Happy Thanksgiving From Roncalli

Roncalli High School has much for which to be thankful!! We are especially grateful for the many families that continue to choose Roncalli and entrust their children to us. We are thankful for the wonderful teachers, coaches, directors and moderators who work with our students daily and are the backbone of the outstanding educational experience our students receive. We are thankful for the countless benefactors that continue to donate generously to Roncalli of their time, talents and treasures!

Thank you for all of the pastors and associate pastors in our South Deanery parishes for the lifelong commitment to the Church! A big thanks to all ten of our South Deanery grade schools and the great work they are doing with our young people! We are thankful for the many blessings that God pours down upon the Roncalli Family on a daily basis. Finally, and most importantly, we are thankful for Jesus Christ -- for the unconditional love and mercy that He offers to us freely every day! Click here to read more.

We do pray in a special way this Thanksgiving for the men and women of the armed forces that are away from family and friends. We ask God's protection over them and for a safe return home to their families!

Finally, we pray for all those who struggle to provide food, clothing and shelter for themselves and their loved ones. May each of us be generous in our support of their needs!

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the Roncalli Family!



Congratulations to our faculty and staff as last week Roncalli High School, for the eighth consecutive year, received a grade of “A” from the Indiana Department of Education on their annual report card of Indiana schools!

Excellence at all levels of the curriculum continues to be a hallmark of a Roncalli education! From AP programs to dual credit courses to college and career readiness, Roncalli continues to be at or near the top in all academic areas measured by the state of Indiana!

With nearly 90% of incoming students coming from our ten South Deanery Catholic Grade Schools annually, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the teachers and administrators at these ten wonderful Catholic schools.

In this time of Thanksgiving, we at Roncalli give thanks to God for the life changing gift of Catholic Education, and thanks as well, for the many blessings He continues to bestow upon our school community!


Six Athletes Sign
  • Sam Eiland - St. Xavier University, Volleyball
  • Nolan Hoffman - Colorado Mesa University, Lacrosse
  • Elizabeth Eads - UIndy, Volleyball
  • Grace Hegwood - UIndy, Volleyball
  • Taylor Kehoe - Maryville University, Volleyball
  • Maggie Schoening - Benedictine College, Volleyball


Students of the month for October

Back row, left to right: Daniel O’Connor - Health & Physical Ed, Gabriel Salinas - Science, Patrick Cherry - Math, Sam Gervasio - Fine Arts, Jacob Taylor - Social Studies
Front row, left to right: Sydney Geibel - World Language, Amaya Schornack - Communications, Chelsea Nguyen - Industrial Technology, Emma Halter - English, Claire Wagner - Business & Technology, Caroline Kauffeld - Religious Studies (Not Pictured: Isabel Noe)


Every morning in the cafeteria from 6:50 AM till 7:25 the Roncalli cafeteria offers many breakfast choices. The cost of a breakfast is $2.00. If students are entitled to a free or reduced breakfast than those breakfasts are either free or $.30.


The cafeteria will be offering breakfast December 19th, 20th, and 21st. We will not be serving lunch those days.


This past week marked the halfway point in the second nine weeks grading period. This is an opportune time for parents to review your child’s grades, talk to your child about their academic performance to date and contact any of their teachers with any questions or concerns you may have.

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert - Choir

Tickets for Christmas concerts are available beginning Friday, November 23. The Instrumental concert is December 4 at 7:00. It will feature the Concert band, Jazz band and Orchestra. The Choral concert is scheduled for December 11. The Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Mixed choir and Show choir will perform at the 6:00 show. The 8:00 show will feature the Advanced Women’s choir, Beginning Women's choir and Show choir. Click here to learn more.

We will be using the online ticketing system for these concerts. The new system, Booktix, will allow us to sell tickets online right up until the start of each concert. In addition, you will now be able to choose your own seats! Tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for Roncalli students and children 14 years old and younger. Remember to print off your tickets and bring them with you to the show. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance to the auditorium. VIP card holders will need to email Miki Lewinski or call 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for a special promo code to access your free tickets.


We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan "April in Paris, Rendevous 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.


On Wednesday, November 28, all juniors will take the free Practice ACT in the Roncalli auditorium. Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM, and students should report directly to the auditorium for first period. Testing will last until approximately 11:30 AM, which would include periods 1 through 4. For students who usually eat lunch during Announcements due to an 8 period day, those students will complete testing and will eat immediately following the completion of testing. They will then proceed to their 5th period classes.

If you have any questions regarding the testing on November 28, please contact Mrs. Meyer in the Guidance Office.


Senior Portraits

Seniors who have not taken their official senior portrait with Prestige can call (317)564-2592 Tuesday-Friday 2 PM - 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM -5 PM to schedule an appointment. If a senior has not taken their portrait with Prestige they will not be included in the class composite picture. Please contact Kevin Banich if you have any questions.


