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RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER - Friday, May 11, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS ACADEMIC AWARDS HONOREES!!

Award Winners

Thank you to all of our students, parents, grandparents and guests that were in attendance at our 28th annual RHS Academic Awards reception held last Wednesday evening at The Atrium. There were four categories of awards given out that evening in front of nearly 900 folks: Seniors having earned a merit based academic scholarship to college; students having earned an award from our Roncalli Rebel Renaissance Academic program; students recognized for a special academic accomplishment from this past year such as national recognition in art competitions, perfect scores on the ACT/SAT, etc. and finally students named as the Outstanding Student of the Year in each subject. Congratulations to all of our students who were honored for their hard work and accomplishments!

There were ten specific scholarships given out at the Academic Awards reception. Click here to view the recipients of each award. Congratulations to all of these award winners:

  • Clark Family STARS Scholarships - Maddy Kellicut, Andrew Holm
  • Jeffrey N. Perkins Memorial Scholarship - Jeanne Sering
  • Martin R. Eckstein Scholarship - Lilly Boring, Timothy Adams
  • Katie Lynch - Live, Laugh and Love Memorial Scholarship - Grace Lawrie, Scout Leffler
  • Anna’s Celebration of Life Scholarships - Max Cross, Bella Gonzalez
  • Jennifer McKinney Memorial Scholarship - Bri Beeson, Taylor Hehmann
  • Emily Winter Lipps Young Women’s Scholarship - Paige Moore
  • Wong Family Scholarship - Maggie Schoening
  • Kathleen Crosley Memorial Scholarship - Liam Irwin, Maggie Schoening
  • Roncalli Leadership Scholarship - Ashlyn Streicher

SUPER ART SHOW!! RHS VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS SHOWCASED!

2018 Art Show

A huge thank you and congratulations to all of our RHS Visual Arts students that were a part of last Friday’s 2018 RHS Art Show! The artwork on display was fantastic and represented a wide array of art categories!! Congratulations as well to RHS art teacher, Mark Stratton, for a wonderful 2018 Art Show!! Click on the link below to see pictures from last week’s show

INAUGURAL ST. VINCENT AWARD GOES TO TIM PUNTARELLI

Tim Puntarelli Wins St. Vincent Award

Roncalli High School Dean of Students, Tim Puntarelli, was the first recipient of the St. Vincent Spirit of Caring Award. This annual award was established by St. Vincent Health to be presented to a current Roncalli faculty or staff member who has demonstrated St. Vincent’s core values of commitment to those in need, respect and compassion for the dignity of life, integrity, wisdom, creativity and dedication while also displaying the true spirit of Roncalli High School. Click here to keep reading.

Puntarelli has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to all aspects of Catholic education. He has served as a religion teacher, coach in both football and track, longtime volunteer on the Appalachian service trip, volunteer for many decades as a member of our Christian Awakening Retreat staff and for the past 28 years has served admirably as the Dean of Students at Roncalli.

Congratulations Tim - well deserved honor!

CONGRATULATIONS SPIRIT OF YOUTH AWARD WINNERS

CYO awards winners

Congratulations to the following RHS students who were honored last week by Archbishop Thompson with a Spirit of Youth Award for the outstanding ways in which they are living out their faith life and supporting the mission of their respective parishes: Cameron Irwin (St. Jude), Madeline Russell (St. Jude), Tommy Hansen (St. Roch), George Lucid (St. Roch), Sam Bramlett (St. Mark) and Joey Cross (St. Mark). Super proud of these outstanding young people!!

REBELS SWEEEEEP THE ECON ROCKONOMIX COMPETITION

In the state’s first ever high school video remix competition sponsored by the Indiana Council for Economic Education, it was an RHS “sweeeeeep” of the top three places. Congratulations to the following seniors: 1st place - Alex Woods, Emily Morris, Grace Mappes, Cassie Petroff, Melissa Kurz; 2nd place - Maggie Reeves, Amber Kunkel, Chloe Mann, Sophia Egold; 3rd place - Max Linton, Cam Irwin, Drew Fleming, Sam Hansen.

Congratulations as well to RHS Economics teacher, Betsy Strader, whose class these winners came from.

