Interested in an RCS Girls Lacrosse team?

Roanoke Catholic is exploring the addition of a varsity girls lacrosse team for spring 2019, but needs to know by Aug. 9 if there is sufficient interest among girls entering Grades 8-12.

Please reply ASAP to the form below.

For those parents who have seen the boys play and are concerned about injury, rest assured the girl’s game is very different. While there is incidental contact, it is considered a non-contact sport and the rules are designed to keep the girls safe.

If you have any questions, contact instructor Richard Wharton at

Mr. Wharton will host a free basic skills clinic Aug. 6-8, 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., for girls entering Grades 8-12. The clinic will provide a hands-on introduction to fundamental skills of the girl’s game including passing and catching, cradling, scooping ground balls, shooting, and defense. There will also be classroom time learning the basic rules of the game.


RCS celebrates Class of 2018 Graduation

Please join us in congratulating the 36 members of the Roanoke Catholic School Class of 2018 — and their families and teachers — whom we highlight in this video of our Commencement Ceremony on June 9 in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

The video below features “Senior Walk,” held on our last day of school June 6 en route to Honors Assembly when our seniors made the traditional final walk through Roanoke Catholic School (accompanied here by the RCS Celtic Singers).


RCS welcomes new middle school science teacher

Roanoke Catholic School is pleased to welcome Marc Patton as our new middle school science teacher.

Patton graduated Virginia Tech in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences and a minor in Physics. Since 2015 he has taught earth science at William Fleming High School, where he also serves as the varsity boys lacrosse team assistant coach.

“I’m eager and ready to start my journey teaching and learning from the students at Roanoke Catholic,” Patton says. “I am thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to starting next year.”

Patton specializes in education technology and in 2017 presented at the 37th annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla.

He also volunteers as a meal provider for the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church youth group.

RCS students create 3-D print of Bishop Knestout coat of arms

A medieval symbol of rank has gotten a technological treatment by two Roanoke Catholic students who created a 3-D print of His Excellency Bishop Barry Knestout’s coat of arms.

Seniors Elizabeth Schaible and Niki Patel, working in Donna Nickels’ Engineering/3-D Printing class, were inspired to take on the challenge after Bishop Knestout’s visit in January to Roanoke Catholic.

Principal and Head of School Patrick Patterson “came in and said that the Bishop was very interested in our 3-D printing program and … he asked us if we could make him something,” says Elizabeth. “We decided to make a 3-D print of his crest. We took about two months of trial and error, but we finally did it.”

The students first had to design the symbol on a 3-D computer graphics software program called Blender — no small task given the intricacies of the coat of arms that includes the Diocese of Richmond shield of three stars (symbolizing the Trinity) on a red, white and blue background; a white tower (recalling Bishop Knestout’s undergraduate studies in architecture); a gold lion; red crosses; green tassels; and the motto “Christ Our Hope.”

According to a story in The Catholic Virginian about the coat of arms: “In designing the shield — the central element in what is formally called the heraldic achievement — a bishop has an opportunity to depict symbolically various aspects of his own life and heritage, and to highlight particular aspects of Catholic faith and devotion that are important to him.”

CLICK HERE for more about Bishop Knestout’s coat of arms.

“Elizabeth and Niki worked really hard,” says Ms. Nickels. “I gave them no directions. They took the initiative themselves, they did the entire project and they have some beautiful results.”

Both Elizabeth and Niki plan to further their 3D education in the fall when they enroll at the University of Virginia. “I will be attending UVA next year where I will be pursuing a pre-medical track,” says Niki. “I hope that in my future career in medicine I would be able to pursue 3D printing because in the medical field 3D printing is very useful in prosthetics and organ replacement.”

RCS hires second Spanish teacher to expand foreign language program to younger students

Roanoke Catholic School is pleased to announce the hiring of its second Spanish teacher, Katherine Appel, who will teach Spanish exploratory classes for lower school and offer additional staffing for the upper school Spanish program.

Currently in her second year of teaching Spanish within Bedford County Public Schools, Ms. Appel attended a Spanish language immersion school in Guatemala while a student at James Madison University, from which she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages, Spanish and Italian.

“I have spent many hours abroad immersing myself in the Spanish language and culture,” says Ms. Appel. “This has given me a holistic perspective of Hispanic life that has greatly enriched my ability to speak Spanish fluently.”

