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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, May 27, 2016


All of us in the Roncalli Family extend congratulations to the Roncalli High School Class of 2016 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 2016!


The Class of 2016 will celebrate its Baccalaureate liturgy on Friday, May 27, at 6:00 PM in the Roncalli Family Room. Tickets are not required to attend.

The graduation ceremony will be held for the Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 28, 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 ceremony is inside or outside, one will be able to view them live over YouTube. It can be accessed via our web site at The ceremony will also be shown live on a large screen in our auditorium.

If the weather is in question, a final decision whether to hold the ceremony 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 online. Photos will be online approx. 10 days after the ceremony. Here is the link:


Girls Track Team

Congratulations to our boys and girls track and field teams for their outstanding performance in this past week’s IHSAA Regional championships! We are super excited to be sending multiple Rebel athletes to this year’s Track & Field State Finals!

Special congratulations to junior Paige Saylor who not only was the Regional champion in the long jump but set a new IHSAA Regional meet record with a leap of 18’10”!!! Wow - great job Paige!

She will be joined at the Girls Track & Field State Finals by teammates Katie Carson who had an outstanding performance at the Regionals finishing second and the 4X100 relay team of Kasey O’Connor, Morgan Clarke, Josie Asher and Paige Saylor who ran a season’s best time on their way to a third place finish!

Boys Track Team

On the boys side congratulations to senior Justin Saylor who has advanced to the Boys Track & Field State Finals in the long jump by virtue of his second place finish; Gabe Otley in the 400m dash (3rd place), the 4X800 relay team of Michael Schiefelbein, Luke Smock, Nolan Shanahan and Myles Lyngh (4th) and Will English in the discus (4th).

The IHSAA Girls Track & Field State Finals will be on Friday evening at the Haugh Track & Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University. The IHSAA Boys Track & Field State Finals will be on Saturday evening at the same venue.

Great job Rebels - good luck to all of our track and field State Finalists!


The Band Banquet was held last Saturday. Here is a rundown of the awards/honors given at this year’s banquet.

John Phillip Sousa Award - Matt McKay
Semper Fidelis Band Awards - Maggie Glowinski
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award- Will Haman
Drum Majors For 2016-17 - Katie Goebel and Chloe Owen

Matt McKay Maggie Glowinski Will Haman Katie Goebel Chloe Owen


As was announced approximately a month ago, Roncalli High School will be moving to a 1:1 technology structure for the 2016-17 school year, with each student receiving a Chromebook. The new Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Friday, July 29th, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Monday, August 1, from 1:00 - 7:00 PM and Tuesday, August 2, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The final opportunity will be after school on Wednesday, August 3, from the end of the school day until 4:00 PM.

The exact location inside the school has not been identified yet. All are encouraged to check at the School Office via the Main Entrance. Signs will direct you to the distribution location.

Here is a link to a blog that contains answers to many of the questions related to our new 1:1 initiative.


Roncalli High School owns each school-issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership will transfer to the graduate.

Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.


Parents CornerBalance has been an issue we have worked hard on keeping in front of our students, teachers and staff members this year.

We cannot be the best version of ourselves if constantly stretched too thin. Thus, there is a need to learn how to balance our commitments so that we can give each of them the time, attention, focus and energy they deserve. To this end, we did speak to our coaches this spring about the time commitment that was being asked of our athletes during the summer time. We are pleased to say that many of our sports have reduced the amount of time the athletes are asked/expected to be involved with their sport this summer. While there are always going to be summer workouts and commitments for athletes, we are pleased to report that our coaches are working with us in an attempt to allow high school students the opportunity to actually enjoy a slower pace of life in the summer.

In the same spirit, we approached our teachers of AP courses which carry summer work to also review the level of work and commitment they were asking of students. Many of our AP teachers responded in like manner by reducing the amount of work and commitment expected of the students this summer.

We feel it is important for our students (and families) to have a break from school, athletics, fine arts, etc. during the summer! We hope the result of some of our efforts is that more and more students can use the summer months to relax and enjoy just being a teenager!


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 between July 25 – August 1. 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 driving times for students enrolled in our Driver Education program have been posted for the students. They are being reminded daily to check these driving times and to write down the dates they will be driving this summer, along with the exact time and the name of the instructor.

PARENTS: The student must have their permit in their possession before they will be allowed to get behind the wheel.         

