RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - January 29, 2021

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2021

Roncalli High School is blessed beyond measure in so many ways. As we move into Catholic Schools Week next week Roncalli High School extends the following thank you’s as a small token of our appreciation for these many blessings.

  • For our current parents, guardians and grandparents for entrusting their children with us and making the investment in Catholic Education.
  • For our current students who bring such joy to our school.
  • For our current faculty and staff for their on-going commitment to the life changing ministry of Catholic Education.
  • For our South Deanery Catholic Grade Schools for the great work they continue to do in preparing young people academically and in the Catholic faith.
  • For our South Deanery Pastors for their years of strong support and commitment to Roncalli High School and Catholic education.
  • For the generations of priests and women of religious orders who provided the strong foundation for our school and so many other Catholic schools.
  • For our many benefactors who continue to generously support our school and our mission.
  • For our alumni who we are so proud of and pray for daily.
  • For the life-giving grace, mercy and blessings poured out upon our school by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

RONCALLI BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING WINS CONFERENCE

Matthew Croddy

Matthew Croddy

Ethan McGuire

Ethan McGuire

John Hammerschmitt

John Hammerschmitt

Elijah Buening

Elijah Buening

Maggie Peats

Maggie Peats

Over the weekend, the boys swimming and diving team won its fifth consecutive Circle City Conference title! The Royals edged Guerin Catholic by six points for the team title. Roncalli’s girls swimming and diving team finished second.

Seniors Matthew Croddy (50 Free) and Ethan McGuire (100 Breast) each won conference titles, as did junior John Hammerschmitt (100 Free). The 200 Medley Relay team of Croddy, McGuire, Hammerschmitt and senior Elijah Buening set a new conference meet record. In the girls competition, senior Maggie Peats won the 200 Individual Medley and set a new program record for career points! We are proud of you!

CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

The Varsity Lady Royals beat Covenant Christian 69-40 for the Circle City Conference championship! Senior Madelyn Bischoff led all scorers with 28 points. Junior Emma Halter and sophomore Jordan Hendricks each added 8 points off the bench. Sophomore Sydney Horton dished out 8 assists. Jordan Hendricks led the team in steals with 5. The Royals finished the conference schedule with a 5-0 record. The Royals have won 13 straight conference games in a streak dating back to December 2018. Congratulations Varsity Lady Royals!

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

Hannah Taylor

Last Friday the Catholic Church in the United States recognized a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.

The Roncalli Pro-Life group will be prayed together, played pro-life trivia, and junior Hannah Taylor shared her pro-life speech that she wrote last semester. She was the 4th place award winner for this speech for Indianapolis Right to Life.

STUDENTS SELECT 2021-22 COURSES TOMORROW!

All returning students will need to be registered at roncalliregistration.org for the 2021-22 school year before they can request their 2021-22 courses. Your student will not be able to request courses if they have not registered and paid. Current juniors will choose their classes at 8 AM, sophomores at 8:30 AM and freshmen at 9 AM.

Students will need their Roncalli student ID and password to register.

RONCALLI BASKETBALL CLUB TRYOUTS

Sunday, January 31

The Roncalli Basketball Club will be conducting tryouts for grades 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. The Roncalli Basketball Club plays from the end of CYO season to at least Spring Break.

Any 5th, 6th, 7th grader in a South Deanery school or any 8th grader who is planning on attending Roncalli is eligible to try out.

Tryouts will take place in the new Ascension St. Vincent Gymnasium. 5th and 6th grade tryouts will be from 6 - 7:30 PM, and 7th and 8th graders will try out from 7:30 - 9 PM. Please enter Door #15.

If you have any questions, please email Coach Michael Wantz.

DAILY IN-PERSON OR SYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION APPLICATION

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on February 8 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on February 8 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 WINTER SPIRIT WEEK - February 1-5

Spirit Week will be a week filled with dress-up days and class competitions galore!

DRESS-UP DAYS

  • Catholic Schools Monday - Wear clothes celebrating Catholic grade schools and colleges!
  • Music Tuesday - Dress in celebration of your favorite singer, band, musical style, or even album cover!
  • Out of this World Wednesday - Wear an outfit that represents outer space and/or futuristic societies!
  • Spring Break Thursday - Dress up as if you’re getting ready for an exciting spring break destination!
  • Red, White, & Blue Friday - Frosh in all white, Sophs in all red, Juniors in all blue, Seniors RW&B
    • Students not dressed in the day’s theme are to be in school uniform. Hats and shorts are only permitted if relevant to the day’s theme. Other school policies related to clothing apply (no ripped jeans, leggings, bare shoulders, etc.).

