On Thursday, Dr. Joe Hollowell announced that Roncalli will dedicate our football field to long-time educator Bob Tully. We will honor Tully during the season opener at home on August 23 against Southport. The football facility will be renamed Bob Tully Field at Roncalli Stadium. Tully is in his 58th year at Roncalli, and his tenure predates the school, as he began at Chartrand High School, which occupied the current Roncalli building, in the fall of 1962.
President Hollowell said,
“This year we are celebrating 50 years of excellence in Catholic education at Roncalli. Over the past 50 years, there is no one who has done more for our school and community than Bob. He is a never-ending source of energy, optimism and love for young people. His passion for the students of Roncalli is unmatched.”
During his career at Roncalli, Tully has served in a variety of positions. He has served as the school’s head coach in both football and track, athletic director, Superintendent of Finance, campus minister, religion teacher, bus driver and currently serves as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry. For the past 50 years, Tully has also worked as a representative and tournament official for the Catholic Youth Organization.
Tully has had a multi-decade involvement with the Roncalli football program, including serving as an assistant coach on the inaugural team at Roncalli in 1969 and spending four years as the program’s head coach from 1970 through 1973. The 1971 and 1972 teams combined for a 15-5 record and were the first two winning teams in program history. Tully’s 1972 team went 8-2, a record that was topped only once in the first 12 years of the program. Tully later served as an assistant coach for nearly 30 years during the tenures of Bill Kuntz and Bruce Scifres.
Last fall, Tully, along with former Roncalli football coach Bruce Scifres, was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
A letter was mailed out a week ago to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted ten years ago primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents. The first of four of these meetings was held this past Tuesday.
There are three more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: August 28, September 3 and September 18. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.
NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are not required to attend one of these meetings. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.
Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach at 787-8277, extension 224.
All parents are encouraged to join us for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 22. The evening will start with a short program in the gymnasium at 6:30 PM followed by parents attending an abbreviated version of their child’s schedule. Parents will go to each class and have the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and hear about each of their classes. Registration will start in the gym at 6:00 PM. The evening will end at 9:00 PM. FREE Roncalli yard signs will be available!
Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation
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).
We have the following Roncalli families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.
Auditions for the upcoming musical, “Singing in the Rain”’ will be held Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. Audition forms, tech forms and audition sign up sheets are now available outside the box office.
The Chick-Fil-A Challenge is BACK and you can help Roncalli beat Franklin Central and earn money for our school! 20% of the sale of your meal will be donated to Roncalli! The school that raises the most money throughout the week will be crowned this year’s Chick-Fil-A Challenge Champion and will be presented with a trophy at halftime of the game Friday, August 30th.
Be sure every time you eat at Southport Chick-Fil-A this week they know you are supporting the Rebels BEFORE you order!
So, stop in at Chick-Fil-A early and often starting Saturday, August 24th at 6:00 AM until Friday, August 30th at 2:00 PM!
Don’t miss out on this year’s “R” Shirt - only available during the 2019-2020 school year. By purchasing this year’s “R” shirt, you are supporting Roncalli. Proceeds from this shirt support our 50th anniversary celebration, and your Roncalli Rebel will be out of uniform once a month.
The “R” shirt is available for purchase online or in the Roncalli Spirit Store. Currently, short sleeve shirts (adult and youth) are available in ALL sizes and ready for the first out of uniform day on Friday, August 30. Your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom or available for pickup at the front office within 24 hours.
We are taking orders for long sleeve shirts that will be available mid-September. You have until Friday, August 30 to place your order online for either short or long sleeve shirts!
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Lawrie or (317)787-8277, ext. 279.
The Marion County Public Health Department will be at Roncalli to administer the state mandated hearing screening services for sophomores on Thursday, September 19th. A parent/guardian has the right to decline this service for your child. If you do not want the health department to conduct a hearing screening for your sophomore child, please click on the link below; complete the form and return it to Roncalli High School; Attention: Mr. Weisenbach.
We apologize for the technical difficulties this week but are excited to share our daily prayer and announcements with all who would like to hear them.
