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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, August 26, 2016


Brandon Sturdivant We congratulate RHS senior, Brandon Sturdivant, as we received word this week that Indianapolis not for profit, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, has named him their “Volunteer of the Month” for the month of August. Brandon has been involved in a variety of KIB initiatives including the Peace and Nature Garden at Benedictine Inn in Beech Grove. Nice job Brandon - proud of you!


Congratulations to RHS publications advisor, Julie Albertson, and the RHS yearbook staff as they received word this week that Walsworth Publishing has included our 2015-16 yearbook in their Gallery of Excellence, which features some of the best high school yearbooks in the country! Our yearbook will now be featured at regional, state and national conventions and shared through Walsworth with other high schools for ideas!

Great job, Rebels - very proud of you and your work!


Congratulations to the Pre-K class at Central Catholic on being the second week's winner for the yard sign contest! They will be treated to an ice cream party one day next week!

If you would like to be the big winner of a $50 gift certificate to the Spirit Store, please submit a photo of your Roncalli yard sign to We have three more weeks left in the contest, and we can't wait to see everyone's photos!

Additional yard signs are available in the Advancement Office for no charge! Feel free to have your student bring one home, or you can pick one up when dropping off or picking them up.

Let’s show the Southside our RHS Pride!


Join us on the RHS Circle Friday, September 16th between 4:30-6:30PM for a delicious meal. We will be serving chili, hot dogs, dessert and a beverage for only $5/person. After dinner, show your school/church pride by voting for your favorite chili in the South Deanery CYO Chili Cook Off and then cheer on the Rebels as they take on Scecina at 7:00PM. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the RHS cafeteria.

PARENTS - this is a chance to get involved! We are in need of student and parent volunteers and several donations to make the event a success. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer to help with the event, please sign up by clicking here.


We will celebrate our annual Grandparents Day liturgy on Friday, October 7. A reminder that due to space limitations only grandparents of sophomore, junior and senior students are invited to this celebration. If you have a sophomore, junior and/or senior student and would like their grandparents to receive an invitation please contact Lora Mascari in the president’s office at or 787-8277, extension 231.


This school year marks the first year in our school’s 48 year history that our athletic teams have competed in a conference. In the spring of 2015, Roncalli joined together with Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit and Guerin Catholic as the charter members of the newly formed Circle City Conference.

The first conference championships were held last week in boys’ and girls’ cross country. Special congratulations to RHS sophomore Nick Perkins who became our school’s first ever All Conference athlete by virtue of his fifth place finish in the conference race. Congratulations Nick - great effort!


Families can access the Roncalli parent student directory online. Go to and on the home page below the slideshow there is a button labeled, “Parent Student Directory”. After clicking this button, you can login with your student’s student ID and 8-digit password or if you have a Canvas account to follow your students, you may click the the red button labeled “Login through Canvas”. Parents have the ability to search for students or parents. If you have changes to your data, please contact RHS Registrar, Mary Sheets, at or 787-8277, extension 232.


Saturday, September 10 at Roncalli High School Gymnasium
K - 4th Grade: 1:00 - 3:30 PM; $20 includes t-shirt & snack
5th - 8th Grade: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM; $30 includes t-shirt & snack (please bring a Sack Lunch)

Register at no later than Friday, September 9 at 3:00 PM; walk-in registrations will be accepted

Questions? Contact Head Coach Jen Kocher at or 317-294-5804.
Don't miss your chance to LET YOUR SPIRIT SHINE!


A letter was mailed out two weeks ago to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted nine years ago primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents.

There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: September 1, 7 and 27. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.

All parents of freshmen who have never had a freshman student at Roncalli previously are required to attend one of these four meetings. Failure to attend one of the four meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at 787-8277, extension 224 or


There are printers for students to use in the school’s media center before or after school. These printers will not be available to students during the school day. Thus, students are strongly encouraged to complete all of their printing needs at home.


Each year, Roncalli offers various aspects of mental health programming, including but not limited to our “Lights” program. This week, all students heard a short presentation about our “Lights” program. This is a program Roncalli introduced five years ago to give students a tool by which to recognize and seek help for someone who might be struggling with mental health issues. Each student received a wallet card with a reminder of what the “lights” mean as well as contact information they may use to seek help.

