November 13, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

I enjoyed three powerful instances of experiential education this week. First, Mrs. Noble's AP English Language and Composition class conducted "book speed dating." Students scanned through piles of nonfiction books selected by Mrs. Noble and Mrs. Almer, our Librarian. They took a few days to read the first fifty pages and write a rhetorical analysis. They then decided whether to "commit to a deeper relationship" with that book or to move on to a different book. Student choice leads to caring reading and writing, and variety of titles creates opportunities for students to teach each other. Second, the whole school honored guest veterans on Veterans Day. Students and veterans who participated in the Soaring Valor trip to the World War II Museum in New Orleans last year reunited over breakfast. Later, Col. Todd Mayer, who arranged for the school to participate in Soaring Valor, introduced WWII veteran Sgt. Major Armstrong. He held us spellbound with stories of his wartime experiences in Europe. Third, I'm participating in the schools 120 th Kairos retreat this week. The senior retreatants, inspired by talks by classmates and teachers, are reflecting on God's action in their lives. Education at McNicholas combines traditional classroom learning with experiential learning.

News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Nov.14 --  M-T-F schedule 
Fri., Nov. 15--M-T-F schedule 
Mon., Nov 18--M-T-F schedule
Tues., Nov. 19--
M-T-F schedule
Weds., Nov. 20--Wednesday 4-period block day
Thurs., Nov. 21-- AM Assembly 3-period block day; 2:15 p.m. dismissal
Fri., Nov. 22--M-T-F schedule

December 1--Financial Aid application deadline for current and new families
For each year you are requesting financial assistance, you must fill out a financial aid application by the deadline. The deadline for 2020-2021 is December 1, 2019. You must go on your FACTS account to click on the Financial Aid Application option and apply each year.  Click here to sign in to FACTS. Contact Roberta Veleta, Director of Finance, at if you have questions.

Student Exchange Program
Experience German culture and share your own culture when you travel and become a global citizen through the Cincinnati-Munich High School Student Exchange program. The Munich Sister City Association has been sponsoring the exchange since 1995 and invites you to investigate. Click here for a flyer with more information or visit . Applications accepted until November 30.

TONIGHT--Parent information meeting on vaping
Step Up Anderson will host an information meeting, The Vaping Epidemic, on Weds., Nov. 13 at Nagel Middle School from 7 to 8:15 p.m.  Click here for more information about the meeting.

AP Testing Fees due December 6
Any students taking AP exams are asked to submit their fees to Mr. Wehrman in the Counseling Office by no later than December 6 at 2:40 p.m. Each exam costs $94, and payments can be made in cash or check. All checks can be written to McNicholas High School. 

From the Counseling Department...
Military Service Academy information session
If you are interested in attending one of the military academies, Congressman Brad Wenstrup invites you to an information session on Saturday November 23, at The Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.

Scholarship opportunities
GE Credit Union Robert A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship
Scholarships for college-bound high school seniors
Deadline: Jan. 14, 2020
Click here for more details.

Knights of Columbus scholarships

The Knights of Columbus are now accepting applications for their scholarship program for current students. The application deadline is Nov. 27, but applications may be turned into the Counseling Department by 8 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 26 for delivery.  Click here for more information and the application.

LAST CHANCE--Senate Page Program accepting applications
The Senate Page Program provides a unique opportunity for high school students (especially juniors) who have a desire to learn and contribute to our nation's legislative process. There are a total of 30 pages per session and each is appointed by a senator.  Senator Portman is honored to be able to participate in this highly-competitive program by appointing one student per session. Pages attend academically-rigorous classes in the morning at the U.S. Senate Page School, a program fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
To apply through Senator Portman's office, you must be an Ohio resident, a junior in high school who will be 16 or 17 years of age, but not yet 18 years old on or before the date of appointment, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Ohio applicants need to complete the  online application . November 15, 2019 for the Spring 2020 session, which starts on January 27, 2020 and ends on June 5, 2020.
Additionally, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dave Straka in Sen. Portman's  Washington, D.C. office for more information at (202) 224-3353, or check out our website at .

MSJ School of Education event
Mount St. Joseph University's School of Education will host a free event on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for high school students who are considering a career in education or a related field.  Call 244-4801 for more information or see your counselor.

Campus Ministry

Friday Morning Mass 

Please join us for Mass at 7 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 15, in the Chapel. Fr. Ruwe will preside.

Kairos 120
Please keep the students and leaders who will be on the Kairos 120 retreat this week in your prayers.

On Campus

LAST CHANCE--Coat Drive--through Nov. 15
The McNicholas Service Club is sponsoring its annual Coat Drive through November 15. Gently used or new coats as well as other cold weather items will be collected in the theology hall.  Coats will benefit neighbors through St. Vincent de Paul. Women's L and XL sizes especially needed. 

Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook one sale now through December 2

Commemorate your senior's final year at McNicholas by placing a baby ad in your son or daughter's senior yearbook.  The ads are available in many sizes and are printed in full color.  Take advantage of this special opportunity to surprise your senior with a gift that will never be worn out, lost, or forgotten. Click here for more information.  The deadline to purchase and to submit materials is December 2.

