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Respect Life Club works to promote postitive message

The Respect Life Club recently learned that another member of the community would be marching with them during the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. later this month: Archbishop Schnurr. Spanish teacher and Respect Life Club moderator Mrs. Tracey Canisalez said that the Archbishop is attending this year's March and wanted to accompany a student group. She learned on Monday, Jan. 3, that he had chosen the McNicholas group to join. "What a great honor this will be for the students and the school," Canisalez said.


Every January on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court case legalizing abortion in the U.S., Respect Life Club members travel to Washington, D.C. to protest the decision. This year the March is on Jan. 24, and McNicholas will be represented by 80 students and 8 adult chaperones. According to Canisalez, over 600 students from Cincinnati attend the March for Life, with McNicholas being the largest group. While the March for Life is the main activity of the group for the year, the club is involved in numerous activities promoting the sacredness of life.


In November, the group attended a meeting and dinner at the Cintas Center held by the Greater Cincinnati Right to Life Organization to get an update of the events planned for the year and to decide how they can be involved. During the month of December, the McNicholas Respect Life Club met and made baby blankets for Pregnancy Center East. Canisalez said that club members purchased over $100 of fabric and made 20 blankets. The group is also planning a baby shower in the spring. The baby shower will be held after school and the club will supply drinks and snacks while also asking the McNicholas community to donate any items that they feel a new mother might need. Donations from this event will also benefit Pregnancy Center East.


Senior and Respect Life Club president Jessica Sharkey said she thinks the extra social projects are important because it allows the group to get together outside of the March for Life for a good cause.

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On Dec. 14, Respect Life Club members met after school to make baby blankets for Pregnancy Center East.  They are preparing for the March for Life trip at the end of the month in Washington D.C., and they plan to hold a baby shower in the spring to collect supplies for new mothers.

Archbishop McNicholas High School Weekly Newsletter

January 10 through January 16, 2011


Monday, January 10, 2011 

Off-campus lunch available for seniors.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Exams for Bells 1, 2, 3 -- See exam schedule below

McNick at Night organizational meeting at 7 p.m. in library. (see more info. below)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Exams Bells 4, 5/6


Thursday, January 13, 2011  

Exams Bells 7, 8

Donuts with the Principal -- 7 a.m. in cafeteria

Jeans Day to benefit Mock Trial--students pay $1 to wear jeans and spirit shirt

AP student meeting at 11:20 a.m.*

AP parent meeting at 6:15 a.m. *

Sophomore parent meeting--"Coming to the Crossroads" at 7 p.m.*

*see From the Guidance Office below for more information on these meetings 


Friday, Jaunuary 14, 2011

No school for students

Teacher in-service


Saturday, January 15, 2011


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bingo @ 6 p.m.


A reminder that there is no school on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday




Warm up from the cold weather outside by enjoying a McNicholas winter sporting event inside! 


Check out the links below to find out where to catch a game or to catch up on a game you missed.


To see the schedules for the winter sports season, please visit www.mcnhs.org/individual-sports.html for complete listings of ATHLETIC SCHEDULES. 


Please visit Sports News and Scores on the McNicholas website for complete fall sports scores and standings.  









Exam Week Schedule


The Café will not be serving food on exam days-- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.


Students should bring a snack/ lunch to eat between 11:15 and 11:45 on Tuesday, when there are three exams.  If students are remaining on campus / waiting for buses on Wednesday and Thursday, they should bring a lunch. 

Please see schedule below.


Because not all students can be picked up immediately following exams, the library will remain open until at least 3:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.  Students are encouraged to use the library for study if that best suits their schedule and ride needs. 


Study well, and good luck on your exams!


The library hours for January 10th through 14th (exam week) are as follows:


 Monday, January 10:              Classes in session on regular schedule.

                                                       Library opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.


Tuesday, January 11:             Bell 1 exam 7:55 - 9:25

                                                      Bell 2 exam 9:45 - 11:15

                                                      Bell 3 exam 11:45 - 1:15

                                                      Library opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, January 12:       Bell 4 exam 7:55 - 9:25

                                                      Bell 5 or 6 exam:  9:45 - 11:15

                                                      Library opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 13:            Bell 7 exam:  7:55 - 9:25

                                                       Bell 8 exam:  9:45 - 11:15

                                                      Library opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.


Friday:  January 14:                No school; library closed to students.


From the Guidance Office 
Thinking about taking Advanced Placement classes next year? Meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13 for those who are interested in learning more about the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum at McNicholas.  The student meeting will be held after exams at 11:20 a.m. Check announcements for location.  Parent meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Sophomore parents are invited to join the counselors for our "Coming To The Crossroads" program that will discuss test results, scheduling, and provide an initial step to the college search process. The meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 13 in the café beginning at 7 p.m.. Please bring your student's PSAT and PLAN results and your questions. 
Seniors looking for college scholarship opportunities  and/or open houses should check out the link on the Guidance page on the McNicholas website. Check the College Scholarship link regularly as it is updated frequently.