Please take a few minutes to review this link that explains the “Lights” program:

It is our hope that you will discuss this information with your child. We’re all in this together!
This school year, the mental health focus at Roncalli will be upon topics related to making healthy choices. Since positive mental health not only improves students’ academic performance, but can positively affect all areas of a student’s life both now and after high school, we feel that this focus is timely and informative.

As always, as questions or concerns arise, please do not hesitate to contact Roncalli social worker, Kelley Fisher at or 317-787-8277 Ext. 281, your student’s guidance counselor, or an administrator.


As our guidance counselors meet with students and teachers regarding tutoring needs, we would like to provide an extensive list of qualified, recommended tutors. If you or someone you know has the skill set necessary to tutor high school students and would be interested in being added to the list we supply students and parents please have them send their credentials and contact information to RHS principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at We specifically are seeking tutors in mathematics, English, chemistry, biology and Spanish.


All RHS parents’ phone numbers that are listed in the student’s information in our school wide data system have been added to a list that will be contacted in case of a school emergency, delay or closing information or other pertinent RHS information. Should you desire a text message in place of the recorded phone call please text “yes” to 68453. Please contact Linda Simpkins at should you have any questions.


School pictures were handed out this week to students during their lunch period. If your student did not pick up his/her photos please have them see Mrs. Hartford during their lunch period to pick up their picture packet. If your student ordered pictures and did not receive them please call the Prestige customer service line (see number below) and use portrait ID HM036044Y0. If your student would like to have a picture retake, that will be done on Tuesday, October 4th starting at 8:30 AM (students will be called down to the cafeteria). Students that wish to have a picture retake must bring their entire picture packet with them on October 4 and hand that to the photographer. If your student was absent the first day of school and/or did not get their photo taken s/he can pick up a picture order form in the main office. Students that desire a picture retake may be out of uniform for the photo. Please know that modest dress is expected. If you have questions or concerns about your picture package please call Prestige customer service at 1-866-955-8342.


Roncalli continues to explore a couple of different options regarding AM and/or PM bus service to different locations in our school community. We are seeking names/contact information for folks that may be interested in driving one of the small busses for a pickup in the morning before school and/or a dropoff in the afternoon after school. No CDL is required to drive a small bus. If interested please contact RHS principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at


Test my student at home with TEST MY TEEN Alliance, which provides one free at home 10- panel drug screen (must pay shipping fee of $6.95-see access info. below).

Take my student to Indiana Testing located at 881 S. Girls School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231, (317-271-2611) for a hair test

TEST MY TEEN Alliance: Free at home drug screen available to parents:

  1. Visit and click on products
  2. Add the Noble 10 Drug Home Test Kit to your Shopping Basket
  3. Enter this special voucher code 7E4V3 when prompted during checkout.

The cost of the kit will drop to $0.00 and all that will remain are the shipping and handling charges.

Roncalli wants what is best for your student. Please remember you can always contact your student’s guidance counselor or RHS social worker with any concerns or request for a referral related to student substance abuse or experimentation.


If members of the class of 2017 want to be included in the Roncalli yearbook and class composite photo, each senior must have their photo taken by Prestige Portraits. This info has been mailed and/or emailed home to each senior. But, the deadline to be photographed is approaching. So, please do not delay. Remember, in order to be part of the yearbook and class composite each senior must have a photo taken at Prestige Portraits by December 16, 2016. To schedule a portrait appointment please call 317-829-2075 or go online.

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


The University of Notre Dame will meet with interested students and families on Thursday, September 29th from 7-9 pm in the Roncalli Auditorium. Please note that this is a change from the originally scheduled date in August.

The Admission Representative from Notre Dame will discuss academic opportunities, as well as student life and the application process. Parents and students, grades 9-12, are welcome to attend.


When you give a little, you get a little too!