Congratulations on successfully surviving the first full week of school! Thank you for trusting our department to serve your students' academic, social and college/career needs. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Evening with the College Reps is coming up on Monday, August 26 at 7:00! Please plan to attend and gather valuable information on colleges your student might be interested in, from the representatives themselves! This event is open to all grade levels. It's never too early to start planning!
2020 Lilly Scholarship for Morgan County Residents Applications are now being accepted and can be found in The Guidance Office. The deadline is Thursday, September 5.
Want to give your student an advantage when they sit down to take the ACT or SAT? For more information and to sign up for the ZAPS test prep course we will offer click below.
Greetings from the Roncalli Guidance Department! We invite you to join us in the cafeteria for “Cookies and Counselors” during Back to School Night to meet your child’s counselor and grab a treat. We have some new faces in the Guidance Office this year and are looking forward to meeting families. We hope to see you there!
If you can’t make it to the games this week, you can catch the live video streams.
August 19th, 7 PM vs. Whiteland
August 20th, 7 PM vs. Lawrence North
August 22nd, 7 PM vs. Southport
August 23rd, 7 PM vs. Southport
The Roncalli Cafeteria is accepting applications for our free and reduced lunch program for the 2019-20 school year. Since Roncalli is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, we can offer free or reduced priced meals to those who qualify. If your family receives benefits from the state in the form of SNAP, TANF or Medicaid, you are eligible for free or reduced meals without filling out an application and will be receiving an email from our office in the coming days to explain the benefit.
If you need to fill out an application, there is a link to the application and a link to the instructions at the bottom of this newsletter.
We also ask that when you fill out an application, you also fill out the form entitled: ADDITIONAL FEE WAIVERS/REDUCTIONS—PERMISSION TO SHARE INFO (if you filled this out once for your child, you don't have to do it again). This form allows us to share your free/reduced status with the Roncalli Guidance Office for the purpose of obtaining other benefits for your child. The link to this form is also located at the bottom of this newsletter.
If you have any questions, please call Eileen Horan at (317) 788-4099.
The Community Service Program is off and running for the new school year. All students in the building were reminded on Friday, August 9 concerning the requirements for service hours being accepted for the first semester. All service hours must be done through a non-profit agency, a school function or a church function.
In addition, when entering the service through the MobileServe app, a student must get an email from the adult supervisor (so that the service may be confirmed), a signature and a geo location (by hitting the "attach location" button on the app). If any of these are not completed, they will get an email stating that the hours were rejected. Once rectified, those hours will then be accepted. Feel free to contact Mr. Striby with any questions.
Here are some links that you can access for key information concerning the new service program and all the opportunities for service that students can take advantage of throughout the year. If your son or daughter has not yet downloaded the MobileServe app, it is extremely important that they do so as soon as possible.
What is a Rebel VIP member card? A Rebel VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only; IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Rebel VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.
How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2019-20 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.
Ad prices are as Follows:
The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.
Becoming a REBEL VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!
Roncalli offers families the opportunity to work events at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana Convention Center and IMS, 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 email it to Jeff Traylor or call 317-787-8277 x203.
Roncalli High School appreciates the generosity of the Kroger Company and appreciates all in the Roncalli Family who have registered their Kroger Card so that we benefit each time you swipe your Kroger card when shopping at Kroger. We have received in excess of $10,000 from Kroger over the past year! Once registered, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
Register your account information and add Roncalli (AS409) as your Community Rewards organization. Thank you to everyone who is supporting Roncalli through your purchases.It is greatly appreciated.
Nativity's Augustravaganza will be held this year August 16-17 from 4-midnight. There will be an awesome kids' games tent, incredible festival food, 5K/1 mile fun walk/run, festival rides, Monte Carlo, Bingo, live entertainment, beer tent, raffle, baby crawl contest, catered dinners, and more!
Baby Crawl - Just show up rearing to go (crawlers only)!
Note: Mass will be at 4PM on 8/17.
Lots more info at www.nativityindy.org or on Facebook - search Augustravaganza! (License #150482)