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Weekly Newsletter - Monday, July 25, 2016


Congratulations to RHS senior Katie Scott, who this past week was honored by Fox 59 TV and Community Health Network as their Community Hero of the Month for July for her work in organizing and running the Morgan County Special Olympics swimming program. This has been a long-time passion for Katie as she has contributed hundreds of hours for numerous years now as she took the idea and developed it from scratch to its well developed stage today!

Great job Katie - we are proud of you!

Click here to see more about this wonderful story!


Roncalli High School will be moving to a 1:1 technology structure for the 2016-17 school year, with each student receiving a Chromebook. The new Chromebooks will be ready for pickup in the school’s Media Center according to the following schedule: Friday, July 29th, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Monday, August 1, from 1:00 - 7:00 PM and Tuesday, August 2, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The final opportunity will be after school on Wednesday, August 3, from the end of the school day until 4:00 PM.

It is the responsibility of each student/family to pick up their Chromebook according to this schedule.

Here is a link to a blog that contains answers to many of the questions related to our new 1:1 initiative.


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.


The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium. Issues impacting academics, discipline, cafeteria, uniform, tuition, extracurricular activities and much more will be covered at this meeting. Administrators will be available for answering individual questions after the formal meeting is over. The RHS Spirit Store will be open this evening from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.


The Opening School Packets will be mailed via first class mail between July 20-25 to the homes of all currently enrolled RHS students. In this packet is the information by which you and your child can access his/her schedule for the 2016-17 school year along with a great deal of other pertinent information. If you have any questions or do not receive your packet please call Donna Smith in the school’s main office at 787-8277.


Roncalli High School, specifically our senior class, will welcome the Class of 2020 on Saturday, July 30, when we host Freshman Orientation. We are excited to welcome what promises to be a great new group of Rebels ready to make their mark in a positive way at RHS!

Registration for freshmen begins in the cafeteria at 2:30 PM on Saturday afternoon. Parents are asked to please drop off their freshman student on the front circle. The day will conclude with a liturgy at 6:30 PM in the school’s Family Room (gym). Parents and family members are encouraged to join us for the liturgy. The orientation program is run by the members of the Class of 2017 and is under the direction of RHS Assistant Principal for Student Activities, Mrs. Shellie Hartford. Please direct questions to her at 787-8277, extension 284 or


The comprehensive school calendar is available for viewing on the school’s web site. You can access it via this link: Here is a link to a PDF overview of the year.


Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).

  • If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please call Donna Smith in the main office (787-8277) and provide her with the following details (your name, contact information, major crossroads near where you live and what your needs are (ride to school, home from school or both). We will make every effort to connect you with another RHS family that can assist with your transportation needs.
  • If your family is seeking to join with other RHS families in a carpool situation, please call Donna Smith in the main office and provide her with the same information noted in the paragraph above.
  • If your family/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please call Donna Smith in the main office and provide her with the same information as noted in the first paragraph. This can be an excellent way for your family/student to benefit from some extra gas money.

As we gather this information we will attempt to assist families in making transportation arrangements. We also will publish in the coming weeks’ newsletters general details of families seeking transportation assistance as well those wishing to assist with transportation. We will not publish specific names and contact information. We will publish general locations of families/students that are in need of assistance or willing to assist. For example: Stop 11 & Sherman or SR 135 & Fairview.

Current Identified Transportation Needs:

  • Bluff Road between Southport Road and Stop 11 - needs a ride to school
  • Thompson Road between US 31 and Meridian (SR 135) - needs a ride home from school
  • 13th Street and Main Street (Beech Grove) - needs a ride home after school

If you can assist with these need, have needs of your own or have any questions, please call Donna Smith in the main office (787-8277).


The Roncalli Cafeteria participates in the National School Lunch Program. Therefore, we are able to offer free or reduced priced lunches to those who qualify. If your household receives food stamps (SNAP) or temporary aid for needy families (TANF), the school children in your household are eligible for free lunch and textbook assistance. You should've already received a letter explaining this.

If you have not been notified, but feel you qualify for free lunch, please fill out the application at the bottom of this newsletter and send it in. Also, if you think your income might qualify for a reduced price lunch for your school children ($0.40 per day), check the guidelines in the instructions for completing the application at the bottom of this newsletter. You may apply and you will be notified by mail if you qualify for free or reduced lunches and textbook assistance. If you have children at schools in addition to Roncalli you will need to apply at each school as we do not share your family’s information with other schools.

New this year, we will be offering a breakfast before school available at the snack bar in the cafeteria starting at 6:45 am each day, Monday through Friday. If your child is eligible for free lunch, he/she is also eligible to receive this breakfast for free as well. If your child qualifies for reduced lunch, they are also eligible for a reduced price breakfast at $0.30 per day. They simply type their school ID number into the Mealtime system to receive the correct benefit. All information is kept strictly confidential.

If you have any questions, call or email Eileen Horan at (317)788-4099 or


Because of consistent abuse of our past charging policy by a growing number of students/families, we have set a No Exception -$20.00 limit on student’s lunch accounts. If your student’s account is more than $20.00 in the negative, they will be asked to leave their lunches at the cashier stands and come to the cafeteria office to call a parent. It is easy to set up a notification with Mealtime to receive an e-mail when the accounts are low. We will also be sending negative lunch balance notifications out every day by email.


