RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 7, 2020

CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE CHAMPS!

CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE CHAMPS
Row 1: Joseph Akers, Nate Riddle, Elijah Buening, Harrison Sisk, Ben Pohovey, Samuel Xochitlatoa, Will Hawkins
Row2: Dylan Tadas, Joseph Sizemore, Mason Beer, John Hammerschmitt, Matthew Croddy, Ethan Gosser, Juan Xochitlatoa, Max Peeples, Luke Poole
Row 3: Coach Curtis Cox, Assistant Coach Allison Collins

Congratulations to our boys swimming and diving team for earning the 2019-20 Circle City Conference championship! This is the fourth consecutive conference championship for the boys swimming and diving team!

BAND AND ORCHESTRA ADVANCE TO STATE WITH GOLD RATING!

Grace Whitaker
Grace Whitaker
Josh Amodeo
Josh Amodeo
Rob McKay
Rob McKay

Congratulations to the following Rebel band and orchestra members, who performed last Saturday in the ISSMA District Solo and Ensemble Contest. Three band members advance to State, earning the top rating of Gold in Group I. They are seniors Grace Whitaker - clarinet solo, Josh Amodeo - snare drum solo and junior Rob McKay - marimba solo. Senior Cassidy Cross and junior Katie Comer had great performances on their solos, narrowly missing a Gold rating by one point and one/half point respectively. Sophomore Lilly Kassoumis earned the top Gold rating in Group III. Thanks to everyone for their hard work in preparing tough solos!

CENTRAL NINE STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Grant Hillan

Congratulations to junior Grant Hillan who was Central Nine’s Student of the Month for Diesel Services Technology! Way to go, Grant!

SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARD WINNERS

Matt Cabalan
Matt Cabalan
Ryan Green
Ryan Green
Rachel Hahn
Rachel Hahn
Amanda Wolf
Amanda Wolf

Congratulations to our students whose work received awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition! Junior Matt Cabalan - honorable mention for his personal essay and memoir entitled "Striving." Junior Ryan Green - honorable mention for his short story entitled "The Shadow's Secret." Junior Rachel Hahn - honorable mention for her poetry entitled "Perspective." Sophomore Amanda Wolf - honorable mention for her critical essay entitled "A Perspective on Perspective" and a Gold Key for her short story entitled "Luck Out."

CONGRATULATIONS SECTIONAL WRESTLERS!

We are proud of our Sectional Wrestlers! 13 advance to Regionals. Five individual title winners: seniors Alec Viduya (4th sectional title), Brayden Lowery (third sectional title), Tyce Freije ( third sectional title), David Page (first sectional title) and freshman Bryce Lowery.

Also advancing to Regionals are seniors Michael Fletcher and Sam Slivka and sophomores Kody Glithero, Justin Lewis, Carter Chapman, Sam Peeples, Alex Amodeo and Aaron Butts.

Good luck to the Rebel wrestlers as they head into Regionals tomorrow, Saturday, February 8 at 9:00 AM at Perry Meridian!

REBEL RHAPSODY - GRAND CHAMPIONS

REBEL RHAPSODY

Congratulations to our Rebel Rhapsody show choir for being named Grand Champions at their first competition of the season! They also swept both major categories, winning best vocals and best choreography. Fantastic start to their season!

ARCHERY STATE QUALIFIER COMPETITION

Blake Vennall
Blake Vennall
Glenn Rooney
Glenn Rooney
Blake Prather
Blake Prather
Allison Vennall
Allison Vennall

Roncalli archery team captured first place with their highest score ever of 3,233 last weekend at the state qualifier competition! The Roncalli boys won the first three places: freshman Blake Vennall first, freshman Glenn Rooney second and senior Blake Prather third. Freshman Allison Vennall took second in the girls division. Congratulations to our archery team!

AD ALTARE DEI AWARDS

AD ALTARE DEI AWARDS
Left to right: Sam Morris and Archbishop Thompson, Jackson Steuer, Archbishop Thompson, Noah Kunz and Chris Azar

Congratulations to sophomore Sam Morris, freshmen Jackson Steuer, Noah Kunz and sophomore Chris Azar for receiving the Ad Altare Dei award at the Cathedral on February 2 from Archbishop Thompson. This award recognizes their dedication to their Catholic faith and scouting.

THIRD QUARTER ACADEMIC CHECK-UP

This Friday marks the midway point of the third quarter grading period. Parents, this is a great time to review your child's grades to date, if you have not done so recently. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of your child's teachers should you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc.

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION

We are less than three weeks away from the start of the scheduling season for incoming freshmen, three weeks! Have you started/completed your student's application yet? If not, I would encourage you to do so ASAP to snag one of those coveted scheduling appointments with our guidance counselors.

The Application for Admission is available online at roncalli.org/application. Once the application is complete and the $100 registration fee is received, you may continue the enrollment process. Please contact Director of Admissions, Allie Ross with any questions.

