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Weekly Newsletter - Friday, March 23, 2018


7 Juniors earn 8 act perfect scores

We are super excited to share the great news that seven different RHS juniors recently scored a perfect score on the ACT! Congratulations to our latest ACT All Stars - Miriam Maddox (reading); Kate McNulty (reading); Joe Schubach (science); Athena Tadas (reading); Kaylee Tenbarge (reading); Emily Wray (reading) and Daniel Woodruff (math and reading)!!

Great job RHS Scholars!


National Association of Women in Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction annually sponsor a nationwide architectural design competition. This year’s entrants were charged with completing a set of full building plans for a “tiny house” as featured on television. We are excited and proud to announce that RHS students swept the top three spots in the Central Indiana Regional competition. Congratulations to first place winner Patrick McManama ($300), Khai Thu (second place) and Landon Lahey (third place). Patrick’s design will now compete in the five state Great Lakes Regional competition for the right to advance to the 2018 national competition! Great job fellas!


Students of the Month

We congratulate our latest round of Students of the Month that were recognized at a luncheon in their honor this past Monday. Congratulations to Ryan Zakrowski (Business & Technology); Rita Brockman (Communications); Chris Dobbs (English); Jason Brown (Fine Arts); Callie Runion (Health & Physical Education); Chris McKay (Industrial Technology); Grace Woehler (Mathematics); Paige Moore (Religious Studies); Alleigh Wilham (Science); Brandon Kern (Social Studies); Stephen Strevels (STARS); Nick Johnson (World Languages) - Great job Rebel Scholars!


Speech Team Showcase

Thank you RHS Speech team coaches, Phil Milroy and Tristan McGill, and the entire RHS Speech team for their awesome Speech Showcase this past Monday evening. We are super proud of this hard working bunch of Rebels!


Super proud of the RHS Tabletop Game Club as they spent last Saturday afternoon playing board games with the residents of The Altenheim Senior Living Community! Special thanks to RHS English teacher and Tabletop Game Club moderator, Corinne Owens, for spearheading this monthly service project!! Great job Rebels!


Roncalli High School will hold its annual Good Friday prayer service next Friday beginning at 11:00 AM in the RHS Family Room. While the public is invited, please know there will be limited seats this year. Dismissal time for students should be at approximately 12:30 PM.

Our all school Good Friday prayer service is a special time for our students, teachers and staff members to be in prayer together. We respectfully ask that parents not request for their student to leave RHS prior to our prayer service. If the need does arise for a parent to make this request, they will be required to send a note with their child ahead of time and come into the school building and sign out their child. For legal reasons, students will not be allowed to sign themselves out nor will parents be able to sign out students other than their own children.

Thank you for your assistance in making this a holy time of prayer for all of our students, teachers and staff.


Roncalli is excited to be working with Hope For Tomorrow as part of our Lenten Almsgiving this year! Student collections take place every Wednesday in their Religion Classes. Hope for Tomorrow is working to build bridges between the American and Burmese Communities on the southside of Indianapolis. They do this through many programs including after-school tutoring for school-aged children and citizenship classes for adults. Please click on the link below to learn more about Hope for Tomorrow, or visit their website at Students were asked to pledge an amount that they were comfortable contributing over the 6 week period. Please take a moment to ask your students about what they have learned about this wonderful organization and what you can do to help them meet their personal goals!

If you have any questions or would like to donate, please contact Jeff Traylor at or (317) 787-8277 x203. You can also drop off a donation at Roncalli to Jeff Traylor.


Rebelation is an annual party here at school. Rebelation is a fundraiser to help RHS families in need of tuition assistance. This year the party is Derby themed, “Run for the Roses” Rebelation. The gym will be transformed into an elegant southern Derby party where guests can sip bourbon slushes while dressed for the Derby.

To reserve your seat for the party, just go to Invite some friends to come and you can all be seated together! Reserve your seats online by April 1st, and save $25 per seat!

