Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

It was great to welcome students to the first class day today. We began with spirit!
  • Rocket Man, Student Council, and I greeted arriving students with breakfast goodies in the courtyard.
  • The Band, Cheerleaders, Hope Squad, and Student Council revved up spirit during our opening assembly in the gym. Returning students received the 2018-19 yearbook.
In my opening prayer and message I shared this good news:
  • Our Catholic faith emphasizes that God is love.
  • We are made in God's image and likeness, so God has created us to love and care for each other.
  • We need to support each other day by day: compliment, include, assist. We need to be careful not to belittle or exclude.
  • Jesus says, "I came so they might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) The more we care for each other, the more abundant our life will be. Let's make McNicholas a beacon of caring community and abundant life so bright that it outshines the water tower beacon and draws people to want to join us.

News and reminders

School photo day--Tomorrow, Thursday, August 22
Lifetouch photos will be on campus Thursday, August 22, to take school photos.  All students must be photographed for ID and record purposes. 
Please click here for more information if you would like to order photos. 
  1. Students must wear uniform bottoms on school picture day.
  2. Students may wear a McNick appropriate top of their choosing that is consistent with the Catholic values of the school. "Business casual" is a good guideline. Appropriate attire includes collared shirts and dress shirts. Inappropriate apparel includes halter tops, tank tops, sleeveless tops, midriff tops, spaghetti strap or strapless tops, revealing or mesh tops.
  3. Shirts and tops must be long enough to tuck (though not required to tuck) into lower garments and must have modest necklines. Tight fitting tops are not permitted.
This picture will go in the yearbook. The school may decline to use the photo if these criteria are not met. Thank you for your cooperation.

Newsletter archive
Past issues of the Wednesday school newsletter can be found on the McNicholas website under the About Us section.

Seniors--Vaccination documentation needed
According to the Ohio Department of Health requirements, all students entering 7th, 8th, 9th, and 12th grades are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. One dose of meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) is required prior to entry into the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. A second dose of meningococcal vaccine is required PRIOR TO ENTRY into the 12th grade. 
Click here for more information and to print out form to be returned.

From the Counseling Department...
Freshmen Parent Meeting

The Counseling and College Readiness Department will hold a meeting for freshmen parents on Wednesday, September 4 at 6 p.m. in the Cafe. Meet the Teacher night will follow at 7 p.m.

West Point information event
Wednesday, October 92019, 6- 8 p.m.
Woodlawn Ohio National Guard Training and Community Center
10050 Woodlawn Blvd.
Woodlawn, OH 45215-1394
Click here for more information.

Campus Ministry

Because we at Archbishop McNicholas High School are a community that prays together, we extend our gratitude to all for your many prayers as we begin the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, we extend an invitation to all to join together whenever we gather for Mass as a community. 

Friday Morning Mass
Each Friday morning when school is in session (beginning this Friday, August 23rd), there will be an opportunity before the school day begins to gather in our school's chapel to welcome God's grace into our lives through the Word and in the Eucharist. Mass will begin promptly at 7:00 am and will typically conclude between 7:25 and 7:30 a.m. to allow for travel time before the school day begins at 7:40 a.m. For most of these occasions, Fr. Dave Endres, Dean of the Athenaeum/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, will preside, and he is skilled at breaking open the meaning of the Gospel as it relates to the lives of high school students. It's a lovely opportunity to come together with other students, faculty, staff, and parents to pray together before school each Friday. Our school's chapel can be found in the westernmost part of the convent building. Please know that all are welcome and invited to attend. 

Opening All-School Mass
The first all-school liturgy of the 2019-2020 school year will take place on Thursday, September 5th at 1:20 pm in the sanctuary of Guardian Angels parish, which is located directly across Beechmont Avenue from our campus. As with each of our all school liturgies, parents and family of students are always welcome to join us as your schedule permits, and we especially extend the invitation to parents of the class of 2023 as we welcome the first-year students into our community formally for the first time. Fr. Ed Smith, a 1974 alumnus of McNicholas and the pastor of Our Lord Christ the King parish, will preside.

On Campus

McNick Study/Travel Abroad Italy and Greece Trip

This past academic year, a group of McNicholas students became global scholars as they studied in preparation for a unique study abroad experience in Italy and Greece. The students studied Italian and Greek art and architecture, cultures, customs and a bit of the languages from countries they planned to visit. By the time the students arrived at the airport in June--some flying for the very first time--they had a year's worth of preparation packed up with them. Throughout the year and their experience abroad, all the students gained more confidence and a sense of empowerment to navigate whatever comes next.  Click here to see more photos and student video projects from the trip.

The next McNick Study/Travel Abroad class or trip experience is the summer of 2021, and the destinations for our next learning adventures are France and Spain. The informational meeting will be Thursday, September 19 at 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the school library. Trip space is limited.
Please contact Ms. Mel Gaskins  mgaskings@mcnhs.org for more information.



Trip to Paris, the Riviera, and Rome--June 2020

There are spots available to be part of this exciting trip next summer! Come learn more at the next information meeting on  Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 304 (Convent).  Please contact Mrs. Julie Dill at jdill@mcnhs.org if you have any questions.



Athletics

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 $300. Passes may be ordered through Final Forms or by clicking here.

Homecoming 2019--Friday, September 20
Celebrate Homecoming 2019 when the Rockets host Purcell Marian for a 7 p.m. kick off. Plan to arrive early for:
  • Visiting with alumni from across the years at the Rocket Family Reunion area
  • Taking advantage of VIP Parking in the tailgating area
  • Eating at one of the food trucks on campus for the event
  • Purchasing your golf ball for the Golf Ball Drop on the baseball field before kickoff
Athletic Boosters Golf Outing
Saturday, September 21
Legendary Run Golf Course
11:30 a.m. Registration, lunch, and driving range
1:30 p.m. Shotgun start
6:00 p.m. Dinner, awards, and auction
Click here to download registration form.
McNicholas seeks baseball coach
McNicholas High School is looking for a head varsity baseball coach for the 2020 season.  Interested applicants should contact  Athletic Director Rob Heise at rheise@mcnhs.org  by September 20, 2019

Athletic Department Social Media
Follow what's happening in Rocket sports on the field, court, or course on Twitter or Instagram. GO ROCKETS!
PTSA

PTSA welcomes all Rocket families to the new school year! Lots of exciting events and activities afford our families the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in this great community.

Click here for information about each of the PTSA-sponsored events and dates for open meetings that all parents are welcome to attend!


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.
In the Community

Immaculate Heart of Mary parish to host NET I.D.
McNicholas students are invited to IHM once a month on Wednesdays to discover how they can make an impact with other teens from parishes all over the Cincinnati area. NET I.D. Ministries highlights include passionate keynote speakers, NET Missionaries, Worship Leader Joe Lundin, leadership training and materials. NET I.D. is from 6:15 to 9 p.m. on the following evenings:

Sept 25, 2019; Oct. 9 ,2019; Nov. 13, 2019; Dec. 11, 2019; Jan. 15, 2020; Feb. 12, 2020; Mar. 11, 2020; Apr. 8, 2020; Apr. 29, 202

Registration is $200/person for the year. Please contact Joe Lundin from NET Ministries at joel@netusa.org or (651) 450-6833, ext. 203 for more information.

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