Mass with Archbishop Thompson

A tradition in the archdiocese that was started by Archbishop Emeritus Buechlein was that he celebrated a Senior Mass with all of the seniors from the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Additionally, he always extended to them a “free day” for the remainder of that day. This year’s Senior Mass will be celebrated with Archbishop Thompson on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:30 AM. Due to the size of the Senior classes around the Archdiocese, our mass is being held at St. Malachy Parish on the west side of Indianapolis this year, rather than at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral as has been the tradition. This is a school-sponsored field trip and attendance is required of all seniors. They will be asked to report to the cafeteria by 8:45 AM. Students will be transported by Roncalli buses. As noted, the Archbishop declares the remainder of the school day as a free day for the seniors. They will arrive back at RHS at approximately Noon and will be dismissed at this time. Click here to learn more.

Parents of seniors should be receiving a link to the online permission form, forwarded from their Senior. If you have not seen that email, ask your senior to send it to you or contact Mr. Traylor with any questions!


Central Nine

Did you know Central 9 Career Center offers programs geared to prepare students for certain college majors, Technical Honors Diplomas, and certifications for a variety of careers? They offer programs in aviation, computer technology, construction trades, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childhood education, dental careers, health sciences, HVAC, landscape/horticulture, precision machinery, protective services, transportation, veterinary, visual communications, welding and more.

Plan to attend the Central 9 Open House Thursday, December 6 from 5 to 8 at 1999 US 31 South. Although these programs are geared toward Juniors and Seniors, it is never too early to explore!

To find out more, visit Or watch the video below:


When weather or emergency conditions warrant a cancellation of school or a delayed start to school, the fastest, most accurate way to access this information is via the school’s website at Once a decision to close or delay has been made, the first step is to post this on the front of the school’s website. A phone call (or text message if you signed up for the text message) will go out to parents. We will then call the four major television stations in Indianapolis. Click here to learn more.

The geographic area that encompasses all of the areas in which our families, faculty and staff live stretches from Carmel (north) to Danville (west) to Shelbyville/Greenfield (east/southeast) to Bargersville (south). We attempt to take all of this into consideration when determining whether or not to delay or close. That can be challenging as the weather conditions can vary significantly in the areas mentioned above. Parents, please know that it is always your decision as to whether or not your child can travel safely to school. If the conditions in your general area are such that you deem it unsafe for them to travel, they will not be penalized for their absence.


Roncalli High School is delighted to continue the scholarship partnership with the University of Indianapolis that will result in UIndy offering eight UIndy/RHS scholarships that will range in value from $14,000 to full tuition. It is important to note that these eight scholarships are available only to RHS graduates. There will be special priority given to students majoring in Engineering, Education or students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service or students who intend to pursue a career in church ministry work.

Roncalli students will be automatically considered for this scholarship just by applying to UIndy by February 1, 2019. Other requirements can be found on the Guidance BLAST here.


As many of you know, Bob Tully has led us in a longstanding tradition of November Remembrance. During the month of November, the Catholic Church remembers and prays for all the faithful departed in a special way. Throughout this month, we would like to continue our custom of offering special prayers for all of our deceased alumni, as well as deceased family members and friends of the Roncalli community. We invite you to submit to us the names of your deceased relatives and friends. We will place these names at the base of the Sacred Heart window in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart so we can remember them in our prayers at Masses throughout the month of November.

Please click on this link to submit the names of those who you would like remembered.


Each year the Roncalli High School World Language Department works together to send out Christmas cards to military personnel deployed around the world. We are asking our students, parents, staff, and community to send us any addresses of military people that they know. This marks the 28th year that our World Languages department has done this project at Christmas time!

Please email names and addresses to Sara Buente (World Languages Department Chairperson). We will be writing the cards the week of December 3-7.


Christkindl Village

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indy is hosting the seventh annual Christkindl Village on December 14-16. The Christkindl Village is located at St. John Catholic Church (126 W Georgia Street, Indianapolis) on the West block of Georgia Street, in St. John’s parking lot and in the old Pan Am Ice Rink on Georgia Street. Click here to learn more.

At the festival, there will be a live animal nativity, alpine slide for kids and adults, selfies with St. Nick, kids activities including ornament making, great German foods, beer and gluhwein garden, and hand crafted gifts from market vendors. There are also special events all weekend long including Sacred Music Festivals on Friday and Saturday Evening, Indiana Wine Tasting Friday Evening, Eucharistic Procession on Saturday evening, Christmas Trivia Saturday Evening and Family Day on Sunday with special events for kids. To learn more visit:

All are welcome! Admission is free and open to the public. Activities are indoors or inside heated tents, come out and enjoy authentic Christmas traditions December 14-16 in Downtown Indy.


  • For the repose of the soul of Bob Perkins, grandfather of Erin Bohn R'94, Social Studies Chair. He passed away peacefully Monday at the age of 95.
  • For the repose of the soul of Sharon Prince, grandmother of Matthew R’17, Elizabeth R’18, Daniel R’19 and Joseph Woodruff R’20.
  • For Bob Tully as he recovers from a second surgery.
  • 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 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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