RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - May 15, 2020

CENTRAL NINE AWARDS

Ryan Remy
Ryan Remy
Noelle Sulit
Noelle Sulit
Anthony Wheat
Anthony Wheat

Last week, Central Nine held a Virtual Awards Day. Merit Awards were presented to first or second year students who completed outstanding work and had good attendance and citizenship. Below are the students who earned these awards and their Central Nine program.

Merit Award Winners: Ryan Remy - Aviation Flight/Operations, Noelle Sulit - Dental Careers, Anthony Wheat - Fire and Rescue
Great job, Rebels! We are proud of you!

COLLEGIATE SIGNINGS

Aidan Newett
Aidan Newett - Soccer, Franklin College
Josh Byrne
Josh Byrne - Men's Volleyball, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne
Will Hawkins
Will Hawkins - Swimming, Rose Hulman

In addition to our list of collegiate signings published last week, we’d like to congratulate Aidan Newett, Josh Byrne and Will Hawkins!

If your student has signed a letter of intent, and has not yet been recognized, please contact David Lauck so they can be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

E-LEARNING UPDATE

Unit Test Week

Thank you to all of our students, teachers and parents for the continued hard work! Here is the schedule we will follow next week for our Unit Tests. Please email your teacher if you have any questions. There will be no attendance taken on these four days. Attendance will come via the student completing their Unit Test.

  • Monday, May 18: Industrial Technology, Theology, Science
  • Tuesday, May 19: Social Studies, World Languages, Fine Arts
  • Wednesday, May 20: English, Business & Technology, Communications
  • Thursday, May 21: Mathematics, Health, Physical Education

APRIL STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to our April students of the month! We wish we could celebrate you at school. We are proud of you and your hard work! Emma Agresta, Robert Storey, Brady Craig, Sarah Prusa, Sofia Reutebuch, Chris Parrett, Amber Linton, Bryce LaMarca, Grace Cassiero, Jackson Hawkins, Liam Irwin and Trey Koch.

BOB TULLY RETIRES

BOB TULLY

After serving the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and Roncalli High School for 58 years, Vice-President of Mission and Ministry Robert F. Tully has announced a decision to retire. Coming to the newly opened Chartrand High School in 1962 and remaining on staff when Chartrand and Kennedy Memorial high schools merged to form Roncalli in 1969, Mr. Tully has served the school community in many different positions. In addition to his current position, he has served as a religion teacher, a bus driver, head football coach, head track coach, Athletic Director, Superintendent of Finance, and Campus Minister. Additionally, Mr. Tully also established Roncalli’s Office of Institutional Advancement by serving as the school’s first Director of Development in 1990.

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Roncalli President Dr. Joe Hollowell noted, “For 58 years now, Bob has served our Catholic community in extraordinary ways in many official roles at Chartrand and then Roncalli. However, he will best be known by those who worked with him as an inspiring and enthusiastic advocate for our students.”

Recently, Mr. Tully was inducted into the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his decades-long affiliation with Roncalli’s championship football program as both an assistant coach and head coach. Roncalli principal Chuck Weisenbach added, “When asked by others what he did for a living, Bob was fond to say, 'I am in the kid business.' That describes his ministry perfectly! His entire life of ministry has been about kids and about helping them become the best version of themselves they could be. He may be retiring but his legacy and spirit will live on at Roncalli for generations to come!"

School leaders hope to schedule a retirement celebration sometime this Fall.

JR. REBEL THEATRE CAMP

The Junior Rebel Theatre Camps schedules have been updated. All pre-registered campers will be notified of changes to the new dates and times.

Junior Rebel Theatre Experience Day Camp Dates: (4 Day Camps) 2 hours each. They will focus on improvisation, Theatre games, costuming, Musical Theatre and much more.

July 6 - 9th and July 13 - 16th. 8 - 10 AM going into grades 3 through 5, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM going into grades 6 through 9. Camp Cost: $50 per camper, RHS Staff members are free other than a $10 charge for a T-Shirt.

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BAND CAMP

The Roncalli Band will be holding their annual summer band camp from Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th. Camp runs daily from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. The cost for camp is $125.00 and the fee includes daily lunches, instructor fees and band tee shirt. More information will be mailed out later this month.

SUMMER FIELD STUDY 2020

We have been forced to make a decision to cancel our originally planned Summer Field Study trip scheduled for June 8-21.

The good news is that we may still have an opportunity to provide the Summer Field Study experience in July for students wishing to participate. The dates of the rescheduled program would be July 6-July 19. The cost of the program would remain the same. The destination will remain the same with the majority of our activities scheduled to take place in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and then in the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. We have all of our transportation, food, and activities worked out. The lone critical piece that has not been completely resolved yet is securing an appropriate campsite that will be open upon our arrival. We expect to be able to get confirmation of this within the next week.

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS

The Roncalli Summer Camps schedules have been updated on our Rank One registration site.

All pre-registered campers will be notified of changes to the new dates and times.

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WEBINAR FOR PARENTS OF

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Roncalli Principal, Chuck Weisenbach, along with Vice President for Finance, Dave Gervasio, will present a webinar for the parents of current ninth, tenth and eleventh graders on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 PM. The primary focus of this webinar will be information regarding tuition and increased opportunities for financial assistance for the 2020-21 school year. We will attempt to provide some insights as to the start of the 2020-21 school year. An email will go out next week to these parents providing them with information on how to join the webinar. Please email Vice President for Advancement, Terese Carson should you have any questions about how to participate in the webinar and questions you would like to submit to be answered during the webinar.

DRIVER EDUCATION

For the parents of drivers ed students: The balance of $160 was due on May 1st. Please send in payment to Roncalli High School 3300 Prague Road Indpls, IN 46227 (ATTN: Andi Baker)

(Payments cannot be taken over the phone. Check/Money order only.)

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.

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.

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

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!

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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.

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  • Find something or someone you care about.
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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.

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For Allie Marie Schafer, three year old daughter of Morgan (Huser) Schafer R'06 and granddaughter of Cathy Huser, Cafeteria Staff, who passed away this week. May God provide her family comfort during this sudden loss and difficult time.
  • 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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