Support Roanoke Catholic on #iGiveCatholic Giving Day Dec. 3

  1. Mrs. Humphrey wants “pattern play sets” to teach math concepts to her 1st graders.
  2. Mrs. Safford wants “species interaction lab ecokits” for her upper school science students.
  3. And Coach Sherry is wishing for scholarship funds to send lacrosse players to summer skills camp.

These are some of the “Christmas Wish List” items sought by Roanoke Catholic teachers, coaches and administrators for #iGiveCatholic Day on December 3. Make your gift on December 3 or take advantage of “Advanced Giving” starting November 18 to go ahead and schedule your gift!

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As the first-ever online giving day created to  support of the organizations that shape our souls, the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day inspires stewards to “Give Catholic” on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, a global day of giving.

At Roanoke Catholic, we invited our teachers and coaches to identify an item, program or experience that they’d like for their classrooms, clubs or teams: copies of “Great Catholic Writings,” training supplies for RCS track team, funds for the choir’s spring trip to New York, balance ball chairs, a camera for photojournalism class, and so on.

In addition to some 30 requested items, donors are also invited to contribute toward Roanoke Catholic’s tuition assistance programs.

Please contact RCS marketing director Michael Hemphill with questions: 540.982.3532 or mhemphill@roanokecatholic.com. Thank you for making Roanoke Catholic’s Christmas wishes come true!

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Roanoke Catholic’s production of “Junie B Jones” is Nov. 8-9

Roanoke Catholic is thrilled to present Junie B Jones The Musical JR on Nov. 8 and 9 at 7 PM at the Dumas Center. The production features incredible talent by our 3rd-7th grade drama students, led by RCS Director of Theater Arts April Corbett.

Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family 4 pack (children 3-and-under are free). Contact April Corbett at acorbett@roanokecatholic.com for more information.

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About Junie B Jones The Musical JR.

From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the creators who brought you Dear Edwina and Dear Edwina JR., comes Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation.

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends — and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard — and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones JR. will capture your heart — just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.


 

Roanoke Catholic ACT test scores surge

ACT scores for Roanoke Catholic students have gone up an average 2.1 points from 2015 to 2019 and this year’s average 27.3 score is more than three points higher than the state’s.

According to the “Five Year Trends” report recently announced to the school:

Composite Score:

• 2015 | RCS 25.2, State 23.1
• 2019 | RCS 27.3, State 24.0

English Score:

• 2015 | RCS 26.2, State 22.8
• 2019 | RCS 28.7, State 23.8

Math Score:

• 2015 | RCS 22.8, State 22.8
• 2019 | RCS 24.7, State 23.3

Reading Score:

• 2015 | RCS 26.9, State 23.6
• 2019 | RCS 28.9, State 24.8

Science Score:

• 2015 | RCS 24.1, State 22.8
• 2019 | RCS 26.4, State 23.6

The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. Its purpose is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

The trends report also included an assessment of “college readiness” based on ACT results. The following shows the percentage of Roanoke Catholic’s ACT-tested students who are ready for college-level coursework:

  • College English Composition: RCS 92%, State 80%
  • College Algebra: RCS 83%, State 60%
  • College Social Science: RCS 92%, State 67%
  • College Biology: RCS 92%, State 57%
  • Meeting All 4: RCS 83%, State 46%

Congratulations to our faculty for their hard work and exceptional instruction that ensures Roanoke Catholic students receive the academic preparation they need to succeed in college and beyond!


 

RCS Oktoberfest is Oct. 18!

All Roanoke Catholic families are invited to a free fall festival, Oktoberfest!, on Friday, Oct. 18, 5:00-9:00 pm, on the school mall.

Sponsored and hosted by our fabulous Home & School Association, Oktoberfest will feature:

  • Live music by Black Mountain Revival
  • Free food! Pork BBQ, rotisserie chicken, hot dogs, sides, water and soda!
  • Beer and wine ($4 each)
  • Cornhole, human ring toss, lacrosse clinic and more!

Please consider volunteering to help make this event fun for all. CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER

Questions? Please contact HSA President Danny Wynne.


