September 4, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

We look forward to seeing parents at Meet the Teacher Night this evening beginning at 7:00 in the Gym. Parents of the Class of 2023 are invited to meet the school counselors at 6:00 in ­­­­the Café.

Our opening all-school Mass takes place tomorrow beginning around 1:10 p.m. at Guardian Angels Church. Students will be seated by Advisory groups, and parents are welcome to join us in the pews near the rear. We will welcome members of the Class of 2023 with a joyful ceremony that has become a school tradition. Our monthly Masses are the source Christ's grace that unites us as a school community and the summit of our community prayer. They are our "family dinners" which all school members are expected to attend and during which we miss anyone who is absent.   Please do not make medical or other appointments for students that cause them to miss Mass. The dates are marked "ThA" (Thursday Afternoon Mass/Liturgy Schedule) on the 2019-20 calendar at the "About Us" tab on the school website or here. Good opportunities for appointments are the Thursday schedule days when we dismiss at 2:15 p.m. as well as the five days when students have holidays because of faculty professional development and adult faith formation: 9/6, 9/27, 10/21, 2/7, and 3/16. Thank you.

Reminder--With the afternoon Mass schedule tomorrow, students have a late start at 8:00 a.m.

News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Sept. 5--
PM Mass Schedule-School starts at 8 a.m.; Mass at 1:10 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 6--
No School--Faculty/Staff Day of Service
Mon., Sept. 9--Regular schedule
Tues., Sept. 10--
Regular schedule
Weds., Sept. 11--
Wednesday Block Day 1 Schedule
Thurs., Sept. 12--
Thursday Block Day 2 Schedule
Fri., Sept. 13--
Regular schedule

Meet the Teacher Night TONIGHT
Meet the Teacher night will be tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 4. The evening will begin in the Main Gym at 7 p.m. Following a short welcome, parents will follow their students' schedules for abbreviated class times. The Counseling Department has emailed student schedules to all parents. Paper copies of the schedule will not be available, so please view schedules on your phones or print out a copy at home.

Handbook agreement, transportation permission, income forms dues tomorrow
While we are off and running to the start of the school year, there are three remaining items of business that require parental attention:
  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 by Thursday, September 5.
  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 by Thursday, September 5. 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.
  3. Family Income Forms-Please click here to read and complete the Family Income Forms. Forms should be returned to McNicholas by Thursday, September 5.
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.

Freshmen--Physicals and immunization records due
All freshmen at McNicholas should have returned medical forms at the start of the school year. Please click here to access the medical form to be completed by a physician and returned to Mrs. Christmann as soon as possible.

Seniors--Vaccination documentation needed
According to the Ohio Department of Health requirements, all students entering 7th, 8th, 9th, and 12th grades are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. One dose of meningococcal vaccine (Menactra) is required prior to entry into the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. A second dose of meningococcal vaccine is required PRIOR TO ENTRY into the 12th grade. 
Click here for more information and to print out form to be returned.

From the Counseling Department...
Freshmen Parent Meeting

The Counseling Department will hold a meeting for freshmen parents on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Cafe. Meet the Teacher night will follow at 7 p.m.

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

Opening All-School Mass
The first all-school liturgy of the 2019-2020 school year will take place Thursday, Sept. 5 at 1:20 pm in the sanctuary of Guardian Angels parish, directly across Beechmont Avenue from our campus. As with each of our all-school liturgies, parents and family of students are welcome to join us as your schedule permits, and we especially extend the invitation to parents of the Class of 2023 as we welcome the first year students into our community formally for the first time. Fr. Ed Smith, a 1974 alumnus of McNicholas and the pastor of Our Lord Christ the King parish, will preside.

Rocket Theology Blog

Catch up with Kairos 119 in today's Rocket Theology Blog by Mrs. Mary Beth Sandmann. Click here to read.

On Campus

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.

Architecture I - Straw Olympics Platform Style!

Teammates in the Architecture 1 class worked together to design and build a platform of drinking straws. The goal was for the straw platform to hold as many of the architecture classroom books as possible. Six teams with three to four students each competed for the title of grand champions. The team of Maggie Scott, Tiffany Ton Nu and Isabella Bonner built the smallest platform, but proved to be the champion, supporting 13 books.

