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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, June 23, 2017


Fr. David MarcotteWe are delighted to welcome Fr. Dave Marcotte to Roncalli as our full-time chaplain. In addition to his role as full-time chaplain, Fr. Dave also will be teaching two religious studies classes. We are super excited to have him with us on a full-time basis as it represents the first time in over 20 years that Roncalli has had a full-time chaplain! He will reside at Ss. Francis & Clare Parish where he also will assist with weekend masses. Great to have you Fr. Dave!


The Indiana High School Athletic Association holds an annual summer student leadership conference, which is open to all member schools. We thank the following RHS students who attended this year’s conference held this past week at Plainfield High School: Patrick Cherry, Connor Gore, John Harris, Grace Hegwood, Elijah Mahan, Katie Minton, Kasey O’Connor, Amanda Prather, Maggie Schoening, Kellen Schreiber.


Roncalli welcomed some bright young minds to campus this week for our “Think Creatively - Connect Mathematically” Camp! What fun having these youngsters in our school and working so diligently to broaden their minds along with their math and critical thinking skills!!


Congratulations to all of our spring athletic teams on their recently completed seasons! We now have what we believe to be the final listing of post-season Honor teams. Click here to access a listing of all of our spring student athletes who received post-season recognition. Please notify the athletic department if you feel there is an omission.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL INCOMING FROSH & TRANSFER STUDENTS. Roncalli High School is in year two of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 7th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 8th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 9th, after-school until 4:00 PM. Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center.

CHROMEBOOK OWNERSHIP 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.


In an effort to aid students in getting HOPE hours, any service project performed during the summer that involves direct service toward the handicapped, those in poverty or those who are elderly can count toward HOPE hours for the first semester next school year. This is a slight change in the service requirements from years past.

Service hours still must be completed through a school function or non-profit agency. Students must still turn in any service hours from the summer on a service card the first week of the 2017/2018 school year. If students do not have a service card in the summer, they can get an adult's signature and phone number on a piece of paper and staple that to a service card in August.

Please direct all questions to Gerard Striby at


Roncalli's annual mission trip to Appalachia will take place July 16-21. Specific plans on what jobs will be assigned are being considered, but potential projects include flooring, painting, drywall, landscaping and roofing. We are still looking for 2-3 adult chaperones to help lead work sites. For additional information, please contact trip coordinator Kim Buckley


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 2017 Moratorium Week is from July 2-9. At Roncalli, this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. during this week.


Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Monday, July 31 4:00–8:00 PM and on Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 AM –Noon in the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be open before the New Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 2, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The Spirit Store also will be open in the mornings prior to the start of school during the first week of school as well as during school lunch hours throughout the school year.

For questions please contact the Director of the Spirit Store, Wendy Lawrie at or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!


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.


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 which will be held July 27 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


Members of the Roncalli Class of 2018 will receive information in the mail by mid-June 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 2018 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 for a one outfit session. However, for June and July they are offering no charge on a two outfit session and half off a 3 to 4 outfit session. A senior must have their picture taken by Prestige by December 16, 2017 to be included in the yearbook and class composite.

To make getting your senior portrait taken even more convenient, Prestige will set up a photo studio in the RHS media center July 10th - July 13th. You will receive an appointment card in the mail with your assigned date and time. If you need to adjust this appointment, you can go to to select a new date and time. This is something new for Roncalli seniors. Students will not be going to a studio outside the school for their senior portraits this year.

The dress code for senior portraits 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 find more information at or call 317-829-2075.


The Immunization Requirements for the 2017-18 school year and the Proposed Requirements for 2018-19 can be viewed by clicking here. Please note that some of the immunizations listed for 2017-18 are only recommended and not required.

*If your student receives any vaccines, please send in an updated immunization record. You may access the information that we have on your student by viewing their Vaccination Record on Family Link (login is student, password is whatever your student selected). This information may not be the most current information for your child.

Parents of Current Juniors:

The Indiana State Department of Health requires all students entering Grade 12 to have a second MCV4 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 make the necessary arrangements for this to happen so that we are in compliance with the law.

  • All information needs to be sent to Mrs. Mary Sheets. Fax 788-2282 or Please call or email Mrs. Sheets with any questions.
  • This information for rising seniors MUST be received prior to the start of school.


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

I have found myself speaking to lots of parents in 2016. My audiences were filled with caring and engaged moms and dads.

As I listened to questions from these parents, however, I noticed a pattern. Many were working parents who feared they had failed their children. They were concerned their kids will grow up unhappy, disappointed, unready or ill-equipped for life and possibly even need therapy as young adults. Clearly, these parents saw some symptoms in their kids which they believe may result in angst.

I became relieved, however, when I heard their concerns. They said things like:

  • I didn’t have the time to play with my kids outside.

  • I wasn’t able to help them with their homework.

  • I couldn’t run their permission slip to school when they forgot it.

  • I didn’t get them the Xbox game they wanted.

On the surface, these concerns sound like parenting “fails.”

I believe, however, that if we handle them well, these “fails” can actually become “wins” for the whole family. Let me explain why and how.

To read the rest of this blog click on the link below


  • For the soul of Todd Horoho who passed away this past week and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the stepfather of RHS senior, Hunter Miller.
  • For RHS senior Kathleen Soller as she fights through her battle with cancer.
  • For Archbishop elect Charles Thompson, selected by Pope Francis to be the new archbishop for the archdiocese of Indianapolis.
  • For those who 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 strength and healing for all those fighting off 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.

“It is easier to exemplify values than teach them.”
Fr. Ted Hesburgh, (1917-2015), President, University of Notre Dame (1952-87)

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