We can't wait to welcome Roncalli's Class of 2024 this August!

REMINDER: ACT AT RONCALLI SATURDAY!

Juniors who registered to take the ACT at Roncalli should report to the RHS Auditorium between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM this Saturday. Please be sure to bring your ACT Test Admission Ticket, a Photo ID and an ACT approved calculator! Remember to select the colleges you would like to have your scores sent. This request can still be done for free immediately after the test. Waiting too long will result in a charge for each school you would like the scores sent. If you really don’t know which colleges you might apply to in the fall, at least select IU, Purdue, Ball State and USI. You can find answers to all your ACT Test Day questions at the ACT Homepage.

HOPE HOURS

Once again, the Theology department will have a "rolling" service date which will require four HOPE hours being approved by a given date. This will encourage students to complete at least half of their HOPE hours prior to the May 18 due date for second semester hours. This will also result in more consistent service to the various organizations that are in need of our help.

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Here are the rolling due dates for the second semester (at least four HOPE hours due):

  • Vocations classes: February 1
  • Social Justice classes: March 2
  • Christian Adulthood classes: March 16
  • Sacraments classes: March 25
  • Mr. Shelburn/Mr. Sheridan Sophomores: April 13
  • Ms. Reuter Sophomores: April 20
  • Relationships classes: May 4

MISSION TRIP

ATTENTION JUNIORS AND SENIORS!

MISSION TRIP

Information is now available to sign up for the spring break mission trip to East Bank, West Virginia, a very poor small town close to Charleston. The cost of the trip will be $325.00 and will take place from Sunday, March 29 - Friday, April 3. See Mr. Striby for sign up sheets and additional information.

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Any student that participates in a spring break mission trip can count all HOPE hours earned toward their second semester service requirement (this year) or their first semester service requirement in the 2020-21 school year. Please watch the video below which gives more information about the organization with whom we work.

MOCK TRIAL JUDGES NEEDED

Our Roncalli Rebel Mock Trial Team is in need of volunteers to judge the upcoming Mock Trial regional competition on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Please contact Beth Reel if you know someone who is available and meets the criteria.

Attorneys, judges, law students and/or community members or teachers may be designated as volunteer judges. Additionally, a college student with extensive Mock Trial experience, who has been out of high school for three or more years, may be designated as a volunteer judge.

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Location: Indianapolis City-County Building, 200 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Enter the building on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama.

There are three rounds: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM. You may sign up for one, two or all three rounds.

Schedule: ON LOCAL TIME IN INDIANAPOLIS

  • 8:15 – 9:00 AM: Team Check-in and Courtroom Assignments
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Round 1 Judges’ Orientation Meeting (mandatory)
  • 9:00 AM – Noon: Round 1 Competition
  • Lunch will be provided for judges who are in attendance between Rounds 1 and 2
  • 12:30 – 1:00 PM: Round 2 Judges’ Orientation Meeting (mandatory)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 PM: Round 2 Competition
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Round 3 Judges’ Orientation Meeting (mandatory)

R FAMILY DAY

R FAMILY DAY

Roncalli would like to invite you to “R Family Day,” a special gathering in celebration of our cultural diversity. The event will be on Saturday, March 7 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM in Roncalli’s cafeteria and gym. This celebration will include education and performances from countries around the world such as Myanmar, Mexico, Nigeria, India, and many others. “R Family Day” is student-driven with the support of local organizations. The event is open to the public and free of cost; however, donations will be gratefully accepted.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS

Naviance has changed their password policy. All students are required to change their password as of 1/26/20. If you have not done so already, please go to Naviance through Roncalli's website, and click on “forgot password.” Students will receive an email with instructions on how to change their password. If students need help, please see the guidance office.

ISTEP CALENDAR CHANGES

Two-hour delay on April 21 and April 28 for freshmen, juniors and seniors. All sophomores start at their regular time of 7:30 AM for the state mandated ISTEP testing (graduation requirement).

All current sophomores, juniors and seniors are required to pass the ISTEP as a part of their graduation requirement. The state does not provide us with the testing window for the administration of ISTEP until after the school year has started. Thus, we can never include the two hour delays necessitated by ISTEP testing in the school calendar that is provided to families prior to the start of a school year.

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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. Thus, the following changes have been made to the school calendar:

  • April 21 - School will start at 9:30 AM: All sophomores will report to school at the regular time of 7:30 AM.
  • April 28 - 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.

INVITATION TO RETIREMENT OF PRESIDENT HOLLOWELL

Hollowell's Retirement Celebration

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, a retirement dinner for Dr. Joseph Hollowell will be held at The Atrium. All are welcome to attend. Doors open to The Atrium, located at 3143 Thompson Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227, at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 6:30 PM.

