February 19, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Mardi Gras was a wonderful celebration of school spirit and heritage. Thanks to the many students, parents, and staff who decorated the gym and lobby so creatively with the theme of "The Power of Our Stories" and made the program and dance run so smoothly.

Last night I testified at the statehouse before the joint Senate/House committee on EdChoice Scholarships. I focused on the disruptions to families and schools caused by the legislature's eleventh-hour decision to delay the EdChoice application period in order to consider sweeping changes to EdChoice for 2020-21. I stressed that families and schools made critical planning decisions for 2020-21 relying on law in place before January 31, the date of the legislature's eleventh-hour action.   Two members of the conference committee appeared to especially appreciate the concerns I raised: Senator Kristina Roegner and Senator Bob Peterson. I encourage you to communicate to them points such as those in this sample letter. Thank you.

We look forward to celebrating the inductions of the newest members of our Athletic Hall of Fame tomorrow night!

News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...

Thurs., Feb. 20--
3-bell block day--2:10 p.m. dismissal

Fri., Feb. 21--
MTF Schedule

Mon., Feb. 24--
MTF Schedule

Tues., Feb. 25--
MTF Schedule

Weds., Feb. 26--Ash Wednesday
Afternoon liturgy/3-bell block day--classes begin at 8:05 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 27--
4-bell block day 

Fri., Feb. 28--
MTF Schedule

Planning ahead--Tuesday, March 10 will be a testing day. Freshmen will take the IOWA, sophomores the PSAT - 10, and juniors the ACT (official - scores are reportable to colleges). More information to follow.

2020-21 Registration for Current Families
Registration for current students is open. Packets with scholarship and financial aid award notification were mailed Monday, February 10. Completed enrollment contracts and a registration fee of $850 must be received by Friday, March 6, 2020. The re-enrollment contract is available by  clicking here and scrolling to  Current Family Registration - Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023.

FACTS Tuition Management will manage our tuition collection again next year. FACTS processes payments directly from your financial institution account, credit cards, and bank transfers. You may choose one of these flexible payment options:
  • Pay in Full Plan - due May 15, 2020
  • 2-pay Plan - payments due May and Nov
  • 4-pay Plan - payments due May/Sept/Dec/Mar
  • 10-pay Plan - payments due each month July through April
NEW! Changes to your payment plan option after the 2020-21 enrollment has been submitted can only be accepted after April 1, 2020. Applicable fees will apply. For questions or help setting up your FACTS account, please contact the FACTS 24-hour customer service at 1-866-441-4637. For questions regarding registration, please contact the Finance Office at McNicholas High School at 513-231-3500.

Scholarships for current students
Applications for scholarships for current McNicholas students are due February 28, 2020. Please click here for information on scholarships available and application requirements.

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program
Applications for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program will be accepted through March 13. The Summer Immersion Program teaches rising juniors or seniors the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. No prior experience in computer science is necessary to apply. In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides students with free lunch every day and offers summer stipends between $350 and $1200 for students who qualify. The program runs June 15- July 31. Click here for more information.

News from the McNicholas Counseling Department

Summer Gym registration open
Summer gym will be offered summer 2020 to current McNicholas High School students who want to earn their PE I or PE II credit. Summer gym registration opened February 5.   Registration and fee can be turned into the counseling office. Registrations will only be accepted if fee is attached.  Please see attached registration information.  Contact your student's counselor or Mr. Tim Monahan with any questions.

Senior Parents--Information for graduation program needed
As we move closer to graduation, the Counseling Department will be collecting information for the Class of 2020 graduation program. On March 5, March 26, and April 2 during flex bells, seniors will have an opportunity to turn in copies of their military letter of intent, trade school acceptance, college acceptance and/or scholarship information (for all colleges, not just the attending college).  The information is for the graduation program purposes only. Scholarship amounts are published as a whole for the Class of 2020, not individually. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jennifer Tumser at  jtumser@mcnhs.org  .

University of Dayton School of Engineering event
Juniors and seniors are invited to explore a career in engineering and the value of a University of Dayton education at this FREE event. Participate in hands-on laboratories with UD faculty and students while learning how we infuse creativity and innovation into engineering design. Meet faculty, current students and admission representatives. Parent programming is also provided.

Explore Engineering Event
Saturday, Feb 22, 2020
11 a.m. to noon: Optional campus tour
Noon: Registration begins
1 to 5 p.m.: Explore Engineering program
Space is limited, and registration is required.

The Women in Engineering Program and the Minority in Engineering Program will host a special morning event! Meet current female and multi-ethnic engineering students and hear how they are using their engineering skills to pursue their passions.

9 am: Optional Campus Tour
10 am-12:30 pm: Parent and Student Resource Fair and Lunch
Space is limited, and registration is required.
Parent programming is included in all Explore Engineering events. For more information, contact me at 937-229-5080 or udengineering@udayton.edu. 

