Catholics Schools Week kicks off for McNicholas

During the week of January 26, McNicholas High School will participate in Catholic Schools Week, a nationally recognized week for students, faculty, and families to celebrate their Catholic school.  The theme for 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service” and will consist of out of uniform days, special surprises during lunch, and daily give-aways.

Due to recent weeks during school like Homecoming and the week before Christmas where dress up days were encouraged for students, “the school administration decided to not allow this to be a dress up week,” said the school Librarian and Webmaster, Mrs. Anne Jones, who also served on the Catholic Schools Week planning committee.

Monday’s festivities included a sundae bar at lunch sponsored by the faculty and staff.

On Tuesday, students are encouraged to wear spirit wear from the grade school they attended with jeans, a number of seniors will be celebrating the Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, and the Grade School Band Performance will take place at 7 p.m.

Wednesday includes a modified block schedule, which can be found below, as well as a Mass, for which students may choose to dress in Mass attire or their regular uniform.

Students will see a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company on Thursday. The day also includes a modified block schedule with dismissal at 2 p.m. to allow for registration for the Class of 2019 to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Friday is Penny Day as well as the annual blood drive, which will take place in the gym. Friday is also a jeans day and students will be dismissed after lunch at 1 p.m.

Official Catholic Schools Week 2015 schedule and activities:

Week-long Activities

  • Student Council Chalk Board: Open forum for students to comment on why they appreciate Catholic schools, what Catholic schools mean to them, etc.
  • Daily Give-Aways: Randomly choose names throughout the day and announce over PA.


Regular Schedule

Regular uniform

  • Videoconference with Archbishop Schnurr in library (10 a.m.)


Regular Schedule

Jeans with grade school/parish spirit wear

  • Archdiocesan Mass at Cathedral (12 p.m.)
  • Faculty Luncheon—library
  • Grade School Band Performance (7 p.m.)


Modified Block Day (1, 2, 3, Mass, 4)—see schedule below

Dress-up day for mass

  • Catholic Schools Week Mass (10:20 a.m.)
  • Science Fair and Awards (3 p.m. / 6 p.m.)


Modified Block Day (5/6, 7, 8 with 2 p.m. dismissal)—see schedule below

Regular Uniform

  • Faculty Appreciation Breakfast from PTSA (7 a.m.)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream Performance (9 a.m.)
  • Freshman Registration (3:30 p.m.)


1 p.m. dismissal—see schedule below

Jeans and McNicholas spirit wear

  • Friday Morning Mass (7 a.m.) – social after mass with donuts, juice, etc.
  • Blood and Penny Drive

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About Hannah Van Zant

Senior Hannah Van Zant is an Advanced Journalism student and staff reporter. In her free time you can either find her outside riding her mule, watching the DIY channel, or pretending to be good at playing guitar.


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Photo of the Week

U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Brad Wenstrup presents WWII veteran Frank "Bud" Buschmeier with the French Legion of Honor Medal on Nov. 10 during McNicholas's Veterans Day assembly. Following the assembly, McNick hosted its annual Veterans Day Breakfast to thank veterans and active service-members for their service to the United States.

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