Cardinal Ritter High School
Junior High Newsletter
13 March 2020

Please see last week's newsletter note from Mrs. Hoy:
Dear Parents,

We know that there is so much in the media now regarding the Coronavirus COVID-19. We wanted to let you know what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors. We are in constant communication with the Office of Catholic Schools, which is also keeping us updated on any new protocol that we need to follow. At this time, the Office of Catholic Schools has been in communication with the Indiana Department of Health’s Coronavirus Team. We are currently taking additional precautions in the school. We are sanitizing the buses, wrestling mats, and weights in the blockhouse. Teachers have been given disinfecting solutions for their classrooms. We are cleaning drinking fountains and disinfecting all common areas. We are also telling our students not just to use the hand sanitizers but to wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, cover their cough and sneeze and throw away tissues when used in the trash.
Thus far, Cardinal Ritter has been in good shape regarding percentages of overall illness, including the flu. We are thankful that our parents are using sound judgment when it comes to deciding when to send a child to school or not.

The guidance given to OCS is no student quarantines, as well as no school closures. Currently, there are five countries at a Level 2 or 3 statuses (China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, & Japan). While travel has not been completely banned, it is recommended that nonessential travel to these countries be avoided. If an individual from our school community has traveled to one of these countries, we are advised to contact the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) so follow up can occur.

The number to reach the ISDH is 317-233-1325. For additional resources, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link, which provides guidance for schools ; or Indiana State Department of Health . For an informational sheet on the Virus click here

Thanks for being great partners in the health and well-being of our students and school community!

God bless,
Mrs. Hoy

If you have any questions regarding the health and safety of our school, I urge you to reach out to Mrs. Hoy or Mrs. Jost. As a side note, the 8th grade Living History Trip is temporarily postponed. 8th grade parents - as soon as the trip is rescheduled, you will be contacted.

Thank you again for all that you do! Please see additional announcement below. If you have any questions, please let me know.

  • Monday, March 16 will start the week with a red day. Please help your student be prepared.

  • On Wednesday, March 18, students will be on a 2:00 dismissal so that teachers can meet.

  • Friday, March 19 is a jeans day. Students may wear a spirit wear top and jeans or sweats for $1. Profits will benefit the National Honor Society.

  • Students must come to class with a charged computer. Class is disrupted when students need to move around to charge their computer. Parents, please monitor students and be sure computers are charged overnight and ready for the next day.

  • From Monday, March 2, through Friday, April 3, every time a student completes a multiple choice activity as part of an Achieve3000 Literacy lesson, he or she earns a point for his/her class. For every first-try score of 75 percent, the class earns two points. And for every first-try score of 88 percent or higher, the class earns three points!

  • At the end of the contest, the class in every school with the most points on average per student wins!  

  • Mrs. Locke's R4 Social Studies class won this event last semester and earned a pizza party! This time, the reward will be donuts and milk/juice! Although only one class in the school can receive the $25 reward from Achieve, both of Mrs. Locke's classes are guaranteed a reward if ALL students in the class complete 10 multiple choice activities within the time period! Students, encourage one another!

  • To be eligible to win the schoolwide contest, 75 percent of the class must complete at least ten multiple choice activities during the contest period. Parents, you can support your student's reading comprehension development by encouraging your student to participate!  

  • Please be aware that logging service hours online is required second semester for all students. The website is and the codes are: Grade 7 - 7DECBE, Grade 8 - B1969E

  • 7th grade Theology took a quiz over the Sacraments as a whole. Now, students will examine each Sacrament more closely. We will begin with Baptism.

  • 7th grade Social Studies has examined the differences between some of the various World Organizations and took a quiz on Thursday. We are also working on learning some of the tenets of the five major world religions - Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

  • 8th grade Theology learned about the Great Schism of 1054 and will move on to the Protestant Reformation next.  

Melisa Wilzbacher
Junior High Dean