March 11, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

McNicholas is closely monitoring expert advice about the coronavirus. At this point we are focusing on two precautions. First, we are disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently. Second, teachers are enhancing their skills in using electronic tools for teaching and learning and will give students practice with the tools. This practice will prepare us to continue quality education if high schools need to close for an extended period. Our professional development day on Monday will include a focus on this preparation. Next week we'll use late starts Wednesday through Friday to provide additional preparation time for teachers. On Wednesday 3/18 the first class will begin at 8:15; on Thursday 3/19 at 8:05; on Friday 3/20 at 8:15. As always on late start days, students are welcome to arrive at their usual time.

Parents, you can help by taking two steps:
  1. Please inform Andy Ey, Technology Director, at if your son or daughter does NOT have access to wifi at home. (There is no need to respond if wifi is available.)
  2. Make sure that the telephone and email contacts you have entered in Rediker are up to date so that you receive emergency updates. Here are directions:
  • Log on to the Rediker Portal:
  • Click on your student's picture
  • Go to the School tab
  • Click on Demographics
  • Click 'Edit' on the right side and update your demographic information.
  • Once changes have been made, click 'Save' on the right side
We will continue to communicate via this newsletter and will send any urgent information immediately. As always, safety is our top priority and will guide decisions. We will pull together to do the best we can in these interesting times!
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...

Thurs., Mar. 12--
MTF schedule

Fri., Mar. 13--
MTF schedule

Mon., Mar. 16--
No school--Faculty/staff professional development 

Tues., Mar. 17--
MTF schedule

Weds., Mar. 18--
Wednesday block day (8:15 a.m. start)

Thurs., Mar. 19--
Afternoon Mass schedule; 1:10 p.m. all-school Mass (8:05 a.m. start)

Fri., Mar. 20--
MTF schedule (8:15 a.m. start)

Seeking future Rockets!
Know a family who might be interested in McNicholas? Click here and send their contact information to Director of Admissions.

News from the McNicholas Counseling Department

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 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  .

Rotary Club scholarship-apply by April 3
This year the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club will award 5 - $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors attending any Clermont or Eastern Hamilton high schools.  Strong emphasis is given to candidates who exemplify "Service Above Self" by participating in community service projects. Click here for the application.

WCC Scholarship--apply by April 10 
The Women's City Club of Greater Cincinnati has established the Agnes Seasongood Education Awards to encourage responsible civic awareness among local female high school seniors. Six $1,000 education awards will be presented.  A one-page essay, along with one letter of recommendation from counselor, teacher or principal, as well as, applicant form should be submitted by noon on Friday, April 10, 2020.  The 2020 essay topic: With the WCC mission in mind, address your ideas about: "Growing in Citizenship: Trusting My Voice and Making It Heard." Click here for more information.

American Legion scholarship-apply by April 30
The American Legion Anderson Post 318 Veteran Scholarships will be awarded to the deserving children or grandchildren of honorably discharged veterans.  Students applying for these scholarships must be in the graduating Class of 2020 at McNicholas High School. Click here for the application.

Ohio Business Week Opportunity
Ohio Business Week is a 7-day, 6-night residential learning program held July 12-18, 2020, at Ohio University in Athens for high school students from across the state. Ohio Business Week is centered around teams of students competing in an interactive business simulation that places them in vital roles as part of their own company.  Students are divided into teams and are responsible for running a company by launching a new product or service.  Please visit for more information.
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro applications open
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro are both accepting applications for their week-long summer day camps through the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  This camp is open to high school students 15-18 years of age as of the first day of assigned session. While Camp Cardiac focuses primarily on the heart and Camp Neuro focuses primarily on the brain, both camps provide an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.  For more information please visit or
Campus Ministry

Making the Most of this Lenten Season

Pope Francis' Lenten Message

As usual, Pope Francis has written a Lenten message for this year that is simultaneously brief and profound. This year's letter draws inspiration from the words of St. Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God" (5:20). Pope Francis' 2020 Lenten Message can be found
here in its entirety, and we offer the following invitations and resources so that-as Pope Francis encourages--"our Lenten celebration will open our hearts to hear God's call to be reconciled to himself."

Basic Information on the Season of Lent 
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides an abundance of resources for the season of Lent 
here, including a daily calendar that can either be printed or viewed online. In addition, the local Franciscan Media offers a "Lent with the Saints" resource here.

What is Lent? Video Series
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the relief and development organization of the United States Catholic Church, and is motivated by Jesus' example to ease suffering and to inspire charity and justice. For many students, its work is most visibly present in parishes and schools in the United States during the season of Lent through its annual
CRS Rice Bowl initiative. The following brief videos are visually captivating and very effectively "break open" various aspects of what the Lenten season has to offer:

What is Lent? with Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Lent is a Time of Quiet to Hear God's Call to Serve with Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Lent is Fasting to Prepare Us for the Feast with Christopher West

Lent is a Journey in Mercy with Kerry Weber

Lent is Practice for a Holy Life with Dr. Carolyn Woo

Lent is a Journey to be Shared with the Body of Christ with Archbishop Jose Gomez

Lent Builds a Foundation So That You Can Serve Others with Archbishop Paul Coakley

Lent is Giving So That Others Might Flourish with Ron Hansen

Lent is Life Changing with Thomas Awiapo

Friday Morning Mass
Please join us this Friday, March 13 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. 

