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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, May 29, 2015

This will be the final e-newsletter of the 2014-15 school year. We will begin sending out an e-newsletter for the 2015-16 school year on Friday, July 17.


The Roncalli High School Class of 2015 celebrated a beautiful Baccalaureate liturgy in our Family Room last Friday with close to 1800 people in attendance. We extend a special thank you to all of the priests and pastors from our South Deanery parishes that joined us for the liturgy. The Class of 2015, joined by close to 3000 family members and friends, celebrated commencement exercises in a sun-splashed Roncalli Stadium last Saturday.
At the Baccalaureate liturgy it was announced that the Class of 2015 had amassed in excess of $20.5 million in merit based scholarships. Also announced that evening were the special year end awards. Congratulations to the following graduates who were honored:

Perfect Attendance (four years) – Christian Beard, Barbara Kratsios, Bryce Bridgewater, Casey Gore, Nat Otley; Perfect Attendance (12 years) – Austin Brewster

Robert F. Tully Scholarship – Kayleigh Wilham

Bernie Dever Award – Kevin Lemmel

Spirit of Roncalli Awards – Annie Wagner, Matt Cunningham

Blessed Saint John XXIII Awards – Hannah Gahimer, Megan Powell, Caleb Hartford, Sam Walesky

Congratulations once again to all of the members of the Class of 2015! What a joy and blessing it was to have you in our school these past four years! God’s blessings as you move forward in your life journey!


Congratulations to the Rebels girl’s track and field team as they turned in some impressive performances on Tuesday night in the Regional competition as the Rebels finished 7th out of the 33 teams competing!

A very special congratulations to the following girls who have advanced to the 2015 IHSAA Girls Track & Field State Finals to be held at the Indiana University Track & Field complex on Saturday, June 6:

  • 4 x 100 relay of Halle Harris, Morgan Clarke, Maddie Dewitt, and Paige Saylor (3rd in Regionals)
  • Paige Saylor in the long jump (2nd in Regionals)
  • Katie Carson in the shot put (2nd in Regionals)

Halle Harris Morgan Clarke Maddie Dewitt Paige Saylor Katie Carson


Roncalli Junior Justin Saylor finished third in the Long Jump at the 2015 IHSAA Connersville Boys Regional Track and Field Meet.  Justine moves on and will participate in next Friday's State Finals Meet at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Good Luck, Justin! 


** 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.

**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.


We are very appreciative of the great cooperation we received during the recently completed school year from our students and parents regarding the style of pants that were to be worn as a part of the school uniform.

It is important to note that we are the only Catholic high school in the Indianapolis area that does not require uniform pants of its students. While some students and parents would support a move to uniform pants, the overwhelming majority of students and parents prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We wish to continue to honor this desire but it must happen in such a way that we are not consistently wasting valuable instructional time and administrative time dealing with fashion compliance issues.

Thus, we ask once again for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to specific style of pants that will be allowed next year. The uniform pants for next year must be “boot cut.” Skinny pants, yoga pants, “pegged” or rolling of pants will not be allowed.

If you look at the visuals below, the three pictures on top illustrate acceptable choices while the three pictures on the bottom with an X through them are not acceptable choices.


Please direct all questions, concerns and/or comments related to this matter to RHS assistant principal, Shellie Hartford,

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.


The final report card of this school year, which includes the students’ fourth quarter grades, second semester exam grades and second semester grades were mailed home on 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.


The first day of school for next year will be Wednesday, August 5. Freshman Orientation for all members of the RHS Class of 2019 will be on Saturday, August 1. For a school calendar for next year click here.


Additionally, 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 28 through July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. during this week.


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 Coach Mitch Allard and the Rebels boys’ volleyball team on their State runner-up finish in this year’s boys’ volleyball state tournament. The Rebels defeated Carmel in the quarter finals and Noblesville in the finals before losing a heartbreaker to Chesterton in the finals, 15-12, in the fifth and final set.

Congratulations to Annie Wagner (’15) who was a Sectional champion in the #1 Singles slot in this year’s girls’ tennis Sectionals.

Good luck to the Rebels softball team as they compete in the Sectional championship game at Warren Central on Friday night at 5:30. The winner would host a Regional championship game next Tuesday evening.

Good luck to the Rebels baseball team as they compete for a Sectional championship this weekend. The Rebels defeated Tech on Wednesday night and will play in a semi-final game on Friday night at 5:30. The winner advances to Saturday’s championship game at noon. All games will be played at LaPinta Field on the RHS campus.

Good luck to the Rebels golf team as they compete in their 2015 IHSAA Sectional on Friday, June 5 at The Legends!


Thank you to all who support Roncalli High School in the Kroger Community Rewards purchasing program by using your Kroger Card and designating Roncalli as the entity that receives a percentage of your purchases.
In April we received a check in excess of $6000 for just the first quarter of this year. Thanks to Kroger and to all RHS families and members of our extended family who support us through this program.

It is not too late to support Roncalli High School through this program. Here are the steps required to sign up and have RHS benefit from all of your purchases at Kroger. If you have any questions please call RHS principal, Chuck Weisenbach, at 787-8277, extension 224 or

  • Simply encourage your members to register online at
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
  • If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.


No matter how young you are, you will always be older tomorrow. We are all moving - inevitably - toward that day when the kids leave home. The fact is: The children will never be this age again and we need to be ready. Some couples say, "This family is all about the children; so we'll worry about us when they're all grown." But people who say that are dead wrong.

First, the best thing you can do for your kids today is to love their other parent, and anchor your family with a strong relationship.

Second, the best way to prepare for the rest of your life together is to focus on your relationship now.

The most important relationship in your family is the one between you and your spouse. Everything flows from that. Invest in your spouse and remember what marriage is. Simply put, your spouse at the top of the pile when it comes to intention and attention. Woo her, pursue her, and see her first when you walk through the door. Marriage is about each other. Truth is too many of us drift apart while the children are growing up. Children are the product of marriage; marriage is not the product of having children. This is more than semantics, this is making sure we have things in the correct order. Invest in your future together... or there won't be one

With that renewed commitment to your spouse front and center, you can wave goodbye when the last child heads to college, hold your wife close, and begin to redefine the joy of being together without so many distractions. So whether you are moving toward that day or are already there,  plan to utilize these ideas to grow closer as a couple and enjoy the empty nest.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)


  • 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.

“The life of slumbering Christians is a sad life, it is not a happy life. Christians must be happy, with the joy of Jesus. Let us not fall asleep.”
Pope Francis (Homily, April 24, 2013)

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