March 25, 2020
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

Today we conclude the first six days of online classes. Thanks and congratulations to students for their engagement and diligence and to faculty for their care for students and for the high quality of instruction! Here are some comments from teachers:
  • "I'm impressed by my colleagues' thoughtful, well-constructed plans with clear goals and step-by-step instructions."
  • "I'm enjoying getting to know students in their environment. When I asked my students to post a picture of their home learning environment and to explain how they planned to organize their workspace, they were very thoughtful in their responses and kind to each other. "
  • "I have enjoyed seeing my colleagues be adaptable and flexible. Many are trying new things and having success."
  • "Using Microsoft Teams to see and talk with the students is a difference maker. Plus, I think they like seeing each other. I know I like seeing them as well."
Check out the Rocket Daily News Mrs. Shannon Kapp emails to students, faculty, and staff early on every school day. Thanks to everyone who is contributing photos, videos, poems, and prayers to keep us connected. Please let us know how we on the faculty and staff can be helpful. Email is the best way to contact us during this period when most of us must work from home.
The EdChoice Scholarship application window for 2020-21 scholarships opens on Wednesday April 1. We encourage parents who live in a public school district with a high school on the state list of EdChoice designated schools, who do not already have an EdChoice scholarship, and who have not yet sent application materials to McNicholas to send them to Mrs. Kendra Lonneman ( by Friday of this week. Please send 1) a scholarship request form, and 2) an acceptable proof of address. (We already have the third required item, a copy of the birth certificate.) McNicholas will submit the new applications it has received before April 1 on April 1. The state will award scholarships in the order in which new applications are submitted. It is likely that no scholarships will be left for new applications submitted after April 1. McNicholas expects families who have applied for McNicholas tuition assistance and who are eligible for an EdChoice scholarship to apply for an EdChoice scholarship so that the first part of a family's demonstrated financial need will be fulfilled by EdChoice.   The Ohio Legislature might remove schools from the list of designated schools prior to April 1. Meeting the April 1 date is essential only for NEW EdChoice applications. The state has communicated that all RENEWAL applications will be funded for 2020-21.

News and reminders

Report cards emailed
Report cards were emailed late last week. Please contact Dan Rosenbaum at with questions.

Easter Break
McNicholas will take Easter Break as planned, April 10 through 19. Hang in there! Break is coming!

Social distancing
Please remember to follow the guidelines for good social distancing--remaining out of public places such as shopping centers, movie theatres and stadiums, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. Your health and well-being are very important to us.  Please take care of yourself and your families.

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.

AP Testing Updates
Due to the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the College Board has begun making changes to the AP tests for this school year. Testing will be changed from in-person to online testing, and will be shortened to only one Free Response Question (FRQ) and no multiple choice, set to take approximately 45 minutes. Similarly College Board is hosting free online review courses each day and these can be found at: and the schedule of each course is listed in this PDF . To find more information regarding the AP testing and the changes to AP tests, please visit:

As we await more updates from College Board, we ask that you please hold any requests for cancellation or refund until after new testing dates are released on April 3. At that time, we will release more information about how and when to cancel a test and receive a refund if your students' tests have already been paid. Thank you for your patience in what we are sure is an extremely stressful time regarding these courses and tests.  

Communication during remote learning
We thank all members of the Rocket community for your flexibility and patience. The following chart is a general guideline for where you go for what you need, but you can always email a teacher, staff member or administrator.

Best for
Assignments and course-related directions
Microsoft Teams
Office hours with teachers
Breaking news, directions, updates
       Rocket Daily News
"Morning announcements" for students
       Wednesday Newsletter
Regular news for parents and students
Archived communication, updates
Social media platforms
Community building

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.

Campus Ministry

Making the Most of this Lenten Season
Please click here for resources.

On Campus

Memories of a great trip
Last April, forty Cincinnati World War II vets and forty students from McNicholas High School traveled to the World War II Museum on a trip sponsored by the Gary Sinise Foundation. This recently-released video covers the three days of their amazing trip.

World War II veterans and McNicholas students--April 2019
World War II veterans and McNicholas students--April 2019

McNicholas Summer Camps
Registration is now open for McNicholas Summer Camps. Click here to see the amazing camps offered this summer and to sign up!

McNick at Night

To all of you who won bids in the auction: thank you! We have to postpone pickup until Ohio's stay-at-home order is lifted. We will keep your items safe until we're all able to come out again. We will contact you as soon as the order is lifted.
Even though we couldn't be together in person, our McNicholas High School community rallied to make our virtual McNick at Night a huge success!
McNick at Night will be back stronger than ever next year on  March 13, 2021, so mark your calendars.
Thank you for supporting McNick at Night! 
To Your Health! Sláinte!
Pappy Raffle Winners!
Pappy Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our Bourbon Raffle winners!
Third Prize
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
Matthew Spears
Second Prize
Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Nicole Hust
First Prize
12-Year-Old Van Winkle Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Ashley Brothers
Thank you to everyone who took a chance!
Cigars: If you were among the first 30 people to buy 5 raffle tickets for $100 and had registered for McNick at Night, we have a Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Premium Handmade Cigar for you. Once Ohio's stay-at-home order is lifted, we'll figure out a way to get your cigar to you.

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