Encounter the Peace of Christ--Parish Reconciliation Opportunities
On Tuesday, March 24, from 7:00 pm through 9:00 pm, every parish or region in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will have its doors open for quiet prayer and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance. Caring and understanding priests will be available to listen and to witness to healing ministry of Christ. For more information, visit Encounter

Way of the Cross for Justice-April 10
Join a collaboration of faith-based groups for an engaging prayer experience that connects the suffering of Jesus with the suffering brought about by injustice in our day. The Way of the Cross for Justice will be on Good Friday, April 10, from noon - 2:00 p.m. beginning at Fountain Square and processing to the Freedom Center. Archbishop McNicholas High School is a supporting organization. Click here for more information.

On Campus

Senior class visits NURFC
On Tuesday, March 10, the senior class visited to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center where they encountered various exhibits on the effects of slavery, the cause of slavery, and present day slavery. Seniors also spent a great deal of time in the Opening Your Mind exhibit which addresses implicit bias and helps visitors understand the hidden biases that affect everyday life, world and relationships.

Rockets earn science awards in national contests
The Science Department is pleased to announce that the following students have won awards in these recent contests:
American Chemical Society Illustrated Poem Contest
Honorable Mention:  Sarah Petri (junior) and Skyler Kutcher (sophomore)
Local winner:  Maria Klug (sophomore)
National Toshiba Exploravision Contest
Honorable Mention: AP Chemistry students Isabella Bonner (junior) and Kristen Van Huss (junior)

Prom 2020-Glitz and Gold on April 4
Registration and tickets to the prom on Saturday, April 4 will be available beginning March 16 and close March 25. Please click here for more information.

Next episode of The McNick Minute
In this episode, Jacob speaks with Mr. Norman about Pope Francis' Lenten message, and Carly discusses the recent Appalachian Service Retreat with Ms. Davis and Zach Twomey. Click here to listen.

McNicholas Summer Camps
Registration is now open for McNicholas Summer Camps. Click here to see the amazing camps offered this summer and to sign up!

Student Fundraiser ends this Friday!
You've probably heard by now that we are asking our students to help us raise money to kick off this year's Special Appeal. The money we raise will go immediately to modernize and improve our learning spaces, including:
  • flexible seating options
  • the latest technology for each subject
  • dynamic, energy efficient LED lighting
  • enhanced acoustics through flooring and design
  • comfortable environment-including heating and...air conditioning!
We won't raise enough money to do every classroom this year, and that's a good thing because we will test everything out for a year, see what works, get feedback from the students and the teachers, and then scale up to a complete makeover over the next few years. Through a partnership with Loth and Steelcase, we are able to purchase high quality furniture and materials at a steep discount, and they will help us in surveying what works best for McNicholas.

We are asking students to raise $60 each (on average), and if we hit that goal, we will get a day off of school. As an interim goal, if we raise $40 each (on average), we will have a jeans day, and we'll bring in Chick-Fil-A for lunch. There are also prizes for early turn-ins, biggest fundraisers, and class competitions. We've asked the students to be creative and to try to reach outside simply hitting up their parents for the money, so we're also giving up to five prizes for the most creative fundraising pitches.

State championships for indoor track athletes
Jillian Vogler places third.
The McNicholas indoor track team competed in the state meet this past weekend. Senior Jill Vogler placed third in the 400 m dash. Jill dropped almost two seconds off her indoor personal record for a blazingly fast 58.6 second race and took third in the state. Senior Rachel Jeffries jumped 5'-0" to place 13th in the state high jump competition. The women's 4x200 team of Maggie Scott, Caroline Zahumensky, Rachel Jeffries and Jill Vogler dropped over a second off their time and three places off their original ranking for a time of 1:53.6. 
Left to right--Maggie Scott, Jillian Vogler, Rachel Jeffries, and Caroline Zahumensky.

Spring sportswear, car decal, and yard sign sale through March 18
Get your spring sports swag through the McNicholas Athletic Boosters. Sales for sportswear, car decals, and yard signs run through March 18. Items will be delivered to students on Wednesday, April 8. Contact Michelle Minardi at with questions.

Meet the Coach and team photos
Meet the Coach for spring sports teams will be held in the Cafe on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.  Team photos will be taken after school on Thurs., March 12.

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 by March 13.  

Signing Day on April 22
The last Signing Day for this school year will be Wednesday, April 22, at 2:45 p.m. in the library.  Athletes who wish to participate need to send the following to Mrs. Rohlfs by Wednesday, April 8 before Easter Break.
D1 & D2 signees:
  • Copy of the letter of intent.
  • Written statement from the coach or school stating the financial gift
  • Bio of athletic accomplishments while in high school. Indicate years played, honors, etc.
  • Action photo as a jpg file
  • Logo from the college you will be attending
D3 signees:
  • Celebratory signing form.
  • Written statement from the coach on the athlete's intent to participate.
  • Bio of athletic accomplishments while in high school. Indicate years played, honors, etc.
  • Action photo as a jpg file
  • Logo from the college you will be attending
McNick at Night--Saturday, March 14

LAST CHANCE--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.

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

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!
In the Community

Step Up Anderson hosts parent education evening
Tuesday, March 24
6-8:30 p.m.
Anderson Hills Methodist Church
Sgt. Michael Powell, Franklin County Special Investigations Unit, helps parents understand influencers and drug availability.

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