RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 1, 2021

HAppy New Year

All of us at Roncalli High School hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed a wonderful celebration of Christmas and the Christmas season! May 2021 be filled with good health and God’s abundant blessings for all in the Roncalli Family!

PLANS FOR SECOND SEMESTER

Please click below to access the announcement for how Roncalli will start the second semester with regard to the delivery of instruction.

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START OF THE SECOND SEMESTER

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on January 11 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on January 11 will have to complete and submit this application by 3:00 PM Wednesday, January 6.

NOTE: When a student selects to attend school daily in person or selects to use the synchronous learning model daily they will be required to stay in that model for an entire week. Students wishing to opt in or out of one of these models must notify Roncalli High School Assistant Principal, Mrs. Beth Reel, no later than noon on Friday in order for that request to be granted for the following week.

LOWERY WINS MARION COUNTY TITLE

Bryce Lowery

Sophomore Bryce Lowery captured the Marion County title in the 126-pound class in the Marion County Tournament at Lawrence Central on Saturday, December 19. The county title is Lowery’s second, as he won the 106-pound class last year. Five other Roncalli wrestlers finished in the top four in their respective weight classes. Juniors Drew Willis (132 pounds), Kody Glithero (138 pounds) and Andrew Stuck (152 pounds) all finished in third place in their respective classes. Sophomore Tin Oo finished fourth in the 113-pound class and freshman Braden Getz finished fourth in the 106-pound class.

“Pride was the theme of our program for the week of the Marion County Tournament,” said head coach Wade McClurg. “We thought all 11 wrestlers in the event represented themselves and Roncalli wrestling with a lot of pride, and that shined through in their individual performances. It was a great midseason test for our team, and we just have to continue to work hard and get better.”

SCHOOL UNIFORM/FACE MASKS UPDATE

In August we opened the school year with a number of unknown variables one of which was how long everyone in the school building would be required to wear a face mask. Given that it is most likely the mask requirement will be with us through the end of the school year we are making a few adjustments to our face mask policy for the second semester.

The face mask is seen as a part of the required school uniform. As such our intent is to provide students with options while also having some uniformity. Beginning with the start of the second semester on Monday, January 18, 2021, and until further notice a student’s face mask must comply with one of the following options:

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  • A Roncalli facemask
  • A solid colored facemask with no other markings on it (this includes one time use facemasks)

A student not in compliance with the face mask rule will be subject to a referral to the Dean’s Office similar to any other type of school uniform infraction.

The school’s main office will continue to supply masks for students who arrive at school without a mask or whose mask breaks during the school day.

Please direct any questions to our Dean of Students, Tim Crissman.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and support as we move through these unprecedented times.

1ST SEMESTER REPORT CARDS &
2ND SEMESTER SCHEDULES

Parents and students, please access second semester schedules through Family Link in preparation for attending school virtually on Tuesday, January 5th. Semester 1 report card grades will be accessible from Family Link the evening of January 5.

RETURN FROM CHRISTMAS BREAK

The first semester came to an end on Friday, December 18. School will reconvene with the start of the second semester on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:45 AM. Semester 1 report cards will be distributed to students in their eighth period class on Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13. Should you have any questions about a grade, please contact the classroom teacher first. Should questions still exist after that communication, please contact Mrs. Beth Reel, the Assistant Principal for Academics.

Virtual Tour

Roncalli Virtual Tour

Nothing can replace an in-person campus tour, but these images are the next best thing. See some of the highlights tour guides share on their guided campus tours and check out Roncalli academic facilities.

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SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS

Newsies

Auditions for the spring musical, “Newsies” will be held Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13. Audition forms, tech forms and audition sign up sheets will be available January 5 outside the box office. Completed tech forms are due on January 14 by 3:00 PM.

Audition music should be a musical theatre piece no longer than one minute. We will have an accompanist to play your sheet music or you can play a music track which you will need to provide. Please do not sing with the artist on the track; background music only. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Anderson or Mrs. Bohn.

FREE BULK BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MEALS

If your family signed up for the free meal breakfast and lunches, the meals can be picked up in the cafeteria on Monday, January 4th, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Please enter the building at Door #10. (Due to No School on January 4th, we will be distributing 4 meals for Tuesday-Friday.)

If you have any questions, please email Food Service Director Jeff Richardson or call (317)788-4099.

