RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - September 11, 2020

MOORE NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST

Liam Moore

Congratulations to senior John (Liam) Moore. It was announced this week, by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, that Moore is the first from Roncalli High School’s Class of 2021 to earn the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist (top 1% in the nation) based on his PSAT scores from his junior year.

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Moore now has the opportunity to compete to become a Finalist. Information from a detailed scholarship application regarding the student’s academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received will be taken into consideration. As a Semifinalist, Moore must also be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm his earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Roncalli Principal Chuck Weisenbach shared, “We are extremely proud of John! He has worked hard since a young age to earn such distinction. To be in the top 1% of the best and brightest seniors in the United States may be the top academic honor a high school senior could receive. We congratulate his parents and his grade school as well, both of whom were critical in his educational formation! Roncalli is proud of its academic excellence which has fostered countless National Merit Scholars for over 25 years now!”

ALBERTSON RECEIVES AWARD

Julie Albertson

The Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently announced their 2020 Monsignor Busald Award recipient to be Julie Albertson, Roncalli High School journalism instructor and track coach, and a member of St. Mark Parish. The Monsignor Busald Award recognizes adults who have given sustained service to the youth of a particular parish through CYO and youth ministry programs.

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Julie Albertson said, “CYO has not only offered amazing opportunities of growth for our children, but it has also afforded me the opportunity to work with young athletes and some really talented and dedicated adults. Having a small part in the development of young people is part of why I think God has me doing what I do both at St. Mark and Roncalli for which I am profoundly grateful.”

“Her faith is present in all that she does! She is so talented in working with young people. She has a gift for teaching the faith and is an excellent role model for all of us!” said Principal Chuck Weisenbach.

FREE LUNCH!

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided a waiver that will allow every student at Roncalli to receive a free breakfast meal and a free lunch meal everyday! Any one of our fabulous lunch choices will be available to your student at no charge!! (Reminder: A breakfast meal must include juice or fruit and a lunch meal must include at least one fruit or vegetable to make it a lunch.) All ala carte choices (water, cookies, shakes, chips, etc.) will still be charged at the normal price as will second servings of any entree. If your student is staying hybrid, they are also welcome to come down to the snack bar after school and pick up a peanut butter and jelly lunch for the next day as well as a breakfast at no charge! This waiver is good through the end of December or until the money from the USDA runs out, so let's take advantage of this while we can!

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sarah Lezon

Congratulations to Junior Sarah Lezon who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Christina Erazmus and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

HYBRID LEARNING

HYBRID LEARNING

In an effort to be attentive to the needs of all of our students, parents who feel their child is struggling academically, socially, emotionally and/or spiritually in the hybrid schedule may now petition the school asking that their child be allowed to attend school in person on a daily basis! Parents interested in pursuing this opportunity for their child should click on and complete this application and submit it no later than 5 PM on Wednesday, September 16. Those students whose application is approved would begin attending school in person on a daily basis on Monday, September 21.

SACRED SOUND CONCERTS

After much prayer and discussion, it has been decided the Sacred Sounds concert originally scheduled for October 5 will not be presented as planned. Instead, the choirs will tape their performances for family and friends to watch in their own homes. More details on how to access this concert will be provided in the near future.

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's video features Roncalli principal, Chuck Weisenbach, St. Jude Parish

For more information on the school and all we have to offer, please visit roncalli.org.

REQUIRED FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING

A letter was mailed out a week ago to the parents of all of our current freshmen informing them of a requirement to attend one of our Required Freshman Parent meetings taking place this fall. This required freshman parent meeting was instituted 11 years ago, primarily as a means to try and establish or insure some “common ground” between our parents as primary educators and Roncalli as secondary educators. The meetings have received positive reviews from parents.

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There are two more opportunities for parents to attend one of these meetings. The dates are: September 15 and 29. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the school’s auditorium.

NOTE: Parents who have had a freshman student previously at Roncalli are NOT required to attend one of these meetings. Failure to attend one of these meetings will result in the student not being allowed to stay at Roncalli for the second semester of the school year.

Please direct all questions to principal, Chuck Weisenbach, (317) 787-8277, extension 224.

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

Roncalli Media Network

Roncalli Media Network - we're playing Columbus North this Friday at 7 PM. Tune in to hear the action!

Your place to see and hear Roncalli sports action! Check out upcoming broadcasted events on the calendar.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

Roncalli High School works with local law enforcement officials continuously reviewing and updating our Emergency Preparedness Plan based on best practices learned from school experiences all across the country. Law enforcement has shared with us that a review of some school shootings shows that they have taken place during the time period in the morning prior to the start of school when students, teachers and staff are arriving on campus and entering the school. They (law enforcement) have recommended that we collect student cell phone numbers so that we can communicate directly with students if an emergency situation exists in the time period leading up to the start of school when we may have students in the parking lot, driving into school, etc.

