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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, October 6, 2017

NOTE: With fall break next week, there will be no weekly e-newsletter on October 13


We got great news this week when the results of the most recent ACT arrived at school. Congratulations to the newest members of our RHS ACT All Star team by virtue of their scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT. They are Liam Collier, Cassie Petroff, Dave Schrader, Elizabeth Woodruff. They each registered their perfect score on the English portion. Great job scholars!

Liam Collier Cassie Petroff Dave Schrader Elizabeth Woodruff


2017 Volleyball Marion County Champions

Congratulations to Coach Missy Marsh and the RHS girls volleyball team as they claimed the school's seventh Marion County volleyball championship this past Saturday. After defeating Lawrence Central and Franklin Central in the opening two rounds, the girls avenged an earlier season loss to Lawrence North by defeating them in four games and then dispatched the Brebeuf Jesuit Braves in the championship match! The girls take a 19-6 record into the final week of regular season action this week.

Best of luck to the girls as they will begin play next week in the 2017 IHSAA girls volleyball state tournament. Roncalli squares off with Pike in a second round match at Decatur Central at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 14 The winner advances to the Sectional finals that same day at 7:00 PM.

Great job girls - best of luck in Sectionals!!


2017 Gold Rating Marching Band

Congratulations to RHS Band Director, Kathy Peach, Assistant Band Director, Laura Horcher, and the entire RHS Marching Rebels band on their outstanding performance in last Saturday's ISSMA state competition! The Marching Rebels turned in a strong performance that earned them the "Gold" rating from the judges. Everyone has another chance to catch the Marching Rebels and their 2017 competition show at the final regular season home game of the year on Friday, October 13.

Great job Marching Rebels!


We wish the best of luck to the RHS girls and boys cross country teams as they compete in the 2017 IHSAA Sectional competition this Saturday at New Palestine at 10:30/11:15. Both teams will be competing for a Sectional championship but also for the right to advance to the Regional competition to be held on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 and 11:15 at Rushville High School.

2017 Boys Cross Country Team 2017 Girls Cross Country Team


The first nine weeks grading period came to an end on Friday, October 6. The students will receive their report cards in their eighth period class on Wednesday, October 18. Parents are encouraged to sit down and review the report card with their child.


In an effort to better accommodate the needs of some of our South Deanery Catholic Schools, we have made a revision in the previously published 2018-19 school calendar. Specifically, the spring break was moved up and will be one week earlier. The revised 2018-19 school calendar for Roncalli can be accessed via this link. Thank you for your understanding!


Walkathon 2017 will be held on Thursday, October 26 (rain date is Friday, October 27). It is a fun-filled day and the only student fundraiser at Roncalli! All proceeds go directly to our financial aid program to assist RHS students and families.

Special congratulations to freshman Katie Comer who submitted the winning design for this year's Walkathon. Great job Katie - she was the recipient of $50 for her winning efforts!

Students are asked to raise $70 each—or $120 per family, if you have more than one student living in the same house. Students who meet the minimum commitment will receive a t-shirt and will be allowed to participate in the Walkathon. Individual students who raise $100 or more will be eligible for additional prizes and will receive a bonus out of uniform day!

Students can have friends and family donate directly to them on our website with a credit card. Just visit: and type in the student's name and the amount you wish to give. Students can check how much they have generated and send emails with their link to family and friends by going to and log in with their student ID/password. Checks and cash are also accepted, or a combination of these payment methods. We ask students to fill in their yellow envelope with the amount pledged online and turn it in to get their t-shirts.

Students can turn in their money in the designated yellow envelopes in the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Friday, October 20th, Monday, October 23rd Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 25th. Money must be turned in by October 25th in order for the student to participate in the walk.

Please contact Rachel Brown, with any questions.


Please keep in your prayers the seniors who will be participating in our second Christian Awakening Retreat of the school year from Tuesday evening (October 17) through Friday, October 20.


Roncalli is happy to host the Jesuit Excellence Tour College Fair on Thursday, October 19 from 6:45 to 7:25 AM before school in the Roncalli Cafeteria. This unique college fair offers students the chance to learn more about numerous Jesuit universities from across the country and meet with Admissions Representatives from those schools.

