RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 28, 2020

2020 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

2020 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

Congratulations to the 2020 Valedictorian Will Hawkins and Salutatorian Grace Whitaker! Will graduated from Saints Francis and Clare and is the son of Rachelle and David Hawkins. Grace graduated from Nativity and is the daughter of Grace Santa Cruz Chavez and Andrew Whitaker.

CONGRATULATIONS STATE WRESTLERS!

STATE WRESTLERS
Left to right: Bryce Lowery, Brayden Lowery and Alec Viduya (not pictured - Sam Slivka)

We are proud of our 4 state wrestlers! Seniors Brayden Lowery and Alec Viduya were crowned STATE CHAMPIONS at 126 lbs and 145 lbs respectively. This is the first time in Roncalli history to have two State Champion Wrestlers. Bryce Lowery finished a stellar freshman campaign with a 4th Place finish, and Sam Slivka was defeated Friday finishing a remarkable senior season and career. Roncalli finished in 5th Place in the team race.

ISSMA GOLD RATED SOLOISTS

ISSMA GOLD RATED
Front row left to right: Veronica Phillips, Maria Mina, Breanna Jaffe, Amelia Warner, Ava Nelson
Back row left to right: Levi Ralston, Xavier Wilson, Ryan Sissons, Chris Figueroa, Hayden Bean

Last weekend, Roncalli had an amazing showing at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Vocal and Ensemble competition. All 10 Roncalli students who qualified for the competition earned a Gold rating! A Gold rating is the highest honor a soloist can earn in this statewide competition.

THE WINTER SNOWBALL DANCE

TOMORROW!

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 tomorrow, Saturday, February 29th from 7:00 - 10:00 PM in the Roncalli Gymnasium. Students must arrive before 8:00 PM. Students must have requested a guest pass for a student from another high school from the Dean of Students no later today Friday, February 28th. Tickets can be purchased at the door 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.

JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
Front row left to right: Hau Piang, Dani Gebhart, Ashley Flick, Gabby Stimac, Addy Hill, Devon Donley
Back row left to right: Carson Steele, Katie Walesky, Chris Lara, Emma McAllen, Katrina Gangstad, Evan Cloud

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

21ST ANNUAL Roncalli ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

TOMORROW

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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ALTERNATIVE TO FOUR YEAR DEGREE

MARCH 10

RHS ATHLETICS CASH BASH & RAFFLE

On the morning of March 10, professionals from various careers will be at Roncalli to talk about career paths that do not require a Bachelors+ degree. The deadline to sign-up was Tuesday, February 25, but if students are interested, have them see their Counselor as soon as possible. This event is being sponsored by Saint Joseph's College of Marian University - Indianapolis. At Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University - Indianapolis, Marian’s two-year college, students no longer have to choose between work and college after graduating from high school. Students no longer have to guess—or hope—if their classes in college are relevant to the workforce. Through our unique earn and learn program, we teach students relevant industry-specific skills in the classroom, and connect students with local employers for a paid and mentored internship.

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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 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.

GUIDANCE CORNER

Guidance Blast

Greater Indianapolis Southside College Fair

Southside College Fair

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21st Century Scholars - Open Workshop

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

Attention: Juniors & Parents!!

School Counselors will begin meeting with JUNIORS to discuss their future plans on Monday, March 2nd. In preparation for this appointment, juniors should make sure they have registered for and/or taken both the SAT and the ACT this year. Additionally, juniors should have taken or scheduled to take a College Visit before the end of the year.

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

We've had a great response to sign-ups so far. In fact, we've twice had to add more spots to accommodate those who want to donate! At this point, available time slots are very limited. We hope your schedule aligns with what's left. 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.

R FAMILY DAY

Saturday, March 7th, 12:00 to 2:00 PM

R FAMILY DAY

Roncalli High School is pleased to invite you to the first “R Family Day” to celebrate the diversity of the Roncalli Family. Join us on Saturday, March 7th from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Roncalli main lobby, cafeteria, and old gymnasium as we take a trip around the world to learn about cultures, ethnicities, and races.

