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Seniors earn recognition for athletics and academics  

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association has recognized seniors Daniel Cole and Luke Eveler as Academic All Ohio Football players because of their combination of academic achievement and athletic excellence.


To qualify, nominees must have senior standing, be recognized as a first team selection at the all-conference, all-county or all-district level, and demonstrate academic distinction with a GPA of 3.6 or better. Only 116 of the more than 35,000 high school football players in Ohio qualify for this prestigious award.


Coach Mike Orlando said, "This is truly a great accomplishment that shows their commitment not only as players but more importantly as students."


As a team, the 2011 McNicholas Rockets were one of 71 schools to earn earned Academic Honorable Mention Team Award in Ohio.


Archbishop McNicholas High School Weekly Newsletter  

January 9, 2012 through January 15, 2012


Click here for the cafeteria menu for January


Monday, January 9

Off-campus lunch for seniors with permission forms on file in office

Last Day to turn in cell phones for Eco Club. Read more in the McNicholas Milestone's Eco Club holds cell phone recycling campaign


Tuesday, January 10

Exams Bells 1, 2, 3;  Dismissal at 1:15 p.m. (see below for more info. about exams)


Wednesday, January 11

Exams Bells 4 and 5/6;  Dismissal at 11:15 a.m.


Thursday, January 12

Exams Bells 7 and 8; Dismissal at 11:15 a.m.

Donuts with the Principal 7 - 7:40 a.m. in the cafeteria

AP parent meeting with Guidance at 6:15 p.m. in the library

Sophomore parent meeting with Guidance at 7 p.m. in the cafe (see Guidance news below for more info.)


Friday, January 13

No School for students

Faculty/Staff In-service Day



Saturday, January 14

 Freshman Blender 8 p.m.-midnight (see below for more info.)



Sunday, January 15

Football fundraiser at Butterbee's (Ages 21 and over, see below for info.)


Monday, January 16

No School--Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 



Need to plan for the coming weeks? 

Be sure to check the McNicholas Calendar on the website for a printable monthly calendar. Please note that the online version is updated as soon as events change.






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Check the McNicholas calendar or the McNicholas athletics page 

to find game schedules for all winter sports.




















First semester exams January 10-12

Semester 1 Exams are Tuesday, Jan. 10 through Thursday, Jan. 12.  Exams count for 10% of a student's final grade for a year-long course and 20% of a student's final grade for a semester course. Exams are extremely important and students should spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing.  Check Edline or with individual teachers for study guides.


Students have 90 minutes to complete each exam and should plan on each exam lasting the entire 90 minutes.  If a student should finish early, he/she may NOT leave the room.  The hallways must remain clear and quiet so that all students can concentrate on their exams.  There are significant breaks between exams for students to go the restrooms, lockers, or cafe. 

Students will be dismissed after the last exam of the day.  Please see the following schedule for details:


Tuesday, Jan. 10


The library will be open regular hours from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Students will eat lunch in their third period classrooms between the second and third exams. The cafeteria will be open for students to purchase pizza, drinks, and snacks. 

Period 1 Exam7:55-9:25  
Period 2 Exam9:45-11:15  
Period 3 Exam11:45-1:15  
Wednesday, Jan.11
The library will be open for quiet study from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The cafeteria will be open for drinks and snacks from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Snacks and drinks must be consumed in the cafe.
Period 4 Exam7:55-9:25  
Period 5/6 Exam9:45-11:15  
Thursday, Jan 12
The library will be open for quiet study from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cafteria will be open for drinks and snacks from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Snacks and drinks must be consumed in the cafe. 
Period 7 Exam7:55-9:25  
Period 8 Exam9:45-11:15  


There is no school for students on Friday, Jan.13 or Monday, Jan. 16. Semester 2  begins on Tuesday, Jan. 17. 

Have you registered to win free tuition dollars?
Be sure to sign up for The Great Tuition Giveaway

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving away $17,500 in tuition credits and prizes to current and prospective families. Any family planning to have a student in an Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic school K-12 class for the 2012-2013 school year is eligible to win. Visit facebook.com/mycatholicschool by Friday, Feb. 3 to register.


Freshman Student Council sponsoring Freshman Blender Jan. 14
All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Blender from 8 p.m. - midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14.  The cost for admission is only $2 and includes a bounce house, a big twister, and beach balls as well as many other activities. The event is at McNicholas.  Students may bring extra money for snacks that will be available for purchase.  Questions? See Mr. Jepson or any freshman Student Council member.

