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Weekly Newsletter - Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Congratulations to RHS seniors Greg English, Nicky Marino and Nick Sayre all of whom registered a perfect score on the most recent administration of the ACT. Greg and Nicky scored the perfect 36 in mathematics while Nick scored his perfect 36 in English!! These scores mark the 74th, 75th and 76th perfect scores earned by Rebel students in just the past five years.

Greg English Nicky Marino Nick Sayre


We extend a huge thank you to the 15 freshmen who applied for class officer positions. Special congratulations go out to the Class of 2018 Co-Presidents: Kathleen Soller (Publications); Grace Murphy (Service); Ali Mattingly (Spirit) and Tyler Hicks (Web Promotions).

Kathleen Soller Grace Murphy Ali Mattingly Tyler Hicks


The Roncalli High School Student Council is open to all students who may earn the distinction of different student council titles through their volunteer efforts with different student council activities. We are delighted to congratulate our newest officers: Student Council Representative (15 pts) – Michaela Salazar, Tabatha McNulty; Student Council Ambassador (25 points) – Megan Powell; A very special congratulations goes out to our newest Century Club Member (100 points) – Annie Schrader! She is only the seventh Rebel student ever to earn their way into the Century Club! Way to go Rebels – we are proud of you and grateful for your great volunteer work with the council.

Michaela Salazar Tabatha McNulty Megan Powell Annie Schrader


We are getting ready for Walkathon 2014, and it’s the year of the DYE HARD REBEL!

First and foremost, mark your calendar. Walkathon will be held on Thursday, October 30th (with a rain date of Friday, October 31st). Your student should have received a yellow walkathon envelope in class Included with the envelope, you will find a “frequently asked questions” sheet that should answer any questions you may have. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

This year, students are asked to raise $70 each – or $115 family rate, if you have more than 1 student at Roncalli (students living in the same house). Students who meet the minimum commitment will receive a t-shirt and will be allowed to participate in Walkathon 2014 – our first ever color run. (If your student isn’t interested in participating in the color portion of the walk, there will be an alternate route!) Students who raise $100 or more will be eligible for additional incentives – and will receive an additional out of uniform day! This is the only all student fundraiser at Roncalli, and we would like to see 100% participation.

Please note: College day visits are not allowed on this day.

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the event, please contact Tina Hayes in the RHS Advancement Office at or at 787-8277, extension 239. Volunteers are needed to stand at various spots along the walk to control the crowd and motivate our students along the way.


Roncalli High School is proud to be the most inclusive private or parochial high school in the state of Indiana with our comprehensive Special Needs Resource program. We are proud of the extensive array of services provided by our STARS program that allows students and parents to receive the support they need for the child to reach his/her fullest potential.

Parents of children identified with LD, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Hearing Impaired, Communication Disorder, Cognitive Disability or Visually Impaired are invited to an informational meeting on October 27, at 7:00 PM in the STARS/Resource Room (Room 115).

If unable to attend but desire to learn more please contact Mrs. Pat Musgrave, Special Needs Coordinator, at or at 787-8277, extension 216.


Ensembles from the Roncalli Band and Choral Programs will perform at the Sacred Sounds Concert on Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 and 3:30 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music!

Tickets are now available for the Sacred Sounds Concerts. There is no charge for this concert, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 787-8277, extension 249 or by emailing Miki Lewinski at Tickets ordered in advance may be picked up at the Will Call table in the auditorium lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show. Tickets not picked up 10 minutes before show time will be redistributed if necessary.


Please keep in your prayers the 40 seniors that will be attending the Christian Awakening Retreat next week from Tuesday evening through Friday along with the retreat team leaders!!


The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. We will have merchandise for anyone on your Christmas shopping list: Moms and Dads, Grandparents, students, future students and even babies. You won’t want to miss this year’s dated Christmas ornaments featuring the Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Many new and fun gift ideas this.

For more information, please contact Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store at or 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale!


