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Weekly Newsletter   - Friday, May 22, 2015


All of us in the Roncalli Family extend congratulations to the Roncalli High School Class of 2015 and their parents!    They have been a delightful, joyful group of young men and women who have done a great job in leading our school this year as seniors!   We thank them for all of their hard work and commitment to their education these past four years. 

We pray they take the spirit of St. John XXIII (Angelo Cardinal Roncalli) with them throughout their life and that they walk with Jesus by their side and in their hearts each and every day!

God bless and Good Luck to the Class of 2015!


The Class of 2015 will celebrate its Baccalaureate liturgy on Friday, May 22, at 6:00 PM in the Roncalli Family Room.  Tickets are not required to attend.

Graduation ceremonies will be held for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 23, at 9:00 AM on the Roncalli campus.  Weather permitting, the ceremonies will be held in the stadium and no ticket will be required for admission.  Should weather not allow for an outside ceremony, graduation will be held in the RHS gymnasium and a ticket will be required for admission into the gymnasium.

Regardless of whether the ceremonies are inside or outside, one will be able to view them live over the Rebel Media Network.  It can be accessed via our web site at   The ceremonies also will be shown live on a large screen in our auditorium.

If the weather is in question, a final decision whether to hold ceremonies inside or outside will be made no later than 7:00 AM and will be available on the school’s web site.  Please do not call the school for this information.  Please access this information via the school’s web site.

Prestige/LifeTouch is the official photographer for Roncalli High School.   Please know that pictures will be available for viewing and purchase on line.  Photos will be online approx. 10 days after ceremony.   Here is the link:


Upon receiving results this week from the most recent administration of the ACT test this spring we are excited to announce that we have five more Rebel students who have joined the “Perfect Rebels” club by virtue of their perfect score on the ACT.    Congratulations to the following scholars who scored a perfect 36 on a section of the ACT:  Nathan Kern (Reading), Claire Whalen (Reading), Fred Sanchez (Reading), Shayla Cabalan (English and Writing).   Special congratulations to Eddie Foy who scored a perfect score 36 on the English, Math and Science sections and became only the second RHS student ever to earn a perfect 36 composite  score on the ACT.     Great job scholars!!

Nathan Kern Claire Whalen Fred Sanchez Shayla Cabalan Eddie Foy


Roncalli High School asks their students to complete hours of service each semester.  The members of the Class of 2015 have been completing service hours for the past four years, and many have "gone the extra mile" in serving the needs of others.  A total of 79 seniors have received their service cord, which signifies a student completing 50% more than the expected hours.  Among that group, the following graduates have exceeded all expectations.  They clearly answered the call  to "be Christ to others" over the past four years.

  • Megan Powell - 1,286 hours
  • Rachel McKay - 625 hours
  • Caleb Hartford - 480 hours
  • Doug Johnston - 452 hours
  • Taylor Townsend - 450 hours
  • Patrick Ralston - 413 hours
  • Matthew Long -  405 hours
  • Emily Webb - 402 hours
  • Barbara Kratsios - 401 hours

Great job Rebel seniors!!


Boys Volleyball

Good luck to Coach Mitch Allard and the #2ranked Rebels boys’ volleyball team as they seek to win the school’s first ever boys’ volleyball state championship this weekend.  The Rebels won their ninth consecutive Regional championship last week.  They now square off with Carmel on Friday evening at 6:00 PM in a quarter final match.  The winner advances to the semi-finals on Saturday morning at 11:00 AM with the state championship match scheduled for 4:00 PM that afternoon. All matches will be played at Southport High School.    Good luck Rebels!


Roncalli High School would like to acknowledge the following teachers who will be leaving at the conclusion of this school year and thank them for their hard work and for their many contributions to Roncalli!

