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Hard work during school year brings improvements to Scecina

Greetings, families,

I am proud of how our administration, faculty, and staff have worked hard this school year to bring some exciting changes to Scecina Memorial High School.

First, Scecina implemented a school improvement plan with campus ministry, academic, and institutional goals. We installed new safety upgrades, began our staff student-advocacy program, are close to finishing the new graduation pathways plan, taught Project Towards No Drugs Abuse in health classes, and completed the first year of one-to-one computing initiatives.

Now, let me talk to you about our new Student Success Plan for next school year.

The Student Success Plan provides for a purposeful classroom that includes advisory, faith formation, and exploratory experiences so students can connect to support and planning services in developing a plan for graduation and goals for their future.

Our students will have two support systems next school year. The first is Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which has a problem-solving model. The program aims to prevent inappropriate behavior through teaching and to reinforce appropriate behaviors.

The second component is a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS). MTSS is defined as “the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decisions.”

The Student Success Plan will include college and career planning, ethical and responsible use of technology, and entrance exams to place students in the right level of classes. Other parts of the plan include graduation and pathway planning, ability assessments, differentiated instruction, success meetings, and helping students to hear God’s call for a vocation in their lives.

The Student Success Plan will include three software packages to help students achieve the school’s financial, career planning, and pathway tracking goals. Personnel at the school will help students establish their goals.

For Financial Literacy, students will use EverFi software to guide them through learning about savings, credit scores, funding colleges that meet their interests, banking, housing, and taxes.

Another software package, Xello, will help students with career interests, self-knowledge, job market skills, develop a portfolio, build profiles, and outline plans for after graduation.

The last software package is Standard for Success, which will help students and our guidance department keep track of the three student graduation pathways (Credit, Learn & Demonstrate Employability Skills, and Postsecondary-Ready Competencies). The administration will introduce the Indiana Graduation Pathways at the beginning of next school year.

I hope our Student Plan will help you to Discover the Opportunities that Scecina has to offer.

You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoy your summer!

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