"The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple."
(Psalms 19:7)
Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,


I cannot begin to express how excited I am to be serving as the next Principal at Cardinal Ritter High School. During my time here thus far, I have been blown away by the level of support from parents, teachers, and staff as I transition into this role. I greatly look forward to having the opportunity to partner with each of you in providing a high quality, faith-filled learning environment where all students can prosper.


To provide you with some information about my background in education, I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to serve the youth and community. After high school, I attended Butler University where I studied Biology and Secondary Education. I quickly developed a passion for teaching and enrolled at Marian University to develop my craft and focus on curriculum and instruction. After earning an MA in Teaching from Marian University, I continued to teach while completing my MA in Educational Leadership. I spent the past 3 years serving as the Principal of a High School on the East side of Indianapolis and look forward to bringing my experiences to Cardinal Ritter High School!


With the state’s increased focus on academic rigor and accountability, it’s as important
as ever that as a school, we are challenging ourselves and collaborating to provide
outstanding learning opportunities for our students each and every day. I look
forward to working with all teachers, staff, and families to ensure that Cardinal Ritter High School
continues its pursuit of excellence in providing a well-rounded, top notch
education to all of its students.


The 2017 – 2018 school year is just around the corner and I wanted to remind all families that 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students will report to school on August 11 and all students will report on August 14. Additionally, 7th grade orientation will be held on August 8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm and freshman orientation will also be held on August 8 from 8:30am – 2:30pm.


Enjoy the remainder of the summer and may God bless the students, families, faculty, and staff of Cardinal Ritter High School!


Steven Pelych

2017 CRHS Golf Outing

  Don't miss our CRHS Golf Outing on  Saturday, September 30th ! Register as a foursome or as an individual here . Check out the video below for more details and please reach out to Katie Murphy Waggoner at kwaggoner@cardinalritter.org with any questions. 

  Booster Club Fundraiser

2016-2017 was quite a year for CRHS athletics:

6 sectional championships
3 regional championships
2 semi-state championships
2 state titles

Please help continue these great programs by supporting the Cardinal Ritter Booster Club fundraiser for all sports teams. We will be selling five gallon buckets of laundry detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, as well as dishwasher pods. The fundraiser will begin on July 31, 2017; every student athlete will receive an order form at the Fall Sports Mass that morning. Please make sure you ask your student about the forms on that day. ALL money and orders are due at the Back to School Bash on Wednesday, August 9thProducts will be distributed at the Back to School Night in the third week of August. Please click here for the order form.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Martin at jmartin@cardinalritter.org

or Stephenie Johnson at Stephenie.Johnson4007@yahoo.com

Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award 

We are thrilled to share that the Indiana Department of Education has awarded CRHS with the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award! This accolade is granted to schools that exhibit the highest level of school counseling professionalism in Indiana by meeting or exceeding the Indiana School Counseling Program Standards. What's even more impressive is that The Gold Star designation is also recognized nationally through the American School Counselor Association’s highest award -  the RAMP Award for Recognized ASCA Model Programs. The School Counseling Program Portfolio our CRHS counseling department developed coupled with the unique contributions of our school counselors in improving student achievement helped us earn Gold Star recognition. A huge thank you to our counseling department for the tremendous amount of work you have done to reach this honor!
CRHS Big Sis/Lil Sis Program

Save the date! The Big Sis/Lil Sis Ice Cream Social will be in the CRHS cafeteria from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, July 28th. We will reveal who the Big Sis/Lil Sis families are at this time. You d on't have to stay the whole time, stopping in before or after a practice is completely OK! Come by to meet your big sisters and other freshmen sisters to swap contact information to help you get ready for the school year. Ice c ream provided!

Also, mark your calendars for the Big Sis/Lil Sis cook out on Friday, August 25.  Dinner will be provided in the CRHS parking lot - Mrs. Hoy will grill the hot dogs! There will be a s huttle from CRHS to the home football game at Marian University.  Chaperones will be present. We will have s pirit centered activities during the cookout before the game.

Questions? Please reach out to Ms. Dues at rdues@cardinalritter.org.
Class of 2018  Meningitis  Immunization Requirement

Attention Class of 2018! The State of Indiana has an immunization requirement that states all students in the 12th grade must have a booster Meningococcal Vaccination (MCV4, Menveo, or Menactra). This vaccine is required for high school entry. If you had your first shot at age 16 or older, the booster is not required.
The Cardinal Ritter clinic needs you to get this completed during the summer or provide documentation as having already completed this requirement. Please note there is also a new 2 dose series of Meningocccal B strain which is NOT required (until Class of 2019) but is recommended to be done. Click here for the full list of immunization requirements.

This state requirement needs to be completed before  September 6, 2017 . Thanks for your cooperation and please let Nurse Feltz know if you have any questions.
 IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation

 The IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) is a new requirement for all students participating in athletics. This is necessary to ensure the best medical screening for Indiana's high school athletes, and must be signed by a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Please click here to access the form.
2017-2018 CYO Cross Country

Any Jr. High student interested in running Cross Country needs to sign up on the CYO website here.

The fee is $39, which includes the uniform. Checks can be made payable to Cardinal Ritter High School. The deadline for registration and the fee is  September 28th . If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kyle Powers via email at  kpowers@cardinalritter.org .
Mum Sale

The fall mum flower sale will begin at the  Back to School Bash  on Wednesday,  August 9th.
The deadline for  order form return with money  will be at the  Back to School Night  on Wednesday,  August 30th.  Mums will be delivered to CRHS  on Friday September 8th for parent pick-upPlease contact Lisa Spreacker at spreackers@gmail.com with questions.

