RONCALLI HIGH SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER - February 12, 2021

MOORE NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST

Liam Moore

Congratulations to senior Liam Moore, who has earned the distinction of National Merit Finalist. This honor is based on his PSAT scores from his junior year. This tremendous accomplishment, which is extended to less than 1% of high school seniors in the United States, makes him eligible for prestigious National Merit Scholarships to colleges and universities across the United States. Liam, we are proud of you!

SISSONS RECEIVES MEDAL

SISSONS

Senior Ryan Sissons earned the Boy Scout Ad Altare Dei Catholic religious medal. Last Sunday, Archbishop Thompson presented the medal to Sissons during a Religious Emblems ceremony for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This award recognizes his dedication to his Catholic faith and scouting. Congratulations to Ryan!

ARCHERY TO COMPETE AT STATE

Congratulations to the Roncalli Archery team who has qualified for the 2021 Archery State Championship on Saturday, March 13th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The following archers will be competing for the state crown: Olivia Bognar, Scott Burke, Callie Clowers, Easton Clowers, Cole Cothron, Jackson Cropper, Katherine Garcia, Sam Garcia, Isaac Kappes, Jake Kappes, Ella Mayer, Sara Mescall, Ben Minton, Grace Odum, Garrett Phillips, Glenn Rooney, Chiara Schilten, Jack Stonecipher, Ryan Thomas, Allison Vennall, Blake Vennall, Luke Vennall, Chandler Willis and Hayden Willis

EIGHT WRESTLERS ADVANCE TO SEMI-STATE

WRESTLERS

(left to right) Nate Lewis, Luke Hansen, Andrew Stuck, Bryce Lowery, Kody Glithero, Zach Wilson, Braden Getz and Sam Peeples

Last weekend, the Roncalli wrestling team finished in fourth place in the Southport regional and advanced eight of its wrestlers to next Saturday’s semi-state at New Castle. Sophomore Bryce Lowery won his second-straight regional title.

“We are excited for our eight wrestlers who have an opportunity to compete at next week’s semi-state,” said Roncalli wrestling head coach Wade McClurg. “Our program works really hard 12 months out of the year in preparation for the IHSAA State Tournament, and these eight guys are now just two matches away from earning their spot in the state finals. We are going to get ready to wrestle this week, and then go try to put a lot of points on the scoreboard in our individual matches on Saturday at New Castle Chrysler Fieldhouse.”

Lowery will be joined at semi-state by seven of his teammates, who advanced by finishing in the top four of their respective classes. Juniors Kody Glithero (second place), Zach Wilson (second place), Sam Peeples (third place), Justin Lewis (third place) Andrew Stuck (fourth place) advanced, as did sophomore Luke Hansen (third place), and freshman Braden Getz (fourth place).

The Royals will compete tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 13, at New Castle in the semi-state. The tournament begins at 9:00 AM. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the state finals. We wish good luck to all of eight wrestling Royals!

LADY ROYALS WIN SECTIONAL

ROYALS WIN SECTIONAL

Over the weekend, the Roncalli girls basketball team won the program’s 16th sectional title, and the first since 2016, with a 44-27 win over Perry Meridian at Ben Davis. Roncalli advanced to the sectional final with wins over Pike (65-52) and Ben Davis (66-58). Senior Madelyn Bischoff scored a team-high 16 points in the win over Perry Meridian and sophomore Savanna Bischoff added 13 points.

“I’m so proud of what this group has been able to accomplish so far this season,” said Roncalli girls basketball head coach Tim Gray. “Our seniors told me in our first meeting that their goal was to win championships. Our team’s ability to stay focused on the process and trust in our growth has led to two championships. The buy-in and commitment from our girls and our coaches has been exceptional.”

With the win, the Royals improved their record to 20-4 and ran their winning streak to a season-high tying nine games. This season is only the eighth 20-win season in the program’s 47-year history and the first 20-win season since 2015-16. The Royals face Mount Vernon (18-5) at 1:00 PM tomorrow Saturday, February 13, at Decatur Central in the Class 4A regional semifinal.

YEARBOOK ORDERS

February 15th is the deadline to save $15 on your child's yearbook. Yearbooks may be ordered online at roncalli.org/yearbook. The current price is $60, but after February 15th the price increases to $75. Paper order forms are available in the main office. Any questions should be directed to the yearbook adviser, Mrs. Julie Albertson.

SPRING MUSICAL

MUSICAL

VIP ticket sales begin on March 1. Contact mlewinski@roncalli.org for your promo code. Ticket sales will be open to the general public on March 5 at roncalli.booktix.com.

DAILY IN-PERSON OR SYNCHRONOUS INSTRUCTION APPLICATION

Any student wishing to attend school in person daily beginning on February 22 as well as any student wishing to learn from home daily through the synchronous model beginning on February 22 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.

MOCK TRIAL JUDGES NEEDED

Please consider helping out our students by judging one round of the high school competition on February 20.

This is all done through Zoom, so you will be in the comfort of your home. We are looking for judges for all three rounds: 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM.

Volunteers can sign up to judge using the online judge registration form.

BLOOD DRIVE - MARCH 3

BLOOD DRIVE

Roncalli High School is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to save community lives.