The school will be open daily from 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM over the next two weeks for students (and parents) that want to come in and begin setting up their locker and/or walk through their daily class schedule.

If you wish to decorate a locker, we ask that you please use scotch tape and not use duct tape, two-sided tape, etc. Also, please refrain from putting stickers on the locker or inside the locker. You may tape a sticker to the locker or inside the locker but please do not stick it on the locker/in the locker!


A reminder that freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have their school pictures taken on the first day of school. Picture order forms will be included in the packet of materials mailed home next week. For families desiring more than one form, there are additional forms available in the main office. Students are to bring the completed picture order form to school with them on August 3 along with payment and give both to the Prestige/Lifetouch photographer. This year, we are offering families an opportunity to go online at and look at a variety of backgrounds and photo options. Families may also pay for school pictures online. This would prevent your student from having to bring an order form with payment on the first day of school. To order school photos online, or to just preview options, please go to and use job number SB015044Y0. If families choose to pay for school photos online, you must then print out the receipt and give this to your student to bring with him/her to school on August 3 to the photographer. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact the school’s Main Office.

Just a reminder that all students are expected to be in school uniform on the first day unless their parents are purchasing a picture package. If this is the case, the student may dress up. Absolutely, no jeans, denim or immodest dress is allowed!!

All seniors are expected to be in school uniform on the first day since the only picture taken for them on this day is their student ID picture.


A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1, Level III this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. Many local retailers have them on sale now. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89 as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).


Yearbooks for the 2015-16 school year will be distributed the first day of school for incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors. There will be a few available if you didn't order one for your student. They are $75 and may be paid for with cash or a check made out to RHS. Graduates of the Class of 2016 who ordered a yearbook but didn't pick it up yet may do so in the main office. Any 2016 graduate wanting to purchase a yearbook may do so in the office as long as supplies last.


Roncalli High School commits itself to the priority of each individual student being able to attend school on a daily basis in a positive, uplifting, faith-filled environment. The following is a guideline by which our school will operate as it relates to this issue and to the issues of bullying/harassment:

The good name, reputation and personal safety of each student, faculty, staff member and adult volunteer is vitally important. In order to protect students, employees, volunteers, and the school, each student is expected to treat the good name and reputation of other students, school employees, volunteers and the school with dignity and respect and not engage in any activity or conduct, either on campus or off campus, that is in opposition to this guideline and/or inconsistent with the Catholic Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. Any derogatory, slanderous, hostile, or threatening remarks or actions directed toward any of the above by a student will be seen as a violation of this policy and will be viewed as a serious matter, whether it is done physically, verbally, or electronically through the use of a home or school computer, phone, IPAD, or any other electronic media or by remote access during school time or after hours. Some examples include but are not limited to, social media, text messages, blogging, voice mails, images, pictures, etc. Any individual found to have made or participated with others in making such remarks or actions will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion.
Because of the significance of the issues of bullying/harassment in the lives of our students, Roncalli has in place a wide variety of strategies to address the issues. These strategies will unfold throughout the school year with a heavy focus here at the start of the school year.

***It is imperative that anyone who becomes aware of a Roncalli student who is being bullied or harassed, regardless of whether it is happening in or out of school, is asked to contact the Dean of Students. Failure to report incidents of bullying/harassment makes one complicit with the inappropriate behavior.


It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 23. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 3.

To maintain the integrity of school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.

Additionally, 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. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.


What is a Rebel VIP member card? A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.

How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2016 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski ( or Miki Lewinski (

Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.

Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!



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.

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.


The Theatre department will be sponsoring a trip to New York City during Spring Break 2017. The trip will include a theatre workshop, Broadway productions, most meals, lodging and all transportation. The cost of the trip is $1,600. Packets are available outside the Box Office. Parents can get more information at back to school night on August 11th. Questions may be directed to Phil Anderson at This trip is open to all Roncalli students. A $100 deposit is due by August 19.


The 2016-17 Fall Sports Seasons begin officially on Monday, August 1. Sanctioned IHSAA sports that will begin at RHS on this day include volleyball, football, boys’ tennis, girls’ golf, boys’/girls’ cross country and boys’/girls’ soccer. There is still time for a student to express an interest in trying out for one of these teams. An athlete must have a completed IHSAA physical form on file in the RHS athletic office before they are allowed to participate in a practice beginning on August 1.

Additionally, there is still a need for managers for all of these teams. This is a great way for students to get involved, especially if they have an interest in the sport or an Interest in being involved! Please contact RHS Assistant Athletic Director, Mr. David Lauck, 787-8277, extension 263, if you have any questions as to how to express an interest in trying out for a team or serving as a manager.


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

One of the most fascinating studies I’ve read in the last decade was conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers, Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman. Just over ten years ago they performed a longitudinal study on two groups of adolescents to measure self-discipline in the students. Results came from self-report, parent report, teacher report and monetary choice questionnaires, given in their fall semester. The results of these studies on student self-discipline accurately predicted their final grades, class attendance, standardized test scores—and even selection into a competitive high school program the following spring.

In the second round, questions on study habits and IQ were added. The results were profound and unmistakable. Self-discipline accounted for more than twice as much impact as IQ did in grades, test scores, school selection, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, hours spent watching television, (inversely) and the time of day students began doing homework.
To read more click here.


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

“Care of creation is not just something God spoke of at the dawn of history. He entrusts it to each of us as a part of His plan.”
Pope Francis tweet, June 5, 2013

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