"Let all the earth cry out to God with joy." PS 100:1
Note from the President
Dear Parents,

As we head into our last week of remote learning, I want to thank you for all of your prayers and support. I want to thank our awesome teachers for all the hard work they put into preparing remote lessons. It has been so exciting to see how creative they have been. We know students are busily working on finishing up their work. Parents please read Mrs. Jost’s note on grades. We want to give you some information as to how we will finish up the year. This information will also be found on our website.

  • May 21st – Awards Ceremony aired at 6:00 PM. You can find the link here and on our website.
  • May 22nd – Seniors will arrive at school between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM to drop off textbooks, locks, senior boards, and pick up any awards they might have received.
  • May 26th – 7th & 9th grade students will come to school between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM to drop off textbooks, locks and pick up their locker contents and any awards they might have received. 7th grade will also receive their Junior High Memory Book.
  • May 27th – 8th grade Graduation will be aired at 6:00 PM. You can find the link here and on our website.
  • May 27th – 10th & 11th grade students will come to school between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM to drop off textbooks, locks and pick up their locker contents and any awards they might have received.
  • May 28th – 8th grade students will come to school between 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM to pick up locker contents, any awards they might have received, Junior High Memory Book, Graduation Certificates, drop off textbooks and locks.
  • May 29th – we will air the Senior Salute at 7:00 PM. You can find the link here and on our website.

Please email me if you have any questions.

God Bless,

Mrs. Hoy
Online Resources for Parents
Here is a link that has many online resources. These will be updated as needed. Also you can find mental health resources from the State of Indiana at https://bewellindiana.com/.
News from the Guidance Dept.
Purdue University
High school juniors, sophomores and freshmen can discover exciting STEM classes and majors at Purdue University during a free online information session! Join us at  6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Tuesday, May 19, 2020,  to learn about Purdue’s academic programs that match students’ talents, hobbies and interests!   
SAT News
1)     Upcoming test dates - Since the SAT has now had to cancel their March and June test dates, they are looking ahead to future testing. Beginning in August, the College Board will be offering the SAT at least once each month through the end of the year. Registration will open in May for the upcoming test dates. Students who were registered for the June test and those students in the class of 2021 who have not yet taken the SAT will have early access to registration for the fall test dates. The dates for upcoming tests are currently:
  • August 29
  • September 27 (this is an added date)
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5
Registration opens for the 20-21 SAT administrations the week of May 26. Students who were registered for a cancelled test can transfer their seat to a new test date. All other students in the class of 2021 who do not have an SAT score yet will also have early access to register for the upcoming test administrations. Please note, SAT testing will only occur if it is safe to do so from a public health standpoint.  
2)    Digital SAT – The College Board is also looking into providing a digital SAT for home use if future test dates will need to be cancelled. This digital version of the SAT will measure what students are learning in school and what they need to know for success in college.
Summer Composition  
If your student signed up for summer Composition in June, we are planning to offer the class online this year. The class will still be June 1-5 and June 8-12. More details to come, but we just wanted to make sure you were aware this class will occur online. Please contact Joanne Lettich  or call the main office at (317) 924-4333 between 9 am-1 pm Monday through Thursday if you have any questions about the class or payment due.
Virtual College Signing Day
Seniors join us for our first ever College Signing Day! On June 5 we want to honor and celebrate you and your future plans. We are asking you to let us know what you are doing next year by taking a picture announcing your plans. Whether it is a 4 year college, a 2 year college, or the military; we want to know! You can post the picture on social media on June 5, but be sure to tag the school. Reach out to Ms. Triplet    if you have any questions. We miss you seniors!! 
Marian University will award an additional $5 million in scholarship support for high school seniors enrolled in Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program. Click here for more information.
21st Century Scholars Application
Attention Junior High parents, you have an opportunity to help your child get a head start on their college planning. If qualifications are met, the 21 st  Century Scholars scholarship provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.  Follow the instructions on the flyer to have the application sent directly to your phone so you can easily complete it or visit  www.scholartrack.in.gov  to complete it using your computer.  The application must be submitted by June 30, 2020 (for 8th graders) or June 30, 2021 (for 7th graders).  Contact Catie Triplet  ctriplet@cardinalritter.org   with any questions. 
Special Announcement
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the WDUCS Board of Directors are proud to announce that Kari Jost will be the next Principal of Cardinal Ritter High School. Mrs. Jost has served as Interim Principal for the past year and as English Department Chair previously. Mrs. Jost has taught at Cardinal Ritter for the past 7 years and came to us with 9 additional years of experience. Mrs. Jost has done an exceptional job as Interim Principal for us and we are so excited to be able to announce her as our new Principal.
Announcements
ACRE Test Results
In the midst of these uncertain times, we have all had to take a step back. We re-evaluate everything, from finance to family time. We desperately pray for our families’ health, and we do our best to get by. In the book of Phillipians 4: 6-7 we hear, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.” St. Paul is not only speaking to his brothers and sisters of Phillipi, but to us as well!

Each year our CRHS students are not only tasked with taking all of their state mandated testing, but many of them are involved in taking an overarching Theology exam known as ACRE. The ACRE test looks at and asks students about prayer, morality, and the Creed. The past three years we have seen a continual jump in our scores. That said, it is my pleasure to share the successes of Cardinal Ritter when it comes to ACRE. 
There are 4 domains that we look at in the ACRE exam: (Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer.) The numbers below show how many CRHS students successfully passed the exam. This is how we stacked up:
Creed: CRHS avg. (72.3%), National avg. (71.3%), ArchIndy Catholic Schools avg. (59%)
Sacraments: CRHS avg. (80%), National avg. (71%), AICS avg. (72%)
Morality: CRHS avg. (73.4%), National avg. (72%), AICS avg. (65%)
Prayer: CRHS avg. (79 %), National avg. (67%), AICS avg. (59%)

What does it all mean? Simply, we are outperforming the country when it comes to Theological instruction. Secondly, and maybe more satisfying, we stand at the front of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis when it comes to Catechesis. 

