October 9, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Next week is quarter test week. The first quarter ends on Friday October 18. Best wishes to students for finishing the quarter strong. 

During Advisory this week, students worked on writing an academic SMART goal for the rest of the first semester.

We are grateful to Fr. Ryan Ruiz for presiding at our all-school Mass on the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on Monday. We are also grateful for the faculty members who pray the rosary in the chapel before school. Students are welcome to join them. In their theology classes this week, freshmen are learning about the spiritual heritage of McNicholas, including the influences of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Sisters of St. Joseph.

It's Freshman Spirit Night at the home football game on Friday.   Freshman spirit events begin at 6:00 in the courtyard followed by the game at 7:00 p.m.   Members of the Class of 2023 who plan to attend (everyone, we hope!) should pre-register with Mrs. Mullis by noon on Friday.   Grade school students will have free admission to the game on Friday.     
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Oct. 10--Regular schedule
Fri., Oct. 11--
Regular schedule
Mon., Oct. 14--Regular schedule
Tues., Oct. 15--
Regular schedule
Weds., Oct. 16--
Regular schedule
Thurs., Oct. 17-- Regular schedule
Fri., Oct. 18--Regular schedule
Mon., Oct. 21--NO SCHOOL  because of a faculty/staff professional development day

Senior photo sessions available on campus
Prestige Senior studio will be coming to McNicholas on Monday, October 21. If you have not scheduled your yearbook photo session yet, please call Prestige to set up an appointment time between 8 a.m.-12 pm. Your session fee will be only $30 due at the time of photography. Drapes will be provided for women. Jackets and ties are necessary for men. Call the studio at 513-346-3800 option #2 to schedule your appointment. Click here for more information.
 
Please note: Photos must be taken by Lifetouch/Prestige in order to be included in the McNicholas yearbook.

Photo retakes rescheduled
Photo retakes have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Orders from Lifetouch have been slower in returning than expected. Please click here for a letter to parents from Lifetouch.

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 they can 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 our Washington, D.C. office for more information at (202) 224-3353, or check out our website at  www.portman.senate.gov .


Campus Ministry

Respect Life Month  
October is a month set aside by the U.S. bishops as a special time in which we emphasize our Church's commitment to the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. It will once again be marked as a time for prayer and action, and this year's theme for the USCCB's 
Respect Life Campaign  is "Christ Our Hope in Every Season of Life."  

This week, let us especially consider how we as individuals and as a community might work to nurture the virtue of Christine hope in order to ensure that the God-given dignity of every human person is respected and protected.

Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Mass


On Monday, we gathered as a school community in order to celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. We were joined by Fr. Ryan Ruiz, who serves as Director of Liturgy and Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Sacraments at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary. At this Mass, 26 members of the class of 2020 that have been formed to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned and blessed. They include:

Isabelle Bowling, Ian Burt, Erin Callahan, Elton Clifton, Dominic Daley, Caitlin Doyle, Megan Fein, Aidan Guessford, Allie Hart, Ella Heidorn, Casey Kuhlman, Katie Limberg, Katie McManus, Garrett Mindrum, Maggie Nunner, Elise Nyktas, Grace Rosenbaum, Ellie Rudolph, Anna Schneider, Marie Steinkuhl, Megan Suckow, Brianna Taylor, Anna Voet, Jill Vogler, Abby Wesselkamper, Caroline Zahumensky

Morning Prayer before School in the Chapel

One Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays when school is in session, there is a group that gathers to pray the Holy Rosary in the chapel before school. All are welcome and rosaries will be provided. Fr. Dave Endres will preside at the Friday morning Mass on October 11 and 18. Because October 25 is a day of testing and the Freshman Day of Renewal, there will be no Friday morning on that day.

The Holy Father's World Day of Migrants and Refugees Message 
A week and a half ago, Pope Francis shared his message for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, entitled "It Is Not Just about Immigrants." The text of his address can be found 
here  and many additional companion resources can be found  here .

The Taste of Mission
The Comboni Missionaries will host their annual "
Taste of Mission " from 5:00-9:00 pm this Saturday, October 12 through which all are invited to learn more about their mission and their efforts around the world. The family-friendly event features authentic food from Europe, Latin America, and Africa, as well as live entertainment, singing, and dancing. Both admission and parking are free.

On Campus

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.
 
Spain, Paris, Portugal Study/Travel Trip Information Night!

Parent and Student Information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6:30-7:30 pm in the school library. 

Please email Ms. Gaskins with any questions mgaskins@mcnhs.org.









Thank you for donations to Hygiene Drive
Thank you to all who donated to the hygiene drive.  McNicholas will be giving St. Vincent de Paul over 125 hygiene items.   The winner of the jeans/sweat day is the Sisterhood!   Female Rockets will be allowed to wear sweats/jeans on an upcoming Friday. 

Little Saints for trip fundraising

$ 5 per Saint ! Perfect for backpacks, keychains, lunchboxes, gifts and stocking stuffers! A little physical reminder of God with you! Fill out this order form and give to Ms. Davis (Room #202) with your payment (cash or check payable to McNicholas High School). ORDER DEADLINE: 10/18/19 Orders will arrive before November 1, All Saints Day. All proceeds benefit the trip to Paris, The Riviera & Rome J.Dill/T.Davis

Student Council Chipotle Fundraiser-Oct. 15
Support Student Council by eating at Chipotle at 7630 Beechmont Avenue on Tues., Oct. 15 between 4-8 p.m. Click here for more information and to show the flyer so that McNicholas receives 33% of each order.

Athletics

Football tickets for Friday night
McNicholas will host Carroll High School for football this Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 pm.  Presale tickets are available in the athletic office during the week and at all lunches on Friday.  Presale tickets are $5, and tickets at the gate are $7.  

Vote Charlie Taylor for Athlete of the Week
Junior Charlie Taylor won the West Clermont XC Invitational Oct. 2 with a time of 17:37.10, helping McNick to a first-place team finish. He is up for Enquirer Athlete of the Week. Click here to vote.

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
Dance and Cheerleading-N/A
 
Each winter athlete must have a current physical on file in the athletic office, and all required forms must be complete prior to their teams 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.  


PTSA

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!

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