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  • 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 

  • Scecina embarks on summer projects

    Leffler Scholarship recipient Will Ferree (left) with Coach Ott Hurrle.

    Leffler Scholarship recipient Will Ferree (left) with Coach Ott Hurrle.

    Greetings!

    I hope everyone is enjoying the summer break and getting some deserved rest and relaxation.

    Work on a couple of exciting and important summer projects is well underway for the benefit of the Scecina experience for all our students, staff and visitors.

    The full-scale library renovation is underway and will result in a transformed technology-rich, college preparatory learning and meeting space for our students and community groups. We also soon will begin replacing and repairing sidewalks around the perimeter of the school.

    Looking even further ahead, Scecina recently presented our Exploration, Discovery, and Financial Feasibility Study Report regarding the next phase of our educational and facility improvements to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The report and consultant recommendations reflected input from a variety of sources, including more than 130 personal interviews and mailed surveys. Scecina’s Board of Directors and administration are now in forward-looking conversations with the archdiocese about Scecina future.

     Lastly, I want to thank all who participated in or were sponsors for the Alumni Golf Classic that was held June 17 at West Chase Golf Club in Brownsburg. This was the first year the Classic was played at West Chase, owned by Scecina alumni Rick ’69 and Patti (Nonte) Smith '71. The Classic, besides being a fun time for Scecina alumni and friends, funds the annual Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming senior who excels in academics and leadership and is the child or grandchild of a Scecina alumnus. The scholarship also reflects the values Mr. Leffler encouraged as a teacher, coach, and friend. This year’s recipient is Will Ferree (pictured above with Coach Ott Hurrle). Congratulations, Will!

    Enjoy the rest of your summer; please look for more library transformation updates; and may peace be with you and your families!

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Giving We Receive: The paradox of being generous


    The new book "The Paradox of Generosity," by University of Notre Dame professors Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson, explains data and research that show how and why people give and how being generous affects  our well-being.

    Can generosity be learned? Yes, according to Notre Dame professor Christian Smith. Smith is co-author of the book “The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose” and gave a lecture recently at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Smith cited his research showing how our parents, our social networks and the calls to give that we hear in our faith communities heavily influence whether we become people who happily give back to their communities and to charities.

    And people who are generous are happier and healthier, Professor Smith has found. No matter their income levels or bank accounts, they believe they live lives of abundance and want to share those blessings with others.

    Generosity comes to mind now, while we are in the midst of our annual Campus Crusade. Our students will participate in the annual walkathon on May 11. They are seeking pledges to raise money for their school. Through Campus Crusade, we hope to inspire our students to learn the value of giving back. They have been encouraged to share the news of their Scecina experience with others to emphasize the value of a Catholic education.

    The students themselves experience generosity every day at Scecina: the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina’s selfless service to others; Scecina’s programs, facilities and tuition assistance that are the tangible effects of many generous donors; the teachers, advisors and coaches who give up their own time to help students. In return we want our young people to learn to “pass it on.” We hope giving and generosity become second nature to them.

    We learn through our Catholic-Christian faith that it is through giving that we receive. It’s a lesson that many of you can attest to in your personal lives. In “The Paradox of Generosity,” Professor Smith and co-author Hilary Davidson write:

    “Giving money, volunteering, being relationally generous, being a generous neighbor and friend, and personally valuing the importance of being a generous person are all significantly, positively correlated with greater personal happiness, physical health, a stronger sense of purpose in life, avoidance of symptoms of depression and a greater interest in personal growth.”

    On May 11, we’re walking together, in the spirit of community and generosity, for our school, Scecina Memorial High School. It’s just one way we at Scecina teach students to look and to give extra beyond themselves as servant-leaders.

    These are the moments we hope will become fond memories and will influence a new generation of generous givers.

    Thank you very much for being generous givers and for providing opportunities for the students of today to learn this habit and shape our world of tomorrow.

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Father Scecina Magazine Winter 2015 Special Edition

    Father Scecina Magazine 2015

    This special edition of the Father Scecina Magazine focuses on history. History fascinates almost everyone. We love the History Channel. We love watching movies like “Unbroken” and television documentaries on the Roosevelts. Books like “American Sniper,” recently made into a feature film, fascinate us.

    Our new Scecina Story project satisfies our desire to learn about our origins and traditions. More importantly, they inspire us. I invite each of you to visit the school, see our tributes to Father Thomas Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg on the first floor of the main building and reflect on the stories that are told.

    So why do we study history? And why are we making a big deal out of the life and death of Father Scecina, the school’s namesake, and the decades of service from the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg? After all, Father Scecina never stepped foot on this campus and the Sisters are no longer here. Why now?

    The answers are pretty straightforward, and at Scecina we think history will help our students understand their place as Christians walking in a world of constant change.

    The study of history shows us what it means to be human. Through history we see the good and the bad aspects of humanity. To paraphrase the historian R.G. Collingwood, “History is for human self-knowledge. The only clue to what women and men can do is what women and men have done.” In telling the stories of Father Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg, we are calling attention to them. Most importantly, we are saying it is possible to live in service to God and others.

    History helps us be better citizens. Thomas Jefferson thought history was very important for educating citizens. As citizens, it is important to remember that 1,792 American prisoners of war died on the Arisan Maru at the end of World War II. Father Scecina administered last rites to many U.S. POWs before the ship sank. He died with them. These men were the heroes of Bataan, Corregidor, and the Philippine campaign. What does this teach us about being citizens? Freedom is not free.

    History helps us see things over time. It helps us see ourselves as part of something bigger than we are. For Christians, the Incarnation—Christ coming into the world—is the most important event in human history. Father Scecina is part of that continuing story. He gave his life for his friends. To recognize his service to God, country and his friends, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis named our high school after him. Over 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan movement to follow Christ by living the Gospels. The Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg are part of that story. The Scecina community, all 7,500 plus, are part of these continuing stories.

    I am grateful to the sponsors of the Scecina Story project. Without their support we would not be able to tell the stories of Father Scecina and the Sisters of Saint Francis Oldenburg. I also am grateful for the support of the Scecina Veterans Committee and its efforts to raise money for the bust of Father Scecina. These are your stories, my story, our stories.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber
    President

    P.S. To view the new special edition of the Father Scecina Magazine 2015 and Annual Report, please click here.