RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - August 7, 2020

WELCOME TO THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

HYBRID LEARNING CALENDAR DATES

HYBRID LEARNING CALENDAR DATES

Students with last names beginning with letters A - K will have face to face instruction at Roncalli on August 6, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 20. They will have live synchronous learning from home the other school days through August 21.

Students with last names beginning with letters L - Z will have face to face instruction at Roncalli on August 7, 11, 13 17, 19 and 21. They will have live synchronous learning from home the other school days through August 20.

We plan to have all students on campus for face to face instruction on Monday, August 24.

Hybrid Learning Video

SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING REMINDERS

Students will join a Google Meet link located on the top of each canvas course page for synchronous learning at the start of each class period.

Submitting student work online: Students will download the free Canvas Student App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store using a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet. If your student does not have access to a device please contact Jenny Carroll. This application will allow for submission of handwritten student work while in the online setting. Assistance in downloading this app and submitting online work can be found on canvas in their Class of 20## page.

MERCURI WINS STATE ART COMPETITION

MERCURI WINS STATE ART COMPETITION
“Picture Perfect” - oil paint and ink, by Logan Mercuri

Congratulatulations to senior Logan Mercuri who’s artwork won first place in the state of Indiana 2019-2020 VFW Auxiliary’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest!

FALL SPORT PICTURE DAY

AUGUST 8TH

All Fall athletes will have team pictures taken tomorrow morning, August 8th between 7:00 AM and noon. Contact your coaches for more information.

THANK YOU SENIORS!

THANK YOU SENIORS

Freshman Orientation was Saturday, August 1. Roncalli hosted over 400 students during three 2-hour orientations for the seniors and the incoming Class of 2024. It is a logistical challenge to host one freshman orientation, but successfully implementing three smaller ones provided a new and unique set of challenges; however, the Rocalli seniors responded very well and did a great job leading and setting the example for the incoming freshmen!

A special thank you to Angie McHugh who helped design and implement this orientation, as well as doing a lot of the behind the scene work.

Also, thank you to Kevin Banich, Tim Crissman, Beth Reel, Chuck Weisenbach, Angela Maly, Cassie McGill, Jessica Engel, Jeff Traylor, Scott Houser, Morgan Ellis, Michelle Roberts, Brittany Ratcliff and Allie Ross for working freshman orientation.

Way to go, Roncalli!

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RONCALLI COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE

Roncalli is so excited to welcome our students back to Roncalli for our fall semester! With the ever evolving situation in our world, we have made some adjustments to the Roncalli Community Service program. Please take a moment to read the information at the link below and feel free to contact Mr. Striby with any questions or concerns.

Service Program Update

God Bless you all, and thank you for your flexibility and support.

FUTURE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

Roncalli's Future Foundation program allows families to work with Roncalli to support Tuition Assistance and help defer their student's tuition cost. Click here to learn more about the program!

If you are interested in participating, please complete the google form here.

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.

CAFETERIA SERVES BREAKFAST

BREAKFAST

Every morning in the cafeteria from 6:50-7:40 AM, the Roncalli cafeteria offers many breakfast choices. The cost of breakfast is $2.00. If students are entitled to a free or reduced breakfast, then those breakfasts are either free or $.30. (This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.)

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The cafeteria will provide breakfast and lunch for the days you are not here at Roncalli for synchronous learning days. Come to the Snack Bar after school, and we will build a breakfast and lunch of your choosing for you to take home. Your account will be charged what you normally pay for lunch.

RONCALLI YARD SIGNS

YARD SIGNS

Normally distributed at Back to School Night, the 2020 yard signs will be available starting next Tuesday through Friday for one student per family to take home after school from the Woodshed (old gym). There will also be signs available for pickup near the main entrance for those who do not have a student at school.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Roncalli High School regrets that current health and safety guidelines will keep us from holding our annual Back to School Night for parents that was scheduled for Thursday, August 13!