Can’t come to the party, but want to help? Send in your High Stakes Raffle order form and get in on the action! See a complete list of rules and download the form at Winner will be drawn at Rebelation on April 28th, but you don’t need to be present to be the big winner.


All of the changes the state has put in place with the graduation required ISTEP test for sophomores has led us to make two changes to our school calendar for April when this test is administered. Given the length of these tests and their importance to the students we feel it best to utilize a delayed start for the rest of the school on two days and use this time for administering the ISTEP test to all sophomores (and any juniors/seniors still needing to retest). While we do not like the delayed start to school we do feel this structure provides our sophomores with the best environment in which to be successful on this “high stakes” graduation required test. Thus, the following changes have been made to the school calendar:

  • April 17 - All sophomores along with any junior or senior student needing to retake the ISTEP will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM. The retesting juniors and seniors have been notified individually. All other students will start school on this day at 9:00 AM.
  • April 24 - All sophomores along with any junior or senior student needing to retake the ISTEP will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM. The retesting juniors and seniors have been notified individually. All other students will start school on this day at 9:30 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our families but we feel strongly that this not only provides our students who are testing the best environment but also provides the best use of instructional time for all other students as well.


In order for senior scholarships to be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet as well as in the printed Graduation program, seniors must enter all of the scholarships the senior has been awarded into Naviance – even if the student does not plan to accept that scholarship. The deadline to enter this info is Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Specific instructions are below.

Directions to submit Senior Scholarship award information:

  1. Log into Naviance (from the RHS homepage here, see link on the left side of page).
  2. Open the "Colleges" tab. Scroll down to "scholarships & money" and click on "scholarship applications". Click on "add scholarships."
  3. Select the award status: Awarded.
  4. Enter the dollar amount awarded: Calculate the total amount of the scholarship. If the scholarship is renewable, calculate the dollar amount for renewable scholarships for four years. E.g. $2000 renewable scholarship for 4 years = $8000.
  5. Under the Scholarship column, click on Select. Choose the scholarship name from the list, and click on it. Click "Add Scholarships" at the bottom.

Please note: If your scholarship is not listed, please email Mrs. Meyer at with the official name of the scholarship and the amount, so the scholarship can be added to the overall scholarship listing as well as your individual scholarship listing. Any other scholarship questions may be directed to your counselor. Thank you!


Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and a couple of scholarships for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $500-$1,500. Please visit our website at to learn more about these various scholarships to determine if your child(ren) qualifies for one or more of these scholarships. Scholarship applications must be printed from the link above. All completed applications should be returned to Mrs. Hartford, Assistant Principal, by Wednesday, March 28 no later than 3:00 p.m. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2018-2019 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding RHS scholarships can be directed to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal, at 787-8277 Ext. 284 or

Completed applications are due March 28, 2018.


Spring break will begin at 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 5. School will resume on Monday, April 16. School policy does not allow for any extension of spring break or early starting dates for spring break. No student will be excused from school for travel for the day(s) leading up to spring break or for the day(s) following spring break. Any student absent for travel reasons will be marked unexcused from classes. The day(s) preceding and immediately following spring break will be marked double unexcused days. A double unexcused day means that four points will be deducted from the student’s cumulative grade in each class at the end of that grading period. Teachers are not required to make special provisions for students who are unexcused. Students absent due to illness on the day(s) preceding and/or immediately following spring break will be required to bring a doctor’s excuse to the attendance officer upon their return to school.

College days/job shadow days are not allowed on the day preceding and immediately following spring break without prior administrative approval.

We thank our parents for their continued strong support of this policy as it helps insure the integrity of the school day.


The immunization requirements set forth by the state of Indiana for the Class of 2019 have changed. Students are required to have two Hepatitis A and 2 MCV4 vaccines. There is a required minimum interval of six months between the first and second Hepatitis A vaccinations. Please plan accordingly.

Please check the Family Link to see what immunizations we have listed for your student. Please send in your updated records.

