"We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." MT 2:2
Message from the Principal
Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone was able to spend some quality time with their loved ones as we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ.

Second semester is a time of much excitement and importance. Besides scheduled events (Academic Competitions, Dance Marathon, Concerts, Athletics, Run-a-thon, etc…), students will also be engaged in numerous assessments (ISTEP, AP, ACT/SAT) that will have a major impact on their college and career goals. Having just received report cards at Parent-Teacher conferences, I highly encourage all families and students to sit down and reflect on the first semester and develop goals for the upcoming semester. Below you will find some important dates for upcoming standardized assessments:

o    AP Exams (All students enrolled in AP courses)
o  5/7 – Chemistry & Psychology
o  5/10 – US Government
o  5/11 – Computer Science
o  5/14 – Calculus
o  5/15 – English & Macro Economics
o  5/16 – World History

o   ISTEP (7 th , 8 th , 10 th , and 11 th grade re-testers)
o  2/26 – 3/9 – Applied Skills Testing Window (Makes up 30% of overall score)
o  4/16 – 5/4 – Multiple Choice Testing Window (Makes up 70% of overall score)

o   ACT/SAT (College Entrance Exam taken by Juniors and Seniors – scheduled by families)
o  Offered on numerous dates and locations

As I conduct classroom observations and make my way through the halls, I continue to be highly impressed with the student body at Cardinal Ritter High School. Besides the engagement and focus observed in class, student conduct is kind and respectful in the hallways. There is a positive spirit in the building and it makes being a part of this community special. 

Reflecting on my first semester as Principal at Cardinal Ritter, I could not be more thankful for the families that are a part of this community. The level of involvement of our families is something that cannot be overlooked and is a true blessing to this school.

I wish everyone the best as we start the New Year!

God Bless,
Mr. Pelych 
2018 Nightwatch

8th Graders: You're invited to our annual Nightwatch basketball game next Friday, January 12. Click here for more details.
Junior Job Shadowing

Attention parents: All juniors are required to complete a day of job shadowing by February 9, 2018. If you would be able to have a junior shadow you at your place of work, please contact Lindsay Thomas at 924-4333 ext. 421 or email her at  lthomas@cardinalritter.org
You will receive service hours!
Bingo Bash - January 27, 2018

Where: Cardinal Ritter High School Gym
Tickets: Pre-Sale $25.00/ Door $30.00
Pre-Sale Tickets: Contact the CR Main Office at  (317)924-4333  by Wednesday, January 24th.

Ticket includes buffet dinner, two drink tickets, and cards for all bingo games.

Doors Open at 6:00 PM 
Dinner 6:00-7:00 PM
Bingo begins at 7:00 PM

There will be pull tabs and cash prizes available.   An out of uniform day will be awarded to the grade with the most adults present.  Feel free to bring a friend or two.

All proceeds will benefit CRHS Post Prom.
John Lorenzo Memorial Scholarship

The John Lorenzano Memorial Scholarship is now available to any 7th-11th grade student who has a parent who is a Police Officer of Firefighter. It is a $1,000 scholarship and students must possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applications can be picked up from Mr. Powers in the Guidance Office.
Raider Nation O'Celebration

Save the Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Raider Nation O'Celebration
CRHS Gymnasium
Live and Silent Auction, Gaming, Dinner, and Live Music!
2018-2019 Registration

Registration for 2018-2019 school year is around the corner! Packets will be coming home starting the week of  January 8th.  Your student's registration appointments will be noted in their packet.

Appointments will start later in the month of January and we will collect the following:
*Completed registration paperwork (Please complete paperwork before the appointment.)
*Schedule for next year with a parent signature
* $150 registration fee

