Our Saber families make our school what it is every day. Read more about our students and parents that are proud to be part of the Saber family, or in some cases, very happy they made the switch to Manistee Catholic Central.
"I love how much of a family we are." - Rylee
"I love MCC because we have high school friends."
"“I love MCC because the community is accepting and cares for each and everyone."
The Korzeniewski Family
The education of my children is important, but it's only one facet of their overall life experience on their journey toward a happy and healthy adulthood. When I send my children to a school, I'm choosing more than just their education, it's the teachers, mentors, coaches, families, and friends that will adorn the most definitive years of their lives. It wasn't until I tried to cobble together a childhood for my kids in an urban public school district that I fully appreciated how special my own formative years had been at Manistee Catholic Central.
When I was growing up, school wasn't a standardized test preparation facility. The teachers, parents and volunteers at MCC were driven by a deeper purpose: to enrich, protect and edify the lives of the children to whom they have been entrusted. Manistee Catholic Central is a family. The people who give their time to it do so because those kids are the next generation of that family. That's why you'll find teachers going the extra mile to help a troubled student, coaches with a purpose bigger than just winning games and graduates like me thrilled to give this gift to our own children.
As a parent, MCC is almost like a social club for energetic, successful parents who are willing to make tremendous sacrifices for their children. These dedicated peers are not only good role models to my kids and fun to volunteer alongside, but their hard work and humble positive attitudes challenge me to be my best. Many of these parents even stick around as volunteers long after their own kids are grown and gone.
Manistee Catholic Central continues to thrive because the educational results,
excellence in athletics and the family you become a part of are worth so much more than the modest price. My children and I couldn't be happier or more proud to be Sabers.
The Tabaczka Family
After several years of behavioral, social, mental and educational struggles with our son Jalen at Manistee High School, our hopes were dwindling. We had discussed the option of pulling him from MHS and moving him to MCC for quite some time, and after weighing the options, and talking to other people that we knew of that had their children enrolled at MCC, we decided that the transfer needed to happen. In September 2018, Jalen started his junior year as a Saber and his transformation has been unbelievable, to say the least. Jalen went from failing almost every class at MHS, to being on the honor roll at MCC. He was quickly accepted and welcomed by the students there, whereas he didn’t have any real friendships at MHS. He started attending school sporting events as a spectator, became involved in homecoming events and is enjoying playing basketball for his school, all of which were the total opposite cases for him at Manistee High. One of the most rewarding factors for us, as parents, was seeing his acceptance and trust for teachers return to him. From homework help, daily classroom life, to parent teacher conferences, we see many improvements. It makes a huge difference to have teachers not only want to see their students excel, but to create bonds with them, that inspire them to be better students. Overall, beyond his immediate family, other family members have noticed a huge change in Jalen. It’s as if his zest for life has returned to him, and he is finally experiencing high school in a positive way, as any young adult should. Our only regret is that we would have made this switch a long time ago for him. We just want to personally thank the staff, students and Father Pablo, for welcoming Jalen with open arms and making him feel as though he truly belongs.
~Jamie & Jamie Tabaczka
The Newenhouse Family
What Manistee Catholic Central Means To Our Family...
I could start out by simply saying I send my boys here for the outstanding education, but this school offers so much more!
"It takes a village" is something I've read and heard my whole life. This, for me, is a theme I feel and hear over and over at our school. I can't even count how many families support my children and help us go about our everyday. We all work together to help each other in many ways...If you need a ride, forget a lunch, need help with studies, need advice, or even just someone to listen to your day. Working together as parents, teachers, administrators, and priests, it's what makes us unique. It's what makes us a family and a place you can call home. Having Preschool through 12th grade all under the same roof, seeing the same faces, knowing the classrooms and what is expected year after year, allows our students to have a constant knowledge and respect for our school, our students, and staff.
I am not Catholic, but my boys attend this school. It's the people, the faith, the teachers, and small classrooms that make it an easy choice for us. Catholicism is something my children know and understand. It's a Christ-centered school so they get a knowledge of Catholicism, but even a greater relationship with our Lord. Volunteering is a norm for my boys, something that is taught here at our school. It's back to the basics...golden rules, respect for one another, hard work pays off, and a school that allows our children to have faith, to believe in our Lord, pray and pray for others. This is a gift I am able to give my children. It's not always easy. We make sacrifices to attend, but what greater reason than for our children.
The Hallead Family
As parents, we look for a learning environment that would develop our boys not only academically, but as young, Christian gentlemen. It is important to our family that our children learn about their faith, both in words and actions to become good, faith-filled adults. Manistee Catholic Central has exceeded all our expectations. From learning support programs, field trips, extracurricular activities, Christian service opportunities to dual enrollment, our boys can thrive and reach their personal potential. Additionally, the self-binding community of parents, teachers, staff, coaches, and children foster a love of all people that is not found in all learning institutions. The relationship between Manistee Catholic Central students and teachers is a life lesson that we can only pray our kids get to experience. At Manistee Catholic Central our boys get this experience.
~Lindsay and Jason Hallead
The Stickney Family
In 2016, we transferred our children to MCC. The only regret we have is that we didn't do it sooner. We have 3 children and they have all struggled in their own way at their old school. Our boys didn't feel like they were in a safe environment. They failed not only classes, but also their grade levels. They had teachers who didn't want to teach them. It was a constant fight on a daily basis to get them to go to school. Since we made the decision to transfer to MCC, our son Eric who failed all middle school is now a senior. He has teachers who want to help him and are patient with him. He is now exploring college options. Our son Justin is now a sophomore and he can go to school and feel like he is in an environment where he can flourish. He is active in sports and band. He is happy again. Our daughter Leah is so happy that everyone was so accepting of her. She was only in 6th grade when we moved and the group of girls in her grade accepted her. She was scared, but everyone made her and our boys feel very welcome. It is amazing how a school can be so much like a family. It is the best decision we have ever made. Not only for our children, but for our family.
Ms. Janelle Miller and Sons
My name is Janelle Miller. I am a 2005 graduate of Manistee Catholic Central. I am a mother to Landyn who is going into 5th grade, and Easton who is going into 3rd grade. Choosing to send my kids to Manistee Catholic Central was one of the easiest and most important choices I have made as a parent.
My parents Robert and Jane were raised in strong, Catholic, Christ-centered families. My parents made the choice to send both my sister Loriel and I to MCC from kindergarten until we graduated. At MCC I had the chance to not only receive a superior education, but I was also able to strengthen my faith. The teachers I had were never just "there for a paycheck." They genuinely cared about students; academically, personally, and spiritually. Even today through technology and social media I am able to remain in contact with several of these wonderful mentors. 13 years post graduation they are still there to offer guidance, support, and love.
Recently, I ran into my 5th grade teacher Sister Fran. She remembered me by name; remembered that I had excelled in math and asked me about the journey God has taken me on. She hugged me when she heard of my struggles and smiled with tears in her eyes as I proudly told her I had two boys attending MCC. MCC isn't just a school, it is a family. I wanted my children to be part of that family.
Throughout their time at MCC my boys have been surrounded by caring teachers, kind friends, and supportive parents. Most importantly, they are blessed with the opportunity to be surrounded by individuals who want to help them grow in their relationship with the Lord. I know each day at MCC my children are able to grow deeper in their faith, love and understanding of the word of God. Our time spent at MCC has truly been a blessing and I look forward to many more wonderful years.