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  • We've got much to celebrate at Scecina

    The Scecina Business Connection held its first social and networking event at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club on Sept. 29. For more information about SBC, check out our website

     Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    We have reason to celebrate three noteworthy milestones.

    Thank you, Maureen Okerson: After 14 years of extremely dedicated and successful service as Scecina’s Tuition Manager, Maureen is transitioning to the Office of Catholic Schools as its business manager. This role is a new archdiocesan position, and Maureen is sure to do a great job at it. Her commitment to Catholic education, compassion, and outstanding customer service are three of Maureen’s greatest strengths. During her time at Scecina, Maureen has helped countless students and families navigate the tuition assistance process and enroll successfully at Scecina. If you would like to thank Maureen before her last official day at Scecina (Friday, Oct. 7), feel free to call her at 356-6377, ext. 1306, or e-mail her at mokerson@scecina.org. Maureen and her husband, Jim, are members of Holy Spirit Parish along with their three sons, all of whom are Scecina alumni. Congratulations, Maureen, and thank you again.

    Join the Scecina Business Connection: The Scecina Business Connection is a new initiative to promote fellowship, business networking, and idea-sharing among parents, alumni, and friends who are leaders in any and every size of business. Right now, we have 28 members on our way to the goal of 100 members who want to help Scecina students and receive the benefits the Connection will offer. Please consider joining. The financial investment is reasonable and joining can only help your business while also leading to new or renewed friendships. The first Scecina Business Connection social and networking event was Sept. 29 at Maple Creek Golf and Country Club. Dan Hodgkins, Vice President of Health Promotion and Community Re-Development for Community Health Network, was the main presenter and spoke about Community’s commitment to the Eastside as well as exciting areas of collaboration between Scecina and Community. For more information about SBC, please visit our website.

    The library transformation is almost here: I have written before about our library renovation. The project is 90 percent complete. We will realize our vision of creating a space that is transformed physically, capability-wise, and in the way that students, teachers, and wider community members will be able to study, teach, learn, and collaborate. This endeavor is a transformation, not just a renovation! Come and see it. Our target opening date for students is Monday, October 10.

    On a truly sad note, I wish to extend condolences to Saundra Black and her family on the death of her husband, Dean. The Blacks are long-time members of the Our Lady of Lourdes and Scecina communities. Their children and children’s spouses are loyal Scecina alumni and current students. Dean had been battling some real physical challenges in recent years with great spirit and determination. He could always be counted on for a huge smile and sincere words of optimism and encouragement. Dean’s health took a turn for the worse, and he unexpectedly passed away on Sept. 29. Please pray for all of the Black family in their time of need, and may Dean rest in eternal peace forever.

     Thank you for being committed to our students in unending ways.

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • What is the meaning of the Catholic Mass?

    Monsignor Paul Koetter, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, explains aspects of the Catholic Mass to Scecina students on Sept. 21, 2016. Father Paul will lead a similar Explanatory Mass for parents on Oct. 26, 2016, at Holy Spirit.

     

    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    What is a Catholic Mass all about? What does it mean? What is happening during Mass? To answer these questions, we have planned two versions of an "Explanatory Mass," one for students and one for parents.

     At this week's school Mass time on Wednesday, Monsignor Paul Koetter presented the Explanatory Mass to our students. This time together was not an actual Mass, yet all expectations were the same as if we were having Mass.

     This idea for an Explanatory Mass emerged in discussions of the Eastside Catholic School Partnership Board (pastors, principals, and president of Holy Spirit, Little Flower, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Scecina) about how to enhance Mass attendance and understanding among our youth. You may want to ask your child about the Explanatory Mass they experienced this week.

     For our parent community, we will have another Explanatory Mass on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 7423 East 10th Street. Father Paul again will be the presenter. Depending on the number of questions, the Explanatory Mass will run about an hour. We welcome all parents-and students and community members -- to attend.

     The Catholic Mass is a large part of student life at Scecina. We attend Mass every week and get the chance to celebrate together with different priests from throughout the East Deanery. We want to make the experience as enriching and meaningful as it can be.

     I hope you can join Father Paul and others in our community on Oct. 26 at Holy Spirit.

     More good news: The opening of our transformed library is nearing. Monday, Oct. 10 is the targeted opening date. We look forward to sharing the finished product with you soon. Click here for pictures of construction in progress.

     

     Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Christian Service Program sets Scecina apart


    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    Our Christian Service program is a special student and staff opportunity that sets Scecina apart from other schools. Christian Service gives our students a chance to act upon the Gospel lessons they’ve heard about loving our neighbors as ourselves and to reflect upon servant leadership.

