December 4, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Members of the faculty and staff made many accomplishments during the first semester. Of special note:
  • Teachers Jolene Esz and Barb Gillming completed rigorous coursework that qualifies them to teach the first-year courses in the University of Cincinnati Information Technology major. We thank them for opening this extraordinary learning opportunity for our students.
  • Dave Jackson will have completed more than six years of service when he leaves McNicholas on January 1. In his role as Executive Director, he oversaw double-digit annual growth in contributions to the school, secured state grant funding for major upgrades to school security, guided the transformation of a dated cafeteria into our attractive Café and Student Union, and directed the makeover of the gym and Rocket Shop. We thank him for his leadership.
McNicholas is seeking a full-time Spanish teacher for the second semester. The opening is posted on the school website. Please contact Dan Rosenbaum, Director of Curriculum, at to recommend a candidate.
Please spread the word about the availability of $6000 EdChoice scholarships beginning in 2020-21. These scholarships are available to residents of certain public school districts. A link to information is on the front page of the school website.
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you enjoy a blessed Advent!
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Dec. 5 -- 3-bell block day with Explore; 2:15 p.m. dismissal 
Fri., Dec. 6--M-T-F schedule 
Mon., Dec.9--3-bell block day with afternoon Mass--8:05 a.m. start
Tues., Dec. 10--
4-bell block schedule
Weds., Dec 11--M-T-F schedule
Thurs., Dec 12--M-T-F schedule
Fri., Dec 13--M-T-F schedule

Looking ahead...
First semester exams--Dec. 18, 19, 20
Please click here for the first semester exam schedule

Library hours during exams
Wednesday Dec. 18: Dismissal at 1:10 p.m., library closes at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 19: Dismissal at 11:10 a.m., library closes at 1:30 p.m.
Friday Dec. 20: Dismissal at 11:10 a.m., library closes at 11:30 a.m.

Updated information on class rank for parents of the Classes of 2022 and 2023
Beginning with the Class of 2022, McNicholas High School will no longer report class rank. This change has been discussed for some time at McNicholas with input from administration as well as our department chairs.  The reasons for the change are student-centered:
  • Nearly all colleges do not require class rank for admission.
  • Minor differences in GPA result in large differences in class rank.
  • While we want to continue to encourage students to achieve at their highest potential, we are trying to reduce unhealthy competition in academics.
If you have any questions about this change, please email Dan Rosenbaum

EdChoice Scholarship information
Current and future Rocket families may qualify for EdChoice Scholarships of $6,000! Do you live in West Clermont, Batavia, CNE, Felicity-Franklin, Western Brown, or Cincinnati Public (select schools) school district? Click here for links to designated schools and more information.

Lifetouch offers Shutterfly gift 
This fall's picture package delivery experience fell short of Lifetouch's normal standards. As a token of appreciation for McNicholas families' patience, students or parents may stop by the main office and pick up a promo code for 15 free greeting cards and free shipping.

From the Counseling Department...

PreACT results for sophomores
Sophomore parents - Your student should have received his or her PreACT results today during Advisory. This includes the PreACT Student Report, a 'Using Your PreACT Results' booklet and the test booklet. 

Class of 2021 parent meeting
The Counseling Department will host a meeting for parents of juniors on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.  in the Café for an introduction to the college exploration and application process.

AP Testing Fees due December 6
Any students taking AP exams are asked to submit their fees to Mr. Wehrman in the Counseling Office by no later than December 6 at 2:40 p.m. Each exam costs $94, and payments can be made in cash or check. All checks can be written to McNicholas High School. 
Counseling Department Offers Small Groups for Young Women and Young Men
Any students interested, or parents interested in their student participating, should complete this form by December 20. Limited space available.

Young Men's Group
For freshmen and sophomore male students. This group will give students an opportunity to discuss various topics including: self-esteem/identity, personal decision-making, academic success, healthy lifestyles, relationships, employment/careers, cooperation and conflict, and personal leadership/community responsibility. These sessions will allow male students to discuss challenges and successes, and ask questions in an environment that fosters growth and success in high school, and beyond. 
Sessions will begin during 2nd semester and held on a bi-weekly basis. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Wehrman at

Young Women's Group
This program is an opportunity for freshmen and sophomore girls to come together with a trained facilitator to explore some of the big issues impacting girls today including confidence, developing healthy friendships and relationships, body image and media pressure, navigating social media and cyberbullying, dealing with stress and pressure, safety and violence prevention and leadership. 
Girls who participate in this program will meet weekly in a small group for discussions, lessons, and activities. These meetings will take place during class bells on a rotating schedule. Girls in the group will miss each class twice second semester. Reach out to Alaina Way,, with questions.

