RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 15, 2021

RONCALLI NICKNAME REVEALED!

The students of Roncalli voted this week for the new Roncalli nickname. We are excited to announce that we are now the Roncalli Royals!

In August of 2020, the Roncalli administrative leadership team announced the formation of a task force to begin the process of choosing a new nickname. For the past fifty years Roncalli has been known as the Rebels, however the decision was made to change the name in order to better reflect the school’s Catholic Mission as well as the ministry and life of patron Angelo Roncalli, Saint John XXIII.

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For the past six months, the task force, composed of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and parents, has been meeting regularly to solicit suggestions for new nicknames. After surveying the community, a list of top choices was presented to the current student body. On January 12 and 13, Roncalli students voted from the three top choices and selected Royals by a substantial majority.

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Choosing this nickname acknowledges Jesus Christ as our King, and Our Blessed Mother as our Queen. As Christians we are God’s children by adoption through Jesus (Ephesians 1:5), and this nickname signifies that we participate in His royal, divine mission to build up His Kingdom on Earth.

Over the next few months, the Roncalli marketing and communications team will work toward developing several images representing the new nickname. A logo and mascot will be chosen after further feedback is gathered from the task force, students and members of the Roncalli community.

Saint John XXIII, pray for us!

GO ROYALS!

RONCALLI ORIGINAL GYMNASIUM RECEIVES A NEW NAME

The original Roncalli High School gymnasium, built in 1962, will now be called the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium in honor of one of the two schools that merged in 1969 to become Roncalli High School. Originally founded in 1962 to serve the growing southside population, Bishop Chartrand High School was named in honor of Bishop Joseph Chartrand, the sixth bishop of Indianapolis who served the diocese from 1918 until his death in 1933. In 1969, Bishop Chartrand High School merged with Sacred Heart High School to form Roncalli High School. A new chapel was built on the current Roncalli campus in 2010 and was named in honor of Sacred Heart.

The original gym has a proud history, having served many generations of Chartrand and Roncalli students by offering a venue for school Masses, athletic events, theatrical performances, concerts, graduations, and pep rallies. The Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium will continue to serve as a distinguished and centrally located memorial to the historical contribution of Bishop Chartrand High School.

WRESTLING CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!

Wrestling Team

Roncalli hosted the Circle City Conference on January 7, 2021. Roncalli competed and won against Brebeuf Jesuit, Bishop Chatard and Guerin Catholic improving their dual meet record to 15-4. Roncalli had 10 Circle City Conference individual champions and the program won their 5th consecutive team championship.

Conference Champion Wrestlers: Braden Getz, Tin Oo, Patrick McGinley, Bryce Lowery, Drew Willis, Kody Glithero, Zach Wilson, Andrew Stuck, Luke Hansen, Sam Peeples!

CENTRAL NINE STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Lauren Crist

Congratulations to senior Lauren Crist for being named Central Nine’s January Dental Careers Student of the Month! We are proud of you, Lauren!

2021-2022 REGISTRATION 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 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.

DAILY IN-PERSON OR SYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION APPLICATION

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on January 25 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on January 25 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.

CURRICULUM MEETING FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS

All parents of current eighth grade students who are planning to attend Roncalli High School next year are invited to our annual Curriculum Meeting for 8th Grade Parents virtually on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 PM. Your 8th grader will be sent home with a Course Catalog and an Informational Packet on Thursday, January 28. You can also click here for information. This informative presentation consistently has received strong, positive reviews from parents. Please plan to join us!

Use the QR Code to join the meeting, or check your email for an invitation.

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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

What an awesome story for this week's My Story, R Family! Kim Elzea and her son Cole, current Roncalli senior, made the move to RHS over the summer, and as a senior, that is not an easy decision to make. We are blessed that they chose to spend this last year with us! It is NEVER too late to join the 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

Reese Wiley

Congratulations to senior girls swimmer Reese Wiley who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Curtis Cox 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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COMMUNITY SERVICE

What a great first semester we had at Roncalli, as our students completed 22,699 hours of Community Service! The lives of so many people in our community have been positively affected by our students. Great job, Roncalli! We are looking forward to an amazing second semester as we meet Christ's call to serve those in need.

As we begin a new semester, we have made small adjustments to the Service hours requirements. Please click on the following links for the updates.

2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IMMUNIZATIONS

A los padres/tutores: Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

Vacunas para el año escolar 2021-22

The Indiana State Department of Health and Department of Education has mandatory immunizations for every student enrolled in an Indiana school. Roncalli High School must follow these requirements to stay in compliance; even if a physicians’ immunization and dosing schedules show more flexibility.

Immunization requirements for 2021-22 require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines , administered a minimum 6 months apart.

Also 2 Meningitis MCV4 vaccines are required for Class of 2022 prior to the start of their senior year.

If your child has not received these, please make arrangements to get these vaccines and forward proof of immunization. County Health Departments can assist with these vaccinations.

Documentation needs to be sent to the Guidance Office: fax 317-788-2282 or email jdias@roncalli.org .

Click the link below to see all required vaccinations for the 2021-22 school year.

2021-22 Requirements

RONCALLI MEDIA NETWORK

Saturday's triple-header of boys basketball Freshman tip at 11 AM, JV at 12:30 PM and Varsity at 2:00 PM. All the action can be followed on roncallimedianetwork.com and Roncalli's Youtube page.

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.

GREETINGS FROM GUIDANCE

Guidance Blast

Registration for 2021-22 is OPEN

In order for your student to submit their online course request on January 30 they must first register for the next school year and pay the $100 registration fee. Register now at www.roncalliregistration.org!!

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Scheduling for 2021-2022

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors were shown virtual presentations last week regarding scheduling for the 2021-22 school year. Links to all the necessary forms can be found on the Guidance Blast and at www.roncalliregistration.org! ALL scheduling forms MUST be turned in to your school counselor by January 18 . This includes 8 Period Day, AP and Central Nine.

February ACT Registration Deadline

All college-bound juniors are encouraged to sign up now to take the ACT at Roncalli on February 6th . This is the perfect opportunity to take this standardized test with the “home court advantage”. Register at act.org . The deadline to register without paying a late fee is TODAY, January 15th**.

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're 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!

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 the repose of the soul of Mike Grothe R'70, husband of Barabara (Koors) R’71 and father of Ryan R’98, who passed away this week. May God comfort his family and give them peace.
  • For the repose of the soul of Frank Scheib SH’94, parent and grandfather of many alumni, who passed away last week. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
  • For the repose of the soul of Benjamin DeLuca , father of Camryn R’19 and Connor DeLuca R’19, who passed away last week. May God comfort his family during this difficult time.
  • For the repose of the soul of Margaret Ford , grandmother of Kevin Banich R’09, Assistant Principal for Student Life, who passed away this week. May God comfort her family and give them peace.
  • For Bob Tully Hon’93, former Vice President for Mission and Ministry, who is recovering from heart surgery and continues therapy as he returns home.
  • 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 former boys lacrosse coach ​Sean Cross​, ​for her full recovery from a brain aneurysm. 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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