CONGRATULATIONS LATEST RHS SENIORS SIGNING COLLEGE ATHLETIC LETTERS OF INTENT

May 2018 Athletic Signings

Last week we held our third college athletic signing reception of the school year for our seniors who recently have signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics. Congratulations! Click here to view the list of signings.

  • Chris Dobbs - baseball at Rose-Hulman
  • Jordan Jenkins: softball at Northern Kentucky University
  • Evan Wray: golf at University of Indianapolis
  • Drew Fleming: basketball at Wabash College
  • Jack Hegwood: basketball at Wabash College
  • Kellen Schreiber: basketball at Wabash College
  • Reece McGinsie: basketball at Trine University
  • Chandler Gibson: cross country/track - Bellarmine University
  • Sam Hansen: wrestling at Wabash College
  • Sam Sedgwick: football at DePauw University

Best of luck to all of these athletes in their collegiate endeavors!

RHS SOFTBALL - 2018 MARION COUNTY SOFTBALL CHAMPS

2018 Softball Team

Congratulations to Coach David Lauck and the Rebels varsity softball team as they captured the 2018 Marion County championship with a pulsating 3-2 victory over defending champion Decatur Central this past Monday night! The Rebels defeated Pike, Beech Grove and Lawrence North on their way to the title game! Great job girls - super happy for you!

GOOD LUCK RHS BASEBALL IN MARION COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

2018 Baseball Team

Best of luck to Coach Aaron Kroll and the RHS baseball team as they will square off with south side rival, Perry Meridian, on Monday night at Victory Field at 5:30 PM in the championship game of the 2018 Marion County baseball tournament! The Rebels were victorious over Brebeuf, Speedway and Lawrence Central to earn their spot in the title game! Good luck on Monday - let’s have another huge RHS crowd at Victory Field on Monday.

FAREWELL & RETIREMENT RECEPTIONS FOR CINDY BUCHMEIER, JAMES KEDRA, KATHY HEATH AND SHELLIE HARTFORD - FRIDAY, MAY 18

We have two retirements to celebrate as well as two administrators to bid farewell to as this school year winds down. Kathy Heath has served as a guidance counselor for ten years after having worked in the corporate world for many years. Cindy Buchmeier has taught in our science department for 25 years before which she taught for 11 years at St. Jude Catholic School. Both of them will be retiring at the end of this school year. Click here to keep reading.

Shellie Hartford was our school’s first ever Assistant Principal for Student Activities, a position she has held for 12 years. She will be moving to Florida at the end of this school year to join her husband whose job has relocated them to the Jacksonville, Florida area. James Kedra has served Catholic Education for 25 years, the last ten in an administrative role at Roncalli.

All are welcome and invited to come say thanks and farewell to these four dedicated professionals at a reception that will be held in their honor on Friday, May 18 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the RHS Media Center. If you are unable to attend, cards or notes of appreciation may be sent to the high school.

TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH - GREAT TIME TO SEND THEM A NOTE

The month of May is set aside in the United States as Teacher Appreciation month. We thank all of the dedicated, hard working and mission driven members of our faculty. We are blessed with an awesome array of professional educators! The next two weeks would be a perfect time for students and/or parents to drop a note of thanks and/or appreciation to those teachers that have worked to make this year such a positive, productive one!

FR. WILMOTH RETIREMENT RECEPTION

St. Roch Catholic Church will be hosting a retirement reception for Fr. Jim Wilmoth on Sunday, June 3. There will be a recognition program in the church immediately after the 10:30 AM mass followed by an Open House in the Gym until about 2:30 PM. All are welcome!

ATTENTION PARENTS OF DRIVER EDUCATION STUDENTS - DRIVING TIMES POSTED

The Driving Schedule for the behind the wheel driving portion of our Driver Education program was posted last week in the main office. Students have been notified daily of the need for them to check to see what week and time they have been assigned to drive. The student should write down or put in their phone the week and time they are driving and the name of their instructor.

A student will not be allowed behind the wheel of the car without their permit so please do not delay in getting the permit. License branches are closed on Sundays and very few are open on Mondays. Most of them are open only a half day on Saturday so please make plans now to get the permit and not delay. Should a student not have their permit for the week they are scheduled to drive they will not be allowed behind the wheel and given the tightness of our schedule there is a strong likelihood they would not be rescheduled.

