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  • Veterans Day

    Greetings!

    Today is a day of great significance, both to our country and to our school. Today, of course, is Veterans Day!

    We are all beneficiaries of our military veterans’ patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. In all probability, each of us has the blessing of knowing a United States military veteran through friendship or family relationships—or both.

    These valiant men and women deserve our immense and unwavering thanks and respect. Our country, with its freedom of religion and numerous other life-enhancing opportunities, has faced numerous and dangerous threats through the years. Since our country’s earliest days, thousands of military veterans have defended and successfully protected our liberties and our lives.

    How fortunate we are to serve the mission of a school named for a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and United States military chaplain who died courageously and unselfishly in the line of duty during World War II. As a patriot and Christian servant leader, Father Thomas Scecina lived in such a way that Archbishop Paul Schulte opened this great high school in 1953 in Father Scecina’s honor.

    Each day when our students and staff begin at 7:30 a.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and School Prayer, may we be mindful of our past, present, and future military veterans. Equally, may we all seek to imitate, not just respect, Father Thomas Scecina in our lives.

    When you pledge and pray, every now and again, please say a word (or more) of profound thanks for our military veterans, including the priest chaplain whose name we bear as alumni, parents, grandparents, students, faculty, support staff, administrators, volunteers, and other friends of Scecina Memorial High School.

    Happy Veterans Day, and Go Crusaders!

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President

  • Our Catholic Faith

    With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013.

    In support of the "Year of Faith", the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently released "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith."

    Educating our students in the Catholic tradition and promoting Catholic values is at the heart of our mission. 72% of Scecina Memorial students are Catholic, and we are proud to serve families of other faith backgrounds as well. Our diversity in faith provides a fertile environment to grow and support the efforts of our East Deanery parishes and schools in bringing Jesus' good news to the world.

    I invite you to read "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith" by visiting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis website.

    Thank you for your continued support and belief in Scecina Memorial High School during this "Year of Faith".

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President

  • New Year, Enrollment Up

    Dear Scecina Memorial Community,

    The new school year of forming, informing, and transforming our students is fully in session. God has graced us once again with many blessings!

    Enrollment is 406 students, representing a 25% increase since 2009 and our highest figure in 12 years. We welcomed a freshmen class of 123 students, marking the second consecutive year that freshmen enrollment exceeded 100 students.

    Our freshmen, transfer, and returning students will be the first Crusaders to benefit from our new Strategic Growth Plan. Implementation priorities will focus on enhancing our Catholic Culture, Post-Secondary Preparation, Technology, Facilities, Enrollment Management, Finance, and Development.

    The Archdiocese of Indianapolis administration, many of whom participated in the planning process, is reviewing the plan that our Board of Directors submitted in June for formal approval. After receiving the archdiocesan response, we will inform our community and begin implementation.

    New or expanded academic offerings this year include the start of a new four-year biomedical sciences curriculum; new fine arts classes; additional science and math courses to meet enrollment growth and state requirements; and a life preparation class for freshmen. In addition, students in Yearbook and Television Production classes will assist with social media and website development.

    During the summer, we completed $350,000 in capital improvements to our school building. These improvements included new lighting and/or painting in 22 classrooms; a complete renovation of our girls locker room; new light and ceilings in our Journalism Lab and Physics/Anatomy classroom; and structural improvements in the gymnasium. During the last eight years, we have invested more than $3 million in educational and infrastructural enhancements for our students.

    Our alumni and friends once again invested in our mission in significant ways last year, and students' families were extremely faithful in fulfilling their tuition plans. I am pleased to report that income again exceeded expenses. In addition, we deposited funds into our reserve accountso that we can continue to deliver relevant programs and plan for future opportunities.

    Thank you all for your prayers and support. A unique and enduring hallmark of Scecina Memorial High School is the generosity of our alumni and friends. Please keep us in your prayers, knowing that we will do the same for you.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President