Weekly Newsletter - Friday, April 29, 2016
A BIG REBEL THANK YOU TO STATE SENATOR PATRICIA MILLER
This past Tuesday Roncalli High School honored Indiana state senator, Patricia Miller, for her 33 years of dedication as a public servant representing much of the geographic area within and around the Roncalli community. Senator Miller is retiring when her term comes to an end with elections this fall. She has served this district for one year as a state representative and 32 years as a state senator. She has been a strong advocate for education and for faith-based education! Thank you Senator Miller for your lifetime commitment to public service. May the Good Lord bless you with many years of health and happiness in retirement!
HTOO THU HONORED BY CATHOLIC CHARITIES
Congratulations to RHS senior, Htoo Thu, who was honored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Wednesday night with their 2016 Spirit of Service Award. She is seen in this picture receiving her award from Archbishop Joseph Tobin. Congratulations, Htoo - we are very proud of you!
HANNAH FIKES - INDIANA ACADEMIC ALL STAR
Congratulations to RHS senior Hannah Fikes who this past Tuesday was honored as a 2016 Indiana Academic All Star! The Indiana Association of School Principals allows each of the 400+ high schools in our state to nominate one senior. From this list of impressive seniors they select 40 as our state’s Academic All Stars based on their scholarship, extracurricular activities and service to community. Hannah and her parents, Ken and Laura, were honored at a wonderful luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom along with RHS Physics teacher, Ben Grimes, who Hannah cited as her most influential educator. The picture features Hannah, Mr. Grimes and Hannah’s guidance counselor, Mrs. Autumn Currens.
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to this month’s Students of the Month, recognized for their outstanding efforts and/or accomplishments in the classroom: Corey Matthews (Business & Technology), Maiya Mahoney (Communications), Liam Collier (English), Katie Deak (Family & Consumer Science), Adam Eads (Fine Arts), Michael Saling (Guidance), Michael Otley (Health & Physical Education), Brian Paul (Industrial Technology), Camryn Deluca (Mathematics), Lucy Furiak (Religious Studies), Leah Biasi (Science), Carmen Olivares Beltran (Social Studies), Emry Himes (STARS), Mariesa LaRosa (World Languages).
RACHEL KNIERMAN WAS SELECTED FOR SUMMER VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM AT PRESTIGIOUS SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Congratulations to RHS sophomore, Rachel Knierman, who received word this week that she has been selected to participate in the Summer Seminar offered at the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design. She received a scholarship to attend this seminar based on her submitted portfolio of work along with a recommendation from RHS art teacher, Mark Stratton. Rachel will be studying 2-D and 3-D animation! Way to go Rachel - sure it will be a great experience!
CONGRATULATIONS, ANNIE RICHARDSON - NEW SCHOOL RECORD
Congratulations to senior track and field member, Annie Richardson, who recently broke her own school record in the pole vault. Her leap of 9’6” bested her old school record. She continues on her quest for a state finals appearance this year.
CONGRATULATIONS NEWLY SELECTED STUDENT COUNCIL & CLASS OFFICERS
We thank all of the students who pursued a leadership position in our Student Council or Class Officer positions for the 2016-17 school year. We had a deep pool of talented students participate in the process. Congratulations to the following students who will fill these leadership roles next year:
Co-President of Public Relations - Nick Meyer
Co-President of Service - Michaela Salazar
Co-President of Spirit - Tabatha McNulty
Co-President of Web Promotions - Maddison DeWitt
Class of 2017
Co-President of Public Relations - Timmy Miller
Co-President of Service - Samuel Nathan
Co-President of Spirit - Caroline Armbruster
Co-President of Web Promotions - Jonny Anderson
Class of 2018
Co-President of Public Relations - Collin Prince
Co-President of Service - Grace Murphy
Co-President of Spirit - Logan Schott
Co-President of Web Promotions - Tyler Hicks
Class of 2019
Co-President of Public Relations - Aaryn Richardson
Co-President of Service - Dominic Conover
Co-President of Spirit - Kelli Mariutto
Co-President of Web Promotions - Ashlyn Streicher
Congratulations as well to the following students who have earned officer titles this year through their volunteer work with the Student Council and its many activities:
Executives: Maddison DeWitt, Tabatha McNulty, Jonny Anderson, Michaela Salazar, Kathleen Soller, Ben Asdell, Grace Murphy
Ambassadors: Nick Meyer, Ashlyn Streicher, Collin Prince, Samuel Nathan, Logan Schott, Tyler Hicks
Representatives: Katie Kolis, Caroline Armbruster, Chelsea Miner, Ally Pence, Dominic Conover, Jeffrey Amodeo, Sam Hansen, Madeline Brown, Vignesh Nathan, Kyle Carpenter
CONGRATULATIONS, KATIE SCOTT - ATTENDING FBI LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Congratulations to RHS junior, Katie Scott, who has been selected to attend this summer’s FBI Youth Leadership Academy. This one week camp will be held at Bradford Woods in Martinsville, Indiana, and will focus on the mission and work of this federal agency. Way to go, Katie!
