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  • Veterans' spirit of service and sacrifice is sacred

    Greetings! Veterans Day, a federal holiday, occurs this Sunday, November 11. Because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, we observe it on Monday, November 12.

    What is Veterans Day? It is a special day to honor and thank those who are serving or have served in the military. Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day, which is a day to remember members of the military who lost their lives in service to their country. Originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the signing of the agreement that ended World War I on November 11, 1918, this holiday became known as Veterans Day in 1954.

    Given that our school namesake, Father Thomas Scecina, was a humble and valiant chaplain in the U.S. Army during World War II, it is fitting that we extend a special thank you on Veterans Day to all living men and women in our military services. I especially thank those among our friends, alumni, and staff who are veterans, including Spanish teacher Nancy Greathouse, who served in the U.S. Army, and social studies teacher Jeff Getty, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Your spirit of service and sacrifice is sacred. 

    What can you and I do to celebrate Veterans Day? Here are some ideas: Genuinely say “Thank you for your service” to a member of the military. E-mail it or text it, if you must. Saying it in person or over the phone may be even better. Pray for the safety and safe return of a military member. Ask a veteran about her or his service and really listen. Display the American flag. Write a note or letter to convey your appreciation. Visit a VA (Veterans Administration) hospital. Attend a Veterans Day parade.

    As Veterans Day gives way to Thanksgiving and the rest of the year, what can we do to live the spirit of Veterans Day? Along with almost any of the preceding ideas, we can imitate our military members’ virtues of duty, integrity, service, and sacrifice in our daily routines and relationships. We can allow their service and sacrifice to inspire our lives of appreciation.

    Members of the military services, we thank you!

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Did you see these Scecina stories?

    Greetings, Scecina Community,

    The teachers, students and coaches are back in the classrooms and athletic arenas, and we have given a warm welcome to the Class of 2022.

    We also accomplished a tremendous amount of important work on many fronts this summer.

    This year, we are implementing 1:1 student technology. Each student and teacher will have the benefit of a new school-issued computer to support the learning process. That’s new and exciting.

    David Dellacca

    “Our faculty are beginning a wonderful journey with our students – leveraging technology in new ways to push, grow, and elevate our students,” Vice President of Technology David Dellacca (right) said. 

    Our faculty, administration, and support staff have worked tirelessly this summer and even earlier to prepare for the implementation of the 1:1 initiative. We now have a team of students dubbed the “Crusader Tech Squad.”

    We also are looking ahead. Believe it or not, we have started the enrollment process for the Class of 2023. Yes, we are building next year’s freshman class! We are reaching out to East Deanery Catholic grade schools and other partner schools. We want them to know about the wonderful opportunities at Scecina for students to grow in spirit, mind and body. And Scecina is providing those opportunities, as these stories show:

    We hope you are sharing Scecina success stories like these with friends and family and your parishes. You help us with our enrollment efforts when you tell others about Scecina. Thank you for representing Scecina!

    Peace in Christ,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • We can count on the Scecina Community to help

    Dear Friends, 

    Safety is our top priority at Scecina. Once again, the Scecina Community has come through for the school! This time, many friends responded to make Scecina a safer place for students, staff, and visitors. 

    We’re grateful for each and every donation from alumni and friends who helped us raise our goal of $190,000 for safety and security updates. 

    The support came from these sources: 

    • A $35,000 grant from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis 
    • A $35,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security 
    • $120,000 in donations from alumni, parents and friends of the school, like you!

     We’re grateful for the $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous couple. Their investment was motivational and multiplied the impact of other donors’ gifts. 

    Now we can get to work on making several improvements. Here’s what we are planning:  

    • New metal entrance doors that meet today’s safety standards 
    • New security cameras mounted outside of the school building 
    • New security features for the blockhouse and St. Francis Hall 
    • Eight new defibrillators in the school building, blockhouse, and St. Francis Hall 
    • Technology upgrades to provide 24/7 visibility of all school building entrances 
    • New parking lot lighting 
    • Software to document 360-degree views of each interior room and office.

