RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - May 1, 2020

REBELATION - THANK YOU!

REBELATION

Wow wow wow! What a great night on Saturday celebrating our Radiant Rebelation. Over 1,200 of you tuned in at some point during the evening to be a part of our virtual Rebelation. Thus far, we have raised over $100,000 for needs-based tuition assistance.

Our families now more than ever, need our help! Please enjoy the video and thanks in advance for considering making a gift to support our families in need of tuition assistance.

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OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARDS

This past Thursday, we celebrated our Outstanding Students of the Year for the 2019-20 school year during the first portion of our Academic Honors Reception! It is quite an honor to be selected as the top student in a course. We congratulate these students and thank them for their hard work this school year. You can access the full list of names of our Outstanding Students of the Year by clicking on the link below.

Outstanding Students

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS FOR 2020-21

Lucy Houser
Lucy Houser
Robert McKay
Robert McKay
Liam Moore
Liam Moore
Grace Suiaung
Grace Suiaung

We are proud to announce that four members of our junior class received word that they have earned National Merit distinction based on their PSAT scores from this past fall (October). Congratulations to juniors Lucy Houser, Robert McKay, Liam Moore and Grace Suiaung. They will be notified next fall (September) whether they are National Merit Semi-finalists (top 1%) or National Merit Commended Students (top 3%).

Principal Chuck Weisenbach said, ”We are extremely proud of all four of these scholars! Each of them is very deserving of this recognition. This honor is a result of the hard work and commitment they have made to their academic studies for a number of years! We congratulate them along with their parents, their teachers at Roncalli and their teachers at their respective middle school and elementary schools! It is always refreshing to see good things happen to good people!"

FEBRUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

With the quick transition to elearning and moving out of the school building, we were unable to hold our recognition luncheon for our February students of the month. Congratulations to these students who earned this honor: Sam Dever, Jessa Waltz, Thomas Beck, Ann Nelson, Sophie Louthain, Sofia Filis, Kaley Sprouse, Ryan Haggenjos, Erica Eads, Bella Garcia, Ally Taylor and Emma Morgan

PRINCIPAL WEISENBACH RECOGNIZED AS PIVOTAL LEADER

PRINCIPAL WEISENBACH

We are excited to announce that Principal Chuck Weisenbach has been selected as a participant in Indy’s Most Pivotal Leaders Class of 2020. This is an exclusive leadership workshop, hosted by Chris Bittinger of Open Pivot, featuring the best and brightest leaders from around Indianapolis. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at Purdue University.

Top candidates for this event met the following criteria:

  • Have made a substantial impact on their community
  • Have achieved business/organization results through their leadership
  • Have demonstrated strong relational effectiveness

Of this recognition, Weisenbach says, “I am honored by this recognition and am grateful to my good friend, Dave Worland (Sr. Vice President for Mission and Advancement at Cathedral High School), for nominating me."

TUITION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The full financial impact of COVID-19 has yet to be felt by many of our families, but we are well aware of the impending difficulties a significant number of our families may incur. In the face of this upcoming financial stress to our community we will soon be forthcoming with a timeline, fundraising, and additional assistance, specifically earmarked for the anticipated increase in the need for financial assistance. We will continue to work with families on adjusting tuition payment schedules if needed as well.

We have been asked if tuition payments are still being processed if mailed into Roncalli. The Business Office is working to process tuition payments weekly. Checks, money orders, and tuition coupons with credit card information can still be mailed to the school as we are picking up the mail directly from the post office. If an account balance is needed please email Barb Hatfield.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

There have been some questions from juniors about meeting the service requirement for the National Honor Society. Due to the restrictions put in place with Covid-19, we have reduced the mandatory service hours number to 90. This, along with the academic and disciplinary requirements, will be examined at the completion of the school year, and eligible students will be invited to apply in July. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor or Erin Bohn.

SENIOR REFLECTION, 2020

As we look towards the end of this school year, we would like to announce and open up application for Seniors to deliver the Senior Reflection for the class of 2020. We are still working on how we will have this delivered and will share details as we know them better.

Seniors will find the guidelines and suggestions for the Senior Reflection in their school email from Mr. Traylor. To apply to be chosen, Seniors should submit their written reflection to Mr. Traylor no later than Tuesday, May 12th. While one reflection will be chosen, we are hoping to use portions of others to continue to celebrate the class of 2020.

If you have any questions, Please contact Mr. Traylor. God Bless and good luck!

FREE OR REDUCED MEALS FOR 2020-21

Free or reduced meals application for next year cannot be accepted until July 1. We are in the process of updating the online application.

Here are the updated links to free meal locations.

UPDATE ON SERVICE CORDS FOR THE CLASS OF 2020 new

A message for Seniors,

As we look to the end of this school year, we have started to evaluate our Senior Service Cord requirements. In recognizing that our Seniors have lost a semester worth of time to complete service hours and work towards their Service Cords. Because of that we have made the following adjustment for this year.

  • Traditional Service Cord Requirement - 234 hours of service
  • Class of 2020 Service Cord Requirement - 216 hours of service

This adjustment represents 18 hours less of service, the amount that would have been required for this semester. We will also not be accepting any more service hours for our seniors as we are already making this adjustment of 18 hours.

Thank you so much for your service and God Bless the Roncalli Class of 2020!

