Roanoke Catholic School provides a wide variety of activities so that students may explore their interests and develop their skills. These organizations include the Student Government Association; the student newspaper, The Celtic Crier; the literary magazine, Shanachie; the yearbook, The Key; the Kiwanis Key Club, and a variety of other clubs based on student interest.
At Roanoke Catholic School, all students have many opportunities to participate in sports, such as cheerleading, football, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field, softball, swimming, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, and golf. The program of athletic activities is coordinated by the Athletic Director who works with the coaches, managers, and student athletes to develop individual athletic abilities, team competitiveness, and school spirit. All student athletes, parents, and coaches will be issued an Athletic Handbook that outlines the policies and procedures of the athletic program. A signed Athletic Registration, Code of Conduct Agreement, Concussion Information Form, and a Sports Physical must be on file before students may participate in an athletic activity.
Roanoke Catholic School sponsors the Pacelli Chapter of the National Honor Society for students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Membership in the society is a privilege extended to those students who qualify in several areas. To be considered for selection, students must have attended Roanoke Catholic Upper School for at least one semester and be in good standing with the school. They must meet the scholarship standard which at RCS, is a cumulative semester average of 93. Those who qualify academically are then evaluated by the Faculty Council, composed of five teachers, in the areas of leadership, service, and character. Students inducted into the National Honor Society must maintain these standards to retain their membership. The national organizations of the NHS describe these criteria as including, as a minimum, the following characteristics:
LEADERSHIP: resourcefulness; initiative; positive influence and attitudes; dependability and reliability; holder of offices or positions of responsibility in class, at work, and in other school or community activities
SERVICE: dependable, organized, and courteous assistance; willingness to perform difficult or unpublicized tasks; loyal representation of the class or the school; participation in out-of-school as well as in-school activities; mentorship of others
CHARACTER: moral and ethical principles; desirable qualities such as friendliness, poise, and stability; compliance with regulations; self-discipline; respect for others
Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. Service projects that the Roanoke Catholic Key Club annually coordinate or participate in include the production of Christmas fruit baskets to assist Manna Ministries, fall leaf raking for needy area residents, the Crop Walk, Greenway clean-up, Soup for Seniors, and drives to benefit both local food banks and a Catholic school in Haiti.
One focus of the Key Club over the next few years will be to assist Kiwanis International and UNICEF with the Eliminate Project. The project’s goal is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant number of women also die due to maternal tetanus. The effects of the disease are excruciating—tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. During the spring of 2012, our Key Club raised over $500 for the Eliminate Project. We hope to do much more in the coming years.
Key Club is open to all students in grades 9-12. Questions can be directed to the Anna Eapen, Key Club President, or Ms. Plante, Key Club Advisor.
Academic Eligibility for Co-curricular Activities
Students become ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities if they fail any subject (grade below 60). Activities governed by these guidelines include student government offices, varsity, junior varsity and middle school sports, and clubs. An athlete who is ineligible to participate in athletics may NOT practice with the team nor sit on the bench during home games, dress out for games, travel with the team, or take any formal role (i.e. manager, score keeper) during games.
Period of Ineligibility
The period of eligibility begins on the day report cards are issued. If a student has failed one course, eligibility may be regained at the mid-point of the next quarter provided that the student has earned a minimum of a 70 for the current quarter in the subject that the student had previously failed and that no other grades have fallen below a 60 for the current quarter. Mid-point eligibility is regained on the day that the interim reports are issued. Otherwise, eligibility may be regained on the day that report cards for the next quarter are issued. Students who have failed two or more courses are ineligible for the entire nine weeks; eligibility cannot be regained at midpoint.
Eligibility at the beginning of a school year requires a final passing grade for each course taken during the previous year
Each year the individual classes, grades 8 thru 11, establish class dues that are payable to the Class Treasurer. Students are expected to pay the class dues that have been approved by the class. Classes may also choose to have a fund raising event. These monies accumulate in the respective class treasury and are used in a variety of ways. For example, the sophomore class may sponsor the Homecoming dance; the junior class is responsible for the Baccalaureate dinner as well as the Prom. Each year, additional financial responsibilities are also incurred:
- Grades 8 thru 12 – Yearly retreats
- Junior Year – Ring Day lunch
- Senior Year – Announcements and graduation materials plus
- Graduation Fee (approximately $75)