With the United Way workplace campaign right around the corner, we thought you would like to know that you are able to designate your gift to support tuition assistance and teacher training at Roncalli.
Whether you are completing a paper pledge form or filing it online via e-pledge, the process is easy. On the paper pledge form, simply write - Roncalli High School with our address (3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis 46227) in the box at the bottom of the form. No code needed! If you are completing the online form, you will need to click on the “add a charity” button. Here you will be able to search agencies. But because we do not have a code, you will need to click “add” one more time. At that point, an information box should open on your screen. Simply put Roncalli High School and address here, and feel good because you are helping to ensure another successful year for both the students and faculty at Roncalli. Please contact the advancement office with any questions.
Live United. Live Roncalli.


The World Language Department is taking signups for a fantastic trip to Spain during the Spring Break of 2017. This trip will include cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Pamplona, and San Sebastian. The trip is 10 days and includes many cultural activities, famous sites in Spain, and interactive activities. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Stackhouse at The deadline to sign up for this trip is September 5. There will be a parent informational meeting on Monday, August 29, at 6:00 PM in room 014.


During the Fall Break of next school year, our World Language and Religion Departments are offering our first ever student and family pilgrimage to Italy. This is a nine day trip that begins in northern Italy in the small towns of Bergamo and Sotte il Monte. We will begin our walk there though the life of Saint John XXIII. We will continue into Tuscany and on to Assisi and end our pilgrimage with three days in Rome. This is a once in a lifetime trip that will be beautiful as we experience the Italian culture, learn about our namesake Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, and discover some of the most holy places in the world! All students and families are invited! If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Stackhouse at or contact any of our Religious studies teachers. Also, we will be holding a parent informational meeting on Monday, August 29th at 7:00 PM in room 014.


The reunion will be held on Friday, September 2, at Roncalli High School and will include the following:

4:30 p.m. -- Final rehearsal at Rebel Stadium.
5:30 p.m. -- Dinner and tailgating with current and former cheerleaders. Families and friends are welcome.
7:00 p.m. -- Game time.
Halftime -- Performance! (This is optional but please join us. The dance will be simple and fun!)
Post-game -- We will end the evening together at McQ’s. They have a family area for kids under 21.

Don't forget to register for the reunion! Deadline is this Sunday. Questions? Please contact head cheer coach Jen Kocher at 317-294-5804.

Roncalli students today enjoy a vibrant cheer program thanks to the many wonderful ladies who brought the Rebel spirit to the sidelines over the years. For the first time ever we want to celebrate you, and give you a chance to share your Roncalli pride with family, friends, and current students. The inaugural cheer alumni reunion will be a time for reminiscing, entertainment, and fun!

Additional information:


Coach Ed Merkling invites all boys and girls interested in being a part of the Rebels swimming and diving teams this coming winter to a call out meeting Wednesday, August 31, at 3:10 PM in the media center. The meeting should last approximately 20 minutes.


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

The Harvard Graduate School of Education just released a report, performed in collaboration with dozens of educators across the nation, called, “Making Caring Common.” Its concern was the current culture among students toward selfishness and personal success, instead of community success and the common good.
Evidently, selfish ambition at the expense of the community has gone viral.

In the words of the MCC executive summary, “As a rite of passage for many students and a major focus for many parents, the college admissions process is powerfully positioned to send different messages that help young people become more generous and humane in ways that benefit not only society but students themselves. Yet high school students often perceive colleges as simply valuing their achievements, not their responsibility for others and their communities…The messages that colleges do send about concern for others are commonly drowned out by the power and frequency of messages from parents and the larger culture emphasizing individual achievement.”
To read the rest of this blog click here.


St. Ann Catholic Church is hosting its annual parish festival on Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27. Come join us for great food, rides and games for all ages, silent auction, Annie’s Attic, raffle, beer garden, casino and more. Hope to see you there!


  • For the repose of the soul of Charmaine Field who passed away this week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the mother of RHS guidance counselor, Kathy Heath.
  • For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
  • 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 in the Roncalli Family battling life threatening illness and for their families and 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 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 all those in need of food, clothing, shelter and those most in need of God’s mercy.

“Ah! Brothers and sisters, God’s face is the face of a merciful father who is always patient. He always has patience, patience with us. He understands us. He waits for us. He does not tire forgiving us if we are able to return to Him with a contrite heart.”
Pope Francis, Angelus, St. Peter’s Square, March 17, 2013

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