"God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life." JN 3:16
Message from the President
Dear Parents,

For the past two years, Cardinal Ritter has published an Annual Report. This report highlights our mission and impact. It also gives us an opportunity to thank our supporters. Additionally, it shows our financial performances for the preceding year.

This Report can be found on our website under the Advancement tab for your perusal. While the Annual Report did not include all of the Funded Scholarships, we find it imperative to give recognition where recognition is due. I have listed for you all those scholarships that have helped students attend Cardinal Ritter High School.

Archie & Bettie Smith Holy Angels Scholarship
Berty/Young Scholarship
Immaculate Heart Men’s Group Scholarship
Joseph Purichia Scholarship
Ladies of Grace KSPC 4 th Degree Scholarship
LAOH Our Lady of Knock Scholarship
Noel-Smyser Scholarship
St. Bridgets Council Knights of the Peter Claver Scholarship
St. Christopher Deal/Bell Scholarship
St. Malachy Hart Scholarship
St. Malachy Knights of Columbus
St. Malachy Knights of Columbus Paul Whalen Scholarship
St. Malachy Maggie McClain Scholarship
St. Michael-St. Gabriel Dad’s Club Scholarship
St. Monica Knights of Columbus Scholarship
St. Monica PTO Scholarship
St. Monica Scholarship
Sturgeon Scholarship/Gannett Foundation
Susan Gardiner Scholarship

If you have wondered what has happened to our fence line, we have taken down trees that are in need of removal in order to place a fence on our property line. I want to give a big thank you to Mr. Rafael Lopez and his company for taking care of that for us. Stay tuned for more updates.

I would like to thank all of you in advance who have helped to make Raider Nation O’Celebration the success I know it will be tomorrow night.

God Bless,
Mrs. Hoy
Lenten Reflection
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). There is so much in today’s world that mankind did not have—and likely never even imagined—in the time before, of, and following Jesus. In our modern culture, we are bombarded with advertisements, commercials, notifications on our smartphones, text messages, and the like. Just to be clear, none of these things are wrong or evil. On the contrary, they can be quite convenient and useful. However, in today’s world, many people, regardless of their religious standings, have become dependent on their smartphones and other technological devices.
Now, you may be wondering how my previous statements are at all connected to the Scripture verse from Genesis. You see, due to their instantaneous access to a seemingly infinite pool of information, smartphones and related technology can cause people to do things that are wrong, sinful, immoral. It can cause them to choose to go against God’s New Law of Love, His Law of loving God and neighbor, and to instead curse, threaten, or attack their neighbor. They may even go so far as to rebuke their God. Such a person may write these things off and not allow their conscience to be bothered by them. It may also cause a person, having acted wrongly or immorally, to say, “I’m only human.”
This is what I want to focus on. When people say, “I’m only human,” they are saying that humans are flawed in nature and are inclined to sin. By this logic, they are saying it is okay for people to sin. However, while humans do indeed make mistakes are do have an inclination to sin, we cannot use the phrase, “I’m only human,” to justify our wrongdoings. We are all indeed human, and as such we are blessed with a conscience, the ability to reason, and the ability to differentiate between what is just and unjust, moral and immoral. I am going to sin many, many more times before I pass from this life into the second life. So are you. So will your friends and family members. So will every other person in the human race. We will all continue to sin throughout our lives. What we must do, then, is attempt to right our wrongs, learn from our mistakes, change our hearts and orient them towards the Love of Jesus and away from the temptation of sin. We must hold ourselves accountable for our thoughts, words, and actions.
We are all going to sin, even during this season of Lent, a time of trial and tribulation. We cannot continue to justify our sinning by claiming that we are flawed in nature. Humanity is indeed flawed due to our Fall from God’s grace in the Garden of Eden. But is that not the whole reason God sent us His beloved Son? So that we might be restored to God’s grace and union? We may be flawed, but Jesus erases our Mark of Original Sin, baptizes us into his Mystical Body, and opens the doorway to his Father’s Heavenly Kingdom. We cannot use our flawed nature as a crutch for our sinning because we have already been saved and forgiven of our sins.
Instead of saying, “We’re only human,” people should be saying, “We are human! ” As it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” We were made in God’s Image and Likeness, as we are told in Genesis. In the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans, Saint Paul confirms that we do indeed have the ability to discern what is God’s Will and what is good and acceptable. There is so much to be grateful for! We are human! We have a powerful intellect, a moral conscience, the ability to reason, the ability to know what is just and unjust, and the blessed gift of life after death in communion with God Our Father. Even beyond that, we were made in the Image and Likeness of our Creator, and by our nature we are able to see, recognize, know, and enjoy a formal, intimate relationship with Him. No other living creature or being in the universe enjoys the divine affiliation mankind experiences with God through Jesus.
I will leave you now with a small challenge for this Lenten season, if you are willing to undertake this endeavor. Try to pinpoint the times in your daily life when you might say to yourself, verbally or non-verbally, “I’m only human.” Find those moments when you use that phrase to justify little sins or wrongdoings or shortcomings here and there throughout the day. When you can identify those moments, decide for yourself if you will continue down that well-traveled path, or if you will orient your heart towards the boundless Love of Jesus and instead change your heart during this Lenten season to shore up any shortcomings you may find in your life.
Thank you, My Brothers and Sisters. May God Bless You and Keep You. Amen.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

