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Week of October 26

Weekly Schedule:

26 Monday October
  • No School
27 Tuesday October
  • Early Dismissal - 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Freshmen/Sophomores - Pre ACT
  • Juniors: Practice ACT
  • Seniors: Shadow Day
  • Varsity Volleyball vs Batavia @ Princeton HS (Sectionals)
28 Wednesday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Cleveland State University (Rm 24 during Flex)
29 Thursday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • College Visit (Virtual) - Hiram College (Rm 24 during Flex)
30 Friday October
  • Regular Schedule
  • Halloween Costume Day
  • Movie Night (8:00 pm at Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium)
31 Saturday October
  • Varsity Volleyball vs Chaminade Julienne @ Fairfield HS (Sectionals)
  • Varsity Football vs Versailles (Regional Semifinals)
1 Sunday November
  • No Activities Scheduled


  • Wrestling will have "open mats" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room of the Fitness Center. Come out and see what we are all about and join the hottest up-and-coming wrestling team in the city! Please note: Due to an early dismissal, there are no open mats on Tuesday, October 27th.
  • There is no school on Monday, October 26th for students and staff. Please enjoy the day off - thank you for all you do!!
  • We have an early dismissal (12:00 pm/noon) on Tuesday, October 27th. After school study tables will be held in the cafeteria from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. The Fitness Center will be open from 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Please arrange rides accordingly.
  • Seniors - Tuesday, October 27th is a day set aside for you to job shadow. Restrictions in place during the current pandemic may limit the ability to do in-person job shadowing. Several options include:
    - Job shadow virtually
    - Work on service hours
    - Arrange a college visit
    - Complete college applications
    Regardless how this day is used, MAKE IT PRODUCTIVE!
  • Drivers Education classes start on Tuesday, October 27th. Please stop by the main office to sign-up and pickup a packet of information.
  • On Wednesday, October 28th, Jostens will be here at both lunches for the following:
    - Seniors: Collect any remaining Graduation Announcement orders
    - Sophomores: Collect class ring orders. If you need a packet, see Mrs. Wilson in the main office.
  • On Friday, October 30th, Student Senate is sponsoring Halloween Costume Day! Prizes will be given to the funniest, most original and best overall costumes. Please ensure all costumes are school appropriate!
  • Student Senate is sponsoring Movie Night on Friday, October 30th at Bron Bacevich Memorial Stadium. Movie will start at 8:00 pm. Listen to announcements for more details!!
  • Bowling tryouts are on Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd at Stones Lanes from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
  • The PTO has purchased flower pots for the Grotto to be kept filled all year. If your club/team/organization would like to sponsor a month and fill the pots with flowers, please email or see the website for further details.
  • If you park in the Fitness Center parking lot, all cars must be moved out of the lot no later than 5:45 pm or they may be towed. As a courtesy to our Friar Club neighbors, we must ensure the lot is empty to accommodate their nightly activities.
  • When paying cafeteria bills, please make the checks out to W.g. Grinders!

Director of Academics

We share a responsibility to ensure your child is on track for college and career readiness. On October 27th, we are providing your child with opportunities to prepare for the ACT. We’re confident your child will do his or her best. This is an opportunity to see your student’s potential performance on the ACT® test.

9th and 10th grade students will take the PreACT®.

With PreACT®, you can get useful information to help your child choose the right high school courses, think about ways to work on areas for improvement, and even begin discussions about their college and career interests.

11th grade students will take a practice ACT.

Reviewing your student’s results will give you valuable insights into the skill areas of strength as well as opportunities for growth. This year, we are partnering with Academic Solutions to provide an ACT Prep Class during the school day, at no cost to students. Classes will begin in January, and registration information will be sent home in early November with the practice ACT results. All 11th grade students will take the ACT at Roger Bacon on February 23rd. This test is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education. Students do not need to register or pay for the February 23rd ACT.

For any questions, please contact Julie Vehorn, Director of Academics, at

Cafeteria News

We have great news about our school meals! Roger Bacon High School is excited to announce that we have been approved to offer FREE MEALS TO ALL STUDENTS starting with a back date of October 1, 2020!

WHO CAN GET FREE MEALS? Any student, whether they are doing in-person learning at school or remote learning at home, can get one free lunch (meeting USDA guidelines) per school day. Remote learners will need to come to the school during meal service to pick up a meal to go.

WHEN DOES THIS START? As of Monday, October 19, 2020, students who select a qualifying meal (explained in the chart below) will see $0.00 charged for that meal purchase. Additionally, any qualifying student meal from October, 1 - October 16, 2020 that was purchased on the student meal account will have the funds returned to their student portal account by the end of October, 2020.