Campus Ministry

Friday Morning Mass
Fr. Dave Endres will be present this Fri., Feb. 21, to celebrate the Eucharist in our school's chapel at 7:00 a.m. All students, faculty, staff, and parents who are seeking to deepen their commitment to prayer are welcome and invited to be present. 

Spring Appalachia Retreat
Please keep the 24 seniors and four faculty members who are on the Spring Appalachia Retreat this week. The groups is on Joppa Mountain in Rutledge, Tennessee  at the  Glenmary Home Missioners  through Sunday, February 23 .
On Campus

Four National Merit Finalists from McNicholas

Congratulations to (left to right)  Tara Reich, Dominic Daley, Jack Munzel, and Madison Kouche who were named National Merit® Scholarship Corporation Finalists. This designation makes them eligible for state, corporate, and college scholarships. Of the 15,000 semifinalists named in September, only about half move on to the finalist category. Congratulations to Tara, Dominic, Jack, and Maddie!

2020 Mardi Gras King and Queen

Congratulations to King Donald Noble and Queen Abby Jarrold. Noble and Jarrold were crowned at Sunday's Mardi Gras pageant.  Pictured left to right Maid of Honor Marie Steinkuhl, Noble, Jarrold, and Aiden Guessford, Captain of the Ball.

TONIGHT--Dewey's Fundraiser for Student Council
Student Council will be sponsoring a dinner fundraiser on Wednesday, February 19 at Dewey's Anderson.  Please come out and support Student Council!  Click here for flyer  to present at the time of purchase.

Part 3-The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews
Continuing her own investigation into the disappearance of Mr. Andrews, Josey runs into Mrs. Andrews, and the Reverend at Mr. Conners' party. Her web falls together! Click here to listen.


Hall of Fame 2020 Inductions-Thurs., Feb. 20

Please join us as Lucy Frey '11, Matt Luehrman, '10,
and Greg Rudolph, '83, (Good Fellowship Award) are inducted into the McNicholas Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Our speaker for the evening is Ultra Endurance Athlete and Guinness World Record Holder Bryce Carlson.  

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner by LaRosa's at 7 p.m. $40 at the door.

Swimmers head to state
Senior Phil Miller (500 freestyle) and Junior Brady Horgan (100 freestyle) will compete this week at the state swim meet.

Klug competes in district bowling tournaments
Senior Anna Klug qualified to compete in the Bowling District Tournament this week. Anna had a high game of 174 at sectionals and a 454 series. Overall, the women finished seventh and the boys finished sixth out of the 16-team field.

McNicholas seeks head volleyball coach
McNicholas is looking for a head women's varsity volleyball coach for the 2020 season.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Athletic Director Rob Heise at rheise@mcnhs.org by March 13.  
McNick at Night--Saturday, March 14

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Raffle
Whether you're planning to attend McNick at Night or not, you can still enter our raffle to win a bottle of 12-year-old Van Winkle Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Second and third prizes are Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey and Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey. 

 Click here to purchase $25 for one chance or $100 for five chances. For the first 30 people who buy five chances, we'll have a Pappy cigar waiting for you at the event!  Need not be present to win. Must be 21 to purchase.

Celebrate health and fashion in a Slainte T-shirt!
Here's to your good health and great sense of style! Get your Slainte T-shirt for $20 at the Hall of Fame celebration on Feb. 20. Cash or check accepted.

Please consider donating to this fabulous event! Cash donations, gift cards, vacation stays, event tickets and sponsorships are a key component to our success each year!  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  amchugh@mcnhs.org  if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!

After Prom Art Day
One way that we keep our After Prom costs down is by making most of our decorations. Students and parents of all artistic levels are invited to participate in the After Prom Art Day on Sat., Feb. 29 in Mr. Corbett's classroom. We'll be there from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You can join us for all or part of the day... whatever works for you! Whether you can draw, paint or just cut things out, we'll have a project for you! Student volunteers will receive service hours. Questions? Please email Kirsten Hagenbarth.

Yoga with Goats After Prom 'Fun'draiser

Grab your yoga mat and get your baa-maste on for yoga with 10 - 15 adorable miniature goats and their kids courtesy of YoGoat Cincinnati.

When: Friday, March 27
Session 1: 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Session 2: 7:15 - 8:00 p.m. 
Where: Main Gym (or grass under the glass hallway if weather permits) 
Cost: $25 per person We will cap participation at 50 people per session so reserve your spot by mailing or dropping of your payment at the school office. Please write Yoga with Goats on your envelope, indicate which session you will attend, and bring your own yoga mat. Mats will not be provided. Questions? Please contact Kirsten Hagenbarth at khagenbarth@gmail.com.

BW3 After Prom Fundraiser
Does your family dine at BW3 on Beechmont Ave.? Do your students go there after school events? If yes, you can help raise money for After Prom!  Show this BW3 Teammate Card picture to your server when you get your bill and 10% of what you spent will be donated to After Prom. This fundraiser runs through the end of June so plan to use your Teammate card every time you dine at BW3!

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!

Click here to read minutes from the February 11 meeting.

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