  • Marco Ray – making a career change into the health/social services fields
  • Marsha Sander - retiring
  • Kristel Owen – accepting a full time teaching position at St. Mark Catholic School
  • Nancy Bemis – retiring
  • Kathleen Helbing – retiring
  • Eddie Keller – making a career change into real estate
  • Sofia Secord – accepting a full time teaching position at St. Roch Catholic School
  • Dara Beyers – moving to Spain for a teaching position
  • Nadia Charcap – family is relocating to Florida


Recently, the choral, theater and band programs held their annual end of the year banquets.  In addition to celebrating another great year of Performing Arts at Roncalli, the following students were recipients of special awards:

Theater Awards

  • Actor of the Year 2015 -- Chris Golab as Romio in The Sussification of Romio and Juliet
  • Techie of the 2015 -- Annie Schrader as Student Director in Cinderella
  • Outstanding Freshman 2015 -- Alex Woods
  • Outstanding Theatre Senior "Patty Cunningham Memorial, What I did for Love" 2015 -- Anna Madden

Choral Awards

  • Singing Rebel Spirit Award – Annie Schrader
  • Nouveau Award – Maggie Reeves, Grace George
  • Orpheus Award – Claire Whalen, Grace Albertson, Brendan Everett
  • Director's Award of Excellence –Peter LaMonaca

Band Awards

  • John Phillip Sousa Award- Cameron Papandria
  • Semper Fidelis Band Awards- Lauren Lahey and Nicky Marino
  • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award- Nicky Marino
  • Woody Herman Jazz Award- Cameron Papandria


Each year, seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to meet with their guidance counselor prior to the start of senior year.  These appointments will take place starting July 24th – August 3rd.  Topics include:  the college application process, retaking the ACT/SAT, diploma status, financial aid and scholarships, creating the college list, letters of recommendation, essays, NCAA/NAIA, etc.
Specific information regarding how to schedule your Senior Appointment will be mailed to each senior family in early July!

The Indiana State Department of Health requires all students entering Grade 12 to have a second booster of the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine.  If your child has already received this, please forward proof of immunization.  If your child has not received this second booster, please forward proof of immunization once it is received. All information needs to be sent to Mrs. Mary Sheets prior to August 5th.  Fax 788-2282 or  Please call or email Mrs. Sheets with any questions. 


The final report card of this school year, which includes the students’ fourth quarter grades, second semester exam grades and second semester grades will be mailed home by next Friday, May 30.   Please contact the school if you do not receive your child’s report card by mid-week of the following week.  Please contact the school immediately if there is a question about a grade on the report card.


Members of the RHS Class of 2016 should have received information in the mail this week from Prestige Portraits regarding senior portraits.  The following are some key aspects to be aware of related to senior portraits.

Only portraits taken by Prestige Portraits will be included in the Senior Section of the yearbook and in the Class of 2016 composite picture that hangs in the school’s main hallway.   However, you are NOT obligated to purchase any portraits from Prestige.  You will be asked to pay a $15 sitting fee.  A senior must have their picture taken by Prestige by November, 2015, to be included in the yearbook and class composite.

The dress code for these senior portraits for the picture to be included in the yearbook and class composite are as follows:

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
  • modest top must be worn (NO cleavage showing)
  • No piercing beyond a pierced ear

You may schedule your appointment and find more information at  or call 317-829-2088.


Cheerleading try-outs for the Fall 2015 season will include three clinic days and the final try-out day.  Any girl in grades 8-11 who is registered to attend Roncalli next year and interested in cheering for the Rebels next fall should plan to attend the clinic days on May 26th & May 27th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Roncalli cafeteria and May 28th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM in the Roncalli main gym.  The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 AM in the Roncalli main gym.

Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic.  Please contact Head Coach Jen Kocher with any questions at or 317-294-5804.


The Roncalli Rebel Athletic Department also will once again be sponsoring a variety of high quality, affordable athletic camps for elementary and middle school students this summer.  Camps will be held in the following sports:  cheerleading, boys lacrosse, wrestling, boys/girls swimming & diving, tennis, gymnastics, boys/girls cross country, softball, baseball, boys/girls soccer, boys/girls basketball, volleyball, boys/girls golf, football and a kicking camp (punting/place kicking for football). Registration forms are available in the main office of each of the South Deanery Grade Schools along with the main office and athletic office at RHS.

Please contact Chris Lauck at for more information. 


Becoming a Rebel VIP member is a great way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student athlete, and provide a significant savings for your family! A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that allows you and your immediate family into all Roncalli home events, free of charge! (regular season athletic games, plays, musicals, concerts). IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded.

