January 8, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Happy New Year! Here are key dates for the 2020-21 school calendar. We'll add detail to the calendar as planning proceeds this spring.
August 17-18.....Freshman orientation
August 19.....First day of class for all students
September 7.....Labor Day holiday
November 25-29.....Thanksgiving break
December 16-18.....Semester 1 exams
December 19-January 3.....Christmas break
January 18.....Martin Luther King Day holiday
February 15.....Presidents Day holiday
April 2-11.....Easter break
May 26-28.....Final exams
May 28.....Final day of the school year
 
EdChoice Scholarships
Students residing at an address assigned to a designated public high school are eligible to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship of $6000 from the State of Ohio for the 2020-21 school year. Eligibility is based on place of residence, not need. Designated public high schools nearest to McNicholas include:
Hamilton County: Cincinnati Public Schools, Norwood Schools
Clermont County: Batavia Local, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity-Franklin, West Clermont
There are additional designated schools in Hamilton County. The complete list can be accessed by clicking here

No action steps by families or the school are possible before February 1, when the state opens the application window for new and renewal scholarships and publishes the application form. Shortly before February 1, McNicholas will communicate directions to families who reside in the six public school districts named above. A preview of application directions from the state is available by clicking here

Important Note: McNicholas expects families eligible for EdChoice Scholarships and who have applied for tuition assistance from McNicholas to complete an EdChoice Scholarship application. McNicholas expects that EdChoice Scholarship funds will be the first dollars applied towards a family's need for tuition assistance as demonstrated through FACTS. McNicholas tuition assistance funds will be granted only towards helping with demonstrated need that remains after the EdChoice Scholarship has been applied.

Information: The Parents' section of the EdChoice site on the website of the Ohio Department of Education is the most authoritative source. 

McNicholas does not have any additional information to share at this time. Shortly before February 1, McNicholas will contact families in the six public school districts named above with directions about completing and submitting applications through McNicholas. Mrs. Kendra Lonneman ( klonneman@mcnhs.org) will serve as the school's main EdChoice contact.
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Jan. 9--
Thursday 3-bell block day, Explore--2:10 dismissal

Fri., Jan. 10--
MTF schedule

Mon., Jan. 13--
MTF schedule

Tues., Jan. 14--
MTF schedule

Weds., Jan. 15--
Wednesday 4-bell block day

Admissions volunteer needed
The Office of Admissions and Enrollment  is looking for a volunteer who speaks and writes fluent Spanish to assist with translating documents for our Spanish-speaking applicants and families. We would like to offer all documents and flyers in Spanish, if possible. This is a great role that can be done at home. If you can help, please contact Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions and Enrollment at  cmullis@mcnhs.org.

From the Counseling Department...
 
Parent meeting for Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus, and UC Early IT Program

Thursday, January 9

6-7 p.m. 
Advanced Placement (AP) Parent Meeting
7-8 p.m.
College Credit Plus (CCP) and UC Early IT Parent Meeting

McNicholas
Café
 
Any parents interested in the CCP or AP Programs, as well as the UC Early IT program, should plan to attend. Click here for more information on these programs. Please contact Matt Wehrman mwehrman@mcnhs.org with questions.
 
UC Early IT Program
McNicholas High School is partnering with the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology (IT) to offer a pathway for students to work towards completing college and obtaining a career in IT. As a part of the program, students will be able to complete their first year of college while still in high school, reducing the number of years to graduation, and their total college cost.
Students who want to attend the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology will have the benefit of being able to enroll in the Early IT Program. In the program, they will complete six college-level IT courses, and 3 college-level academic courses. If they receive a C or better in their courses prior to graduating high school they will:
·       Have completed one year of the Bachelors of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
·       Receive automatic admission to any of the BSIT technical areas of Cybersecurity, Software Application Development, Networking/Systems, Game Development and Simulation, or Data Technologies at UC
·       Be eligible to complete their first paid co-op over the summer, thus accruing the funds to pay for the next year's schooling.

