RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - October 2, 2020

2020 PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Online THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
3:30 - 5:30 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Roncalli High School will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 8, from 3:30 - 5:30 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM. All of the conferences this year will be done online via google meet and the meeting link may be accessed via Canvas.

Check out the links for parents that provide simple, quick instructions on how to sign up for a conference with a teacher as well as how to log into the conference with the teacher on October 8. Please watch the videos as they are only two minutes in length and will provide you with easy, step by step instructions.

Should you have any issues on Thursday gaining access to the google meet with a teacher, please call the school’s main switchboard at 317-787-8277 and someone will assist you. God bless you!

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RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK
& HOMECOMING PRESENTATION

Roncalli Media Network

We're playing our Homecoming game this Saturday at 6:00 PM. Tune in to see and hear the action!

At half-time the Homecoming court will be presented, and the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned! Also, the Spirit of the Family Tradition award will be presented.

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

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CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE CHAMPS

Volleyball Champs

Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team for earning the 2020-21 Circle City Conference championship last Monday! They defeated Heritage Christian in five exciting sets to clinch the title. Roncalli defeated Heritage Christian 24-26, 26-28, 25-21, 25-14, 17-15. This is the girls varsity volleyball fifth consecutive conference championship title.

Junior Emma Halter had 37 digs and 2 aces. Junior Sarah Lezon had 14 kills, 9 blocks, 9 digs and 1 ace, while senior Miranda Wilson had 16 kills, 3 blocks and 5 digs.

“The girls’ performance against an undefeated defending state champion, on the road in a challenging environment, was one of the grittiest efforts I’ve seen by a Roncalli team. This conference championship was well earned!” said Athletic Director David Lauck.

BOYS TENNIS WINS SECTIONAL TITLE

Tennis Team

The Roncalli boys tennis team won its 12th sectional title, and its fourth straight, with a 3-2 win on Thursday over the host Franklin Central. Senior Tyler Schofield won at #1 singles and junior Ty Ransburg was victorious at #3 singles. Seniors Josh Wormann and Cole Elzea clinched the title with a three-set victory at #2 doubles. Roncalli advanced to the final after a 5-0 win over Beech Grove in Wednesday’s semifinal round. In the final, Roncalli was able to defeat Franklin Central, who had beaten Roncalli 3-2 in late August.

“I’m proud of the team as a whole because they never gave up,” said head coach Jim Stone. “I’m happy for the number two doubles team for winning their match after dropping the first set.”

With the win, the team improved its record to 10-11. Roncalli advances to next Tuesday’s (October 6) regional semifinal at Center Grove, where it will face the winner of the Southport sectional.

THANK YOU, LANI CUMMINGS!

Lani Cummings
Mrs. Cummings will be missed!

On Thursday, Mrs. Lani Cummings hung up her apron for the last time at Roncalli. Her contributions to Roncalli the past 23 years have been remarkable. If you enjoyed a cafeteria cookie, hot dog bar, taco Friday or turkey manhattan, and who hasn't, while a student or staff member then you have Lani Iozzo Cummings to thank for the memory. Good luck in your retirement, Lani, and thanks for taking such great care of us all these years!

PICTURE RETAKES

Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 6th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (not in the morning) in the RHS cafeteria. Students who are in school that day will be called down during 8th period to get their picture taken. Any student who is at home due to the hybrid schedule or synchronously learning from home, must come in after school for their retake. Any student who did not get their picture taken on the first day of school, will need to have their picture taken on this day. A student who does not get their picture taken will not be included in the school yearbook. 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. There are picture information and payment packets available in the main office. Please contact Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life.

ABOVE AND BEYOND - PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Volleyball Team
GIRLS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM (Composite image digitally created from individual images)

Congratulations to the entire Girls Varsity Volleyball team, who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Players of the Week for winning their fifth consecutive Circle City Conference by the Athletic Director David Lauck and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

STAND UP PRESENTATION

Last week, a member of the STAND Up team presented valuable information to all students in their Theology classes. This team is made up of administrators, counselors, teachers and our school social worker. The team seeks to identify students experiencing physical, social, emotional or spiritual difficulties and to remove the barriers which interfere with learning. The goal is to empower these students to experience the same opportunities for growth and development that God intends for all young people. For more information, click here.

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As a member of the Roncalli community, if you have a concern about a student with regards to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, any form of bullying, self-harm, substance abuse, aggressive behaviors and/or an incident involving harassment, or anything that may negatively affect a student's physical, social, emotional or spiritual health, please fill out this form - STAND Up Report Form. A hard copy can also be found in the carousel outside of the Guidance Office.

It takes all of us working as a team together to help our students become the people God intended them to be.

WALKATHON 2020 VIRTUAL WALK

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WALKATHON 2020

Next Monday and Tuesday, students will receive their yellow collection envelopes in their 8th period classes. These will be turned in beginning Friday, October 23 in the morning before school and during lunch periods. (Even when students reach their goal online, students need to turn in their envelopes.) When turning these envelopes in with the student’s goal met, they will receive their Walkathon t-shirt, out of uniform wristband for the days leading up to the walk and COOKIE COUPONS!

This year’s Walkathon is a virtual walk taking place on Friday, October 30. 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.

All students received an email from Boost My School. This contains their individual link to share in order to receive online donations. If your student did not receive this email, please contact Jeen Endris.