 

RCS broadcast journalism class launches student newspaper, newscast

Roanoke Catholic’s new broadcast journalism class this week began broadcasting a morning news show on the school’s video live-streaming service, CelticsLive.com, and has now launched an online student newspaper, The Celtic Storm, that will be updated every Friday with new stories and interviews.

The Celtic Storm can be found at TheCelticStorm.weebly.com.

Taught by RCS English teacher Meredith Harper and marketing director Michael Hemphill, the class is offered as a dual enrollment course through Mary Baldwin University as “Communications 221 – Media Writing.” Both the daily broadcast and weekly newspaper are entirely student written, produced and directed.

The class’ 10 students have also taken over CelticsLive broadcasts of RCS athletic events and will soon begin developing video news stories to be featured on both the broadcasts and news site in addition to Roanoke Catholic’s social media channels.


 

RCS Homecoming Week starts Sept. 30

Roanoke Catholic’s Homecoming Week starts Monday with three days of themed attire for students (Athleisure Monday, Girls in Pearls & Guys in Ties Tuesday, and Western Wednesday).

On Thursday’s Class Unity Day, RCS families are invited to a BBQ on the mall at 5:30 pm, followed by the Upper School Decorated Car Contest & Parade, Junior/Senior Kickball Games, Introduction of Fall Sports Teams, and the traditional Bonfire.

Alumni, friends and fans are invited to join us next Friday at 2 pm in the Gillespie Family Gymnasium for a Pep Rally, and then at 7 pm at Vinyard Park for our Homecoming football game vs. Parry McClure High School.

The Homecoming Dance is Saturday night.

Go Celtics!


 

Testimonials from new RCS parents

Catholic faith, individualized attention, small classes and a welcoming environment were some of the reasons Meredith Galazka enrolled her son and daughter in Roanoke Catholic.

Small classes, peaceful environment and no SOLs were some of the reasons Jen Greenway transferred her son to Roanoke Catholic. It’s not too late for you to experience this change for your child. Contact enrollment director Emily Gaston: 540.982.3532, egaston@roanokecatholic.com.


RCS BaconFest featuring The Mavericks on Sept. 21

Join us September 21 at Elmwood Park in Roanoke, 11 am-5 pm, as local chefs compete for the title of BaconFest Champion and the golden ticket to the World Food Championships. They’ll be serving up delicious bacon-inspired dishes: bacon-wrapped bacon, bacon mac & cheese, bacon hot sauces, bacon tacos bacon cupcakes, even bacon beer!

Presented by:

​With Twin Creeks Brewery beer on tap, and 94.9 Star Country broadcasting live, BaconFest 2019 will be our biggest and best year yet!


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And if BaconFest isn’t sizzling enough … performing at 7 pm on the Elmwood Park amphitheater stage: The Mavericks!

Concert tickets
$25 when buying 8-PACK PARTY PACKAGE
$30 in advance
$35 day of concert

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The Mavericks on Late Night with Seth Myers

THE MAVERICKS — MASTERS OF COUNTRY LATINO ROCK-N-ROLL, BORN IN THE RICH CULTURAL MIX OF MIAMI THEN TEMPERED IN NASHVILLE’S COUNTRY HOTHOUSE — RODE HIGH IN THE COUNTRY AND ROCK CHARTS OF THE 1990S WITH CULTURE-CROSSING HITS LIKE “WHAT A CRYING SHAME” AND “ALL YOU EVER DO IS BRING ME DOWN.” THEN THEY CONQUERED EUROPE WITH THE TITANIC FEELGOOD PARTY CLASSIC “DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY,” A 400,000-SELLER IN THE UK. YET NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, AND IN 2004 THE MAVERICKS WENT ON HIATUS WHILE FRONTMAN RAUL MALO EXPLORED NEW MUSICAL AVENUES.

BUT SINCE A REUNION IN 2012, THIS MOST SINGULAR OF BANDS HAS RE-ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND JOYFULLY ENTERTAINING ACTS ON TOURING AND FESTIVAL CIRCUIT ACROSS THE PLANET. ITS A REPUTATION BASED ON THEIR IRREPRESSIBLE MIX OF COUNTRY, TEX-MEX, ROCKABILLY AND LATINO SOUNDS, PLUS A RIOTOUSLY ENTERTAINING, WORLD-RENOWNED LIVE SHOW. A MAVERICKS GIG IS A GUARANTEED PARTY NIGHT ENCOMPASSING EVERYTHING FROM THE ESSENTIAL “DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY” TO THE INFECTIOUS TEJANO-SKA HYBRID OF “BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN” AND, ON OCCASION, EVEN WILD CARDS LIKE A MAVERICKS TAKE ON THE BEATLES “BACK IN THE USSR.”

