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  • Principal Search Committee begins its important work

    Greetings, 

    In November we announced that we would be searching for a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. I’m pleased to tell you that the Principal Search Committee has been formed and I’d like to update you on the purpose of the committee and the search process. 

    First, I want to thank the 13 members of the Search Committee. They are women and men of racial and ethnic diversity and include an East Deanery pastor and principal, parents and past parents, alumni, Board members, East Deanery parishioners, an archdiocesan high school principal, a young Scecina alumna, leaders with experience in education, a retired Scecina teacher, two assistant superintendents from the Archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Schools, and me. 

    The committee’s essential purpose is to recommend the most qualified person to serve and enhance the Scecina community by:

    • Carrying out its work faithfully to the mission of Scecina as well as best practices in Catholic high school education
    • Recommending candidates to be interviewed
    • Participating in telephone and in-person interviews
    • Recommending finalists to the Scecina president, who will ultimately make a hiring decision in concert with the Office of Catholic Schools and Scecina Board of Directors. The process may include an opportunity for the finalist(s) to meet and interact with a group of Scecina staff members before a hiring decision is made.

     The Search Committee has held its organization and orientation meeting. Our time together included reflection and discussion of the Scecina mission, vision, and core values; the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (www.catholicschoolstandards.com); the Scecina principal role description, and a summary of 500 survey responses regarding Scecina’s strengths, areas for growth, and the attributes that stakeholders value in the role of principal.

    We are scheduling telephone interviews and the first round of in-person interviews will be held in March. We hope to reach a hiring decision during May.

     Thank you for your interest in this process, and please pray for the committee to have the blessings of wisdom, collaboration, and insight. Please feel free to contact me at jtherber@scecina.org if you have any questions about the process.

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Lent at Scecina offers several opportunities to deepen faith

    Greetings, 

    The upcoming season of Lent offers more opportunities for Scecina students and staff to experience and live our Catholic Christian identity than at any other time during the school year. 

    Lent is the period before Easter that we Christians devote to fasting, abstinence, and penitence. As Pope Francis has said, "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." The period commemorates Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. 

    Director of Campus Ministry Maria Siap again has produced a Lenten schedule that will deepen the spiritual experience for our school. We’ll be able to adore, to confess, and to reflect collectively and individually. 

    Our Ash Wednesday service next week at 9:35 a.m. will be led by Father Paul Koetter of Holy Spirit Parish. 

    On Friday March 3 we will mark the Stations of the Cross, or the Way of the Cross. You can learn more about this Catholic devotion that follows Jesus’ last day at www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php .

    We have set aside two days, March 9 and March 16, for adoration in our chapel in St. Francis Hall. Theology classes will rotate so that someone is continuously with the Blessed Sacrament. Students also can receive passes to pray in the chapel. 

    The gymnasium will become a solemn space for reflection and prayer on during students’ resource periods on March 31. Several priests from the East Deanery parishes will be with us. Students can use the space to examine their conscience and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students who are not Catholic also may speak with one of the priests during this time, if they wish. 

    Our Lenten observance as a school will conclude on April 14 with our Good Friday service at 12:10 p.m. in the gym. You are welcome to join us. 

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Siap at msiap@scecina.org

    Again, our Lenten practices are an important facet of being a great Catholic high school. I wish you and your family peace this Lenten season. I also invite you to the baseball team’s Ash Wednesday Fish Fry from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 1 in the cafeteria. This is a great tradition for breaking your fast on Ash Wednesday. 

    Peace,
    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Commitment to All Students’ Success

    Greetings!

    I want to thank you for supporting and praying for Scecina Memorial High School through the years.

    As a community of faith, we enter this new year recommitted to our mission, which is to motivate our diverse and gifted students “to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners and live as servant leaders in the inspiring footsteps of Father Thomas Scecina.”

    We take seriously our responsibility to recruit a diverse student body, to provide healthy opportunities for them and to give them individual attention so that they feel accepted and connected.

    Our enrollment progress over the past five years shows we are succeeding in meeting those goals. As you can see from the graph (above), each year our freshman class has increased in size. We also are increasing our retention of these students throughout their high school years. As a result, total enrollment numbers are growing as families experience the value that we provide in preparing students for life.

    This growth is moving us toward the target enrollment of 475 students by 2020, a goal recently approved by our Board of Directors. To attain this goal while preparing students for life, we will enhance our individual student success planning, faculty support and development opportunities, and the attractiveness of our campus. Please look for more updates on our Facility Master Plan to unfold this year.

    To establish the 475 student target, our Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee consulted with stakeholders including our teachers and local school principals and pastors. The committee and administration analyzed community data and prioritized the importance of welcoming and retaining students who want to live the values for which our school stands.

    While reaching this goal will require vision and work, together we can do it. Together, we should do it.

    Thank you, our alumni and friends, for helping us reach the milestones that fulfill our Catholic mission rooted in the Gospel and the influence of Father Scecina. Your prayers, volunteer work and financial investments help us provide the rigorous academic programs and student support systems to help us live one of our “10 Great Things”: A commitment to all students’ success.

    God has blessed us with many generous people willing to give back to Scecina Memorial High School and we can’t thank you enough. Here’s to a prosperous 2015 that touches each and every one of our students in positive and lasting ways.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber
    President


  • Our Catholic Faith

    With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" would begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013.

    In support of the "Year of Faith", the Archdiocese of Indianapolis recently released "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith."

    Educating our students in the Catholic tradition and promoting Catholic values is at the heart of our mission. 72% of Scecina Memorial students are Catholic, and we are proud to serve families of other faith backgrounds as well. Our diversity in faith provides a fertile environment to grow and support the efforts of our East Deanery parishes and schools in bringing Jesus' good news to the world.

    I invite you to read "10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith" by visiting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis website.

    Thank you for your continued support and belief in Scecina Memorial High School during this "Year of Faith".

    Sincerely,

    Joe Therber
    President