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Catholic identity: Increasing the faith life of Scecina


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. 

In my previous message, I told you about the Archdiocese of Indianapolis taking part in AdvancED accreditation. The accreditation process is tailored for our Catholic schools. One part of the plan is setting goals in three areas: 1) Catholic Identity, 2) Academics, and 3) Institutional Advancement. 

President Joe Therber and I have put together a School Improvement Plan team of 15 that will help with the process. The plan will help our students to excel spiritually and intellectually. I’d like to explain more about the first area, Catholic Identity, and in later posts will address the other two goals. 

Ms. Amy Noser, Director of Campus Ministry, is chair of the Catholic Identity subcommittee for SIP. The goal is to increase the faith life of the school. The interventions to reach this goal are: 

  • For the school year 2018-2019, the school will assess how to integrate our Catholic faith in all subject areas across the school to increase all students’ knowledge of our faith. 
    • We hope to have some of our Deanery priests help our teachers with examples of how to integrate our faith in all subject areas. <
    • We will book Joe Paprocki who has written over ten books on our Catholic faith to discuss this topic with our faculty too. 
  • Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, work at implementing activities listed in Catholic School Management’s audit of the Christian Service Program at Scecina Memorial High School to provide more service opportunities for all students.

    • We look to have students conduct more or all of their service hours at locally approved charitable, faith-based organizations. 
    • Our students, as part of the new graduation pathways (Service Based Learning), will reflect or create a presentation on their experiences to demonstrate their skills/experiences resulting from their service.

In future posts, I will update you about our goals and interventions for the other two goals, Academics and Institutional Advancement. Should any student, parent, faculty, or community member want to make comments or suggestions to improve this plan, please send them to me at The committee will value your suggestions.

We’ve got a busy December ahead with Finals and events such as the blood drive, Trivia Night, the turnabout dance, and the Christmas concert. Please check the calendar below, so you don’t miss out!

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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