Questions may be referred to Jane Dias ( or Mary Sheets (

Here is a link to the immunization requirements


Modesty, modesty, modesty is what we are asking of our students with regard to what they choose to wear to the prom. In particular, we are asking for your help parents, as prom dresses are purchased, rented or borrowed by young ladies attending the 2018 Roncalli prom on April 21. In the student handbook under 17.2 Dress Code for Dances, our expectations are clear. We are trying to teach young people that dressing modestly is our expectation here at Roncalli especially as it relates to attendance at school dances. So, please talk with your child(ren) and let us know if we can be of any assistance as you seek to secure an acceptable prom dress. Please direct all questions to Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal at or 317-787-8277 Ext. 284.


The Roncalli Parent’s Organization is pleased to announce that we will, once again, be sponsoring the annual AFTER PROM event on April 21st immediately following the Prom from 12:00AM to 3:00PM. This year’s event will be held at Roncalli High School and promises to be filled with lots of fun activities, including giant inflatables, games, caricature artists, great food, contests, prizes and lots more.

All Roncalli juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend this fun event regardless of whether or not they attend the Prom. Tickets for AFTER PROM will be $10 per person and will be sold at lunch from March 22 through April 5th.

To make the AFTER PROM an exciting event and keep the costs low for all those attending, we are asking for donations and volunteers! This event is lots of fun to work! Please grab a friend and consider volunteering. If you can donate any of the needed items on the sign up and/or volunteer,please sign up via this link

Please drop off all donations to the front office before Spring Break by April 5th. Thanks!!


Jr Rebel Theater Camp Flyer

We are proud to announce the 12th annual Junior Rebel Theatre Camp! This camp is designed for your child to have a hands-on, multi-faceted theatre experience. Campers will enjoy making new friends as they build performance skills and learn self-confidence, teamwork, and theatre abilities. Campers will be exposed to many different aspects of theatre such as drama, voice, dance, and more. Please access the link for full details.


Roncalli High School will again offer many different sport camps this summer for elementary age student athletes currently in grades K-8. These camps are conducted by members of the Rebel coaching staff and serve to provide fundamental instruction in each sport as well as a wonderful opportunity to have fun in a friendly and nourishing environment.

  • CAMPS for BOYS in 2018: Basketball, Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Cross Country
  • CAMPS for GIRLS in 2018: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Cross Country
  • CO-ED CAMPS in 2018: Golf, Tennis, Swimming, Diving

The cost for each camp is $50 per camper/per session. Information/Online Registration is available on the Roncalli High School website: For more information, please call the athletic office at Roncalli High School (788-4094 or 787-8277 ext. 263).


(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)

Even though they’re no longer a couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both recently confirmed they put safety measures on the Internet to provide boundaries for their children. They definitely plan to keep watch on their social media use as they age. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently suggested he wouldn’t want his nephew on a social network. Years ago, Apple Founder Steve Jobs said he didn’t want his kids to even own an iPad. Why? It’s simple. Children’s health experts warned (on Facebook) that excessive use of digital devices and social media “is harmful to children and teens.”

I meet faculty and parents frequently who are sharing these concerns and asking the same questions about social media use. I realize I’ve written much about this in the past, but maybe a short Q and A guide, based on research, would be helpful here.

To read the rest of this bloc click on the link below


The Knights of Columbus is looking for men (ages 18 or older) who want to be part of an organization that promotes the Catholic faith and its principles. The four principles are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Catholic men are invited to be part of the K of C and help make a difference in the community every day. To be part of the K of C, please contact Bob Kelly at


  • For the students injured in the school shooting this past week at Great Mills High School in Maryland and for that entire school community!
  • For the repose of the soul of Jerry Steepleton who passed away this week and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Olivia Origer (‘18) and Elizabeth Origer (‘20).
  • For God’s blessings and mercy upon Archbishop Charles Thompson and his ministry in shepherding the archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • For those who struggle to find adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical services and for those most in need of God’s mercy
  • For Divine Providence upon all elected officials and judges at all levels of government
  • 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 people dealing with depression, addiction or mental health issues
  • For strength and healing for all those fighting off 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

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