Student Council Projects

Support Student Council's monthly fundraiser
Help Student Council raise funds for projects by eating at City BBQ at Eastgate on Friday, November 15 at any time. Must present this flyer  at time of purchase.

Pura Vida Bracelets
McNick-themed Pura Vida bracelets are a stylish way to wear your Rocket pride for sporting events, in the classroom, and just out and about. You can order from November 8 through 24 They are $5 a bracelet. Please note on the site once you pick the number of bracelets you would like to order, you will then be directed to choose your design. The bracelets will arrive in time for Catholic Schools Week.
Please click here to order. All proceeds will benefit the work of McNick Student Council.  Thank you!

Student Council Collects Gifts For Hope
Student Council is collecting shoe boxes filled with hygiene items, winter items, and other "stocking stuffers" for teenagers 12-18 years old. The unwrapped shoe boxes can be left under the Christmas tree in the Library, and Student Council will wrap and deliver them to Hope Emergency where they will be given to local teenagers in need. Shoes boxes will be collected November 18 through December 4.  Click here for more information.  Any questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Tumser at Thank you for your generosity!

Theatre Boosters fundraiser

Support the McNicholas Theatre Boosters Boon Supply fundraiser. 40% of every purchase helps Theatre Boosters support our outstanding theatre program. Click here to shop today!

Life as a Rocket

Equestrian Club offered at McNicholas
Do you love horses? Do you have at least one Saturday a month you can give to service? Then the Equestrian Club may be interesting to you. Members commit to one meeting each month and one Saturday at a therapeutic horse barn helping care for the animals and doing general upkeep. If you are interested, see Mrs. Katherine Hayes for more information.

Next episode of The McNick Minute available

Check out the next episode of our student-run podcast The McNick Minute by clicking here.  

Architectures Egg Drop Contraption Winners 
E Bell Winners
Quickest Drop Down and Lived to Tell About It: Conner Dute
Longest Journey Down and Lived to Tell About It: Clay Badylak
Bauhaus Award=Form Follows Function Award goes to Jarrod Sheppard

F Bell Winners
Quickest Drop Down and Lived to Tell About It: Ruby Horgan
Longest Journey Down and Lived to Tell About It: Hank Veeneman 
Bauhaus Award=Form Follows Function Award goes to Nathan Braig

Luckey steps down as volleyball coach
The Athletic Department would like to announce that women's volleyball coach Melissa Luckey will not return for the 2020 season.  Coach Luckey has been on the staff for five years, three of those years as head coach.  As head coach, Coach Luckey won two sectional titles and one district championship.  In 2017, Coach Luckey was named Coach of the Year in both the GCL and the district.  McNicholas would like to thank Coach Luckey for her five years of service to our students and wish her all the best in the years to come.
2020 Hall of Fame class announced
The McNicholas Athletic Department is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame class for 2020.  This years inductees are:
Lucy Frey '11
Matt Luehrman, '10
Greg Rudolph, '83
This year's Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for Thursday, February 20.  Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

Athletic Boosters
Order car decals and yard signs for winter sports!
Car decals and yard signs for winter sports athletes are available. Support your students athlete with a newly-designed personalized yard sign or decal.  Last day to turn in these order forms to the Athletic office is November 20.
Decal order form
Yard sign order form

Boosters winter Spirit wear sale
Christmas shopping is in the bag for your Rockets with the Booster's winter spirit wear sale that runs today through November 20. Check out new designs from:
Orders can be picked up Thurs., Dec. 12 between 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lobby. Remaining orders will go home with students on Fri., Dec. 13.


Rocket Shop Black Saturday Sale- November 23
Come out on Saturday November 23, from 8 a.m.- 1p.m. and stock up on some great stocking stuffers and McNick spirit wear before the holidays! We will also have some "special" Rocket Shop deals that you can't miss! Hope to see you there! 

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!

McNick at Night

McNicholas High School will host McNick at Night on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Norlyn Manor in Batavia. This event is our largest fundraiser, and it helps to support our school in many ways that tuition alone cannot cover. The evening includes an open bar, an elegant buffet dinner, games, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. The auction accounts for a significant portion of the event proceeds. While we rely heavily on the business community to donate items for the auction, we also count on the support of the McNicholas family and individuals like you, our dedicated parents, alumni, and friends. 
We are expecting a quick sell-out this year, based on the success of last year's event.  We will be wearing the green for St. Patrick's Day, and the evening will have a distinctly Irish feel. We do hope that you will be able to join us.  If you cannot attend, please consider donating an item to include in the auction. There will be a receptive audience at McNick at Night looking forward to bidding on items like tickets to sporting or entertainment events, a vacation home rental, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, or anything in between! 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 if you have any questions.

In the Community

15th Annual Nick Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance and Auction
Saturday, November 23
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Norlyn Manor
4440 St. Route 132
Batavia, Ohio
Open Bar ** Silent Auction ** Dinner - Provided by Texas Roadhouse ** DJ ** Dancing **   Raffle ** Split-the-Pot
$75 per person 
Casual Evening Attire
For information and on-line reservations, visit

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