The following schools will be represented:

Saint Louis University, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette University, Canisius College, John Carroll University, University of San Francisco, Regis University, College of the Holy Cross, Wheeling Jesuit University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University

Students and parents from grades 9-12 are invited to attend the fair! This is the only time that many of these colleges will be in Indianapolis to meet with our students, so please plan to attend if you can!

The RHS Guidance Department will host a college planning night for freshmen and sophomore students and their families on Monday, October 23, beginning at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. Students and families can learn more about how important it is to start the college planning process now, along with specific ways to begin the college search.

In addition to information from the Guidance Office, admission representatives from the University of Indianapolis, the University of Southern Indiana, and Butler University will also share tips on making the most of the college search and on the college admission process, in general.


Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to register for a small group discussion with the career professional of their choice. Consider careers that need the skills you consider to be your strengths or contact your counselor for ideas. Options include: Accountant, Animal Hospital Manager, Attorney, Automation Engineer, Construction and related apprenticeship programs, Dentist, Electrical Engineer, Family Support Specialist, Food Scientist, Healthcare Administrator / therapists, Insurance Sales / Entrepreneurship, Mechanical Engineer, Nurse, Pediatrician, Physical Therapist, Police Officer / Law Enforcement, Psychologist, Sports Marketing and Championship Coordination, and Veterinarian. Use this Sign up Genius Link to register.


Recently Mental Health America featured an article where they asked upperclassmen and recent high school graduates, 'What are three things you wish you knew about mental health in high school?' We felt their responses were worthy of sharing with you:

3 Things I Wish I Knew About Mental Illness in High School - Click here to read more.


On Tuesday, November 7, at 7:00 PM in the Roncalli High School Gymnasium, Fr. Vince Lampert will be giving his presentation: "An Exorcist Explains the Demonic." Fr. Vince is the officially appointed Exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Vatican trained, Fr. Vince has served as the Exorcist for the Archdiocese for over the past decade. Fr. Vince is well-known and respected in the Exorcism ministry community throughout the world. He has appeared on Fox News and EWTN to talk about this ministry, and recently spoke at a conference to African bishops and priests on evil and the demonic. Please join us on November 7 to learn more about this ministry and how evil works. It will certainly be an evening you won't forget!


The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the Roncalli cafeteria from 9 AM to 1:00 PM We will have fantastic new merchandise updated with the latest trends and styles for everyone on your Christmas shopping list: Moms and Dads, Grandparents, students, future students, little siblings and even your pets. We have non-apparel gift ideas you won't want to miss. Mark your calendar and begin your Christmas shopping early this year.

For more information, please contact Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store or 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale!


Each day, an all school prayer is delivered at the end of second period followed by The Pledge of Allegiance. The general pattern for all school prayer is as follows:

  • Monday - Mr. Weisenbach;
  • Tuesday - member of the campus ministry team;
  • Wednesday - member of the senior class;
  • Thursday - Dr. Hollowell;
  • Friday - open to any student, teacher, staff member

Steps to hear each day's prayer are as follows:

  1. Go to, click on the "About" link
  2. click on the "Daily Announcements and Prayer" link
  3. click on the prayer link

The school's daily announcements are also available online via the Roncalli website. Follow the same steps as noted above for prayer and simply click on the announcements link instead of the prayer link. Should you have any problems accessing either the daily prayer or announcements please send an email to and our IT folks will assist you.

On occasion, the prayer and/or announcements may not get recorded but our intent is to record them and make them available on a daily basis.


Roncalli High School appreciates the generosity of the Kroger Company and appreciates all in the RHS Family who have registered their Kroger Card so that we benefit each time you swipe your Kroger card when shopping at Kroger. We have received in excess of $10,000 from Kroger over the past year! Once registered, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! It is super easy to register. Go to the website address Choose the "Delta" icon and Roncalli's identifying number #10249.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting RHS through your purchases. It is greatly appreciated.


