February 5, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Last week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a mix of prayer, service, and fun. Fr. Eric Sundrup S.J., pastor of Bellarmine Chapel on the campus of Xavier University, presided at our all-school Mass on Thursday. Reflecting on the Gospel reading of Mark 4: 21-25 during his homily, Fr. Sundrup challenged us "to be a lamp on a stand shining with confident vulnerability." When I arrived here, I asked members of the school community, "What makes McNick McNick?" Many mentioned "humble confidence," another way of saying "confident vulnerability." What a wonderful characteristic!
Here is a civic opportunity to be a lamp on a stand shining with confident vulnerability: Early this week we informed parents via email that the Ohio Legislature on Friday night, January 31, passed legislation delaying the opening of the window for 2020-21 EdChoice Scholarship applications from the original date of February 1 to April 1. The legislation also reduced the number of families who had been eligible for EdChoice Scholarships based on legislation in place until Friday night. The Ohio Department of Education provided this summary of the legislation. The Catholic Conference of Ohio provided this response to the new legislation. Families and schools, including McNicholas, have made decisions for the 2020-21 school year relying on the legislation that had been in place prior to January 31. Here is a directory of Ohio legislators whom you might want to contact about this issue.
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Feb. 6--
Thursday 3-bell block day--2:10 p.m. dismissal

Fri., Feb. 7--
No school--Professional development for faculty and staff

Mon., Feb. 10--
MTF Schedule

Tues., Feb. 11--
MTF Schedule

Weds., Feb. 12--
Wednesday 4-bell block day

Thurs., Feb. 13--
Thursday 3-bell block day--2:10 p.m. dismissal

Fri., Feb. 14--
MTF Schedule

2020-21 Registration for Current Families
Registration for current students is underway. Packets with scholarship and financial aid award notification will be mailed by February 10, 2020. Completed enrollment contracts and a registration fee of $850 must be received by Friday, March 6, 2020.

FACTS Tuition Management will manage our tuition collection again next year. 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
FACTS can process payments directly from your financial institution account, credit cards, and bank transfers.

NEW ! Changing of 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.

News from the McNicholas Counseling Department
Summer Gym registration now 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 is open as of 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.

UC Medical Sciences Summer Institute 2020
High school juniors entering their senior year are eligible for the UC Medical Sciences Summer Institute. The two-week program will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday between July 13 - 24, 2020. The tuition cost is $1,000.  
Interested students should email a copy of their resume along with a  1 -3 paragraph personal statement on:  1) why they feel this program will benefit them and 2) any background/prior related experience that would help make them a great fit for the program to Shawn Adkins adkinssw@ucmail.uc.edu.    The resume should include your current high school GPA and expected graduation year.    The application deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2020.  
For more in depth information about the Medical Sciences Summer Institute, please go to this  video link  or click here for more information.

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. 

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program
How many students get the chance to build an architectural portfolio, create a business plan, meet executives from collegiate and professional sport administrations, all while earning six college credits? At UM, students explore their academic passion and consider their future career opportunities when they attend the University of Miami's Summer Scholars program. High-achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas. For students looking to gain hands-on experience in a more condensed format, we also offer our incredible two-week, non-credit academy program for an intense experiential learning environment. Click here for more information. Deadline is March 1.

Campus Ministry
Sr. Dorothy Stang Presentation
We had the unique opportunity today to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of 
Sister Dorothy Stang, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur who was martyred 15 years ago this month. Sister Dorothy grew up in southwest Ohio and then devoted four decades of her life as a Catholic missionary accompanying landless peasants and their families in the rainforests of Brazil. 

Today's gathering featured the testimony of Samuel Clements, who produced the film The Student, the Nun & the Amazon after traveling from London to the Amazon in order to witness her work and advocacy firsthand. Today's opportunity provided the members of our community which a chance to reflect on what it means to follow our curiosity, to respond generously to God's call for our lives, and to follow in the footsteps of Christ in serving the poor and caring for God's creation.

