Share |

Everything listed under: Scecina Memorial High School

  • Your feedback helps Scecina provide the best education

    Science teacher Mrs. Dee Ann Sinclair  in her Scecina classroom. 

    Greetings, 

    For the fourth consecutive year, we invited parents, students and staff in December to take part in our Net Promoter Score survey. This input opportunity shows us what we’re doing well at Scecina Memorial High School, as well as the areas where we can improve in our service to students and families.

    In the survey, parents are asked one simple question: "As a parent, how likely is it that you would recommend Scecina Memorial High School to your family, friends, and colleagues?" Respondents rate their likelihood to promote on a scale of 1 to 10. They explain why they selected 10 or what areas need to be addressed in order for their rating to be a 10.

    Conducting the Net Promoter Score survey, a customer loyalty metric, is an initiative of Scecina's Strategic Growth Plan. Thank you to all who took the time to complete the survey. Several of you also left compliments about the job we’re doing at Scecina. Here are a few of those positive comments from parents:

    • “Because SMHS is small, the staff and faculty know the students, and every student has the opportunity to participate in many things (sports, music, etc.).” 
    • “Very happy with how my children who graduated from Scecina have done in college.” 
    • "I think Scecina offers the best education and spiritual guidance these students need. Faculty is awesome!” 

    The results also show your feedback on areas where you believe we can improve. Again, thank you for this valuable input. You can read more about the survey and the results at www.scecina.org/what-parents-are -saying

    Implementing this survey also reinforces one of Scecina’s Core Values, Excellence: Living the Gospel and attaining the best possible results in all that we do. 

     Thank you for sharing for insights with us, and God bless you and your families, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

    The Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind. Several of the sisters will come to Scecina on Jan. 29, 2017, for a special viewing of "A Sign of The Cross," a film that documents the Sisters' history.

    Greetings, 

    We're celebrating National Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29-Feb. 4. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We exist for these reasons! 

    It’s fitting during Catholic Schools Week that we honor a community of women who each day live out their commitment to faith, knowledge and service. Since the late 1950s, the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, have profoundly touched the lives of many who walked the halls of Scecina Memorial High School. The Sisters served Scecina as administrators, teachers, friends, coaches and mentors. Our school’s connection to the Sisters remains special to this day.

    On Sunday, January 29, Scecina hosted a viewing of “A Sign of The Cross,” a documentary about the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, that already has appeared on PBS. The film was written, directed and produced by a Scecina graduate, Jeannine “Andy” Murphy, and is narrated by local TV anchor Debby Knox. 

    More than 50 years after she graduated from Scecina, Andy still felt a close connection to the Sisters and was moved to tell their story. Her 50-minute film documents the Sisters’ incredible 165 years of history, not just in Indiana and at Scecina, but across the world. 

    Most of you likely have seen the display wall in our main hallway that pays tribute to the Sisters and their service to our school. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to stop in and take a moment to learn more and reflect with us.

    Also at Scecina during Catholic Schools Week, we explored vocations. Fifth-graders from our partner schools joined Scecina students to hear a panel discuss vocations. Our second annual vocations panel included a priest, a nun, a married couple and a deacon. 

    I can repeat and write plenty of superlatives about our school and Catholic education in general. I think the Catholic Schools Week theme sums up what matters most: faith, knowledge, service. Thank you for choosing Catholic schools!;

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Looking to 2017 and beyond: A special announcement

    Scecina Principal John Hegarty 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    Today I am announcing some exciting changes that will move Scecina Memorial High School forward and build upon our school’s history of success.

    I believe God is continually showing us a path forward. Listening, discerning, and then acting, we can realize the vision that God has for us. 

    Cardinal Tobin reflected on the theme of vision in his homily recently at the Senior Mass for the Class of 2017. He encouraged the seniors to remember that God is not in the rearview mirror; instead, He is like a car’s headlights, always showing us the way home, illuminating our path. 

