October 23, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

We're focused on Open House this Sunday, 1-4 p.m. McNicholas guides young people to become skilled and faith-filled problem solvers. We want as many students as possible to take advantage of a McNicholas education. Please encourage prospective families to attend Open House. Thanks to Rockets young and not-so-young who will showcase the school on Sunday.

For evidence of the impact of McNicholas on individuals and the community, we need look no farther than the alumni who will be recognized tonight during the Distinguished Alumni Celebration: Col. William Butler '86, Lizanne Gundrum Ingram '78, Dr. Jack Selzer '66, and Chris Gatio Haynes '74. We thank them for being exemplars of compassionate leadership striving towards Full Stature in Christ.
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Oct. 24-- T hursday morning assembly, 2:15 p.m. dismissal
Fri., Oct. 25-- Fall Testing and Freshmen day of renewal
Freshmen - Day of Renewal 2:40 p.m. dismissal
Sophomores - Pre-ACT 11:30 a.m. dismissal
Juniors - ACT practice Noon dismissal
Seniors - Seniors are either helping with freshman day of renewal, or using the day for a college visit.
Note:  The library will close at 3:30 p.m
Mon., Oct. 28--Monday-Tuesday-Friday (M-T-F) schedule
Tues., Oct. 29--
M-T-F schedule
Weds., Oct. 30--
M-T-F schedule adjusted for assembly
Thurs., Oct. 31-- 4 period block day block day (schedule usually on Wednesday)
Fri., Nov. 1--3 period block day, 2:15 p.m. dismissal

From the Counseling Department...

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  www.portman.senate.gov .
Campus Ministry

Class of 2023 Freshman Day of Renewal
On this Friday, October 25, the Class of 2023 will gather for their first Day of Renewal and Reflection as an entire class. The day will be led by the Campus Ministry team, additional members of the faculty and staff, and around 35 members of the senior class who have answered the call to accompany the first year students by serving as peer ministers for the day. More information about the day has been communicated to the Class of 2023 both through their Theology classes and via e-mail.

NO Friday Morning Mass This Week
With both no presider available and with Friday being a Day of Renewal for freshmen and a testing day for sophomores and juniors, there will be NO MASS BEFORE SCHOOL this Friday, October 25. Because we will gather as a community in celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints, there will also be NO MASS BEFORE SCHOOL on Friday, November 1. The Friday morning Mass before school will resume with Fr. Dave Endres presiding on Friday, November 8.

Class of 2021 Kairos Retreat Discernment
Parents of Juniors
--Members of the Campus Ministry Team will soon be visiting with juniors in theology classes to talk with the Class of 2021 about the Kairos retreat options for them. This school year, we will be able to offer a small number of spaces in our January 21-24 retreat, as well as the March 17-20 retreat that has traditionally been solely for Juniors.

We will give them preference forms during the week of October 28, and ask that students discern which retreats will work best for them, especially as they consider what other commitments they may have in the next 12 months. 
The first day for them to turn forms in will be Monday, November 4.  All forms should be returned to Mrs. Sandmann no later than November 8 in order to have preferences considered while discerning retreat groups.

On Campus

Pro-Life Poster Contest Winners
Thanks to all students who participated in this year's Pro-Life poster contest. The Theme of this year's contest was
You formed my inmost being;
You knit me in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am wonderfully made.
Congratulations to this year's winners:

First place--Junior Katia Roetenberger
Second Place--Freshman Avery Stanford

Third Place (tie) --Junior
Sophia Petrotte
Third Place (tie) --Sophomore Skylar Kutcher

Coat Drive--through Nov. 15
The McNicholas Service Club is sponsoring its annual Coat Drive from 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. 

Student Council Magazine Drive
If you have any extra magazines around your house, please bring them into the library! We will be donating them to the local hospital. Magazines are always in demand, so any and all donations help. The magazine drive will be running all year, so feel free to drop them in the library anytime!

Band's Fall Concert--October 30

Join the McNicholas music students for sounds of the season on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the McNicholas Cafe. The band will be led by director Mr. Keith Nance.

One week left--Ski Club and discounted passes at Perfect North
Family and friends of the McNicholas community are welcome to join the McNicholas Ski Club. The deadline for discounted pass purchase (30% savings) is Thursday, Oct. 31 Pick up your passes from the Perfect North Ticket Window  on the first day you ski or after October 1.
How to purchase your club pass online:
  1. Go to http://www.perfectnorth.com 
  2. Scroll to the bottom to Club Login 
  3. Scroll to find McNicholas Ski Club
  4. Sign in on the club page. 
  5. Username: mcnick
  6. Password: downhill
  7. Use the 3 line menu in the upper left corner and select the pass you would like
  8. Follow the prompts to finish purchasing your season pass
If you have any questions about ski club or ski club spirit wear please reach out to Ms. Gaskins at mgaskins@mcnhs.org.


Fall Sports Tournament
Volleyball--Women's volleyball plays Wyoming in the sectional final tonight at Princeton High School at 7:00 pm.
Cross Country--The men advance to the Troy Regional to race at 2:15 p.m. this coming Saturday.   Charlie Taylor was the individual champion in the D2 boys race last Saturday at Voice of America.  The team finished 3rd at the District meet.  
Football travels to Alter this week
Varsity football plays at Alter on Friday, October 25.  Pre-sale tickets are available in the main office during the week and are $5 each.

Enquirer Athletes of the Week
WE HAVE TWO NOMINEES THIS WEEK!  Junior cross country runner Charlie Taylor is nominated once again and the Rockets men's soccer team is up for team of the week! Taylor won won the Division II-B 5k run at the Southwest District Championships in West Chester. The men's soccer team upset No. 4 Cincinnati Country Day in the second round of the sectional tournament, 1-0. Click here to vote for both by 5 p.m. on Friday.

Basketball tryouts
Women's basketball tryouts will be held on Friday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the main gym and Saturday October 26 at 8:00 a.m. in the auxiliary gym.

Winter Sports Season
The Winter sports season is rapidly approaching.  McNicholas offers the following sports during the winter season: cheerleading, dance, swimming, bowling, basketball and wrestling with the following start dates designated by the OHSSA:   
Swimming-Oct. 25
Women's Basketball-Oct. 25
Bowling-Nov. 1
Men's Basketball-Nov. 1
Wrestling-Nov. 15
Each winter athlete must have a current physical on file in the athletic office, and all required forms must be complete prior to their team's first day of practice as listed above.  Participation fees are due by Monday, November 18.  
Mark your calendars for winter sports Meet the Coach on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  

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

Stop by, say hello, and grab a snack at the PTSA Table while at Open House this Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The Rocket Shop will be open during Open House for all your uniform and spirit wear needs.

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 www.nickerdyfoundation.org

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