Weekly Newsletter  - Friday, July 13, 2018
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The opening school letter that goes out annually to each school family that contains pertinent school related information including the process by which to access the student’s schedule will be sent out electronically this year. The electronic letter will be sent out to seniors and juniors on July 25 and to sophomores and freshman on July 26. Please contact the main office should you have any questions or encounter any issues with receiving your family’s letter.


Freshman Orientation will be Saturday, August 4, so please mark your calendars, this will be a fun, informative day that you will not want to miss!

  • 1:30 Freshmen arrive for orientation! Drop-off on the Circle
  • 3:30-4:15 New Parent Meet and Greet/Ice Cream Social on the Circle before Mass, hosted by Roncalli Parent Organization
  • 4:30 All parents and families of incoming freshmen and seniors are invited to attend Mass to close out orientation in The Family Room (aka: the gym)

We can't wait to welcome our new Rebels to the Roncalli Family!

Seniors - don't forget about the planning meeting on Thursday, August 2 at 7 PM.


The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, August 1 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.


Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Kathy Arruda

Recently at the Indiana State House rotunda, Roncalli High School was honored by the Indiana Department of Education with a 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Award. Receiving the award for Roncalli was our Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Kathy Arruda.

To be selected, schools must have had at least 25 percent of their 2017 graduating class receive a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam. Over fifty percent (50%) of the RHS Class of 2017 earned a 3, 4 or 5 on at least one AP exam, which is testimony to the large scope of our students who are being successful in college level classes. We are very proud to offer one of the finest AP programs of any high school in the state and very proud that such a high percentage of our students are taking full advantage of the program!

Some of the benefits our students and families are experiencing as a result of the college credits they are receiving while a student at Roncalli include the following:

  • Graduating college early, saving tens of thousands of dollars
  • Studying abroad for a semester or a year without having to take a heavy load of academic courses during this time
  • Earning multiple majors in their four years making themselves even more more marketable as they enter the workforce
  • Serving an internship for a semester without having to take courses during that time or while taking a much lighter academic load during the internship

Congratulations to our students for performing at this high level and a huge thank you and acknowledgement to our teachers for the outstanding work they are doing to prepare our students for success in these college level classes.


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 contact Andi Baker at abaker@roncalli.org or 317-787-8277, ext. 221. Please 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/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please contact Andi Baker 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 as 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.


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Class of 2018! Don’t miss the last chance to hang out with your classmates before everyone goes their separate ways. There will be free food, a free alumni t-shirt and a chance to pick up your graduation picture and yearbook.

Please RSVP today by calling Gary Armbruster, Director of Alumni Relations, at 787-8277 x242 or by email at garmbruster@roncalli.org.

July 24, 2018 from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM in the Roncalli Cafeteria!


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Roncalli school uniforms and spirit wear will be sold on Thursday, July 26, 4:00–8:00 PM and on Friday, July 27, 8:00 AM –12:00 PM at the Roncalli Cafeteria. The RHS Spirit Store will also be opened before New Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 1, 4:00-7:00 PM. Already 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 wlawrie@roncalli.org or 787-8277 x279. See you at the sale!


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. Click here to learn more.

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, Kevin Banich.

Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.


All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 4th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to come from your coaches.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL INCOMING FROSH & TRANSFER STUDENTS. Roncalli High School is in year three of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 6th from 12:00 to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 7th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 8th, after-school until 4:00 PM. Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center, which is located at the end of the main floor hall.


A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. This is the type of calculator that is used on the ISTEP+ exam. Many local retailers have them on sale now, and we ask that any “proofs of purchase” codes be saved and turned into the math teachers. 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).


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View the live stream of the new stadium turf project as they remove the old and replace it with the new at www.roncalli.org


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 excluded.)

How do I purchase a Rebel VIP Member Card? Click here to learn more.

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 https://www.roncalli.org/athletics/all-sports-program or email Chris Lauck (phone at #317-788-4094 - 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.



Roncalli High School provides bus transportation for student athletes, fine arts activities, extracurricular club outings and field trips. In addition, RHS buses are used by our South Deanery Catholic grade schools for their field trips and school activities. We are currently in need of more class B CDL licensed bus drivers. If you are a bus driver or know of a bus driver that may be interested in driving for field trips and/or extracurricular outings such as, sporting or fine arts events, please contact Jason Sims, Transportation Director at Roncalli High School, at (317) 787-8277 Ext. 262 or jsims@roncalli.org.


Roncalli offers families the opportunity to work events at Lucas Oil Stadium and Victory Field, in order to earn money toward their child’s tuition. A percentage of all money earned is also contributed to the school's Endowment. If you or any family/friends would be interested in working these events please click on the link below, complete the paperwork and submit it to Jeff Traylor or contact Jeff at jtraylor@roncalli.org or 317-787-8277 x203.


The comprehensive school calendar is available for viewing on the school’s web site. You can access it via roncalli.org/calendar.


Yearbooks for the 2017-18 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 2018 who ordered a yearbook should come to Rebel Round Up Tuesday, July 24, in the cafeteria from 6 PM- 8 PM If seniors are unable to attend Round Up, they can pick up their yearbook in the main office after July 24th, Mon.-Fri. from 8 AM - 2 PM. Any 2018 graduate wanting to purchase a yearbook may do so in the main office after July 24th 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 family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 21. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 1.

To maintain the integrity of the 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 2019 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2019 will be from June 30 - July 7. 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.


(Courtesy of Growing Leaders)

The answer to this question about being friends with our kids probably depends on the personality and age of your child. Some parents and kids connect well via smart phone and others do not. According to Pew Research:

  • 53% are friends with their parents. This tends to work better when the child is between 12-14. By ages 15-21 it often feels “smothering” to them. Then, later as a young adult, it seems to feel OK again to them.
  • 47% are friends with their children on Facebook. This feels nice to the parent but it’s usually the reason many teens get off Facebook and on to other sites.
  • 41% are connected with people they have never met in person. Teens do this because it feels adventuresome, yet safe. They think, “After all, it’s only a screen.” Later, however, it often leads to LMIRL: Let’s Meet In Real Life, which can be dangerous territory.

Read more here


  • For the repose of the soul of Tom Mascari who passed away peacefully in the early morning of July 4th after a courageous battle with cancer and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the husband of Lora Mascari, administrative assistant to President Hollowell.
  • For the repose of the soul of Dr. John Batey III who passed away on June 23rd and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Michael Shirley ('18).
  • For the repose of the soul of Joseph E. Looney who passed away on June 22nd in a tragic car accident and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the uncle to Aiden Looney (‘20), Matthew and Meghan Looney (‘18) and many other Rebel alumni.
  • For the repose of the soul of Joseph Banich, Sr. who passed away on May 19th and for his family and friends who mourn his loss. He was the grandfather of Kevin Banich (‘09).
  • 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 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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