WHAT CHANGES WILL BE SEEN ON THE MENU? The menu offerings W.g. Grinders have offered previously will continue! They are committed to providing healthy, enjoyable meals for students and are continuously working hard to offer choices the students prefer.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT DOESN’T WANT A MEAL? Students that choose not to take the items required for the meal to be a qualifying “FREE” purchase, will be charged the a la carte price as they have previously. We encourage all students to take a qualifying meal at minimum, and select additional items they want with their free meal. They can share/trade items with other students after they have gone through the cash register.

HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Free meals will be available to students at Roger Bacon High School through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

WHAT DOES A QUALIFYING MEAL INCLUDE? Each day, the following meal components are offered in the form of entrees, sides and milk. To have a qualifying meal, a student must have a meal that has three components, including either a vegetable or fruit.

Meal Components Offered Daily with Sample Menu Below:

Meat/Meat Alternates

Such as: Meat, Cheese, Yogurt, Beans

Grain Component

Such as Breads, Rice, Tortillas

Vegetable Components

Cooked or Raw

Fruit Components Whole Fresh, Canned, 100% Juice


Different Flavors or Fat Content in 1 cup serving


Whole Grain Bun

French Fries
Green Beans

Whole Apple
100% Juice Cup

Chocolate, Fat Free Milk

White, 1% Milk

Sample Trays:

A student with a cheeseburger on a bun and a 100% Juice cup HAS a qualifying meal!

A student with a cheeseburger on a bun with milk does NOT have a qualifying meal. WHY? The student has 3 items, but no fruit or vegetable.

A student with an apple, milk and french fries has a qualifying meal!

Questions? Please do not hesitate to reach out to the cafeteria at the following email address:

Scholarship Opportunities

Knights of Columbus Scholarship. The Ohio Charity Foundation, Inc. and the Ohio Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce that, for the 2020-2021 school year, numerous $1,000 scholarships will once again be made available for Catholic students (grades 9-12) attending Catholic high schools in Ohio. The requirements that will be considered for this scholarship are financial need, GPA of 2.5 or higher, academic awards, community and/or parish involvement, and extracurricular activities. No more than one scholarship per Catholic high school will be awarded. A selection committee representing the Ohio Charity Foundation, Inc. and the Knights of Columbus will make the final selection of the scholarship winners. Applications are available in the Guidance Office and must be submitted by November 27, 2020.

Guidance Department

All college representative visits will be held virtually this year. Students can sign up on Naviance to participate in the “visits”. The representatives from the colleges will host a Zoom with interested students. Students on campus will participate during Flex in Room 24 (adhering to room capacity limits) and remote students can join the Zoom session from home. Please contact Ms. Smith ( for more information on how to sign up for these sessions.

The following colleges are currently scheduled:
- Earlham College - September 9th
- Hanover College - September 10th
- The University of Tampa - September 14th
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach - September 15th
- Ohio Northern University - September 17th
- Xavier University - September 21st
- Saint Mary's College - September 22nd
- The University of Alabama - September 24th
- St Bonaventure University - September 29th
- The Ohio State University - September 30th
- Groove University - October 1st
- Muskingum University - October 5th
- The University of Findlay - October 6th
- West Virginia University - October 7th
- Georgetown College - October 8th
- Seton Hall University - October 12th
- Marian University - October 13th
- Mt. St. Joseph University - October 14th
- Sienna Heights University - October 15th
- Berea College - October 16th
- Thomas More University - October 19th
- Baldwin Wallace University - October 20th
- Ohio Wesleyan University - October 22nd
- University of Cincinnati - October 23rd
- Cleveland State University - October 28th
- Hiram College - October 29th

- Miami University (Hamilton) - November 3rd
- Savannah College of Art and Design - November 4th
- University of Akron - November 5th
- Miami University (Oxford) - November 9th
- Canisius College (NY) - November 16th
- Cincinnati State - November 17th
- Walsh University - November 18th
- United States Navy - November 19th
- University of Tampa - November 23rd
- University of Cincinnati (Blue Ash) - November 24th
- University of Alabama Huntsville - December 1st
- Northern Kentucky University - December 2nd
- Centre College - December 3rd
- Ashland University - December 7th
- Tiffin University - December 9th
- Eastern Kentucky University - December 10th

We have a bulletin board at the bottom of the Guidance ramp near the FAC to highlight the class of 2021. Seniors can add their names as they submit college applications! See your counselor to add your name!

Jesuit Excellence Tour Program (JET)

Prospective applicants considering pursuing their undergraduate degrees at a Jesuit institution are encouraged to check out the Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) program, a series of recruitment events that allow admissions staff at Jesuit colleges and universities to jointly recruit targeted areas across the country.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fall 2020 JET tours will all be held online. Mark the following dates for Virtual Jesuit Excellence Tours on your calendar and stay tuned for the registration links!