DRIVER’S EDUCATION 2021

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“CELEBRATE RONCALLI”

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 24, 2021

We are looking for a committee of enthusiastic volunteers to help plan our celebration of Roncalli. This is our annual gala that raises funds for tuition assistance. The night traditionally consists of dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffles, student entertainment and fun.

Make a tax-deductible donation to our silent and live auctions. We are in need of the following items: vacation rentals, tickets to local sporting events like Indy 500, Colts, Pacers, Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler, behind the scenes experiences, home improvement services, gift cards, etc.

If you can help or have an item to donate for the silent or live auction, please email Jeen Endris.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Anthony Donahue

Congratulations to senior basketball player Anthony Donahue who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Michael Wantz and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

We prayerfully ask that you consider a gift to this year's Circle of Faith campaign.

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PRE-ORDER 2020-21 YEARBOOK

The 2020-21 yearbook is now available for pre-order, and what a great Christmas gift it would be for your Roncalli student! Go to roncalli.org/yearbook to order online. Yearbooks are $60 until February 15 when the price goes up to $75. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Julie Albertson.

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

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

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CORPORATE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES!

Roncalli offers a comprehensive winter season 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 and on our YouTube broadcasts. Space will be limited so if your business is interested in supporting Roncalli through Walkathon, Roncalli Media Network, Rebel 5ive podcast, Celebrate Roncalli (formerly Rebelation) or brand new opportunities in Roncalli’s newest multiple use facility, Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium, please email Gary Armbruster or call 317-525-7046.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO HELP

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HOW TO TAKE CARE
DURING E-LEARNING

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GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

PSAT Scores Available!

Students received their PSAT results in December.They will be able to access the scores by going to CollegeBoard.org and signing into their account. If your student is a freshman or does not already have an account, see these instructions for information on how to create one. The instructions also explain how students can access personalized study materials for the SAT through Khan Academy.

Students who want their test booklet can pick it up from the Guidance Office during AM or PM office hours in December or when we return to school in person in January. Feel free to contact your child's school counselor if you have questions!

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Registration Opens January

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will open for all returning students Monday, January 4, 2021!

Scheduling Process for 2021-2022 School Year Kicks Off

Between January 5 and January 8, all current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will receive preliminary scheduling materials for the 2021-2022 school year, including new course information, prerequisites, a tentative master schedule, applications for AP classes, and an 8 period day form. Students are asked to bring these materials home so that students and parents can discuss next year's coursework. If/When students have course conflicts (using the tentative master schedule), be sure to alert your counselor immediately. It is best for students to reach out to their counselor before January 31 if they have any questions regarding the process.

We encourage all parents to use this time as an opportunity to discuss course selection with their child as well as possible college and career interests as they can impact course selection decisions. A reminder that most colleges/universities list as their top admission priority that students take the most challenging, rigorous coursework within their range, and that the student then performs well within that coursework.

Register Now for the February ACT at Roncalli

All college-bound juniors are encouraged to sign up now to take the ACT at Roncalli on February 6. This is the perfect opportunity to take this standardized test with the “home court advantage”. Register at act.org . The registration deadline is January 8.

ACT Preparation

Want to do all you can to prepare to take the ACT in February? Roncalli will host a ZAPS test prep seminar on January 25 and 26 right after school. ZAPS instructors are ACT test specialists. They're thoroughly trained in not only the topics covered in the ACT, but also on the ins and outs of taking the ACT test. Students who have taken the ZAPS seminars consistently improve their scores by 2-4 points and often more! Those points could be the difference makers when qualifying for and earning college scholarships! Visit the Doorway To College website to learn more and register for this invaluable strategy seminar! The discounted cost for this two day seminar is $95.00!

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.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

PLEASE PRAY

  • For Rosemary Delph, grandmother and guardian of sophomore Ravyn Bond, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. May God provide her with strength and comfort during this difficult time.
  • For retired, long time school secretary, Donna Smith Hon’95, who will be undergoing a battery of serious tests.
  • For Ashley Fernandez Cross, wife of the boys lacrosse coach Sean Cross, who suffered a brain aneurysm this week. We pray for her family and God’s gift of strength during this time of recovery and healing.
  • For Kara Cissell Roell R‘93 who is fighting aggressive cancer. May God provide her strength and comfort during this trying time.
  • 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 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 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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