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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, October 9, 2015


The official feast day for our beloved St. John XXIII (Angelo Cardinal Roncalli) is Saturday, October 11. The Vatican selected this date because it coincides with the day on which the Second Vatican Council was convened. Happy Feast Day, Roncalli!

We celebrated his feast day today with an all school liturgy that included over 800 grandparents for our annual Grandparent’s Day celebration. We thank all of our grandparents for the efforts they make to be a part of this festive celebration. Grandparents are such a blessing in our lives!! Please lift them in your prayers asking God for his continued blessings of health and happiness on all grandparents!

St. John XXIII, pray for us!


Our school calendar this year for the first time has a one-week fall break. We hope all in the Roncalli Family enjoy a restful, relaxing and enjoyable break. Please pray for safe travels for all those in the Roncalli Family that will be traveling over break.

There will be no newsletter next Friday, October 16.


Congratulations to Ms. Kathy Peach and the Rebel Marching Band on their outstanding performance in last Saturday’s ISSMA Marching Band competition! The band earned a “gold” rating for their performance despite the frigid conditions last Saturday! If you have not seen the band’s show this year, we encourage you to check them out at our last home football game on Friday, October 16. It is a great show that features the music of Chicago.

Great job, Marching Rebels!


Congratulations to Joey Newton (choral director), Laura Horcher (choral teacher/junior high band director) and Kathy Peach (orchestra director) and all of their talented students for two outstanding concerts last Sunday. The choral ensembles, along with the RHS orchestra, put on two stunning shows before two sold out audiences. Thank you to all who came out and attended our annual Sacred Sounds concerts last weekend!

Great job choral and orchestra students - you were awesome!


Thank you to all of our freshman students who applied for and interviewed for class officer positions this year. RHS Student Council moderator, Ryan Costello, along with our freshman class moderators, interviewed all of the candidates who had submitted their application indicating an interest in serving as a class officer for the Class of 2019. Congratulations to the following students who were selected for officer positions:

Eiler Spayd - Co-President for Public Relations
Dominic Conover - Co- President for Service
Graciana Page - Co-President for Spirit
Ashlyn Streicher - Co-President for Web Promotions


First quarter Report cards were distributed during eighth period class. A question related specifically to your student’s grade should be directed to the classroom teacher. If a question or concern still exists after this discussion please, contact Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Mr. James Kedra at 787-8277, extension 222.

A reminder to all parents that only the student’s semester grade counts toward their GPA and what shows up on their permanent transcript. The first quarter grade, second quarter grade and semester exam are averaged together to compute a semester grade for the student. In some cases, there is also an English term paper computed into that semester grade as well. Again, the quarter grade that students and parents see on this first report card does not show up on a transcript.


Please keep in your prayers our seniors who will be going on their senior Christian Awakening Retreat the week we return from fall break. May the Holy Spirit stir their hearts with a strong, positive experience!


As we have done for many years as a means of assisting our students in their preparation for the college admissions tests, we will administer the PSAT to juniors and sophomores on this day. It will take up the entire morning. See below for more information as to the importance of this test.

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


On Wednesday, October 28th, all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT assessment. The date for the administration of this test is set by The College Board and we have zero flexibility in its scheduling. 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 28th, and students will be assigned to their testing locations as the date approaches. We ask that all students arrive to their testing location by 7:25 AM for attendance. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM and will continue until approximately 11:30 AM or as soon as everyone is finished testing. There is no school for seniors on this day. They are encouraged to take a college visit or job shadow.

A special presentation has been planned by our campus ministry team for all freshmen. They will start their day in the auditorium and then break up into small groups. They also will be dismissed at approximately 11:30 AM.


The Marion County Lilly Scholarship application is now available! This is a full tuition scholarship at any university (public or private) in the state of Indiana. In addition, many private universities will also offer an additional scholarship, along with the Lilly award, to cover costs for room and board. Roncalli can only nominate two students to be considered for this award. To be considered, applicants must live in Marion County; demonstrate financial need; have a minimum 2.5 GPA; plan to attend a college or university in Indiana; demonstrate motivation and responsibility; and be involved in extracurricular activities and the community (including but not limited to employment). Applications are available in the guidance carousel and are due to Mrs. Poehlein by October 30, 2015.


If your child has been receiving free or reduced lunch in the past, please be aware that many students are finding out they are no longer receiving these benefits because no new application was turned in for this school year. Eligibility from last year extended through the first 30 days of this school year, but after that we must have a new application for this year on file. If you have not received a letter in the mail confirming your free or reduced eligibility for this year, then we have not received your application. If you have any questions about your student's eligibility for the free or reduced lunch benefit, you may call or email Eileen Horan at (317)788-4099,

You may apply for the benefit at any time during the school year. There is a link to this application at the bottom of every weekly newsletter. Please be aware that we do not share applications with the Catholic grade schools unless asked by you to do so. So, if you sent an application to your parish grade school, they did not automatically share it with us. All information is kept confidential and the students do not know who is free or reduced lunch and who is regular paid lunch. They simply put their ID number in at the cash register and the correct benefit is applied. Thank you for supporting the Rebel Cafe!