  • Wednesday, September 23: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
  • Sunday, October 11: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
  • Thursday, November 5: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)

OACAC Virtual College Exploration (VCE) program September 13-November 13

VCE Schedule and Student Registration:

Click “view larger version” on the bottom right of the schedule. This is real time table! Open and use the top navigation bar to review and filter the offerings. Click the purple Student Registration button (or dark gray Counselor Registration button) to register for your sessions of interest!

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. (Students will also receive a barcode, but the barcode is not necessary for this virtual event.) When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with colleges presenting on that particular panel. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties. Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors.

*Parents, school counselors, access advisors and IECs are welcome too!

Spiritual Life

As we plan for your student’s senior year, we are excited to offer 2 more opportunities for students to attend a Kairos Retreat. Because of attendance limitations and considerations for families who do not want their student to attend an overnight retreat, a senior retreat is not required for graduation this year. Additionally, Kairos retreat registration will be on a first come, first served basis. If demand exceeds available spots we will investigate further options to accommodate everyone. Also, unlike past years, fall athletes are eligible to attend the August retreat due to the limited number of Kairos spots. We offer three dates and registration will be done on a first come, first served basis. Please review the following dates and choose a date that works best with your schedule.

Remaining Kairos Dates for 2020-2021 School Year: November 4-6, 2020; March 2-5, 2021.

Community Outreach

Senior Service Experience. To provide a more concise understanding of the senior service experience, click here for the “2020-2021 Senior Service Packet.” This document provides the necessary information to understand the requirements and expectations. First, watch the YouTube video that walk you through many details, from ideas to registration. Then, consult the “frequently asked questions” sheet to provide you quick answers to typical questions. There is also a document about different places to serve in Cincinnati, which are divided into themes. Service is a element of our Franciscan school, where it is our motto to help young men and women grow “in holiness and learning” rooted in Jesus Christ.

Drama Guild

The Drama Guild's LIVE STREAM of their fall production, Suspense - A Radio Play, will air on Friday, November 20th. More information and the link will be posted soon! Follow us on social media to stay updated and to check out the process!

Rehearsal Schedule - Week of October 26th:
- Wednesday, October 28th: 3:00 - 5:00 pm - ACT II
- Thursday, October 29th: 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Act I

Twitter & Instagram - @RBDramaGuild

Facebook - Roger Bacon High School Music

Website -

School Nurse

An important part of our safety plan is ensuring that students who are sick are not permitted to come to school. If you are sick, please stay home. Check the temperature of students before leaving home. Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees of higher should stay at home.

Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath and/or loss of taste/smell. If you have have multiple symptoms or symptoms persist, please consult your family health provider.

Immunization Requirement for Senior Year. Senior students, if you have not received your meningococcal vaccine yet, please make an appointment with your physician. These can also be given at Kroger’s or Walgreens’ clinics. Proof of this vaccine or an updated immunization record should be turned in to the nurse’s office by the end of September. Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Karin Herold, via email or leave a voice message 513-641-1300, ext 1140.

Athletic Department

Calling all Spartans who went on to play at the next level! We are adding a new video display to the Fogarty Center lobby that will showcase our alumni that played at the collegiate/professional level. You may remember the old photo frames in the basement of Fogarty – this will replace those. We need your help to gather data! If you played any sport at the next level after your career at RB, please send the following to our Assistant Athletic Director, Brandon Spaeth, at

Photo of you in your collegiate/professional uniform (head shot/action photo)

  1. Full name
  2. Sport(s)
  3. College/Professional Team
  4. Years played
  5. Graduation Year (from Roger Bacon)

If you have any family members that this applies to – please feel free to send that information as well!

Alumni/ae News

First Friday Mass. Mass is at 8:15 am in the Thomas J. Fogarty Center. Parking is available on the plaza directly in front of school. Pastries and coffee are served after Mass. We usually have 40-50 OLA and RB alums, friends and relatives on a regular basis. Contact a fellow alum and enjoy a morning of prayer and fellowship. Reservations are not necessary. The next First Friday Mass is Friday, November 6th.

Alumni Association Meetings. All alums are welcome to come and help support the students at RB. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 pm in the ITC.

Bron Bacevich Memorial Engraved Bricks. Support the Roger Bacon/OLA Alumni Association by purchasing a brick which can be designated for placement in the new stadium. For more information, contact Rick Sollmann at 641-1313 or

Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is closed to the general student population until 4:15 pm. Supervised athletic teams can use the facility from 3:00 - 4:15 pm. The Fitness Center closes at 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and at 5:00 pm on Friday – please ensure rides are arranged accordingly. A couple rules to remember when using the Fitness Center:

  • Students must wear a face covering when not working out and practice social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible.
  • When changing for a sports team, please use school restrooms or locker rooms. The restroom in the Fitness Center is small and only handles one person at a time.
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are not permitted to use the Friars Club restroom or their lobby. Please respect their requirements.
  • Proper workout attire is required when working out – no school uniform or khakis/jeans.