If you have any questions about the driving times or getting the permit, please contact Donna Smith in the main office.


If you haven't ordered a yearbook for your student, you can do so online at This is the only way to ensure your child will get a yearbook. Online orders will be taken until July 15, or until our supply is gone. Seniors will pick up their books at Senior Rebel Roundup that will be held July 28 at 6 PM in the RHS cafeteria. All other students will receive their yearbooks on the first day of school. If you have questions or need to see if you ordered already, please email


The World Language Department is taking sign ups for a magnificent 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 such as a cooking class! If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Stackhouse at


The final report card of this school year, which includes the student’s fourth quarter grades, second semester exam grades and second semester grades will be mailed home by June 4. 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 2017 will receive information in the mail next 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 2017 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 December 16, 2016 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.


Congratulations to Coach Mitch Allard and the Rebels boys’ volleyball team on their performance in this year’s State Championships! The Rebels defeated Carmel in the quarterfinals before dropping a hard fought, gut-wrenching five set match to eventual champion Cathedral.

Congratulations to Coach David Lauck and the Rebels softball team as they defeated Perry Meridian in a Sectional semi-final game. They now square off with Decatur Central in the IHSAA Sectional championship game on Friday at Ben Davis High School. The winner will host a Regional championship game next Tuesday evening. Good luck, Rebels!

Congratulations to Coach Aaron Kroll and the Rebels baseball team as they defeated Perry Meridian in a Sectional quarterfinal game. They will play in a semi-final game on Saturday at Pike High School at 1:00 PM with the championship game set for Monday at noon. Good luck, Rebels!

Good luck to the Rebels golf team as they compete in their 2016 IHSAA Sectional on Friday, June 3 at The Legends!


MDI it is a week-long experience that prepares high school students to be young missionaries who serve their communities and impact the world through the local church. At the Missionary Disciples Institute students will move from just learning about ministry to becoming a missionary disciple ready to minister to their home community. During the week students will:

  • Learn ministry by selecting a ministry track taught by a Marian University theology professor.
  • See ministry by taking a pilgrimage to Oldenburg, IN to spend the day learning about the Franciscan vision of mission.
  • Do ministry through an immersion experience in a real-life ministry setting.
  • Be ministry by writing a missionary plan to bring back to their church or school.

MDI will take place on Marian University’s campus on July 11-16, 2016.

Cost for MDI will be $450 for the week (which includes housing and all meals). Marian University is willing to match Roncalli up to $100 to help families be able to afford this program. Other scholarships available on an as needed basis.

For more information click on this link


Join us for food, fun and fellowship at the St. Jude Parish Summer Festival, June 23: 5-10 p.m.; June 24: 5-11 p.m.; and June 25: 6-11 p.m. Featuring delicious food, rides, skill games for all ages, Silent Auction and Grand Prize Drawing for $3,000. Enjoy nightly live entertainment: featuring our Battle of the Bands on Thursday night; Spinrut on Friday; and Boogie Moon on Saturday. For more information, visit us online at:

We are still looking for a couple more bands for The Battle of the Bands on Thursday, June 23. This is a great opportunity to get your band heard in front of the local community. If interested, contact Nick Haggenjos at 317-753-0866.


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore (

Impulse. It’s a term we hear more and more these days. And that’s probably because we see it all around us, in our daily lives.

  • Impulsive shopping and purchases
  • Impulsive eating
  • Impulsive messages posted on social media
  • Impulsive drinking
  • Impulsive hookups
  • Impulsive marriages and divorces

Now that I think about it, much of our daily conduct falls into one of two categories:

  • Routines
  • Impulses

Neither of these require very much of an old virtue my parents and grandparents called: “self-control.” Self-control is an evaporating discipline because so many intriguing visuals pop up each moment of our lives. We are enamored by what’s in front of us. Unless we’re reacting by rote or habit, we seek the dopamine shot that comes with the next text or tweet or Instagram post. And we react. Oh, boy, do we react. To read more, click below:


  • On this Memorial Day weekend in thanksgiving for all men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country!
  • 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.

“Anyone who is a man or woman of hope - the great hope which faith gives us - knows that even in the midst of difficulties God acts and he surprises us . . . God always saves the best for us, but He asks us to let ourselves be surprised by His love, to accept His surprises. Let us trust God!”
Pope Francis, Homily, World Youth Day Holy Mass, July 24, 2013

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