Senior Grace Whitaker was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award at the Phi Beta Kappa awards ceremony on Tuesday, September 24th. The event was at the Woodstock Country Club. Grace was nominated for this award by Roncalli last spring. Grace invited Band Director Kathy Peach as her person who influenced her.

Way to go, Grace! We are proud of you!


Kathy Troccoli Concert

Mark your calendars! Christian recording artist, Kathy Troccoli will be performing free of charge at Roncalli on Tuesday, October 8. Troccoli has 19 #1 hits, is a Grammy nominee and Dove Award winner. Two of the Roncalli choirs will be performing with her, and each south deanery grade school will be represented during this performance! Tickets are available in Roncalli's Main Office from 8 AM - 3 PM. There are limited seats, so get yours early!


2019 Parent Teacher Conferences

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

All Roncalli parents are invited to participate in this year's Parent-Teacher conferences to be held on Thursday, October 10 from 5:00- 7:00 PM. These conferences are held on a first come, first serve basis. Parents are asked to limit the conferences to five minutes so that as many parents as possible can access the teacher. If you desire a lengthier conference, please email or phone that teacher and make this request or set up a date and time for this conference when you see the teacher at Parent-Teacher conferences.

School Counselors will be present during Conferences for a brief chat. Feel free to stop by Guidance to introduce yourself and grab a cup of coffee!



Roncalli will hold its annual Grandparent’s Day celebration next Friday, October 11th at 9:00 AM. We will welcome over 900 grandparents to campus on this day. A reminder that due to space limitations, we no longer invite grandparents of freshmen students. The freshmen students have a separate program designed just for them for this day. They will be in the auditorium for their program during the Grandparent’s Day celebration.

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A reminder that lunch is no longer a part of the Grandparent’s Day celebration. Students and grandparents are dismissed together after they attend class. Last year we got substantial positive feedback from grandparents and students alike who enjoyed being able to go out to lunch and eat at their own pace.


Parking is a significant challenge on this day, so we encourage as many students as possible to either carpool on this day or have someone drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon. All student drivers will park in the bubble gym lot or the practice football field, weather permitting. If the weather does not allow for parking on the practice football field, students will be directed to park at The Carson Square Strip Mall. There will be shuttle buses to bring them to and from school.


The biggest challenge with this year’s Grandparent’s Day will be dismissal time as we will be dismissing not only 1,200 students but 900 grandparents as well. We will be dismissing in shifts on this day.

Noon (or close to it) - juniors and seniors that drove to school and did not have grandparents with them on this day.

12:10 PM - All students with grandparents

12:45 PM - All students (9th -12th graders) that are being picked up. It is imperative that anyone picking up a student on this day not arrive on campus before 12:45 as it will create a total gridlock traffic-wise for everyone!



Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Volleyball team who won the Circle City Conference Championship for the 4th year in a row!


Roncalli Unified Bocce Team

Roncalli played in its first ever IHSAA Unified Sports Bocce Ball State Tournament and finished with a 2-3 record!

The following students had an awesome day of bocce: Ravyn Bond, Josh Byrne, Isabelle Challis, Bella Gonzalez, Gretchen Guerrataz, Phil Hanley, Carly Hranec, Noah Kunz, Garrett Oursler, Jack Pringle, Caroline Sanders, Emma Spotts, Jeorge Wade and Doug Waltz.

A special thank you to Michelle Roberts for organizing the team, coaching our student-athletes and beginning a new tradition at Roncalli!

Our unified teams will be back in action in the springtime for bowling and track and field!


Homecoming Court
Back row left to right: Ben Dias, Amber Linton, Sophia Dietz, Liam Irwin, Alex Nettles, Sam Jordan, Emma McAllen, Sam Carr
Front row left to right: Lillian Brown, Alleigh Wilham, Maria Mina, Molly Roeder, Jackson DeWitt, Ryan Flick

Stu Co led another outstanding spirit week. All-Out participation with the dress-up days was strong. Each class won at least one class competition (congrats to the Class of 2020 for taking this year's overall title). Molly Roeder was crowned homecoming queen. And 900 students had a blast at the homecoming dance, where Alex Nettles was crowned homecoming king, the students danced the night away and played yard games on the circle, and nearly 800 Kona Ice snow cones served! It was the perfect way to cap off a great spirit week. Thanks to the student council and all the staff members who helped make it happen!


Fall Break will begin next Friday with dismissal after Grandparents Day. School will resume on Monday, October 21. We hope all in the Roncalli Family have a restful, enjoyable fall break!


Campus 2019

Did you know that you can schedule a tour of Roncalli High School during school hours to see what a typical day looks like? If you are curious, contact Director of Admissions & Marketing Allie Ross today to set up a tour! Allie can be reached at (317) 787-8277, ext. 243.


