RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 17, 2020

HAMMERSCHMITT AWARDED LILLY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Ellie Hammerschmitt

Congratulations to senior Ellie Hammerschmitt, who is one of only three area students to be awarded a Lilly Endowment Scholarship from the Johnson County Community Foundation! This extremely competitive scholarship provides students with a full-tuition scholarship to any Indiana college or university, as well as an annual $900 book stipend. Students are awarded this scholarship based upon their academic work ethic, volunteer work and extracurricular involvement. Next fall, Ellie plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and study medicine.

MATTHEWS AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP

Jack Matthews

Congratulations to senior bowler Jack Matthews, who is the recipient of the Indianapolis South Sportsmanship Award. The award is in memory of long-time southside bowling leaders and coaches, Tom Staten, and former Roncalli coach Mike McGreevy R’74. Coach McGreevy was the bowling coach at Roncalli for 20 years. He passed away on September 8, 2019.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 (MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY)

FREE DAY (SNOW MAKE-UP DAY)

A reminder that Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Day) is scheduled as a free day on the school calendar.

KICKOFF TO 2020-2021 SCHEDULING

Registration and Scheduling

The Guidance Department kicked off the 2020-2021 scheduling season last week with presentations to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Scheduling documents, including Advanced Placement, 8 Classes, Student Media (Newspaper/Yearbook), and Central 9 Career Center applications are available online at www.roncalliregistration.org and were due Wednesday, January 15. Please review the scheduling packet that was sent home and continue to discuss your student’s interests as they carefully consider which courses to enroll next year.

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During the presentation, students received the proposed Master Schedule for the 2020-21 school year, this includes a listing of which period all classes will be offered. They were reminded to check that they meet the prerequisites for the courses they choose. Each student should determine if the courses they wish to take work without conflict on the Master Schedule. If the courses they are hoping to take do not fit on the Master Schedule, your student should see their counselor immediately so that adjustments can be made.

In order for your student to submit their online course request on February 1, they must first register for next school year and pay the $100 registration fee. Registration is now open!

INVITATION TO RETIREMENT OF PRESIDENT HOLLOWELL

Hollowell's Retirement Celebration

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, a retirement dinner for Dr. Joseph Hollowell will be held at The Atrium. All are welcome to attend. Doors open to The Atrium, located at 3143 Thompson Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227, at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.

RSVP and purchase tickets online at roncalli.org/hollowell-retirement for $25 per person for dinner and a cash bar, or guests may contact Tina Hayes at thayes@roncalli.org or 317-787-8277 ext. 239. A portion of each ticket creates a scholarship in Joe and Diane Hollowell’s honor. RSVP by Thursday, February 20.

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ARCHDIOCESAN SURVEY TO PARENTS

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis and its Catholic schools are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders – including you – are a part. All parents are invited and encouraged to please complete the short survey.

Please read the full letter here

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Please complete the surveys NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2020.

2020 WINTER SPIRIT WEEK DRESS-UP DAYS

  • January 27 - Catholic Schools Monday: In honor of Catholic Schools week, wear attire promoting any Catholic grade school or college. Or better yet, dress up as the mascot for one of those schools!
  • January 28 - Generations Thursday: Frosh dress as babies/toddlers; Sophs as grade schoolers; Juniors as adults; Seniors as senior citizens; Staff as high schoolers.
  • January 29 - Scholars & Ballers Wednesday - Wear clothes that celebrate the academic world and/or the athletic world.
  • January 30 - Video Game Thursday - Wear clothes that celebrate your favorite video games and characters.
  • January 31 - Red, White, & Blue Friday: Frosh wear all-white, Sophs wear all-red, Juniors wear all-blue, Seniors wear all three colors.

Students not dressed in the day’s theme are to be in school uniform. Hats and shorts are only permitted if relevant to the day’s theme. Other school policies related to clothing apply (no ripped jeans, leggings, bare shoulders, etc.).

SPEECH TEAM JUDGES

The Roncalli Speech team is in need of 4-5 judges for the Sectional meet in Greensburg on Saturday, February 29th. By rule, the judges must not know anyone on the speech team and can judge without recognizing Roncalli students. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Kevin Banich.

ACT TEST PREP SEMINAR

Want to do all you can to prepare to take the ACT in February? Roncalli will host a ZAPS test prep seminar on January 22 and 23 right after school. ZAPS instructors are ACT test specialists. They're thoroughly trained in not only the topics covered in the ACT, but also on the ins and outs of taking the ACT test. Students who have taken the ZAPS seminars consistently improve their scores by 2-4 points and often more! Those points could be the difference makers when qualifying for and earning college scholarships! Visit the Doorway To College website to learn more and register for this invaluable strategy seminar!

SPRING PLAY

SAVE THE DATES

Tickets go on sale February 24, 2020.