ALOHA REBELATION - THIS SATURDAY
Can’t make it to this year’s Luau?! You can still bid on silent auction items from the comfort of your own home. Just register to bid and browse the items by visiting: www.roncalli.org/rebelation.
ACADEMIC HONORS RECEPTION – NEXT THURSDAY
The 2016 Roncalli High School Academic Honors Reception is just around the corner as it will be held on Thursday, May 5th at The Atrium Banquet Hall. Doors will open and desserts will be served beginning at 6:30 PM. The formal program will begin at 7:00 PM.
Invitations were mailed out this last week and went out to all seniors who have earned an academic, merit-based scholarship, all students who have earned/won awards in outside academic competitions and all students who have been named Outstanding Students of the Year in the different curricular offerings. If you feel your child should have received an invitation based on one of those first two criteria and did not, please contact Mrs. Donna Smith in the main office. The honorees in the third category of awards, Outstanding Students of the Year, received their invitation but do not know at this point what award they have won. They will find out that evening at the awards ceremony.
This event is always a wonderful, uplifting event held before a capacity crowd of over 900 people. It is refreshing to be honoring lots and lots of great kids! Please make plans to join us. There were two complimentary tickets enclosed with each invitation. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5.00 at the door. If planning on attending, please do RSVP so we can plan accordingly for food.
RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR KATHY TINDER & DAVE TONER – MAY 20
Roncalli High School Family & Consumer Science teacher, Kathy Tinder, and RHS Athletic Director, Dave Toner, will be retiring at the end of this school year. A reception in their honor will be held on Friday, May 20 from 3:30 – 5:00 in the RHS Media Center. All are invited to stop in and extend your own personal thanks. If unable to attend cards or notes of appreciation may be sent to the high school.
TICKETS FOR SPRING CONCERTS NOW AVAILABLE
The Choral Pops concert will be on Friday, May 13. The Beginning Women’s choir, Advanced Women’s choir and Show choir will perform at the 6:00 PM show. The Beginning Mixed choir, Advanced Women’s choir and Show choir will perform at the 8:00 PM show.
The Band will present its spring concert on Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM. This concert will feature the music of the Roncalli Concert Band and Orchestra.
Tickets for the concerts may be ordered by going to the Roncalli website, www.roncalli.org, click the Fine Arts tab, Box Office (Visa and MasterCard), at the Box Office (Cash, Check or Charge) or by calling 787-8277 Ext. 249 (Charge). Payment is required when tickets are ordered.
Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $2.00 for RHS students and children 14 years old and younger. All tickets ordered in advance will be available for pick up at the “Will Call” table in the lobby of the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the performance.
RHS ART SHOW - MAY 6
The Roncalli High School Visual Arts program will present its annual Art Show on Friday, May 6, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. This Art Show features the work of students from our art classes. Students from our AP Studio Art class will be available to discuss their work. There is no admission charge for this event.
Come and support the great work of our visual arts students and see some outstanding work!
NEXT THURSDAY - FINAL EARLY RELEASE DAY OF THE YEAR
Next Thursday, May 5, is the final early release day of the school year. School will be dismissed at 2:00 PM so that teachers can attend department meetings.
SENIOR PICNIC - FRIDAY, MAY 13
The traditional Senior Picnic will be held on Friday, May 13. There are no classes for seniors on this day. Seniors are to report to the cafeteria by 8:45. They will travel by school bus to Northeast Park (weather permitting). Should it be raining the “picnic” will be held at Indy SportZone. Seniors will return to school around 11:15 – 11:30 and be dismissed at that time.
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
For over 65 years, Mental Health America (MHA) and their affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The theme for May 2016 is “Life with a Mental Illness.” Please help us to spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about and work to understand. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to showing others that they are not alone when it comes to dealing with mental illness.
At Roncalli, we continue to offer support and initiatives to provide our students, faculty, and staff with information and assistance if they or someone they know, might be struggling with some sort of mental health issue. In 2013, our SAP (Student Assistance Program) team launched our LIGHTS program to increase awareness and to offer our students and staff a visual reminder of what behaviors to recognize if they are concerned for themselves or someone else. The LIGHTS system is visually displayed throughout the school building and in every classroom. Click here to access the details of the LIGHTS program used at Roncalli.