Jack Adams (CR '19)
Raider Nation O'Celebration
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Raider Nation O'Celebration is TOMORROW! Our Silent Auction items are now live. Let the bidding begin! Click here to bid.
As a reminder, we will have tickets available at the door. Please contact Katie Waggoner with any questions.
Submitting Newsletter Items

Please email our Communications Coordinator, Emily Fox , directly to submit weekly newsletter and/or social media items.
Summer Program in Guatemala

If you are interested in practicing and developing your Spanish skills or would like to travel this June, Cardinal Ritter has partnered again with Faces & Our Cultures for their summer program in Guatemala. For more information, please attend the call-out meeting in room 303 during AA on Monday, March 12th.
Cardinal Ritter Junior High Newsletter

Click here to read this week's Cardinal Ritter Junior High Newsletter.
Congratulations to our ICC Academic All-Conference Winter 2017-2018 Student-Athletes!

Swimming/Diving : Lance Spreacker, Natalie Odier, Mike Isakson, Anastasia Koester, John Adolay, Bobby Isakson, Wesley Kochell, and Kamryn Blake
Girls' Basketball : Megan Young, Jenna Purichia, and Mya Kiner
Boys' Basketball : Shelby Turner and Joey Gruber
Cheerleading : Jacquie Baker
Annual Flower Sale

It's that time of year again! Our annual flower sale is quickly approaching. The flower sale is one of the events that helps fund the Cardinal Ritter Parent Club. The Parent Club supports many activities at the school including Graduation, Teacher Appreciation Luncheons, Sophomore Ring Ceremony, and Parent-Teacher Conferences. The hanging baskets and planters make wonderful gifts and orders will arrive on May 4th - just in time for Mother’s Day! This is also an opportunity to earn some service hours. Click  here  to sign up to volunteer for the flower sale pick up. Please contact Cheri Bush or Marie Schelonka with any questions at cbush15@att.net or mschelonka@comcast.net. Show your support for the Raiders and place your flower orders toda here !
Click here to see photos of the different flower and plant options.
Cheerleading Information Night

Students interested in trying out for cheerleading for 9 th grade need to attend the information night with a parent on Wednesday, March 28 th at 7:00 pm in the Guadalupe Room. The dates for open gym (learn the material for try-outs) are: April 17th 4:00 pm-5:30 pm and April 26th 4:00 pm-5:30 pm in the CRHS gym.

Try-outs are on Saturday, April 28th at 11:00 am in the CRHS gym. Please contact Laura Hokl at lhokl@cardinalritter.org if you have any questions. Click here to view the flyer.
Lent at CRHS

This year, our students are participating in the CRS Rice Bowl Program over the Lenten season. Each class has a jar and our goal as a school is to collect change to contribute to the many efforts of Catholic Relief Services in our community and around the world.
Students will also have the opportunity to pray to the rosary on Wednesdays during Lent.
We will also have all-day adoration on Fridays during Lent. All students will have the opportunity to take advantage of this opportunity in their Theology class.
Winter Sports Awards Night
Monday, March 12, 7:00 PM
CRHS Cafeteria
Archbishop Thompson at CRHS

Archbishop Thompson is celebrating our All-School Liturgy on Tuesday, April 3 at 10:20 AM. All parents are welcome to join us!
Boys' and Girls' Golf Fundraisers

Save the date for our boys' and girls' golf fundraisers! We are having the first one at the Panera Bread location at Rockville Road and Raceway Road on Thursday, March 15th. The second one will be on Thursday, April 12th at the Panera at Trader's Point on 86th Street.