The Selective Service Commission reminds males between the ages of 18-25 that they must register with Selective Service.  This is not a draft nor has there been a draft since 1973 but a legal obligation.  It's quick; it's easy; and it's the law.  Go to www.sss.gov to register.  Registration should occur within 30 days of the 18th birthday and is a necessary step to file for government based financial aid.

News Briefs for the week

Eco Club will be selling some reusable water bottles. Order forms are available from your 1st bell teacher.


The Father/Son Breakfast will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Click here for a reservation form.  Cost is $15 per person and forms and money are due by Tuesday, Jan. 18. Questions? Contact Patti Mueller.    


International Club will be having a short meeting after school on Monday, Jan. 10 in Senora Ibanez's room to distribute t-shirts and plan our next outing.  See Anna Bloemer, Sarah Hayes, or Gabi Camacho if you have any questions.


All students attending March for Life must attend a MANDATORY meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in room 309. Please be prompt! See you then! 


Attention Ski Club members:

There will be NO BUS transportation to Perfect North on Monday, Jan. 10 due to exams the following day or on Monday, Jan. 17 due to the Martin Luther King Holiday. You may still use your passes on those dates or after exams the week of the 10th but there will not be bus transportation.

Don't forget to order your ski club spirit wear. Order forms are in Mr. Kissel's outer office.  The deadline to order is Thursday, Jan. 13.


Open gyms for baseball and men's volleyball:


Monday, Jan. 17 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 24 & 31 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 14 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.


Men's Volleyball

Jan. 16, 23, & 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. in the main gym.

The Academic Team had two great victories last week against Elder. The Varsity Team of Sam Cardosi, Allison Ecker, Paul Conrady, Daniel Schoettelkotte, Charlie Jorden, and Craig Kaimer won by a score of 30 to 19. The Reserve I Team of Ed Allgeier, Luke Eveler, Brendan Sullivan, Christine Graham, Gabby Camacho, and Aaron Vennemeyer won by a lopsided score of 53 to 20. Ed Allgeier's answer of "Lanthanides" and Brendan Sullivan's answer of "New Orleans" were astounding! Way to go, Academic Team!  

Sports Highlight of the Week

Junior Amanda Bradley broke her school record for diving in the Milford Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 8. This is the second time this year she has broken her record from last year.
For more about the swimming/diving team, check out the story "Swim hard, play hard" by Maddie Scott in the McNicholas Milestone Online.

Cancer awareness ribbonsWall of Hope fundraiser begins
Tuesday, Jan. 18
The Wall of Hope fundraiser begins Tuesday, Jan. 18.
For a $1 donation, students, faculty, and community members can support the fight against cancer by filling in the attached card with a name of an individual to be remembered or a message of hope and support. 

We hope to cover the walls of the gym with these by the Coaches Versus Cancer game against Roger Bacon on Friday, Jan. 28. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Sandmann family fund. Cards and money can be turned into the main office, a first period teacher, or Mr. Kaniecki.

Milestone online

Check out "Coach Klonne recognized as Bengals High School Coach of the Year"  by Jessie Kaising to see how he was honored by the NFL and his players.


Read "Wear this, not that: Fashion faux pas to avoid for Winter 2011" by Max Kamphaus to see how to stay warm this winter while staying stylish.


What did you do over Christmas break? NHS members volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. Get the full story here by Jen Foltz.  

Stories are updated almost daily! 

For these stories and more, be sure to log on often at mcnicholasmilestone.com.

Applications for scholarships for current students now available

The application for the scholarships available to current McNicholas students is now available on the webpage under the academics tab.  Applications as well as all required documents are due to the Office of Admissions by Friday, February 11, 2011. Scholarship applications must include all required documents to be considered.


Required materials include:

For a complete list of the scholarships available, click here

Questions? Please contact Cathy Sherrick, Director of Admissions, at 231-3500 x5817.

Make your plans for the Winter Dance Jan. 22  

Get ready to stay in from the cold and have a great night with great music at this year's winter dance, "A Winter Night in the City," hosted by the Class of 2013. The semiformal dance will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 8 p.m. - midnight in the main gym. Tickets will be on sale during lunches Tuesday, Jan. 18 - Friday, Jan. 21. Tickets are $8 per person, and everyone must have a dance attendance sheet completed in order to purchase a ticket. Dance attendance sheets are available here, in Mr. Kissel's office, or in the main office.

McNicholas student seeking an American host family


Eni Munkhsaihan, a junior at McNicholas from Mongolia, would like to live with an American host family. Interested families can get further information by calling 232-3882 or e-mailing chintuya@cpa.mn or enkhe43@hotmail.com.  

Catholic schools logoVote for McNick on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Catholic Schools Facebook page

Want to show off your school spirit? There is now a Catholic Schools facebook page for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Be sure to visit their page, "like" it, and then vote for your favorite school by clicking on the "School Spirit" tab. Click the "I Want to Vote" button, then choose your favorite Catholic School. You can vote one time per day. The top three winners will be announced at the end of Catholic Schools week Jan. 30-Feb. 5. Click here to learn more, including prizes for the winning schools. 
Check back often to make sure your favorite school is #1!


