March 4, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Students meet in an Advisory group with the same teacher and about eleven classmates for 25 minutes most weeks. Advisory last week and this week centered on students reviewing the daily schedule and the recent Mardi Gras pageant and dance as part of our planning for 2020-21. An upcoming Advisory will center on students reviewing their progress thus far on their main academic goal for the second semester.

Next week is quarter test week. The third quarter ends on March 13. Best wishes to students as they prepare for tests.

We are grateful to students for their efforts in the student fundraiser, which continues for the next few weeks. Proceeds will support updates to a few classrooms so that we can test designs for an eventual update for most classrooms. The student fundraiser is an important prelude to McNick at Night on March 14.

Thanks and congratulations to the winter teams for their seasons, best wishes to the wrestlers who have qualified for the district tournament in Troy this weekend, and good luck to the spring teams.

Now that Catholic school eighth graders have decided on high school enrollment, we are focusing on informing public school eighth graders about McNicholas. If you know an eighth grader who would be a great fit at McNicholas, please inform Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions and Enrollment, at
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...

Thurs., Mar. 5--
3-bell block day; 2:10 p.m. dismissal

Fri., Mar. 6--
MTF schedule

Mon., Mar. 9--
MTF schedule

Tues., Mar 10--
Testing day for freshmen, sophomore, and juniors; field trip for seniors
See below for more information

Weds., Mar. 11--
MTF schedule

Thurs., Mar. 12--
MTF schedule

Fri., Mar. 13--
MTF schedule

2020-21 Registration for Current Families
Registration for current students is due by this Friday. 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.

Classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023
Important information about spring testing day on March 10
On Tuesday, March 10, McNicholas will conduct its spring testing day. Freshmen will take the IOWA, sophomores the PSAT - 10, and juniors the ACT. All students should bring a calculator and number two pencils. Please read below for more information regarding each assessment.
IOWA - All students at McNicholas High School will take the IOWA test in lieu of the state end of course exams in the spring of their freshmen year. To receive a diploma in the state of Ohio, students must meet or exceed the competency score on the Algebra I and English sections, complete all required academic credits, and earn two diploma seals. These graduation requirements are new for the class of 2023. Please click here for more information. You will receive more information from McNicholas about these requirements later in the year.

PSAT - 10 -The sophomore class will be taking the PSAT-10 to help prepare them for the SAT. Students' scores on the PSAT-10 will determine if they will be invited to take the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The National Merit program recognizes the top 1 percent of students nationwide.  

ACT - All juniors will take the ACT (without the writing section), funded by the state of Ohio. These scores are reportable to colleges. Good luck to our juniors!

Dismissal times for students in standard-timed rooms:
IOWA-Dismissed 12:45 p.m. (Students will get a 20-minute lunch break.)
PSAT - 10-Dismissed 12:00 p.m.
ACT-Dismissed at 11:30 p.m.
Note: The library will close at 3 p.m. on March 10.

Class of 2020
March 10 Field Trip to NURFC
While freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be testing, the senior class will visit the national Underground Railroad Freedom Center on March 10.Please click here for information about the day and click here for the permission formto be returned by Friday, March 6.

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 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  .

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
Fr. Dave Sunberg will be present this Friday, March 6 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. 

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
On Campus

Students use virtual reality headsets to explore mountains during a recent Explore bell in McMakerspace.
McMakerspace opens, fosters skills in creativity and problem-solving

McNicholas High School recently opened Makerspace, a room dedicated to hands-on learning. The product could be physical or digital, but the end-goal is that students have experienced the design process to create something.
Click here to read more.

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.

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
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.


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.

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.

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.  
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.

Slainte T-shirts for sale
T-shirts will be for sale at lunches on Wednesday, March 11. Please send money with your student or stop in and purchase. Cash or check only. T-shirts will be for sale at Meet the Coach spring meeting the same date March 11. Sizes small thru  xxl;  unisex sizing. Feel free to wear yours at  McNick  at Night if you are attending!


March PTSA meeting
This month's PTSA meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the library. All are welcome to attend.

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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