The good news is that we will be bringing our annual Back To School Night directly to you and your homes next Thursday. Look for an email from Roncalli on Thursday morning. It will contain greetings from Principal Chuck Weisenbach along with details as to how you can view the informational videos created by your child's teachers.

Students and teachers have done a great job in these early days with the hybrid schedule and synchronous learning. We encourage parents to reach out to their child's teachers or school counselor any time they have a question or concern!

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP DUE DATES

The Roncalli Guidance Team is excited to welcome students back for the 2020-2021 school year. Remember that counselors are here to serve your students in academic, social and career needs. To meet The Guidance Team and for contact information on your students' counselor, click here.

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Lilly Endowment Foundation Scholarships:

MARION and HAMILTON COUNTY residents - The Central Indiana Community Foundation will select students for the Lilly Award, which awards full tuition for four years, a $900 book stipend, and all required fees at any university in the state of Indiana. Roncalli may nominate two students from each county. Applications are due to the Roncalli Guidance Office by 3:15 on Friday, August 14. For all the details and the preliminary application, contact your student’s Counselor or click here

MORGAN COUNTY residents - The 2021 Lilly Scholarship for Morgan County residents is now open. Applications can be found here. The deadline is Friday, August 28.

JOHNSON COUNTY residents -The 2021 Lilly Scholarship for Johnson County Residents is now open. Applications can be found here. The Deadline is Wedensday, August 19.

Save-the-Date!

On Monday, August 24, Roncalli will host a VIRTUAL Evening with College Reps for students and parents. This event is open to all grade levels. More details will be available soon on the Roncalli Guidance Blast!

PSAT AND WALKATHON DATE CHANGES

College Board has changed the date when the PSAT is offered, so the test will now be given to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on Thursday, October 29th. Seniors will not come to school on this day and should use this time for college visits and job shadowing if possible.

Because of this date change, Walkathon will now take place on Wednesday, October 28th.

SOCIAL WORKER CONSENT FORM

The school social worker’s role is to assist the school in meeting the social, emotional and spiritual needs of its students, parents/guardians and teachers. This is done by individual sessions with students, meetings with parents or families, small groups, coordinating with other service providers, providing resources to families or students, consulting and facilitating a teamwork approach with teachers and staff at school. If you feel your child would benefit from meeting with the social worker, for any reason, please email Diana Buxton or call (317) 787-8277 ext. 281 at any time.

Fill out and send in the linked consent form. Thank you!

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FREE/REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS

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.

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CLASS OF 2021 SENIOR PORTRAITS

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.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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).

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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.

Carpool Request

Major Crossroads: Southeastern and 74 Needs ride home daily

Major Crossroads: Franklin St. and Raymond (7 minutes from Nativity) Needs ride home or carpool both ways - Willing to pay gas money!

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

TI-84 CALCULATORS

ALGEBRA 2 OR ALGEBRA 1 HON

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).

GET A RONCALLI VIP CARD

FREE ADMISSION TO ATHLETIC & FINE ARTS EVENTS

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.

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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.

To purchase an ad in the Performing Arts book, contact a performing arts student or Mike Lewinski or Miki Lewinski.

Ad prices are as Follows:

  • Business Card Size-$65
  • ¼ Page Ad-$165
  • ½ Page Ad-$275
  • Full Page Ad-$450

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!

BULLYING/HARASSMENT

GUIDELINE FOR RESPECTING ALL PERSONS

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:

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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.

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2021

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.

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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.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED

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.

IMPORTANT UNIFORM INFORMATION

REGARDING UNIFORM PANTS

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.

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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.

Uniform Pants

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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CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For former student Arthur Koehl, who was severely injured in an automobile accident, and for his mother Tamara and brothers Jaylen R’17, senior Theo, during this time of recovery and healing.
  • For Julie Sommers, STARS Life Academy instructor, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • For all of our Roncalli family who are experiencing extra stress during this unusual and uncertain time. God please comfort them and provide them Your peace and understanding.
  • For Fr. John Hollowell R’97, son of Dr. Joseph Hollowell, former 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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