Please direct any questions to Mr. Weisenbach

DANCE ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE

The Roncalli Dance Ensemble Showcase will be held Friday, May 18th at 7:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium. This performance will feature the Advanced Dance class with pieces from La La Land, Tomorrow Will Be Kinder from the Good Friday Service, and dances from around the world. The dancers will be performing in various styles such as Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and African dancing. The showcase is open seating with FREE admission. Come support these talented students!

RHS ALL SPORTS BANQUET - WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (PRIMO BANQUET HALL)

The 2018 Roncalli High School All Sports Banquet hosted by the RHS Athletic Department will be held at Primo Banquet Hall on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 PM. RHS athletes and pre-school age children are free; family members and friends are $10.00 each. Athletes from all teams and all levels and their parents and guests are encouraged to attend as we celebrate our Rebel teams and athletes from this 2017-18 school year. A special encouragement goes out to our seniors and their parents as the evening will feature a great many seniors recognized for their accomplishments this year. Click here to keep reading.

The featured speaker at this year’s All Sports Banquet is Trevor Wilson. Trevor is an RHS graduate, former teacher and coach at RHS, and currently serves as the Sports Information Director for the Circle City Conference, which is comprised of Chatard, Brebeuf, Guerin, Roncalli, Heritage Christian and Covenant Christian.

Please RSVP to the RHS Athletic Office in person, by e-mail at clauck@roncalli.org or by calling 317-788-4094 by Monday, May 14.

SENIOR MASS - FRIDAY, 8:30 AM

The annual celebration of the Senior Mass, which is the final time that we celebrate an all school mass with our seniors, will be on Friday, May 18. Please note the start time – 8:30 AM.

The seniors will complete graduation and baccalaureate practice following senior mass and will be dismissed for the day at approximately 11:30 AM.

This final all school mass of the year is special for all of us but especially for our seniors and their parents. Because we have limited space on this day in our gym we do ask that guest attendance be limited to parents of seniors. Thank you for your understanding. Other family members are welcome to join us for the Baccalaureate liturgy on Friday, May 25, at 6:00 PM in the RHS gym.

JUNIOR DAY OF INFORMATION – FOLLOWS THE SENIOR MASS

For a number of years we have followed up the senior mass with what we call a “Junior Day of Information” for all in the junior class. It is held in the auditorium and is designed to provide the juniors with a great deal of pertinent information in preparation for their senior year. The day is under the direction of Shellie Hartford, Assistant Principal for Student Activities. The juniors will be dismissed at approximately 11:30 on this day.

EXAM SCHEDULE

Second semester exams will be administered on May 22-24 with the final day of school being Thursday, May 24. The exam schedule will be as follows: Tuesday - (Periods 1, 3 & 5); Wednesday (Periods 2, 4 & 6), Thursday (Periods 7, 8). School will be dismissed on Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:20 PM and at 11:00 AM on Thursday. Teachers will be expected to be in their rooms and available to students until 1:15 on Tuesday and Wednesday to assist them in preparing for their final exams.

STARS PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!

Each semester STARS students use accommodations on over 450 exams. This only happens with your help! Please consider serving as a proctor, reader or scribe. This semester finals will take place Tuesday, May 22 , Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th. Volunteer by visiting this link. Thank you!

ST. VINCENT SPORTS PERFORMANCE ANNUAL SPORTS PHYSICALS

Roncalli High School is blessed abundantly by the partnership we share with St. Vincent Sports Performance. They provide support for our school and our athletic department in countless ways for which we are very appreciative. It is time for students who feel they will be playing athletics next school year to get their annual physical. St. Vincent Sports Performance will be offering three different opportunities for RHS families to have a complete physical done for just $30. Being that we are a St. Vincent Sports Performance Partner School, SVSP will donate a portion of the proceeds from each physical back to the RHS athletic department. Please click here to get complete details on dates, times, locations and other opportunities being offered by SVSP in addition to the athletic physical.

