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Weekly Newsletter – Friday, November 21, 2014



Our annual Can Food Drive collection and Blood Drive will be held this Saturday, November 22. The Blood Drive will run from 8:00 – 1:00 PM with six mobile blood units on campus in the west parking lot. The Can Food Drive collection will run from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on the front circle of the school.

The request is that all students, teachers, staff members attempt to collect 70 CANS or $35 or combination of $ and cans = to 70 cans (.50 a can).

For the Blood Drive you may call the school to set up an appointment or just walk in on November 22 any time between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You can make an appointment by calling Bob Tully at 787-8277, extension 257.

The need for both food and blood has never been greater! Any and all support of these events is greatly appreciated.


We congratulate our most recent group of Students of the Month: Eric Townsend (Business & Technology); Raelyn Watts (Communications); Emily Barron (English); Annie Sullivan (Family & Consumer Science); Annie Schrader (Fine Arts): Ethan Hommel (Guidance); Molly Crosley (Health & Physical Education); Quinn Cecil (Industrial Technology); Lindsey Overstreet (Mathematics); Annie Wagner (Religious Studies); Nate Carpenter (Science); Rachel Barnhorst (Social Studies); Khui Shing (STARS); Nicholas Plahitko (World Languages).

These scholars were recognized at a luncheon in their honor this past Monday!


Congratulations to the Rebel Brain Game team as they defeated Brown County High School in a second round match on Wednesday. The competition will air on WTHR on December 20th. We are proud of the RHS team and wish them luck in the next round of competition that will take place in January. Congratulations to team members Nicky Marino, Cameron Wright, Nate Reeves, Hannah Fikes and Barbara Kratsios, as well as, Brain Game coaches, Mr. Anthony Walters and Mr. Marco Ray.


Holiday shopping in Chicago! The Roncalli High School is sponsoring the seventh annual Holiday bus trip to Chicago on Saturday, December 6. Start the day with coffee and doughnuts at 7:00 am in the Roncalli cafeteria. Departure for Chicago is at 8:00 am (7:00 Chicago time) returning back to Roncalli by 11:00 pm. Beverages and a snack will be served during the return trip. Space is limited so reserve your $45.00 seat by contacting, Gary Armbruster, at 787.8277, ext. 242 or email him at You don’t have to be Roncalli alumni to attend but must be at least, high school age.


  • On Monday, December 1, all juniors will take the free Princeton Review practice ACT in the RHS auditorium. Testing will begin at 7:30 AM and should be completed at approximately 11:30 AM. This would include periods 1-4. This free practice test is an excellent opportunity for our students to continue to grow in their familiarity with this college admissions standardized test as well as in their confidence. If you have any questions regarding the testing on December 2, please contact RHS College & Career Counselor, Carrie Poehlein at
  • Also, Hoosier Boys State and Hoosier Girls State are excellent one week, no cost camps for students. Applicants must be current juniors who are willing to attend two brief meetings and the one week program in June. This program is geared for anyone with strong leadership skills or one who wishes to develop their leadership skills. Students will meet and work with high school juniors from all over the state, learning to negotiate and accomplish goals, while also learning how local and state wide government entities are run.

This program is highly valued by many colleges and universities, some of which offer specific scholarships for participation in it.

Dates are as follows: Boys – June 14-20 at Trine University; Girls – June 21-27; at Trine University.


  • Archbishop Joseph Tobin has invited the seniors from the local Catholic high schools to join him for a celebration of the mass on Monday, December 1, at the Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral downtown. Dress for this mass per the request of the Office of the Catholic Education is school uniform. Seniors will be expected to be in the school cafeteria no later than 8:30 AM . Transportation will be via school busses. The seniors should arrive back on campus between 11:15 – 11:30 at which time they will be dismissed per the directive of the archbishop.
  • Also, Prestige/Lifetouch has extended the deadline to December 6 for members of the Class of 2015 to have their picture taken by Prestige/Lifetouch so that it will appear in the class composite as well as in the school yearbook. Seniors that have yet to have their picture taken by Prestige/Lifetouch are asked to contact them to set up an appointment. The student/family is under no obligation to purchase pictures from Prestige/Lifetouch but there is a $10 sitting fee. Contact information to schedule a portrait appointment is 317-829-2088 or go online at


Ensembles from the Roncalli Band and Choral Programs will perform during their Christmas Concerts on Sunday, December 7. The Bands only will perform at 1:00 and Choirs only will perform at 3:30 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. The Choirs will perform an additional concert on Monday, December 8 at 7:00pm. All RHS families are encouraged to come and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season!

Tickets are now available for the Christmas concerts. The cost to attend either concert is $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for RHS students or children 14 years old and younger. Combination tickets are available for those who wish to attend both or all concerts.