Students of Integrity Scholarship
The Better Business Bureau's Center for Ethics is sponsoring a scholarship program for  high school students who demonstrate a superior understanding of ethics. The Center awards the scholarships to the high school students with the highest-scoring essay. Click here for more information.

Campus Ministry

Friday Morning Mass
This Friday, January 10, will be the first Friday morning Mass of the new year with Fr. Dave Endres presiding. 

Junior Overnight Retreats
Many members of the Class of 2021 are preparing for their first overnight retreat as McNick students. Juniors who are not participating in either the Kairos 121 retreat in January or the Kairos 122 retreat in March will depart at the end of the school day on Thursday, January 9, with the Junior Retreat for young men taking place at the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton and the Junior Retreat for young women taking place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford. Both retreat experiences will conclude in time for the students to return to campus by bus no later than 2:40 pm on Friday, January 10.

Kairos 121
Preparations continue as well for our school's 121st Kairos retreat, which will take place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford from Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 24. Please keep the participants from the senior and junior classes in your prayers.

On Campus

Global Potluck scheduled for January 22
The McNicholas Hands Across Campus, a diversity and inclusion organization, invites all McNicholas families to a Global Potluck. Join other McNicholas families to celebrate our cultural heritages through food, music, and conservation. Please bring a dish to share from your heritage.

Wednesday, January 22 
6-8 p.m.
McNicholas Café

Commemorative March on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Join McNicholas Hands Across Campus as we join in the 45th Annual Commemorative March on Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 10:30-11:30 a.m. We march from the Freedom Center to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service and lunch together afterwards.  Contact Ms. Davis tdavis@mcnhs.org with questions.

The McNicholas Boutique now accepting donations for Mardi Gras 

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.

As we prepare for Mardi Gras in February, 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.

Rockets perform in the Liberty Bowl


Four Rockets spent New Year's Eve performing at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee. Izzy Mulvey, Zoe Hoffman, Maria Zerhusen, and Jenna Keiser (left to right) danced in the halftime show of the football game where Navy defeated Kansas State 20-17.
Athletics

Basketball, wrestling home this week
Jump into the new year with exciting action on campus this week:
  • Weds., Jan. 8-Women's basketball hosts Roger Bacon 6:00 p.m. (JV) and 7:30 p.m. (varsity)
  • Thurs., Jan. 9-Wrestling hosts the King of the Hill matches at 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri., Jan. 10-Men's basketball hosts Carroll. Tickets for Friday's boys home game will be available at all lunches on Friday.  Presale tickets are $5.00.
  • Sat., Jan. 11-Women's basketball hosts Chaminade Julienne at 12:30 p.m. (JV) and 2:00 p.m. (varsity)
McNicholas High School's Theatre Program presents



Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m. 
Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
All performances at The Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Tickets--$15
McNick at Night

Invitations mailed next week!

· Get your green on and come support our largest school fundraiser on Saturday, March 14! Click here for more!

· Open bar (including make your own Irish coffee bar), elegant buffet dinner, fun games, silent and live auctions, basket raffle, lively entertainment and more!

· 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!

PTSA

January meeting
Please join us for the January meeting  on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Convent. All are welcome!

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 pictureto 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!

In the Community

Attention freshman and sophomores
Leaders needed for Ulster Project
Ulster Project Cincinnati is seeking teen leaders to apply for our annual summer leadership and peace-building summit.  Spend the month developing your leadership skills, performing service around the city, and gaining mediation skills to help build peace and reconciliation.  As part of the summit, selected Cincinnati area teens will serve as hosts for students from Northern Ireland during July 2020. A Northern Irish student would stay with you for the entire month, forming a lifelong bond, as you participate together in daily service, social, and leadership activities. Students will earn at least 30 hours of service credit! There is no fee to participate, but you must apply by January 15. Details and applications at www.ulsterprojectcincinnati.org.


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