September 11, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

The basic change in the schedule this year is that we've moved from monthly to weekly pairs of days with longer class periods.   Longer periods enable students and teachers to go deeper. In this two- minute video, science teacher Mary Denneman and English teacher Jeff Mulvey share how they guided their students to go deeper during long periods last week.

Get ready for Homecoming next weekend! Friday September 20 will focus on spirit, featuring a pep rally, faculty/student dodgeball game (bring it!), and our annual walk through our community, culminating in the football home opener and accompanying festivities on Friday evening. The fun continues with the alumni golf outing on Saturday afternoon and the student dance on Saturday night. We have given students these behavior expectations to keep the dance fun and safe.

Admissions information evenings and shadow days have begun, and Open House on October 27 is coming up fast. Please spread the good news about McNicholas to prospective families. Please display an Open House yard sign (available at the main entrances).
News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Sept. 12--Thursday Block Day 2 Schedule
Fri., Sept. 13--
Regular schedule
Mon., Sept. 16--Regular schedule
Tues., Sept. 17--
Regular schedule
Weds., Sept. 18--
Wednesday Block Day 1 Schedule

Attention needed--Handbook agreement, transportation permission
On August 29 you received an email from McNicholas advising there are 2 new items of business that require a parent signature on Final Forms (listed below). If you have not logged in to Final Forms to complete these, please do so tonight. Your child will be asked to complete their portion tomorrow during their flex period. They will not be able to do this if  you have unsigned forms. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
  1. Student and Parent Handbook-Please click here to log in to Final Forms, read the 2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook, and sign that you have read and agreed to the terms of the handbook.
  2. Transportation permission for school day off-campus events-Please click here to log in to Final Forms and review the permission forms regarding transportation to off-campus events via student vehicles during the school day. These events include experiences such as field trips, job shadowing, and service experiences. Driving oneself or riding with fellow students is often the only practical way for students to travel to these types of events. NOTE: Students who are 18 years old have an additional form to sign.  If you grant permission for your son or daughter who are 18 or older to drive themselves and/or other students to events, we will ask the student to sign the hard copy of the form.
If you have any problems logging in to Final Forms, please contact Susan Rohlfs at or 231-3500, ext. 5142. Thank you for your attention to these forms.

Attention needed--Family Income Forms
Please click here to read and complete the Family Income Forms. Forms should be returned to McNicholas as soon as possible.

From the Counseling Department...
College Financial Aid meeting-Thurs., Sept. 26
On Thursday, September 26, the Counseling Department will host a College Financial Aid Information Presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Café. Seniors and their parents/guardian are invited to learn more about the financial aid process for college from a Northern Kentucky University financial aid officer.

National Association for College Admission Counseling College Fairs in September
NACAC College Fair will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14  from 2 -5 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Register for free at
The NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair will take place on Monday, Sept.  30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Xavier University's Cintas Center Ballroom.  Register for free at .

West Point information event
Wednesday, Oct. 92019, 6- 8 p.m.
Woodlawn Ohio National Guard Training and Community Center
10050 Woodlawn Blvd.
Woodlawn, OH 45215-1394
Click here for more information.

Explore Purdue engineering for women
Junior and senior girls are invited to explore the engineering programs at Purdue University on Monday, Oct. 14 on the West Lafayette, Indiana, campus. Click here for more information or visit .

Campus Ministry

Friday Mass
Please join us Friday, Sept. 13 for Mass in the Chapel at 7 a.m.  Fr. Endres will preside.  All are welcome.

On Campus
Four seniors named National Merit semifinalists

What do a soccer goalie, a licensed pilot, a camp counselor, and the president of National Honor Society have in common? They are McNicholas High School's 2019 National Merit Scholarship Corporation's Semifinalists! Congratulations!
  • Dominic Daley (licensed pilot)
  • Madison Kouche (women's soccer goalie)
  • Jack Munzel (NHS president)
  • Tara Reich (camp counselor)
NMSC named approximately 16,000 academically-talented high school seniors as semifinalists with the opportunity to continue competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million offered next spring. Semifinalists are the academic top 1% of seniors based on the results of the PSAT/NMSQT test the students took as juniors. Congratulations!

National Honor Society offers tutoring
Beginning the week of September 23, the National Honor Society will begin offering tutoring assistance to any McNicholas student who requests academic help. Thirty-minute tutoring sessions will take place before or after school by appointment; no lunch sessions will be available. Tutoring can be requested online or in the counseling office or library. Students requesting help will be paired with an NHS member and coordinate convenient times via email. Please contact NHS adviser Chelsea Almer at with questions.

McNicholas Boutique dress exchange shop open
A group of McNicholas senior girls has launched a dress exchange shop--the McNicholas Boutique! The Boutique gathers dresses to offer our female students for special occasions, such as Mardi Gras, Prom, and Homecoming. It is located in room 306, on the second floor of the Convent. The Boutique is open to any female McNick student who would like a lovely dress without the worry of expense. Donations of dresses, shoes, accessories are always accepted as the shop works to increase inventory and choices. Donations of dress racks, hangers, and a steamer are also welcome. Contact Mrs. Mary Beth Sandmann at with any questions.

Student Council fundraiser at Arthur's-Wednesday, Sept. 18
Student Council is hosting a dine-to-donate fundraiser at Arthur's Beechmont on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Download this flyer to present at the restaurant.

