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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, January 20, 2017

SATURDAY IS THE DAY - ONLINE SCHEDULING FOR NEXT YEAR BEGINS AT 8:00 AM (ONLINE REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED TO PARTICIPATE)

This Saturday (January 21) is the big day! This is the day that our current students can begin the scheduling process for next school year by selecting their course requests for next year.

NOTE: In order for your student to submit their online course request on January 21st, they must first register for next school year and pay the $100 registration fee.

Juniors will have access to the online scheduling portal first beginning at 8:00 AM. Sophomores will have access to the online scheduling portal beginning at 8:30 AM and freshmen will have access at 9:00 AM.

If any questions or conflicts arise as your student moves through the registration and scheduling process, please have them contact their guidance counselor as soon as possible.

RHS SINGERS PERFORM WITH INDIANA’S ALL STATE CHOIR

RHS Singers Perform with Indiana's All-State Choir

Congratulations to RHS choral members, Cassie Petroff, Maggie Schoening, Natalie Stigall, Adam Wolf, Chris Figueroa and Micah Attai who performed with the Indiana All State Choir in their annual concert this past weekend in Ft. Wayne. Being selected to this group is one of the highest honors a choral student can earn. We are very proud of these talented RHS singers and their teachers, Mr. Joey Newton and Ms. Laura Horcher. Great job Rebels!

THREE RHS ARTISTS EARN STATEWIDE RECOGNITION

We are super excited to announce that three RHS students recently were honored for their visual artwork at the 2017 Indiana Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!! This year’s statewide competition featured over 2,800 entries, from which 105 were given the highest award - a Gold Key rating! Roncalli had two of those 105 Gold Key honorees: Special congratulations to Rachel Knierman and Cassidy Mattingly who earned the Gold Key status. Their work has been forwarded to New York City for national judging which is a first for our school. Congratulations as well to Liam Wanner whose artwork earned a Silver Key and to Rachel who had another piece of work earn Honorable Mention status. We are very proud of these three outstanding artists!! Their work will be on display at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University throughout the entire month of February.

Way to go Rachel, Cassidy, Liam and congratulations as well to their teacher, Mark Stratton!

CONGRATULATIONS HONOR ROLL STUDENTS

Congratulations to all of our students who through their hard work attained Honor Roll status for the recently completed first semester! Click here to access the listing of Honor Roll students. Great job Rebels!

REBEL WRESTLERS DOMINATE INAUGURAL CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE MEET

Kory Marks
Congratulations to the RHS varsity wrestling team on their dominating performance in this past week’s first ever Circle City Conference meet! The Rebel wrestlers did not lose a single match in the three dual meets to crown the conference champion. They defeated Bishop Chatard 77-0; Brebeuf 84-0 and Guerin Catholic 79-0! Individual conference champions were Sam Slivka, Alex Viduya, Tyce Freije, Hunter Miller, Josh Hiatt, Brian Keeney, Pat Waugh, Trent Smith, Elijah Mahan, Lorenzo Salazar, Sam Hansen, Grant Duncan, John Harris, and Marc Roland.

Way to go Rebels!!

RHS TO CELEBRATE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK LITURGY NEXT FRIDAY

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated across the country the week of January 29 - February 4. Roncalli will kick off Catholic Schools Week a few days early with our Catholic Schools Week liturgy next Friday at 9:30 AM in the Family Room. All are welcome!!

DOORWAY TO COLLEGE “STUDY SMART!” COURSE

Report cards were distributed to students this week. If you feel that your student might benefit from developing stronger study skills, the Doorway to College program is offering a "Study Smart!" class at Roncalli High School on Tuesday, February 7th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The program is designed to teach study techniques to make studying more effective and efficient for students in grades 9-12.

During the 2 1/2 hour interactive session, students will learn tips to:

  • Understand their learning style
  • Set realistic and achievable goals
  • Get organized at home and at school
  • Take effective notes for improved studying
  • Manage time and commitments
  • Minimize school anxiety

The cost to attend is $49.99, and students may register for the program at www.doorwaytocollege.com/seminars or by calling 1-877-927-8378.

If you have any questions about this program, please don't hesitate to contact your counselor in the Roncalli Guidance Department.

