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Rockets connect in-class learning to real-world experiences

At McNicholas, we partner with professionals to give our students opportunities that build on classroom learning. In the past week alone, teachers have hosted the following interactive sessions:

  • Rockets in Ms. Schwab’s Reading Skills class and Mrs. Noble’s AP Language class met with Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom. Mrs. Lowery was the youngest person to march with John Lewis and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma Voting Rights March in 1965.  
     
  • Mitchell Hartwell, Class of 2016, visited Mrs. Gillming’s AP Computer Science class to discuss his use of programming in the amusement park industry.  Mitchell, a Solutions Architect at Holovis, discussed augmented and virtual reality, installation of computer hardware within and around attractions, and writing software to give users an immersive and unique experience. 
     
  • Students in Mrs. Brother’s Statistics class visited with Ron Tathum, former analyst and CEO of Burke industries, who discussed how knowledge of statistics can be used to make informed decisions in the marketplace. 
     
  • Fr. Kevin Scalf, C.CP.S. visited Ms. Davis’s vocation class to break open the lived reality of ordained life to teach, govern, and sanctify.  Fr. Kevin is joining the McNicholas staff next school year as a teacher and chaplain.
     
    McNicholas students collect recycling

    Students in the Environmental Science classes are caring for God’s creation and learning about sustainability by taking responsibility for the school recycling program. Science teacher Mr. Eric Hickman jump started the program as part of his Environmental Science curriculum. “My goal for this class is to make students aware of environmental issues and empower them to be a part of the solutions,” Mr. Hickman said.

    Early IT contest winner holds up prize

    Congratulations to freshman Louis Smith and sophomores Eli Holland and Jonathan Byrum who earned top awards in University of Cincinnati’s Early IT Fall Competition. Louis won first place in the Programming category for his Java script program that helps builders to calculate construction costs. Eli and Jonathan, who took second place as a team in the Web Development category, were challenged to create an original website that highlights the UC Early IT Program at McNicholas. 

    Rockets enjoy Pumpkin STEM lab and creative fall fun

    McNicholas students celebrated fall and Halloween with pumpkins galore inside and outside the classroom! Mr. Steve Dalton's class participated in the yearly pumpkin catapult STEM lab, the English Department hosted a literary pumpkin decorating contest, and CREWs carved out some time for fun with their own contest.