RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 1, 2019

FEBRUARY 18 - MAKE UP SCHOOL DAY

Roncalli High School will now be in school on Monday, February 18 (Presidents Day) to make up for the day we were out of school on January 30.

HONOR ROLL

Congratulations to our first semester honor roll students!

2018 FALL HONOR ROLL

FAITH HOLDEN - BOWLER

Bowler Faith Holden

Congratulations to junior Faith Holden on an outstanding season! Last weekend Holden competed against 24 other bowlers for semi state. She placed 13th with a 543 series and high 187 game. Way to go, Faith!

ISSMA PERFORMERS

Congratulations to Xavier Wilson and Gianna Romano who, at the ISSMA solo and ensemble contest, earned gold ratings for their division 2 solos, as well as Josh Amodeo and Caroline Barron who received silver ratings on their division 1 solos.

Congratulations to the following students who earned gold ratings on their division 1 solos. They will perform again at ISSMA at the state level in a few weeks: Katie Minton, Veronica Phillips, Chris Figueroa, Allie Pena, Levi Ralston, Maggie Schoening, Lilly Secrest, Emily Wray and Maria Mina.

WRESTLING SECTIONALS

Champion: Brayden Lowery, Sam Slivka, Alec Viduya, Tyce Freije, Elijah Mahan, John Harris Runner-Up: Kody Glithero, Zach Wilson, David Page, Michael Fletcher Third Place: Sam Peeples, Lorenzo Salazar, Spencer Fears Congratulations to our 14 wrestlers who advance to regionals after last weekend’s sectional tournament! IHSAA Regionals are at Perry Meridian High School on February 2, 2019 at 9 AM. Come out to support your Rebel Wrestlers!

GIRLS BASKETBALL SECTIONALS

Girls Basketball Sectional

Come out, TONIGHT, Friday, Feb. 1st, at Southport High School, to cheer on the varsity Girls Basketball Team. Tip off is at 6:00 PM.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Student of the Month December

Front row, left to right: Logan Sejas, Monica Cunningham, Seth Roseberry, Megan Bigelow, Tina Buckel Back row, left to right: Taly Amezcua, Scott Cahill, Miriam Maddox, Brendan Louthain, Josh Wheat, Abby Johnson

Not pictured: Grant Ray

We honored our most recent Students of the Month this past Monday with a luncheon in their honor. Congratulations to these RHS students for being recognized by their teachers for their outstanding work.

GERMAN TRIP REUNION - THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND

If you or a family member traveled on one of the nine Roncalli German trips from 1998-2014, you are invited to an informal reunion of fellow travelers on Saturday, February 2 from 5 to 9 PM at the Edelweiss Restaurant at the German-American Klub in German Park. Bring your spouse or significant other, plus any photos and memorabilia to share. German food and beverages will be available for purchase. Drop in when you can or stay for the whole time. If you are planning to attend, please email Frau Price, retired German teacher. Please help us spread the word to other fellow travelers!

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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 February 26th from 10:30 AM - 3 PM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience, please contact Betsy Strader for further information.

LORENZANO FIREFIGHTER SCHOLARSHIP

Parents, are you a firefighter?

If so, your son or daughter is eligible to apply for a one-time $1,200 scholarship in memory of John Lorenzano, who died while saving others in a fire at the Indianapolis Athletic Club in 1992.

Please have your student write and type an essay between 200 and 300 words on “What makes you proud that your parent is a firefighter?”

The essays are due by Monday, February 11, 2019 to Mrs. Terese Carson in the Advancement Office. Please be sure to include student name and grade, and the name of parent who is a firefighter. Applications are available in the Main Office.

The recipient will be announced in February 2019.

EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE NEXT THURSDAY

A reminder that our school calendar includes a 2:00 PM early dismissal next Thursday (February 7) for teachers to participate in their department meetings.

SAVE THE DATE - SPRING PLAY, "THE MOUSETRAP”

The Mousetrap

“The Mousetrap” will be performed over two weekends, with two different casts.

  • Cast Mouse will perform March 7, 8 and 9 at 7:00 PM with an additional show at 2:00 PM on the 9th.
  • Cast Trap will perform March 14, 15 and 16 at 7:00 PM with an additional show at 2:00 PM on the 16th.

TRANSPORTATION REQUEST

Carpool, Center Grove area: 135 and Olive Branch Rd, Brockton Manor. Will share driving 1-2 days a week. Rides home needed.

Major Crossroads: Thompson & 5 Points. Will pay gas money.