REBEL RHAPSODY SHOW CHOIR PREVIEW SHOW - ALL ARE WELCOME

Roncalli’s Show Choir, Rebel Rhapsody, will be kicking off their competition season with a preview night on January 31 in the auditorium. This is your only opportunity to see Rebel Rhapsody perform their entire competition show without paying an admission fee! Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the show starting at 7:30 PM. Come out and support this group of talented and hard working students!

RHS REVERSE RAFFLE - FEBRUARY 25

Fun, Fun, Fun!! The Roncalli Athletic Booster Committee (“RABC”) invites you to our annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday, February 25 at the Atrium. The mission of the RABC is to financially assist our Roncalli athletic programs and coaches.

Over the past several years, we’ve raised funds to purchase state championship rings, championship banners, bleachers for athletic facilities, athletic field grooming machines and state of the art coaching technology. This would not be possible without your generous support. Follow this link for registration information.

WINTER SPIRIT WEEK

  • Monday, 1/30: Catholic Schools - Wear Catholic grade school and/or college gear.
  • Tuesday, 1/31: Fashion Disaster Tuesday - wear the ugliest, tackiest, mismatchiest, outfit possible
  • Wednesday, 2/1: Super Bowl Wednesday - Dress in honor of your favorite NFL team, player halftime performer or commercial.
  • Thursday, 2/2: Tye-Dye Thursday - Wear a variety of tye-dye and/or colorful clothing
  • Friday, 2/3: Red, White, & Blue - Go all out with Rebel spirit! Frosh wear all-white; Sophs wear all-red; Juniors wear all-blue; Seniors wear all three colors!

Reminder: All attire during spirit week must clearly adhere to each day's theme, as well as the school's dress code in terms of modesty regarding tight-fitting, revealing, or otherwise unacceptable clothing. Otherwise, students should wear their school uniform.

HEY RHS PARENTS - GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOME FUN, GET INVOLVED AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE

We are only about four weeks away from the start of Lent (Ash Wednesday). For the past 35 years, Roncalli has had an Ash Wednesday Fish Fry to support the senior retreat program. The Roncalli Parents Organization is pleased to carry on this tradition with this year’s Fish Fry on Wednesday, March 1st. A mass celebrated by our chaplain, Fr. James Brockmeier, will be held in the RHS Chapel of the Sacred Heart at 4:30 PM. The Fish Fry will be from 4:30 - 7:00 PM in the RHS cafeteria.

There is a need for parent volunteers to make this evening a success. Parents are invited and encouraged to sign up to either work the Fish Fry and/or provide food/supplies for the Fish Fry. Click here for electronic sign-up.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the Fish Fry.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION NIGHT FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS

All parents, of current eighth grade students who are planning on attending Roncalli High School next year, are invited to our annual Curriculum Information Night on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM in the RHS auditorium. This annual presentation consistently has gotten strong, positive reviews from parents. Please plan to join us!

ORDER YOUR 2016-17 YEARBOOK AT A DISCOUNT

February 15th is the deadline to save $15 on your child's 2016-17 Yearbook. Yearbooks can be ordered online at www.roncalli.org/yearbook. In addition, paper order forms may be picked up in the main office. The current price is $60, however, the price goes up to $75 after February 15, so don't wait. Questions? Contact Mrs. Julie Albertson at jalbertson@roncalli.org or 787-8277 ext 325.

PARENTS INVITED TO “PIZZA WITH THE PRINCIPAL”

Parents of RHS students are invited to join RHS Principal, Chuck Weisenbach, for an informal “Pizza with the Principal” question and answer session that will be held on four different evenings in the coming weeks. These sessions will be limited to 14-16 parents, which provides you with a wonderful forum to seek answers to your questions or inquire about issues pertinent to you and your family. The sessions will run from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Main Office conference room and will include pizza, soft drinks and coffee. They will be held on the evenings of January 31, February 6, 15 and 27.

You may RSVP by calling Mrs. Donna Smith in the Main Office at 787-8277 or via email at dsmith@roncalli.org. Don’t delay as the spots have filled up quickly in previous years.

IMPORTANT NEWS! DRIVER’S EDUCATION- 15 YEAR OLDS ELIGIBLE AGAIN

State law allows a student to enroll in and complete a Driver’s Education course once they turn 15 years old. For Roncalli’s Driver’s Education program, this will mean that a student will have to be 15 years old by May 1, 2017.