Adults of all ages (18+) are needed to help make this conference an amazing experience for our young church! Help is needed for set-up leading to the event, during the event, folks to participate in Eucharistic Adoration, directing people traffic, helping in booths and activities which are just a few of the roles, and tear down after the event. November 14-18, 2017, 6:00AM-11:00PM (shifts are typically 1-3 hours long), at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Perks: a feel good feeling seeing 20,000+ high school youth celebrating their faith, free t-shirt, free limited parking, and snacks for volunteers available too! Must be at least 18 years old and be current with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Safe and Sacred Training. Sign up at


If members of the class of 2018 want to be included in the Roncalli yearbook and class composite photo they must have their photo taken by Prestige Portraits (seniors do not have to order senior photos from Prestige). Most seniors had their yearbook/composite photo taken during the summer when Prestige came to Roncalli the week of July 10 to complete these photos. If your senior missed getting his/her photo taken at RHS during the week of July 10, please note that Prestige will be back. See info. below.

Prestige Portraits will be at Roncalli High School for senior portraits on Tuesday, November 14. This will be the final opportunity for a senior to have their senior picture taken for inclusion in the yearbook and the Class of 2018 composite picture. There is a sitting fee of $15, which may be paid via check made out to Prestige or by cash.

All seniors that were NOT photographed during the week of July 10 at RHS will be called down via the PA on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to get photographed for yearbook/composite

Dress code requirements for senior composite/yearbook photo are:

Young Men

  • Must wear a dress shirt and tie
  • Must be clean shaven with no facial hair
  • Hair must be properly groomed and of its original color
  • No piercing beyond a pierced ear

Young Ladies

  • Shoulders must be covered (no strapless)
  • Modest top must be worn (NO cleavage showing)
  • No piercing beyond a pierced ear

After seniors are photographed, they will receive proofs in the mail. Follow the instructions enclosed with your proofs to place your order (if you choose) and make a selection of the pose you would like in the yearbook and on the class composite. All choices must be made no later than December 16, 2017 or one will be made for you. The selection must be a head and should pose on the blue background. If you have any questions, you can contact Prestige at 317-829-2075.


(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)

In 2016, Growing Leaders hosted five focus groups, made up of high school and middle school teens, from various states across the U.S. Our purpose was to uncover the mindset of these students and how it has shifted from that of the Millennials.

Today, I offer you six commonly used terms that seem to summarize Gen Z (kids growing up in the 21stcentury). In addition, I will provide a summary of how we can best lead them, given their mindset (psyche) and circumstances.

To read the remainder of this blog please click here.


The Knights of Columbus is looking for men (ages 18 or older) who want to be part of an organization that promotes the Catholic faith and its Principles. The four principles are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Catholic men are invited to be part of the K of C and help make a difference in the community every day. To be part of the K of C, please contact Bob Kelly,


  • For the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Kedra who passed away last week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the mother of RHS assistant principal, James Kedra, and grandmother to RHS freshman Dylan Kedra. Special prayers for the Kedra family as James has lost both of his parents and his father-in-law in just the past few months!
  • For the repose of the soul of Megan Woodward and for her family and friends who mourn her loss as well as for all students, teachers and staff at Southport High School. She was a teacher at Southport High School and died tragically from injuries suffered from a fall while helping students decorate a Homecoming float.
  • For all those who lost their lives innocently and senselessly in the Las Vegas Concert mass shooting and for the families and friends who mourn their loss.
  • For all those rebuilding their lives after hurricanes, earthquakes and fires this past summer and fall.
  • For God's blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson.
  • For a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year for all in the Roncalli Family and for all in our South Deanery Catholic Schools.
  • For those who struggle to find adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical services and those most in need of God's mercy.
  • For Divine Providence upon all elected officials and judges at all levels of government.
  • For all Christians, and all men and women of faith, who are facing persecution for their religious beliefs.
  • For healing of body, mind and spirit for all in the Roncalli Family dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues.
  • For strength and healing for all those fighting off life threatening illness and for their families and caregivers, especially for RHS senior, Kathleen Soller.
  • For the men and women of our armed forces and their families, especially our Roncalli High School alums who are serving in the military.
  • For our RHS alums preparing for a religious vocation as a priest, religious woman or missionary.
  • For vocations to the priesthood, religious life and missionary field, and that Roncalli High School and its families will provide a nurturing environment that fosters and supports these vocations.

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis Assisi

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