Please come out to support our drive on Wednesday, March 3rd, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM in the Bishop Chartrand Gymnasium.

Students may NOT sign up until 2:30 PM

USE THIS LINK to schedule your donation appointment and help us make an impact on the lives of patients right here in our local Indiana hospitals.

CLICK HERE for height and weight requirements.

**Must be 16 to donate. 16-year-old donors must bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian to their appointment. PRINT THE CONSENT FORM HERE or take a copy from the Stu Co board outside the spirit store.

*** If you do not meet the requirements to donate, please encourage friends and family to sign up.

Email Student Council Moderator Ryan Costello for more information.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Bryce Lowery

Congratulations to sophomore wrestler Bryce Lowery, recent sectional and regional wrestling champion, who was recognized as the Above and Beyond Player of the Week by Coach Wade McClurg and Jersey Mike’s Subs!

RONCALLI PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Roncalli High School is seeking Parent Representatives from each South Deanery school/parish. We are looking for parents to serve as advocates for Roncalli in the community! What will this entail, you ask? Please see details below:

  • Act as "Parking Lot Promoters"...if Roncalli is being discussed, you can act as our reps!
  • Meet with Roncalli admissions and administrative staff to discuss recruitment and retention strategies. Times are TBD as of now.
  • Possibly provide a testimony at a school/parish event.

If you are interested, please email Allie Ross. St. John XXIII, pray for us.

APPLY TODAY!

RONCALLI APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

Roncalli is excited to welcome the Class of 2025 next fall! As a reminder, the Application for Admission is now available online. You CAN fill out the application before your student takes the High School Placement Test.

Once the application is complete and the $100 registration fee is received, you may continue the registration process. Scheduling appointments with your student's counselor will begin in less than a month, so don't delay! Please email Director of Admissions Allie Ross or call (317) 787-8277, ext. 243 with any questions.

MY STORY, R FAMILY SERIES

This week's My Story, R Family features Kevin R'09 and Audrey R'10 Banich. Although both are graduates, Kevin and Audrey were not high school sweethearts. It wasn't until they were not in school together that they started building their faith, friendship and now family together. For Kevin and Audrey, Roncalli is like home and a place they want to be. We are blessed to have Kevin, Audrey and their son James in the Roncalli family.

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

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.

See Scholarships

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.

Registration Details

“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.

WIN $500 EARLY BIRD PRIZE AND A CHANCE AT $10,000!

Celebrate Roncalli Raffle

Win $10,000 with the Celebration Roncalli High Stakes Raffle! Get your tickets NOW for a chance at the $500 Early Bird prize drawing, happening on Friday, March 12!

Only 350 tickets will be sold, and they are $100 each. Purchase with cash or check in the Roncalli Advancement Office. Contact Jeen Endris or Gary Armbruster to get yours today! Visit roncalli.org/celebration for official rules and order form

JR ROYAL LACROSSE

Interested in the fastest growing sport on two feet? Come see what lacrosse is all about! Indy Junior Royals Lacrosse (the feeder program for Roncalli High School Lacrosse) is registering now for our spring season.

Visit jrrebellax.com or our facebook page for more information. We currently have teams for boys and girls, grades 3-8. Questions? Contact Julie at juliealdrich@att.net or 317-496-7339.

Register now

CIRCLE OF FAITH ANNUAL FUND

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

Give Now

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 here 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

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

Tomorrow’s Royals Basketball games vs. Heritage Christian will air on the Roncalli High School YouTube channel. Tune in at 6 PM for the boys JV Royals game and Varsity Royals game to follow.

Game Notes

RMN

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

Please see the RHS Guidance Blast for These Important Updates

  • FAFSA Deadline
  • TODAY is the deadline to register for the March 13th SAT
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Summer Program Opportunities

FINANCIAL AID FORMS FOR 2021-2022

DUE MARCH 1

Financial aid forms for the 2021-2022 school year are now available ONLINE. You can access the link here for the online application.

Please email Amy Kuntz in the Business Office if you have questions. She can be reached at 317-787-8277 ext: 278.

All financial aid forms must be completed by March 1.

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

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.

ISTEP+ TESTING

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.

Final Testing Date - 23 (Mathematics)

All juniors will report to Roncalli at 7:45 AM for testing on this date. 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.

Learn More

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 23.

OUR LADY OF THE GREENWOOD REGISTRATION

OUR LADY OF THE GREENWOOD

Our Lady of the Greenwood School Pre-K through 8th grade open enrollment starts February 8th for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out more about our OLG family at www.ol-g.net. OLG hopes you can come Learn, Play, and Pray with us at OLG School.

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.

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 Robin Barna, father of Sarah Rose, Roncalli Science Department, who passed away this week. May God provide his family peace and uplift them during this difficult time.
  • For the repose of the soul of Helen Warner Heckman, mother of Patrick R’10, David R’12 and Ryan R’17, who passed away suddenly last week. May God provide her family strength and comfort during this difficult time.
  • For the repose of the soul of Mary Eagan, passed away on January 21st and had taught at Roncalli beginning in 1979 for seven years. She is the grandmother of junior Katie Cleary, Connor Cleary R ’17, Jake Eagan R'11, Bernie Eagan R'13, mother of Dianne Knorr R’74 and Andrew Eagan R’80.
  • 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 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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