Blessings from the Guidance Team!

College Rep Visits

Next week, representatives from the following schools will be visiting Roncalli.

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Muskingum University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • St. Edwards University
  • University of Indianapolis
  • Manchester
  • Xavier Remember, students must sign-up via Naviance by 7:30 AM THE DAY BEFORE THE VISIT if they would like to attend these rep visits. Please encourage your students to take a look at Naviance and sign up to meet with the representatives from their schools of interest!

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College Planning Night for Freshmen and Sophomores

Now that the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year is under your belt, it's time to start thinking about COLLEGE! No, it’s not too early!!! Graduation day will be here in the blink of an eye and you need to be ready for what’s next! Join us on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium for a program designed to help you map out your pathway to college. We don’t want you to miss a step and we’re here to guide you!

Apply to Colleges NOW!! November 1st Deadline!

Did you know most colleges have an application deadline of November 1st for students to be considered for their merit based scholarships? It’s true!! The earlier your student is accepted, the more scholarship money these colleges have to distribute. Why wait!?! Students, don’t delay in notifying counselors, teachers, or coaches if you need a letter of recommendation from them. They want to write the best recommendation possible for you and they need some time to do this! Parents, please encourage your student to complete their college applications and any necessary essays as soon as possible!!

Center for Leadership Development – Key to College Admissions Day

Center for Leadership Development would LOVE to have your students involved in their final fall program. Saturday, October 12th, CLD holds their Emerging Scholars – Keys to College Admissions Day at Crispus Attucks High School from 10AM – 1:30 PM. This FREE event is open to ALL High School students & parents as it provides incredible information about all things college! More information and registration can be found here.

Colts Sports and Business Forum at Lucas Oil Stadium

Join the Colts on Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 PM for the second annual Colts Sports and Business Forum! Here you will experience a private tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, hear speakers from different Colts front office departments discussing their careers, and take part in an open Q&A forum. Tickets for this event start at $50 and include a ticket to the Colts vs Dolphins game on November 10th! For questions, please contact Briannah Poe at 317-808-5154.

Act Six Indianapolis

An initiative of Shepherd Community Center, Act Six is Indianapolis’ only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership award. Act Six will select approximately 14 of Indianapolis’ most promising urban leaders for scholarships to Oakland City University and Taylor University. For more information or to apply click here.

Scholarship Information Updated in Guidance

The carousel outside of the Guidance office is being updated weekly as information on college scholarships arrive!

2020 United States Senate Youth Program

Two Indiana students will be selected to earn a $10,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. on March 7-14, 2020. Eligible students are high school juniors and seniors who are currently serving in leadership roles in student government: Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer Student council representative National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Society such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components) Student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional, or state level civic or educational organization. More information about this scholarship can be found in the Guidance Office Carousel, or in Mrs. Kuntz’s office!




The students should receive an email with instructions as to how to receive and track online donations from Boost My School. Please click this link to learn more about Walkathon and the FAQs. If you would like to make a donation toward a particular student's goal please click below.


Thank you to the parents who have stepped up to volunteer. We have openings for more volunteers. Please consider getting involved. The time commitment is from approximately from 11 AM to 1PM. Please email Jeen Endris to become a part of this great fundraiser!

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The Walkathon is Tuesday, October 29th. (The rain date is scheduled for October 31st.) 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.


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 Roncalli gym on October 29th, 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM. If you are available and interested in joining this experience please contact Betsy Strader for further information.


Roncalli High School has worked diligently in preparation for offering E-learning days should they become necessary during the 2019-20 school year. I thank our department chairpersons and our E-learning committee for the work done to position our school for an effective implementation of possible E-learning days.

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Roncalli offers a comprehensive Corporate Sponsor program that supports our students in several exciting ways including tuition assistance and broadcasting opportunities. There are many benefits in sponsoring and supporting Roncalli. Your company will be exposed to other like-minded businesses that also support Roncalli. Almost 1200 students, 125 faculty and staff, an alumni base of over 13,500 and thousands of Roncalli parents, relatives and friends will have an opportunity to see your business ad at some point during the school year. Our newest opportunity will include signage opportunities in our new Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Rebel Media Network, Homecoming, Fall Sports, Rebel 5ive podcast, Rebelation or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please call Gary Armbruster at 317-525-7046 or email him.

Last Chance!


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.

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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.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski or Miki Lewinski.

Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

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!


Since 1992 Roncalli High School has been honoring its students for their academic accomplishments both in and out of the classroom through a program called the Roncalli Academic Awards Program. The Roncalli Parents Organization generously funds the awards given to our students each school year.

