RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 8, 2021

DAILY IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION APPLICATION

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on January 18 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on January 18 will have to complete and submit this application. The application is open from Monday through Thursday at 3 PM.

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 return to the hybrid model 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.

2021-2022 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registraion

Registration Information was mailed out for all current freshmen through juniors. You will use your student's ID and 8 character password to access the site. All students must be registered to be able to make course requests on Saturday, January 30. Please direct registration questions to Mary Sheets or at extension 232.

SCHOOL CALENDAR REMINDERS

Monday, January 11 - Hybrid schedule begins with students with last names beginning with the letters L-Z attending school in person and those with last names beginning with the letters A-K learning from home.

Friday, January 15 - This day originally had been scheduled as a free day for students as the faculty and staff would be participating in a retreat day. That retreat has been canceled and school will be in session with students with last names beginning with letters L-Z attending school in person and those with last names beginning with the letters A-K learning from home.

Monday, January 18 - This day originally had been scheduled as a free day in observance of Martin Luther King day. It will now be a school day with students with last names beginning with the letters A-K attending school in person and those with last names L-Z learning from home. The school has two days worth of activities planned to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Please email Assistant Principal Beth Reel if you have any questions.

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.

LOOK FOR REPORT CARDS

The first semester 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.

SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS

Musical

Auditions for the spring musical, “Newsies,” will be held Tuesday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 13. Sign up for an audition time here.

Audition and tech forms are available outside the box office. Completed tech forms are due Thursday, 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, Mrs. Bohn or Mr. Newton.

SCHILTEN AND HERSMAN HIRED AS BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER COACHES

Maurice Schilten

Maurice Schilten

Lacey Hersman

Lacey Hersman

On Wednesday, Roncalli announced that Maurice Schilten has been hired as the boys soccer coach and Lacey Hersman has been hired as the girls soccer coach.

Schilten has spent the previous seven seasons as Roncalli’s girls head soccer coach. He won 66 matches and three sectional titles, including a 3A sectional title in 2020. His 2020 team posted a 10-7-1 record in addition to winning the sectional. In 2015, the team won a program-record 17 matches and won a sectional title.

“Maurice Schilten has a wealth of coaching and playing experience, which will help guide our boys soccer program,” said Roncalli athletic director David Lauck. “We are excited for him to continue to contribute to our athletic department.”

Hersman takes over the girls soccer program after serving four seasons as an assistant coach in the program. Prior to coming to Roncalli, she spent five seasons as the head girls soccer coach at Marquette Catholic High School. She left the school as the program’s winningest coach and led the team to the best record in program history.

“Lacey Hersman has been a valuable assistant in the girls soccer program for the last four seasons,” said Roncalli athletic director David Lauck. “She is also a very talented teacher in Roncalli’s math department. With her presence in the building as a teacher, combined with her coaching experience, we are excited for her to lead our girls soccer program.”

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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MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's My Story, R Family video comes to us from Roncalli graduate, Bailey Ransburg R'15. Bailey's story is a neat one because she did not start with us at RHS for her high school career. She chose to join us after her freshman year, and we are so glad she did! We are blessed to have her as part of our Roncalli family!

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

DRIVER’S EDUCATION 2021

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SAVE THE DATE

Cash Bash

22nd Annual RHS Athletics Cash Bash & Raffle Saturday, February 27, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

Presented by the Roncalli Athletic Booster Club

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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

Sydney Horton

Congratulations to sophomore girls basketball player Sydney Horton who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Tim Gray 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

Schedule Changes for Spring 2021

The FINAL DAY to drop/add any second semester classes is January 18. Email your counselor soon if you need to drop or add a class.

Scheduling for 2021-2022

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors were shown virtual presentations this week regarding scheduling for the 2021-22 school year. Links to all the necessary forms can be found on the Guidance Blast! ALL scheduling forms MUST be turned into your school counselor by January 14. This includes 8 Period Day, AP and Central Nine.

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Registration Deadline 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 15.

ACT Test Prep Seminar

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 & 26 right after school. ZAPS instructors are ACT test specialists. They are thoroughly trained in not only the topics covered in the ACT, but also on successful strategies for 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!

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship

TODAY is the application deadline for this athletic scholarship! The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. This perfectly describes Roncalli senior athletes! Please see the RHS Guidance Blast for all the details!

SENIORS: Scholarships for Johnson County Residents

The Common Form Application for all Johnson County Community Foundation scholarships is now open! These scholarships are only for seniors who live in Johnson County. Click here to view the Guidebook and apply for these scholarships!

RONCALLI AWARD JACKETS

Letter Jackets

Roncalli High School has arranged an opportunity through Awards America for you to purchase the OFFICIAL RONCALLI LETTER JACKET. Any Roncalli student may purchase one of these jackets.

A sales representative from Awards America will be at Roncalli in the cafeteria on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and Friday, January 22, 2021 during all lunch periods! Jacket samples will be provided on the order day so students may be sized properly. This will be your last opportunity to purchase jackets this year. Payment will be required at the time of order, with checks to be made out to Roncalli High School.

Click below for information and price sheet, or sheets may be picked up at the main office or the Athletic Department office.

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ST. JUDE CONFIRMATION

St. Jude High School Confirmation Prep weekend is February 26-28 for sophomores or older. If you are a St. Jude parishioner and are not already registered for Confirmation, contract the parish for registration information.

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.

ASCENSION ST. VINCENT

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VACCINATION CLINICS

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ST. JUDE REGISTRATION

St. Jude Catholic School Preschool through 8th grade open enrollment starting February 8th for the 2020-2021 School year. Come join our high quality education in a Catholic Christian environment which nurtures self esteem, personal growth, and mutual respect. Preschool ELM visit www.stjude-elm.org. K-8th grade visit www.sjsindy.org.

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

Circle of Faith Annual Fund Meter

PLEASE PRAY

  • For repose Dianne Gibson, grandmother of Will Gibson R’18 and Maggie Gibson R’20, who passed away this week. May God comfort her family and give them peace.
  • 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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