SENIORS & LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Beginning on Monday, May 9, seniors will not be allowed to charge their lunch purchases to a negative lunch balance. All senior lunch charges must be paid in full before they may pick up their graduation cap and gown. Any monies left in a senior's lunch account will be transferred to their younger siblings. If there are no siblings, lunch balances will be refunded during finals week. Seniors will receive a statement of their lunch accounts in their English classes on May 3. Please contact Lani Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SENIOR PARENTS- WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE UNIFORM SHIRTS, SWEATSHIRTS & PULLOVERS
As has been tradition for many years the seniors will be out of uniform for the last four weeks of their high school career. This began last Monday. Seniors must dress appropriately and modestly at all times. Should a senior fail to comply with these requirements he/she will be required to go back into school uniform. We ask for parental support in making sure your senior student is wearing appropriate clothing to school.
The school encourages seniors to donate their uniform shirts, sweatshirts, pants and pullovers back to Roncalli if they are in good, usable condition. We make this clothing available to our students and families. It is also used by our parents that work at Victory Field and Lucas Oil Stadium as a part of our Future Family Foundations. This has been greatly appreciated in the past by these families. Your support in making this possible again this year by donating your usable shirts, sweatshirts, pants and pullovers would be greatly appreciated.
2016-17 IHSAA ATHLETIC PHYSICALS OFFERED AT REDUCED RATE
Once again this spring the Roncalli Athletic Department will partner with St. Vincent Sports Performance to provide the required IHSAA athletic physical examination for the 2016-17 school year at the bargain reduced rate of $30.00. Physicals for RHS athletes will be administered on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 7-9 PM at the Roncalli High School bubble facility.
All student athletes must register for an appointment in order to receive a physical exam on 5/5/15. Roncalli students may sign up for an appointment in the athletic office beginning Monday, April 25, 2016.
It is very important to note that the IHSAA does not recognize the validity of a completed physical form if signed by a nurse practitioner only – the form must be signed by a licensed Medical Doctor!
RHS OFFERS MARINE BIOLOGY SUMMER COURSE IN HAWAII
Aloha! Roncalli will be headed back to Hawaii for a two week Marine Biology Course in the summer of 2017. The course involves classes and labs on the beaches of the Big Island of Hawaii, a trip to Volcano National Park, learning about the Hawaiian culture and snorkeling in the ocean. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Rose at email@example.com. There will be a parent meeting on May 10 at 7 PM in room 008 for all interested students and parents.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO READ EXAMS
It is once again time to start planning for finals as we are only a few weeks away. It takes a multitude of volunteers to meet the needs of the students in the STARS program when administering semester exams. Below is the schedule for this year’s exams. Please email Pat Musgrave if interested in assisting with any of these exams: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your help.
Monday, May 23rd, Period 1, 7:30 – 9:30
Monday, May 23rd, Period 2, 9:35 – 11:35
Tuesday, May 24th, Period 3, 7:30 – 9:30
Tuesday, May 24th, Period 4, 9:35 – 11:35
Wednesday, May 25th, Period 7, 7:30 – 9:30
Wednesday, May 25th, Period 5, 9:35- 11:35
Thursday, May 26th, Period 8, 7:30 – 9:30
Thursday, May 26th, Period 6, 9:35-11:35
REDUCED PRICE FOR HOME INTERNET ACCESS
If a member of your family is eligible for the free/reduced lunch program you are eligible for a reduced price for home internet access through any of these providers: Comcast, Brighthouse, and AT&T.
For more program information, go to www.everyoneon.org or contact your provider(s) directly.
PARENTS’ CORNER - THE RISE OF E-CIGARETTES
Youth are using e-cigarettes at increasing and alarming rates. According to the CDC, e-cigarette use among both high school and middle school students tripled in one year, increasing from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014 among high school students, and from 1.1 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent in 2014 among middle school students. Youth use of e-cigarettes has now surpassed youth cigarette smoking.
The tobacco industry aggressively markets e-cigarettes to youth. E-cigarettes are sold in dozens of flavors that appeal to kids, including cotton candy, bubble gum, Atomic Fireball, and popular kids’ cereal flavors such as Froot Loops. One recent study estimated that there are almost 500 different e-cigarette brands today with more than 7700 different flavors. The three major cigarette companies now all sell e-cigarette products.