NOTE: The school's only use of these numbers will be for emergency notification.

During the week of September 21st, we are going to begin collecting freshman and transfer students' cell phone numbers. Please notify Tim Crissman our Dean of Students if you as parents do not wish for Roncalli to have your child's cell phone number.

SUMMER FIELD STUDY 2021

SUMMER FIELD STUDY

June 14, 2021 - June 27, 2021
Family Information Night
September 28, 2020
7:00 PM Roncalli Auditorium

Families, please join us for a night of information about the upcoming 2021 Summer Field Study Adventure. The night will include the proposed itinerary, trip highlights, gear needs, and overall costs.

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The adventure is an accredited class within the Roncalli Curriculum that has been offered for the past 39 years. It is centered around providing an experience centered on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’. It additionally provides an outdoor living challenge to the students that has a focus on growing to a better understanding of how God is active in our lives. We invite all interested families to join us on September 28 at 7:00pm in the Roncalli Auditorium.

Please feel free to contact Tim Crissman with any questions that you may have.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

This is our notification that Roncalli High School once again has complied with all regulations set forth by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

PICTURE RETAKES

Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 6th in the morning. Any student who did not get their picture taken on the first day of school, we need to have their picture taken on this day. In addition, anyone who is doing a picture retake, must bring back their picture packet. Students who are getting their picture taken can be out of uniform, but shorts, jeans or inappropriate clothing are not allowed. Please contact Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

COVID-19 SCREENING GUIDE FOR PARENTS

The Indiana State Department of Health has provided guidelines to help parents screen their child for symptoms related to COVID-19. Should you find that your child has one or more of the symptoms, please keep your child home. Please call the school and let us know of the current conditions. The school will follow up with each symptomatic student's parents with regards to return to school protocols. It is highly recommended as well that you contact your health care provider to discuss your child's health situation. Should you have questions related to COVID-19 matters please contact Tim Crissman, Dean of Students.

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WALKATHON 2020 Design CONTEST

Calling all creative high school students, this year's theme is “Walk Hard. Play Hard. Pray Hard.”

We are asking students to submit their creative t-shirt design ideas for a chance to win $50! If you have an artistic student, encourage them to submit artwork for the official t-shirt by Wednesday, September 16 at 4 PM. Questions can be directed to Jeen Endris in the Advancement Office.

This year’s Walkathon is Friday, October 30th. The Walkathon is the only all school fundraiser in which Roncalli students are asked to participate. Every dollar raised through Walkathon funds provides needs-based tuition assistance for Roncalli families.

RONCALLI COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE

What a great start in Community Service! Our students are doing an outstanding job so far, and we look forward to all the ways that Roncalli students will continue to serve those in need.

A few reminders: Students can count up to 8 hours toward the first semester from the summer. If any student has completed hours from the summer and have not yet entered them, they must make sure that the "category" listed on the MobileServe app is summer hours and the date of service reflects a June or July date.

First Quarter hours will be due on Monday September 28. We ask all students to have nine hours completed by this date.

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Semester hours will be due on Monday December 7. We ask our students to have completed 18 hours by this date.

The new number for the Class of 2021 to receive a service cord is 216 (this is down from the past goal of 234 hours).

We still have the "Service Wall of Fame" which lists all students who have completed 400 or more hours during their high school career. These plaques hang outside Mr. Striby's office in the cafeteria.

Great job so far! Keep those hours coming!

Please take a moment to read the information at the link below and feel free to contact Mr. Striby with any questions or concerns.

Community Service Update

CORPORATE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES!

Roncalli offers a comprehensive Corporate Sponsor program that supports our students in several exciting ways, including tuition assistance and broadcasting opportunities. There are many benefits in sponsoring and supporting Roncalli. Your company will be exposed to other like-minded businesses that also support Roncalli. Almost 1,100 students, 125 faculty and staff, an alumni base of over 13,500 and thousands of Roncalli parents, relatives and friends will have an opportunity to see your business ad at some point during the school year. Our newest opportunity will include signage opportunities in the Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Roncalli Media Network, Homecoming, Fall Sports, Rebel 5ive podcast, Rebelation or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please email Gary Armbruster or call him at 317-525-7046.

PAID POSITIONS AT Roncalli

Roncalli's Cafeteria is looking for employees that have the best interests of our students at their heart! Our cafeteria team is a family with a mission to provide the best possible food for our students. We are a faith filled, welcoming group that is looking for new members to carry the torch of good nutrition. These paid positions fit perfectly into a school parents day. PLEASE call us for more information. What a great way to serve your community! Thank you for your consideration! Email Jeff Richardson or call 317-788-4099.

