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  • Scecina's A rating shows students' growth

    Congratulations Scecina Community! As we reported last week, Scecina has once again earned an A grade in the Indiana Department of Education school accountability rating system.

    The state rating system utilizes multiple measurements of academic performance and progress, including standardized test scores and measurable indicators of college and career readiness. A significant dimension of Scecina’s A rating is our students’ test score growth from middle school to high school. I commend our students for believing in their growth potential, our teachers for fostering a growth mindset, and our parents for all that you do.

    School accountability is but a pathway to higher goals. At Scecina, we want every college-bound student to identify and gain acceptance to his or her college or university of choice.

    Already this semester, our college and career counselor, Mr. Josh Orndorff, has hosted or scheduled 26 college and university admissions representative visits. That’s about one higher education visit for every two days our students will have been in school by the end of October. Because of Scecina’s mission to prepare students for college and life, we present a range of higher education options to our students. As a result, our students are interacting with Ivy Tech Community College, the University of Notre Dame, and other prestigious institutions statewide and nationally.

    Being a parent in society today is daunting. Parents, we appreciate all the sacrifices that you make and the insights you have about your children.

    This week, we are recommending two websites that have practical, interesting tips and information about growing up and succeeding in today’s world. The two organizations, which are based on faith and values, are www.growingleaders.com and www.leadlikejesus.com.

    Links to these websites now appear in the Parenting Resources section of The Weekly. I hope you visit them often and find benefit in them.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Happy birthday, Father Thomas Scecina

    Greetings, 

    We love birthdays. Interestingly, tomorrow is Father Tom’s birthday. Yes, Father Thomas Scecina was born on September 16, 1910. In only 34 short years before his untimely death in October 1944 in service to God and country, he welcomed people and transformed the world (words in our school vision statement).

    As our Church teaches in its official documents, a truly Catholic school has certain hallmarks. One, it fosters true belief in its students and community that people have an eternal destiny—life with God forever. A truly Catholic school believes and teaches that Jesus is the model person. A truly Catholic school is marked by teamwork, cooperation, and respect. Finally, a truly Catholic school lives the Gospel on top of knowing its stories and lessons.

     How fortunate we are to have Father Thomas Scecina as our namesake and an inspiration. He lived as a truly Catholic school would inspire him to live—and to die.

    It is nearly unfathomable to me to envision dying a sure and certain death over a few hours while freely and consciously responding to the most intense needs and hopes of people in my midst. Yet that is what Father Tom did on the last day of his life. As a result, thousands of people worldwide and across many generations are inspired by him.

    This evening and Saturday, the first graduating class of Scecina, the Class of 1957, will celebrate their 60th year reunion. More than half the living class members will attend. Their reunion coinciding with Father Tom’s birthday is a beautiful combination, for they with him forged the trail that we are now walking.

    Today or this weekend, lending a helping hand or performing an act of kindness in our homes or communities would be a wonderful birthday present to Father Tom. Imitation is the highest form of flattery! Thank you, Father Tom, for being the great gift to us that you are every day of the year.

    Go Crusaders!

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • An authentic Catholic school

    Greetings, 

    I hope the new school year is going very well for you and your child or children. It’s difficult to believe that we have almost reached the halfway point of the first grading period, but we have!

    Please frequently ask your child how classes and other school activities are going. One of the marks of an authentic Catholic school is community as evidenced by teamwork and cooperation. You as parents are your children’s first and primary educators in faith. We are here to help you succeed in this awesome and sometimes perplexing if not frightening responsibility. Please, let us know how we can support you—and if we are doing a good job! 

    A second mark of an authentic Catholic school is what our Church calls a supernatural vision. Simply put, a supernatural vision means that we believe our students and your children are destined to become saints in heaven.

    Along the way toward heaven, our students discover opportunities to succeed in college and/or careers. Next week, our annual College Planning Night will be on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. Please enter through the east gym lobby.

    Mr. Josh Orndorff, our college and career counselor, has planned an informative evening for you. This event is important for juniors and seniors and their families, especially if you are navigating the college admission process for the first time. As the marketing ads for a national hardware store chain say, “You can do it. We can help!”

    In addition next week, the first quarterly Progress Report Night will be Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:00 p.m. Please come and discuss your child’s academic progress with teachers. Both College Planning Night and Progress Report Night will be excellent opportunities to meet our new principal, Dr. Joe Brettnacher, if you have not already had the opportunity.

    Yet another dimension of community in an authentic Catholic school is alumni engagement. Tonight is Homecoming! Please join us. The 2-0, state-ranked Crusader varsity football team plays the Park Tudor Panthers at 7 p.m. at Tech High School. You'll want to get there early for the tailgate party, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the parking area by the stadium. Our students showed a lot of spirit for Homecoming this week by dressing up according to the daily themes and decorating the halls. Let’s keep up that spirit by cheering on the Crusaders to victory tonight.

    Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! We'll be back on Tuesday to start another great week of community and learning at Scecina. Blessings,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Back to school with updated classrooms, new principal

    Greetings, 

    We’ve have had a smooth and positive opening to the new school year. During the first week, we welcomed 452 students. Our students come from numerous schools on the Eastside, throughout the city, and around the world.