CHORAL/THEATER BANQUET

Students involved in the musical, play and choral programs along with their families are invited to the Choir / Theatre Awards Banquet Monday, 14 May 2018 At 6:30 pm in the RHS Cafeteria. Special recognitions and awards will immediately follow the meal. We ask that you please bring your favorite covered dish according to the following:

  • Freshmen: Salads
  • Sophomores: Sides, Casseroles, veggies, hot items
  • Juniors: Sides, Casseroles, veggies, hot items
  • Seniors: Desserts

Tableware, water and fried chicken will be provided See you & your family at the banquet!

CHEERLEADING TRYOUTS FOR FALL 2018 SEASON

Any current eligible 8th-11th grade girl interested in cheering for the fall 2018 season should plan to attend the clinic days on May 15, 17 & 18 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM in the RHS cafeteria. The final try-out will take place Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 am in the main gym. Details about the season's requirements/commitment and the try-out process will be given on the first day of the clinic.

Please contact Head Coach Kara Miller with any questions.

JUNIOR PARENTS - IMMUNIZATION NEWS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

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.

KATIE’S HOPE 5K RUN/WALK

The family and friends of Katie Lynch have organized the 7th Annual "Katie's Run/Walk for Hope" on May 19, 2018 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. Click here to learn more about Katies Hope 5k Run/Walk.

The event will start at 10:00 AM at Roncalli high School. Entry fee is $25.00 per adult, $15.00 per student or $100.00 per family. Registration by 5/10/18 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)

SAVE $$$! PURCHASE A RONCALLI REBEL VIP MEMBER CARD

Becoming a RONCALLI 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! (How much am I saving? Regular season games $5-$6 per person; plays, musicals, concerts, $10.00 per person when purchased at gate) (IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). Click here to learn more

How do I purchase a Rebel VIP Member Card? You may purchase a half page ad in the Roncalli 2018 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. The program features photos of our 2018-19 Senior Fall Athletes, fall team photos and a preview of the season from each sports coach. It includes a review of the previous year 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 your member card and ad.

To purchase a ½ page ad for the 2018-2019 school year, go to www.roncalli.org/athletics/all-sports-program or email Chris Lauck (phone at #788-4094 - RHS Athletic Office), or contact a member of the Roncalli Athletic Booster Committee (RABC) Jim Naumovich, Kristie Clark, Pat Soller, Ali Leffler, Eric Rail, Ron Carr, Molly Clawson-Allbright, Greg White, Jenni Agramonte.

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.

ONE TOP PRIORITY FOR COLLEGES TO RETAIN STUDENTS

(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)

You don’t have to be a professor or a student affairs director to observe that the world of higher education is shifting. Like it or not, the data is in. I fact-checked a report recently and found eye-opening research to confirm what I’ve been saying for years now. Colleges and universities are separating into successes and failures in terms of enrollment, retention and finances. Click here to keep reading.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a report. “According to an analysis of 20 years of freshman-enrollment data at 1,040 of the 1,052 schools listed in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking, U.S. not-for-profit colleges and universities are segregating into winners and losers—with winners growing and expanding and losers seeing the first signs of a death spiral.”

Why is this happening now?

When I visit universities, it’s relatively easy to observe which ones are still flourishing and which ones are on the decline. I see it in the new buildings; the crowded rooms; and the morale on campus. For fifteen years, even mediocre colleges were doing well, simply for two reasons: (1) the Millennials made up a gigantic population of prospects—80 million strong and (2) the availability of generous student loans. Today, both the teens and the economy are different. Generation Z makes up a smaller population of teens and they’re less OK with debt. Times are changing. Read more here.

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Kenny Boehm, father of Fr. Dustin Boehm (‘02) who is pastor at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Connersville.
  • For the repose of the soul of Betty Painter who passed away on Tuesday and for her family and friends who mourn her loss. She was the grandmother of Brent Wampler (‘18).
  • 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.

The first key principle of Catholic social teaching is respect for the dignity of each and every human person—regardless of race, sex, nationality, economic or social status, educational background, political affiliation or sexual orientation—as created in the image and likeness of God. All are equal in dignity.
Archbishop Thompson
(We are One in Christ: A Pastoral Letter on Fundamentals of Christian Anthropology)

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