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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, September 26, 2014


Thank you to all in the Roncalli Family who attended our Annual Fund Dinner on Thursday night!! It was a great success and kicked off this year’s annual fund in grand fashion! Please join us in praying for the success of this year’s annual fund, which goes to support the school in its mission of providing a high quality, Catholic education for all students in our care!


We are delighted to announce that we received word this week from The College Board that the Roncalli Class of 2015 is home to eleven National Merit Commended Students. This is the second highest national academic honor a high school student can receive. Commended student status means that from the over 1.5 million seniors who took the PSAT last year, these students scored in the top 3% of the country’s brightest seniors. Congratulations to our 2014-15 National Merit Commended Students – Joe Below, Matt Cunningham, Sarah Elam, Brian Hayden, Alex Kelley, Nicky Marino, Matt Payne, Nick Sayre, Noah Scheer, Adam Schubach and Oscar Thomas! Great job Rebel seniors!

Joe Below Matt Cunningham Sarah Elam
Brian Hayden Alex Kelley Nicky Marino
Matt Payne Nick Sayre Noah Scheer
Adam Schubach Oscar Thomas


What an awesome, fun evening we had last Friday night!! Thanks to the Roncalli Parents Organization for a great chili supper!! There was lots of energy all over campus last Friday as we welcomed hundreds of future Rebels for CYO Night!! The Rebel football team turned in a dominating performance in their win. A great time was had by all!


Summer Field Studies

For the past 30 years Roncalli has offered an opportunity for students to participate in the Summer Field Study program. This is a class offered for academic credit and includes activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, and lots of hiking and exploration. Next summer the class will travel to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. On Tuesday, September 30 there will be an informational meeting for all interested students and parents that will take place at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria. Come and see what the excitement is all about!


School will be dismissed at 2:00 PM next Thursday, October 2, for teachers to attend department meetings.


We will be celebrating our annual Spirit Week next week which culminates with the Homecoming Dance on Saturday night. Parents, please encourage your student to join in the fun and participate in each of the day’s dress up themes. Please also help us make sure that all outfits they wear to school are modest and acceptable. The themes for each day next week are as follows:

  • Monday – “College Monday” wear your favorite college gear!
  • Tuesday - Music Decades; wear clothes inspired by music from your class’ assigned decade; seniors the 90’s; juniors the 70; sophomores the 2000’s and freshmen the 80’s.
  • Wednesday – Dress up and Down Day; combine fancy and casual clothes
  • Thursday – Movie Day; dress up as a movie character
  • Friday – Red, White and Blue day!!


The Roncalli Student Council will sponsor the annual Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 4th from 8:00 – 10:45 PM. No one will be admitted after 9:00 PM.  As has been tradition the dance will be held outside, “Under The Stars, in a huge tent in the east parking lot.

Only high school students are allowed to attend this dance.  Junior high students are not allowed to attend this dance.  A Roncalli High School student who wishes to bring a guest from another high school must obtain a guest pass from the Dean of Students.  The Roncalli High School student is responsible for the behavior of their guest and is subject to disciplinary measures should their guest break RHS school rules.

Parents dropping off their child for the dance may do so in front of the auditorium or in the back parking lot by the tennis courts.  There will be no cars allowed back by the east parking lot where the dance is held.


The RHS Guidance Department will host a college planning night for juniors and their families on Tuesday, October 7th, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the auditorium. Students and parents can learn more about the college application process, along with information about the college search, standardized testing, participating in college athletics, and the process of applying to selective institutions. This is a very important college planning meeting for juniors to attend. Please join us on October 7th!


We have a family that needs some assistance with a ride home after school. They live off Main Street in Greenwood between US 31 and SR 135. If you would be interested in assisting the family please contact Donna Smith in the main office at 787-8277, extension 221.


Want a little luck of the Irish? Love helping people? Want to visit the campus of the University of Notre Dame?

You're in luck! Mr. Scott Boyle, our Campus Ministry apprentice will be offering a service pilgimage to South Bend, Indiana during fall break for 12 interested students. They will leave Thursday afternoon (October 16th) and return on Sunday afternoon (October 19th). While in South Bend, students will have an opportunity to partner and learn about the Catholic Worker movement, a group that seeks to live in solidarity with the poor. Students will also receive service hours for their time! Approximate cost will be $100.