Remote Learning

We want to highlight a few key details about our remote learning model for this year, especially as it differs from the model we used last year when schools closed in March:

  • Classes will be broadcast via Zoom so that students not able to be in the classroom can participate in the educational experience.
  • Students will follow their normal class schedule and connect with the class via Zoom during normal class times. Students will not be able to set their own schedule or just complete their assignments without attending Zoom classes.
  • Students will be considered present for attendance purposes if they are either physically or electronically present in class. All attendance policies, including the excessive and chronic absenteeism policy according to state guidelines, remain in effect.
  • Work expectations remain the same for students participating either in-person or remotely.
  • Students requiring help/assistance are responsible for initiating meetings with their teachers or other students (i.e., peer tutoring). The preferred time for this is during the daily Flex period. Students attending remotely can request meetings via Zoom during this time.
  • Families need to ensure that internet connections are robust enough to handle the daily Zoom requirements and a suitable learning environment can be established and maintained at home. A suitable learning environment is one free from distractions and with a designated work station for the student. Students should not be in bed for their Zoom sessions.

In addition, please review the following expectations for student conduct during Zoom sessions:

  • Students must have their full correct name as Zoom participant.
  • Students must have their video on at all times.
  • RB dress code must be observed from the waist up.
  • All disciplinary expectations will be followed (no sleeping, no chewing gum or eating, etc.).

If you have any questions about remote learning this year, please contact Julie Vehorn, Director of Academics, at or 513-641-1300.

Face Coverings

All students, faculty, and staff are required to have a face covering.

  • Face coverings must be worn when inside any Roger Bacon facility or outside on campus when social distancing of 6 feet is not possible.
  • Any face covering must be a solid color. No designs, wording, or pictures are allowed outside of a RB logo and/or the student's name.
  • Please ensure the face covering:
    - fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    - completely covers the nose and mouth
    - is secured with ties or ear loops
    - includes multiple layers of fabric
    - allows for breathing without restriction
    - can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Important Upcoming Dates:

Nov 04: All School Mass - All Saints Day
Nov 04-06: Kairos
Nov 06: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC)
Nov 11: No School - Veterans' Day
Nov 12: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Nov 20: Fall Play - Suspense - A Radio Play
Nov 25-30: No School - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 04: First Friday Mass (8:15 am in FAC)
Dec 08: All School Mass
Dec 10: Alumni Association Meeting (6:30 pm in ITC)
Dec 10-11: Junior J.O.Y. Retreat
Dec 11: No School - Professional Development
Dec 17: Christmas Concert (7:30 pm in FAC)
Dec 21-22: 1st Semester Exams
Dec 23-Jan 03: No School - Christmas Break
Jan 07: Science Fair
Jan 08: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 20: Celebration of Success
Jan 28-31: March for Life
Jan 31-Feb 05: Catholic Schools Week
Feb 01: No School - Professional Development
Feb 15: No School - Presidents' Day
Feb 17: Mass - Ash Wednesday
Feb 23: ACT (Juniors) / Sophomore Service Day
Feb 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 02: College Planning Night
Mar 03: Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mar 12: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 18: End of 3rd Quarter
Mar 19: No School - Professional Development
Mar 24: Career Day
Mar 25-28: Spring Musical
Mar 26: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Mar 30-31: Junior "JOY" Retreat
Apr 01-11: No School - Easter Break
Apr 05-13: Assisi Scholar Pilgrimage to Italy
Apr 19: Sophomore Retreat Day (Female)
Apr 20: Sophomore Retreat Day (Male)
Apr 22: Band and Choir Concert
Apr 23: Freshmen Service Day (1/4 class)
Apr 27: Academic Awards Ceremony
Apr 28: Community Service Awards
Apr 30: No School - Prom / Staff Religious In-Service
May 03-14: AP Testing
May 07: Fine Arts Festival
May 14: Go Local / Michaela Farms
May 16: Senior Showcase
May 19: Spring Concert
May 21: Seniors Last Day of School
May 25-25: Senior Final Exams
May 26: Early Dismissal - Underclass Last Day of Classes
May 27-28: Underclass Final Exams
May 31: No School - Memorial Day
Jun 01: Graduation Practice / End of 4th Quarter / Make-Up Exams
Jun 02: Graduation Mass & Awards
Jun 03: Graduation
Jun 08-10: Kairos