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Everything listed under: Joe Therber

  • 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 

  • The promise of God's love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation

    Dear Crusader Community,

    This week, our students and staff had the good fortune of participating in a Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday. Five pastors from East Deanery parishes were here to receive and welcome us into the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    Scecina is blessed by supportive East Deanery pastors and parishes. The pastors who were able to be with us this week for the Sacrament of Reconciliation were Father Paul Koetter, Father Bob Gilday, Father Rick Ginther, Father Aaron Jenkins, Father Chris Wadelton, Father Carlton Beever, and Father Kenneth Taylor.

    These recent words of Pope Francis seem especially appropriate for us regarding the promise of God’s love and the experience of it that comes through the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

    “The love of God is always greater than anything we can imagine; it even reaches beyond any sin with which our conscience may charge us. His is an infinite love, one that knows no bounds. We know that the state of sin distances us from God. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us. The certainty of this should accompany us throughout our lives. His grace is constantly at work in us, to strengthen our hope that his love will never be lacking, in spite of any sin we may have committed by rejecting his presence in our lives. Our hearts should trust, always and unhesitatingly, in the Father’s love.”

    Our Lenten journeys are swiftly and steadily moving toward deep reflection on Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection. Each and every day, I hope that you experience the Father’s boundless love that has the power to transform ourselves, our relationships, and our world.

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina: tradition, opportunities, faith

    Why is Scecina an excellent high school for your child? You should expect a high school that offers high-level academics, a full array of athletics and clubs, and opportunities for a fulfilling all-around experience and four years of cherished memories. 

    We have a small-school environment where every child can discover his or her unique gifts, talents, and interests. Our college and life preparatory opportunities help young people reach their dreams. 

    Did you know that Scecina’s rich academic tradition dates back more than 60 years? And we’ve kept up with 21st-century academic trends. Recent additions to our curriculum include a four-year Biomedical Science program, a Health Occupations course that takes place at Community Hospital East, and new computer science and technology offerings. 

    Our top faculty and our smaller classes, paired with challenging academic offerings, such as Advanced Placement (AP) courses, will prepare young people for meaningful careers. Our College and Career counseling office is committed to students staying on course throughout high school for their next phase in life. 

    It’s no surprise that Scecina is rated “A” by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The IDOE noted Scecina students’ growth in test score achievement from middle school to high school. 

    The IDOE also recognized Scecina as one of just 73 Indiana high schools to have 25 percent or more of its students succeed on AP exams by earning passing marks and qualifying for college credit while in high school. 

    Have you heard of the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL)? The IUL is a community organization devoted to helping minorities and the disadvantaged, with a focus on education. The IUL recently awarded Scecina with its School Excellence Award. The IUL cited several reasons for Scecina’s honor: our diverse student population; our “A” rating from the IDOE; and our Health Occupations class in partnership with Community Hospital East, which combines classroom instruction and real-life experience. 

    At Scecina we take spiritual growth seriously, too. Every student takes four years of Catholic theology with curriculum centered around the life of Christ. We are committed to Christian service activities that benefit our community. 

    Most of our students also play sports, which teach transformational life lessons. Scecina offers all of the Indiana High School Athletic Association sports, including swimming and gymnastics. 

    Choosing a high school these days isn’t easy. At Scecina, we have so much to offer. We have tradition in academics and athletics. We have opportunities for every child to grow. We have a faith-based community that will pray with you and for you along the way. 

    I hope you see why Scecina is a great choice. We look forward to serving you next year. If you have any questions about Scecina, please contact me at (317) 352-3280. If you would like more information about becoming a Scecina Crusader, please click here.

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President