A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Thursday, October 23, during all lunch periods and from 5:00 – 7:00 PM that evening to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli letter jacket. This will be the only opportunity to order a letter jacket and receive it before the Christmas holidays. The next ordering opportunity for these jackets will not be until late winter for spring delivery.

Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at the Main Office or the Athletic Department office. Letter jacket purchase information may also be reviewed at


If members of the class of 2015 want to be included in the Roncalli yearbook and class composite photo, each senior must have their photo taken by Prestige Portraits. This information has been mailed and/or emailed home to each senior. Please note that seniors may have their “senior pictures” taken wherever they choose. But, in order to be part of the yearbook and class composite each senior must have a photo taken at Prestige Portraits by November 12, 2014. To schedule a portrait appointment please call 317-829-2088 or go online at


The school’s daily morning announcements are now available on line via the Roncalli web site. Steps to hear each day’s announcements are as follows:; click on the “About” link; then click on the “announcements” link. We had technical difficulties a couple of the days this week but believe we have those ironed out and hope to have announcements ready for your listening pleasure every day next week.


A reminder that there are a handful of local businesses that offer families a program that financially rewards their child’s school for shopping at their business. Roncalli is not advocating patronage of these businesses. We are simply asking that if these are businesses your family patronizes that you please consider signing up for their customer rewards program and listing Roncalli as the school to receive the funding. Here are the links

Thanks for your consideration on this matter. Roncalli High School has received over $30,000 from these businesses over the past few years!


Congratulations to Coach Niewedde and the Rebels boys’ cross country team on their third place finish in the IHSAA Cross Country Sectionals. The Runnin’ Rebels now advance to this Saturday’s IHSAA Regional at Rushville High School. The race is slated for an 11:15 AM start. Special congratulations to the Rebels three All Sectional runners – Nathan Schoettle (15th), Matthew Ajamie (17th) and Neil O’Brien (18th). Good luck Saturday fellas!

Congratulations to Coach Frank Litz and the Rebels girls’ cross country team on their third place finish in the IHSAA Sectionals this past Tuesday. The girls also advance to this Saturday’s IHSAA Regionals at Rushville High School. Their race is scheduled for an 10:30 start. Special congratulations to our three All Sectional runners – Kate Morse (9th), Emily Barron (11th) and Olivia Origer (20th). Good luck Saturday girls!
Good luck to Coach Missy Marsh the Rebels Class 4A #1 ranked volleyball team as they open up IHSAA Sectional play next Thursday evening versus Center Grove at Franklin Community. The match is the second one of the evening and should start around 7:00 PM. The winner advances to the Sectional championship game and is set for 10:00 AM on Saturday at Franklin Community. Go Rebels – Bump, Set, Spike and Dig your way to the title!

Good luck to Coach Bruce Scifres and the Rebels football team as they open up IHSAA Sectional play next Friday night at Northwest at 7:00 PM. Go Rebels – Let’s Keep Playing!!


The email hits your inbox and fills you with dread. The results shown on the attached spreadsheet are not surprising, but still tough to view. Your sales numbers are low for the third quarter in a row. Seeing your name at the bottom of the sales team is unsettling. The work ethic, activity, and best practices have been there, but people just aren't buying. In your last meeting with your boss, you were warned to get your numbers up. Now he's coming with you on your sales calls to watch and critique. The message is clear: Hit your number in 90 days or you're gone. The pressure at work is overwhelming because your wife and kids are counting on you to provide. I have dealt with this scenario first hand. When everything is on the line and your boss is hovering, it can be paralyzing. It can cause health concerns and relational difficulty at home. When the pressure at work heats up, here are 5 things to relieve the stress.

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  • For the repose of the soul of Margaret Welsh who passed away last week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the grandmother of Austin Lowery (’15).
  • 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.
  • For blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin, Bishop Coyne and all the bishops and leaders of the Church

"The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness." (Pope Francis - First Angelus as pope, March 17, 2013)

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