Contact Mrs. Baker if interested. 317-787-8277

UPDATE READERSHIP SURVEY

Winter Update Magazine

Please take a brief survey regarding the “Update” magazine. We look forward to your feedback.

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DOORWAY TO COLLEGE ZAPS SAT SEMINARS

The Doorway to College ZAPS program will host a two-day, instructor-led course at Roncalli High School after school on the following dates:

PSAT/SAT--Wednesday and Thursday, February 20 and 21 from 3:15-5:45 PM both days in room 102

  • During the test prep seminar, students will:
  • Learn tips for improvement in all subtests
  • Practice strategies to eliminate wrong answer choices
  • Take shortened practice tests that mirror the actual testing experience
  • Prepare to write a well-organized, persuasive essay
  • Reduce test anxiety and gain confidence
  • Receive a comprehensive Study Guide and 6 practice-test workouts per subtest

The cost to attend is $95 per two-day session.

Students may register for the PSAT/SAT sessions here (cost is also $95 per two-day session).

DRIVER EDUCATION INFORMATION FOR 2019

Roncalli High School is one of only a handful of high schools in the entire Indianapolis area that offers students a high quality Driver Education program. The required 30 hours of classroom time are offered in two different formats next spring and/or summer. The required six hours of behind the wheel driving takes place during the month of June. Registration materials will not be distributed until February. We are limiting spots this year. We will be able to accommodate the first 82 students who sign up. To access more information on the Driver Education program that will be available to students in 2019.

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"APRIL IN PARIS, RENDEZVOUS REBELATION" VOLUNTEER CALL OUT! SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 27, 2019

Rendezvous Rebelation Logo

Volunteers, we need you! “April in Paris, Rendezvous Rebelation” is going to be a fantastic event and needs your help to fulfill the many roles before the event (donation pick-up, gift basket prep, etc.) and the night of Rebelation at the start, middle and end of the night (check-in, raffle ticket sales, auction item check-out, etc.)

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Rebelation is our annual party that raises funds for tuition assistance. This year, the event will be filled with French delights: food, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and a LIVE band to celebrate the night.

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

PRE-ORDER THE 2018-19 YEARBOOK

The 2018-19 yearbook is now available for pre-order, and what a great it would be for your Roncalli student! 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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - ATHLETIC BOOSTERS “CASH BASH” RAFFLE

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 23rd and plan to join us for the Athletic Boosters “Cash Bash Raffle.” It promises to be an evening of great fun and lots of opportunities for winning. Ticket information can be found at this link.

KROGER REWARDS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Every little bit counts! Take a look at the great benefits Roncalli receives when you shop at Kroger with your Kroger rewards card. Make sure you have your card associated with Roncalli’s code AS409. In 2018, Roncalli’s rewards totalled $7,315.87. See the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or click here, choose “I’m a Customer,” and type in Roncalli’s code AS409 to link your rewards to benefit our school.

TWO SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES

All of the changes the state has put in place with the graduation required ISTEP test for sophomores has led us to make two changes to our school calendar for April when this test is administered. Given the length of these tests and their importance to the students, we feel it best to utilize a delayed start for the rest of the school on two days and use this time for administering the ISTEP test to the sophomores (and any juniors/seniors still needing to retest). Thus, the following changes have been made to the school calendar:

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  • April 8 - School will start at 9:30 AM: All sophomores will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.
  • April 15 - School will start at 9:30 AM; All sophomores will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our families but we feel strongly that this not only provides our students who are testing the best environment but also provides the best use of instructional time for all other students as well.

INDIANA SENATE PAGE PROGRAM

Did you know you can take a day off from school to serve as a page for the Indiana Senate? State Senator Aaron Freeman invites students in grades 6-12 to come to the Statehouse and spend an exciting day seeing our state government in action. You will have the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, meet Senator Freeman, and observe the legislative session from the Senate floor. Siblings and friends can sign up together, too! Interested students can apply online at the Indiana Senate Republicans homepage.

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2019

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.

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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 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.

BULLYING/HARASSMENT - GUIDELINE FOR RESPECTING ALL PERSONS

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.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter 2018

PLEASE PRAY

  • For the repose of the soul of Alexander Baron R’13, who passed away this week and for his family and friends who mourn his loss.
  • For Chris Minor, mother of Matthew R’19 and Jessica R’22, who is recovering from surgery.
  • For Terese Carson, Roncalli’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, who is recovering from heart surgery.
  • For Bill Mullen, Honorary Alumni, past parent and Board Member, current Facility Planning Committee Member, who is recovering from heart issues.
  • 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 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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