This year’s theme was submitted by senior Jamie Curtis, who was born ten years after the New Kids on the Block released their hit, Hangin’ Tough. The winning t-shirt designer was senior Max van Dongen. Both students were awarded $50 cash and have bragging rights for the rest of the year!

Your student received a yellow walkathon envelope in their 8th period class last week. Included in the envelope, you will find answers to Walkathon “frequently asked questions” or you can click on this link. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Students are asked to raise $70 each—or $115 per family, if you have more than one student living in the same house. Students who meet the minimum commitment will receive a t-shirt and will be allowed to participate in the Walkathon. Individual students who raise $100 or more will be eligible for additional prizes and will receive a bonus out of uniform day! This is the only all student fundraiser at Roncalli, so we’d love to see 100% participation.

Students need to turn in their donations during lunch periods on Friday, October 23rd-Tuesday, October 27th to receive their t-shirt. Since seniors are out of school on the 28th and the rest of the students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM on the 28th, the final day to turn in money is during lunch on Tuesday, October 27th.


  • Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 5:00pm. Join Fr. Wyciskalla for Mass in the chapel at 5:15pm. Trivia begins at 6:30pm.
  • Bring: Decorations for your table, appetizer and dessert to share with your team.
  • Price: $30 per person (up to 10 people, 21 years of age or older, on each team)
  • Includes: Trivia, wine, beer, soft drinks and chili with all the fixins’
  • Extras, Games and Prizes: Each table can purchase one pack of 8 stars (mulligans) for $20... 50/50... Heads or Tails... best themed table and team... Winning team gets a medal, t-shirt and team name on the official plaque on display at school.
  • Registration deadline: November 2, 2015
  • To reserve your team’s table or to volunteer for the evening: Email Rachel Brown at **We currently need 15 adult volunteers.**


The World Language Department is now 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 Gina Stackhouse at Sign up now to save $400!

S.T.A.R.S. (Students That Are Ready for Success) Parent Informational Meeting

Who: Parents of eighth grade students identified with: LD, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Hearing Impaired, Communication Disorder, Cognitive Disability, Visually Impaired

When: Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Where: Roncalli High School, Room 115 – Resource Room

If unable to attend please contact Mrs. Patricia L. Musgrave, STARS Coordinator, at


Good luck to the Rebels boys’ soccer team as they compete for a Sectional championship this Saturday at 7:00 PM at Mary Bryan Elementary School when they take on Perry Meridian! Go Rebels!

Good luck to the Rebels girls’ soccer team as they too compete for a Sectional championship on Saturday night at 7:00 PM at Decatur Central against Perry Meridian. Go Rebels!

Good luck to the Rebels boys’ and girls’ cross country teams as they compete in the 2015 Sectional meet on Saturday at New Palestine High School at 10:00 AM. Both teams will be looking to advance to the Regionals! Run, Rebels, Run!

Roncalli Award Jackets

A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Tuesday (10/20/15) from 5-7 PM that evening and during all lunch periods on Wednesday (10/21/15) to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Award Jacket this year. This will be the only opportunity to order an Award 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.


The Archdiocese of Indianapolis will again host the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) next month from November 19-21. They need your help to make the event a success.
Approximately 1,000 volunteers are needed to help support the event, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 young people from across the country to the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The numerous RHS parents that volunteered for past NCYC conferences here in Indianapolis raved about their positive experience. Please give this strong consideration, as it is sure to be a positive, life-giving experience.

To become an NCYC volunteer simply log on to!ncyc-volunteer/c23io and fill out the online application form.No password needed for general volunteer registration. Please note that all volunteers will need to have completed “Safe and Sacred,” the archdiocese’s safe environment training program. Volunteer deadline is November 9.


“KICK FOR KAIT” is a co-ed adult kickball tournament sponsored by Katie’s Hope Foundation to be held on Saturday, October 24th at Roncalli High School in the east/bubble gym parking lot. The entry fee will be $120.00 per team (minimum of 5 girls/ 5 guys). Please register by October 18th by contacting Kerry Lynch ( or Kathleen Lynch (

Thank you for all of your support of Katie’s Hope Foundation.


A friend of mine loved to play poker. I enjoy playing but always lose. My friend, on the other hand, used to read books and have consistent games with friends. Later, I learned that when he traveled to Vegas for business, he would go into some of the world's best poker rooms and, more often than not, win. Sometimes he would even win big. Being a skilled poker player is about understanding the odds and reading people. The strong player will pick up on all of the subtle and unconscious gestures of their opponent to identify the cards they are holding. The very best are not only able to read people, but they are able to manage their own behavior in a way that maintains the mystery.

In life, teenagers can be difficult to read. Every day, they perform in a world of adult agendas and judgment. They work really hard at perfecting the outside so everything on the inside can stay hidden where it is safe. There are a precious few they can trust so they develop their poker face. Teenagers have a lot going on under the surface that they either haven't identified, are afraid to say, or don't know how to tell you. So it remains inside, alone and unattended. What if we did know? I think it might change the way we parent teens.

Here are 5 things your teenagers secretly want you to know but won't tell you.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)


  • For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
  • 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.

“When we care for the needs of our brothers and sisters, like the Good Samaritan did, we are proclaiming the Kingdom and making it present.”
Lenten Letter from Cardinal Bergoglio/Pope Francis, February 2012

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