Tickets may be purchased online at, fine arts, box office or by contacting Miki Lewinski in the Box Office at 787-8277, extension 249. Tickets ordered in advance may be picked up at the Will Call table in the auditorium lobby beginning 30 minutes before the show.


Proctors, readers and scribes are needed for the STARS program during final exam week. Final exams will take place December 16-19. There will be two finals each day. The first final will be from 7:30-9:23 and the second final will be 9:32-11:25. If you are interested in helping please contact Pat Musgrave via email at before December 5th.


For the third consecutive year a generous benefactor has made available to Roncalli a one-time $750 scholarship in memory of John Lorenzano, an IFD firefighter who died while saving others in a fire at The Indianapolis Athletic Club in 1992. Any student who has a parent or step-parent who is a firefighter (with any fire department) is eligible for this scholarship. It does require a short essay on the part of the student, “What makes me proud that my parent is a firefighter?” All essays must be submitted to Terese Carson in the RHS Advancement Office by Wednesday, December 3. The selection of this year’s recipient will be made prior to Christmas break.


A representative from the United States Naval Academy (Lauren Webb, RHS '13) will be at Roncalli High School on Monday, November 24th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium to speak about her experience as a Midshipman at the US Naval Academy, as well as answer questions regarding the service academies, academic opportunities, and application process.

All students (grades 9-12) and their families are invited to attend.


Each year the Roncalli High School World Language Department works together to send out Christmas cards to military personnel deployed around the world. We are asking our students, parents, staff, and community to send us any addresses of military people that they know. This will be the 24th year in a row that the World Languages department has done this project at Christmas time!
Please email names and addresses to Gina Stackhouse (World Languages Department Chairperson) at We will be writing the cards the week of December 1-5.

ATTENTION RHS PARENTS: IMPD Presents: A Drug Trends Workshop

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will be giving a presentation/workshop for parents, staff and community members regarding drug trends among adolescents. In addition to learning about drug trends affecting our community and how to take action, free at-home drug testing kits will be available. An officer will also demonstrate common concealment containers. Pre-registration is not required.

When: December 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Southport High School Auditorium, 971 East Banta Road, Indianapolis

Contact Esther L. Moeller with questions about the event:


When weather or emergency conditions warrant a cancellation of school or a delayed start to school, the fastest, most accurate way to access this information is via the school’s web site at Once a decision to close or delay school has been made the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s web site, which typically happens within 1-2 minutes of the decision being made. Immediately after posting it on the web site there will be an automated phone call /text message sent out to parents informing them of the closure or delay. We will then call the four major network television stations.

The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families live stretches from 56th street to the north; Plainfield to the west; Shelbyville to the southeast and Martinsville/Paragon to the south. We attempt to take all of this into consideration when determining whether or not to delay or close. That can be challenging as the weather conditions can vary significantly in the areas mentioned above.

Parents, please know that it is always your decision as to whether or not your child can travel safely to school. If the conditions in your general area are such that you deem it unsafe for them to travel, they will not be penalized for their absence.
We will make every effort to be sensitive to the safety and well-being of all of our students at all times.


Get a jump on the new year. Come try BODYPUMP fitness class at St. Jude gym. Bodypump is a Les Mills licensed original barbell class that strengthens and tones the entire body. You'll enjoy great music, good instruction, inspiring devotions and fellowship with others in this 60-minute class. Both early morning and evening classes are offered for $3/class or a 10-class pass for $25 is available. For more information and class times, visit the St. Jude website at: or call Alice Susemichel at 979-4363.


One day when I was playing with my son in his room, I noticed these interesting soft spots, almost dimples, in his wall. I thought there might be a leak somewhere, so I called a plumber. He confirmed that there wasn't a leak, but I had subterranean termites eating the drywall. If I filled in the dimples and painted over them without calling an exterminator, it would look fine for a while, but I would have wasted my time. The main problem was below the surface. The wall needed to be opened up and the invaders eliminated before the exterior could be rebuilt.

The same is true for us. We focus on behavior modification rather than treating the source below the surface—the heart. One of my beloved mentors passed on what I believe to be an insightful definition of the heart: "The heart is our core, the place where our will, thoughts, and feelings all converge". What type of person are you becoming? Like Playdough is molded and shaped so are we shaped by the things that influence the heart. In order to be formed into a man of character, integrity, and strength, you need to start confronting and understanding your heart. The things that shape it the most are what we love and what we listen to.

(Courtesy of All Pro Dad)


  • For the repose of the soul of Norman Neiswinger who passed away last weekend and for his family and friends that mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Alex Kelley (’15).
  • For the repose of the soul of Charles Wilson who passed away this week and for his family and friends that mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of RHS Mathematics teacher and cheer coach, Jen Kocher.
  • 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

“Put on Christ and your life will be full of his love; it will be a fruitful life.”
Pope Francis I, World Youth Day, 2013

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