November 6, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

We're in the midst of an especially busy time at McNicholas: Open House, the beginning of the second quarter, the conclusion of fall sports and the beginning of winter sports, performances of The Diary of Anne Frank, college applications, and more. During Advisory today the whole school "pressed pause" to reflect on our blessings and thank God for them. We were led by this video guide for an Ignatian Examen provided by Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth, our Campus Minister. We are grateful for your support for McNicholas. We invite you to use the video to pray along with students, faculty, and staff today.

News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Nov. 7--  3- period block day/Explore Bell--dismissal at 2:10 p.m.
Fri., Nov.1-- M-T-F schedule  
Mon., Nov 11--3-period block day/AM assembly schedule for Veteran's Day assembly--dismissal at 2:15 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 12--
4-period block day
Weds., Nov. 13--M-T-F schedule
Thurs., Nov. 14-- M-T-F schedule
Fri., Nov. 15--M-T-F schedule

First Quarter Honor Roll
Congratulations to all the McNicholas students who earned Dean's List, First Honors, and Second Honors for the first quarter of this academic year.  Keep up the good work! Click here for the full list.

STEAM Certification meeting
Students interested in getting a STEAM Certificate upon graduation from McNicholas should plan to attend a meeting Thursday, November 7, during FLEX time.  The meeting will be in Mrs. Dennemann's room #13.  Mrs. Dennemann will discuss the requirements for the certificate and help students set up their STEAM Portfolio. For more information on STEAM certification, please click here. Students who are interested in the certification but unable to attend the meeting should see Mrs. Dennemann.

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 .

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.

From the Counseling Department...
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.

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, 8 in the Chapel. Fr. Dave Endres will preside.

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

On Campus

McNicholas students experience Shantytown 
Thirty-six students engaged in the student learning experience of Shantytown. The evening began when they walked to Mt. Washington Kroger with $2 each to buy their supper for the night.  Click here to read more.

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. 

The Diary of Anne Frank--opens Thursday night!

Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets also available at the door.

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.

Winter sports Meet the Coach--TONIGHT
Meet the Coach for Winter sports is tonight, Wednesday, November 6 in the CafĂ© at 6:30 pm.  Parents of athletes participating in basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling are invited to meet the coaches of their respective teams.  Individual team meetings will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. Signs will be posted indicating the location of each team.  If you attended Mr. Heise's portion of the meeting in August, you do not need to arrive until 6:45 p.m. 

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:
  • Ellie Bee
  • Kuhls Sports Spot incuding Nike, UnderArmour, and North Face brands (watch for link to come)
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.

National Signing Day on November 13
The first national Signing Day for the 2019-20 school year will be Wednesday, November 13, at 2:45 p.m. in the library.  Athletes who wish to participate need to send the following to Mrs. Rohlfs by Friday, November 8.
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

After Prom Meeting - Looking for New Volunteers!
Even though it feels like spring is a long way away, it's time to start preparing for After Prom 2020! Quite a few of our parent volunteers will be 'graduating' next spring as they send their youngest students off to college so we're looking for some new faces! We'd love to have freshman, sophomore and junior parents join us to learn the ropes and so that we can keep the amazing After Prom tradition going in future years. (Of course, senior parents are welcome with open arms, too!) There are many, many different ways to volunteer for After Prom. And, you don't have to attend After Prom to get involved. We can find something to meet any parent's schedule or interests. Volunteering for After Prom is a great way to meet and spend time with other McNick parents, and the result is an incredible event that keeps our kids safe. If you are interested in learning about After Prom volunteer opportunities, please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in the library at McNick. Can't make the meeting but interested in more information? Please contact Kirsten Hagenbarth at

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

The McNicholas High School Alumni Association is pleased to host the first
McNicholas Craft Fair
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McNicholas High School Gym
6536 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230
Free admission...Free parking


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
$60 / person before Nov. 01 $75 / person after Nov. 01
Casual Evening Attire
For information and on-line reservations, visit

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