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1:1 Technology and teachers on leave


By Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Update and Input Gathering last week and for the Parent Ambassador Team for hosting it. President Joe Therber and I discussed topics of importance to parents. It was a chance for you to hear directly from us and to tell us what was on your mind. Thanks for your attention and your thoughtful questions.

 We aim to keep you informed about what’s going on at Scecina, and so we hope to schedule more sessions in the future.

Among the topics we discussed at last week’s session were the current or upcoming medical and maternity absences of four teachers; Scecina’s College and Life Preparation; and Scecina’s Decade of Success.

Four teachers are taking extended leaves of absence for medical or maternity reasons. We have well-qualified substitutes who will aptly fill in.

Dr. Charles Sinclair, who formerly taught science at Scecina, has been subbing for science teacher Sarah Smith, who is on medical leave.

PE and government teacher Ott Hurrle is out for knee surgery. His sub is Noah Carpenter, who has the subject level knowledge and is a certified personal trainer. 

Deanna Dean, who has been a youth minister, is filling in for Catholic theology teacher Margaret Zeh Fulford, who is going on maternity leave.

Social studies teacher Nikki Rosswurm will start maternity leave around the first week of April and we have several candidates who can teach her classes. We will keep you updated.

Regarding College and Life Preparation, I shared that the school is exploring the possibility of providing each student with his or her own computer, which is called 1:1 Technology. The parents in attendance were overwhelmingly in support of 1:1 Technology. The school has not committed yet to 1:1 Technology for various reasons, but we will certainly keep you updated about the plans.

President Therber spoke about Scecina’s Decade of Success as the foundation for a future capital campaign for Scecina. His information is very important for the future of the school and will be the topic of his message to you in next week’s edition of The Weekly. So stay tuned.

Again, thanks to all who came, especially to the Parent Ambassador Team for planning the evening and for the snacks, and also to Mrs. Angie Wilson for leading us in the prayer. If you missed the Update and Input session, we hope you can make the next one. We’ll let you know when we schedule it. I hope to see you there! 

Principal Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D. 

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