Roncalli Spring Play

SOUTH DEANERY BAND SALUTE NIGHT

Roncalli Band
  • Who: 7th and 8th Grade South Deanery Band Members
  • What: Roncalli High School Band’s South deanery Band Salute Night
  • Where: Roncalli High School, Bandroom, (Room 117 first), we will be playing on the bleachers behind the east basket.
  • When: Saturday, January 25, 6 PM
  • Dress: A tee shirt, polo, or sweatshirt with your school’s name, and jeans, no shorts

RSVP to Miss Peach. We need to know how many people are coming for set up. We will not turn anyone away though. We can’t wait to see you!

We have our own section of bleachers, and we have great seats! You will get third quarter off, just like the high school band kids, and you can get up to $5.00 in free food at the concession stand.

Games are usually over between 8:50 and 9:30 PM. It depends on the pace of the game, overtime, etc.

Come and join the Roncalli band and make some noise at the basketball game!

Roncalli Letter Jackets

Roncalli Letter Jacket

A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Thursday 1/30/2020 from 5-7 PM and during all lunch periods on Friday 1/31/2020 to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Award Jacket this year.

This will be the last opportunity to order an Award Jacket at a less than retail price during the current school year. Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Click link for information and price sheet, or sheets may be picked up at the main office or the Athletic Department office.

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CURRICULUM MEETING FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 7 PM

Roncalli High School Auditorium

Topics include: Required/elective freshman courses, prerequisites and the scheduling process Focus: Primarily toward parents, but 8th grade students are invited as well!

Sesión de preguntas y respuestas en español disponible después de la presentación.

Please arrive a few minutes early to pick up your Course Catalog.

This meeting receives very positive reviews each year. We encourage you to join us for this informative meeting!

Questions may be directed to:

21ST ANNUAL RHS ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

$AVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 29, 2020

RHS ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

Presented by the Roncalli Athletic Booster Club

  • The Atrium - 3143 East Thompson Road
  • Doors open @ 6:30 PM
  • Dinner served @ 7:30 PM
  • Raffle begins @ 8:00 PM
  • $5,000 in Cash Draws and Raffles
  • Tip Boards, Ticket Draw Prizes, 50/50’s, Pull Tabs & Plinko

Tickets On Sale Now! License #002252

“RADIANT REBELATION - OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”

Radiant Rebelation

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 25, 2020

Make a tax-deductible donation to our silent and live auctions. We are in need of the following items: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.

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We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan our golden Rebelation. Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night consists of food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun.

If you can help or have an item to donate, please email Jeen Endris.

PRE-ORDER THE 2019-20 YEARBOOK

The 2019-20 yearbook is now available for pre-order! Go to yearbookforever.com to order online. If you prefer a paper order, those are available in the main office or in room 109. Yearbooks are $60 until February 15 when the price goes up to $75. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Julie Albertson.

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2020

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 26. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, April 6.

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.

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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 2020 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2020 will be from June 29 - July 6. 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.

FULL OF GRACE GIRLS CHOIR

Francesca LaRosa Rohrer R’12 invites all middle school girls to join a new choir centered around faith, confidence and self-worth. Rehearsals are every Saturday at Roncalli from 10 AM - noon starting Saturday, January 25 for girls in grades 5-8. Contact Francesca LaRosa Rohrer at francescalarosamusic@gmail.com for more information.

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E6 Catholic Conference

Cathloic Conference

Indiana’s largest Catholic Men’s Conference of 2020 is open for registration, featuring Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Donald Calloway and Doug Barry! Please join us for the E6 Catholic Men’s Conference, which will be taking place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center in St. Leon, IN. Last year, over 1200 men attended the conference and this year we expect to fill every seat in the building. We cordially invite every man to attend this 5th annual event. Please join us for inspiring talks, confession (available all day), celebration of the Holy Mass and fraternity with fellow men of Christ. We pride ourselves on presenting a quality, substance-driven, inspirational and faith-filled event that will change men’s lives and help equip them to be the men Christ calls them to be. Do not miss this! We have created a special discount for father and son attending together. The code will take $15 off the normal price of $65 and leave new price of just $50 which includes conference/lunch/Mass/Confession/free parking/vendors/etc. The code is FS35COMBO. Most important is the opportunity to spend some QUALITY time with your son.

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THE DOMESTIC CHURCH SURVEY

A Roncalli alum is finishing their concluding thesis paper to earn a Masters in Theology degree from Saint Meinrad in 2020. Their thesis is on “The Domestic Church: Is it an Aspect of the Past or a Beacon for the Future?” They are collecting data via a survey. You are invited to assist in this research paper by completing this short, eight minute survey.

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DRIVER’S EDUCATION FOR 2020

Please click link for the Driver’s Education Fact Sheet 2020.

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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Kathy Peach, Fine Arts Department Chair and Band Director, who is experiencing health issues. May God hold her in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.
  • For Sara Buente, Spanish teacher, who is recovering from surgery. May God's healing hand be upon her during this time.
  • 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 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 Roncalli 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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