NOTE: With fall break next week, there will be no weekly e-newsletter on October 19th.


Boys Soccer Wins Sectional

The boys soccer team beat Perry Meridian 1-0 last Saturday at the 3A Sectional final at Center Grove. The game’s lone goal was scored in the sixth minute on a header by senior William Bawi, who was set up by a pass from junior Vince Agramonte.

“This win means everything for our program,” said head coach Joseph Schonegg. “To play this team (Perry Meridian) five straight years in the sectional final and to finally break through…the players deserve all the credit and the glory, as they worked so hard for this.”

With the win, the team advances to Saturday, October 13th, regional semifinal at Seymour. The Rebels (12-5-2) will play Castle (13-4) at 10:00 AM.


Nick Perkins Hold the Blue Ribbon

Senior Nick Perkins won the New Palestine Sectional championship on Saturday (Oct. 6) in the opening round of the IHSAA state tournament. Perkins covered the 5000-meter course in a time of 16:34.0 to repeat as New Palestine Sectional champion. His 42-second margin of victory is the largest recorded in the 12 years that New Palestine has hosted the sectional.

The boys cross country team finished fifth in the sectional and advanced to the regional. Perkins and the rest of the boys cross country team will compete in the regional this Saturday at Rushville. Race time is 10:30 AM at Benjamin Rush Middle School in Rushville. Perkins is the defending regional champion, winning last year’s race in a time of 16:57.


Shadows from St. Rose of Lima, Nativity, and Holy Name

Roncalli has been busy this past week welcoming three South Deanery schools for their shadow visits! St. Rose of Lima joined us last Friday, and like all of our groups, they enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Mrs. Lani Cummings and her crew! The Nativity Titans were here this Tuesday, and they got to hear from a special guest, Mr. Gary Armbruster! Mr. Armbruster speaks to about one group each year about RHS, and as the Director of Alumni and Corporate relations, he loves seeing how many 8th graders have had siblings, parents and grandparents graduate from Roncalli, Chartrand, Kennedy or even Sacred Heart! And finally this week, we had Holy Name with us on Thursday. Before going off to class, the shadow guests gather for the prayer and Pledge down in the cafeteria. It is the perfect way to calm everyone's nerves before heading into the hallways to see what it is really like to be a Roncalli Rebel for a few class periods!


Fall Break 2018

Fall Break will begin with dismissal after Grandparents Day. Classes will resume on Monday, October 22. We hope all in the RHS Family have a restful, enjoyable fall break!


The first nine weeks grading period came to an end on Thursday, October 4. The students received their report cards in their eighth period class on Tuesday, October 9th. Parents are encouraged to sit down and review the report card with their child.


Roncalli Spanish Week 2018

Last week Roncalli students celebrated Spanish Week. Above are images of students learning how to salsa, merengue, bachata, even some tango on Wednesday. On Friday, the students participated in “Make Your Own Ball Day.” Kids learned about life for kids in Malawi and Nicaragua, talked about how to use your passions and talents to change the world and created soccer balls out of recycled materials.


The Roncalli Spirit Store will hold its annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in the Roncalli cafeteria from 9 AM to 1 PM. We will have fantastic new merchandise updated with the latest trends and styles for everyone on your Christmas shopping list: Moms and Dads, Grandparents, students, future students little siblings and even your pets. We have non-apparel gift ideas you won’t want to miss. If you’re a parent of an eighth grader, shop with us while your student takes the Roncalli placement exam. For more information, please contact Wendy Lawrie, Director of the Roncalli Spirit Store at 787-8277 ext. 279. See you at the sale!


Vaping Epidemic Image

In recent weeks, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has stated that vaping has become an "epidemic" among teenagers. In addition, research has shown that companies are specifically targeting teens to get them addicted to these devices and substances. We ask that parent and students be aware of the addictive and dangerous nature of these devices. Click here to read more.


Roncalli Walkathon 2018

Calling for parent volunteers to help with the walkathon. Please email Jeen Endris if you’d like to get involved.

If you’d like to participate in the Walkathon but can’t find the time to volunteer, please consider donating a gift card to be given to the students as a prize for raising $100 or more. Gas cards, movie passes, fast food gift cards are all fabulous awards for our busy teens! Click here to learn more.

This year’s Walkathon is Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween! (the rain date is scheduled for November 2nd) The Walkathon is the only all school fundraiser in which Roncalli students are asked to participate. Every dollar raised through Walkathon funds provides needs-based tuition assistance for Roncalli families.

Students can have friends and family donate directly to them on our website with a credit card. All students should have received an email with their unique web-link and instructions for online donations. Or you can visit and click “DONATE NOW.” You’ll be prompted to type in the student’s name and select the amount you wish to give. Students can check how much they have generated and send emails with their link to family and friends by going to there unique URL. Checks and cash are also accepted, or a combination of these payment methods. We ask students to fill in their yellow envelope with the amount pledged online and turn it in to get their t-shirts.