Learn More

RSVP and purchase tickets online at roncalli.org/hollowell-retirement for $25 per person for dinner and a cash bar, or guests may contact Tina Hayes at thayes@roncalli.org or 317-787-8277 ext. 239. A portion of each ticket creates a scholarship in Joe and Diane Hollowell’s honor. RSVP by Thursday, February 20.

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GERMAN-AMERICAN PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED

The GAPP (German-American Partnership Program) exchange program and the German program will be hosting exchange students from our partner school in Germany this fall (school year 2020-2021). We are now looking for Roncalli families to host one of our exchange students for two weeks this September. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for your student to live with a host sibling, learn about each other's culture, and show our German hosts what's so great about American life - all at no cost to you! If you are interested, please email German teacher Louise Hibner.

ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION

Roncalli Community- they are putting in a roundabout at Sherman and Thompson, and we will update you with important information as we receive it. The tentative timeline is as follows:

  • End of January, 2020 to be completed by February 14, 2020 - Remove trees at the intersection. Temporary lane restrictions during this process but no plan to close the intersection.
  • After February 14, 2020 to be completed by August 1, 2020 - Sherman Drive closed for 25 days within this time period to relocate a gas main. Thompson Road will remain open during this time period, but will also incur some temporary lane restrictions. All utility work will be completed during this time period.
  • On or about August 17, 2020 to be completed no later than November 1, 2020 - Completion of the project with a 75 day closure within this time period and completion no later than November 1, 2020.

SPEECH TEAM JUDGES

The Roncalli Speech team is in need of 4-5 judges for the Sectional meet in Greensburg on Saturday, February 29th. By rule, the judges must not know anyone on the speech team and can judge without recognizing Roncalli students. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Kevin Banich.

THE WINTER SNOWBALL DANCE

Roncalli High School is excited to offer its 3rd annual winter dance where all proceeds are donated to the Roncalli Appalachia Mission Trip for Spring Break. The dance is on Saturday, February 29th from 7:00 - 10:00 PM in the Roncalli Gymnasium. Students must arrive before 8:00 PM. Students must request a guest pass for a student from another high school from the Dean of Students no later than Friday, February 28th. Tickets will be on sale during all lunch periods for $10. All students are welcome to come with or without a date. The dress for the dance is relaxed semi-casual and students should not go out and buy something new for the dance. If you have questions please contact Mr. Kevin Banich.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and a few scholarships for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $250-$1,500. All completed applications should be submitted online by March 2, 2020 no later than 3:00 PM. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2020-2021 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding Roncalli scholarships can be directed to Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life, at 787-8277 Ext. 284. Completed applications are due March 2, 2020, 3:00 PM.

IMPORTANT: The applications and information will only be available with a Roncalli student email account.

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SPRING PLAY

SAVE THE DATES

Tickets go on sale February 24, 2020.

Roncalli Spring Play

GRANDPARENTS DAY - NEW DATE IN 2020

Roncalli High School will host grandparents day on a new date during the 2020-21 school year. We are moving away from the first week in October to the first week in September. Grandparents Day for next school year will be held on Friday, September 4. Please contact Andi Baker in the school's main office with any questions 317-787-8277, extension 221.

“RADIANT REBELATION - OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”

PURCHASE EARLY BIRD TICKETS - $25 OFF BEFORE APRIL 1ST

Radiant Rebelation

If you’re not familiar with Rebelation, please click here to see FAQs.

Go to roncalli.org/rebelation to purchase discounted tickets, sneak peak silent auction items and order raffle tickets.

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Make a tax-deductible donation to our silent and live auctions. We are in need of the following items: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.

We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan our golden 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.

21ST ANNUAL RHS ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

Saturday, February 29, 2020

RHS ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

Presented by the Roncalli Athletic Booster Club

  • The Atrium - 3143 East Thompson Road
  • Doors open @ 6:30 PM
  • Dinner served @ 7:30 PM
  • Raffle begins @ 8:00 PM
  • $5,000 in Cash Draws and Raffles
  • Tip Boards, Ticket Draw Prizes, 50/50’s, Pull Tabs & Plinko

Tickets On Sale Now! License #002252

It promises to be an evening of great fun and lots of opportunities for winning.

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PRE-ORDER THE 2019-20 YEARBOOK

The 2019-20 yearbook is now available for pre-order! 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.

THE DOMESTIC CHURCH SURVEY

A Roncalli alum is finishing their concluding thesis paper to earn a Masters in Theology degree from Saint Meinrad in 2020. Their thesis is on “The Domestic Church: Is it an Aspect of the Past or a Beacon for the Future?” They are collecting data via a survey. You are invited to assist in this research paper by completing this short, eight minute survey.

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ST. BARNABAS FISH FRY

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ST. BARNABAS FISH FRY

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Monsignor Tony Volz as he battles health issues.
  • For the repose of the soul David Burris, grandfather of Katherine Evans R’22, father of Raegan Evans, Executive Assistant to the President of Roncalli.
  • 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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