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.


 

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!


CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER


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

CLICK FOR TIX

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).

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

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


Thank you for helping us win Roanoke Valley Gives Day!

Because of your incredible generosity on Roanoke Valley Gives Day on March 13, we surpassed our $125,000 goal and tentatively won another $17,000 in bonus prizes. Enjoy this highlights video from our “Celtics-Thon” broadcast on CelticsLive.com.


For all of our Roanoke Valley Gives supporters, be on the lookout for an invitation to a celebration on April 1, 5-7 pm, at Food Fanatics Kitchen. Many thanks to the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia for coordinating this special event!


Help us raise $125,000 on Roanoke Valley Gives Day on March 13 to fund an air-conditioning system in our Upper School! Built in the 1960s, our Upper School building has long been “cooled” by window units. With your generosity, we will be able to install a new HVAC system this summer.

SCHEDULE YOUR GIFT TODAY

Your donation won’t be charge to your credit card until March 13.

 


You’re invited to be part of our CelticsLive.com “Celtics-Thon” broadcast on March 13 during Roanoke Valley Gives Day!

RCS chef Peter Radjou is serving up his famous chicken tikka masala that day from 4-7 pm for all families who come to make their donation and help us win the $15,000 that goes to the Roanoke-area nonprofit that raises the most money.

During the broadcast, we will feature our student organizations. Be there live, or watch live on CelticsLive.com. Here is the tentative broadcast schedule:

  • 3:00 – Welcome
  • 3:15 – Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia
  • 3:30 – Principal and Head of School Patrick Patterson
  • 3:45 – Chef Peter Radjou
  • 4:00 – Fr. Matt Kiehl
  • 4:15 – RCS Band performance
  • 4:30 – Celtics Singers performance
  • 4:45 – Oliver! spring musical preview
  • 5:00 – Segura program dancing
  • 5:15 – Shamrock Hill Run & St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 5:30 – Grandpals’ Day preview
  • 5:45 – RCS Athletics | Cheerleaders
  • 6:00 – Football
  • 6:15 – Middle School Boys & Girls Basketball
  • 6:30 – Girls Basketball
  • 6:45 – Boys Basketball
  • 7:00 – Cross-Country & Track
  • 7:15 – Boys Lacrosse
  • 7:30 – Wrestling & Girls Softball
  • 7:45 – Swimming
  • 8:00 – Girls Soccer
  • 8:15 – Girls Volleyball
  • 8:30 – Golf
  • 8:45 – Baseball
  • 9:00-midnight – TBA

Time to register for 2019 Shamrock Hill Run!

Get an early start on Roanoke’s and join our 29th annual Shamrock Hill Run! Our popular 5K chip-timed race (and 1-Mile Walk/Run) starts at 8:30 a.m., finishing in plenty of time for you to walk downtown for the 11 a.m. parade start! Free and convenient parking at the school.

RCS families enjoy a $5 discount by using promo code RCS19.

Registration:
• $25 Early registration (until 11:59 pm on Feb. 15)
• $30 Late registration (Feb. 16-March 1)
• $35 (after March 1)

For more information contact Michael Hemphill at mhemphill@roanokecatholic.com 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

Packets may be picked up in the Roanoke Catholic School Gillespie Family Gymnasium on Friday, March 15, 4-7 pm, or on Race Day, 7-8 am.

Educating the whole person. Part 3: The Soul

While we value the education of the mind and body, it is our students’ “soul work,” in the words of chaplain Fr. Matt Kiehl, that is at the heart of Roanoke Catholic’s mission: blending learning with faith and faith with daily life.

In addition to our daily theology classes, weekly Masses, monthly Adoration, and time with Prayer Buddies, in the last month alone:

  • Our Lower School conducted three Advent Prayer Services.
  • RCS Dance Club performed for elderly residents living in Our Lady of the Valley.
  • Celtics students, alumni and parents sang Christmas carols during RCS chef Peter Radjou’s annual holiday feast for 250 homeless served by The Rescue Mission.
  • Lower School SGA collected school supplies for Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services to help children arriving in the Roanoke Valley who lack the necessities to attend school.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes met before school to make hundreds of sandwiches for Roanoke’s homeless.
  • We presented 10 students with our new “Jesus Walks the Halls Kindness Awards” for their acts of service.

Yes, we are committed to our students being successful in the classroom and on the field, court and stage. But more importantly we want them successful in life, with Christ-like character and conscience — in short, with a developed soul, so that they stronger servants and leaders in our world.

If you believe in our mission of developing the mind, body and soul, please make a year-end gift to Roanoke Catholic School. We hope you are enjoying a wonderful, soulful, Christmas season!

Friday, Dec. 28: The Mind
Saturday, Dec. 29: The Soul


 

Educating the whole person. Part 2: The Body

The Celtics’ third consecutive football state championship in November highlights Roanoke Catholic’s commitment to nurturing the whole student: mind, body and soul.

More than 80% of our middle and upper school students participate on at least one of our sports teams: from our conference-winning track and cross-country program to volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse, golf, swim and cheer.

Nurturing our students’ artistic gifts, our drama program offered its first fall production this year and is excited to present Oliver in the spring. Our choir and band just produced RCS’ second annual Lessons & Carols service, and the choir looks forward to touring in May on a trip that includes performing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Our campus “body” will see major upgrades this year, too. We recently secured funding through a generous contribution to replace the bleachers in the Gillespie Family gymnasium — a $115,000 project. This Christmas break we installed new hardwood flooring in our chapel to enhance the space for prayerful reflection, Eucharistic adoration and confession.

As we near the end of 2018, please make a tax-deductible gift in support of Roanoke Catholic to ensure our students’ success both in the classroom and on the field, court and stage.

 

Friday, Dec. 28: The Mind
Coming Sunday, Dec. 30: The Soul


 

Educating the whole person. Part 1: The Mind

As we near the end of 2018, we take a moment — three moments, actually, today, Saturday and Sunday — to reflect on our fundamental task: the education of the whole person … mind, body and soul.

This year we hired full-time resource teachers who specialize in assisting students with learning differences. We will also soon add another full-time teaching assistant in 1st grade.

We enhanced our AP and dual enrollment offerings — which provide valuable college credits for our students while still in high school (many of our graduates actually start college as sophomores) — with the launch of an Entrepreneurial Studies Program through Mary Baldwin University. Next year we will add Broadcast Journalism, also through Mary Baldwin.

The Class of 2018 continued our standard of 100% college acceptance with $3+ million scholarships earned, and the Class of 2019 has already received acceptances to Virginia Tech, Washington & Lee, Roanoke College and Hampden-Sydney.

Thanks to our generous community of donors, we provided tuition assistance this year for more than 40% of our families so that all who desire our faith-based educational environment for their children can afford it.

All this by focusing on individual achievement, critical thinking, intellectual exploration and creative expression —  not unnecessarily stressful standardized testing.

Please make a year-end tax-deductible gift in support of strong Catholic education in the Roanoke Valley!

Coming Saturday, Dec. 29: The Body

Coming Sunday, Dec. 30: The Soul