RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 14, 2020

MOORE KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

MOORE KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIP
Photo (left to right): Michelle Roberts - Director of Special Services, Paige Moore, Keri Moore - Paige’s mother, and Lisa Beckwith - Director of Guidance

Senior Paige Moore was honored last Friday at the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis’ annual Abe Lincoln Awards luncheon. She received the first place award, a $16,000 scholarship! The program celebrates students who have overcome adversity while achieving success. Moore, who has Meniere's disease, lobbied to change state laws that would not allow a student to receive services from the Deaf School and continue her education at a private school. Moore was one of 18 area high school seniors who received the Kiwanis Circle of Valor Award.

SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARD WINNERS

Emily Och
Emily Och
“Bagel Bite”
“Bagel Bite”
Amanda Wolf
Amanda Wolf
“Dog Days”
“Dog Days”

Congratulations to our sophomores Emily Och and Amanda Wolf whose artwork received honorable mention awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition! Fantastic work!

CONGRATULATIONS REGIONAL WRESTLERS!

We are proud of our 13 regional wrestlers! Eight advance to Semi-State. Four individual title winners: seniors Alec Viduya (fourth regional title), Brayden Lowery (fourth regional title), sophomore Kody Glithero (first regional title) and freshman Bryce Lowery.

Also advancing to Semi-State are seniors Tyce Freije, Sam Slivka, David Page and sophomore Justin Lewis.

Good luck to the Rebel wrestlers as they head into Semi-State tomorrow, Saturday, February 15 at 9:00 AM at New Castle!

ISSMA

Congratulations to our two ensembles from Advanced Women’s Chorus who earned silver ratings at the ISSMA solo and ensemble contest last Saturday.

Congratulations also to sophomores Savannah Gilmore, Ian Knight, seniors Lilly Secrest and Josh Amodeo who earned silver ratings on their solos, as well as senior Abby Conway who received a gold rating on her division 2 solo.

And finally, congratulations to the following students who earned GOLD ratings on their division 1 solos, which means they will perform again at ISSMA on the state level in a couple weeks: freshmen Amelia Warner, Ava Nelson, sophomore Xavier Wilson, juniors Ryan Sissons, Hayden Bean, Veronica Phillips, seniors Breanna Jaffe, Chris Figueroa, Levi Ralston and Maria Mina.

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.

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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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FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2020-2021 DUE MARCH 1st

Financial aid forms for the 2020-2021 school year are now available ONLINE. You can access the link here for the online application.

Please contact Amy Kuntz in the Business Office if you have questions. She can be reached at 317-787-8277 ext: 278.

All financial aid forms must be completed by March 1.

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION

We are less than one week away from the start of the scheduling season for incoming freshmen. 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!

NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

ALL PARENTS of Current Freshmen through Juniors

The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for 2020-21 will require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered 6 months apart.

If your child has already received these, please forward proof of immunization.

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If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization prior to the start of the first day of school for the 20-21 school year. All information needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email msheets@roncalli.org.

2020-21 Requirements

2020-21 Requirements en Esapañol

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT for current Juniors:

All students entering the 12th grade are additionally required to have a second booster of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine. The immunizations that we have on file for each student may be viewed in FamilyLink. Questions may be directed to Mary Sheets or Jane Dias in the Guidance Office.

BLOOD DRIVE

BLOOD DRIVE

Roncalli High School is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to save community lives.

Please come out to support our drive on Tuesday, March 3rd, from *2:00 to 7:00 PM in the old gymnasium.

Students may NOT sign up until 3:00 PM

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Follow this link below to schedule your donation appointment and help us make an impact on the lives of patients right here in our local Indiana hospitals.

*Click here for height and weight requirements.

**Must be 16 to donate. 16-year-old donors must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian to their appointment. Print the permission form here or take a copy from the Stu Co board outside the spirit store.

*** If you do not meet the requirements to donate, please encourage friends and family to sign up.

Contact Student Council Moderator Ryan Costello for more information.

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):

  • 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.

GUIDANCE CORNER

Guidance Blast

Please remember to check the weekly Guidance Blast for more detailed information from your Guidance team regarding scheduling, testing, class-specific programs, scholarship opportunities, social and emotional health, special summer programs, graduation plans, and much more!! Check it out here.

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Future Planning Meeting for our Burmese Families

On Saturday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM, Roncalli High School will host a Future Planning Meeting for Burmese Families in the Media Center. The meeting will cover academics, gathering career information, preparing and paying for college, and will be translated in Burmese, Hakha, Falam, and Tedim. Please contact Morgan Ellis with any questions. We hope to see you there!

21st Century Scholars - Open Workshop

Click here for more details about the March 5th event. 1 - 5 PM at the Central Nine Career Center.

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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 317-787-8277 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

RONCALLI PARENTS & SUPPORTER - WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT OF HB 1066

HB1066 is designed to address an inequity in the Choice Scholarship Program designed to assist Hoosier students and families of low and moderate income. Its purpose is to address the injustice that exists in that a family with two or more children can have one child eligible for a voucher but not another one. We would ask that you send the request below to your state senator. Feel free to include any personal information you wish to include such as the name of the school your child attends.

If you do not know who your Indiana state senator is and/or do not know their email address, click on this link and it will direct you to your state senator and his/her email.

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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

FEBRUARY 28

ST. BARNABAS FISH FRY

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Video STREAMS

  • Boys Basketball February 22, 7:30 PM vs. Franklin Central
  • All School Liturgy February 26, 9:30 AM
  • Boys Basketball February 28, 7:30 PM vs. Brebeuf

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Lung Cancer: 4 Surprising Facts about Risk Factors and Screenings

More men and women die from lung cancer every year than any other cancer. The biggest risk factor for lung cancer is smoking, which causes 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths in women and 90 percent in men according to the American Lung Association.

But there are also little-known facts about risk factors and screenings for lung cancer that could potentially save your life:

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Even non-smokers can get lung cancer. While smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer, even non-smokers are at risk for the disease. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, up to 20 percent of people who die from lung cancer have never smoked a cigarette.

Second-hand smoke remains risky. Another major risk factor for non-smokers is secondhand smoke, which causes approximately 7,000 lung cancer deaths each year, according to the American Cancer Society. While laws that ban smoking in most workplaces and public places have helped decrease exposure to secondhand smoke, the risk remains because those laws can’t control what happens in private places.

Radon gas: No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers is exposure to radon gas, which accounts for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is present both indoors and outdoors, according to the American Cancer Society. The only way to know if it’s a problem in your home is to have it tested.

Lung cancer screenings can help save lives. A low-dose CT lung scan is a screening method for lung cancer typically covered by insurance at no cost to the patient. Many people don’t realize that annual lung cancer screenings are available for high-risk patients. Lung cancer screening is effective but underutilized, according to the American Lung Association. In fact, only about 15 percent of the 8.6 million Americans eligible for lung cancer screenings are aware they should get them. A low-dose CT lung scan is the only screening tool that can reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer by catching it in its earlier stages, when it's more treatable.

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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For Bernie Weimer, Sacred Heart graduate class of ‘59 and Roncalli band director 1970's-80's, who is struggling with health issues and is recovering from an accident.
  • For Monsignor Tony Volz as he battles health 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 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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