THE MAVERICKS ARE TRUE AMERICAN ORIGINALS, HEIRS TO THE GREAT SONGWRITING TRADITIONS OF CUBA AND MIAMI, OF NASHVILLE AND SAN ANTONIO AND MEMPHIS. NOW, ON THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY AS A BAND, THEY’RE BACK TO REMIND THE WORLD WHY THEY’RE SO GOOD.


We thank our Mavericks sponsors!

 


BaconFest general admission is $5 (included with concert ticket).

Kids 12 and under: Free!

Sample great tasting ticket packages to experience the most bacon variety:

PIGLET PORTION (4 taste tix for $10)
THE PORKER (8 taste tix for $15)
THE WHOLE HOG (12 taste tix for $20)
VIP “Very Important Piggy” (Taste it all for $50)


 

RCS Class of 2019 College Selections

Roanoke Catholic School is proud to announce the next destinations for our Class of 2019: from United States Naval Academy and Notre Dame to Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and studying abroad in Italy.

Congratulations to our upcoming graduates and their families on this milestone! 100% college accepted, $3.9 million to date in scholarships earned.

  • Chelsea Gilday: Christendom College
  • Ryan Scott and Spencer Krohmer: Hampden-Sydney College
  • Otto Jefferson: High Point University
  • Sofia Sorrentino: Study Abroad in Italy
  • Patrick Glebus, Eloise Chandler, James Carpenter, Olivia Beirne: James Madison University
  • Abby Algeier: University of Mary Washington
  • Paul Kuehler: United States Naval Academy
  • Bryant Guilfoyle: University of Notre Dame
  • Cameron Dedulonus-Deeds: Penn State
  • Rose Nguyen and Shala Do: Radford University
  • Marissa Stover: Roanoke College
  • Meagan Gillette and Olivia Wimbish: University of Virginia 
  • Amelia Safford: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Marcus Myers, Steven Clark, Maret Whalen, Olivia Wharton, Parker Harnack: Virginia Tech
  • Stephen Meikle, Drew Price, Michael Steinbach: Virginia Western Community College
  • Alex Vaught: Washington and Lee University
  • Jingsong Guo: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Get your tix to OLIVER! on April 5-6

Consider yourself at home at Roanoke Catholic School’s production of OLIVER! on Friday, April 5, at 7 PM, and Saturday, April 6, at 4 PM, at the Dumas Center, 108 1st St NW, Roanoke, VA 24016.

Tickets are $10 for a single or $25 for a family 4-pack (family 4-pack reserved for members of the purchaser’s immediate family).

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Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, this musical is among the most enduring and beloved of all time. Written by Lionel Bart, the award-winning score about an orphan boy who finds his way through the streets of London features iconic songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?” “I’d Do Anything,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.”

You will not want to miss this show, though parents are advised that Oliver! does include some material that may not be appropriate for children younger than 10. 

Questions: Contact April Corbett, RCS Director of Theater Arts, acorbett@roanokecatholic.com.


Thank you Radjou family and Food Fanatics Kitchen for sponsoring our show!
“Food, Glorious Food” indeed!


Cast

Oliver: Aidan Callis
The Artful Dodger: Lauren Frackelton
Nancy: Isabella Myers
Bill Sikes/Mr. Bumble: Spencer Krohmer
Bet/Old Sally: Addison Vaught
Mrs. Corney: Abby Algeier
Mrs. Brownlow: Annie Kovats
Mr. Sowerberry/Orphan: Grady Whalen
Mrs. Sowerberry/Orphan: Alex Algeier
Charlotte/Mrs. Bedwin: Brynn Ferguson
Noah Claypole/Charley: Ana Kuehler
Dr. Grimwig: Silvie Chandler
Fagin: Michael Hemphill

Pianist: Meagan Gillette