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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, January 30, 2015

FR. WILMOTH SAYS THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Rebels - Our prayers are working! Take a look at this message from our beloved pastor and spiritual leader. We love you Father Wilmoth!!! Watch a video from Fr. Wilmoth by clicking here.

REBEL SCHOLARS EARN TOP WRITING AWARDS!!

Many educators consider the Scholastic Writing Awards to be the most prestigious writing competition in the state of Indiana for high school students. We are ecstatic to have two Rebels who have garnered multiple awards in this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards competition. It marks the first time in a number of years that we have had a student recognized so we are especially thrilled for both of these outstanding student writers!

Shayla CabalanJunior Shayla Cabalan earned the highest award possible, “The Gold Key,” in the science fiction/fantasy category with her entry, First Day. She had two works in the category of dramatic script that earned “The Silver Key” Award and a third entry in dramatic script that earned “Honorable Mention.”

Abby YohlerSophomore Abby Yohler also earned “The Gold Key” for her entry in short story while fellow classmate Cameron Wright earned a “Silver Key” and an “Honorable Mention” in science fiction/fantasy.

There were nearly 300 entries submitted in the Central and Southern Indiana district. Only 32 “Gold Key” and 40 “Silver Key” awards were given so Shayla, Abby and Cameron are in some elite company of great writers!

All three students will be recognized at an Awards Ceremony at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University on Sunday, March 8.

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our latest group of students of the month: Jonny Anderson (Business & Technology), Megan Powell (Communications), Conner James (English), Haley Shotts (Family & Consumer Science), Rachel Knierman (Fine Arts), Shelby Gatchell (Guidance), Harrison Koppenhofer (Health & Physical Education), Sara Roessler (Industrial Technology), Natalie Huddleston (Mathematics), Melissa Shover (Religious Studies), Erica Szczechowski (Science), Sara Cannaday (Social Studies), Lindsey Arthur (STARS), Joanie Dugan (World Languages).

Great job Rebel scholars!

RHS STUDENTS BRING HOME TOP AWARDS IN STATE THEATER CONFERENCE

Once again RHS Theater Director, Phil Anderson, took a number of RHS students to the annual State Thespian Conference and once again our students brought home a number of awards!

Tech Competition

  • First place – Brendan Bard, Corbin Hunt, Matt Long, Andy Reel (curtain folding)
  • First place – Corbin Hunt (knot tying)
  • Second place – Matt Long (lighting)
  • Second place – Andy Reel (prop quick change)

Acting Competition

  • Superior Ribbon - Jordan Frederick (solo musical experienced)
  • Excellent Ribbons to – Patrick Ralston (monologue experienced); Sara Barron, Doug Johnston (solo musical experienced), Taylor Townsend (solo musical novice) and Anna Madden (costume design)

CONGRATULATIONS IU HONORS STUDENTS

For years now Roncalli High School has had students study abroad during the summertime as a part of the IU Honors Program for students in World Languages. Participation in this program comes about via a highly selective and competitive process in which the students must display a high level of competency in their selected language of study.

Congratulations to the following RHS students who received news last week of their acceptance into the program for this summer:

Studying in France: Gio Below, Lauren Jones, Frederica Sanchez, Morgan Sells, Haley Vandagrifft

Studying in Spain: Michael Armbruster, Ryan Armstrong, Sarah Barron, Alex Kane, Sofia McGuire

We have another group of students who are still working their way through the process with the hope of being selected as well.

Great job Rebels!

REBEL SPEECH TEAM RESULTS

Congratulations to the following Rebel Speech team members on their performances in last week’s Speech competition at Greensburg High school:

  • Grace Murphy (2nd in humorous interpretation)
  • Cameron Irwin (2nd in radio broadcasting)
  • Maria Hollowell and Grant Schoening (3rd in scripted duo).

EARLY DISMISSAL (2:00 PM) - NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5

School will be dismissed at 2:00 PM next Thursday for teachers to attend department meetings. Parents are asked not to arrive on the circle prior to 2:00 PM as it creates gridlock that backs up to McFarland Road. The police officers that direct traffic appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

WINTER SPIRIT WEEK NEXT WEEK - BRING ON THE DRESS UP DAYS!