As you enter the main lobby, you will be greeted by the sounds of a mariachi band and be given a passport to lead you on your adventure for the day. The first hour will feature educational booths in the cafeteria from countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. The second hour will be in the old gymnasium, as students showcase singing, dancing, and a fashion show to highlight their cultures and heritages.

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Sui Par, a senior at Roncalli and co-founder of the event, says, “On ‘R Family Day,’ we hope to celebrate a few of the numerous cultures and ethnic groups that make up our uniquely diverse community. Guests will be able to explore cultures, try new foods, and enjoy different traditions as the representatives share their respective cultures. It is a unique opportunity to travel the world in just one room.”

“It is our mission that through this event we will showcase how the Roncalli Family encompasses our diverse world. It has been a true joy to watch our students envision, lead, and execute this event,” said Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich.

The event is open to the public and free of cost; however, donations will be gratefully accepted to support the event.

Please contact Kevin Banich if you have any questions.

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Student Booths

Burma, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, and Switzerland

Other Organizations

Archdiocese of Indianapolis Intercultural Ministry, Burmese American Community Institute, Center for Leadership Development, Central Catholic Grade School, Grupo Folclorico Macehuani, Hope for Tomorrow, Indiana Latino Institute, Mariachi Sol Jalisciense, St. Mark Catholic Church, and St. Patrick Catholic Church

REBELATION RAFFLE TICKETS

PURCHASE NOW!

REBELATION

Rebelation High Stakes Raffle tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased with cash or check. Just download the betting form at roncalli.org/rebelation and send it in.

Early Bird drawings worth $500 will be held on March 13, 2020 — so act now! (note: Early Bird winner will be entered back into the raffle for the Grand Prize drawing).

There will only be 350 tickets sold! Winning tickets for the $10,000* Grand Prize through 3rd place will be drawn live at Rebelation on April 25, 2020. You need not be present to win.

For more information and a complete list of rules, please visit roncalli.org/rebelation.

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All proceeds benefit Roncalli families in need of tuition assistance.

  • $10,000 Grand Prize*
  • $2,000 2nd Place
  • $500 3rd Place
  • $500 Early Bird Prize

*Based on selling 350 tickets. Payout will be based on a percentage of tickets sold. Grand prize= 20%, 2nd Place=5%, 3rd Place=1%

If you’re not familiar with Rebelation, please click here for FAQs about the event.

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.

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

SPRING PLAY

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

SPRING PLAY

Tickets for the play, “You Can’t Take It With You” are now available. The show will be performed March 12, 13 and 14 at 7:00 PM each night with an additional show at 2:00 PM on March 14. Tickets can be purchased at roncalli.booktix.com. 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 contact Miki Lewinski at 317-787-8277 Ext. 249 for your promo code to access your free tickets.

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.

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.

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.

HELP STUDENT NEEDS A RIDE

A student needs a ride to school every morning in the Greenwood area, Stop 18 and US 31. Please contact Andi Baker, 317-787-8277 ext. 221, if you can help. Thank you.

ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION

A roundabout at Sherman and Thompson is being installed, 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.

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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SUMMER CAMPS AT RONCALLI

SUMMER CAMPS AT RONCALLI

Roncalli High School will again offer many different sport camps this summer for elementary age student athletes currently in grades K-8. These camps are conducted by members of the Rebel coaching staff and serve to provide fundamental instruction in each sport as well as a wonderful opportunity to have fun in a friendly and nourishing environment.

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CAMPS for BOYS in 2020:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Speed Development

CAMPS for GIRLS in 2020:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Cheerleading
  • Lacrosse

CO-ED CAMPS in 2020:

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Diving

The cost for each camp is $50 per camper/per session. Registration begins March 1. Information/Online Registration is available at www.roncalli.org/camps. For more information, please call the athletic office at Roncalli High School (788-4094 or 787-8277 ext. 263).

PARENTS CORNER

Tim Elmore in his recent post gives some good advice to parents to help their children navigate school.

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Rebel 5ive Podcast

ST. BARNABAS FISH FRY

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ST. BARNABAS FISH FRY

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Video STREAMS

  • Boys Basketball February 28, 7:30 PM vs. Brebeuf

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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

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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