How do I purchase one?

You may purchase a half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2015 All Sports Fall Program. This book is distributed at all home sporting events, and will be available for view on our Roncalli High School website. It features photos of our 2015-16 Senior Fall Athletes and a preview of the season from each sports coach. It also includes a review of the previous year’s winter and spring sports season as well as a capsule look at the upcoming winter and spring sports seasons. If you advertised in last year’s program you will be contacted this year.

To purchase a ½ page ad for the 2015-2016 school year, download this PDF or email Chris Lauck at (phone at #788-4094 - RHS Athletic Office), or contact a member of the Roncalli Athletic Booster’s Committee: Jenny Amann, Kristie Clark, Pat Henn, Jim Naumovich, Greg White, Pat Soller, Armondo Martinez, Liza Holtkamp (chairperson – ad campaign)

The Roncalli High School All Sports Program- Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Roncalli Athletic Boosters. All proceeds from this Ad Campaign go directly to support the athletes, coaches and teams at RHS. It has been a real blessing for our school.



Congratulations to the Rebels girls’ track and field team on their outstanding performance in last Tuesday’s Sectional meet.   The Rebels placed third, just six points out of second place.   Special congratulations to the following girls who qualified for the Regionals:  Paige Saylor in three different events: 100 m dash, long jump and 200m dash; the 4 x 100 relay of Halle Harris, Morgan Clarke, Maddie DeWitt, and Paige Saylor; Morgan Clarke in the 100m dash, Halle Harris in the 300 hurdles; Kaitie Carson in the shot put.   Good luck girls in the Regionals on Tuesday evening at Shelbyville.

Congratulations to the boys’ track and field team for their efforts in the Sectional meet on Thursday evening.  Special congratulations to the following young men who qualified for the Regionals:     Conner James in the discus, 

Good luck fellas at Regionals which will be held Thursday evening at Connersville.

Good luck to the Rebels softball team as they compete for a Sectional championship next week.  The girls square off with Lawrence North on Monday, May 25 at 1:00 PM.   The winner advances to the semi-finals on Wednesday at 5:00 PM with the championship game set for Friday, May 29 at 5:30 PM.  All games will be played at Warren Central.

Good luck to the Rebels baseball team as they also open Sectional play next week.   Roncalli plays Tech on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.  The winner advances to the semi-finals on Friday at 5:30 with the championship game scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at noon.   All games will be played at LaPinta Field on the RHS campus.


When I was in college, I spent a summer working in a lock shop. My supervisor was an old, stocky African American man named Rock with a raspy voice. He was a hardworking man who had a nickname for everyone and was a great storyteller. One of my favorite stories he told was about a day he was asked to collect screws in the warehouse.

Apparently, the company was trying to save money and time for an in-house building project requiring screws. Rock's manager brought him into the warehouse and pointed to the high steel shelves. Then he asked Rock to remove all of the screws fastening the shelves to the walls. Rock diligently got out a ladder and went to work, moving right to left. With each screw removed, the shelves stood in place. Finally, he ascended the ladder and removed the final screw on the last shelf. As he looked at the final screw in his hand, the last shelf leaned and crashed into the one next to it. The rest went down like thundering dominoes discarding all of the contents in an enormously mangled mess. The manager came running in to find a pile of destruction. Behind the debris was Rock standing sheepishly on a ladder holding one screw in his hand. They stared at each other until Rock broke the silence, "This is your fault."

Marital affairs rarely happen randomly. They result from believing and justifying lies. In marriage, believing lies is like removing the fastening screws. It is dangerous, causes bad decisions, and leads to broken marriages. Exposing lies for what they are keeps us from falling into their traps and knowing the warning signs of infidelity can keep the dominoes from falling.

Here are the dangerous lies that lead to infidelity. Although I am speaking to husbands, I believe these apply equally to wives as well.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)


  • For the repose of the soul of Nell Bedford who passed away last Saturday and for her family and friends who mourn her loss.  Nell was a dedicated, faithful member of our custodial staff for many years during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
  • For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church
  • 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.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

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