I feel it important to mention that this couldn’t be done by our department alone. These scores and our success show a culture of faith. We would like to thank all of the faculty and staff that have assisted in this effort of Catechesis. From the Science department to the Math department, all of you have helped us get to where we are. We also want to thank you, the parents and family of our students, who help to continue the mission of our school outside the walls of CRHS.

In Christ’s Peace,

John Watson
Theology Department Chair
Summer Reading
All the information regarding the Summer Reading is on our website under the "Student" tab.
Summer Band Activities
Due to all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the CITSA organization has decided to cancel their summer competition season. We will, therefore, not be having any summer band activities.
Message to All Students
May 22nd is the last of scheduled classes. If you are completely finished with all of your work, you can begin your summer vacation. If you need a little more time to finish missing assignments, you will have until Friday, May 29 to do so. Your teachers will continue to be available to answer your questions during the week of May 26-29. Let’s finish the year strong. You can do this!!! -Mrs. Jost
Let’s Finish Our Year By Showing Our School Spirit
Monday - Tweet Your Favorite Memory of the year to @CRHS_STUCO 
#alwaysaraider

Wednesday - Your school environment sure has changed over the past two months, so snap a pic with your new classmates and teachers! @CRHS_STUCO #raidersathome

Friday - Our last day of the 2019-2020! Throw on your Ritter spirit wear, snap a pic, and tweet it out. @CRHS_STUCO #raiderpride
Immunization Update
  1. All parents of current Freshman through Juniors: The Indiana State Department of Health Immunization requirements for 2020-21 will require all high school students to have 2 Hepatitis A vaccines, administered 6 months apart.
  2. All students entering the 12th grade are additionally required to have a second booster of the MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine.

If your child has already received these, please forward proof of immunization to guidance 

You can find a list of immunizations needed for 2020-2021 here.
Flower Sale
A big Thank You to our CRHS Parent Club Flower Sale Chairpersons, Marie & Steve Schelonka and Christy McDaniel. They unloaded the truck today and sorted the flowers.
Driver's Ed
It is our hope that we will be proceeding with Driver’s Ed again this summer. Anyone 15 years or older may register. If interested, please email Jeff VanMeter at vanmeterjeff11@gmail.com and he will send you a brochure. The cost is $350 per student. Don’t delay because there are a limited number of spots and they fill up quickly. You may also register and pay online at https://cardinalritterhighschool.formstack.com/forms/cardinal_ritter_driver_s_education .
Girls Golf Team Call Out!! 
Any girls from freshman to senior starting this fall that are interested in coming out for the Girl's Golf Team, please email Coach Jones at  tjones@cardinalritter.org with your contact information. So far it looks like our season will start on Friday, July 31st with our first practice, and matches begin the following week. Some experience preferred, but not required. You must have your own set of golf clubs. "Golf - the perfect social distancing sport!"
Spring Sports Senior Showcase
Cardinal Ritter High School is launching its Spring Sport Senior Showcase on Monday, April 27th on the  gocardinalritter.org  web page.  Each senior that participated in a Spring Sport will have a day throughout this spring where they will be highlighted on the website. Check back daily to see a new senior featured in the Spring Sport Senior Showcase. Go Raiders!!!  
IHSAA Pre-Participation Physicals
Please see the attached document as it relates to changes for our athletes this upcoming season. Each athlete will still need to complete the online registration.
Sports Physicals $25
Franciscan Health Sports Medicine is offering sports physicals at their 426 S. Alabama St location. Please call (317) 548-2489 and mention "sports physical" when scheduling.
Faith & Service
Statement on the Resumption of Public Liturgies
The five Catholic dioceses of the Province of Indianapolis will begin resuming public liturgies (e.g. Mass and Sacraments) by 30 May 2020, the Vigil of Pentecost, with restrictions outlined by each diocese and provided to the parishes within their respective jurisdictions. The dispensation from the obligation to participate at Mass on Sundays is extended throughout the State of Indiana until 15 August 2020.
Daily Mass
Archbishop Thompson and other priests of the Archdiocese are celebrating a Mass each day that will be posted at www.archindy.org . Please note that the times of the Mass vary, and all are encouraged to check the website daily for updates.
Every Friday we will be praying the Rosary. You will find the link here .

Thinking Catholic Podcast
Check out Mr. Basso's Latest Podcast! You can also access it on Twitter (@ TCpodcaster) or Facebook (Thinking Catholic Podcast).
Prayer During Coronavirus Pandemic
O clement, O loving, O sweet Mother Mary, 
We, your children of every nation, 
Turn to you in this pandemic.  
Our troubles are numerous; our fears are great.  
Grant that we might deposit them at your feet, 
Take refuge in your Immaculate Heart, 
And obtain peace, healing, rescue, 
And timely help in all our needs. 
You are our Mother.  
Pray for us to your Son.
Amen.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Shopping to Support CRHS
You can support Cardinal Ritter by shopping at Kroger, Amazon, and Office Max along with getting rewards from Box Tops and Coke for our school. Visit our website to find out more details.
Non-Discrimination Policy
All schools operated by schools and parishes under the guidance of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Mission Statement
The West Deanery Unified Catholic Schools are Roman Catholic schools that provide an academically rigorous education for our diverse student population. Students are challenged to grow in Mind, Body, & Soul and to engage in charitable stewardship of their unique talents and abilities.
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