Campus Ministry

Friday Morning Mass 

Please join us for Mass at 7 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 6, in the Chapel. Fr. Dave Endres will preside.
On Campus

Girls Who Code and INTERAlliance meeting tomorrow
Attention all students! Are you interested in computers and coding? Looking to meet some like-minded people and learn about local engineering and computer science internships at some major Cincinnati companies? Join us for a combined meeting of INTERAlliance and Girls Who Code tomorrow, Thursday, December 5 from 2:15-3:00 in Mrs. Esz's classroom. It's guaranteed to be a good time!

Fundraising FUN! 

Student Council Projects
Student Council Collects Gifts For Hope
Student Council is collecting shoe boxes filled with hygiene items, winter items, and other "stocking stuffers" for teenagers 12-18 years old. The unwrapped shoe boxes can be left under the Christmas tree in the Library, and Student Council will wrap and deliver them to Hope Emergency where they will be given to local teenagers in need. Shoes boxes will be collected now through December 6 .  Click here for more information.  Any questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Tumser at Thank you for your generosity!
Student Council hosting Dinner Fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse
Put up your apron for the night and join student council at Milford Texas Roadhouse on Thursday, December 12.  Present this flyer to your server and the proceeds will go back to the student council.  Thank you Rockets for your support!

Cancer Free Kids Night for the Fight
Cancer Free KIDS is a local nonprofit organization that funds life-saving childhood cancer research to local area Children's Hospitals. Cancer Free KIDS Night for the Fight, presented by TQL Foundation will be held at 5/3 Arena at the University of Cincinnati on February 8, 2020.  This year, the goal is to raise $325,000 for childhood cancer research. Students are able to go in teams of 6-15 and will stay up from 7pm-7am walking, playing team building games, enjoying food, but most of all meeting and hearing survivor stories. Students can register at  If you cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation please visit and click the "Donate" button.  Thank you Rockets!

Theatre Boosters fundraiser

Support the McNicholas Theatre Boosters Boon Supply fundraiser. 40% of every purchase helps Theatre Boosters support our outstanding theatre program. Click here to shop today!

McNicholas Softball Fundraiser

Create your own McNicholas HOME sign!

Saturday, December 14, 2019
McNicholas Cafe
6:30 p.m.


Rocket Players of the Week sponsored by BSN Sports
This week, the Athletic Department with support from BSN Sports begins its Rocket Player of the Week program. Each week, one female and one male athlete will be recognized from coaches' nominations the previous week. Congratulations to Meechi Georgiades and Tara Rammel, our first Rocket Players of the Week. Meechi bowled a 224 in a win over Turpin, and Tara averaged 8 points, 63% FG and 86% FT last week in women's basketball.

Men's Basketball home opener Friday night
Rocket men's basketball opens its home schedule this Friday, December 6 with three games versus the Alter Knights.  Game times are 4:30, 6:00 and 7:30 pm.  Presale tickets will be available in the athletic office during the week and at all lunches on Friday Dec 6.  Pre-sale tickets are $5.00, and tickets at the gate are $7.00.

Grade School Night--Friday, Dec. 6
Friday's home opener is also Grade School Night when students in grades K-8 are admitted to the men's basketball games free of charge!

McNicholas seeks assistant lacrosse coach
The McNicholas women's lacrosse program is looking for an assistant coach for spring 2020. Contact head coach Maeve McGoff at

Women's volleyball head coach opening
McNicholas High School is seeking a head women's volleyball coach.  Interested applicants should send a resume to Athletic Director Rob Heise at  Application deadline is January 3, 2020.

McNick at Night

McNicholas High School will host McNick at Night on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Norlyn Manor in Batavia. This event is our largest fundraiser, and it helps to support our school in many ways that tuition alone cannot cover. The evening includes an open bar, an elegant buffet dinner, games, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. The auction accounts for a significant portion of the event proceeds. While we rely heavily on the business community to donate items for the auction, we also count on the support of the McNicholas family and individuals like you, our dedicated parents, alumni, and friends. 
We are expecting a quick sell-out this year, based on the success of last year's event.  We will be wearing the green for St. Patrick's Day, and the evening will have a distinctly Irish feel. We do hope that you will be able to join us.  If you cannot attend, please consider donating an item to include in the auction. There will be a receptive audience at McNick at Night looking forward to bidding on items like tickets to sporting or entertainment events, a vacation home rental, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, or anything in between! If you know that you would like to donate, please complete the Auction Donation Form and return to the Development Office by February 28.  Please contact Annette McHugh at 513-619-5814 or if you have any questions.


Get involved with PTSA!
Click here for a list of our events and meetings. All meetings are open, everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!

In the Community

Arnold Printing seeks part-time student help
Arnold Printing near Lunken Airport is looking for a part-time student worker to do filing.Contact Duff Arnold at

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