New this fall-The 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 and will be open September 4 and 5 after school to shop for Homecoming dresses. 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.

Trip to Paris, the Riviera, and Rome--June 2020

There are spots available to be part of this exciting trip next summer! Come learn more at the next information meeting on  Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in room 304 (Convent).  Please contact Mrs. Julie Dill at if you have any questions.

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.

"I had the amazing opportunity this past summer to study abroad in Italy and Greece. We had the opportunity to experience life in cities like Rome, Florence, Delphi, and Athens and see ancient feats of architecture, historic artworks, and the cultures of places that are vastly different from that of America. The trip to Italy and Greece not only gave me the opportunity to learn about the history of art and architecture in Italy and Greece, but also the opportunity to learn more about myself. Every day, we were given time in the cities where we were allowed to go and explore on our own, and through this I was able to find a greater sense of independence and was able to cultivate the way I handle responsibility. I was able to develop stronger relationships with my peers and make so many wonderful memories!"
Brianna Taylor - Senior
Brianna's weShare video project
Join us for a trip of a lifetime!


Get involved with PTSA!
Members of the PTSA Board will be at Meet the Teacher tonight with information and opportunities to get involved with projects this year. All parents are welcome to attend first PTSA meeting on the year, Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room.

Click here for information about each of the PTSA-sponsored events and dates for open meetings that all parents are welcome to attend!

Rocket Shop volunteers needed
Volunteers still need 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!
Rocket Shop Special Hours
The Rocket Shop will be open during Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, Sept. 4. It will also be open at the Homecoming game at Penn Station stadium on September 20.

Athletic Passes for 2019-20 events now 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.

Rockets travel to Indian Hill Friday night
Varsity football plays at Indian Hill High School this Friday, September 6 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. There is no presale since this is a non-league game.

Athletic Boosters invites all parents to join
The McNicholas Athletic Boosters invites anyone interested in joining or even just wanting to volunteer occasionally to attend the first meeting of the school year on Monday, Sept.  9 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Some of the Athletic Boosters' responsibilities include: 
  • Supporting our athletes in competition
  • Conducting fundraising activities to help raise money for all Rocket athletic teams
  • Maintaining the athletic fields
  • Stocking and selling items in the concession stand in Paradise
Some examples of recent support include
  • New singlets for the wrestling team
  • New weight lifting equipment for the weight room
  • Pole vaults for the track team
  • Men's basketball and soccer uniforms
  • State Champion golf rings
  • Purchases and maintenance of all needs for landscaping in Paradise and others
Any questions, please contact President Tony Diana at We hope to see you at Meet the Teacher night on Wednesday, September 4as the Athletic Boosters will be set up in the lobby greeting and welcoming parents. Stop by our table to say hi. 

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.

Homecoming 2019--Friday, September 20
Celebrate Homecoming 2019 when the Rockets host Purcell Marian for a 7 p.m. kick off. Plan to arrive early for:
  • Visiting with alumni from across the years at the Rocket Family Reunion area
  • Taking advantage of VIP Parking in the tailgating area
  • Eating at one of the food trucks on campus for the event
  • Purchasing your golf ball for the Golf Ball Drop on the baseball field before kickoff
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.
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

Athletic Department Social Media
Follow what's happening in Rocket sports on the field, court, or course on Twitter or Instagram. GO ROCKETS!
In the Community

Immaculate Heart of Mary parish to host NET I.D.
McNicholas students are invited to IHM once a month on Wednesdays to discover how they can make an impact with other teens from parishes all over the Cincinnati area. NET I.D. Ministries highlights include passionate keynote speakers, NET Missionaries, Worship Leader Joe Lundin, leadership training and materials. NET I.D. is from 6:15 to 9 p.m. on the following evenings:

Sept 25, 2019; Oct. 9 ,2019; Nov. 13, 2019; Dec. 11, 2019; Jan. 15, 2020; Feb. 12, 2020; Mar. 11, 2020; Apr. 8, 2020; Apr. 29, 202

Registration is $200/person for the year. Please contact Joe Lundin from NET Ministries at or (651) 450-6833, ext. 203 for more information.

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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