McNick Study/Travel Abroad 2021
Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon the next McNick adventure abroad

The informational meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the school library. Trip space is limited. Please stop by or contact Ms. Gaskins at
Come travel and learn with the McNick Study/Travel Abroad class! Take in some of the most iconic architecture, world-class art and culture. Experience a bike ride through Barcelona, and step inside the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia that has taken over a century to build and now is in its final stages of construction. How does it compare to Notre-Dame? See the famous Eiffel Tower, Park Guell, The Louvre, and the Prado. Take in free time at the beach, and eat savory regional cuisine. Each day will offer a truly unforgettable experience.
Homecoming 2019

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2020 named to Homecoming Court:

Megan Arnold
Evan Brunot
Isabelle Bowling
Elton Clifton
Sophia Gephardt
Stephen Collette
Emma Jasper
Aidan Guessford
Abigail Jarrold
Adam Helwig
Tara Reich
Mac Holt
Grace Rosenbaum
Griffin Jutze
Bridgett Schmitt
Donald Noble
Jillian Vogler
Brian Reed Jr.
Allison Young
Dominic Sumner

Support Athletic Boosters with fun Homecoming events
Celebrate Homecoming 2019 when the Rockets host Purcell Marian for a 7 p.m. kick off. There will be lots of people at this game so Athletic Boosters made VIP parking available to guarantee your spot close to the gate. There aren't many spots left in the VIP lot by the pavilion so reserve yours today....only $20. Regular parking available.

Also at Homecoming is the Athletic Boosters' Golf Ball Drop. Only 300 balls will be sold for $10 each. We will dump all the balls onto a target and the three balls closest to the target wins big money ($700, $200, $100). Buy yours today!

The Athletic Booster fundraisers help pay for items from each coach's wish list of things needed for their teams.
Athletic Boosters Golf Outing
Saturday, September 21
Legendary Run Golf Course
11:30 a.m. Registration, lunch, and driving range
1:30 p.m. Shotgun start
6:00 p.m. Dinner, awards, and auction
Click here to download registration form.

Welcome Rockets!
I am excited for the 2019-20 school year and very grateful for all of our McNicholas parents, students, and teachers.  The PTSA had a wonderful kickoff meeting last night. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend! It is going to be a fun year with a great lineup of activities and volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to be involved on one of our committees, please email me at It is a great way to meet other parents and stay involved. The PTSA is always looking for new people and ideas to improve our school community. We would love to have YOUR input!  

Click here for a list of our events and meetings. As always, everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!

Hope to see you all soon!  GO ROCKETS!

Nikki Waterman
PTSA President

Rocket Shop volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to work at the Rocket Shop.  Several spots are still open. Please contact Karmella Franic-Everhart at 513-490-3934 or Working in the Rocket Shop is easy, fun and only 2 hours per month!


Athletic Passes for 2019-20 events still available
Support McNicholas athletes by purchasing an all-season athletic pass, which would allow you one admission to all home athletic events at all levels for the 2019 - 2020 school year, except OHSAA tournament games. McNicholas will host over sixty events during the 2019 - 2020 school year. If you attend even a third of our events at pre-sale prices, you save money. Individual passes are $75, and family passes for 4 or more immediate family members (parents and siblings) are $300. Passes may be ordered through Final Forms or by clicking here. If you have purchased a pass, your student has it.

Spirit wear is in!
Booster's Spirit wear sale orders will be delivered to students this Friday, September 12. Thank you for all who supported the fall sale. Watch for the coming winter sports sale! 

Rockets travel to CHCA Friday night
Varsity football plays at CHCA this Friday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. There is no pre-sale since this is a non-league game.

Football fundraiser at Juneberry Boutique--Sept. 12
Stop by the Juneberry Boutique 1971 8 Mile Rd. 45255 next to Summit Meats and Mt. Washington Florist) for an evening of "Sipping & Shopping" Thursday, Sept. 12. Juneberry Boutique will donate 15 percent of all sales from McNicholas purchases back to the football program. The shop is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with Ladies Night Happy Hour 5-8 p.m.  Please print or show this flyer at the time of your purchase.

Fall Sports Senior Recognition Dates
Tennis- Sept. 18
Men's soccer- Sept. 24
Women's Soccer- Oct. 5
Volleyball- Oct. 7
Football, Cheer, Band- Nov. 1

Vote for Sydney!
Senior golfer Sydney Mallaley is up for Enquirer Athlete of the Week.  Sydney was a medalist with a 39 in a 174-191 loss to Mercy McAuley at Little Miami's par 35 Sept. 3. She also was medalist in the loss to Anderson Sept. 5, when she had a 36, one over on the front nine of Reeves.  Click here to vote once an hour until 5 p.m. Friday.

McNicholas seeks baseball coach
McNicholas High School is looking for a head varsity baseball coach for the 2020 season.  Interested applicants should contact  Athletic Director Rob Heise at  by September 20, 2019

In the Community

Soldiers of the Cross: Catholic Priests and Sisters in the Civil War
Dr. William Kurtz of the University of Virginia and Fr. David Endres of the Athenaeum will discuss the recently-published book, Soldiers of the Cross, a long-forgotten account of the service of Catholic priest chaplains and sister nurses in the Civil War, on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bartlett Center, Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, 45230. The event is free and open to the public

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