News from the Library

Check the Lost and Found before Jan. 12 

Please stop by the library to claim your lost and found items. 

Any items left unclaimed will be donated on Thursday, Jan. 12.

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Coming soon to the McNicholas Library

NookSoon students will  be able to check out one of six NOOK eReaders loaded with lots of great fiction, perfect for required and pleasure reading.


Request a book you'd like to read and we can download it in minutes!


NOOK is lighter than a paperback and super thin, yet holds up to 1,000 books--so it's easy to take your library with you anywhere.


Simply touch, and NOOK takes care of the rest. Open your book, make the type bigger, look up words, make notes- it's all so easy.












Campus Ministry Notes and News


World Day of Peace Mass

Numerous students from McNicholas along with their religion teachers attended the World Day of Peace Mass held on Jan. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati.  To read the coverage from WCPO, click here.  The photo with WCPO's story includes senior Sarah Wampler (second from left) and sophomore Emily Feldkamp (third from left). Several other McNicholas students were in the row just behind them. 



Friday morning mass continues in the Chapel every Friday at 7 a.m. Please join us!


From the Guidance Office

Sophomore parents: Save the date for Thursday, Jan. 12. The Guidance Department will host Coming to the Crossroads for sophomore parents. Topics to be covered will be an explanation of PSAT and PLAN test results, an introduction to the college and post-high school search, and the importance of a strong junior and senior year in that process.  The meeting will be in the café beginning at 7 p.m.  Bring your questions and concerns as well as PSAT results for reference. PLAN results will be available at the meeting.

Thinking about taking Advanced Placement classes next year?

Meetings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 for those who are interested in learning more about the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum at McNicholas. There will be a student meeting after exams at 11:20 a.m. in Room 10.  There will be a parent meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the library.


Advanced Placement Exam Orders
AP students need to order the appropriate exams between now and January 27.
Print the AP Exam form, fill it out and return it to your AP teacher.  After January 27, see Ms. Weeks in guidance with questions about AP exams.  Note that all exams are ordered on one form, to be given to one teacher, even if you are taking more exams.

Reds Straight A Tickets are awarded based on the GPA from the 2nd Quarter. Your hard work will pay dividends next baseball season. Students from all four years are considered for these tickets.

Sports News and Highlights


Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser game Jan. 20

Join the McNicholas basketball coaches as they take on cancer in the Coaches Versus Cancer fundraiser during the Friday, Jan. 20 basketball games versus Purcell Marian. For $1, students may wear spiritwear to school. During the evening, donations will be taken at the concession stand and cheerleaders will collect donations in the bleachers. All are welcome to participate in the halftime shooting contest. A 3-point attempt is $1. Prizes will be awarded. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.


Dive and Swim Teams participate in Milford Invitational 

Congrats to the men's and women's swim and dive teams for a great showing at the Milford Invitational! Many best times were swam! A few highlights from the meet:


Sophomore Maddie Mitchell finished 3rd place in diving and broke the school dive record! Sophomore Abby Mitchell finished 4th followed by Senior Amanda Bradley in 9th place and Freshman Randi Dailey with an 11th place finish. Way to go Rocket divers!


Junior Olivia Fitzpatrick finished 5th place in the 200 freestyle and 4th place in the 100 backstroke. Rebecca Heise finished 14th in the 200 freestyle and 14th in the 100 breaststroke. Amanda Bradley finished 16th in the 200 freestyle. The 200 medley relay team of Olivia Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Heise, Ashley Dundon, and Elise Moeller finished 10th. Senior Kevin McCarthy finished 4th in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Senior Patrick Rehl finished 10th in the 500 freestyle. Way to go Rocket swimmers!


The Rocket swimmers and divers will be hosting a home swim meet against Roger Bacon on Friday, Jan. 20 at 6:15 p.m. at the ME Lyons YMCA. This is senior night! Come out and support our rocket swimmers and divers! Submitted information.



Got sports news? All sports news submitted will be considered for publication in the weekly newsletter. Please send to Communications Director Angie Noble at anoble@mcnhs.org.  








Football fundraiser at Butterbee's Jan. 15

The McNicholas Football Program will be holding a fundraiser at Butterbee's on Sunday Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $20 per person for an all-you-can-eat menu, drink specials, and various raffles of cash and prizes.  All proceeds will go directly to the McNicholas Football Program.


Although, paying at the door is an option, as many pre-sale tickets as we can get would be greatly appreciated.  Seats are limited, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible by contacting football coach Mike Orlando  at coachmikeorlando@gmail.com or 513.255.0151. 