    Together, we take one day each year to serve others in the community. Our annual Service Day this year takes place Sept. 19. All freshmen and sophomores, as well as our staff, will participate in serving our community on that day while the upperclassmen use the day for college visits. We’ll have a prayer service before everyone heads out on buses to sites such as East Deanery parishes, the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Service, and Holy Family Shelter, to name just a few. We’ll gather again at Scecina for Mass at the end of the school day.

     Christian Service is a central part of our mission of preparing our students for life and heaven. We want these experiences to lead our students to understand the joy of serving and to learn to build their lives around service.

     Another important event occurs tonight. It’s Homecoming. Our Crusaders football team faces Beech Grove at 7 p.m. at Arsenal Technical High School. Alumni will return to unite with classmates. Last night, several members of the 1966 Crusader football team, which posted an outstanding 8-2 season, joined our current team for fellowship and a team meal. At halftime tonight, we’ll honor the 1966 team on its 50th anniversary and the Class of 1992 during its 25th anniversary. I encourage you to take this fun opportunity to cheer on the Crusaders after first stopping by the tailgate that starts at 5:30 p.m. 

     Thank you for all you do to support our school and our students and staff, 

     Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • A memorable Meet the Teachers Night at Scecina

    Photo of new library blueprint with signs that say Coming

    Scecina experienced an eventful week as the weather played havoc with after-school activities on the same day as our Meet the Teachers event. Principal John Hegarty, teachers, coaches, and staff calmly wore multiple hats on Wednesday afternoon during shifting circumstances. I am very proud of how everyone, including students and parents, responded to keep everyone safe.

     At Meet the Teacher Night, many of you took advantage of the opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to receive technical help and troubleshooting for our new online gradebook, PowerSchool. If you need more assistance with PowerSchool, the technology page on our website will be helpful. Thank you to our Parent Ambassador Team volunteers for being resources to fellow parents with this new service.

     I also know many of you on Meet the Teacher Night saw the ongoing construction of the new library (see photo at right). We'll continue to update you with the progress of that project through our behind-the-scenes photo gallery on our website. This beautiful transformation will include collaborative and individual learning spaces, numerous computing devices for students, a meeting room for school and community groups, a new main entrance, and air conditioning.

     If you have children involved in fall CYO sports (or Future Crusaders, as we call them!), we invite them to CYO Night this Saturday at the Crusaders football game at 7:00 p.m. at Key Stadium at the University of Indianapolis. CYO athletes who wear their uniforms will receive free admission and other goodies.

     A new school year is in full swing. Scecina students, teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and the Board of Directors are hard at work to ensure a successful school year and numerous long-term improvements at Scecina Memorial High School.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber
    President
    Scecina Memorial High School 

  • As summer moves on, Scecina prepares for new school year


    The library was cleared for demolition and construction. 

    Greetings, Crusader Community,    

    I can't believe it either – Where has the summer gone? For those of us from certain generations, summer was the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It included 12 solid and memorable weeks of fun, sports, summer jobs, travel, activities with friends and family, and many kinds of pure leisure. 

    Here at Scecina, much has happened since Memorial Day in anticipation of our 61st Commencement in May 2017 and the promising school year that lies before it.

    The library transformation is well underway. This dramatic improvement will be open for the vast majority of the 2016-17 school year. It will provide our students and community with a technology-rich, collaborative, and college preparatory learning and meeting space. Demolition is complete, and construction began this week. This transformation has been made possible through the generosity of numerous people and organizations, including the Scecina Class of 1964, many alumni and friends, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis grant program. You can view photos of the project in progress on our Library Renovation page.

    During June, we hosted 17 summer camps ranging from Guitar Camp to Baking Camp to the traditional summer sports camps. All told, 347 campers in grades 1-8 were in and out of campus throughout this action-packed month. We now are in the midst of installing new sidewalks around the perimeter of the school and new technology for messaging, presentations, and events in the renovated cafeteria.

    On June 30, we concluded the 2015-16 fiscal year with an operating surplus, thanks in large part to 1,350 generous alumni and friends who committed more than $1 million in annual support for our students and programs. As the new school year approaches, we are expanding several facets of our Christian Service program, including new educational resources in servant leadership for school staff, a wide menu of group service projects for students, and a voluntary pilot version of a Christian Service capstone project for graduating seniors. These opportunities are central to our school mission.

     During the months to come, we will share stories of students, staff members, alumni and friends who make Scecina a school of opportunities, academic excellence, Christian values, and life preparation. 

    Our dedicated staff now is preparing for the first day of classes on August 8 that will follow an important week of training, meetings, and a retreat for all staff members. The retreat theme is that we are vessels through whom God’s mercy and presence can shine in and for our community. 

    Thank you for the blessings that you share as a vessel in service to our Scecina students and the entire Crusader community.

     Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President