    I believe that God is beckoning Scecina to grow again, to be more and do more. As a result, I have been talking with the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, the Scecina Board of Directors and many staff members about Scecina’s growth model for the future. We all agree that Scecina is being called to: 

    • Expand our students’ educational opportunities and life skills; 
    • Further enhance our school’s impact and position in the community; 
    • Create new sources of revenue; and 
    • Build our enrollment even more. 

    Responding to new opportunities while holding close our mission and traditions, we will continue to develop servant leaders who make a difference in the world. Looking ahead to 2017, we hope to expand some programs and explore some new ones. For a few examples, we plan to: 

    • Expand our International Student Program; 
    • Explore partnership opportunities to provide technical training for our students who plan to enter the workforce straight from high school; and 
    • Expand our CREST program (Crusaders Reaching Educational Success Together) to enhance the academic and life skills for students with high-functioning autism.

    To make this happen, we are creating a new leadership position, which we are now calling Vice President of Community Initiatives. A primary responsibility under this new position will be collaboration with administrative, staff and community leaders to develop program implementation plans and resource goals. Key qualities necessary for the position include: experience in education, understanding of issues relating to international students and fondness for students with special learning needs. 

    We project this new initiative will help more of our students succeed, expand our impact, and generate net revenue for new or existing programs, capital improvements, endowment funds and/or savings for future opportunities. 

    Because of his gifts and affinity for this new initiative, I invited our principal, Mr. John Hegarty, to consider taking on this new role. John’s gifts fit this position, plus he already has demonstrated his commitment to Scecina and his ability to be a positive ambassador for our school. He recently traveled to China as a Scecina representative and expanded his knowledge about international student programs. 

    I am delighted to say that John has accepted my invitation to become Vice President of Community Initiatives. I thank him for sharing his gifts and talents in the past, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future. 

    With John accepting the new position, we will begin recruiting a new principal. The recruitment process will begin in January. We plan to create a Search Committee that will, among other duties, seek input from students, staff, parents and the Scecina Community. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the principal search. 

    Thank you for keeping Scecina in your thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we await, reflect on and experience the meaning of God coming into our lives through the person of Jesus. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina builds international relationships

    Father Jerry Kirkhoff (left) led the school in a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. Mr. Hegarty is headed to China for 17 days.

    Dear Scecina community, 

     After our weekly Mass on Tuesday, All Saints Day, our celebrant, Father Jerry Kirkhoff, offered a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. More about that blessing in a moment. 

    Father Jerry is definitely linked to Scecina. If your mother or father was a student at Scecina in the 1970s or 1980s, chances are he or she knew Father Jerry as the school chaplain. Father also has been the pastor at St. Philip Neri, so if you attended St. Philip as a student or are a parishioner there now, you share that common bond with him. His sister is also a Scecina graduate.

    Father’s special blessing pertains to an opportunity we have decided to explore after seeking the input of many people. It has the potential to expand our service to others and to make our academic program and cultural diversity even stronger. We enroll students not only from various corners of Indianapolis, but also from various corners of the world. Now, for example, from France, China, and India; and we have enrolled students from other countries through the years. This diversity expands our horizons academically, culturally, and socially. This fall, we have been in conversation with the Archdiocese and our Board of Directors about the possibility of making our international student program even more robust. 

    A couple of weeks ago, an international organization visited Scecina and liked the hospitality of our people, the appearance of our facilities, and our overall environment. They were so impressed with our school that they contacted us the next day with an invitation. This invitation involves a trip to China to learn about Chinese culture and to present Scecina to educators and students who may be interested in attending our school. 

    This trip has the potential to increase our understanding of our international students' native environments, and to increase the number of people who are aware of Scecina across the globe. 

    Because of his knowledge of international affairs and international students, as well as this enthusiasm for Scecina, Mr. Hegarty kindly has agreed to represent Scecina on this trip and to look into ways for us to serve international students further and benefit from their presence here at Scecina now and in the years ahead. The trip begins on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

    I thank Mr. Hegarty for representing Scecina in China this month and ask us all to pray that he will enjoy safety and new relationships during the next two and a half weeks. 

    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