Reminders and news from Archbishop McNicholas High School--August 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

I hope you are enjoying summer blessings! The first day of classes for all students is August 21 - three weeks from today. Important dates shortly before then include
  • August 18 - First freshman orientation event: evening Mass and picnic for freshmen and parents
  • August 19 and 20 - Freshman orientation days
Fun events early in the school year include
  • September 20 - Opening home varsity football game with food trucks and Homecoming festivities
  • October 5 - "Rocketoberfest" adults-only celebration brings the spirit of Munich to McNick. Thanks to the Military Memorial Committee for sponsoring this event.
The June newsletter summarized new features of the daily schedule for the upcoming school year. An additional feature will be Advisory sessions. The same twelve or so students in the same class year will meet with the same adult for 25 minutes on one of the block days most weeks. The group is small enough so that the members can get to know each other and support each other. The main goal is growth in empathy - for each other and for people outside the group. Now that so much interaction between people has shifted from eye-to-eye to screen-to-screen, it's good to have a weekly opportunity to be intentional about face-to-face communication and caring. Advisories will include
  • Prayer in the spirit of the Ignatian Examen
  • Counseling topics
  • School spirit and fun
  • Goal-setting and self-assessment of progress towards goals
Jesus is our model of empathy. As group members grow in empathy, they will grow towards Full Stature in Christ.
 
Thanks to our partnership with Educational Outfitters, uniform skorts are available to purchase through the website or at the store located at 2656 E. Sharon Road, Cincinnati OH 45241. If you would like to pick up your order on campus, please select the "Pick up order at store" option when you are checking out online and add a note that you would like to have your order brought to McNicholas for pick up. 

Please be sure that you are buying skorts and shorts that will meet the uniform expectations, particularly on the length requirement of no more than two inches above the knee. McNicholas will be enforcing the length requirement, so if you have any questions, please bring your skort and/or shorts to school the first day and have the length approved. Items purchased from Educational Outfitters may not be returned after they have been worn, so please be sure your attire is in line with the  revised uniform guidelines. 
News and reminders

2019-2020 School Calendar
Please click here to access important dates for the next school year.

Rocket Shop Back to School Sale
The Rocket Shop will be open on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 for your back-to-school uniform and spirit wear needs. 

Rocket Shop volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to work the Rocket Shop on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Shifts are available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. Contact Karmella Franic-Everhart at 513-490-3934 or kmfcrna@hotmail.com.

Final Forms open for back to school and athletic forms
Archbishop McNicholas High School uses Final Forms, an online forms and data management service, to complete and sign mandatory school and athletic forms. For your convenience, Final Forms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, so you will not need to enter the same information twice. Final Forms also pre-populates information, wherever possible, for each of your students. For your student's safety, Final Forms provides quick access for school personnel and coaches to your student's emergency information.
 
Forms for all students must be complete and electronically signed by parents and students no later than the first day of school. Forms for FALL ATHLETES must be complete and electronically signed by parents and *students as soon as possible. 
 
Please click here to follow the directions to fill out your mandatory back-to-school forms. If you run into problems with Final Forms, click the Use Support button at the bottom of any Final Forms page and submit an email inquiry. If you need help from McNicholas, please contact Susan Rohlfs at  srohlfs@mcnhs.org.
 
You will update and sign all forms at the beginning of the school year. This year there will be another sign off date for the student-parent handbook. You will receive an email when that signature is required. You can use your login credentials at any point during the school year to update your student's information. If there is a change in address, medical history, insurance, etc., please update in Final Forms as soon as the information is available.
 
*Please note: Incoming freshmen will not be able to complete the forms through their school email until they have set up their McNicholas email accounts at their tablet pick-up in August.

2019-2020 parking spots
Applications and payments for parking spots in 2019-2020 are on sale. They should be turned in to Mrs. Rohlfs in the athletic office.  You must show your valid driver's license in order to purchase a spot. Please note: The upper lot will be reserved for seniors. Click here for the application.

College Application Boot Camp for the Class of 2020
Don't miss this unique opportunity to get a jump start on college applications. Sign up for the College Application Boot Camp on Thursday, August 15, from 1-3 p.m. Sit with counselors and work through the Common Application and the application process. Click here to register online by Friday, Aug. 9.



Future Rocket Rally-Aug. 15
Any students entering 8th grade are invited to 
the Future Rocket Rally on Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:40 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Come spend the day with us as you learn more about the McNicholas High School experience while having a ton of fun!  Click here for more information and to register by Monday, Aug. 12.

Back-to-School Car Wash-Aug. 17
Clean up your ride before classes start! Student Council will sponsor a Back-to-School Car Wash on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the visitor's lot.

The Big Read 2019

Summer reading assignments due Tues., August 20

The English and Science Departments have collaborated for the Big Read for Summer 2019, a school-wide reading experience.

Freshmen and Sophomores will read The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Juniors and Seniors will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Students will be assessed through a variety of assignments for both English and Science that will be available on Schoology until Tuesday, August 20, at 9 p.m. There will be no cumulative test given this year. Please click here for details, deadlines, and additional information.

Please note that students enrolled in an Honors or AP English class will have additional reading and assessments for English. 

In making these choices for our students, we wanted to keep in mind our calling as Catholic Christians to work for the life and dignity of all human persons, as outlined in the Catholic Social Teachings.

Q uestions? Please contact English Department Chair Angie Noble at  anoble@mcnhs.org  and Science Department Chair Regina Goines at  rgoines@mcnhs.org .

Note for Class of 2023--
Freshman parents should have received an email with the student login information for Schoology. Students will use that username and password to temporarily log in to Schoology. Students will receive the rest of their log in information at their tablet pickup date.
Athletics

Fall Sports 2019
If your son or daughter would like to participate in any of the following fall sports--cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, women's tennis or women's volleyball, please complete the following forms as soon as possible:  
  • Emergency medical Authorization
  • Transportation Form
  • Concussion Form
Please click here to download a copy of the OHSAA physical to be completed by your physician.  This form must be presented to your student's coach or the athletic office as soon as possible.  
 
Fees:  Due by August 5.  First sport is $225. per athlete.  One-time booster fee per family, per school year is $50.  
 
Important fall dates
August 1-Fall sports begin
August 5-Fees due
August 6-Meet the Coach--6:30 p.m. in Cafe--See your coaches for more information
August 10-Fall sports picture day--See your coaches for more information

Athletic Passes for 2019-20 events now available
Support McNicholas athletes by purchasing an all season athletic pass, which would allow you one admission to all home athletic events at all levels for the 2019 - 2020 school year, except OHSAA tournament games. McNicholas will host over sixty events during the 2019 - 2020 school year. If you attend even a third of our events at pre-sale prices, you save money. Individual passes are $75, and family passes for 4 or more immediate family members (parents and siblings) are $400. Passes may be ordered through Final Forms or by clicking here.

Booster Golf Outing-Sat., Sept 21
The Athletic Boosters will host their Golf Outing on Saturday, September 21 at Legendary Run Golf Course. Registration, lunch, and driving range starts at 11:30 a.m. with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner, awards, and auction will be at 6 p.m.  Click here to register.

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