At Staunton River High and Middle schools, she teaches six separate classes for sixth to eleventh grade students.

Her experience also includes leading Hispanic Vacation Bible School day camp for New Life Christian Ministries; serving on several faith-based mission trips to Mozambique, Guatemala and Haiti; and assisting the development director at Blue Ridge Women’s Center.

“In concert with our commitment to expand our World Languages offering and to aid our students in becoming champions of world cultures and languages in our elementary and middle grades,” says Patrick Patterson, principal and head of school, “our school leadership team has been searching for the ideal candidate to join our school community. In Katherine Appel, we have found this passionate educator who will join a strong team in our World Languages Department.”

Support RCS on Roanoke Valley Gives Day, March 14

Thanks to your support of Roanoke Valley Gives 2017, RCS won first place among the region’s 150 participating nonprofits, earning a bonus $16,000 on top of the $85,000 raised.

Help us continue this momentum by supporting #RCS2018 during this year’s Roanoke Valley Gives Day on March 14.


Roanoke Valley Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising competition hosted by the Foundation for Roanoke Valley in which nonprofit organizations raising the most money can win tens of thousands of dollars in incentive prizes.

#RCS2018 supports:

  1. Gymnasium Air-Conditioning: Work has begun to air-condition the Gillespie Family Gymnasium. Support this investment and be credited on the project plaque.
  2. CelticsLive! Now video live-streaming all major school events, requires an annual $7,000 subscription fee to continue.
  3. Fine Arts: To follow-up last year’s Sound of Music, our drama program has begun preparations for Beauty and the Beast in May. Meanwhile, our choir has grown to 35 students and, with the school band, will compete together for the first time in April in a festival competition.
  4. Tuition Assistance: This year we welcomed 91 new students and welcomed back 93% of last year’s student body, resulting in a 10% surge in enrollment thanks in part to our financial aid programs.


You can designate your contribution to support:
  • Tuition assistance
  • Fine Arts
  • Gillespie Family Gym air-conditioning
  • Future CelticsLive broadcasts

Thank you for helping Roanoke Catholic win up to $15,000 in bonus prizes that will be reinvested in our students and teachers.

FACTS Grant and Aid is now open … apply by March 1!

FACTS Grant and Aid is now open for 2018-2019.


Be sure to apply and upload ALL documentation before the March 1 deadline to be considered for 1st round aid.

  • For most people, their 2016 1040 tax return along with all forms and schedules and their 2017 W2s and 1099s will be required.
  • If you own a business or receive rental income or certain other types of income, your 2017 1040 tax return along with all schedules and forms may be required.

We recommend finishing your application and uploads by February 15 so that FACTS has time to verify and request any additional paperwork. Applications that are missing a form or incomplete after March 1 are bumped to round 2. So … the sooner, the better!

Shamrock Hill 5K & 1-Mile Race is March 17

Start your St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival by running the Shamrock Hill 5K and 1-Miler! All proceeds benefit Roanoke Catholic School!

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and finishes in plenty of time to stroll downtown for the 11 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Take advantage of the free and convenient parking at Roanoke Catholic.


  • $25 Early registration (through Feb 15)
  • $30 Registration (Feb 16 – March 1)
  • $35 (After March 1)

RCS families enter code RCS18 for $5 discount. T-shirts are only guaranteed to participants who register by March 1.

For more information contact Michael Hemphill at or 540.556.2879.

Age Groups: 9 & under |  10 – 13 |  14 – 17 |  18 – 22 |  23 – 29 |  30 – 34 |  35 – 39 | 40 – 44 | 45 – 49 | 50 – 54 | 55 – 59 | 60 – 64 |65 – 69 | 70 & over

Packet Pick-Up & Day of Registration: 
Packets may be picked up in the Roanoke Catholic School Gillespie Family Gymnasium on Friday, March 16, 4-7 pm, or on Race Day, 7-8 am, in Gillespie Family Gymnasium.

Time & Results
Results will be posted on the following websites following the event:

5K Course Map

1 Mile Course  – follows the first half-mile of the 5K course and then turns around.

Thank you to our 2018 Race Sponsors!

 $5,000 Presenting Sponsor

Official Media Sponsor

 $2,500 Course Sponsor

$500 Supporting Sponsor

$250 Friend