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CLASS COMPETITIONS

Throughout the week, classes will compete to earn points in a variety of categories:

  1. ALL-OUT SELFIES - Whether attending class at school or from home, simply take a picture of yourself going above and beyond the day's dress-up theme and email the photo to studentcouncil@roncalli.org! In addition to that, you can help your class by participating in the acts of kindness challenge along with our first-ever virtual talent show.
  2. CLASS ENTRANCE DECORATING - Each class will be decorating a school entrance in celebration of a different element of Roncalli student life! The seniors will celebrate athletics in the main entrance. The juniors will celebrate fine arts in the entrance near guidance. The sophomores will celebrate academics in the auditorium lobby. And the freshmen will celebrate extracurriculars in the athletic hallway entrance. You can help by attending the Stu Co meeting this Wednesday and/or helping decorate the entrance on Saturday, January 30 from 10am-1pm. More details on signing up for that will be shared soon.
  3. ACTS OF KINDNESS - In collaboration with the Life Academy, we're preparing a list of acts of kindness we're challenging all students to take part in. We will soon send out a Google form that allows students to report their acts of kindness. The more kindness you spread, the more points you earn for your class!
  4. VIRTUAL TALENT SHOW - The first-ever virtual talent show will offer two ways to help your class earn points! Students are asked to submit videos of themselves performing any type of talent to studentcouncil@roncalli.org. From singing to dancing to magic to artwork to feats of strength to random pet tricks, we're looking for anything and everything (remember the Web Share Wednesdays from last spring?!). Every submission will be worth points, and additional points will be earned to those acts that are voted the best by staff at the end of the week.

Be sure to reach out to your class co-presidents to learn more about how you can join in on Winter Spirit Week.

May the best-spirited class win, The Roncalli Student Council Co-Presidents

STATE REQUIRED ISTEP+ TESTING FOR ALL JUNIORS

The Indiana Department of Education is not backing away from requiring the ISTEP+ to be administered this semester in person (No Virtual Testing Allowed) to all juniors in the state. The ISTEP+ encompasses nearly 10 hours of testing and can only be administered during a specific window of time in February established by the DOE. Planning on how best to schedule the administration of these tests while in the midst of a hybrid schedule has proven to be challenging. After a thorough analysis of options Roncalli High School has elected to use the following schedule to best accommodate our juniors who are testing as well as our other students who are not testing.

Testing Dates - February 9 (English) and 23 (Mathematics)

All juniors will report to Roncalli at 7:45 AM for testing on these two dates. Juniors using the resource program for extended time for testing will report to school at 7:30 AM. Their school day will end at approximately 2:15 PM. Lunch will be served. Please know that all juniors must be present on this day including those students who to date have been full time synchronous learners.

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All freshmen, sophomores and seniors will be synchronously learning from home on these two dates.

Thank you once again for your flexibility as we continue to provide our students and families with the absolute best learning environment while still tending to the Covid-19 precautionary measures.

Please contact Roncalli High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Beth Reel, should you have any questions about the ISTEP+ or the schedule we are using on February 9 and 23.

8TH GRADE PARENT CURRICULUM MEETING

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. This meeting will be held VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 PM. Eighth graders who attend a South Deanery middle school 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 has consistently received strong, positive reviews from parents. Please plan to join us! Use the following QR Code to join the meeting, or check your inbox for an invitation!

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Reunión Anual de Currículo para Padres de Familia de 8 Grado

Todos los padres de familia con estudiantes que actualmente cursan el octavo grado y que planean asistir a la preparatoria Roncalli el próximo año, están invitados a nuestra Reunión Anual de Currículo para Padres de Familia de Octavo Grado, el martes 2 de febrero a las 7.00 PM. en el Media Center de RHS. Temas a tratar: cursos obligatorios/ electivos para estudiantes de primer año (freshman), prerrequisitos y proceso de programación de cursos. Los materiales en español (paquete informativo y catálogo de cursos) le serán entregados a su hijo (a) el jueves 28 de enero para que lo tenga consigo durante esta reunión. Habrá una sesión de preguntas y respuestas en español después de la reunión. Para información también puede visitar nuestro sitio web. Esta reunión ha recibido constantemente comentarios muy positivos por parte de los padres de familia que han asistido. ¡Por favor haga planes para que nos acompañe en esta reunión!

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ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Gabby Conjelko

Congratulations to junior gymnast Gabby Conjelko who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Laurie Hall and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's My Story, R Family comes to us from Roncalli art teacher, Mark Stratton. Talk about someone who is passionate about our students! The stories he shares regarding our students are truly touching...and we know they feel the same about him. His love for art and creating is contagious, and we are all blessed to get to experience his talent each and every day.

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

ADVANCED CHOIRS SENIOR NIGHT

The annual Advanced Choirs’ senior night concerts will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00 PM (Advanced Women’s) and 8:00 PM (Show Choir). Unfortunately, we must once again follow government mandated COVID rules which restrict attendance.

Each member of Advanced Women’s choir and Show choir will receive 2 tickets to their choir performance. These tickets will be mailed to the home and are required for admittance. There is no charge for these concerts.

The concerts will be taped, and the link will be sent out at a later date.

Roncalli SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Roncalli High School is pleased to offer several scholarships to students currently in grades 9-11 and a few scholarships for current seniors. The eligibility criteria and amount for each scholarship varies from $250-$1,500. Scholarship applications can be printed using the links below for each of various scholarships. All completed applications should be submitted online by March 1, 2021 no later than 3:00 PM. The selection process for each scholarship will be determined by the selection committee of each award. The presentation of most of these scholarships will take place at the spring Academic Honors Banquet. The scholarship monies would then be applied to the 2021-2022 tuition unless this is an award for a senior. Any questions regarding Roncalli scholarships can be directed to Kevin Banich, Assistant Principal for Student Life, at 317-787-8277 Ext. 284. IMPORTANT: The applications will only be available with a Roncalli student email account. Completed applications are due March 1, 2021 3 PM.