Academic Letter Program

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Students and parents are now able to track electronically their academic points totals and awards they have received through the following steps: Go to Family Link, enter student's email/password they made, and scroll down to RRR Academic Awards Program Points. Total points should be displayed for the student.

Please direct any questions about the Academic Awards program to Rita Boyle.



Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information.

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Roncalli Letter Jackets

Roncalli Award Jackets – A sales representative from Awards America will be in the cafeteria on Tuesday, October 22 from 5-7 PM and during all lunch periods on Wednesday, October 23 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.

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

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Rebel Juniors is a volleyball club for youth girls started by Roncalli coaches for perspective Roncalli volleyball athletes.

Open Gym: Sunday, October 20th Roncalli Main Gym

  • 11’s-12’s 5-6:30 PM
  • 13-14’s 6:30-8 PM

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Sunday, October 27th Roncalli Main Gym

  • 11’s 2-3:15 PM
  • 12’s 3-4:15 PM
  • 13’s 4-5:15 PM
  • 14’s 4:45-6 PM

Monday, October 28th Roncalli Bubble

  • 11-12’s 6-7:30 PM
  • 13-14’s 7:30-9 PM

Age Groups:

  • 14 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2005
  • 13 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2006
  • 12 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2007
  • 11 & Under Division: Players who were born on or after September 1st, 2008

  • Practices will be 2-3 times a week. Times and location will vary based on gym availability.
  • Teams will play all day tournaments (either on Saturday and/or Sunday) 1-2 times per month starting in January. The season will end Mid-March.

Please follow @Rebelvball on Instagram for updates. If you have any questions, feel free to email


The plethora of social media apps continues to grow. The system seems pitted against parents. How are parents to keep up with the latest and greatest app that your child may be using? The folks at Common Sense Media are helping parents understand more about the social media world that our kids live in today.

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Ascension St. Vincent Excellence

In partnership with Ascension St. Vincent, here is information that you might find useful.

Kids and Screen Time

As adults, we know that sedentary lifestyles and the smartphones we often treat like an ‘extra appendage’ aren’t doing our health any favors. But how are these habits affecting young children?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children under 5 years of age “must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in strollers and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play to grow up healthy.”

When it comes to screen time and physical activity, the WHO recommends:

  1. Infants (less than 1 year old) should:
    • Be physically active several times a day in a variety of floor-based activities, including ‘tummy time’
    • Absolutely no screen time (except for video-chatting with friends and family who want to interact with the little one)
  2. Children 1-2 years of age should:
    • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of physical activities at any intensity
    • Sedentary screen time for 1-year-olds (i.e. watching TV or videos) is not recommended
    • Sedentary screen time for 2-year-olds should be no more than 1 hour per day
  3. Children 3-4 years of age should:
    • Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of physical activities at any intensity
    • Sedentary screen time should be no more than 1 hour Additionally, below are a few of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2018 recommendations regarding children and media use (Click to view full list):
    • Make your own family media use plan. Media should work for you and within your family values and parenting style. When used thoughtfully and appropriately, media can enhance daily life. But when used inappropriately or without thought, media can displace many important activities such as face-to-face interaction, family-time, outdoor-play, exercise, unplugged downtime and sleep. Make your plan at
    • Create tech-free zones. Keep family mealtimes, other family and social gatherings, and children's bedrooms screen free. Turn off televisions that you aren't watching, because background TV can get in the way of face-to-face time with kids. Recharge devices outside your child’s bedroom to help avoid the temptation to use them when they should be sleeping. These changes encourage more family time, healthier eating habits, and better sleep.
    • Don't use technology as an emotional pacifier. Media can be very effective in keeping kids calm and quiet, but it should not be the only way they learn to calm down. Children need to be taught how to identify and handle strong emotions, come up with activities to manage boredom, or calm down through breathing, talking about ways to solve the problem, and finding other strategies for channeling emotions.

This health tip is provided by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St.Vincent. Schedule a pediatric appointment online, anytime

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Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter


  • For the repose of the soul of Tom Knotts, father of Andrew R’03, Mandy R’98 and Jennifer Knotts R’96, who passed away this week.
  • For the repose of the soul of Bud Scifres, father of Bruce Scifres Hon’05 former varsity football coach, who passed away last week.
  • For the repose of the soul of Bill Brumley, father of Shellie Hartford Hon’14 former assistant principal, who passed away over the weekend.
  • For Darla Armbruser, wife of Gary Armbruster R’81, who is experiencing health issues.
  • For the Crowe Family, as Brian Crowe, father of freshman Iain Crowe, recovers from a lung transplant.
  • 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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