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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, June 17, 2016


Good luck to Coach Aaron Kroll and the RHS varsity baseball team as they compete for the 2016 Class 4A baseball state championship this evening at Victory Field. The Rebels will square off with #1 ranked Zionsville at 7:30 PM. This marks the school’s third trip to the state championship game with losses to LaPorte in 1982 and Lake Central in 2012.


As was announced approximately a month ago, 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 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.

The exact location inside the school has not been identified yet. All are encouraged to check at the School Office via the Main Entrance. Signs will direct you to the distribution location.

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.


Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Thursday, July 21, 4:00–8:00 PM and on Friday, July 22, 8:00 AM –Noon in the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be open before the New Parent Orientation on Wednesday, July 27, 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.

Have enough uniforms? Come and shop for new fall fashions and fun spirit wear items that can only be purchased at Roncalli High School. For questions please contact the Director of the Spirit Store, Wendy Lawrie at or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!


Each year, seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to meet with their guidance counselor prior to the start of senior year. These appointments will take place between July 25 – August 1. Topics include: the college application process, retaking the ACT/SAT, diploma status, financial aid and scholarships, creating the college list, letters of recommendation, essays, NCAA/NAIA, etc.

Specific information regarding how to schedule your Senior Appointment will be mailed to each senior family in early July.


Members of the RHS Class of 2017 will receive information in the mail next week 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 2017 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. A senior must have their picture taken by Prestige by December 16, 2016 to be included in the yearbook and class composite.

The dress code for these senior portraits for the picture 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 schedule your appointment and find more information at or call 317-829-2088.


The RHS Class of 1991 is going to celebrate their 25 year reunion on July 9th at 7:00 PM at McQ’s. Please direct all questions to Gina (Iaria) Cascella at


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 2016 Moratorium Week is from July 3-10. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. during this week.


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.


Join us for food, fun and fellowship at the St. Jude Parish Summer Festival, June 23: 5-10 p.m.; June 24: 5-11 p.m.; and June 25: 6-11 p.m. Featuring delicious food, rides, skill games for all ages, Silent Auction and Grand Prize Drawing for $3,000. Enjoy nightly live entertainment: featuring our Battle of the Bands on Thursday night; Spinrut on Friday; and Boogie Moon on Saturday. For more information, visit us online at:


Courtesy of Growing Leaders by Tim Elmore

It’s that time of year again. While many high school graduates have made their decision on where they want to go and what they want to do this fall, some are still sorting out the issue of college entrance. Americans love the idea of going to college and we love reading about college rankings each year. Which schools have the best facilities, the greatest parties, the tastiest food in the dining hall, and the highest job placement after college? It can be overwhelming.

We want to make a good investment. After all—it’s going to be the launching pad for our career, right?

May I offer some encouragement to you, if you’re a parent or a student who’s pondering these issues this year? I have spotted four myths people tend to buy into about post-secondary education—and I’d like to help you avoid them.

To read more click here.


  • For the repose of the soul of Jeanne Armbruster who passed away on Thursday of this past week and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was a member of the school’s first ever state championship team, the volleyball state championship team in 1982. She was the mother of recent RHS graduate, Michael Armbruster (‘16).
  • For all who suffer at the hands of violence and for their families, especially those killed and injured in the Orlando massacre last weekend.
  • 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.

“The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to pursue humility, service and love.”
Pope Francis, tweet, June 2, 2013

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