The RHS Student Council has done another fabulous job of coming up with some creative ideas for dress up days as we celebrate Winter Spirit Week next week. Here is a listing of the days for next week:

  • Monday - Wear your favorite Catholic school gear
  • Tuesday - Jersey Day; wear your favorite team’s jersey (t-shirt must be worn underneath the jersey)
  • Wednesday – Seasons Day; wear clothing from your favorite season – fall, winter, spring or summer
  • Thursday – Tie Dye Day; wear your favorite tie dye clothing or bright colors
  • Friday – Red, White and Blue Day; Freshmen wear white, Sophomores wear red, Juniors wear blue; Seniors wear red, white and blue

Parents, please put a little bug in the ear of your child encouraging them to join in the fun of this year’s Winter Spirit week by calling their friends and participating in the dress up days.

SPRING BREAK 2016 TRIP TO ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

Roncalli High School will be offering an educational trip to England and Scotland during Spring Break of the 2015-2016 school year. This trip is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors as well as current eighth graders who will be attending Roncalli as freshmen. Parents are also welcome to travel with us as well. Highlights will include a visit to Edinburgh Castle, live theater and dance performances, tours of Shakespeare's home, a visit to Oxford, and numerous exciting sites in London. An informational meeting for parents and students will be held on Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. in room 201. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Walters at awalters@roncalli.org.

RHS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR (12 FOR RETURNING STUDENTS; ONE FOR SENIORS)

Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and one student athlete scholarship for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $500-$1,500. Please visit our website to learn more about these various scholarships to determine if your child(ren) qualifies for one or more of these scholarships. Scholarship applications may be picked up in the main office or guidance office beginning March 2, 2015. All completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Hartford, Assistant Principal, by Friday, April 3, 2015 no later than 3:00 p.m. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2015-2016 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding RHS scholarships can be directed to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal, at 787-8277 Ext. 284 or shartford@roncalli.org

RHS REVERSE RAFFLE INVITATION

The Roncalli Athletic Booster Committee (“RABC”) would like to invite you to our annual RABC Reverse Raffle.

Like you, the RABC works to assist our RHS student athletes. We do this by volunteering our time raising funds to financially support all RHS sports.

Over the past several years, we’ve raised funds to purchase multiple small buses for transportation, bleachers for the “Bubble” gym, and most recently a bunker rake to groom our athletic fields. This would not be possible without your generous support.

General information for the Reverse Raffle can be found at this link.

YOUR KROGER CARD CAN NOW BENEFIT RHS!! PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CARD WITH RHS!

Kroger Stores have made a significant adjustment in their Kroger Card program in that a patron may now have a percentage of all of their purchases at Kroger donated back to a school that is enrolled in their Kroger Community Rewards Program.

Roncalli is enrolled in this program and our school’s specific number is 10249. We ask that all Roncalli families and friends of Roncalli register their Kroger Card with Roncalli. Here are the simple steps necessary to make this happen.

Go to krogercommunityrewards.com ­­- must choose the “Delta” icon

Have your Kroger card handy and register your card with Roncalli.

If you do not have a Kroger card they are available at the customer service desk of any Kroger store. Once you have your card you may go to the krogercommunityrewards.com site and register your card to Roncalli High School.

We thank everyone who supports Roncalli High School through their use of their Kroger card.

COLLEGE VISITS FOR CURRENT JUNIORS

College Visits for Juniors: Juniors are strongly encouraged to schedule two college visits during the second semester. These visits prove extremely helpful in assisting students to realize what they are searching for in an institution. Visiting a large, medium, and small institution as well as a private and public institution allows the student to understand the benefits of each setting. Juniors are allowed two excused college days which must be taken before April 30, 2015. College Day Forms (for an excused visit) can be found in the guidance carousel inside the guidance office. College Days on the Monday following Prom and the Monday following Spring Break will not be approved. The school will reserve the right to limit the number of college days that it approves for the Friday prior to the Prom.

