April 8, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

The differences in our lives this Holy Week and Easter prompt us to feel a heightened awareness of Jesus' human experience of suffering, dying, and rising. Out of our routines and deprived of personal interactions, we can find moments to be grateful for what we've taken for granted. Faculty and staff members have been communicating this spirit to students, with a special focus on seniors this week. Mr. Mulvey sent both a teacher's and a father's empathy to seniors in this message. Mrs. Gaskins did likewise through her street art (below). Mr. Wehrman sent all students this video reminder of events so far this school year for which we're grateful. As to rising, look no farther than this video celebration of life that teachers (with production expertise by student Madeline Daley) sent to students this week. Thanks to Mrs. Kapp for keeping students, faculty, and staff connected be sending us the Rocket Daily News every morning at 7:00  - one routine that we can all experience together. I especially look forward to the student video news included on Fridays.

Thanks to students, faculty, and staff for doing so much to sustain Rocket spirit!

We are making contingency plans for school events that we might need to reschedule. Please stay tuned for an update soon after Easter.

This will be a Holy Week that we'll remember because of its unusual circumstances. May the strangeness of this time lead us to look for and be grateful for the gifts from God that we overlook in routine times!

News and reminders

AP Testing 
Advanced Placement (AP) has released their testing dates and times for the upcoming, altered, tests. All dates, times, and more information regarding these tests can be found at:  https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students. Each family is urged to take a look at this material prior to testing so they are well informed. AP Teachers are currently preparing students for the test material that will be covered in the AP test, and students are highly encouraged to take the tests when they are held in early-mid May. Whether students are back in school, or remaining on the digital platform, all testing will be taken via this adjusted format. An At-Home Testing Guide and Testing Simulations will be available to students in mid-April via the site listed above. 

If a student and family does choose to cancel one, or more, of their exams they should contact Mr. Matt Wehrman at mwehrman@mcnhs.org by April 22 at 5 p.m. At this point, all cancellations will be submitted to Advanced Placement and any necessary refunds will be reported to the Business Office to begin the process of mailing out refund checks to any family that is due. 

If your student has not yet paid their AP Testing Fee and plans to take the test, please make sure your checks are mailed to Attn: Roberta Veleta and make all checks payable to McNicholas High School. Each test is $94.00. 

Absentee ballots
If you are 18 and registered to vote, you can get an absentee ballot for the re-scheduled primary election. Click here for more information.

Seeking future Rockets!
Know a family who might be interested in McNicholas? Click here and send their contact information to Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions.

College Scholarship News
Please click here for information about opportunities and deadlines.

Talking to your kids about coronavirus
The Counseling Department has provided some resources for talking to your students about coronavirus and the situation we are currently experiencing. All McNicholas counselors are available for guidance or resources. Please contact them via email.

Beech Acres Parenting Center also supplies resources for assistance and ideas during this time. 

Campus Ministry

For several years, McNicholas has joined others for the Way of the Cross for Justice in person, live on Good Friday.   We are going to be a part of the VIRTUAL Way of the Cross for Justice on Friday, April 10 on YouTube.   Please join us in ritual, prayer and remembrance of the sacrifice of Jesus combined with present day sacrifices through various issues and communities. 


McNick names volleyball coach
The McNicholas Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Michelle Woods has accepted the head women's varsity volleyball job for the 2020 season.  Michelle is a graduate of Newport Central Catholic and Mt. St. Joseph and was a member of the volleyball team at both schools.   Michelle received her master's degree from Xavier University and currently works at the University of Cincinnati.  After three seasons of leading the JV program, Michelle takes over as head coach and is looking forward to leading the Rockets in the demanding GCL Coed division.

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