Interested students should plan on attending an informational meeting Tuesday, September 30th after school from 3:15PM-3:45PM in #000 here at Roncalli. Students will receive more information about the trip. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please direct them to Mr. Boyle at


The Archdiocese of Indianapolis participates in strategic planning as does Roncalli High School. A key part of effective planning is to get feedback from the different stakeholders within a school community. As a student, parent, teacher, staff member or supporter of Roncalli, you are one of those key stakeholders in our school. You will be receiving two short surveys over the course of the next two weeks. We ask that you please complete each survey. The first survey can be accessed via the links below.


(Parishioners, Community Members, etc.):


La Arquidiócesis de Indianápolis participa en la planificación estratégica como lo hace Roncalli High School secundaria. Una parte fundamental de la planificación eficaz es obtener retroalimentación de los diferentes grupos de interés dentro de una comunidad escolar. Como estudiante, padre, maestro, miembro del personal o partidario de Roncalli, usted es uno de esos actores claves en nuestra escuela. Usted recibirá dos encuestas cortas en el transcurso de las próximas dos semanas. Le pedimos que por favor completar cada encuesta. La primera encuesta se puede acceder a través de los enlaces de abajo. En caso de ser a la vez un padre y un empleado se sienten libres para completar dos encuestas.

Identidad Católica:

(Parroquianos, Miembros de la Comunidad, etc.)
Identidad Católica:


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.

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.


A meeting for parents of students involved in the fall musical Cinderella will be held Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00 PM in the auditorium.

The deadline for ads to be included in this year's Performing Arts book is Friday, October 3. This is your opportunity to give a shout out to your favorite singer, actor and musician! It is also your last chance to get a VIP card with your half page ad purchase. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mike Lewinski at or Miki Lewinski at


If your student would like to have a picture retake they will be done on Monday, October 6th starting at 8:30 AM (students will be called down to the cafeteria). Students that wish to have a picture retake must bring their entire picture packet with them on October 6 and hand that to the photographer. If your student was absent the first day of school and did not get their photo taken s/he can pick up a picture order form in the main office. Students that desire a picture retake may be out of uniform for the photo, but their dress must be modest and no jeans or short pants are allowed. If you have questions or concerns about your picture package please contact RHS assistant principal, Shellie Hartford, at 787-8277, extension 284 or


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


  • No School for seniors – Recommended college visit or job shadow day
  • Juniors/Sophomores – PSAT; see below
  • Freshmen – Special program; see below


On Wednesday, October 15th, all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT assessment. It is important that students prepare for the PSAT and do the best that they are capable of doing on this test.

The PSAT helps prepare students for the SAT and is used to determine placement in RHS classes next year, specifically dual credit and AP classes.

Important for Juniors:

  • The new state law requires schools to include Junior PSAT scores on all transcripts. This means that colleges will now see your PSAT scores when applying for college admission.
  • If you do not earn a minimum score on the PSAT, set by the state, it is likely you will have to take and pass another test called the Accuplacer Diagnostic test.
  • If you miss testing as a junior, your sophomore year PSAT score will be the score that is reported on the transcript.
  • Your PSAT score will also be used for consideration for the National Merit Scholarship program.

Again, the PSAT for all sophomores and juniors will be on Wednesday, October 15th, and students will be assigned to their testing locations as the date approaches. We ask that all students arrive to their testing location by 7:55 for attendance. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and will continue until approximately 11:10 or as soon as everyone is finished testing.

There is no school for seniors on October 15. Seniors are encouraged to take a college visit or job shadow.

Freshmen will enjoy a presentation from numerous guest speakers on various topics such as mental health, social media, cyber bullying, dating and relationships with friends.

Because we feel the emotional health of our students is so important, our first presentation, on Oct. 15th, on mental health, will introduce freshmen to our Awareness program which teaches them to look out for others by using a common language associated with a traffic light system. An overview of the terms is included below:

  • Green light = Good coping skills, confidence, positive relationships
  • Yellow light = Risky behaviors, impulsive, ongoing stress, anxiety, depression
  • Red light = Hopelessness, significant changes in behaviors, talk / thought of suicide

We feel strongly that everyone in the Roncalli family must look out for each other if we are to be successful at bringing attention to this very serious issue.

