Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Your Roncalli family is so proud of you! Go forward with God and be the best you can be!
On Monday, July 20, we were blessed with a wonderful evening to celebrate the Senior Mass celebration at the Roncalli Stadium with our graduating Class of 2020.
As was shared in our reopening plan Roncalli High School will be offering a synchronous learning model for the students who do not feel comfortable returning to school for face to face instruction on August 5. Any student who wishes to do the synchronous learning long term in place of face to face instruction must notify Assistant Principal, Beth Reel no later than July 31. Please direct all questions about the synchronous learning to Mrs. Reel.
Last week, an email went out explaining the reopening plan for Roncalli along with three informative documents and a video message from Principal Weisenbach.
Get ready to get back to class with the new uniform design! Uniform polos, crewnecks and quarter zips all with the new Jerusalem cross design are ready for you! Come to the annual uniform and spiritwear sale held in the Roncalli Cafeteria on Monday, July 27, 4-8 PM and Tuesday, July 28, 8 AM - Noon. New merchandise and uniforms will be available for sale and online orders can be picked up. You must be wearing a mask in order to enter the school building.
The opening school letter was sent via email to each school family containing pertinent school related information including the process by which to access the student’s schedule and locker/locker combination. The electronic letter was sent out to seniors and juniors on Tuesday, July 21 and to sophomores and freshmen on Wednesday, July 22. Please contact the main office at (317) 787-8277 should you have any questions or encounter any issues with receiving your family’s letter.
Roncalli's Future Foundation program allows families to work with Roncalli to support Tuition Assistance and help defer their student's tuition cost. Click on this link to learn more about the program!
If you are interested in participating, please complete the google form at this link.
After you have completed that google form, we will be happy to get you registered and working in our program! Any other questions, please contact Jeff Traylor.
The Roncalli cafeteria has paid staff positions available for this school year. Consider becoming a part of your students’ nutrition team and join the staff of a faith filled kitchen that works to become the world’s finest school cafeteria! Please contact Lani Cummings or Jeff Richardson or call 317-788-4099
Freshmen Orientation will be conducted on the afternoon of Saturday, August 1st. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the freshmen and seniors will be divided into three groups and go through their two hour orientation at different times. A letter is in the mail to freshmen and seniors that explains more about the orientation as well as explain the specific times students need to be on campus. Please contact Kevin Banich for questions.
The annual New Parent Orientation meeting for parents of incoming freshmen and transfer students will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM in the school’s new gymnasium (Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium). Academics, discipline, cafeteria, uniform, tuition, extracurricular activities and much more will be covered at this meeting. Administrators will be available for answering individual questions after the formal meeting is over.
All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken on the morning of August 8th between 7:00 AM and noon. More information to follow from your coaches.
This year for the first time, Roncalli families will apply online for free/reduced meals. Please go to mymealtime.com. For a detailed instruction guide click here. If you have any questions or difficulties with this process, please call our office at (317)788-4099 or email Eileen Horan.
For a senior to have their picture included in the yearbook and class composite, they must get their picture taken with Prestige Photography. Click here to schedule your photography session. If you are photographed by 9/1/2020 you can do the STANDARD session with 2 outfits at NO CHARGE. The portraits studio is located at 2325 Pointe Parkway #140, Carmel, IN 46032. The yearbook choice deadline is 12/5/2020. No t-shirts with visible writings or logos, no hats, sunglasses or piercing are allowed for the yearbook photo. Gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and tie (jacket optional) and not have facial hair. Ladies must cover their shoulders and upper arms. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.
A reminder that freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have their school pictures taken on the first day of school. This year, we are offering families an opportunity to go online at MyLifetouch.com and look at a variety of backgrounds and photo options. Families may also pay for school pictures online. This would prevent your student from having to bring an order form with payment on the first day of school. To order school photos online, or to just preview options, please use Picture Day EVTZMTJZM on MyLifeTouch.com. If you have any questions related to school pictures, please contact Assistant Principal for Student Life, Kevin Banich.
Please note that seniors will be in school uniform on the first day of school and will be taking their official senior portrait at the Prestige Studio in Camel by appointment only. Seniors will take a picture on the first day of school, but this picture will only be used for the student ID.
Just a reminder that all students are expected to be in school uniform on the first day unless their parents are purchasing a picture package. If this is the case, the student may dress up. Absolutely, no jeans, denim or immodest dress allowed!!
Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation
Through the years, we have proven to be very successful in helping families/students that are in need of transportation assistance(to and/or from school).
If your family is in need of assistance with transportation, please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221. Please provide her with the following details (your name, contact information, major crossroads near where you live and what your needs are (ride to school, home from school or both). We will make every effort to connect you with another RHS family that can assist with your transportation needs. If your family/student is willing to assist other RHS families/students with a ride to school and/or home from school, please contact Andi Baker and provide her with the same information as noted in the first paragraph. This can be an excellent way for your family/student to benefit from some extra gas money.
We have the following Roncalli families who are in need of some assistance with transportation. If your family would like to pick up some additional gas money and provide assistance for one of these families would you please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221.
Crossroads: Smith Valley and 37 Needs rides to and from school - Willing to pay gas money!
