Last weekend, sophomore Gabby Conjelko came in 4th on bars and 5th on all around in the gymnastics sectionals. She advances to regionals in the all around competition tomorrow Saturday, March 7th! Way to go, Gabby!
A big congratulations to band members Rob McKay, Grace Whitaker and Josh Amodeo, who all earned the top rating of Gold at the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday. These solos are very difficult college level works that take a lot of time to prepare. A Gold rating is the highest honor a band soloist can earn in this state wide competition. We are proud of you!
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.
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.
Burma, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, and Switzerland
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
Our Roncalli Speech Team had an excellent performance at last weekend’s sectional. 15 speech team participants will advance to the state competition. They are Hayden Bean, Julia Blandford, Gracy Bogie, Annemarie Bryans, Gabrielle Donahue, Andrew Gangstad, Katrina Gangstad, Gus Griffin, Ruby Mahlman, Sofia Morelli, Emily Och, Grace Plahitko, Genna Sever, Amanda Wolf and Sarah Wulf. Way to go, Mr. Phillip Milroy, Mr. Thomas Sheridan and the Roncalli Speech Team! Good luck at State on March 14th!
Rebel Rhapsody soared this season, performing a show with the theme of heights. Songs included "Tightrope" from The Greatest Showman, "High Hopes" by Panic! At The Disco, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" from Mary Poppins and "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder. They also performed the first religious ballad they've ever done in a show - a gorgeous praise and worship song called "I Will Rise." Rebel Rhapsody won three grand champion titles for the 2nd year in a row, as well as a second place and a third place. Way to bring it, show choir!
Last Saturday, the JV Rebels defeated Brebeuf. The JV Rebels finished the season with a record of 18-3 which tied the school record for JV wins. With their win Friday night, the JV Rebels became the Circle City Conference Champions. Congratulations to the JV boys basketball team!
Last Saturday, 14 Roncalli wrestlers had qualified for the freshman - sophomore state wrestling meet. Roncalli finished in 4th place out of 220 teams. Congratulations to our Freshman - Sophomore Wrestling State Medalists!
Last Saturday, 7th and 8th graders from our South Deanery schools came together at Roncalli for a healthy competition in 15 different areas of academics, fine arts and athletics.
On Thursday, over 350 guests gathered with the Hollowell family in celebration of Dr. Joseph Hollowell’s 41 years of service to Roncalli at his retirement dinner. The dinner was held at The Atrium, and guests reminisced with images and videos from the Roncalli and Hollowell families. The Joe and Diane Hollowell Endowed Scholarship was formed to honor their lifelong commitment to Roncalli and Catholic education.
To ensure to the best of our ability the health, safety and well being of all of our students, teachers and staff members, we share the following information with you related to the growing concerns related to the coronavirus.
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.
School Counselors will begin meeting with SOPHOMORES to discuss their future plans on Monday, March 9th.
In order for scholarships to be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet and in the printed Graduation program, seniors must enter all the scholarships they have been awarded, into Naviance – even if the student does not plan to accept that scholarship. The deadline to enter these scholarships and necessary info is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, April 7. Specific instructions are written out on the Guidance Blast.
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.
All proceeds benefit Roncalli families in need of tuition assistance.
*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.
We had an outstanding showing at the Snow Ball Dance on Saturday evening. There were just over 500 students at the dance last Saturday, and they raised $5,217.33 for the Appalachia Mission Trip!
Special thanks to Kim and Gerard Striby, Tim Crissman, Jeff Traylor, Morgan Ellis, Jessica Engel, Maddie and Greg English, Auggie, Katie and Louise Hibner, Sr. Susan, Jeff Small and Thomas Sheridan for helping with the dance.
Also a great job on Saturday night to Eliza Rail, Caroline Leister and Abby Tillar for their work with promoting the event, set up, check in and clean up! They were the three students leading the charge on the dance and did a fantastic job!
Please pray for the continued success of our Appalachia Mission Trip!
Romans 12:1-2 states, "I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect." In following the message of scripture, we aspire to honor God in everything we do, including our modest and dignified dress code at all school functions. The following requirements are the guidelines to ensure that every student dresses in a way to show the true beauty of the person.
FIT: The dress may not reveal all contours of the body while sitting, standing, or dancing. LENGTH: The length of the dress should be no shorter than three inches above of the knee. In addition, no slit, opening, or cut in the dress should go beyond three inches above the knee. CUT: Strapless or two-piece dresses are prohibited, and backless dresses may not be cut below the middle of the back. Dresses should not expose the midriff or cleavage. MATERIAL: Any sheer, lace, or see-through material in the dress cannot expose areas such as the lower back, midriff (sides or front), cleavage, or the upper leg.
SHIRTS: Button down collared shirts must be worn with a bowtie or tie and remained buttoned at all times. PANTS: Proper fitting dress pants must be worn with closed-toed shoes.
Any student that is violating the policy will not be allowed into the event until his/her attire meets the proper requirements.
If a male has a question about appropriate attire, they must seek input and advice from Mr. Banich. If a female has a question about a dress, they must talk with either Mrs. Bohn or Mrs. Armbruster before purchasing their attire.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Junior Rebel Theatre 14th Annual Summer Camp Two camp times to choose from!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
In partnership with Ascension St. Vincent, here is information that you might find useful.
Between the festivities of Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, and March Madness, it can be easy to forget the humble colon. In recognition of March’s status as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Ascension St. Vincent celebrates the good news that more Americans are being appropriately screened for colon health than ever before.
The CDC recently shared that the rate of adults who self-report that they are up-to-date on their colorectal screenings has risen to 68.8 percent. Still, more than 21.7 million people between the ages of 50 and 75—prime years for colon cancer onset—have never been screened. The U.S. Preventative Task Force is tackling this number by setting a goal of raising the rate of properly-screened Americans to 70.5 percent by year-end.
Consider the following recommendations for optimizing colorectal health:
This health tip is provided by Ascension St.Vincent. Schedule an appointment online, anytime at GetStVincentCare.com.