Another even more troubling trend is an increase in teenagers vaporizing marijuana or THC hash oil with e-cigarettes. Students replace the "juice" in the e-cigarettes with marijuana (THC) oil — a process that dramatically reduces the odor of the drug and makes it less detectable. Concentrations of the oil are generally significantly higher than seen when smoking marijuana.
SAVE $$$! -- PURCHASE A REBEL VIP MEMBER CARD
Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business, recognize your student athlete, and provide a significant savings for your family! A Rebel VIP Member Card is a pass that allows you and your immediate family into ALL Roncalli home sporting and fine arts events, free of charge!
(Regular season games, plays, musicals, concerts - IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded)
How do I purchase a Rebel VIP Member Card?
You may purchase a half page ad in the Roncalli 2016 All Sports Fall Program for $275.00. This purchase provides you with an ad as well as the VIP Card. The program is distributed at all home sporting events, and will be available for view on our Roncalli High School website. It will feature photos of our 2016-17 Senior Fall Athletes, fall team photos and a preview of the season from each sports coach. It includes a review of the previous year’s winter and spring sports season as well as a capsule look at the upcoming winter and spring sports seasons. If you advertised in this year’s program you will be contacted with the opportunity to renew. (May 2016)
To purchase a ½ page ad for the 2016-2017 school year, CLICK HERE email Chris Lauck at email@example.com (phone at #788-4094 - RHS Athletic Office), or contact a member of the Roncalli Athletic Booster’s Committee: Jenny Amann, Kristie Clark, Pat Henn, Jim Naumovich, Greg White, Pat Soller, Armando Martinez.
The Roncalli High School All Sports Program Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Roncalli Athletic Boosters. All proceeds from this Ad Campaign go directly to support the athletes, coaches and teams at RHS. It has been a real blessing for our school.
KATIE’S HOPE 5K RUN/WALK
The family and friends of Katie Lynch have organized the 5th Annual "Katie's Run/Walk for Hope" on May 21, 2016 to honor Katie's courageous battle with cancer. Her "free spirit", as well as her love of her family and friends, will be celebrated by raising funds for the Katie Lynch Scholarship Fund as well as Make A Wish Foundation, Sunshine Kids Foundation and the children of Riley Hospital.
A “Be The Match” Registry Drive will also take place during the Walk. At this time you will be able to join the National Bone Marrow Registry at no cost while possibly saving a life and becoming someone’s hero!
The event will start at 10:00 am at Roncalli. Entry fee is $25.00 per adult, $15.00 per student or $100.00 per family. Registration by 5/10/16 will guarantee a T-shirt. Registration forms can be found at www.katieshope.org. For more information or group pricing, please call Marty Lynch (518-1219) or Kathleen Lynch (502-1979).
NIHILISM WITH A SMILE
Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore (http://growingleaders.com/)
In our work with students, I am experiencing more teens and twenty-somethings who, by default or design, are leaning toward nihilism as a worldview. I thought it would be wise to offer a “heads up” in case you begin to spot this sour perspective among the students on your campus…or in your home.
When I ponder why, the answers come quickly. As I have blogged before, kids today are growing up in a culture that actually fosters nihilism. Unless they’re growing up in a marvelously positive, two-parent home with lots of love and support (and they don’t keep tabs on what’s happening over the last ten years in the economy, among terrorists groups, on Wall Street or within hate groups against others in the U.S.) our kids today can easily slip into a worldview that’s pessimistic. Even nihilistic.
Young adults today are reacting predictably. By and large, the numbers tell us they’ve withdrawn. They’re into themselves. Survival is the name of the game. Many are in a “wait and see” mode. School. Careers. Marriage. They are even waiting to have children. In 2014, 47.6% of American women ages 15-44 did not have any kids, the highest percentage of women without children since 1976. (This illustrates how young adults today are becoming comparable to Generation X.)
To read more click on the link http://growingleaders.com/blog/?s=Nihilism+With+A+Smile
- For the repose of the soul of Stephanie Parks who passed away last weekend after a courageous battle with cancer and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the mother of Ashley (‘16).
- For God’s blessings on Pope Francis, Archbishop Tobin and all the bishops and leaders of the Church around the world.
- In thanksgiving for a safe, enjoyable Prom weekend for all of our students and their guests!
- 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 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.
Let us pray for leaders that they govern us well. That they bring our homeland, our nations, our world, forward, to achieve peace and the common good. This word of God helps us to better participate in the common life of a people: those who govern, with the service of humility and love, and the governed, with participation, and especially prayer.
Pope Francis, Morning Meditation, Monday, September 16, 2013
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