Simply e-mail the name of your guests (ADULTS 21 years of age or older) and send the money to the address below. Checks can be made payable to :  McNicholas Football and please mark BUTTERBEE's in the memo.


McNicholas High School

ATTN:  Mike Orlando

6536 Beechmont Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45230


Thanks for your support!!


Shop The Rocket Shop for all your spiritwear needs! rocketgraphic 


The Rocket Shop is open every

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


On early dismissal days, the Rocket Shop is open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. *    


Open for these Special Events 

Friday, January 13, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission with Honors Dinner/Men's basketball Friday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Men's basketball/Alumni Night

Saturday, January 28, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Freshman Registration

Saturday, February 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Women's Basketball


*On Wednesday, January 11 the Rocket Shop will be closed because of the 11:15 a.m. early dismissal.*


Volunteer at The Rocket Shop: It's only a two-hour commitment once a month.  We have the 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. shifts available on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. You will be paired with a volunteer who is familiar with the Rocket Shop and cash register. It is fun to meet the students and parents, and the time goes by fast. Please email Erin Frey at erinfrey@cinci.rr.com if you would like to learn more about this volunteer opportunity. Thanks!

From the Development Office:   

We invite you to give to McNicholas High School's Annual Fund if you have not already done so this year.  Tuition alone does not cover the cost of receiving a McNicholas education. 


The Annual Fund is a large part of making a McNick education affordable for students and their families. It covers a broad spectrum of needs ranging from financial aid for deserving students to basic operating expenses. 


Participation from everyone, especially our alumni, is important.  Please consider making a donation to Annual Fund.  Everyone and every gift makes a difference! 


Thank you for supporting McNicholas High School. 


To donate to the Annual Fund online, go to www.mcnhs.org/annualfund.htm or contact Carolyn Adam, Director of Development, at (513) 231-3500 x5817 or cadam@mcnhs.org.

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Check out these and other new posts on the McNicholas Milestone Online:

Also, don't forget to email us with any suggestions, questions, or concerns at mcnicholas.milestone@gmail.com!

Rocket news and reminders

Congratulations to Academic Team members Maggie Luther, Grace Hiltz, Luke Eveler, and Ed Allgeier who defeated St. Xavier on Jan. 4 at Cincinnati State by the score 50 to 43. 


March for Life Meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Mrs. Canisalez's Room 309.  


Ski Club bus scheduled for Monday, January 23    
Even though we will not be providing transportation, you are encouraged to use your passes after your exams on Thursday and on the Martin Luther King Holiday.  Ski Club will not travel to Perfect North Slopes Jan. 9 so students can study for exams.
Due to Exams the library will be closing at 2:30 p.m on Wed. Jan. 11 and at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Improv Club meeting Mondays after school in the Jeanne Spurlock Theatre from 3 - 4 p.m.  All are welcome! Next meeting is Monday, Jan. 9.  If you have any questions, see Mr. Chadwell.


The annual in-house Shakespeare Competition will be held in early February.  Selections for memorization have now been finalized and can be picked up from Mrs. Collins in Room 2.   This competition is open to all grade levels and includes 20 lines from a Shakespearean play and one sonnet.  The McNick winner will compete against winners from many area schools at Playhouse in the Park.  


Don't forget about Drop-in tutoring in the library:

National Honor Society is offering after school drop-in tutoring from 2:25 - 3:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Math tutoring by members of Mu Alpha Theta is during 6th bell on Wednesdays.    


Neither food nor drink is permitted in the library. Any student who has food or drink in the library will receive a detention; there are no warnings about this policy.   


Music Boosters raising funds with Gordon Food Service

The Music Boosters recently partnered with Gordon Food Service to help raise funds throughout the year.


Ready to help out? Simply click on this link, fill out a short form, and head to your local GFS Marketplace store, to pick up your permanent membership card and start shopping!


Remember to show your card every time you shop at GFS Marketplace. That way, you can ensure McNicholas Music Boosters receives credit for your sale. Check out www.gfsmarketplace.com to learn more details about the Fun Funds program, as well as see what's on sale every week at your local store. Go ahead and give GFS a try next time you are in the Eastgate area. Thanks for supporting the award winning music program at McNicholas.  


 The GFS Fun Funds is a completely free program that gives up to 10% of your GFS Marketplace purchases back to our organization. Our rebate rate is determined on a quarterly basis by the total purchase level of all members.

 Military Memorial Dance
Click here for the reservation form. 

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