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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

The 22nd annual RHS Athletics Cash Bash is still on! This year it will be a virtual Cash Bash with up to $5000 in cash being given out. Due to attendance restrictions, the Cash Bash will air on Roncalli Youtube on Saturday, February 27 at 8 PM.

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“CELEBRATION RONCALLI”

VOLUNTEER CALL OUT!

CELEBRATION RONCALLI

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.

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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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

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

Tonight’s Royals Boys Basketball games vs. Cardinal Ritter will air on the Roncalli Media Network. Tune in at 6 PM for the boys JV Royals game and at 7:30 PM for the Varsity Royals game.

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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

The Center for Leadership Development Open House

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) will be hosting an open house on February 9th from 6:00-7:00 PM for students to learn more about their programs. The mission of CLD is to “foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana,” and they offer many free services such as tutoring, mentoring and college preparation. These programs look great on a resume and can help you plan for your future after high school! Click here to register for the open house. Learn more about CLD.

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Career Awareness Events

The employers of the Indiana Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME)* are holding two virtual career awareness events for Central Indiana educators, student influencers, students, and parents. Saturday, January 30th, 9:00 AM ET: This event is perfect for students who may know they prefer a hands-on learning experience, already have manufacturing CTE coursework under their belt, or have an interest in learning more about manufacturing technology. Click here to register.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 7:00 PM ET: This is a joint event with our partners at Project Lead the Way. This event is geared primarily for current PLTW students and their families but is certainly open to anyone who wants to learn about FAME and cannot attend the January 30th event. Click here to register.

Hoosier Boys State

The American Legion is planning to move ahead with Hoosier Boys State in 2021! The Hoosier Boys State program exists to build important real-world skills and leadership qualities in exceptional young men by creating a fictional, and functional, state government based on Indiana’s political process. If you would like to learn more, and apply to participate in this great leadership learning click here. This application process is completely ONLINE. Because the 2020 program was canceled due to COVID, this year’s program is open to JUNIORS and SENIORS.

Hoosier Girls State

Applications are now available for Hoosier Girls State which will take place VIRTUALLY Sunday, June 20 – Saturday, June 26. The ALA Hoosier Girls State is a week-long program designed to educate young women of Indiana in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Because the 2020 program was canceled due to COVID, the 2021 program is open to JUNIORS and SENIORS this year. Are you ready to “Learn Today to Lead Tomorrow”? Want to learn more? Click here to learn more. If you are interested in this great leadership opportunity please see Mrs. Kuntz for an application. These applications will be due to Mrs. Kuntz by February 19th.

Ball State University Interior Design Summer Program

See the Guidance Blast for complete details about this summer workshop or click here.

SENIORS: Scholarship Opportunities!

Remember to check the Guidance Blast weekly for new scholarship opportunities!

SPRING BREAK & MORATORIUM WEEK 2021

It could be seen as silly to talk about spring break and next year’s moratorium week but many of our families have to make travel arrangements well in advance for a variety of family related reasons. Spring Break will begin with the dismissal of school at 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 18. School will resume at 7:30 AM on Monday, March 29.

To maintain the integrity of the school calendar and instructional time, Roncalli does not allow a family to extend Spring Break by leaving early or returning late without a significant academic penalty. For full details on the policy, please click on the link at the end of the newsletter. Thank you to our parents who have given us tremendous support of this policy through the years.

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Additionally, as a member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Roncalli High School must adhere to the moratorium week requirements set forth by the association. The 2021 Moratorium Week for the summer of 2021 will be from June 28 - July 5. At Roncalli this means there will be no open gym/no open facilities, no practices, games, rehearsals, etc. There are to be no student activities at all during this week.

JOHNSON COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The Johnson County Youth Leadership Academy is a five-month program designed to bring together a select group of Johnson County High School students to learn more about their community and practice leadership skills in a fun learning environment. Each program day is designed to foster an opportunity for increased self-awareness, a better understanding of the local community and an opportunity to meet and network with peers from across Johnson County.

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Program Requirements

Youth Leadership Academy participants must:

  • Attend an opening retreat in late July.
  • Attend 4 regularly scheduled class dates throughout the year.
  • Attend and present at the graduation celebration.
  • Complete a community service project.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be current High School Sophomores and Juniors or home-schooled equivalent in Johnson County.
  • Class members must commit to full participation in the program.
  • Class members must agree to abide by all LJC – Youth Leadership Academy policies and procedures.
  • Must be a resident of Johnson County or attend a high school located in Johnson County.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on March 15, 2021

See Mr. Banich for more information or if you are considering applying.

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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

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PLEASE PRAY

  • For James Viles, grandfather of freshman Skylar Viles, who is hospitalized. May God provide him strength and comfort during this difficult time.
  • 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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