Indianapolis Juniors Rowing Club

Interested in joining a rowing club this fall through the Indianapolis Rowing Center (IRC)? Don't miss the Fall Juniors Season Callout Meeting on Tuesday, August 15th. Check out the informational flyer here . Feel free to contact Andrew Purdie at andrew@indyrowing.org for more information. 

2017-2018 Parent Club

The 2017-2018 school year is just around the corner, the Parent Club would like to welcome you back for another great year!

Mark your calendars for the first big event: the Back to School Bash on Wednesday, August 9th.

Look for a signup genius soon to sign up to volunteer and start earning those service hours.

Stop by the Parent Club table for the following information:
1) Information on the MUM sale and order sheets.
2) Pick up a volunteer sheet and SIGN UP to volunteer for any of the many events planned for the 2017-2018 school year.  You can also sign up to be an event Chair/Co-Chair or volunteer.
3) Learn how you can raise money for the Parent Club by registering your KROGER loyalty card and collecting BOX TOPS for Education.

Please contact Lisa Spreacker at spreackers@gmail.com with any questions.

Your 2017-2018 Parent Club Officers are:

Lisa Spreacker, President

Cheri Bush, Vice President

Amy Magan, Secretary

This year there will be no bi-monthly meetings for the Parent Club.  We will continue to have a meeting with the event chairs before their events, but most communication will be done via the website, newsletters, and email.  Parent Club has a tab under the Parent section of the website.  We will be working to update the Parent Club section in the coming weeks!

The Parent Club would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Valerie Horvath and Caroline Sperry for Co-Chairing the Used Uniform Sale.  They did a terrific job.  We would also like to thank the many volunteers who helped make this event possible as well and those that attended the sale.

Indiana State Tax Credit Scholarship Program 

  Giving to the Indiana State Tax Credit Scholarship Program provides a Catholic education for our students and a tax benefit for you. Check out the video below for more information.
2017 Fall Sports Program

Interested in advertising in our 2017 Fall Sports Program? Please reach out to Emily Fox at efox@wducs.org for pricing and details.

Amazon Smile
Did you know Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Cardinal Ritter? Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1096103 and support us every time you shop.
CRHS Box Tops For Education

CRHS's Box Tops for Education earnings goal is $1,000 this year!  Please check out your products and start clipping. Your Box Tops can be sent to the main office or put in one of the Box Top containers right outside of the main office.  Please call the office with any questions.  Thanks for your help!

Booster Club Meeting

The first Booster Club meeting for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on August 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the school library.

Once school starts, the meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of each month.

Snapchat Tutorials

It's summertime and we want to give you some digital resources to keep your kids safe (and smart online) to build a positive online image.  If you have junior high or high school kids, consider joining Parent University  this summer to learn how  Snapchat  works.  More info here .

AP Test Results

 We are so proud of our AP testers and teachers! More than 25% of our students scored a three or higher on the Advanced Placement Exams. As one of only 73 schools to receive this recognition, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. McCormick, sent Mr. Hollowell a special congratulatory note. Congratulations, Cardinal Ritter, and keep up the great work!
  Thank you to all who came out for the annual alumni soccer game!  
Bleacher Sale! 

Want to own a piece of CRHS history? Buy a cross, bench, or plank of bleacher wood that has been used in the Cardinal Ritter High School gym since 1964.


1. Online: Click Here

2. Purchase at the Cardinal Ritter High School Advancement Office in the St. Francis Center 3.

3. Call 317.924.4333 (ext 407)

All crosses ($35) and benches ($100) have been blessed by CRHS's Chaplain, and are produced in sets of 25. Orders will be fulfilled in order of placement. Planks are 16 ft. long and cost $50. Click here to view the informational flyer. 
College Counseling Corner  
Hendricks County Students

If you are a Hendricks County junior with a 3.5 GPA or higher, you are eligible to apply for the Hendricks County Lilly Scholarship starting August 1! You can find more information  here . Please reach out to Mrs. Thomas with any questions!
Marion and Hamilton County Students   

Marion and Hamilton County juniors with a 2.5 GPA or higher: Remember that you must have the four essays completed and turned into Mrs. Thomas by Tuesday, August 15 at 3 p.m. to be eligible for this scholarship.  Please take advantage of this opportunity! Feel free to email Mrs. Thomas this summer with questions!
Juniors - The College Board has added an August 26th SAT date this year. Click  here  to register by the July 28th deadline.
Interested in Driver's Ed?  
Please click  here  to find more information.
Requesting Transcripts for College Courses

Students who took a class through Marian University, Indiana University, or Ivy Tech need to request the college transcript from that school. The grades will appear on your high school transcript, but most universities will require a transcript from the college or university that actually issued the grade.
​  The links below will take you to the appropriate place for each school ​to order your transcript.

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.  For more information, 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.
Closing Prayer

Lord God,  we thank you that you have upheld us and brought us to the Savior. Help us to remember this truth through your Holy Spirit, and constantly remind us while still on earth to live in heaven with all your angels. We are helpless without you. Your Spirit alone can overcome our sinful nature so that we never forget to be in heaven with the Savior now and in eternity. Amen.

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