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SUPPORT WALKATHON

Walkathon Giftcards

Want to show your support of this year’s Walkathon, we need gift cards for our students who reach beyond their goal and raise $100 or more in donations. Great ideas for gift cards: gas cards, Starbucks and fast food places. Send card to Jeen Endris at Roncalli, 3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

BUS DRIVERS NEEDED

Bus

Roncalli is looking to expand its pool of licensed bus drivers. The school is willing to pay for the cost of the licensure process. Driving for Roncalli athletic events, field trips, show choir competitions, etc. can be a fun experience and a great supplemental income.Please email the school's Transportation Director, Jason Sims, or call (317) 787-8277, extension 262 if interested.

TRANSPORTATION NEEDED

We have a family that lives near 135 and the Forrest Commons area that has a significant need for transportation assistance. Please call Andi Baker in the Roncalli Main Office at 317-787-8277 or email her at abaker@roncalli.org if you can provide help. Thank you!

SENIOR PORTRAIT STUDIO

Southside Prestige portrait studio opened. Read the full letter about appointments and guidelines.

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SENIOR MASS DATE CHANGE

The Senior Mass for the Roncalli Class of 2021 was scheduled for Friday, May 14. However, the recently released schedule of AP tests for May, 2021, has forced us to change the date for our Senior Mass to Thursday, May 13, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SACRED SOUNDS 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

In today's My Story, R Family video, we get to hear from junior Lauren Turk, St. Jude Parish. She comes from a long line of Roncalli grads. She is a 3rd generation Roncalli student! Her story and all of the connections that she has to RHS are pretty cool, and we're glad that she has chosen to share her enthusiasm for the school with our community.

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

STARS RESOURCE PROGRAM

PARENT MEETING

Who: Parents of students identified with Specific Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments, Emotional Disabilities and Other Health Impairments

When: Tuesday, October, 20, 2020 7:00 PM

Where: Roncalli High School Auditorium

What: Learn the process for students to receive accommodations on Roncalli’s placement test and hear details about the STARS resource program. ** Please bring a copy of your student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Service Plan (ISP) as well as any psychometric testing to the meeting.

If unable to attend please email: Michelle Roberts, Director of Special Services.

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.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

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RONCALLI LETTER JACKET INFORMATION

LETTER JACKET

A sales representative from Awards America will be at Roncalli in the cafeteria on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 and Thursday, October 8, 2020 during all lunch periods! He will also be in the cafeteria Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 5:00 PM -7:00 PM. Jacket samples will be provided on the order day so students may be sized properly.

The price list and options are listed below. Payment IN FULL is requested the day an order is made. Checks made payable to: Roncalli High School.

See order form for pricing and details.

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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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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.

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 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

FAFSA Night

  • Who: Roncalli Seniors and their families
  • When: Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 PM
  • Where: Roncalli Auditorium
  • Presenter: Sandy Osborne - UIndy Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distance, and complete a wellness self-assessment.

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!

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Future Planning Night for Freshmen/Sophomores

  • Who: Roncalli Freshmen, Sophomores, and their families
  • When: Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00
  • Where: Roncalli Auditorium

Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distance, and complete a wellness self-assessment.

Noche Latina de Planeamiento Futuro

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 noveno grado y décimo grado a Noche Latina de Planeamiento Futuro en el “Media Center” el día miércoles 7 de octubre a las 7:00 pm. Los temas que serán cubiertos incluyen: el proceso de búsqueda de universidades, visitas a las universidades, carreras universitarias, y opciones distintas a una licenciatura de cuatro años. Esperamos verlos ese día!

2021 United States Senate Youth Program

Two Indiana students will be selected to earn a $10,000 college scholarship and participate in a VIRTUAL WEEK “IN” Washington, D.C. on March 14-18, 2021. Complete information can be found at here. Eligible students are high school juniors and seniors who are currently serving in leadership roles in student government:

  • Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
  • Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
  • Student council representative
  • National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Society such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
  • Student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional, or state level civic or educational organization.

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

RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST

Roncalli is excited to host the Class of 2025 for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, November 7! Additional details are below:

  • Test begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes by 11:15 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early, and use the Fine Arts Center entrance (Door #5)
  • Cost is $10
  • Students are asked to bring 2 sharpened No. 2 pencils; calculators are not allowed.
  • Accommodations, as designated in the student’s IEP/ISP, are available only for those students who provide the appropriate documentation to Mrs. Michelle Roberts (mroberts@roncalli.org), Special Needs Director, at least 10 days prior to the HSPT.
  • No need for parents/students to register or call in for the November HSPT test date.
  • Only students who take the November HSPT are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship
  • STARS students and parents are invited to the 8th grade parent meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7 PM in the Roncalli Auditorium.

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Parents are strongly encouraged to attend an Admissions Information meeting on the morning of the High School Placement Test from 10:00 – 11:15 AM in the Ascension St. Vincent Gym (new gym). Items covered at this meeting will include the Admissions Application, the Admissions process, the Financial Aid process and some general academic and scheduling information. The end of this meeting coincides with the end of the High School Placement Test.

Please contact Jessica Engel, School Counselor (317) 787-8277 (ext.235) or Jane Dias, Guidance Administrative Assistant (ext. 214) with questions.

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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 former student Arthur Koehl, who continues to recover from a serious injury in an automobile accident, and for his mother Tamara and brothers Jaylen R’17, senior Theo, during this time of recovery and healing.
  • 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 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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