ACT & SAT Test Prep for 2011


Full length classes and Saturday workshops are open for registration. 


Help your student build his/her confidence and learn test taking strategies

to positively affect college admissions testing. 


Please contact Emily Mulvey, Director of Crescendo Test Prep,

with any questions by phone (515-1497) or email (crescendo@cinci.rr.com). 


Visit the website to see the schedule and register for classes.




The Rocket Shop is open MWF from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. On days that McNicholas has an early dismissal, the Rocket Shop will be open from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. instead of the regular 11 a.m.-3 p.m. hours.


The Rocket Shop will also be open during the following times: 

  • January 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the men's basketball/admission with honors game
  • January 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for Alumni Night at the men's basketball game
  • January 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for incoming freshmen registration
Don't forget that long sleeve polos in solid green or white are a uniform choice. 
Rocket Shop orders can be made at the new McNicholas web site using Pay Pal: http://www.mcnhs.org/rocket-shop.html
 Please feel free to contact Michelle Stultz at mstultz@fuse.net or Patti Mueller at pattimueller@cinci.rr.com if you have any questions. 

Go Rockets!










Check out these FUNDRAISERS to support McNick

Dinner at Butterbee's on Jan. 17 supports Women's Soccer
On January 17, a portion of sales at Butterbee's American Grille will benefit the women's soccer team. You must present this flyer at time of purchase.

View flyer for additional details.  Thanks for supporting the Women's Soccer Team!

Theatre Boosters Dance Fundraiser 

Do a little dance...Raise a little dough...Get down tonight!  Have you EVER wanted to learn to dance? Well, here's your chance to learn how AND raise money for the theatre program at the same time at the Theatre Boosters Dance on
Saturday, Feb. 5 from 7 p.m. - 12 a.m. in McNick's Auxiliary Gym
(Isn't that close to Valentine's Day? Hmmmm). Click here for registration information. Questions? Contact Jerry Wiesenhahn at 513-404-4220.



McDonald's coupon books support Project Paradise

For only $5, you can purchase a booklet of McDonald's coupons

(they never expire!) and support Project Paradise

Call or e-mail Betsy Pharo (513-515-5555 or betsypharo@fuse.net) to purchase a booklet or to volunteer to sell at basketball games, etc.
They really are a great deal and all proceeds go towards Phase II of Project Paradise
McDonald's Thank you for your support!  

Recognize your favorite student or group with

a yearbook page sponsorship



Would you like to recognize in the yearbook a student, coach, group, or other member of the McNick community? For only $25, families, individuals, or groups can sponsor a double page spread.


The sponsorship will name the person(s) sponsoring the page in 60 characters or less. The sponsor will then be able to personalize the sponsorship in 80 characters or less. Click here for more information, including examples and order form

Plan to attend the Military Memorial Fund's Winter Dance!


WHAT:   McNicholas Military Memorial Scholarship Fund Winter Dance

WHEN:  Saturday, February 26 from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

WHY:  Proceeds from the dance will fund partial scholarships to incoming freshmen, awarded based on patriotism and sense of civic duty.  As many $1500 scholarships will be awarded each year as the dance proceeds bring in.


Sponsored by the McNicholas Military Memorial Committee


CONTACT:  Jim Hay at 513-236-7609 or jhay279786@aol.com 

Due to past popularity of this event, advance reservations
are highly recommended.


All are welcome, and if anyone's interested in joining our committee, please call.

mcnick at nite logo smallMcNick at Night set for April 1, 2011 at Receptions Eastgate




There will be an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the library.  Please come and see how you can become involved in McNick's largest fundraiser of the year.  It is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. Hope to see you there! Questions? Please contact Michele Thomas or Chris Haynes at mcnickatnight@mcnhs.org or 231-3500 ext. 5125.


Please remember to RELOAD your Kroger card
Your participation has earned
 over $20,000 so far for the school.
Click here for more information

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Thank you to those who are already members
of the Kroger Neighborhood Reward ProgramSM.

Save the Date for the McNicholas Hall of Fame events
The Men's Hall of Fame Induction will take place on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. and will feature speaker Phil Castellini, Chief Operating Officer of the Cincinnati Reds.  The Women's Hall of Fame will take place on March 1 at 6 p.m. and will feature Karen Forgus, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Cincinnati Reds. More information to come.

Thank you to all who have sent us their updated e-mail addresses! 
This weekly bulletin is the main form of communication throughout the year.
Please urge friends to send us an updated address.

The Weekly Newsletters are archived on the McNicholas web page.  If you need to refer to an older newsletter from the home page, use the News drop-down menu and select "Weekly Newsletter" or save this link in your favorites: http://www.mcnhs.org/WeeklyNewsletter.html