Major Crossroads: Stones Crossing and 135 Needs rides to and from school daily
Roncalli High School is in year five of a 1:1 initiative with each student receiving a chromebook. Chromebooks will be ready for pickup according to the following schedule: Monday, August 3 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday August 4th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Wednesday, August 5th, after-school until 4:00 PM.
Distribution will be in the Roncalli Media Center. Enter the Main Entrance after parking on the circle.
Roncalli High School issues each student a Chromebook when they enter as a freshman or a student transferring into the school. Roncalli owns each school issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership transfers to the graduate. Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students may pick up their school issued Chromebook in the media center during one of the following dates: Monday, August 3 from Noon - 6:00 PM; Tuesday, August 4 from 8:00 AM - Noon; and until 4:00 PM after school on Wednesday, August 5.
A reminder that any student who is scheduled to take an Algebra 2 class or Algebra 1 (HON) this coming school year is required to have a TI-84 calculator. Many local retailers have them on sale now, and we ask that any “proofs of purchase” codes be saved and turned into the math teachers. Students are discouraged from purchasing a TI-89 as these calculators are not allowed on the ACT exam (however, they are allowed on the SAT and AP exams).
What is a Roncalli VIP member card? A Roncalli VIP member card is a pass that gets you and your immediate family into any home athletic event free of charge (regular season games only; IHSAA tournament and Marion County tournament games are excluded). A Roncalli VIP Card also allows you to receive up to four free tickets to one performance of each fine arts production/concert.
How do I get one? You can purchase a minimum half page ad for $275 in the Roncalli 2020-21 Performing Arts Book. The Performing Arts Book is distributed at all major fine arts performances and concerts and features pictures of our seniors in the performing arts program as well as pictures of the many different performing arts ensembles and groups.
Ad prices are as Follows:
The Roncalli Performing Arts Book Ad Campaign is the primary fundraiser for the Performing Arts Booster. All proceeds from the Performing Arts book campaign goes directly to support the Performing Arts at Roncalli.
Becoming a Roncalli VIP MEMBER is a GREAT way to support Roncalli, promote your business or recognize your student and provide a significant savings for your family!
Roncalli High School commits itself to the priority of each individual student being able to attend school on a daily basis in a positive, uplifting, faith-filled environment. The following is a guideline by which our school will operate as it relates to this issue and to the issues of bullying/harassment:
The good name, reputation and personal safety of each student, faculty, staff member and adult volunteer is vitally important. In order to protect students, employees, volunteers, and the school, each student is expected to treat the good name and reputation of other students, school employees, volunteers and the school with dignity and respect. Students will not engage in any activity or conduct, either on campus or off campus, that is in opposition to this guideline and/or inconsistent with the Catholic principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. Any derogatory, slanderous, hostile, or threatening remarks or actions directed toward any of the above by a student will be seen as a violation of this policy and will be viewed as a serious matter. An offending student may convey his bullying/harassment through a multitude of platforms including but not limited to: physical, verbal, sexual, retaliatory, or electronic means. Examples of electronic means include but are not limited to, email, social media, text messages, blogging, voice mails, images, pictures, videos, hashtags, etc. Any individual found to have made or participated with others in making such remarks or actions will be subject to disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion.
Because of the significance of the issues of bullying/harassment in the lives of our students, Roncalli has in place a wide variety of strategies to address the issues. These strategies will unfold throughout the school year with a heavy focus here at the start of the school year.
It is imperative that anyone who becomes aware of a Roncalli student who is being bullied or harassed, regardless of whether it is happening in or out of school, is asked to contact the Dean of Students. Failure to report incidents of bullying/harassment makes one complicit with the inappropriate behavior.
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.
It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 18. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 29.
To maintain the integrity of the school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.
Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2021 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2021 will be from June 28 - July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.
Roncalli High School extends an invitation to any registered nurse to volunteer at the school one morning each week. If interested please email principal Chuck Weisenbach.
Join the Roncalli Family - Roncalli High School is looking for additional substitute teachers for the 2020-21 school year. We are seeking faith-filled individuals who enjoy being around the future of tomorrow. No educational background is required. Training is provided. If you are interested in being a substitute teacher at Roncalli High school please contact Jeff Small.
We are very appreciative of the great cooperation we received during the recently completed school year from our students and parents regarding the style of pants that were to be worn as a part of the school uniform.
It is important to note that we are the only Catholic high school in the Indianapolis area that does not require uniform pants of its students. While some students and parents would support a move to uniform pants, the overwhelming majority of students and parents prefer to purchase their school pants in a price range of their choice and at a retail store of their choice. We wish to continue to honor this desire, but it must happen in such a way that we are not consistently wasting valuable instructional time and administrative time dealing with fashion compliance issues.
Thus, we ask once again for the total support of our parents and students in making sure there is adherence to specific style of pants (slacks) that will be allowed this school year. In accordance with the student handbook, the slacks must be dress slacks made of cotton-twill material similar to a pair of “Dockers” pants. Slacks must be minimum of "boot cut" and/or straight leg in diameter around the lower leg and may not be worn in a manner that hugs the complete contour of the lower body.
If you look at the visuals below, the three pictures on top illustrate acceptable choices while the three pictures on the bottom with an X through them are not acceptable choices.
Please direct all questions, concerns, and/or comments related to this matter to Dean of Students, Tim Crissman.
Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation on this matter.
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