June 3, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Thank you, students and parents, for adapting to the unexpected realities of the fourth quarter. During this period of remote learning and cancelled activities, your good spirit helped us to sustain our mission: To inspire young men and women through faith formation and academic excellence to become compassionate leaders and grow toward Full Stature in Christ. Thank you, generous benefactors who have contributed to the Student Relief Fund - a demonstration of Full Stature. Thank you, student athletes who we joyfully see returning to Paradise in anticipation of next school year. Thank you, graduates and parents, for your enthusiasm during graduation ceremonies. Godspeed! Thank you, faculty and staff members, for devoting time this summer to enhance instructional skills so that our students will have an outstanding McNick experience in 2020-21. May all Rockets young and old have a safe and blessed summer!

Congratulations Class of 2020!

From Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, the 127 members of the Class of 2020 graduated in individual ceremonies. The 10-minute celebration in the McNicholas courtyard featured personal notes from teachers, a blessing from parents, and the presentation of the diploma and alumni medal. Faculty members congratulated graduates from the Convent porch, and graduates turned their tassels and tossed their caps atop the Convent stairs.

Mr. and Mrs. Guessford read the parent blessing to son Aidan.
Izzy Mulvey receives her alumni medal from fellow alum and father Jeff '86.

Mailey Nguyen moves her tassel while theology teacher Ms. Teresa Davis looks on.
Jared Kautz tosses his cap.

Graduates and families enjoyed the celebrations:

"All the details and personalization were very touching. The courtyard looked beautiful. The teachers' notes were tear-jerkers! We will treasure that we got to be an integral part of the graduation ceremony as well as her brother...presenting the alumni medal..."

"You made their graduations so personal that you made us...forget about all the things the seniors have missed out on due to the pandemic. You demonstrated the heartfelt dedication that we have grown to expect and have always loved about the faculty at McNick, and yet you surprised us with even more!"

"This has added yet another reason that McNick is so special. We are so proud of our school and what we stand for."

"The personal touches that you included in their ceremonies...showed us how truly blessed we are to have our children as part of the McNick family! There is no other school like it!"

Portions of the individual graduations as well as pre-recorded speeches will air in a special program. The graduation video is scheduled to be broadcast on June 21 at 1:00 p.m. on WSTR.
  • Over the air Channel 64.1
  • Spectrum Cable Channel 11, 1011
  • Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Channel 11, 511
  • Direct TV Channel 64
  • DISH Channel 8354

Mrs. Noble delivers faculty address
"I pray that you will use what you've learned at McNick - that change is part of life, that we need to continue listening and learning, and that we treat each other with the dignity we each deserve -- to help guide you throughout your life." --Mrs. Noble

The Class of 2020 elected English teacher Angie Noble to deliver the faculty address during commencement. Mrs. Noble's speech will air during the graduation broadcast. Click here for a transcript.
Photos by Mrs. Anne Jones and Margaret Haap
News and reminders

Adjustment for the 2020-21 Calendar
McNicholas has moved two faculty planning days from the second semester to the front of the school year. As a result, freshman orientation days will take place on August 19 and 20. The first day of classes for all students will be Friday, August 21. The originally planned number of class days remains the same.
Main Office Summer Hours
From June 15 through July 31, the main office will be staffed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon. We are limiting visits to campus. For information or assistance during this period, please call 513-231-3500 and then press 1. Regular office hours of 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. will resume on August 3.
Newsletter publication schedule
Over the summer, the newsletter will be published June 24 and July 22. Weekly publication will resume August 5.
Return to athletics
Please click here for information, timelines, and guidelines for returning to preparations for the 2020-21 sports seasons.
Materials return
Current student materials return continues tomorrow and Friday. If you have not signed up for a time, please click here to do so.

Final Forms for 2020-2021 school year
Please watch your email in the next few weeks for information and instructions about completing and submitting forms for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Summer Reading announced for all students
Where will you go this summer through the pages of a book?
COVID-19 may have limited our summer options for getting out and about, but you can travel anywhere you want through the pages of a great book! For your summer reading assignment, the English Department decided that Summer 2020 should be the time to choose a book that meets you where you are right now. Struggling with something? Maybe a self-help book. Need to escape? Choose a fantasy novel. Sad your vacation was cancelled? Read a travelogue. Choose a book that meets you where you are and read it by the first day of school. Once we return to the classroom, you will be completing an assignment about your book, but for now, just enjoy it.

Click here for more information, including book recommendations and additional requirements for AP Literature and AP Language students.

Questions? Please contact English Department Chair Angie Noble at anoble@mcnhs.org.

Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt
June 1-August 31
Join the McNicholas community in a literary-themed scavenger hunt and get rewarded for reading this summer! Simply download the free Goosechase App on your phone, enter as a guest and look for the McNick Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt, game code EZV4WX. Use your real name (so that we know who to give prizes to!). Complete "missions" to rack up points. Anyone who participates will receive candy AND, if you complete at least 5 missions, you will be entered to win a grand prize of cold, hard cash! The drawing will take place on September 1. Questions? Please email McNicholas Librarian, Chelsea Almer, at calmer@mcnhs.org.

In the Community

AngelsFest Event Postponed Indefinitely; Bid-N-Buy Auction goes online
Registration is now open for the Bid-N-Buy auction! You can view over 200 great offerings with more items being added daily. Please register by  clicking here . Bidding on all items will go live on June 8 at 7:00 a.m. and conclude June 14 at 8:00 p.m. Items can be picked up on Wednesday, June 17 or Thursday, June 18 from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. in the main school office hallway. Use the school entrance off the church parking lot to enter. Please contact  Kay Froehlich  if you have any questions.

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