The GOAL: By August 1, juniors should have a short list of approximately five colleges where they intend to apply. Two could be a ‘stretch’ for admission, two should be representative of the student’s abilities (GPA and test scores), and one could be a ‘safe’ or easier admission school. Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2015-16 NOW AVAILABLE

Financial Aid forms for the 2015-16 school year are now available. You can have your student pick one up in the school’s business office. The form may be downloaded at this link: http://www.roncalli.org/admissions/tuition-information

Please contact Mrs. Denise Cook in the Business Office if you have any questions. She can be reached at 787-8277, extension 278 or dcook@roncalli.org

All financial aid forms must be completed and returned by March 1.

MODEST ATTIRE AT 2015 RONCALLI PROM

Upperclassmen are getting energized and excited for 2015 Roncalli Prom! The theme this year is Cirque Du Roncalli and many plans are well underway. The prom will take place at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum on April 18. In preparation for this prom we ask for help! Roncalli students are great ambassadors of our Catholic faith in many ways in our school and community. We thank them for continued efforts toward this front. With that in mind, we want to ask our students and more importantly our female students that will be purchasing prom dresses to remember and keep on the forefront of their mind that they attend a Catholic high school. For that reason, we ask our students to keep modesty in mind when they go about obtaining a prom dress. We know that fashions come and go. But, modesty is a principle that we teach and value at Roncalli High School. As students begin to consider a dress, we ask that they ask themselves this question, “Would my parish priest or Father Wilmoth approve of this dress that I am planning to wear to prom?” If the answer is no, then please do not wear that dress. If students do arrive at the prom in immodest attire they may be given a sweater or wrap to wear for the evening. We are confident that our students will rise to the occasion and represent themselves and our catholic values in fine fashion!

SPRING BREAK POLICY REMINDER

Roncalli High School has a strict policy as it relates to student absences on the day(s) leading up to spring break and the day(s) immediately following spring break. We appreciate the great support we receive from our parents and students with regard to this policy. All students and parents are encouraged to make themselves familiar with this policy before making travel plans and arrangements.

School policy does not provide for any extension of the spring break or early starting dates. No student will be excused from school for travel the week before or the week after spring break. Any student absent for travel reasons will be unexcused from classes. The day(s) preceding and immediately following spring break will be marked double unexcused days. A double unexcused day means that four points will be deducted from the student’s cumulative grade in each class at the end of that grading period. Teachers are not required to make special provisions for students who are unexcused. Students absent because of illness on the day(s) preceding and/or immediately following spring break will be required to bring a doctor’s notice to the attendance officer upon their return to school.

Spring Break will begin at Roncalli High School at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2015. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Thanks again to our parents and students for their cooperation with regard to this policy.

2015 IHSAA SUMMER MORATORIUM WEEK

As a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2015 Moratorium Week is from June 25 through July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.

ST. ROSE OF LIMA OPEN HOUSE

Join St. Rose of Lima for their Open House on Sunday, February 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.! The Lions have 3-year old Preschool all the way up to 8th grade, and they have care available from 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Morales at (317) 738-3541.

St. Rose of Lima is located at 114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin, IN 46131.

REBELS SPORTS SCOREBOARD

Good luck to Steven Ramsey as he participates in the State Bowling Tournament Regional championships on Saturday!! Steven advanced by virtue of his sixth place finish in last weekend’s Sectional competition.

Congratulations to seniors Matt Cunningham, Joe Gervasio, Casey Gore, Drew Naumovich, Nat Otley and Eric Townsend on being selected to the Academic All State football team!!

Good luck to Coach Lance Ellis and the varsity wrestlers as they begin their IHSAA tournament competition in the Sectionals on Saturday at Warren Central. The wrestlers will be vying for a spot in next week’s Regional competition!

PLEASE PRAY

  • For those without adequate food, clothing and shelter during these cold, wintry times.
  • For Christians around the world who face persecution for their belief in Jesus Christ!
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are dealing with addiction, depression or other mental health issues.
  • For all those in the Roncalli Family that are battling life threatening illness, for their families and for their caregivers.
  • 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 the many RHS alums who are preparing for a vocation as a priest at seminaries and houses of formation.
  • 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 blessings on Pope Francis and Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church.

“This gesture is an invitation to the heart of every Christian, because we never lose if we imitate Jesus, if we . . . serve our suffering brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis (on the washing of feet of AIDS patients)

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