Students can turn in their money in the designated yellow envelopes in the cafeteria during all lunch periods on Thursday, October 25th, Friday, October 26th, Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th. Money must be turned in by October 30th in order for the student to participate in the walk.

Please contact Jeen Endris with any questions.


RaiseMe is a social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education. RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade, for doing all the things that best prepare them to succeed, whether that’s getting good grades, volunteering in the community or joining an extracurricular. Click here to learn more.

Over a million students - representing 2 out of 3 high schools in America - have signed up to earn 'micro-scholarships' from a diverse set of over 250 colleges and universities, including: IUPUI, IU, DePauw, Valparaiso, Notre Dame, University of Evansville, Trine University, University of Kentucky, Ohio Northern University, University of Dayton, University of Chicago, University of Alabama, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic University, and Barry University, among many others. RaiseMe is focused every day on making sure every student has the opportunity to achieve their college ambitions and go as far as their skills and smarts will take them.

Students may sign up for a free account; seniors, you are still eligible to sign up now!


Sophomores through Seniors are strongly encouraged to register for our annual Career Day, this year taking place on Friday, November 9. Students learn directly from the career professionals about career preparation, many options that are available, the rewards and challenges of the career, salaries, outlook for demand and so much more. Details are as follows:

Friday, November 9: Students will participate in small group discussions with the career professional of their choice. Maximum 2 visits per student.

Time slots: 8:00, 8:20 or 8:40 AM Registration is required by November 1

Because this event follows the Open House evening, there are no quizzes or tests this day. Students miss a portion of one class by participating in this important experience.

The registration link is now live! Be sure to check out the career areas that will be represented and encourage your student to register!


Official College Visits are very helpful in the college planning process:

  • Students and parents can compare colleges in terms of size, majors, cost of attendance, scholarships, college atmosphere, and overall "fit."
  • Students see how their current coursework/grades connects to their future goals, often providing students new academic motivation
  • Students can explore various majors/careers by scheduling an information session in addition to their campus tour.
  • Our RHS counselors strongly recommend the first college visit take place sophomore year, during the school day or on a weekend Open House visit. Juniors and Seniors are likewise encouraged to make at least two official college visits.

Click here to read more.

This form must be used when arranging an official college visit as an excused absence, and provides directions to scheduling a campus visit. Questions? Please contact your guidance counselor.


Roncalli Letter Jackets

A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Tuesday (10/23/18) from 5-7 PM and during all lunch periods on Wednesday (10/24/18) to take orders for all students interested in purchasing a Roncalli Award Jacket this year. This will be the only opportunity to order an Award Jacket and receive it before the Christmas holidays. The next ordering opportunity for these jackets will not be until late winter for spring delivery. Click here to learn more.

Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Information/Price sheet may be picked up at the Main Office or the Athletic Department office. Award Jacket purchase information may also be reviewed here.


The Honors Economics students will be participating in a Community Poverty Simulation, and we need 20-22 parent volunteers to run this event. We will be working at The Atrium on November 5th from 10:30 AM - 3 PM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience, please contact Betsy Strader for further information.


Halloween Festival


Please keep in your prayers the seniors who will be participating in our second Christian Awakening Retreat of the school year from Tuesday evening (October 23) through Friday, October 26.


During the months of September and October, nearly eighty college and university admission representatives will visit Roncalli during the school day. Sophomores are allowed to sign up for one of these daytime visits, and juniors and seniors are allowed to sign up for unlimited visits. In order to sign up for these visits, students must register on Naviance no later than 7:30 AM the day BEFORE the scheduled visit; no late registrations will be allowed. A list of upcoming visits can be found on the "College Rep Visits to RHS" tab of the Guidance BLAST and will also be tweeted out every day through the RHS Guidance twitter @RHSGuide. In addition, these visits will be announced at school during daily announcements. Students may see Mrs. Meyer with any questions!


St. Jude Catholic Church is holding a Bone Marrow Registry Drive on Sunday, October 21st, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. This is to help two year old Abbey Akel who was recently diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. Reserve your appointment to donate blood today! Go to Sponsor Code 322.


  • For Abbey Akel, two year old daughter of Ryan Akel R’02, who was diagnosed with a life threatening disease called Aplastic Anemia.
  • For Bill Mullen, Honorary Alumni, past parent and Board Member, current Facility Planning Committee Member, who is recovering from heart issues.
  • For Terese Carson, Roncalli’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
  • For a safe, successful, and enjoyable school year for all in the Roncalli Family and for all in our South Deanery Catholic Schools.
  • 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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