    The Scecina Community is known for supporting and attaining educational goals that impact our students’ lives through the annual Scecina Fund. These goals include transforming our academic technology environment; awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and tuition assistance; renovating the library, cafeteria, and classrooms; and making other improvements. Your generous spirit has really made a difference! 

    If you would like to see the recent improvements to the school, I invite you to tour the school. Please contact Rose Branson, donor and alumni relations coordinator, at rbranson@scecina.org if you’d like to visit. 

    Thank you for serving and supporting our young people in their life journeys. 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • A time to say thanks and to look ahead to next school year

    Dear Friends, 

    This week’s column is dedicated to thanking you and to looking forward. First, thank you for your support and involvement, which enrich our school and our students in so many ways. 

    For Scecina’s 62nd Commencement on May 25, we were honored to welcome the Most Rev. Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of Indianapolis, as our special guest. The archbishop has many demands on his time, so Scecina was blessed that he was able to greet each member of the Class of 2018 and present their diplomas to them.  

    Looking forward to the 2018-19 school year, we’re planning several new and noteworthy initiatives: 

    • The administration and faculty will identify additional strategies to weave Catholic beliefs, history, and values into every subject area across the school. 
    • Scecina will be a 1:1 student technology school. We will issue a new school-owned computer to every student for his or her education throughout high school. Our focus is helping all students succeed academically, grow in their digital proficiency, demonstrate effective communication skills, and live by high ethical standards. We put in place the necessary technology infrastructure and professional development of teachers before introducing 1:1. Families will be asked to contribute a modest annual technology fee of $90, and students will complete a technology training session in late July or early August. Parents, please look for more information during the summer. 
    • We are raising funds and making plans to complete nearly $200,000 in physical safety improvements to the campus. 
    • We will announce an opportunity that will allow students who attain high attendance and academic performance results to choose to be exempt from a semester final examination(s). 
    • Computer Science curriculum and course offerings will expand with a focus on contemporary programming languages, current industry standards, and a foundational understanding of how the internet functions. 
    • We plan to purchase a new bus to transport Scecina teams and student clubs, and to assist East Deanery parishes and schools with their transportation when needed. 
    • We will continue to affirm our teachers by compensating them financially according to an increased salary model. 
    • Our new theater class will continue with lessons on the performance aspects and the technical aspects of theater. This course is a wonderful opportunity to learn about performing arts and enhance one’s communication skills. 

    During the coming week, we will send this information to parents via e-mail and U. S. mail; it will include tuition rates for the coming year. 

    Thank you very much for making annual and long-term improvements happen at Scecina. God has placed many wonderful gifts within the Scecina Community. I am grateful to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at jtherber@scecina.org or at 317-352-3280 if I can assist you in any way. 

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Ironies and truths on Good Friday

    Dear Crusader Community, 

    Today is Good Friday, a day of ironies and truths. What, we may ask as Christians, are some of these ironies and truths? For starters, we believe that humility precedes glory, that joy emerges from suffering, and that wisdom may be clothed as foolishness or weakness. 

    Early this afternoon, our students, staff, and guests experienced Good Friday liturgy. The Holy Spirit touched us. We left the service and school in prayerful silence. 

    Our Lord’s ultimate and voluntary sacrifice on the Cross is the epitome of prayer, compassion, and humility. More than a mere historical occurrence, Jesus’ pathway to death was a walk of ultimate trust in God. Walking in his footsteps is how we experience in gratitude His oneness with God. 

    Life can be difficult or even excruciating, as it was for Jesus on Good Friday. When it is, let us seek, as Jesus did, to hope beyond the pain or the confusion of now. May the hope inspired by God break the chains in our lives and lead to our Lord in ways that make everything new. 

    In your daily walk with Jesus, I hope that you experience the richness of death to self and the humility, wisdom, and joy that God wishes for each of us. ‘ 

    Happy Easter! 

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President