Simply print the flyer ( Avon -March 15 ) ( Trader's Point - April 12 ) and give it to the cashier when ordering.
Mr. Andy O'Maley's Sculpture class has been working hard to create 150 ceramic bowls that will be used for the annual Simple Soup & Bread Luncheon benefiting the Crisis Office of Catholic Charities on Thursday, March 29. After the Sculpture class has completed the bowls, students from Mr. O'Maley, Mrs. Roberts, and Mrs. Sanders classes will be painting and decorating the bowls for the luncheon. Guests will be able to keep the bowl after the luncheon. For more luncheon details, click here .
Congratulations to Nate Soltis ('19) on being selected to the 2018 All-City Boys' Basketball Team!
Seniors Jack Cooper and Trey Hunt read to St. Malachy Parish School students for Read Across America this week!
Last week St. Monica alums - and current CRHS students - read to  St. Monica School  students for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday!
CRHS students had the opportunity to see Archbishop Thompson speak at the APTK Luncheon this week.
This past Saturday, members of the Cardinal Ritter Football team were invited to be a part of the NFL High School Forum on leadership. Raiders were focused on gaining knowledge from a panel of speakers. John Simon , outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, took time to speak to the high school athletes gather about setting goals and overachieving.  John Brown  ( the director of operations for the Indianapolis Colts ),  Mattie White  ( Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and Excellence Academy ),  Mike Prior (Director of Indianapolis Colts Youth Football),   Mark Koski   ( Director of Marketing/CEO NFHS Network ),  Dr. Jamil Northcutt  (Assistant Director of Football Development) and  Roman Oben  (Senior Director, Youth - High School Football) all took time to speak and answer questions regarding life after high school. It was great to see the attention that these professionals who have a love for sports remind the youth about staying true to their path and focus on obtaining their goals.
CYO Camp Rancho Framasa

CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Nashville, Indiana has summer camping opportunities for ages 7-19. Established in 1946 and accredited with the American Camp Association, CYO Camp is an inclusive camp offering 3 and 6 day sessions. For more information and registration please click here .

Our CRHS Improv Team has improv matches in the CRHS gymnasium on Tuesday, March 27, Wednesday, April 4, and Tuesday, May 1 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Come out and support your Raider Improv Team! Please contact Alex White with any questions.
Hendricks County Youth Leadership Opportunity

Freshmen who live in Hendricks County: You have an opportunity to apply and be a part of the Youth Leadership for Hendricks County.  This is an excellent opportunity to improve and build on your leadership skills and be part of a great program.  There are approximately 7 meetings throughout the 18-19 school year for you to attend.  If you are interested, please stop by the guidance office for an application.  We must choose 1 nominee for our school.  Deadline to apply is March 30.  Please note, there is a $500 fee to participate in the program.  This will be charged to the selected student.  All completed applications must be turned in to the guidance office.  Please see Mrs. Lettich for more information.
Click here to view the 2018-19 St. Vincent Sports Performance physicals flyer.
Class of 2019 Hepatitis A & Meningitis Immunization Requirements

Attention Class of 2019! The State of Indiana has a new immunization requirement that states all students in the 12th grade MUST   have a booster Meningococcal vaccination (MCV4, Menactra, or Menveo) and a 2 dose series of Hepatitis A immunization (doses must be at least 6 months apart) .  These vaccines  are required for high school entry . This prevents Meningitis outbreaks in college dorms. If you had your first shot of MCV4 at age 16 or older, the booster shot is not required. Please note there is also a 2 dose series of Meningoccal B strain which is NOT required but recommended .  The Cardinal Ritter clinic needs you to get this  done before next August OR provide documentation as having already completed this requirement . Thanks for your cooperation and let Nurse Feltz know if you have any questions. Click here to view the 2018-2019 school year immunization requirements.
Softball and baseball moms, we have a few new spirit wear items available in our spirit wear shop now.
2018 Prom Tickets

Prom tickets will be sold from March 26th - March 29th during lunch for $40 each. Please contact  wwright@cardinalritter.org  for questions.
College Counseling Corner   
Girls STEM Institute 2018 IUPUI Summer Program

The application for Girls STEM Institute 2018 IUPUI Summer Program is now available at  http://www.girlssteminstitute.org  under the summer institute application tab. The dates are  June 11th - July 6th.  This summer we will focus on using mathematics to understand how money works in and beyond our household budgets. Example topics include but are not limited to the stock market, build personal and community wealth, tax systems, consumer debt, household budgets, and the economics of entrepreneurship. We will also engage in learning experiences related to engineering, computer science, and career and college readiness.   
Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (JEEP)

Register now to come to campus on Monday, April 9, and learn about Purdue Engineering during a day specifically targeted to young women in their junior year of high school! You will explore your choice of two engineering disciplines, obtain knowledge regarding the First-Year Engineering program, admissions, student life, and engineering in the "real world." Campus tours are offered with an opportunity to meet Purdue professors, current engineering students, and some awesome women alumni. Register online at  www.purdue.edu/wiep . Registration is due by Friday, March 30, 2018.  
Roosevelt University

Click here to learn more about summer sessions at Roosevelt University.
Hope College Event in Indy
Monday, March 19, 5:30 PM
Bridgewater Club | Dinner will be served
Click here for more info.
Purdue Engineering Expo

Purdue's Engineering Expo offers prospective engineers the opportunity to explore the world of engineering during a day filled with exciting and engaging activities.
The theme of this year’s Engineering Expo is disaster relief engineering. Activities will involve students coming up with effective and efficient solutions for disaster-stricken areas to bring relief to the people of these locations. Learn more here .
Students and Parents: Check out the Raise Me Scholarship!

RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school, starting as early as 9th grade. All that you is create an account and plug in your students' grades and activities. The website will award you scholarship dollars as the years progress. Many colleges will accept this account and will award you scholarship money. Check out the Raise Me website for more details:  https://www.raise.me/
Conference for Pre-College Philosophical Engagement at Ball State University

The Ball State Philosophy Outreach Team would like to extend you the opportunity to attend a free , all-day conference at Ball State University, focused on philosophical discourse and education.
BSU is hosting the first inaugural Conference for Pre-College Philosophical Engagement at Ball State University on Monday, April 16th, 2018. This will be capped at 150 students, so apply today!
Click here to apply.
STEM Focused National Youth Science Camp

Two Indiana high school seniors have the opportunity to represent the state and participate in the all-expenses paid, month long, STEM focused National Youth Science Camp. Held at the National Youth Science Center in Davis, West Virginia, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The camp will take place June 27 to July 21. The application process is open and the submission deadline is February 28. Visit  http://www.nysc.org  for more information and to apply.
Indiana University School of Dentistry DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM Informational Presentation
Saturday, April 7, 9:00 AM – Noon 
IU School of Dentistry
View the flyer here .
Miami of Ohio Summer Scholars Program

Click here to view the details.
FBI Youth Leadership Academy

On July 11, 12, and 13, 2018, the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will host the FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI. Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community. Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision making and leadership skills. Applications are due by Sunday, April 1, 2018. Learn more here . Download the application here .
Summer leadership opportunities are now open at the University of Dayton. Learn more here .
To learn about summer 2018 Notre Dame programs, please visit  precollege.nd.edu .
Indy Parks Summer Jobs

Looking for a seasonal job this summer? Indy Parks has over 400 seasonal jobs available. Click here for more information.
Summer Architecture Program at Wentworth

Wentworth will be offering a 4-week summer program from July 9 to August 3, 2018. Click here for more info.
University of Dayton 2018 Summer STEM Programs

Click here to view all University of Dayton 2018 Summer STEM opportunities.
Bishop Chatard's College Information Night  Tuesday, March 27, 6:15 PM
Please register here .

Help Improve Your Child's PSAT Scores

Sophomores and junior parents: Did you know that you can connect your student's PSAT scores with the Khan Academy? This is a FREE service to you that can help your child to improve your future test scores. Check out the quick Youtube tutorial below that shows you how to link their accounts!
Registration for the 2018 Summer Workshops at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is now available. These workshops will give you hands-on experience in learning how informatics and computing are shaping our world through innovation in mobile and web applications, interactive media and digital games, and health and medical research. Click here for more details.
The top-ranked Kelley School of Business at Indiana University is hosting MEET Kelley, a one-week, pre-college summer program for promising high school students from underrepresented groups: African-American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial. Apply here .
Purdue Minority Engineering Program

Purdue's Minority Engineering Program invites you to join them this summer at one of their pre-college programs! Click here for all the details.
IU Health Pharmacy Technician Accelerated Program Information Night
Thursday, April 5 th  at 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM Methodist Hospital Campus in Wile Hall
Click here for more info.
July Experience is a powerful three-week academic immersion experience for rising high school juniors and seniors on the campus of Davidson College. Students live in dorms with a diverse cohort of participants and Davidson student mentors, take two courses from Davidson faculty, and have the opportunity to participate in workshops with admission staff. Opportunities are available to explore the town, spend time at our lake campus, and visit Charlotte throughout the program.   Find out more  about the program and  apply  by March 28th for the summer 2018 session.
Ball State Design Works Summer Academy

Sophomores and juniors interested in architecture: Check out Ball State's Design Works Summer Academy. The academy runs from July 8-20. The cost is $1500 for meals, dorm fees, field trips, and instructional materials. For more information, go to  www.bsu.edu/cap/designworks  or contact Lori Pence at  lpence@bsu.edu .
JCamp: An All-Expenses-Paid Journalism Program for High School Students

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is now  accepting applications  for JCamp, an all-expenses-paid journalism training program for talented freshman, sophomore- and junior-level high school students of diverse backgrounds. Click here to learn more!
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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