUN-Raisers!

Parent involvement at Marist is a rich tradition that has transformed over the years to serve our community. Today, the Marist Parents Club offers parents an opportunity to connect with fellow parents, spend time with their children at events, and help build the Marist community through planning special events in conjunction with the school.  The Parents Club does not fundraise, but it does FUN-Raise!

How Can I Join? 

As a Marist parent, you are already a member of the Parents Club.  So, join us for the monthly Parents Club meetings, which take place at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month via Zoom.  If you would like the link to our meetings email us! While part of the meeting is for planning upcoming events, we also take time for fellowship.  Our meetings often have a celebratory theme.  For example, in October we celebrate Octoberfest and in February, Valentine’s Day. 

We know everyone has busy lives.  The Parents Club is happy to have whatever time and talent you can spare.  You can help run our numerous events, help with mailings, provide items for events, or just come to the meetings and share your ideas.  Any time and talent you can share is more than welcome.

Follow Us on Twitter and Facebook.           

Event Photos

To view and purchase photos from Parents Club events, visit HR Imaging and click the orange circle that says “Order prints from special events.” Enter "Marist High School" in the search, click "submit" and choose your event from the list. 

2020-2021 Executive Committee

President: Jen Portincaso, Class of 2021 and 2023 students
Vice President: Al Bernhardt, Class of 2022 student
Secretary: Ann O'Brien, Class of 2021 student
Media Chair: Janie Vulich, Class of 2021 student