Reminders and news from Archbishop McNicholas High School--August 7, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

The first day of classes for all students, August 21, is two weeks away, and the pace on campus is picking up. The first Kairos retreat is underway at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Please keep the retreatants and the student/adult leaders in your prayers. Fall teams are working hard to be at their best for their opening contests. Student Council is developing plans to pump up Rocket spirit.
Welcome, members of the Class of 2023 and parents! I look forward to seeing you at our first orientation event on the evening of Sunday August 18: Mass at 5:00 in the Café followed by a picnic and icebreakers. Parents, please bring lawn chairs for yourself for the picnic. (Students won't need lawn chairs.)
We say farewell, thank you, and good luck to faculty members who are leaving McNicholas and pursuing new opportunities: Trey Aultman, Rebecca Carmel, John Chadwell, Loretta Graner, Cheryl Heise, Sergio Munda, and Kaitlyn Richter. In next week's newsletter I'll introduce our new faculty members.
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 aware that sizing is different for uniforms than it is for other clothing. There are half sizes as well as junior sizes which are more aligned with what you might expect in misses sizes. If you have questions, please visit the store or call the store for clarification at 771-1234. 

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 (women) or shorts (men) 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.  

We are aware that there are inventory issues, and consequently have tentatively set September 23 to be the end of the transition time for wearing the old plaid skirts. Incoming freshmen who are awaiting skorts on back order may call the main school office and arrange to borrow a plaid skirt that has been professionally cleaned until the skort order arrives. 

Enjoy the remaining days of summer. I look forward to seeing you back on campus after the summer break.
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, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, August 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. 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

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
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.

Setting up lunch accounts
As we approach a new school year, Derringer Company is pleased to again offer our Dining Services to McNicholas High School. We would like to welcome the new students and returning students and look forward to another great year! Click here for more information about setting up your account and adding funds by August 19.

Senior Parent Meeting
The Counseling and College Readiness Department will hold a meeting for senior parents on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. in the Cafe.

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.

Freshmen 101
Welcome to the Class of 2023! In case you missed it, here is your guide to Freshman 101 ! Please contact Christina Mullis at if you have any questions.

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  and Science Department Chair Regina Goines at .

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.

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.

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.

Athletic Booster Sportswear Sale
Hey Rocket fans--Look your best this fall with stylish sportswear from BSN Sports (orders due Aug. 19)and Ellie Bee Embroidery (orders due Aug. 21). Thanks for your support! Orders will be delivered to school on September 13. Thanks for your support!
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