DO NOT SOCIALIZE AT RONCALLI

It continues to be a sad reality that our students, teachers, staff members and families cannot come to Roncalli and be at school! We have had groups of students wanting to congregate at school in our parking lots. While we are sincerely touched by their desire to be on campus and we know they truly want to be "back at Roncalli," we are not allowed to have gatherings of students on campus. Our security officers have asked students to please refrain from gathering at Roncalli. Thank you to all for your understanding and assistance.

GREAT JOB REBELS!

A huge thank you to all of our students, parents, teachers and counselors for their continued excellent work with our E-learning format. A reminder to reach out to your teachers when you are struggling, need help or just want to say hello and thank them!

Also, a reminder that our school counselors, social worker and chaplain all remain very active in supporting our students. Parents, students and teachers should not hesitate to reach out to them if the need or desire exists. "Life Prep Wednesday" - Next week's "Life Prep Wednesday" is an Outdoor Day! We encourage all students to get outside, enjoy the spring weather and be active!! Please send pictures of yourself immersed in your outdoor activities to Allie Ross in our Advancement Office for posting on social media.

Keep up the great work Rebels!! The finish line is in sight!

R Moments Podcast

R Moments Podcast

R Moments Podcast takes listeners down memory lane to hear the highlights and achievements of the Class of 2020. Their senior year has come to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic. During our quarantine, we take a moment to listen to the stories of their journey through Roncalli High School.

GRADUATION 2020

Roncalli High School is excited to celebrate our fantastic seniors! Plans are set for having a memorable graduation for the Class of 2020 on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 8 PM in the Roncalli Stadium. Please join us in praying that coronavirus restrictions are lifted in time such that we can hold this event. More details about graduation will be forthcoming as we get more information and details from the governor and the local health departments.

MARINE SCIENCE HAWAII TRIP

Aloha Rebels! Are you interested in going to beautiful Hawaii? This two week trip will be next Summer 2021. Students will snorkel at world-renowned beaches, hike volcanoes, swim with manta rays, see waterfalls, learn Hawaiian culture, and take a submarine tour, all while studying Marine Science and earning a science credit. This is an initial callout for anyone seeking additional information on the trip. Please email Ms. Carroll, to be sent additional information about this unique adventure and check out the video from the 2019 trip.

GUIDANCE CORNER

ACHIEVE Indiana Online Summer School

ACHIEVE Virtual Education Academy is offering up to 2 FREE online classes to students over the summer. If you are interested in raising a grade for the Academic Honors Diploma, or making up a credit please contact your school counselor immediately! REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY!

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Guidance Blast

Please visit the Roncalli Guidance Blast for all information regarding Graduation 2020!!!

Guidance Blast

Resources For Parents During Quarantine

School Social Worker, Mrs. Diana Buxton, would like to share with Roncalli parents the following helpful articles. If you have any concerns, please contact her.

Mental Health Resources

Community Resources

Happy, Healthy Kids at Home

DRIVER EDUCATION

An email was sent out to the parents of all students enrolled in the Driver Education program. It provided details as to how we hope to still hold our Driver Education program in June or July if allowed to do so. If you did not receive that email please notify Chuck Weisenbach.

INFORMATION FROM THE RONCALLI CAFETERIA

The Roncalli Cafeteria has as our motto: “We will not rest until we are the world’s finest school cafeteria.” On March 13, 2020 our effort to be the best school cafeteria was abruptly halted. We miss all our students, and we especially miss seeing our seniors enjoy the last time we serve some of their favorites in the cafeteria, like the last Asian Bar, last crispitos in the shake room and of course, the last day to buy school cookies.

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We hope to see most of you back at school in the fall. For you seniors, we hope you come back to visit when you can. Many of your families may have questions about money left in your MealTime accounts. Our policy is to transfer remaining funds from our senior students into their siblings’ accounts at the end of the year. Those who don’t have younger siblings will receive a check in the mail if their balance is over $20. With graduation ceremony plans still fluid, we will wait to see if there is a time when graduation gowns are distributed. That is where we could collect money owed and distribute account balances less than $20.00.

With current economic conditions in our country the way they are today, you may also be considering applying for free or reduced priced meals for your student for next school year. Please be patient. New applications will not be available until July 1, 2020.

We plan on having online applications for the first time ever this year. This should make it much easier to apply. Also, if your student is already on free or reduced school meals this year, please know that that eligibility extends into the first 30 school days of next year. If you have questions regarding free/reduced meals email Eileen Horan.

DAILY ONLINE MASSES AVAILABLE!

Archbishop Thompson and other priests of the Archdiocese are celebrating a Mass each day that will be posted at ARCHINDY.ORG. Please note that the times of the Mass vary, and all are encouraged to check the website daily for updates.

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

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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.

ST. JUDE EARLY LEARNING MINISTRY

Enrollment is now open and we do accept CCDF if you would like to join our wonderful community! Visit www.stjude-elm.org or call 317-780-7595 for more information.

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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For all of our Roncalli community who are suffering from illness during this difficult time.
  • For all of our Rebel family who are experiencing extra stress during this unusual and uncertain time. God please comfort them and provide them Your peace and understanding.
  • For Dave Mansfield, the father-in-law of Ben North, Chemistry instructor, who battles with cancer and is recovering from surgery.
  • For Fr. John Hollowell R’97, son of Dr. Joseph Hollowell, President of Roncalli, as he recovers from surgery.
  • 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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