    Freshmen on first day of classes 2017During the summer, we modernized 24 classrooms with new ceilings, floors, paint, electrical service, windows, blinds, dry erase boards, and air conditioning units. The teachers’ reviews of the modernizations have been very positive. This effort signifies a clear step forward in our learning environment. Thank you to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Scecina Board of Directors, numerous donors, contractors, and Scecina staff who contributed to making this $400,000 vision a reality. 

    Wednesday, August 23, is Meet the Teachers Night at 7 p.m. We will start with a welcome, prayer, and opening remarks in the gymnasium before moving to opportunities to meet teachers in the classrooms and to meet our new principal, Dr. Joe Brettnacher. Thank you in advance to our parents for supporting your children. I hope as many parents as possible will attend and meet the dedicated and professional educators who are partnering with you in the education of your children.

    This year, we’re undertaking some new initiatives, including two new academic classes. One class exposes students to healthcare careers in partnership with Community Hospital East. Mrs. Sarah Smith, science department chair, is the instructor. Students will learn at both Scecina and at the hospital. Thanks to John Hegarty, vice president of community initiatives, for working with the hospital leadership, Mrs. Smith, and me to launch the class.

    The second new class is Introduction to Computer Science, taught by Mr. David Dellacca, vice president of technology. The class introduces students to principles and experiences in computer programming as part of our STEM environment. Throughout the year, we will introduce you to more ways in which our students discover opportunities to become the best versions of themselves.

    Tonight is CYO Night at our varsity football game at Manual High School versus Elwood. The Crusaders start the season ranked in the Top 10 of Class 2A. Please come out and support the team and our other sports programs this fall. Thank you for supporting our students in many ways. Together, we are the Scecina Community.

    Go Crusaders!

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • What does being a Scecina graduate mean?

    President Therber's remarks at Scecina's 61st Commencement on May 26:

    Good evening. Again congratulations to our graduates and their families!

    Because we have been charged by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to serve since 1953, I first want to thank Mrs. Lentz. Mickey has been a faithful and energetic teacher and leader in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for many years, starting as an elementary school teacher and then becoming one of the most nationally recognized superintendents of Catholic schools.

    Thank you, East Deanery priests and principals, for your support of Scecina and your spiritual guidance. Thank you, Scecina board members, chaired by George Newhart of the Class of 1960, for the time and talent you give to help guide our school.

    Finally, thank you to all our educators, parents, families, and friends for all you have invested in these young people and for the doors you have opened for them.

    Class of 2017: Opportunities

    One of the themes at the Baccalaureate Mass last night was, “What does it mean?” A similar question is, “What does being a Scecina graduate mean?” 5 things come to my mind.

    One, it means you have attended Mass at least weekly during high school. If you retain nothing from the last 4 years for the rest of your life but that habit, your education will have been a good investment. Praying, giving thanks, and worshipping can determine your eternal happiness more than any scholarship, profession, or amount of money can.

    Two, it means you have arrived from many neighborhoods and communities and have grown in compassion by learning a thing or two about different people’s gifts, challenges, goals, and needs.

    Three, it means that you have experienced what Father Rick said last night, which is that “Life and the Gospel can be pain.” You have felt this pain through setbacks, confusion, even loss of life on earth. Yet you have continued and strived to go on, thanks to your friends, teachers, and community members.

    Four, it means that you have set goals and achieved them. And that you have set goals and had the fortune to NOT achieve them, for, in not achieving, you have learned to ask for guidance, to reach out for help, to overcome. Your future goals are great. We need you. You want to save lives. You want to solve 3rd-world problems. You want to make money and do good with it. You want to defend our country. You want to marry and have families.

    Interestingly, just yesterday, I learned that two of you have had a can of chocolate milk in your locker since freshmen year, moving it from yearly locker to yearly locker looking forward to the day this week when you would crack that can and drink the milk. We need attention to detail and practical goal setting like this. You remind me of a retired Navy SEAL officer, whose book on leadership says, “If you want to change the world, start by making your bed, for if you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”<

    Five, it means that you have Discovered Great Opportunities . . . Opportunities to find your passions and to connect with people who share them.

    That might be playing in a band or choir or traveling out of the country for the first time. Maybe you discovered speaking skills through Student Ambassadors. You’ve been able to stretch yourself academically in Advanced Placement classes or Study Skills classes. You have been part of athletic successes and championships. You felt your faith deepen through service, retreats, and our weekly school liturgies. You have discovered that you care about the Eastside having a vibrant Catholic high school for years to come.

    These opportunities have given you more than you expected, or maybe everything you hoped. In your essays for the Scecina Women’s Circle scholarship recently, I read several profound insights. 2 examples:

    “My time in Mass at Scecina allowed me to recognize that my family and I had not been going to Mass very often. Ever since then, we have been going to Mass almost every weekend. Not only did Scecina present me with a new family, it also helped me grow stronger in faith.”

    “I have learned that the team goal is greater than my own goal. I am but one player among many. Therefore, I play for the team first and myself second. Selflessness is just as important as confidence.”

    Class of 2017, congratulations, and thank you for the contributions you have made to Scecina. In the history of the world, you are one of only 61 graduating classes from this school named for a dedicated Christian, patriot, and friend.

    The Challenge Coin that we will present to you with your diploma is your tangible reminder from Scecina and our Veterans Committee that you are part of a powerful group, that you have met the challenge, and to live as Jesus did in good times and when life is painful.

    I am very grateful for you. Please remain connected and involved. Thank you very much.