Roncalli High School once again will offer a comprehensive Driver’s Education Program that is fully accredited by the state of Indiana and meets all criteria set forth by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. There will be a classroom session (30 hours) held in April (after school) for those students not involved in a spring sport or the spring musical. Another classroom session will be held in May/June for those students that could not attend the first classroom session. All behind the wheel driving takes place during the month of June. An information sheet with details about the program is now available in the main office. Registration materials will be distributed in February. Please direct all questions to Chuck Weisenbach at cweisenbach@roncalli.org.

RONCALLI PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY - FALL BREAK 2017

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 9 day trip that begins in northern Italy in the small towns of Bergamo and Sotte il Monte. We will begin our walk there through 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 gstackhouse@roncalli.org or contact any of our Religious studies teachers.

APRIL IN PARIS

Spend Spring Break, April 5-13, 2018 discovering the rich history, culture, and beauty of France. Visit the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the castles of the Loire Valley. Walk the D-Day beaches of Normandy and visit the American Cemetery. Top off your adventure with a Cooking School experience in Paris. Interested students are invited to attend an informational meeting, on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 pm in the French room 012. Students must be accompanied by one or both parents. If interested but are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Ms. Joseph or Mrs. Kamer at djoseph@roncalli.org / tkamer@roncalli.org. Bon Voyage!

INTERNATIONAL STUDY ABROAD (ISA) PROGRAM

International Study Abroad (ISA) is an organization that specializes in offering World Language students an opportunity to study their target language in Europe during the summer. Upon the successful completion of the 2 or 4 week program, students will receive College Credit. Students live with a home stay family, attend daily classes, and participate in various cultural activities, scavenger hunts, and sports. On Wednesday, January 25, the Director of ISA, Mr. Ivan Lopez, will be available to speak with interested students in the Media Center at 7:00 pm. Students must be accompanied by one or both parents. If interested but are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Ms. Joseph at djoseph@roncalli.org

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017

CAMP RONCALLI - Rebelation 2017
5:30 - 11:00 PM
Roncalli High School

Please plan to join us for a night around the campfire as we raise funds for Roncalli families in need of tuition assistance. Your Head Camp Counselor, Chuck Weisenbach, will host the evening that consists of dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions and student entertainment.

ST. JUDE ALUMNI CELEBRATION

All alumni of St. Jude Catholic School are invited to an Alumni Celebration on Saturday, February 4th in the St. Jude Gym following 5:00 Mass. We will be honoring Alumni Classes 1959 thru 1966 with special recognition for Honoree Classes of 50 Years(1967), 40 Years(1977) and 25 Years(1992). We will also be honoring & recognizing our beloved Sisters of Providence. Please join us for live music by SPINRUT, beer and wine provided.

SAVE THE DATE: ST. BARNABAS YOUTH MINISTRY CHILI COOK-OFF

Please come out and support St. Barnabas Youth Ministry's Chili Cook Off Fundraiser on Saturday, February 18 from 6-11 PM in the St. Barnabas Gym. We will have 40+ chilis, raffle tickets, children's games, music, and more! All proceeds will support youth ministry's summer mission trip to N. Cheyenne, Montana. Please contact Mary Kate Becker (Youth Minister) at mbecker@stbindy.org for more information.

GROWING LEADERS - THE CHANGING MENTAL HEALTH OF TODAY’S TEENS

Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Dr. Jean Twenge. Dr. Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, consultant, and author of over 110 scientific publications. Jean will also be a speaker at our National Leadership Forum this summer in Atlanta. Here are some highlights from our conversation.

Tim Elmore: Our topic today surrounds the mental health of this emerging population of students. I want to peek inside the mind of these students. Talk about who these students are and the term you like to use for them.

Jean Twenge: I think that there is a generational break between the Millennials and the generation after them, which I like to call iGen. iGen has never known a world without the internet. They were also getting into their adolescent years when smartphones became available. It looks like there are some trends in mental health among young people that started to change right around 2011 or 2012, when smartphones gained market saturation. That means that iGen is currently about 21 years old and under. So that includes not just grade school and high school students, but also university and college students as well.

To read the rest of the interview click here.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For those who will 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 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.

“Do you have a desiring heart? . . . Is your heart filled with desire, or is it a closed heart, a sleeping heart, a heart numb to the things of life? Do you have a heart that desires to go forward to encounter Christ?”
Pope Francis, Angelus, Sunday, August 11, 2013

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