Parents, we would love for you to attend. If you need to reschedule your student's registration appointment for a better time, please call us in the Guidance Office at 924-4333 ext. 420. 
December Student Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our December Student Athletes of the Month, sophomore Kamryn Blake and junior Nate Soltis! Blake placed first in the City Championship for the one-meter dive. Soltis is leading the Raider basketball team with an average of 16.3 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block per game.  Congratulations, Kamryn and Nate!
Karen Heavin from the Center for College Costs presented to sophomores and juniors on Thursday, January 4. The sophomores sat and deliberated on a mock admissions panel while the juniors completed a college selection workshop. Elizabeth Limp ('20) is presenting on behalf of her group above.
On Friday, December 29, Blake Malatestinic ('17) was honored at halftime of the boys' basketball game. His sketch and list of accomplishments were placed in the main trophy case reserved for student athletes selected to All-State teams. Join us on Friday, January 12 at the varsity boys' basketball game to present Avery Hall ('17) with the same honor.
Alumni Spotlight
Cardinal Ritter Alumna  Sarah Bacon ('15)  stole the show for Minnesota Gopher diving on day one of the Tennessee Diving Invite. The sophomore picked up the first place finish on the 1-meter board with a score of 327.90 points. Bacon edged out Arkansas’ Brooke Schultz by 2.2 points, following a strong score of 52.80 on dive 403B in the sixth round.
College Counseling Corner  
To learn about Notre Dame programs offered for Summer 2018, please visit  precollege.nd.edu .
Yale Young Global Scholars

The Yale Young Global Scholars  online application  is currently live, and we encourage all eligible students to apply. The application deadline is February 6, 2018. For more information, click here .
Grand Canyon University

Parents, did you know about Grand Canyon University? Located in Phoenix, Arizona, GCU is a faith-based, Christian campus with over 17,000 students.
The cost of tuition and room and board is significantly less than an in-state school.  There are also a number of scholarship opportunities.
Division 1 athletics.
Diverse, faith-filled campus.
1600 students are part of the honors program.
70% of new students enter a STEM major.
GCU is giving students the opportunity to fly out to see campus and participate in the Discover event for free. Here are the dates for the Discover Fly Ins coming up: January 11 & 12, February 3 & 4, February 22 & 23. Contact Alyson Hunteman at alyson.hunteman@gcu.edu for more info.
Cardinal Ritter Careers
The Cardinal Ritter Cafeteria is Hiring
The cafeteria is now hiring hard workers for this school year. Not only does the cafeteria offer a convenient Monday through Friday schedule, but it also offers a 25% discount off of tuition!
Applicants must be:
·      Punctual and dependable
·      Friendly and able to work well with others
·      Able to lift up to 60lbs
·      Able to go up and down stairs regularly
·      Able to pass a background check (completed before hiring)
While positions and hours can be flexible, the typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.
If you are interested in applying, or would like more information, please contact Clara López at  (317) 924-4333 x 439  or via email at  clopez@cardinalritter.org .
CRHS Part-Time Maintenance Help Wanted

·         20-30 hours per week
·         Janitorial experience required
·         Flexible hours
·         Please submit resume to Mrs. Hoy at  jhoy@cardinalritter.org
SCRIP Information
1. Complete the Scrip Order Form .
2. Send your completed form and payment into the office with your student. Orders are due by 8:00am Mondays.
3. Ask your student on Thursday if he/she was called to the office to pick up the Scrip order. (All orders are sent home on Wednesday or Thursday, unless you indicate otherwise).
1. Go to  shopwithscrip.com  and create an account. Our organization code is FE97AB26258L.
2. Once your account is created, click on "Shop" and browse the hundreds of products available
3. After your order is complete, choose your payment method - either check or PrestoPay. You DO NOT have to use PrestoPay to order online. If you choose check, just send your payment in with your student on Monday morning. 
4. Look for your order to come home on Wednesday or Thursday-unless you ordered ScripNow (e-certificates) or Reloads. Those will be available as soon as the order is processed on Monday if you pay by check, or almost immediately if you pay with PrestoPay. 
5. Click here for more detailed instructions.
Cardinal Ritter Mission Statement
Cardinal Ritter is a Catholic high school entrusted by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the parishes of the West Deanery to provide, within a college preparatory curriculum, the highest standards of academic excellence to students of diverse socioeconomic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Cardinal Ritter challenges its students to grow spiritually, intellectually, athletically, and artistically. The Cardinal Ritter community values and fosters the unique intellectual, cultural, social, and physical gifts of each student. As followers of Christ, we encourage our students to share their gifts and talents in service to others.
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