ROAD CLOSURE/TRAFFIC UPDATE

The Department of Transportation has begun work on the roundabout at Sherman Drive and Thompson Road, which limits access to Roncalli from the east. However, Thompson Road remains open to access Roncalli from the west. This construction/closure has created additional traffic congestion on McFarland Road and the south entrance to our campus. Families from St. Mark, St. Barnabas, Ss. Francis & Clare are strongly encouraged to use Madison Avenue, US 31, Meridian Street, or State Road 37/465 to access Thompson Road and come in the north entrance of our campus. There is minimal traffic using the north entrance so this will alleviate some stress and expedite your trip by using the north entrance.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Parents/Students - We need your help. We have some families who are struggling to find transportation to and/or from school. In some cases, it could result in the family having to withdraw their child due to the family's transportation challenges. Please review these needs, and email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221 in the main office if you can assist.

Find us on Facebook for carpooling/transportation information: Roncalli High School Carpooling/Transportation

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Transportation Needs

Major Crossroads: SR 37 and Southport (Southern Dunes)

  • Need ride home from school (Prefers adult/parent driver)

Major Crossroads: Southeastern and 74

  • Needs ride home daily

Major Crossroads: Franklin Rd. 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

VISION AND/OR HEARING SCREENING

The Marion County Public Health Department will be at Roncalli to administer the state mandated hearing screening services for sophomores on Monday, September 14. A parent/guardian has the right to decline this service for your child. If you do not want the health department to conduct a hearing screening for your sophomore child, please email Andi Baker or call 317-787-8277, ext. 221 in the main office.

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.

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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.

DISTANCE LEARNING MEALS

Is your distance learning student eating you out of house and home? Let Roncalli help. We can provide a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches at the same cost as your student usually pays at school at one pick-up. This may be especially beneficial for our families who receive the free and reduced lunch assistance. If you are interested in this service please contact Jeff Richardson or Lani Cummings at 317-788-4099.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

SUPPORT THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Roncalli Performing Arts is currently selling ads for 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.

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Ad prices are as Follows:

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

The purchase of a ½ page ad gets you a Roncalli VIP card. While the current VIP program is being revamped due to the current COVID attendance restrictions, we hope to be able to provide free tickets to all Roncalli sporting and performing arts events in the near future.

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

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.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

Transcripts Available

For the month of September, historical grades for students in Grade 10 through 12 will be available in Family Link. Log into FamilyLink using your child's Roncalli ID and password and click on Secondary Mark History on the left side of the screen. Cumulative GPAs will also be available.

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College Reps Visiting Roncalli!

The following college representatives will be “Visiting” Roncalli next week.

  • Butler University 9/15 @ 2:30 - room 006
  • Marian University 9/16 @ 10:45 - room 107
  • Vincennes University 9/18 @ 10:45 - room 107 Students MUST sign up through Naviance to receive the links to attend these visits. Complete sign-up instructions can be found on the BLAST.

Latino Future Planning Night

El Departamento de Guía de la Preparatoria de Roncalli High School invita a las familias de habla hispana de los estudiantes que actualmente cursan el onceavo (Juniors) y doceavo (Seniors) grado a Noche Latina de Planeamiento Futuro en el “Media Center” el día martes 6 de octubre a las 7:00 pm. Los temas que serán cubiertos incluyen: Visitas a las universidades, carreras universitarias, requisitos de admisión, cuando se debe aplicar, como pagar por la universidad. Esperamos verlos ese día!

The Roncalli High School Guidance Department invites all Spanish-speaking families of current juniors and seniors to attend Latino Future Planning Night in the Media Center on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM. Topics covered will include: campus visits, college majors, admissions requirements, when to apply, and how to pay for college. We hope to see you there!

From Desk of the Social Worker

The school social worker’s role is to assist the school in meeting the social, emotional and mental health needs of its students, parents/guardians, and teachers. This is done through 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. Please fill out this form if you or someone you know would benefit from these services and the social worker will follow up on the referral.

Social Worker Referral Form

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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.

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.

AN EVENING AMONG THE STARS

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For Ann Strykowski, mother of Chris Strykowski Roncalli History department and varsity assistant football coach, who is battling health issues.
  • For Eric Davis R’04 who is battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
  • For Robin Barna, father of Sarah Rose, Roncalli Science Department, who is battling with cancer.
  • For Samantha (Maddox) Brown R'04. She is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
  • 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 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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