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  • Christian Service Program

    Scecina students and staff volunteered at St. Elizabeth Coleman during the 2014 Day of Service.

    Scecina students and staff volunteered at St. Elizabeth Coleman during the 2014 Day of Service.

    Dear Crusader Community,

    Scecina’s mission statement calls us to motivate our diverse and gifted community of students to “live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.” Our Christian Service program plus daily opportunities to live and learn in a spirit of service are integral to our success in living this mission.

    During the last five years, the Christian Service program has successfully provided numerous service and reflection opportunities for our students and staff. Looking back further, our students have engaged in invaluable community service for decades.

    As we implement our Strategic Growth Plan, we will take a fresh look at the program to continue its strengths and to update or improve it where most valuable for our students and community. We will partner with Catholic School Management, Inc. (CSM). CSM works with Catholic elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Therefore, this relationship provides an opportunity to learn from successful Christian service programs nationally and to look ahead in light of our updated (2013) school mission statement.

    CSM and we want to engage many stakeholders in this endeavor. Therefore, during the second week of Lent on March 2, 3, and 4, two CSM representatives will be on campus to invite the viewpoints and inputs of faculty, students, parents, administrators, East Deanery clergy, Board members, and other friends of the school pertaining to Christian service as a core feature of the Scecina experience. Letters of invitation have been extended to members of these constituent groups to ensure a combination of random selection and broad-based representation. We will then receive a report from CSM with their commendations and recommendations.

    Please pray for this worthy undertaking that is at the heart of a Catholic school education. With your help, we will continue to live the school’s vision to “go forth to transform the world inspired by the light of Christ.”

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber

  • Commitment to All Students’ Success


    I want to thank you for supporting and praying for Scecina Memorial High School through the years.

    As a community of faith, we enter this new year recommitted to our mission, which is to motivate our diverse and gifted students “to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”

    We take seriously our responsibility to recruit a diverse student body, to provide healthy opportunities for them and to give them individual attention so that they feel accepted and connected.

    Our enrollment progress over the past five years shows we are succeeding in meeting those goals. As you can see from the graph (above), each year our freshman class has increased in size. We also are increasing our retention of these students throughout their high school years. As a result, total enrollment numbers are growing as families experience the value that we provide in preparing students for life.

    This growth is moving us toward the target enrollment of 475 students by 2020, a goal recently approved by our Board of Directors. To attain this goal while preparing students for life, we will enhance our individual student success planning, faculty support and development opportunities, and the attractiveness of our campus. Please look for more updates on our Facility Master Plan to unfold this year.

    To establish the 475 student target, our Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee consulted with stakeholders including our teachers and local school principals and pastors. The committee and administration analyzed community data and prioritized the importance of welcoming and retaining students who want to live the values for which our school stands.

    While reaching this goal will require vision and work, together we can do it. Together, we should do it.

    Thank you, our alumni and friends, for helping us reach the milestones that fulfill our Catholic mission rooted in the Gospel and the influence of Father Scecina. Your prayers, volunteer work and financial investments help us provide the rigorous academic programs and student support systems to help us live one of our “10 Great Things”: A commitment to all students’ success.

    God has blessed us with many generous people willing to give back to Scecina Memorial High School and we can’t thank you enough. Here’s to a prosperous 2015 that touches each and every one of our students in positive and lasting ways.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber

  • Happy Catholic Schools Week 2015!

    Dear Crusader Families,

    As we start Catholic Schools Week 2015 with the theme of “Faith, Knowledge, Service,” thank you for the choices that you make to educate your child or children through the ministry of Catholic Schools.

    On behalf of our administration, faculty and staff, we appreciate your faith and the daily sacrifices that you make in support of your children. Please enjoy this video from our Office of Catholic Education Schools Team in appreciation for your commitment to our students and our school:

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber


  • Happy New Year 2015


    Construction for New Guidance Wing in December 2014

    Construction of New Guidance Wing in December 2014

    Happy New Year 2015! Welcome back to a new semester at Scecina Memorial High School. We hope everyone had a joyous Christmas break filled with family, friends and faith.

    The New Year is a time for fresh starts and renewal, and we have much to look forward to at Scecina.

    We welcome and say hello to three new staff members: teachers Mr. Jeff Getty, Social Studies, and Mrs. Stephanie Schulenborg, Spanish I, and also Mrs. Beth Murphy, our director of marketing communications. Please join me in welcoming them warmly into the Crusader Community.

    Thanks to the hard work of Scecina’s students, teachers, staff, alumni, parents and board of directors, we had many successes in 2014 that we can build upon throughout 2015:

    • We earned an “A” rating for academic achievement from the Indiana State Board of Education.
    • We strengthened our guidance staff and started construction on a guidance center.
    • We hired a master teacher to enhance the faculty’s professional development.
    • We reached our highest enrollment level in a decade.

    We celebrate these and many more achievements, as we also prepare for the future through our Strategic Growth Plan.

    Thank you for your past support to Scecina and your commitment to our growth in the future. May God’s grace bless you and your loved ones throughout this year and always.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber

  • Christmas Blessings

    “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

    Merry Christmas! A warm and grateful Christmas greeting to the entire Crusader community, all 7,500 of you.

    The hustle and bustle of the season will culminate in just a few days. Whew!

    Looking deeper, the beauty of Christmas is the year-round gift of Jesus in our hearts, our minds, and our relationships. Indeed, Christmas is in our midst every day of the year.

    Through Jesus, we experience new possibilities for growth and transformation in all that we do. Your involvement in the Crusader community has this same effect on our young people.

    We are grateful to you. Your ideas and your involvement are welcome here. Speaking for our students, staff, and Board of Directors, I wish you a joyous Christmas day and a New Year with Jesus alive in your heart.

    Thank you for being part of the Crusader community, and Merry Christmas once again to all!

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber