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Everything listed under: John Hegarty

  • Back to school with updated classrooms, new principal

    Greetings, 

    We’ve have had a smooth and positive opening to the new school year. During the first week, we welcomed 452 students. Our students come from numerous schools on the Eastside, throughout the city, and around the world.

    Freshmen on first day of classes 2017During the summer, we modernized 24 classrooms with new ceilings, floors, paint, electrical service, windows, blinds, dry erase boards, and air conditioning units. The teachers’ reviews of the modernizations have been very positive. This effort signifies a clear step forward in our learning environment. Thank you to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Scecina Board of Directors, numerous donors, contractors, and Scecina staff who contributed to making this $400,000 vision a reality. 

    Wednesday, August 23, is Meet the Teachers Night at 7 p.m. We will start with a welcome, prayer, and opening remarks in the gymnasium before moving to opportunities to meet teachers in the classrooms and to meet our new principal, Dr. Joe Brettnacher. Thank you in advance to our parents for supporting your children. I hope as many parents as possible will attend and meet the dedicated and professional educators who are partnering with you in the education of your children.

    This year, we’re undertaking some new initiatives, including two new academic classes. One class exposes students to healthcare careers in partnership with Community Hospital East. Mrs. Sarah Smith, science department chair, is the instructor. Students will learn at both Scecina and at the hospital. Thanks to John Hegarty, vice president of community initiatives, for working with the hospital leadership, Mrs. Smith, and me to launch the class.

    The second new class is Introduction to Computer Science, taught by Mr. David Dellacca, vice president of technology. The class introduces students to principles and experiences in computer programming as part of our STEM environment. Throughout the year, we will introduce you to more ways in which our students discover opportunities to become the best versions of themselves.

    Tonight is CYO Night at our varsity football game at Manual High School versus Elwood. The Crusaders start the season ranked in the Top 10 of Class 2A. Please come out and support the team and our other sports programs this fall. Thank you for supporting our students in many ways. Together, we are the Scecina Community.

    Go Crusaders!

    Sincerely, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • New principal's roots, experience are in Indiana

    On July 18 I introduced our new principal, Joe Brettnacher, to the Scecina Community. Joe has a wealth of Catholic education experience. He is coming to Scecina from Ohio, where he has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Columbus since 2014. 

    In reality, Joe’s Hoosier roots are deep. As committed parents, Joe and his wife, Pam, want to live near their family in the Indianapolis area, especially since their newest grandchild is due soon. He’s been a teacher and administrator at Indiana schools for most of his career. He was the principal of Mishawaka’s Marian High School in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and at Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in the Diocese of Lafayette.

    Joe received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from Purdue University. He has a master’s degree in secondary education and he received his Ph.D. in leadership.

    I’m very pleased that Joe has chosen to come to Scecina. He will start here on August 7. Please look for announcements about opportunities to meet and welcome him.

    As Joe comes in, John Hegarty, who has been principal since 2011, will be moving into his new role at Scecina. John becomes Vice President of Community Initiatives, a position created to grow Scecina’s International Student Program and to expand opportunities such as technical training opportunities for students who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

    John already is enthusiastically diving into the new role. He currently is in China, building relationships and introducing prospective students and their parents to Scecina. His work ethic, creativity, commitment to students of all backgrounds, and long association with Scecina will be tremendous assets in this endeavor.

    As you can tell, it’s been a busy and productive summer at the school as we instituted these leadership changes and started $400,000 of renovations in 24 classrooms. We’re now counting down the days until we welcome the Class of 2021 at New Student Orientation on August 2 and the start of school for everyone on August 9.

    I hope you’re enjoying your summer. I’m excited about the start of a new school year at Scecina!

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Looking to 2017 and beyond: A special announcement

    Scecina Principal John Hegarty 

    Dear Scecina community, 

    Today I am announcing some exciting changes that will move Scecina Memorial High School forward and build upon our school’s history of success.

    I believe God is continually showing us a path forward. Listening, discerning, and then acting, we can realize the vision that God has for us. 

    Cardinal Tobin reflected on the theme of vision in his homily recently at the Senior Mass for the Class of 2017. He encouraged the seniors to remember that God is not in the rearview mirror; instead, He is like a car’s headlights, always showing us the way home, illuminating our path. 

    I believe that God is beckoning Scecina to grow again, to be more and do more. As a result, I have been talking with the archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools, the Scecina Board of Directors and many staff members about Scecina’s growth model for the future. We all agree that Scecina is being called to: 

    • Expand our students’ educational opportunities and life skills; 
    • Further enhance our school’s impact and position in the community; 
    • Create new sources of revenue; and 
    • Build our enrollment even more. 

    Responding to new opportunities while holding close our mission and traditions, we will continue to develop servant leaders who make a difference in the world. Looking ahead to 2017, we hope to expand some programs and explore some new ones. For a few examples, we plan to: 

    • Expand our International Student Program; 
    • Explore partnership opportunities to provide technical training for our students who plan to enter the workforce straight from high school; and 
    • Expand our CREST program (Crusaders Reaching Educational Success Together) to enhance the academic and life skills for students with high-functioning autism.

    To make this happen, we are creating a new leadership position, which we are now calling Vice President of Community Initiatives. A primary responsibility under this new position will be collaboration with administrative, staff and community leaders to develop program implementation plans and resource goals. Key qualities necessary for the position include: experience in education, understanding of issues relating to international students and fondness for students with special learning needs. 

    We project this new initiative will help more of our students succeed, expand our impact, and generate net revenue for new or existing programs, capital improvements, endowment funds and/or savings for future opportunities. 

    Because of his gifts and affinity for this new initiative, I invited our principal, Mr. John Hegarty, to consider taking on this new role. John’s gifts fit this position, plus he already has demonstrated his commitment to Scecina and his ability to be a positive ambassador for our school. He recently traveled to China as a Scecina representative and expanded his knowledge about international student programs. 

    I am delighted to say that John has accepted my invitation to become Vice President of Community Initiatives. I thank him for sharing his gifts and talents in the past, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future. 

    With John accepting the new position, we will begin recruiting a new principal. The recruitment process will begin in January. We plan to create a Search Committee that will, among other duties, seek input from students, staff, parents and the Scecina Community. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the principal search. 

    Thank you for keeping Scecina in your thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we await, reflect on and experience the meaning of God coming into our lives through the person of Jesus. 

    Peace, 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • Scecina builds international relationships

    Father Jerry Kirkhoff (left) led the school in a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. Mr. Hegarty is headed to China for 17 days.

    Dear Scecina community, 

     After our weekly Mass on Tuesday, All Saints Day, our celebrant, Father Jerry Kirkhoff, offered a special blessing for Principal John Hegarty. More about that blessing in a moment. 

    Father Jerry is definitely linked to Scecina. If your mother or father was a student at Scecina in the 1970s or 1980s, chances are he or she knew Father Jerry as the school chaplain. Father also has been the pastor at St. Philip Neri, so if you attended St. Philip as a student or are a parishioner there now, you share that common bond with him. His sister is also a Scecina graduate.

    Father’s special blessing pertains to an opportunity we have decided to explore after seeking the input of many people. It has the potential to expand our service to others and to make our academic program and cultural diversity even stronger. We enroll students not only from various corners of Indianapolis, but also from various corners of the world. Now, for example, from France, China, and India; and we have enrolled students from other countries through the years. This diversity expands our horizons academically, culturally, and socially. This fall, we have been in conversation with the Archdiocese and our Board of Directors about the possibility of making our international student program even more robust. 

    A couple of weeks ago, an international organization visited Scecina and liked the hospitality of our people, the appearance of our facilities, and our overall environment. They were so impressed with our school that they contacted us the next day with an invitation. This invitation involves a trip to China to learn about Chinese culture and to present Scecina to educators and students who may be interested in attending our school. 

    This trip has the potential to increase our understanding of our international students' native environments, and to increase the number of people who are aware of Scecina across the globe. 

    Because of his knowledge of international affairs and international students, as well as this enthusiasm for Scecina, Mr. Hegarty kindly has agreed to represent Scecina on this trip and to look into ways for us to serve international students further and benefit from their presence here at Scecina now and in the years ahead. The trip begins on Thursday, Nov. 3. 

    I thank Mr. Hegarty for representing Scecina in China this month and ask us all to pray that he will enjoy safety and new relationships during the next two and a half weeks. 

    Joe Therber
    President 

  • A memorable Meet the Teachers Night at Scecina

    Photo of new library blueprint with signs that say Coming

    Scecina experienced an eventful week as the weather played havoc with after-school activities on the same day as our Meet the Teachers event. Principal John Hegarty, teachers, coaches, and staff calmly wore multiple hats on Wednesday afternoon during shifting circumstances. I am very proud of how everyone, including students and parents, responded to keep everyone safe.

     At Meet the Teacher Night, many of you took advantage of the opportunity to meet your child's teachers and to receive technical help and troubleshooting for our new online gradebook, PowerSchool. If you need more assistance with PowerSchool, the technology page on our website will be helpful. Thank you to our Parent Ambassador Team volunteers for being resources to fellow parents with this new service.

     I also know many of you on Meet the Teacher Night saw the ongoing construction of the new library (see photo at right). We'll continue to update you with the progress of that project through our behind-the-scenes photo gallery on our website. This beautiful transformation will include collaborative and individual learning spaces, numerous computing devices for students, a meeting room for school and community groups, a new main entrance, and air conditioning.

     If you have children involved in fall CYO sports (or Future Crusaders, as we call them!), we invite them to CYO Night this Saturday at the Crusaders football game at 7:00 p.m. at Key Stadium at the University of Indianapolis. CYO athletes who wear their uniforms will receive free admission and other goodies.

     A new school year is in full swing. Scecina students, teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and the Board of Directors are hard at work to ensure a successful school year and numerous long-term improvements at Scecina Memorial High School.

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber
    President
    Scecina Memorial High School