In addition, Father John Hollowell will present on St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” which focuses on valuing ourselves and our bodies and the importance of establishing boundaries for ourselves and others.

Also on the program to speak to the freshmen will be a representative from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He will speak to the freshmen about a variety of issues related to cyber bullying, sexting, and other illegal, dangerous and/or immoral social media issues.

No lunch will be served and all students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.


Attention current freshmen, sophomores and juniors - How does spending two and a half weeks in the paradise of Hawaii this summer sound to you? Well, now is your chance to find out! The Marine Science Seminar class will once again be traveling to the sunny Big Island from June 16- July 2, 2015. You need to act fast to reserve your spot! See Mrs.Riester if interested. Deposits are due Oct. 1st.


All RHS moms, stepmoms, grandmothers and godmothers are invited to join in prayer for our students and our school every Tuesday in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Roncalli from 7:45 – 8:15 AM. This has been a wonderful prayer experience for many in our school community as well as a way to meet others in the Roncalli Family. We will pray specifically for our children, for each others' children, and for the faculty and staff at Roncalli. We also pray for the safety of the buildings on campus in which our children spend their days here at school. No RSVP is necessary. Come just once, or come all year to offer early morning prayers specifically for our children. People must not attend for the entire hour nor must they attend weekly; simply attend as your schedule allows! If you desire more information please contact Donna Williams at


Holy Name Parish invites you to its 3rd Annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th from 5 pm – Midnight. Enjoy great fun for all ages and great food. Oktoberfest 2014 is the main festival event and fundraising venue for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church parish. Oktoberfest is a lively and entertaining street festival in the heart of Beech Grove. The well-known Indianapolis bands, the Flying Toasters and Polkaboy will be performing once again this year. For more information, contact the parish office at 784-5454 or visit


Congratulations to Coach Brian Hendricks and the Rebels girls’ golf team as they placed second in last week’s Sectional competition and advanced to this Saturday’s Regional Championships to be held at Smock Golf Course. Special congratulations to RHS senior, Kristin Foresman, who was the individual Sectional medalist with a fine round of 76!! Great job girls and good luck on Saturday!

Congratulations to Coach Mark Claeys and the Rebels boys’ tennis team as they won their first and second round matches in this year’s 2014 Marion County Tennis Tournament with victories of Lawrence Central and Lutheran. The Rebels play Perry Meridian on Friday afternoon at RHS for the right to advance to Saturday’s championship match. Great job fellas!

Good luck to Coach Joe Schonegg and the Rebels boys’ soccer team and Coach Maurice Schilten and the Rebels girls’ soccer team as they both begin play in the 2014 Marion County Tournament on Monday when they host Speedway. The girls game will start at 5:30 and the boys game to follow. The winners advance to the quarter finals on Wednesday at a site to be determined by the winners of Monday’s games. Good luck Rebels!

Good luck to Coach Missy Marsh and the Class 4A #1 ranked Rebels volleyball team as they begin their quest for a Marion County Tournament championship when they host Park Tudor at 5:30 next Wednesday. The winner advances to the quarterfinals to be held at RHS on Thursday at 7:00 PM. The semi-finals and finals will be held at Speedway on Saturday, October 4.


AllProDad 12 Things you should do with your kids every year.

I recently listened to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson regarding educating our children. He made the argument that in order for kids to learn you have to engage their curiosity, individuality, and their creativity. He then went on to make this brilliant analogy: Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest place in the United States. No life is able to grow there, hence the name. However, in the winter of 2004-2005, there was massive rainfall. That spring, Death Valley was brought to life with a field of wild desert flowers. The seeds were just below the surface lying dormant.

Our children are uniquely wired and talented. They have their own passions and things that fill them with excitement. We need to help spark their curiosity so the things that give them energy can be identified and their creativity can flourish.  Here are 12 things you should do with your kids every year to make it rain.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)


  • For the repose of the soul of Mary Beth Bowling who passed away on Wednesday of this week and for her family and friends that mourn her loss. She was the grandmother of numerous RHS alums and current RHS students, Abby Bowling (’15), Lydia Bowling (’15) and Caleb Bowling (’16).
  • For the repose of the soul of Brian Hawkins who passed away in an automobile accident earlier this week and for his family, friends and all at Scecina Memorial who mourn his loss. He was a 19 year veteran teacher and volleyball coach at Scecina Memorial.
  • 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.

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