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

Day of Giving is a big success!
Last Friday, Jan. 31, McNicholas held its annual Day of Giving. The activities include Penny Day and the annual student Blood Drive.  Students donated $2,500 in loose change, and all the money supports Catholic education from the local level right here in Cincinnati (CISE) to the international level (Project Education in Nicaragua).  In over 20 years of Penny Days here at McNick, Rockets have raised over $110,000 for Catholic education. Rockets donated 47 units of blood with the potential of saving 141 lives.

On Campus

Rockets assist with IHM Science Day
During Catholic Schools Week, several McNicholas students volunteered to help feeder school Immaculate Heart of Mary with experiments during Science Day. "The students were energetic and so engaged with our students," Leslie Fehlinger and Diana Loebker, co-chairs, said.
"Their positive
 attitudes and respectful demeanor set a great example for our Crusaders. Our kids really enjoyed working with them."

Need a dress for Mardi Gras?
Come and shop the McNicholas Boutique!
The McNicholas Boutique is a "shop" dedicated to re-purposing and providing dance and special occasion apparel for women in the McNicholas community.   Our hope is that students might enjoy an event without worrying about the cost of a dress and accessories.

We have a variety of styles and sizes of gently used dresses for this, and other special occasions. The shop will be open after school until 5 p.m. today,  Wednesday, February 5, and tomorrow,  Thursday, February 6.  Other times can be requested. Just let us know, and we'll open for you! Please contact Mrs. Sandmann msandmann@mcnhs.org with any questions!
Donations warmly accepted
We are seeking donations of formal and dressy dresses, shoes, and accessories. The Boutique is also in need of racks and small shelves. We also accept cash donations. Please bring your donations of clothing or accessories to the main office. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth Sandmann at
msandmann@mcnhs.org .

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.

Next episode of The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews
Part 2--The Clerk
Josey attends a party at the Conners residence after Mr. Conners' release from jail. Her motive: A conversation with the man who was put in jail by Mr. Andrews. Josey gains more information than she ever thought she would. Click here to hear the episode.


Schulte, Kouche named Rocket Athletes of the Week sponsored by BSN

Junior Nick Schulte scored 14 points (9/10FT) while dishing out six assists in last weeks' men's basketball games. Senior Maddie Kouche scored 17 points (5-three point FG) in a big win over St. Henry.

Inaugural Spring Training Tailgate
Softball and baseball will host the first spring training tailgate on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Main Gym. The corn hole tournament will raise funds for both programs. Click here for more information and to register for the tournament by Mon., Feb. 3. This is an adults-only event.

Fall Sports Awards
Congratulations to all the student athletes who earned awards and honors in fall sports.  Please click here to view the students and their awards.

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. $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Click here for tickets.

McNick at Night--Saturday, March 14

Limited number of seats remain!
McNick at Night is nearly sold out! Please make your reservations online quickly or contact Shawn Young at syoung@mcnhs.org. Once seats are sold-out, names of those wanting to attend will be placed on a waiting list.  Click here for reservations.  

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!

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.


LAST CHANCE--PTSA Father-Son Brunch
The McNicholas PTSA will host its annual Father-Son Brunch on Saturday, February 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the CafĂ©. All fathers, grandfathers, special friends, and sons are invited to a buffet breakfast and presentation.
This year we are delighted to have as our special guests 
Nick Staderman '16 and Zach Wood '15  former McNicholas football players and m embers of the 2019 University of Cincinnati football team 
Check-in & Father-Son Pictures:  9:30 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast and Game time!:  10:00 a.m.

$16 per person in advance 
$20 per person at the door

Please contact Kelley Lang at kelleylang@fuse.net

Mother/Student Afternoon Out at the Fowling Warehouse! 
No, this is not a misprint...It's not bowling but fowling! Enjoy a couple hours of Fowling fun with your favorite McNick teenager at the Fowling Warehouse. Fowling is bowling with a football and is the latest craze around town! 

When: Sunday, February 23, from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Fowling Warehouse 2940 Highland Ave. Cincinnati 45212
Cost: $10 per person

Food is not sold on Sundays, but you can bring your own snacks or have food delivered. Beverages must be purchased at their bar and can't be brought in. Please drop off your payment to the school office in an envelope with your family name and phone number on the outside. Please print "PTSA Fowling Event" on envelope. Please RSVP no later than February 14. If you have any questions, please email Lauri Zahumensky at  mamazahu1@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!

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